A warm Sunday

Everyone wanted another beach day, so today we headed north to Stinson Beach in Marin County.

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It might have been our longest beach outing ever- we were there for at least five hours. It’s so nice there.

At home, while knitting my P bear, I was reminded why I loathe center-pull balls.

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Knots and yarn vomit make for a very cranky knitter! Grr! Excuse me while I go wind this into a proper ball!

Beach day! And Halloween, part 4.

Well, the San Francisco Bay Area has been having something of a heat wave!  It doesn’t feel like our normal Indian Summer, not with these 80+ degree temperatures!  So the kids and I headed out of the city today to Stinson Beach.  It turned out to be a very excellent choice.  It got up to about 90 degrees, I think.  Nor-Cal water is frigid even in super hot temps, but it felt great anyway.  We pretty much got soaked up to our necks.

For the first time since I had kids, I took a book to the beach!  I actually got to read a few poems in between fetching water, chasing waves, and digging holes.

For the first time since I had kids, I took a book to the beach! I actually got to read a few poems in between fetching water, chasing waves, and digging holes.

Taking a break from the water with watercolors!

I also took along art supplies for the first time since having kids!  It ended up being a good call!

I also took along art supplies for the first time since having kids! It ended up being a good call!

The nice thing about staying for a super long time is that we were all ready to go at the same time.  No fussing!

We stayed for about 5 hours, which I'm sure is our longest stay at a beach!

We stayed for about 5 hours, which I’m sure is our longest stay at a beach!

We made a quick stop at JoAnn’s on the way home for the last few bits and pieces for Halloween costumes, and while the kids passed out watching Monsters, Inc., I finished the zipper and apron for the Wee Girl’s dress.  This was my first time putting a zipper into a garment, and it went ok.  There was a tiny part where it looks like the fabric didn’t quite catch, but I sewed in an extra line on each side of the zipper (topstitching? edge stitching?), so I think it’s safe.

Zipper!

Zipper!

I veered from the apron instructions because 1) I didn’t understand them and 2) the Wee Girl and I thought that the apron should be attached to the dress, for security purposes.

Apron!

Apron!

Now I just need the Girl to try it on and decide on the right length!  Then we’ll be ready for pumpkin patch photo ops, Halloween parties and parades, trick-or-treating….

THIS close!

THIS close!

I hope your Saturday was as excellent as mine!

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Happily, I’m over my short but fierce cold, thanks for the warm wishes!

While at the beach yesterday afternoon, I finished my Serenity Socks! 

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They are actually sparklier than they show up here, and I’m very happy with them.  I’ll always think of Firefly when I see them sparkle…. Maybe I need to knit a Jayne hat…

It was an interesting time at the beach.  There were hundreds of these jellyfish washing up onto the beach.  I’d never seen so many at one time!

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Today I’m plugging away at the Wee Girl’s Tiny Tea Leaves cardigan.  I have only about 3 inches until I can do the bottom border of the body section, then on to the sleeves!  It’s nice doing some biggish projects, but I miss the instant gratification of Mother Bear knitting.  So I think I’ll knit a few bears after I finish the cardigan, like a reward.  :0

A Sunday in January

The day started out nicely, at my sock knitting group, where I started a Chasing Snakes sock (pattern from knitty.com).  The yarn I’m using is Miss Babs’ Yummy (baby/sock weight) in the colorway Little Red.  The project bag made in a sock patterned-fabric was made by yours truly.  I love it!

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In the afternoon we decided to head down to Half Moon Bay, where we discovered Dunes Beach.  It was a great spot to spend a few hours playing in the water and collecting seashells.  In addition to lots of little shells,  I saw 4 different live sea dollars wash up with the waves.  I had never seen that before!  TotoroIMG_9960wtmk

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Happily, the new sock is quite a bit further along than it was at 9:30am.