Cute little FO

A few weeks ago (?) I started sewing a Japanese knot bag out of some cute fabric a friend gave me. I couldn’t get far at that time, due to kids and confusion with the pattern. But today I finished it!

I meant for it to be a project bag, but as soon as it was done, I was heading to the library and stuck my wallet, phone, and keys inside, instead of taking my big (and unnecessary) backpack. It was perfect! Here’s an awkward selfie to document the simultaneous use of handknit sweater, handknit socks, and handmade bag.

Also! Yesterday we went to the beach and the kids decided to wear their recently tie dyed shirts, so here they are in action.


And! My indigo-dyed yarn is finally dry- here’s what they look like.


I’m pleased! Hope you had a good weekend!

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. 

  

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?

A holiday Monday

Someone was proud to discover how to keep his sword handy while on the swings. 

 

Someone made vegan chocolate pudding almost entirely on her own.   

And also got to help with the current quilting project.

  

 I have 9 freshly blocked squares and 6 freshly knitted ones.


And now I’m plying.  

wearing and watching star trek! yeah!


Tomorrow we’re back to normal- early wake ups, preschool workday, swimming lessons…. It was nice to stick close to home today.

Quilt, startitis

Here is the Wee Boy’s multi-fandom quilt! 

   

As you can see, I could have been more precise in the back, but I like it! I feel kind of proud that I only used leftover fabrics and managed to make it work. :0. 

I learned a good lesson about evening the edges up before binding. Next time I’ll do that before I’ve pinned all the binding on.  Ugh.

We spent the afternoon up in Petaluma, where we walked/the kids biked around a lovely 2-mile path around/within a pond filled with geese, swans, killdeer, red-winged blackbirds, etc. It was really nice.

 

“hey, watch out for that big swan!”

  

no bench shall be left unexplored.

  

the Wee Girl received a birthday gift that was hardly put down for the rest of the day.


 

In knitting news, I’ve only had my blanket squares on the needles lately, and I’ve been itching to cast on new things but was at a loss as to what

Well, I remembered a technique I picked up from the Yarn Harlot a while back, so I employed it this evening: pair up your yarn patterns with corresponding yarn(s), put them together in a project bag (preferably wound into balls and including needles), so you have a project ready to grab any time. My result, after consulting my large binder of patterns and my stash:

  
Four almost ready to go projects! Yeah, they’re all scarves/shawlette/cowls, but that’s what I’ve been feeling like knitting lately.  I might have to start giving away more of my knitting if this trend continues.

And yes, I need to find a yarn to pair with the Silky Wool for the Duotone cowl. One search through the stash didn’t reveal an obvious choice, so I’ll have another go.

I forgot how fun this method is! Already I am remembering other pairings I could do right away; ie., having bought particular yarn for a specific project (I’m looking at you, Cardigan for Arwen + Debbie Bliss Cashmerino, and you, Blue Whale + Tosh Pashmina!!).

Phew, that’s all for now! I’m ready to cast on for my Hitchhiker! (I love how 150g should yield 42 teeth!! I hope mine works out! I’ll keep my towel handy, for luck.)

San Francisco Bazaar!!!

This morning the Wee Girl and I went down to San Francisco’s Fort Mason to attend San Francisco Bazaar, my favorite local (and free!) craft show.  It isn’t the kind of craft fair you might remember from your childhood, with doilies and cheesy stuff.  This is funky, cool, edgy, very San Francisco and very awesome!  If you are in the area, it’s really, really worth the effort to attend.

http://sanfranciscobazaar.org/shows/holidayshow/

Some of my favorites this year:

Geeky neckties for your favorite fandom!  By Pepe and Ale, https://www.etsy.com/shop/Muluk

Geeky neckties for your favorite fandom! By Pepe and Ale, https://www.etsy.com/shop/Muluk

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Beautiful rings!

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I heart this!!!

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soooo cute!

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I love this idea!

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These little guys!!!

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Bowties ARE cool.

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Upcycled potholders!

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If I didn’t already have my soot sprite mug from 2 years ago….

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www.gneisswood.com They have really neat items– from lovely inspirational quotes to the San Francisco skyline to slightly dirty jokes…. And the lad who talked to us was super nice and friendly.

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Upcycled fingerless gloves! Really, really lovely!

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Fantastic woodwork!

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If only I could rock this look, it would be so handy!

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Who doesn’t need an angry kitty tote bag??!!

The Girl was such a good sport while I looked at everything (it helped that lots of vendors have dishes of complimentary sweets for the taking, and that we had her friend and his family join us, and that there is just so much CUTE STUFF!).  My only regret is that I knew that Chibi  https://www.etsy.com/shop/chibiland had a Star Wars cloth bucket for sale and I didn’t buy it, and it sold after we had been there.  That’s the risk with hand-made/one of a kind!  You can’t just put it on your wish list, because it might not be available later!

Luckily the Wee Boy had a long, well-timed nap, so we were able to continue our mother/daughter time while ignoring housework.  Walking around amongst so much creativity and artistic talent, I left feeling as refreshed as if I’d spent the morning at the beach or in the woods.   With such a relaxing start, the kids behaved better than usual all day, I was much more patient than ususal… I declare it the best Sunday we’ve had since…. last year’s San Francisco Bazaar??

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