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Archive for July, 2011


it’s Sunday again. Today is my 4th day off and I’m loving it. My knitting mojo seems to have returned (don’t want to jinx it by saying it too loudly). My stash organization from last week is still in tact. I haven’t taken photo’s to add to my stash page but I have been knitting.

Got the 2nd sock back on the road to completion. Currently working on the foot and and should be done my the end of the week. (The picture kinda looks obscene doesn’t it!) 








I started the Polar Cap sweater in Ella Rae yesterday. I tried using the yarn for the February Lady Sweater but the yarn doesn’t knit up well in garter stitch (my opinion). Doesn’t look like much yet. It’s knit top down so this is the collar and the yoke.








Plan for the day is to knit on both projects and watch Giant’s baseball San Francisco Giantsthat starts at 10:10 a.m. I sure hope they don’t get swept in this series. If the do I think it will be the first time this season.

Hope you all have a great day whatever you are doing!





WIP Wednesday (one day late)

I finished knitting the Ugly Vest (see https://napiligal.wordpress.com/2011/07/20/wip-wednesday-4/) for original post) Wednesday night but it was too late to photograph. It’s still Ugly and I don’t know what I’ll do with it. It still needs to be seamed at the shoulders and I’m going to ask my friend Carrie to sew it for me. The nubby yarn is making it hard to use to do the seams. I did trim the nubs on the sewing piece but it’s still difficult to navigate the garment/

I have decided to Frog the Summery Shirt 

. After consulting with several other knitters it was decided that it is too small for me and blocking won’t help the rolled edge. Not sure what I’ll do with the yarn next.

I’m still working on the Cabled Thumb fingerless glove. I tried what I thought was going to work to get the cable in the correct place for the right hand but it’s not working out. 

Might just frog both and and make Fetching pattern instead. Stay tuned.

Looks like my day will be spent frogging so probably no FO Friday posts. Have a good weekend everyone.

L is for………

L is lost (and found)

Lost my knitting mojo about a week ago

  • Found it again this weekend

Lost some yarn

  • Found it when I organized my stash

Lost the pattern for vest I’m working on

  • Found it again thanks to the Internet

Lost my Mom  in 2009

  • Found that I have lots of memories of her in my heart

Lost my desire to eat lots of snacks during the day

  • Found that I like my body 35 pounds lighter

Lost my church when it closed in June

  • Found that God is still with me

Lost my best friend when she moved to SoCal

  • Found that you can’t lose a BFF

What have you lost and found?


I know there are others with far more yarn than me, but I think for me I am out of control! I HAVE to stop buying yarn (except with my gift cards). My Ravelry Stash organizer says I only have 62 lots of yarn recorded but I don’t know when I’ll ever knit it all. I did discover I have enough yarn to knit Polar Cap Sweater in Ella Rae yarn in a sea foam color. I still have to add the pictures I took of yarn to my Ravelry Stash page, but for now I think I’ll pick up the stix and knit something!


I’m going to try again to post what I did Thursday with my friend Jim. I tried Friday night but couldn’t get the pictures to post in the right order.  So here we go again……

ETA: The pictures still are in the wrong places but I’m not going to fix it!

ETA: Squee Sunday Post

Thursday Jim and I took another foodie field trip (my turn to drive) and put 225 miles on the wheels. Our first stop was TMB baking in South San Francisco. It also houses the San Francisco Baking Institute. Jim had been there before and needed additional supplies for his new-found hobby of baking bread (this does not displace his coffee-making/roasting hobby). While Jim was talking with the receptionist about what he needed, I wandered through the double doors and discovered the school, the hearth oven/pizza oven, some interesting posters AND a table of baked goods. The receptionist kindly told his to help ourselves to the baked goods. Could she see my mouth drooling over the thought of a Savory Scone? On the way out I snapped a picture of a display of bread (that was well beyond eating status).

Then it was off to Four Barrel Coffee Photo
in The Mission (San Francisco). Jim had some “vinyl” to donate to their collection and of course we needed coffee. Too bad I hadn’t saved my scone from SFBI to have with my YUMMY latte. Photo

Then it was off to Clement Street in  The Richmond (San Francisco) to check out Green Apple Books and Kamei Restaurant Supply. Green apple is a great place to browse, overhear interesting conversations and pick up a great summer time (or anytime) read. Kamei beats Ikea when it comes to cheap kitchen supplies. (Kamei doesn’t have a website so I linked to Yelp).

Then it was off to Sonoma to seek out  Artisan Bakers and score some good bread and maybe talk to the bakers. After a looonnnngg drive from San Francisco that included a missed turn that found us out in the country and in Glen Ellen rather than Sonoma we finally made it. unfortunately the bakery itself had been moved to a larger building and all that was where we were was the retail/deli business. We bought bread and sandwiches and were off to The Square for a well deserved lunch. 

After lunch we walked around the plaza and stopped at sob_header3.jpg

to browse their shop (they don’t have a website). Of course we compared what they had and their prices to what we sell at Sur La Table where we work.

About 4:15pm we left and headed to Berkeley to visit The Berkeley Bowl, our favorite grocery emporium. I can’t call it a grocery store as it doesn’t compare to a Safeway or Luckys or any other usual grocery store. My scores were pencil thin asparagus and wonderful doughnut peaches 

I scored more veggies and some great tea (sold in bulk) as well.

We headed home tired and satisfied arriving back in San Jose around 8pm. Whew, what a day. We discussed out next field trip but I’ve already forgotten where we plan to go! I have to recover from this one.

Today (Saturday) I’m off to Santa Cruz with Shari to visit The Golden Fleece Yarn Shop. Gunilla has recently re-open the shop and is having her 10th Wedding Anniversary Sale. I’m bringing a copy of my wedding picture and can have a 20% discount. If I still had my dress and brought it in I’d get 40% but my dress is long gone having disintegrated in the bag I was storing it in 😦

ETA:  Beach traffic was a B—-! It took me 45 minutes to go 10 miles to the pick up spot where I was meeting Shari. We decided to sit and have coffee at Peet’s before attempting to get back on the road to the coast. An hour later we left and got to Gunilla’s around 3:15. Had a nice time visiting, knitting and eating lots of snacks that Gunilla provided tot the party/sale. Held myself back from buying yarn and just worked on my projects. Arrived home about 8pm. Tomorrow (Sunday) I am just staying home, except to run to Bobbins Nest to buy yarn (I have a GC) to make Polar Cap Sweater in Berroco Vintage

Whew, finished!

FO Friday……….

I’m too tired to post much of anything else. Here’s the WIP hat from Wednesdays post. That’s all folks!

WIP Wednesday

My knitting mojo has been on hiatus  the past week. I have fouled up my 2nd sock three times and have just set it aside.

I finished fingerless mitt #1  but need to figure out how to get the cable on the right hand in the correct place as the pattern isn’t written for Left and Right hand. I did M1L for mitt #1 and I think if I just do a M1R I might be ok. I’m going to try to visit my LYS this weekend for advice.

Project #2 is really the 2nd attempt to use this Mochi Plus yarn. I had a great scarf pattern for it but kept running in to knots in the yarn and having to weave in ends in the middle of a row (1st stitch is a slip stitch and hard to join on the edge) and didn’t like it. Now I’m doing the Noro Hat pattern trying to take advantage of the self striping. Hope I have enough yarn (I have 2 skeins).

Project #3 is an “Ugly Vest” out of “Ugly Yarn“! I bought the yarn (on Ravelry ISO DSO Forum) when I had another vest idea for which I had no pattern and never got around to figuring it out. I found this pattern on Lion Brand website and thought I’d give it a go. I hope I have enough yarn to make finish it. You can’t tell anything from the picture as to how it’s going to turn out but I keep knitting away.


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