Wee sweater, modeled!

The Wee Boy’s sweater was finally dry today, and we had some nice outings that provided good backgrounds for FO photos.

 

botanical gardens in golden gate park

  
  

our favorite library

 
I thought it might be a tad fitted, but it turns out he has plenty of room to grow!

As a bonus, the Girl wore her Wonder Woman sweater, so I got a few good shots of it as well.

   
 

A hat, a sleeve, and Jack London 

Recently I found in my “Hiking in the Bay Area with Kids” book a short hike in the Jack London historic state park. I hadn’t known such a place existed! My husband was as interested as I was (we’d both read London books as children) so we decided to check it out at the next opportunity, which was today!

On the way there and back, I made a non-fussy Magic Coffee Baby hat. I cannot praise this pattern highly enough. If you need a quick, easy, great-fitting, free pattern for a baby hat, look no further!

  
Now, some pics of the park, the ruins of Jack London’s dream house, and the cottage where he lived and wrote books.

  
Wolf House burned down about a month before London and his wife were to move in.    
  

The cottage where London wrote novels and entertained guests.  
 

Apparently he tried raising cacti to feed cattle, unsuccessfully.
  

Back at home, I finished the first sleeve of my French Toast sweater.

  
It fits! I did the “continental purling” that a friend reminded me of. We went to a talk/book signing by Ysolda Teague a few years ago, where she’d mentioned it. Instead of wrapping the yarn as in a normal purl, you wrap it the opposite way. It worked! My purls are neater and much nicer. I’ll be reknitting the hem ribbing this way. 

  

Christmas Eve 

Aside from late-night gift wrapping, today wasn’t particularly Christmas Eve-y.  We started with a trip to the local grocery co-op, where I giggled to myself over the absurd prices of (sometimes absurd) items.

   
  We also hit Imagiknit (twice!), and admired their holiday window decorations.

   
 
Between bouts of rain, we scaled Corona Heighs.

   
   
  We saw a huge rainbow!

 
We strolled Fillmore Street and admired decorations in our favorite shop windows.

  
And I finally put eyes on this fish hat!

  
I don’t think it looks so worried in real life…

And that was Christmas Eve! Hope yours was merry!

Trillian, Fezzik

Last night after finishing my Gandalf bear, I went back and added fringe to Fezzik’s scarf, which had left me less than happy.

 

before fringe

  

after fringe


 
I’m much happier with the fringed version! It looks more polished.
Today I had a rare opportunity to knit during the day! The boy was asleep while my husband and the Wee Girl walked the Golden Gate Bridge with family visiting from Connecticut, so I stayed in the car with him and  worked on my Trillian scarf.

  
 It is so hard to photograph this color way! I think the second photo is more precise.
This evening, the kids and I, along with the visiting cousins, went out in search of the blood moon eclipse. We went up the hill to the park, but still couldn’t see the moon. We had decided to try the other side of the hill when we saw the crowd on top of the hill, facing east. Sure enough, there was a great view from up there.  

Unfortunately, we couldn’t watch for too long, due to the time of day and the presence of wee ones. But it was cool to see some of the eclipse. I always miss out on this kind of thing because we can’t see the moon from our apartment and the effort with little kids is usually too much for me!  Did you see it???

A Wednesday

Today was one of those days that could have gone in any number of directions.  It was challenging, but we got by with a little help from our friends. Highlight reel:

Biking/playing at Crissy Field:   

    
Jason Bear was spotted in Botswana!

 I’m spinning while I wait for the Wee Girl to fall asleep (um, after all that biking, how is she not exhausted???).

 

Yves Bear

After I finished this bear and named him Yves, I decided he really needed a beret. So yesterday I made up a pattern and knitted it up, then refined and re knit it… This is the first one:

 
The second one was slightly better, but this one matches his color scheme better, so I’m using it anyway.  He seems to like it.  My bears don’t often get comments on Ravelry, but this guy got two compliments just today.  I think the hat makes him extra handsome.

Today we went to Wisconsin Point on Lake Superior. It was a beautiful day for swimming, digging, rock collecting…

  
 Then we went to Big Manitou Falls in Pattison State Park. This is the biggest waterfall in Wisconsin.

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Wedding day

Today was the wedding of this little girl who made me an aunt!  Ok, she’s not so little anymore, and it sure makes me feel old to have a niece who’s old enough to be married!

 
Some highlights:

pre-ceremony chat with the bride!

  

flower girl and ring bearer, ready!

  

my aunt and uncle live in the woods and therefore have an impressive supply of insect repellents.

  

well, he said he was going to be cute at the wedding…

  

me with grandma, cousin, mom

  

me and the mother of the bride

  

the flower girls were inseparable

  

first time i’ve been together with my sister and brother since…. 2009?

  

as you can see, the Wee Boy was getting hard to wrangle and was ready to go!

 I loved seeing how happyy kids are with relatives they’ve just met. They are pretty adaptable to new situations and people, phew!

In knitting news, I’m nearly done with my V bear.  It’ll have to be finished tomorrow though. 

  

Bargain Bill’s and Bears

With unstuffed bears piling up (if you consider two bears a pile, which I do, because I like to finish my bears as I go!), I really wanted to find fiberfill without having to drive very far. Luckily, my mom reminded me about Bargain Bill’s in Rice Lake (Wisconsin). It’s a craaaaaaazy place!

   
This is the craft hangar, I mean room. My photos don’t do it justice.  It’s so huge, there are so many goods…

 But the Wee Girl and I managed to get just the fiberfill and a crafty project each for her and the Wee Boy. 

And thus, I was able to finish my pile of bears this evening. 

 Meet Teresa and Unique! And pardon the late night lighting.  
 
Teresa is named for an aunt of mine.   Unique is named for the character on Glee.  

In non-yarny craft news, the kids and I worked on a fairy house today. Well…. I struggled to make something stable-ish out of driftwood and nails, while they wandered around, sometimes deciding on the decor, sometimes climbing fences and pretending twine is a lasso…

 
The result will topple if you so much as look at it sideways, but the kids are pleased. As you can see, by the end I was so over it that I merely placed the last bits of birchbark roofing rather than securing it. It’s raining now, so I wonder what it’ll look like tomorrow!  

 

Best Sunday ever.

1. We saw Star Wars (A New Hope) in the theater! I made a new skirt for the occasion, and the kids dressed up, of course.

 

waiting around. yeah…. we went to the wrong theater at first because there are 2 within like 3 blocks and we chose the wrong one. still made it on time!

  

easy, easy cosplay!

 

2. The kids both mastered their pedal bikes (the wee boy just got his yesterday!), and there were dandelions.

those cheeks! those dimpled hands!

3. The husband and I went out! Without kids! At night! We saw the Kids in the Hall live and it was amazing. If you’ve never heard of them, check them out.  You won’t regret it.
 

photographic evidence

  

mark has just crushed his cast mates’ heads. if this means nothing to you….. go look up Head Crusher amd be prepared to giggle!

 Our weekends aren’t usually quite this epic, I’m still reeling from all the excitement!!!  How was your weekend?