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