Accessorize

Spring is coming – tomorrow we’ll be getting a day in 80’s which will be fun, even though we expect it to only last a day.

Which leads me to think about knitting in warmer weather – out go the heavy sweaters and the like. In come small projects and lighter yarns.

My selection of bed socks has been declining as some socks need to go out of rotation, so I used the impressionist yarn I bought in San Francisco for a simple pair of bed socks – just a 2×2 rib because the yarn is so pretty!

 

And my pastoral colleague Gerardo has had issues of getting wet while delivering food in our open pantry, so I made him a simple hat out of super wash merino yarn. I really like how it came out – it’s the Citrus Hat with a bunch of modifications in stitch count, length, etc. 

 

But wait, I’m not done. I’m currently working on a mystery KAL with Safiyyah aka Drunk Knitter. I started following her after a lot of the discussion on racism in knitting, and she’s lovely – she can handle talking about this stuff and then also is a fun knitter too. Her MKAL is related to Game of Thrones, and I was going to pass on it, and then Jasmin from the Knitmoregirls posted about supported these new voices, and I realized that I could do the project with stash yarn, so let’s go for it, even though I do not watch this show (weak on violence, sorry gang).

If you want to check out the MKAL go here: hashtag #dkmkal on Instagram.

This is my yarn wound, it’s a brioche project, and she’s done the homework to explain the concepts, has videos, etc, and is following the threads on Ravelry closely. I appreciate her attention to things!

So I’ll be good on accessories, well, actually I’m looking at knitting myself a hat in the Snapdragon pattern by Ysolda. In my defense, I lost my blue hat on my last trip!

But I also have a bunch of yarn that was intended for a Romi sweater until I came to my senses and realized I didn’t want the end result. Now I just want to knit a striped cardigan, so I’m looking for a pattern to adapt.

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Waiting for Spring

Here in San Jose at Casa del Revknits, we are enjoying the last weeks of winter, such as it is in the Bay Area – by which I mean it’s been in the 60’s and raining. Some folks are really ready for warmer weather, while I am happy to wear my sweaters and socks and have all the rain we possibly can. This is the usual for the Bay Area, but there’ve been so many years of drought we’ve forgotten that.

My friend Nhien went home, and I haven’t told you the new thing that she is learning. She wanted to do some stranded knitting, and since she was with me, we went to the yarn store and got yarn.

We decided on a cowl pattern that is stranded knitting in the round (because definitely no purling) and it wouldn’t be a huge project. The Helix Cowl (Ravelry link) is in a book I own, so that worked. And teaching Nhien taught me something – prior skill sets help. Nhien took to chart reading like a duck to water because her career is in textile design – so thinking in color with charts is something she has done in other fields. I tell you, she blew through the Helix chart so quickly it took my breath away, and we could focus on the tension and how to hold the yarn parts! I’m going to ask her to send a photo of her progress, I’m sure she’s doing well.

Since she left, I was in a knitting funk, so I knit a bunch more knitted knockers,

and now I’m knitting some sleep socks for me out of yarn I got at Imagiknit. I love the melange quality to the colors – we remind me of the Monet paintings:

Now I’ve got to do some swatching and the like for the child’s vest I want to make!

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When Knitters Visit

My friend Nhien visited me this past weekend. She’s a knitter and a long-time family friend, and we had the best time.

The plan was simple, knitting and art for a couple of days. It couldn’t have been simpler. She arrived and we went immediately to my LYS – Green Planet Yarns, who are good folks and helped us pick good yarn and even wound Nhien’s skeins for free.

That evening we got together with Dianne, a member of my congregation who also knits, and we had a meal at my house so we could knit, of course. Such fun!

On Friday, we had a new adventure – we took Cal-Train into the City (San Francisco)

to see Monet: the Later Years at the de Young Museum. And I learned how to do Lyft for the day (more on that later).

The train left and arrived right on schedule and we caught a Lyft to the museum, which is located in Golden Gate Park, next to the Japanese Tea Garden and amid buildings and gardens created for the 1894 California mid-Winter Exposition.

 

There were a LOT of paintings – and many that were done in a series – so you could see five paintings of the same view done for different times of the year, for example. I had visited Giverny in 2016 when I went to Paris, and it definitely took me back to that wonderful day. A couple of paintings looked like my photos

 

Because one impressionist is not enough, there was also a Gauguin exhibit in the same building:


Which was fine and I would have thought it a really good exhibit except we had just walked out of the Monet exhibit. Also, he was a jerk – he left his wife with five children to raise while he lived out his passion to paint, and basically had affairs with native women on the Pacific Islands he lived on and left them to raise his children.

After a tasty lunch, we hopped over to a wonderful yarn store near the Mission and Castro neighborhoods – Imagiknit. I found a new-to-me designer:


and a lot of fun color to enjoy, which was all the better for having seen world-class art before lunch:

We might have bought some yarn:

And then it was time to head to the train station where we caught the “bullet” (express) train back to San Jose.

All through this, Izzie and Brandy were happy to have company.

About Lyft: I know this is the “sharing economy” etc, but here are some things to know: none of these alt-cab companies can make a profit – the costs are too high and what they can charge is too low. Lyft recently cut the rates for its drivers, some of whom are striking. They went public and already the stock is below the initial IPO rate. Basically, the drivers are going broke (their car is basically at ATM machine giving them cash while the car is used up). I gave very good tips because I think it is bad news, and will try to never use this exploitive type of service again.

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