Thursday, October 29, 2009

WIP: Hudson River Triangle

The night before my flight to California in August, I took some Lorna's Laces Sheppard Sock in Jungle Stripe and cast on the Hudson River Triangle. I had attempted this lace shawl once before about a year and a half ago with a different colorway of the same yarn, but I just wasn't feeling it then.  As you can see by the progress I made in just a matter of days, I'm really feeling it this time!

The picture on the left was taken on an scenic overlook outside Stinson Beach, which was beautiful despite all the fog.  The right photograph was taken while walking along Stinson Beach.  I was using the stitch markers that a Ravelry friend gave me in a swap and even those are San Francisco themed!

If you are looking for an easier lace project, I think this is it.  I have never really done lace before, but I'm really loving this.  It is complex enough to keep my attention, a little challenging, but not mind-numbing difficult.  The pattern is very well-written, offering both written directions and charts

With Christmas just under two months away, I've been trying to work more on my gift knitting so this shawl has been taking a bit of a snooze.  What are you working on right now?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

If You're Going to San Francisco... sure to wear some flowers in your hair...

First of all, thank you to everybody out there who has offered their love and support through the loss of my brother. It's been a very interesting four months since Tony left us, and I have been so fortunate to have some freaking amazing people in my life. Many thanks to my readers who have been so patient and understanding with my long absence.

In August, my family took a trip to San Francisco. This was the first time I have been out to the Bay Area since I was nine years old. We toured the City all day on a Saturday, starting in Chinatown and making our way down to the Castro District where I was able to check out the one and only ImagiKnit.  I bought a skien of green Malabrigo Chunky and one skein of gorgeous blue Malabrigo lace.  The chunky yarn has already been knit into a really fun and easy hat.

If you are ever anywhere near San Francisco, you must go check out ImagiKnit.  Their store is huge and beautifully organized.  The shop is split into two big rooms.  The first room, right when you walk in, is all the animal fibers (merino, wool, alpaca, etc).  It is organized by weight.  The second room is plant fibers, set up the same way.  The staff was incredibly helpful and they offered a huge variety of yarn, buttons, notions, books, and everything else under the sun for knitting and crocheting.

I still have plenty of pictures to show off for the rest of my trip, including the lace shawl I started the night before my flight and pictures of the shawl and the beach.

Coffee and cashmere,