40 & etc.

I turned 40! I’d been craving izakaya food, and my husband wanted to take me out for my birthday, so we ended up at Izakaya Sozai in the Sunset district of San Francisco. It was perfect! The food was really good, and we had a flight of sake which really made me nostalgic for my years living in Japan.

We had just enough time left (babysitter clock was ticking) to dash over to North Beach to have a bit of dessert at Caffe Trieste. Biscotti, rugulah, and baklava.

This is extra-special to us, because we first met at the Caffe Trieste in Berkeley. ❤️

40 feels ok! I’m tired due to a new job and all, but am trying to keep that creative spirit flowing! We had a kinder birthday today, and I whipped up a wee messenger bag for the birthday lass.


The lining is purple, and it’s reversible! I fudged the strap placement, because I thought the straps were too wide for the wee space.  I had to rip it out and finagle a ruched look.  

Hopefully I can perfect this, because I’m hoping to make some wee bags to wear around work when I don’t have a pocket for cell phone, etc.

Happy Saturday!!! 

Yarn chicken 2

I lost!! I ran out of the Exploding Peacock yarn with about 9 garter ridges of the last wedge left. After consulting my knitting group, I decided to finish it in the blue (wavy edge color). 

I think it’ll look fine. Having stayed up too late, I also had time to start the cables edging.

After working all those increasingly long rows, this part is fun and satisfying! 

Happy knitting! 

Free to be

Sometimes when I spin yarn, I want it to be really perfect and even. Other times I’m able to let the yarn decide. Today I didn’t predraft too much, but let the yarn fulfill its fibrous destiny:

I’ll almost done with this half of the totally fiber. We’ll see what it becomes! 

WIPs and a bear sighting!

Hi friends, I’ve been quiet in this space lately (sometimes wordpress acts up on my phone, which is where I prefer to blog), but there has been some knitting, some vacationing, some coursework, and lots of baby steps toward starting work in a few weeks.

I’m currently knitting three shawls at the same time, which is unheard of for me, but there is a good reason for each of them; 1) because I really want a neutral gray shawl, reyna2) because of Colorpalooza, doodlerand 3) because it’s a Don’t Panic Mystery Shawl Knitalong and I find it hard to resist Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy-themed knits!!!

It’s a mystery KAL, so I won’t spoil it, but it looks very pretty!

It’s been a while since I’ve had a bear sighting, but today I was alerted to this guy!  Thorin Bear has been spotted in Africa with his new owner!


Happy knitting!