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.)

Hiking, clouds, and N Bear

Today all of us went up to Sonoma County to hit the same lovely park we went to last week. Today, however, the weather was interesting! There were ominous clouds, threatening thunder, but all we received were a few dozen fat raindrops.

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Back in San Francisco, the clouds were just as entertaining.

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I worked on my N Bear tonight. Oops, I used brown instead of gray for a foot. I’ll have to fix that!

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Double blogging

I’m still plugging away at my Monkey socks, and they’re going well, but the progress isn’t anything special to photograph.

Yesterday I didn’t post because I was pretty worn out!  The kids and I went up to Petaluma to take a nice hike (or bike ride, for the Wee Boy) with our friend.  It was really, really lovely!  We stayed on the paved trail at the Helen Putnam Regional Park: http://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Get_Outdoors/Parks/Helen_Putnam_Regional_Park.aspx

It’s really pretty, and the hiking can get your heart working but not so much that you’ll hurt yourself.  And the views of the rolling hills are beautiful.  I’m looking forward to trying out some of the dirt trails as well.

The littlest trooper.

The littlest trooper.

The fish pond was definitely the highlight of the outing!

The fish pond was definitely the highlight of the outing!

"dipping toes" means different things for different people....

“dipping toes” means different things for different people….

In other news, I’ve written a blog post for my knitting group in which I recap my friend’s and my excursion to Stitches West.  You’ve read my side, but my friend’s knitterati encounter is pretty special, I’d say!

https://purljamsf.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/stitches-west-recap/

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!!!

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….?

Restraint.

Restraint.

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!