• Travel

    Brooklyn Field Trip.

    In all my visits to New York, I rarely leave Manhattan (at least not on purpose … there was a quick little trip to Queens last Thursday, but that was only because I got on the wrong train – oops!). But yesterday, I took the F train to Brooklyn … to visit Brooklyn General. I’ve been to Brooklyn before (walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and visited the Botanic Garden on my earliest visits to the city – two highly recommended field trips … except when it’s hot and humid like it’s been this week) but this was my fabric shopping trip. I enjoyed a pleasant walk through the Carroll Gardens…

  • Travel

    A Walk in the Park.

    My long-time favorite morning walk in New York City is the path around the reservoir in Central Park. The city views are just amazing and from the Upper East Side park entrances, it’s easy to get there (in other words, I can wander without getting too lost). But when I snagged the screenshot of yesterday’s walk to share on Instagram, I noticed a new-to-me Conservatory Garden way off in the upper right. This morning I walked right past the reservoir and headed north for another 20 blocks. It was completely worth it! The southern garden features a memorial to Frances Hodgson Burnett (author of The Secret Garden) and a beautiful…

  • Travel

    New York City Weekending.

    All weekends are good, but one spent in New York, with Sara, three days of beautiful blue skies, long walks in Central Park, a Broadway show, great meals, a few cocktails and a couple bottles of wine … well, see what you think!                     In between all that, Sara and I spent a good bit of time making the new mere-et-filles feel more like home. I love the images she created and the new theme, layout and colors are making me smile … especially now that it’s done! I hope you enjoy this new space, too. Thank you for visiting!

  • Travel

    A Quick Hello.

    Hello from New York! I’m writing this from Sara’s living room, looking out on another beautiful blue-sky day in New York City. Truly, the weather has cooperated nicely for being out and about. Yesterday, Diane came up for the day. We met at Penn Station, walked to Greenwich Village for lunch (at Cafe Clover – highly recommend!) and then to Purl Soho. We both found what we wanted. Diane stuck to her plan (she bought yarn for Terrace Wrap, Sayer and those adorable pom-pom socks). I bought a little bit more than I’d planned. Yes, there is going to be more sewing in my future! I never thought I’d visit…

  • Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | A Do-over.

    First, Thank You everyone for your kind comments about the new digs. Today I’m hanging my first pictures … at least I know they’ll be straight. and after previewing a few drafts, I hope they’re all the same size! Next up I want to rearrange the furniture and paint. I’m looking forward to Sara’s help. I have a real unraveled story to share today. I’ve been merrily knitting along on Lilli Pilli. Boy did it feel good to cast on something new Sunday afternoon. So good that I didn’t think too hard about gauge – I knit a lace scarf (Herring) out of Sparrow with those same size 5 needles…

  • Just Life


    …to my new home on the internet. mere-et-filles.com This place doesn’t really feel like “home” yet. I need to move some things around, categorize all the old posts (whoa, more than 2,200 since I started blogging in February 2007) and find a theme that’s more like me. But this is a start. Thank you for visiting!

  • Just Life


    Looking back on my photos from the weekend, Friday night seems like ages ago (maybe because I’ve had two solid nights of sleep since then?!) Yes, I got to spend the evening with my two favorite little guys … who are full-speed non-stop … until they fall asleep. I then had almost two hours to myself at their kitchen counter. a pleasant change of pace from my own. as was the pizza salad Katie ordered me for dinner … and the espresso that I had after the glass of wine. The TV show is The Brief on Amazon Prime. sadly only eight episodes (and I still have one to go).…

  • Food & Drink

    Cheers | Frosé.

    Did y’all know that tomorrow is National Rosé Day? I didn’t know that when I started planning today’s post, but I’m quite pleased with the timing! I’ll admit that when I first heard about frosé (frozen rosé), I rolled my eyes. But after a few weeks of seeing it over and over in my Instagram feed, I decided to investigate. Turns out there are lots (seriously, google frosé and you get nearly 1,000,000 results!) of variations. Freezing the rosé ahead of time, adding fruit, adding simple syrup, mixing in other liquors … long-time readers probably know that “make ahead” is not my favorite kind of cocktail and I don’t go…

  • Knitting

    Three on Thursday | Shopping Plans.

    I’ll be in New York next Thursday and while Sara works, I have plans to meet up with Diane for lunch and shopping at Purl Soho. Purl is one of my favorite yarn shops, but they sell fabric too. I’ve never spent much time in that part of the shop, but this trip, I will! Thinking that Sara’s blanket is going to leave a nice big opening in my suitcase, I’m planning to buy yarn and fabric. These are the three projects I have in mind: 1. Uniform Tunic, View A, in watercolor linen. 2. Lotta Jansdotter’s Kiomi Dress (from Everyday Style) in a Liberty print. 3. Terrace Wrap in Cattail…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | The Blanket’s Tale (part four).

    Joining in with Kat and friends to share what I hope is the final in-progress update on Sara’s blanket. I leave for New York next Wednesday and my plan is to have the finished blanket wrapped and packed on Tuesday! As long as I don’t lose focus, I should be fine. That row marker (7 repeats into the fifth and final color) tells me I have 23 repeats to go. I was averaging five repeats a day until this past week (when I slowed down a little) … and if I can get back to that pace I’ll finish with a couple days to spare. A few of you asked how…