One of our first destinations in Half Moon Bay was Fengari--the yarn store! This place makes me a little crazy, but you know I can't resist a yarn store. They have a huge stock, and not a huge space, so you have to wind your way around boxes and bags of yarn, and it's a bit too cluttered, even for me.
The first picture is of the Manos wall...which I didn't even go near, it looked so precarious! the second picture is of the Malabrigo shelves, and you know I couldn't resist that!
I got two skeins, one for a scarf for Les, and one that I have several ideas for (including a second scarf for Les, more mitts for someone, perhaps me, a hat, actual mittens...)
They even had the new Malabrigo silky merino, but their selection of colors was really picked over, so I didn't get any.
After yarn and window shopping and lunch, we went to the beach (see previous post) and then we had to warm up! Plus, I was itching to get started on my new yarn, so we went to a little cafe on the highway with a fiberglass roof so we could listen to the rain.
I splurged and got hot cocoa, and Les had her standard Earl Grey tea.
We sipped and listened to the rain...
Les read her book and I worked on her scarf--just a simple moss stitch scarf in Olive Malabrigo Worsted. (size 9 needles, cast on 21 stitches, work in moss stitch until you run out of yarn!)
It was a lovely little cafe, but would have been ten times cozier with a couch or some big comfy chairs. Why are there no coffee shops with comfy chairs in California?!?! It drives me crazy!
After a relaxing afternoon, we left around 5, and it was good we did, because as we were driving into Berkeley, we heard on the news that a semi had driven into the hillside on Hwy 1 and was blocking both lanes of traffic, so if we had waited just a little longer we might have been caught up in that accident!
So, we began our rainy Monday off by driving over the San Mateo Bridge (which Celeste remembers well), on our way to Half Moon Bay. The sky was ominous, and the ocean was a weird green.
Actually, we started at the Oakland airport so I could pick up my ticket to Salt Lake City, which was a fiasco in itself, but I digress...
So, I was driving, and Les took pictures. We got to HMB and walked around town a bit, did some window shopping and some yarn shopping, and had Mexican for lunch. Then we headed to the beach!
I love the colorful grasses and all the shades of gray with sky, ocean, rocks and sand in the rain. It was cold and wet, but we had a nice walk along the beach anyway.
Days like this make me really yearn for a nice cozy house to go home to, with a warm kitchen where I could cook dinner and a nice living room to cuddle up and knit in after a long bath in a big bathtub...my desires are simple enough, right?
In the next post I'll fill you in on the knitterly portion of the day, and explain how we got warm after the chilly beach (hint: it involves hot cocoa!). For now I'll leave you with another road shot, leaving HMB and headed back to Berkeley. As you can see, it was still quite stormy, but beautiful.
OK, I just realized I need to make myself a hat for my upcoming trip to Utah (leaving on Sunday!!!) So, I'm browsing ravelry, and while I haven't found one for myself yet, I did find this, which I think I have to make for Daddy someday: Spongebob !
I may just make one of my classic nipple hats, using some of the Malabrigo I got for Christmas from brotherdontknit. I also need to make myself some mittens, since my leather gloves are just not warm enough, and I need to buy or borrow a warm coat.
So much to do, so little time!
Thankfully, I already got some great versatile winter boots a few weeks ago--just need to get some waterproofing spray for them.
It's MLK day, and Les is on her way over so we can have a fun day off. We were planning on some outside fun--Muir Woods, or perhaps the beach at Half Moon Bay...
But it was raining when I woke up, and though it seems to slow down once in a while, it hasn't stopped yet. Also, even though we had a beautiful sunny warm weekend, today is supposed to be really chilly.
So, what to do? Outside fun in the rain? San Francisco fun in the rain? Shopping, museum, movie?
I'll let you know what we decide, and whatever it is, I promise to have some pictures!
I've made a few more pairs of Maine Morning Mitts in the last week. They are great for lecture knitting, cause I can finish one mitt per class session!
Finally, I decided I needed to make myself a pair, so here's a pic. It's some leftover pink Malabrigo I had in my stash, so they are very soft and cozy.
Now I think I need them in ever color so they go with any outfit!
Saturday, Les had a Hawaiian slack-key guitar lesson (she's so eclectic!), so we drove down to San Jose, and she dropped me at this restaurant to knit while she was at her lesson.
I find being in San Jose kind of like bing in the Twilight Zone. All the businesses have this retro feel to them, and driving down the streets reminds me of the driving simulation filmstrips in driver's ed class.
After much email consultation, Les helped me decide on the yarn to use for the Mr. Greenjeans sweater I want to make for myself.
I found a good sale price on Malabrigo, and decided on this color--hummingbird. I have a skein in this colorway already, in the Malabrigo laceweight, and I do love the colors. It will be much more variegated than the sweater pictured in the pattern, but I think it will be beautiful.
So, I still don't know what to do with the Purple Mystery I got for Christmas. Perhaps a cozy scarf? Or a shrug (like a One Skein Wonder with longer sleeves)? It's over 400 yards of yarn, so there are many good possibilities for it.
OK, time to get ready for my day and stop dreaming about knitting for a while. Meetings at church, class Field trip to Oakland to an AIDS care facility, and homework (including a reworking of my latest sermon to preach tomorrow in our class closing worship service)!
On Saturday night, Les and I went to dine with her friends Jay and Alberto at their apartment in San Francisco. As far as I can tell, they are both amazing cooks, and soon after we got there, I was warned that they "dine," so we would be at the table for quite a while.
The first course was this wonderful carrot soup from a Chez Panisse cookbook. It had hints of turmeric (freshly shaved from an actual turmeric root, of course) and ginger, and was garnished with yogurt. The darker orange part was (I think) some of the soup with red peppers added.
As he dished it out, Jay made a special design in each bowl. The top picture is mine, and the heart was for Les. Alberto got a kitty face!
When we finished the soup, we went on to miso marinated sea bass, roasted new potatoes, and beet greens with beets and feta cheese.
Now, if you know me well, you know that beets are one vegetable that I DO NOT EAT! But, I didn't want to be rude, and they assured me that the beets were fresh from the farmer's market and I should try them.
Amazingly enough, the greens tasted like greens, with only the slightest hint of icky beet flavor. The feta cheese was a delicious addition, and I ate all the greens. I even ate one of the small beets, and though I could taste a little bit of the beet flavor that I despise, on the whole it actually tasted pretty good!
I don't know if it was the size or kind of beet that made it edible, or the way it was prepared, but I was amazed.
Here's Alberto making the dessert, with Jay mugging for the camera. Alberto is from Italy, and he made the most amazing zabaione, which is like a warm egg custard whipped with a sweet liquor.
He made it in this special copper pot while we watched, and it was DELICIOUS!
We had a very fun and tasty night, and left the city around 10:45 to come home so I could finish writing my sermon for the next morning!
Thanks to the Holy Spirit, my sermon went well, and I was especially nervous because I delivered it without a script--just one page of outline points to make sure I was on track. It was very scary, but I'm glad to know I can do it that way sometimes if I have to (or want to).
My Christmas present from brotherdon'tknit and his wifey was three skeins of Malabrigo worsted. One skein of a royal blue, and two of (I think) Purple Mystery, which is variegated purple and blue.
(I'm at work so I can't look to see for sure which colorway it is, but this looks right)
I'm thinking that I could buy a few more skeins of this and make myself a nice little sweater. I'm leaning towards Mr. Greenjeans .
Now, some of you may remember what happened the last time I made a sweater for myself out of this lovely soft and WARM yarn...It was too hot to wear in Berkeley!
But, I'm running much colder now, and have been yearning for more soft, warm, cozy sweaters, which are hard to find in stores here. By my calculations, if I can find 3 more skeins in this colorway, I could have myself a fun purple cardigan. Since it's so variegated already, I'm thinking I can be flexible on the dye lot issue. Will that be a big mistake? Who knows. It's worth a try, though, right?