Wednesday, February 27, 2013


I've been knitting those curly scarves-you've seen the green one.  I just finished one for the DIL-hope she doesn't see this post before tonight!  This one is from Bernat Twist n Twirl. I don't care for this yarn as well as I did the Red Heart.

I got to this point and lo and behold-a knot!  Now if you know this fabric, you know that you only knit the very top edge and the rest ruffles out, giving your effect.
So having this is a big no-no!

This is how I fixed it, with hand sewing.  I found out later you're supposed to overlap 3-4 inches and knit together.  That would have been so much easier!

It's okay-and with blue for Millie and purple for Gracie!
I'll make some more, perhaps, but with Red Heart this time.  I did "like" Bernat on Facebook and told them about the knot.  They were very gracious and said they would look into their production methods.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

A Few More Pictures

A few more shots of Machado Square-truly a great place to go!

Al is keeping watch.

Interesting tree-the beanlike pods are about a foot long.

Ice ready to cool some beer, lots of beer.

Preparing for the big weekend.
A great place to people watch.  Last year there were a few hippies in the square.  One guy didn't have any shoes on.

This is what I came home to.  Apparently I left a bit of a bread sack sticking out of the freezer door and it was just big enough to let air in.  We were worried that the freezer was on the fritz, but the ice is all gone now.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Quiet Days

We didn't get too carried away with excursions, etc., this time.  We've done them all and have progressed to being quite familiar with the area and just go where we want to.

Tuesday was a pretty easy day, got some groceries and hung out at the resort.  Tuesday night was the Fiesta the resort holds weekly.  A buffet with lots of good food and great singers and dancers.  Could have won some tequila if I memorized a Spanish phrase and stood up in front and said it.  Didn't need the tequila so I memorized the phrase and stayed sitting! 

Wednesday we went down to Olas Altas, which is in Old Town to meet some friends for lunch.  Irene had a tummy bug (not something she ate, lol!), so it was just the two of us.  We left a little early and got a nice guided trip from our taxi driver.  I had wondered about the Machado family that Plazuela Machado was named after, since I have a friend by that name.  Found out they are very wealthy and at one time lived in a mansion on the Plaza.  The mansion is now a museum and the Machados live in El Cid, one of the most exclusive areas in Mazatlan.

Colin and Contessa, a couple I first met through their blog.  We get together at least once while we are in Mazatlan.  The Jewells winter in Mazatlan and summer in Canada.  The restaurant we ate at was La Cueva Del Leon, The Cave of the Lion, and is a place we will return to a lot!
Al Jolson was in Machado Square, the rest of the statues were along the Malecon, or public beach.

The theme of Carnaval this year is "La Linterna Magica," or The Magic Lantern, referring to the old-time projectors used in the early movie theaters.  Here is Marlon Brando.

Marlena Deitrich

Pedro Infante, a very famous Mexican singer who was born in Mazatlan.

Marilyn, complete with flying skirt!
Back for happy hour and Italian Night at La Palapa, the four star restaurant at our resort.  And of course a sunset.  This night we saw the green flash, but it's just about impossible to photograph, at least with my little carry-along camera.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Gone and Back

We're home from our week in Mazatlan.  Interesting trip, but we still had fun.  We did get plane tickets from Cal Jet and they fit very nicely in with the other connections I had set up.  We were due to arrive in Mazatlan just after 11:00 on Sunday night, but we got as close as below the streetlights when our pilot pulled up and circled for a while.  He came on the loudspeaker and said that it was too foggy to land so we flew to Puerto Vallerta to fuel up,  Then we flew to Guadalajara where we were informed that we would stay the night. By this time it was 3:00 in the morning.  They provided us with hotel rooms and meals and we flew out at 2:00 the next afternoon.  Crazy way to start a vacation but sort of an adventure, too.  I was impressed with the friendliness of Guadalajara, the same as the people in Mazatlan.

The fog had finally burned off, they got new air space, and the crew got their required rest so off we went, all 60 of us.  50 minutes later, 2:00 Mazatlan time, we touched down in Mazatlan.  The whole group clapped and cheered!

We were exhausted, but we managed happy hour and supper, but were in bed by 7:30.  We did get to see the first great sunset.