Almost there!

Tonight I couldn’t stay long at knit night because of a preschool meeting, but I managed to get this far on my BSJ:

  

 But… Um…

Those stripes are looking wonky. Sigh. So I frogged back and ended the evening pretty much at the same place:

  But the stripes look better. Note to self: when knitting the BSJ, don’t stripe at this point. It will inevitably be uneven.  Also, maybe do some Fibonacci stripes instead of completely random. 

Asilomar, Earthbound Organics, and so long, Monterey!

Early this morning, the kids and I dropped Daddy off at Laguna Seca for his bike race, then we had several hours before picking him up. I still had a few things in mind that I’d been wanting to so during this trip, so we did them!

First, we headed to Asilomar State Beach to see what we could see, tide pool-wise.

they look like snail shells, but if you watch for a bit, you see little limbs emerge and tbey move quite fast!

    

“get my shoes!!”

    

climb!!

  

i love how different beaches have different surfaces.

Then we had enough time to hit Earthbound Organics’ farm stand in Carmel Valley.

 

 This was a great choice of a side trip- the kids loved every second of it!

just the scent of this garden will add years to your life, I swear!!

  

  

  

  

   

 

  

  

At home,  I knitted furiously. 

 

I got to this point, then realized that the differently-colored bind offs at the neck would bother me, so I’ve frogged and re knit a bit since taking this photo. It’s going well, although it’s a tad bigger than I expected. 

Sea Otter Classic, day 2

Today we made it to Laguna Seca early, so it was much more pleasant.  We saw some bike jumping: 

  

The kids practiced on the kiddie race course:

“shoot my picture, Mommy!”

  

wee girl on her pink bike

 

The Wee Boy won his race!  I was very proud. 🙂   

He also tried to make friends with various young adults. He’d just approach them, ask their names, and strike up a conversation. Upon parting ways, he told the young man in yellow to enjoy his ride.  

Later we hit San Carlos beach, where there were surprising waves and a little tide pooling action.      

I got some knitting in, but decided to end out the night like this: 

Good night!

Sea Otter Classic

This morning we didn’t leave quite enough time to get to the kids’ race on time. Oops. But staff was so kind and gave the kids medals anyway. The Wee Boy had a great time on the course.  

you did your best to get here on time, little dude.

  

wheee!!

 

We got so hot and dusty- all we wanted were cold beverages and shade, which we found on our way out.

shade, lovely shade.

it looks small from here, but it’s an immense maze of exhibitors, and this is just the Expo. the races are widespread.

Later we enjoyed a walk near the hotel, which led us to a cool playground.

 

  

 And then, of course, something for Mommy:

knitting in the blind- hoping this BSJ is taking the right shape!

  

Monterey and BSJ

We drove down to Monterey for several days of the Sea Otter Classic, a huge cycling event.  On the way we stopped in Santa Cruz for lunch and to hit the Patagonia outlet.

Erik’s deli is my new favorite sandwich place!!

   

     

At Patagonia I was super thrilled to find the perfect backpack. I’ve been looking for a couple of years (no kidding!!) for just the right one, and now I have it. Yay!!!

In Monterey, we hit the Dennis the Menace park, but it was so hot we sought out some ice cream before long.

  

Our hotel room has a nice view, so we were treated to a lovely sunset over Monterey Bay.

  

Aaaaand, I started a BSJ (baby surprise jacket)I’m not that far into it, so it’s still a mystery how this wacky shape will become a sweater, even though it’s my second one!

 

When a 7 year-old is your photographer

Well,  this results:

I’m not ready yet!

gah! too windy!

  

hmmm, where did the wee boy disappear to??

  

hey! you’re looking at me, and I’m looking at you!

  

hmm, maybe another pose?

  

i know, i’ll change the scarf style!

  

wait, i’m not ready!

  

no, not yet!!

And so on, and so forth. But I think she’s getting better at this, don’t you? 

Mini Mania, done!

Ta-da!

   

  

Sorry for the blah night photos! This ended up about 5″ wide and 70″ long. The fringe is only about 2″, because I cut it too short while knitting. Ha!

It’s pretty much perfect- long enough to wear different ways, wide enough to cover my neck and chin but not bulky. Just what I wanted. 

This was actually a fun knit, in spite of the long rows. It was great for movie knitting, and I could maybe do another in the future…