52 Days until Christmas

I recieved an email yesterday from a friend who is orgaizing a secret santa knit exchange and the words "there are 52 days until Christmas" made me choke on my coffee.

What the what! When did it turn into November? I should have seen the warning signs. The change in the weather, the pumpkin spice coffee at Starbucks, October… but for some reason it didn't register that time was of the essence with knitting presents.

I have a ton on my knitting plate this fall too aside from making gifts. It's been very exciting for me and I can't wait to share it all here – but in the meantime…:)

It's the weekend of the Interweave Knit Lab. I signed up for classes months ago and when I did November seem like a far off time but here it is! I am looking forward to seeing some old friends and have already had the chance to hang out with two of my favorite girls, Courtney and Kate. Like they said, we had some really great Indian food, I got to sing to them the opening song of Full House, and we went to a place that serves beer, wine, pie and ice cream. A fantastic day indeed.

Now that that fun day is over it's time to get refocused on knitting. Heck, if all else fails, everyone is getting jewelry.

Felicity Cowl

Felicity Cowl

Living in the bay area I've come to realize you need to be prepared for all sorts of weather. This week in particular has been in the mid to low 70s but the nights in the mid to low 40s. And we haven't even gotten to the Foggy Month! Layering becomes a necessary skill.

My Springtime Bandit has been working overtime and needed some relief from everyday wear.  After the trip to AVFKW and aquiring a few balls of Road to China Light I felt the only answer was more cowl.

Felicity Cowl

FELICITY COWL 

YARN
Road to China Light, Fibre Company (65% Baby Alpaca, 15% Silk, 10% Cashmere, 10% camel, 159yds.)
    2 skeins, color Garnet or your favorite fingering/sport weight yarn.

NEEDLES
US 6 (4mm) 24in circular needles or whatever you need to get gauge

NOTIONS
Stitch Marker

GAUGE
20 sts & 28 rows over 4inches in Flame Chevron pattern

Felicity Cowl

I plan on making many more to rotate through the wardrobe. It's the perfect thing to give you a kiss of warmth around your neck for those cool summer nights and Bay area afternoons!

Pattern coming soon!

Weekend In Review

It all started Friday night at A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland, CA.

@ a Verb for Keeping Warm

My favorite two gals, Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon Osborn were going to be there signing their book, Vintage Modern Knits, and I didn't want to miss the chance to see them! There was also a Fibre Company trunk show.

So much Fibre Co!

A Verb For Keeping Warm

A Verb For Keeping Warm is a goregous space – open, inviting and inspiring. They sell fabric, fiber and yarn. They even have their own label of natural organic yarns which the owner dyes in house.  

On Saturday my husband and I decided to take our first trip to Napa to celebrate our two year wedding annversary.  We did a lot of this:

Wine Tasting
and some of this:

Playing Bocci!

I even brought home some yarn from the Robert Sinskey winery. (maybe even from this lil guy.) The story behind their winery is facinating and I enjoy giving them my wine drinking business!

My two favorite things!

(Not to mention, fact that the wine is called "Three Amigos" really connected with my husband and I. Obviously where we thought Lucky Day, Dusty Bottoms and Ned Nederlender they really meant 3 of their vineyards.)

Before we headed home on Sunday we stopped at Yarns on First, a very cute shop in downtown Napa. The saleswoman was very helpful and welcoming. I highly recommending going if you're in that area. I even came home with some more yarn (shocker!). A baby alpaca, wool and linen blend called Soft Linen from Classic Elite. The wheels are turning on what to make with this!

Soft Linen

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend, too!

Bramble Hat

Hi!

Well hello there! I'm so happy to get back to knitting and blogging here at 1010!

Talk about an exciting first week in San Fran! I arrived on the 4th, my stuff arrived on the 6th, my parents got here on the 9th, earthquake/tsunami warning on the 10/11th, a trip to Sausalito on the 12th and unpacking boxes. SO. many. boxes. Today is the first day I have had to myself.

Bramble Beret

So let's get right to it with my first Cali FO, the Bramble Hat from Vintage Modern Knits.

Needles: US 5 & US 7
Yarn: Canopy Worsted, 2 skeins, colorway: Kaffir Plum 
Ravelry Link 

I actually finished this hat in Jersey a few days before I flew out. I had hoped to have it done by the book tour but had seriously no time to myself.

Turns out all you need to do for "spare time" is go to the NJ DMV. I was given a few extra knit minutes while waiting in line to get a new title. The process should have taken 10 mins max but since I didn't come prepared it took a little over an hour and a 2nd trip. The hat was done way before I could hear the counter lady yell, "next!"

Flower

I don't know what I love more about this beret, the color of the canopy, texture of the pattern or the feel of the yarn. 

In true knit confession, I had to read through the notes a few times before I casted on in order to understand what was going on with the beginning of the round marker. It moves every other row to either the left or the right depending on the type of cable you're working. Trust me you're going to want to read through it before you begin – it can get a little tricky.  I also made a mistake and did seed stitch instead of moss stitch.  I didn't realize it until I was halfway through the chart but I liked how it looked so I kept it.

I am loving San Francisco so far although it still feels like I'm on vacation. It hasn't hit me that I'm here "for good" – for now. Plus, I feel as if I've only scratched the surface of this gorgeous city.  I haven't met any locals yet but tonight will be my first knit night nearby and I am excited to meet some new people!

Bramble Beret

Maybe I'll rock the beret there! 😉

xox,