Monkeys and more

My Monkey socks are finished!

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They took way too long! I do better when socks are KALs and therefore have deadlines!
Having finished the socks, I finally had (my own) permission to start a secret project which will reach the recipient late, due to its late start!!

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For the super secret project, I casted on 396 stitches. I hope. It took quite a while, and while I knitted the first few rows, I quickly realized that a 24 inch circular needle isn’t enough to accommodate these stitches. Time to upgrade!

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…

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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.

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I think the buttons are perfect for my Honeybee Cardigan!

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Hopefully I’ll get some modeled photos soon!

My Honeybee is in one piece!

Last night I overcame some trepidation, and joined the arms to my Honeybee cardigan.  This was no minor feat.  Have you ever joined already-knit arms to a bottom-up sweater?  It’s awkward, to say the least.  I started out with three circular needles, but soon decided that they complicated things more than simplifying, so I switched to my very long metal circular needle, and just pulled the cable out when necessary to accommodate the sleeves.

Connected!

Connected!

Today, it rained.  If you’ve heard anything about the San Francisco Bay Area weather the past few days, you may have heard of silly San Franciscans freaking out over nothing (all public schools and many private/parochial were closed!!  For rain!!!), but I assure you, there was some serious damage done by the strong winds and flooding.  Not in my neighborhood, though, thank goodness…. The midwestern/Tokyo-residing girl in me giggles about it a little….  I went to school in super heavy snow/freezing temperatures, I went to work in crazy harsh typhoons/ridiculously strong winds, but we can’t handle some rain?

Rain, rain, and more rain.

Rain, rain, and more rain.

Well, it meant that the kids were home all day, and we did any craft I could think of, as well as two rainy walks, to keep things civilized.   Even so, I yelled a lot more than I would have liked. (Note to self, take that deep breath before going off the deep end!!)

Wee ones in the rain.

Wee ones in the rain.

The rainy walks were pretty fun, and always a good idea.

Me in the rain.

Me in the rain.

Once the power came back on after 5 hours without it, we had lunch and then I let the kids watch a movie.  Because of this, I was able to progress pretty well on my Honeybee Cardigan.  I did many rows of arm decreases, and estimated that I have about 30-40 rows left (I think? I forgot to write it down.).  Of course, I still have the button bands and the i-cord edging at the neckline, but this is really good progress.  If it weren’t for my knitting friend asking us to join her in NaKniSweMo, I would never have gotten this far this fast!  Hooray for KALs, however loosely organized!

Ta-da!

Ta-da!