Last-minute birthday earrings 

Today the Girl’s BFF’s mom asked if we’d join them to celebrate her (the mom’s) birthday at Crown and Crumpet, a local tea shop. Of course I said yes, and talked to the Wee Boy about using our best manners, etc., beforehand. 😜  

Luckily, my husband took the Boy out just long enough this afternoon for me to whip up a couple of pairs of earrings as a gift.

i like to cut up old greeting cards when i gift them- they are secured and look nice to boot.


The tea was lovely, and I think it was fun for the Girl to experience some of the desserts she’d read about in Harry Potter, even if they were not quite authentic, according to our English birthday mum. It was fun nonetheless!

Outdoors, UFO

We spent another good chunk of the weekend in golden gate park today- exploring, climbing trees, burning off excess energy…

 

massive tree

  

these kids will climb anything!

  

these workout stations are great for energetic kids!


And I squeezed in a bit of UFO knitting. Poor Trillian has gotten very little attention, due to 1) more exciting projects and 2) carpal tunnel. #2 is really the bigger cause, because the smallish size 4 needles tend to hurt me more than, say, a size 8, and I can only do a row or two at a time. Slow going!!
  
But a row or two is something, anyway.

Wee sweater, modeled!

The Wee Boy’s sweater was finally dry today, and we had some nice outings that provided good backgrounds for FO photos.

 

botanical gardens in golden gate park

  
  

our favorite library

 
I thought it might be a tad fitted, but it turns out he has plenty of room to grow!

As a bonus, the Girl wore her Wonder Woman sweater, so I got a few good shots of it as well.

   
 

Wee sweater

The Wee Boy’s sweater is looking good! It looked like this yesterday: 

 
Now I’ve picked up the button band/shawl collar and have knitted four rows.  Yeah!   

Because his last hand knit sweater was lost, he’s very concerned about me putting his name in this one. Good kid!

Now for fun, a few pics of an afternoon in golden gate park:

   
    

  
 

Dino hat, street art

Last night I finished crocheting another hat for our preschool’s fundraising auction! This time, a dinosaur!

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And for fun, here are some pics of a super fun block the Wee Boy and I came across on an errand this morning.

Yarn bombings!


  
  

The boy couldn’t resist giving the crochet pieces some cuddles.

Koi sidewalk!


  
Goofy!

Christmas Eve 

Aside from late-night gift wrapping, today wasn’t particularly Christmas Eve-y.  We started with a trip to the local grocery co-op, where I giggled to myself over the absurd prices of (sometimes absurd) items.

   
  We also hit Imagiknit (twice!), and admired their holiday window decorations.

   
 
Between bouts of rain, we scaled Corona Heighs.

   
   
  We saw a huge rainbow!

 
We strolled Fillmore Street and admired decorations in our favorite shop windows.

  
And I finally put eyes on this fish hat!

  
I don’t think it looks so worried in real life…

And that was Christmas Eve! Hope yours was merry!

A grand day out, and a ruffle

The kids and I spent a good portion of the day out exploring a new place, then an old favorite.  First, Fort Funston, which was new to us.

   
The warnings are scary!

    
But the views are fantastic.    
The tree climbing is also fantastic.

    
 

The colors! The textures!
  
After lunch and gingerbread cookie dough-making, we headed out again, this time to Stow Lake, where the kids enjoyed climbing trees and “tinkering.”

 

“the tangle of doom”

 
Our cookie results were pretty funny.

  

a friend of mine called them the Walking Bread. zombie decorating tomorrow!!!

Knitting-wise, I’ve finished 2 out of 3 secret projects, and have a decent start on the 3rd. Sneak peek:
 
I have much more than that done now, but this part has to be blocked before I continue. In the meantime, I’m working on a bear.
And how was your Saturday?

 

Living on the edge

This Honey Cowl is so near completion that I’m using my kitchen scale and computing how much more I can knit before binding off, and how much yarn to leave for the bind-off row.  Cutting it close is one of the things I love about knitting! Will it work? Will I have to frog? 

  
I have these two tiny balls left, but my weighing and calculating tell me that I’ll have more than enough to finish. Results tomorrow!

In other crafty news, I made some felt dryer balls and the kids and I embellished some with needle felting.

  
The swirl is my favorite. The boy wanted a face, so we have one creepy ball. 

It has been a verrrry long thanksgiving weekend for me. The kids don’t do well at home for long periods of time, so I have to come up with lots of outside entertainment, which I prefer to be cheap or free, since we require so much of it. Today we hit a new library and a new park/walk. The best part was that we ran into preschool friends at both places.😊 We made good choices!

 
Oh, we also dropped in at a firehouse. Firefighters are so nice to kids!

  
Happy weekend to you! Are you up to fun things?

Cowl progress

About 8″ done, 3″ to go! Home stretch!

  
Since we are a small family living quite far from most of our relatives (only one set is within driving distance), our holidays tend to be small and unstructured.  So today’s Thanksgiving was marked by a trip to the beach, a small, early meal (husband goes to work at 3:00pm), then an outing to the park.

   

 Simple, easy, (relatively) quiet. I’m thankful for the simplicity and for the low expectations my kids have for such holidays. 😜  I hope that my American friends had a nice Thanksgiving, and that friends and readers from elsewhere had a pleasant Thursday.