Birthday and FO

Last week I celebrated my 43rd birthday! My husband really spoiled me with some knitting goodies!

He went to one of Portland’s loveliest yarn stores and treated me to a new swift, a candle, hand balm, a farming needle, sheep pin, wool soap, a necklace that doubles as a knitting needle gauge, the most darling scissors, and a gift card.

Aren’t these sweet? They’re also very sharp, which came in handy when I had to snip out some of my cross-stitch.

In my FO news, I finished the wording on my Godzilla cross-stitch last night, and today I washed and ironed it. I’m so pleased!

And this! I love silver jewelry, and pieces that are unique, so of course this is perfect.

Am I spoiled or what?

My plan is to stitch our house number over the door when we buy a house, to personalize it.

Happy crafting!

Yarnapalooza, trains, and a lake

I made it to Yarnapooza at Northwinds Books and Fiber!

It’s a really nice store, located in the adorable downtown of Spooner, Wisconsin. I only took photos of yarny items, but the book selection is fantastic as well!

wonder if i won???


spinning fibers


local yarns!


malabrigo trunk show


great selection of crafty books!

I left with 3 Feet of Sheep, and some potholder loom loops for the girl.

Next, we visited the Train Memories Museum in Spooner.  It’s chock full of train memorabilia and history. Well worth the visit!

  Then we took a scenic train ride!   

Nemakogon River

 Our last stop before heading home was the lake we used to go to when I was little. It’s especially nice because it’s super clean, quiet, and motorized watercrafts aren’t allowed.   
The water was pretty warm, and the kids enjoyed swimming and spotting many fish swimming around. 

What a fun day!

LYS and a trip to Duluth

We finally made it up to Lake Superior today! But first– on the drive up, we conveniently had to pass a yarn store, and with my niece along to stay in the car with the kids (one sleeping, the other disapproves of my yarn habit), I was able to browse!

The building is small and doesn’t look like much from the outside, but it’s jam-packed full of great yarns!

a wall of noro!

There were also notions, fabric, and gifts, but the yarn selection was really outstanding, especially for the location, aka in the middle of nowhere. If you are up north on highway 53 near Gordon, stop by!!!

As for Duluth…

Well, first we made a quick stop at Amnicon Falls, although wencould have spent hours exploring the falls and trails.

In Duluth, we watched a few huge ships pass under the lift bridge. Wow!

  We took a boat ride and enjoyed some amazing views of the lake and city.  
Then we finished up with some beach time on Minnesota Point.

Phew!!! Tomorrow is another big day, so I’d better be off to sleep! Good night!

(Almost) hometown LYS/coffee shop!

Today I met up with one of my oldest friends at our other old friend’s small business, which happens to be a knitter’s dream; a coffee shop/yarn store!!  It’s called the Brew House and is located on the north side of Rice Lake, Wisconsin.

justin owns and runs the shop with hisn wife , Jen (not pictured). the three of us pictured here had some awfully good times in high school and college, and I’m so happy to be reunited !

Past the front room where you order, you find a small room with various handmade things; bibs, soaps, candles, handspun yarn…

  The next room contains big shelves of yarn. Some are well known brands like Cascade, others I hadn’t seen.    



how cute are these??


and notions!

They also sell local yarn, which I was so pleased to see! It’s beautiful and soft, and I might need to buy some as a souvenir. Blue Hills Fiber Mill- the Blue Hills are not far from my home town and are especially pretty in the autumn.

I’ll be back several times during my visit, so I have plenty of time to choose a souvenir yarn. 🙂 🙂 🙂


Clement Street, and buttons!

The Wee Girl and I had the morning together without the Boy, and we started it out with a bit of shopping on Clement Street, specifically at Park Life and Green Apple Books. I found scores of amusing items…







After Clement Street, we hit up Imagiknit for buttons! I found just what I wanted, and also found adorable ornaments that I’ll have to keep in mind for next year.

I think the buttons are perfect for my Honeybee Cardigan!


Hopefully I’ll get some modeled photos soon!

Solano and Stash Enhancement, Oops.

Today the kids and I made a day trip to visit a friend in Petaluma.  I had gotten interested in taking my frustrating Cormo locks to a mill in Valley Ford, about a half hour drive from Petaluma, that I’d discovered.  It turned out that my amount was too small to process affordably, but we decided to check out the mercantile anyway!

The town of Valley Ford seems to consist of about a dozen buildings along a short stretch of highway.  It was hard to understand where it was acceptable to park, but I felt safe leaving my car in front of the local grocery.

Village market

Village market

From there, it was about 50 feet back to Valley Ford Wool Mill!


Wool!!!  A-ha moment; it’s only been in business since 2013, THAT’S why we hadn’t heard of it!

Of course, we couldn’t check out the mill itself, but the mercantile was more than satisfying.

Lovely shop

Lovely shop

Local yarns galore!

Local yarns galore!

Spinning fiber!

Spinning fiber!

Beeswax candles!

Beeswax candles!

The Truth.

The Truth.  Click for a clearer view.

I would like to print this info out on small cards to pass out to people who gush over my handknit items and insist that I should sell them.  Um, yeah, I’d make a great living doing that, because who WOULDN’T pay $375 for a hat?

More local yarns!

More local yarns!

Locally made soaps, etc.

Locally made soaps, etc.

Since our knitting group had our stash exchange yesterday, this outing was kind of like going into a candy store the day after Halloween!  Initially, I left without buying anything, but after lunch, I dashed back in for a few of these lovely soaps.  I wish you could smell how delightful they are!!  I resisted the urge to buy a very pretty top.  I can’t remember why….?



And on to the Stash Enhancement, Oops.

Oops, where will I put all of this?!?

Oops, where will I put all of this?!?

I knew my friend had some roving for me, but the photo she’d texted me did not have me prepared for the huge amount!  Part of the green is 15 ounces.  I have a few sweater’s worth of wool here to spin, as well as a sweater’s amount of Cascade 220 Heathers (always lovely!), and some sweet fabric.  I think the Wee Girl and I will dye up some of these silk scarves as holiday gifts for her teachers.  I’m eyeing the yellow/blue fabric and thinking of a blouse from one of my sewing books….  Oh, the possibilities!


Today was a more productive day than usual!  First of all, I sewed up the last strips squares for my quilt top– meaning I have four strips to sew together, then to the bigger piece that’s waiting so patiently.

Ready to become part of the whole quilt!

Ready to become part of the whole quilt!

I took a quick trip to my LYS, Imagiknit, to pick up some yarn I’d ordered for my POP blanket.  And I found some nice things, including these adorable Mochimochi Land kits for knitting these teeny tiny creatures.



And this!  3 feet of fiber for spinning!  If I can work down my fiber stash, and this is still at the shop, I will be super tempted….

3 feet of fiber!

3 feet of fiber!

Their selection of local yarns is getting to be very nice.

Local yarns

Local yarns

This yarn was so thick, it was about as big around as one of my fingers.

Huge yarn!

Huge yarn!

And a trunk show– I’m not sure if this was just Coco Knits or if there were other designers featured here, but they were lovely samples.

Coco Knits

Coco Knits

And later, at the beginning of Knit Night I had this:

Beginning of Knit Night

Beginning of Knit Night

And by the end I had grafted the toes and woven in the ends, with some admiration of my even floats along the way.

My best floats ever?

My best floats ever?

Finished Eisern socks!

Finished Eisern!

Finished Eisern!

Cute bottom.

Cute bottom.


My plan is to focus a little on my POP blanket and the quilt, now that these socks and Halloween costumes are finished.   But I am also feeling the need for an instant gratification project, maybe a hat or some kind of cowl.  Hmmm.


I stopped by my LYS, Imagiknit, (if you come to San Francisco, it’s a great destination!!!) today to pick up some yarn I’d ordered. Here are a few snapshots.

A funny card:


I really love this window display.  Every June, they decorate the window with lots of rainbow-y things for Gay Pride, and it just warms my heart.


Pincushion sew and craft

It was another gorgeous day in San Francisco, but with the drought, I feel guilty for enjoying it so much.

ImageToday I visited a new local sewing/knitting/craft shop called Pincushion!  It’s located on the fashionable Union Street in San Francisco’s Marina District.

ImageThe storefront is simple and adorable.  I love how the words in the top windows cast shadows onto the backdrops of the main window displays.

Inside, the space is spacious, airy, and bright, and the owner and staff were friendly and welcoming.

ImageThere are yarns and notions in the front, with fabrics and other notions toward the back.  (There were many more yarns whose travels from the East Coast were delayed by the Polar Vortex, so all the stock wasn’t out yet!)

ImageI love the ribbons!  I searched high and low for this type of embroidered ribbon several months ago, now I know where to find them!

ImageThese adorable vintage-y sewing kits!!! (the cuteness temporarily stole my verbs, sorry about that!)

ImageBolts and bolts of tasteful, carefully chosen fabrics!  Two are missing from the photo because they were on the cutting table for me. 🙂


These are some of the yarns and notions.  Plenty of Clover brand needles, stitch markers, etc.  Oh, they have some adorable sewing patterns for sale, including Amy Butler, Oliver + S, and others.  There are also baskets of super cute embroidery patterns, iron-ons, etc.

I went with a very specific sewing pattern (or 2) in mind, and left with fabric for both!  I’m so excited to wash them and get sewing!  Here are the fabrics along with the swag that Melissa, the owner, gave me; a ball of yarn and a stack of adorable Richard Scarry fabrics. I’ll make something adorable for my son with the Richard Scarry fabrics.  The more ahem mature fabrics will be blouses for me.  The yarn, I don’t know its fate yet!


I’m glad to have this new shop in the neighborhood, and I’ll be keeping an eye on their class schedule to see if there’s a sewing class that would be useful to me.  Good luck, Pincushion!