Secret project 1

I’ve just started a new secret project- should be a quick one, but it’s one of a series that is to remain secret-ish until given and received! But here’s a sneak peek.


Living on the edge

This Honey Cowl is so near completion that I’m using my kitchen scale and computing how much more I can knit before binding off, and how much yarn to leave for the bind-off row.  Cutting it close is one of the things I love about knitting! Will it work? Will I have to frog? 

I have these two tiny balls left, but my weighing and calculating tell me that I’ll have more than enough to finish. Results tomorrow!

In other crafty news, I made some felt dryer balls and the kids and I embellished some with needle felting.

The swirl is my favorite. The boy wanted a face, so we have one creepy ball. 

It has been a verrrry long thanksgiving weekend for me. The kids don’t do well at home for long periods of time, so I have to come up with lots of outside entertainment, which I prefer to be cheap or free, since we require so much of it. Today we hit a new library and a new park/walk. The best part was that we ran into preschool friends at both places.😊 We made good choices!

Oh, we also dropped in at a firehouse. Firefighters are so nice to kids!

Happy weekend to you! Are you up to fun things?

Cowl progress

About 8″ done, 3″ to go! Home stretch!

Since we are a small family living quite far from most of our relatives (only one set is within driving distance), our holidays tend to be small and unstructured.  So today’s Thanksgiving was marked by a trip to the beach, a small, early meal (husband goes to work at 3:00pm), then an outing to the park.


 Simple, easy, (relatively) quiet. I’m thankful for the simplicity and for the low expectations my kids have for such holidays. 😜  I hope that my American friends had a nice Thanksgiving, and that friends and readers from elsewhere had a pleasant Thursday.

Bear sighting!

My Xahria bear was spotted in South Africa!

And this afternoon we went to an awesome park and I squeezed in a wee bit of knitting.

I don’t want to get tired of knitting this cowl, so I’ll switch to spinning until bed time. Good night!

Honey Cowl 3

After finishing my sock yesterday,I immediately casted on for this Honey Cowl I’m making for a friend.  

I had plenty of knitting time today, so I’m happy with my progress. It’s slightly shorter than mine, but I think it will be wider, and therefore a bit cozier.  This is Madeleine Tosh DK in Mill Pond, and it’s just lovely.

This is the third Honey Cowl I’ve made, which is a testament to how easy and pleasant it is to make, and the result is always pretty. Do you have a pattern you’ve knit again and again?

Finished socks!

We took the kids to play at Crissy Field today. The more they play outside, the less they argue and fight and make incredibly loud noises in our apartment…   

And besides, it was a gorgeous day to be at the beach.

 I took along my sock project, determined to finish the toe today!
I learned that I can Kitchener while walking, and I now have a very colorful pair of “Ziggy Plays Guitar.” 

Hope you had a good weekend too!

So close, and yet… Good night.

Tips for knitting with kids:

1. Take them to play somewhere you can Β knit whilst supervising.

Bonus points if you can also sit down.

2. Let the kids watch a movie.

3. Leave phone in the other room.

And you might knit half a sock in only one afternoon/evening!

Considering how unscientific I was about dividing the yarn, I’m amazed at how identical these have turned out! Not 100%, but pretty good!


Today I made a little progress on my second Ziggy Plays Guitar sock. 

  It isn’t easy trying to match up Noro yarn, especially when you’ve taken out large sections.

I’m hoping they are pretty close, but obviously I’m a lover of handmade things and will still be happy if they aren’t. 😜

Today I also had the chance/reason to organize my drawer of hand knit socks, which is always a pleasure. 

I counted ten missing pairs, which are either in the mending pile or drying. I might have to start knitting socks for others…..

Not much

I started my second Ziggy Plays Guitar sock, but it was a long and tiring day, so I didn’t get far. In place of fun crafting news, I bring you a photo of my feet enjoying some Monkey socks.

Cold weather is great for knitters, I tell ya!

In random-ish news, the Wee Girl and I had some time on our own today and got to walk into a neighborhood shop that we love!

This is Cottage Industry on Fillmore Street here in San Francisco. They have so many fun things! 

fancy chandeliers!


lovely incense




really beautiful earrings

The staff member on duty must have been super bored, because she spent a lot of time with us, explaining the wares, their histories and home cultures, etc.  It was ridiculously fun for us! 

It’s interesting how your idea of fun changes once you become a parent, isn’t it??? 

Half a FO

I finished my first Ziggy Plays Guitar sock!

I’ll have you know it’s quite tricky to satisfactorally photograph one’s own knit-clad foot, especially at night. It was interesting to note that I only used blues and purples in this skein of Noro, and I didn’t reach the red/orange at all. I suspect a small person may end up with a pair of stripey socks…