Friday, January 28, 2011


We interrupt this craft and knitting blog to insert some botanicals. We continue with our rather mild weather (Hello East Coast! This is me waving in my short sleeves and light pants.) Although we might get the occasional dusting of snow, for the most part we are green in the winter, dry in the summer.

That means ferns, grasses, and lots and lots of moss. Just look at those pumped up sporophytes - out there looking for love.

While I get a little artistic with my photography Omar stands guard. No rabid squirrel is going to get the jump on me!

I redid Kate's bag and called it quits.

I liked my flannel pj's so much that I'm making two more pair. Got to stay warm, even in sunny California.


Opal, for some reason, standing in my sweaty cap. It's a good color for her. In the background are some oils. I've been making lip balm. Soap making will happen in a couple of months. I still have lots from my last batch.

There has been knitting but most of it hasn't worked out. I've tried several vintage sock patterns from Nancy Bush's book but they are tiny! My size 9's won't fit into them. I'm still working on wrapping up UFO's and not buying yarn. It's a struggle. Yarn, it's so pretty, what's not to like? Still, I will Remain Strong.

Friday, January 21, 2011


One of the lovely things about living in California that every winter there is at least one or more periods of mild and delightful weather. The sun shines, the daytime temps hit the low 60's, and all is delightful. No snow shoveling around these parts.

As the daytime temps rose all the water from all that rain started to turn to vapor. Every morning the valley below was a sea of fog that would rise up and engulf our house. Eventually, it would burn off and we would bask in our sunshine only to have the mists come up again. It made for nice views while I sewed my flannel pj's.

Speaking of. Little snowmen and polka dots.

The still unfinished red coat sulked while I sewed. The bag belongs to Kate who asked me to cover up a logo (actually, I offered). I did but it's not even so I might rip it out all and start again. Still, it has its charm, and as Kate pointed out, "'s unique!"

Lovely weather means clean-up time in the garden. A few volunteer potatoes found under the old tomato vines.

Omar says that it's still rather chilly at night by his standards. He likes to burrow under covers but the only thing available was my knitting. I'm working on a shell top using Knitpick's CotLin which I am liking very much. Quite a few Ravelry knitters complained about the fuzz but I haven't run into that problem. Even my hands seem to have adjusted to the unyielding nature of the fiber. The biggest glitches were getting a size that works (different gauge) and the fact that the book the pattern is in somehow got mixed in with the library items to be returned. Hopefully, when the branch opens up again on Sat. I can reclaim my book.

The elusive Otis is starting to get a taste for treats.

Opal, mighty guard cat. We're safe from all marauding rodents.

Monday, January 10, 2011


That's the sound of a hungry blog. Unfed, left alone to fend for itself in the dark. In my defense it has been a busy time, holidays, food, family, vegging out (did I type that out loud?).

So what has been happening?

We went snowshoeing around a beautiful little lake. We hope to get out again this week if the weather permits. It's been very cold and frosty.

We don't generally get a lot of snow on the ground where we live but we did get a dusting a couple of weeks ago.
Meant to get that hose put away...

New Years Day brought a subset of the siblings for the day. Lots of good food and talk. I have nice brothers. David is looking more and more like our father to the point it's a little disconcerting.

I wore one of my Christmas presents from The Enabler. She is so talented. The necklace is called a "Dagger Drip".

The Christmas branch has been taken down. Overall, the furbots ignored it but Olive, well Olive has a mission in life and that is to knock down or push off every item she can lay her beautiful little paws on. She is one determined cat.

I have goals.

Me too. I think they involve food and shredding things but don't quote me.


I am just back from a weekend in San Francisco visiting girlfriends. I was able to see Mara (actually, Mara is the yarn from The Woolen Rabbit, the pattern is from the Twist Collective and is called "Hawthorne") in situ on its owner, Julie. It looks just perfect on her.
Kate and I went to a museum, watched some good movies, and ate an incredible brunch at Lovejoy's. I'm off sugar for now so I had to forgo all the lovely pastries but I didn't suffer.
I rode Muni for the first time (with Kate steering me all the way and holding my hand, otherwise, I probably would have bolted) in something like 40 years. To quote Kate, "It hasn't changed much." True, very true.
There has been knitting but no photos and the Red Coat Project is so close to completion I could spit but somehow it is still Not.Quite.Done.

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