Knitting and such

December 8, 2013

I am always busy with one thing and another, lately much of my fun has been goofing around at home. At the top of this post you’ll see the progress I’ve made on my wool sweater.  I’ve been working on it for ages but have really been pushing to get it finished in time for our trip to Mexico City in a couple of weeks.  I think I’ll make it, too.  Part of one arm and the collar to go!

I am so looking forward to seeing our granddaughter, it is incredible to me that she’s about to have her fifth birthday.  Where does the time go?

I always need something warm to wear in Mexico City so I think this sweater will be perfect.  But I can’t just sit and knit, I always need to multi-task a little bit… and you can see in the photo below that I read and knit at the same time.  I love the iPad for reading, you adjust the type as large as you want and tap to refresh the page when you have a moment while you knit.  It works great for me.


Please don’t look at my hair in this picture, it has recently taken a turn for the worse and is super curly and unruly.  Maybe I need to start wearing those turbans I wore when I was bald for a while?


Today we bought a couple dozen lemons at Mega and I started a batch of limoncello.  That’s it in the picture above, sitting next to my most recent batch of kombucha.  After I’d peeled the lemons for the limoncello I squeezed them all and now have two cups of lemon juice.  Yesterday at the organic market I bought a half kilo of organic hibiscus blossoms so I also made a whole bunch of hibiscus tea, or agua de jamaica.  I love the fresh tart taste and use stevia instead of sugar to sweeten it.  Yum.

Paul and I have been enjoying cooking at home more than usual – and have been saving restaurant meals for special occasions.  We did eat out last Thursday before the fantastic Mai Sho Gaku performance at the Angela Peralta Theater.   But yesterday afternoon we decided to head out to Puerto Viejo to watch the sunset and have a beer.  We haven’t been there in ages, so it was nice to settle in with perfect seats to a incredible Mazatlán sunset.  And what should we see as the sunset continued?  A bride and groom having pictures taken with the water and sunset in the background.  Her veil kept flying up in the wind but it was beautiful to watch them.


See you!

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I'm Nancy, a US expat living in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Jalisco after 11 years in Mazatlán, México.

    1. Do you use conditioner on your hair? If you do, then try not rinsing it out to add a little weight to your hair. I also have been known put a little coconut oil in my palms and spread that through my hair. My hair looks a fright when I wake up unless it’s really short.

      I used to use mousse until I read the ingredients in the mousse and decided against using all those weird chemicals. Gel melts in this humidity and gets in my eyes when I sweat, the coconut oil really is the best option. Start with the least amount.


      1. Theresa, Thanks so much for your help. Most people with curly hair have learned how to deal with it over a lifetime so I am really lost. This morning I washed it and then ruffled it around until it looked cute. (No brushing or combing) Then when it dried I put in some coconut oil like you suggested. It looks good right now, hope it stays that way! Thanks again.

    1. Nancy,
      the thing about curly hair is that it’s unpredictable. I don’t wash my hair every day especially if I wake up and it looks acceptable. High humidity and dry hair equals frizz, the oil helps moisturize it and so does leaving the conditioner in.

      Also naturally curly hair doesn’t all curl in one direction like permed hair. If you brush rather than figure comb it you either get nice waves or the dread pyramid head depending on who knows what. It’s also a good idea to get it cut dry. I worked with a guy whose hair when dry reached his shoulders i a frizzy ponytail but according to his wife it was halfway down his back when wet. My hair is nowhere that curly.


    1. My mother is a big knitter. And quilter. And embroiderer. And many other things. You seem to have a lot in common with her, at least craft-wise.

      A sweater in DF is wise. The days are lovely, but the nights can get chilly.

      I’m hoping to be there shortly after Xmas. Will you still be there? Want to think about doing coffee?


      Kim G
      Boston, MA
      Where we treasure the sweaters our mother has knitted for us.

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