Twenty years in the making

OK readers, this blog is supposed to be a near daily blog and somehow I’ve slipped into the weekly blog. Didn’t mean for it to happen, hope to be blogging more!!

Last week I delivered the Rasmussen to Jessica along with a copy of the out of print book “Warping All By Yourself”. It’s my favorite for visually learning (or in my case reviewing) warping in general. An all around good primer. We’ve been working on destashing, even giving some to Goodwill when the skeins are incomplete or the ball band is long missing.

We both took Friday off last week and drove up to Seattle to goof off with Graham for three days. He’d turned 22 at the end of last month so this was also a birthday celebration weekend. Our challenge for the weekend was to eat at a few places we’d never been before – get us out of our rut! We of course though stopped at one of our favorite latte stands – Hope Espresso – in Desert Aire WA on the way. Some ruts are good to stay in!

Graham had a meeting with his advisor and later with his senior design group so Knitting Hubby and I were “forced” to find lunch on our own. We went to an old favorite. Well actually the newer location of an old favorite. The original has gone out of business. We had lunch at Jay Berry’s in North Bend. Not quite as good as the original but pretty darn close. And true to our ruttiness we had our usual Jay Berry’s Special pizza and two house salads. In our defense, it had been like 5 years since we’d eaten at Jay Berry’s!!


We checked into our hotel right across the street from Seattle U and took a walk around the area, popping into gallerys till Graham was done. This was to be his choice of birthday dinners so he suggested the Tap House Grill. Great food and beer. I tried their Uber Frog and really liked it. Went back to the hotel and just hung out, talking to Graham.

Saturday morning was more downtown walking around, ending up at the Fort Saint George restaurant in the International District. A Japanese restaurant that even had spagetti on the menu. And miso served in coffee cups.

Graham had to head back up the hill to work on his senior design project and the load of homework and papers due when you are a senior. Knitting Hubby and I spent some time at the Elliott Bay Bookstore and then wondered through more galleries. And then a field trip to Weaving Works and REI. Dinner? Someplace new? No, failed on that one. Ohana’s was calling our name. We did though eat in the main part of the restaurant rather than the sushi bar portion of the restaurant. That was a first!!

Sunday was the 20 years in the making. It was also the 22nd anniversary of Graham coming home from the hospital after being born a wee bit (9.5 weeks) early.

For 20 years or so Knitting Hubby has entertained the idea of getting a tattoo. Something that is a life long commitment, nothing to be taken lightly. He’d noticed the shop “Madame Lazonga’s” on Western Ave in Seattle at least 20 years ago. Vyvyn Lazonga is one of the first female artists in the world who went out on her own and didn’t work for her husband or partner; she worked for herself and her art. We’ve kind of followed the shop for years, Kntting Hubby knowing that some day would be the right day. Last month he sent in his application (it’s a custom shop), his design drawing and the best artist for his design was going to be Ruby Santiago. She’s known for her detail work.

While we waited for Ruby to finish sizing the drawing, Graham and I had fun with our cameras. The interior of the shop was painted in sage green and gold and the building is from the turn of the last century so it was fun.


Then at 1 pm it was the no turning back time.

And here is the final result, 20 years in the making. Knitting Hubby will go back in a month or two to have to fine detail work done.

Oh yes, I knitted while he got his tat!!


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. heideho
    Nov 11, 2008 @ 21:15:12

    Ouch! The tattoo person did a fabulous job. Next knitting gathering I think we should all get matching tattoos on our arses. Glad you had some time to play with Graham. 9.5 weeks early is way, way early, especially for 22 years ago. Hope all is well.


  2. Dave Daniels
    Nov 12, 2008 @ 04:18:54

    Googebumps! I KNOW THAT SHOP! I almost got my tattoo there. She’s over in the back of Pike Place? His tattoo looks great, but no knitting needles? (Just kidding.)


  3. Chris
    Nov 12, 2008 @ 06:56:52

    Happy birthday to Graham and congrats to KH on his tattoo!


  4. Hazel Spindler
    Nov 12, 2008 @ 12:32:39

    A tatoo…wow! My first thought was “it’s going to be a Harley”…wrong. Good job. Did you have some of my birthday cookies with Graham? Sounds like a fun Seattle weekend. Hazel


  5. Rae
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 19:12:18

    Holy cow! I can’t wait to see the tat in person and of course hear Knitting Hubby tell the tale. Now he’ll have something to talk about at the scooter/motorcycle get togethers!


  6. Karen
    Nov 14, 2008 @ 21:21:47

    This takes wearing your heart on your sleeve to a whole new level!


  7. Kathleen
    Nov 20, 2008 @ 06:49:55

    Yoweee…I have a tiny little tat on my ankle – a lady bug, but crap, did it hurt when I got it! I think I must be the biggest crybaby in the world, because I gritted my teeth through the whole thing. Not an enjoyable experience for me (my daughter has several and says the process is a great thing for her.) Then I found out that I was allergic to the red ink and – buuuaaa… – my lady bug turned into a run-of-the-mill black bug after the red blew out of my skin. No more tattoos for me. :o(


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