Some things I want to knit soon are a sleeved wrap and long hand/arm warmers, for when I want to wear 3/4 sleeves but it’s a bit too chilly (typical SF weather). I currently have a wrap on the needles in Cascade 220 superwash, delish.
One day I would LOVE to have only me-made sweaters and knit coats, and a dress or two!
1. Date night before train departure
2. Coast Starlight; Oakland to Portland
3. Sleeping on a train!
4. 23rd St.
6. Tara Thai on 23rd St.
8. Pacific Pie
I was going to write about our weekend trip to Portland but I have a horrible head cold so I thought I might write about that instead. So what can you do when you’re to sick to really do anything?
1. watch Netflix
2. drink tea
3. eat soup
5. relax and meditate
6. make a list of things to enjoy when you feel better
7. spend time with family/pets at home
8. enjoy a day off from chores/cleaning
9. wear comfortable clothes or pj’s
10. forgive yourself! everyone gets sick every once in a while, your responsibilities will still be there tomorrow, today take care of yourself
Even if you’re not on a diet so many Valentine’s Day treats have yucky ingredients like saturated fats, synthetic flavors, and who know what else. Here are my Valentine gift ideas that say “I love you so much I’m not going to give you icky treats”.
1. Coffee: consumable, makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside and ZERO calories, if you don’t add sugar/milk/etc.
2. A hand made card/drawing: and oldie but goldie, it definitely says “I spent a few minutes thinking about you while I threw this together”
3. Potted plants: better than a bouquet that will die in a few days
4. Hand-made something: if you don’t have time to DIY it buy from Etsy or a local maker
5. Donate to a charity: support a cause the giftee believes in
6. A photo: of you two, friends, family, whatever
7. A book: ideally one that you like, or one you know they will like
8. (unisex) jewelry: who doesn’t love jewelry?
9. A walk in the park together: or any other favorite spot, bonus: you’ll be strengthening your heart with the exercise
10. Gift card/vouchers: Maybe movie tickets for the film buff, a gift card to a hobby store, or a voucher for a fun experience like sky diving
3. my family
9. flats (shoes, not apartments)
10. natural spaces
Here’s some enjoyable activities/recipes for a rainy day, though we haven’t had nearly enough of them this winter in San Francisco.
What do you like to do on a rainy?
Just a quick update about what I’ve been up to, or really where I’ve been, between the holidays and now:
- The Conservatory of Flowers, with my best boys
- The Legion of Honor, I think this is now my fave museum in the city
- Chinatown and North Beach…and walking to the Wharf
- A city date with the hubby
- The Mission
- My parents’ house, weather was lovely
- A park walk with Cody, Estefi, and Guada
- Disneyland, with brother parents and 2 cousins, it was probably the best time I’ve ever had there, and that’s saying a lot!
Other places I’ve been to, with one or more loved ones, include: Shelter Cove, Boxcar Playhouse, Ghirardelli Square, The Haight (among other things to get tattooed), Santa Cruz, Land’s End, Asilomar beach, and Sol Food in San Rafael.
It’s been a very VERY eventful new year transition.
Now I am so super excited to make the first project, a hoodie, that I went out and picked up some awesome lightweight fleece jersey, found by total luck at JoAnn’s! Yay!
Now…the downside…So…I was SO excited to print and put together the pattern that I shall we put it nicely and say ‘botched’ it all? I first printed the pattern PDF…and I had left the printer settings to print double-sided :/ *face palm*. Ok, no big deal right? I’ll just print every other page and everything will be just fine. Well, I printed every other page…from a different program…they printed at a slightly different proportion than the other pages. So halfway into taping together the pattern I realize every other page doesn’t quite line up.
Oh, and did I mention that I had run out of ink while printed every other page a second time? Yea, so starting over with the printing is not an option. At least not until the ink I ordered arrives, and of course I feel like I can’t possibly wait two days! I already assembled the pattern, the point of no return!! Or something… Ok, so my plan? split the difference and extrapolate when tracing the pattern pieces to tracing paper for cutting. Will I compound the mistakes already made? Maybe!
Join me next Sunday when I may have an answer, and hopefully also a hoodie!
I started these pants a couple of days ago because I planned to wear them to my birthday party yesterday, but as you can see they are no wearable. I drafted the pattern starting from the shorts pattern in “One Yard Wonders”, then adjusted the length and bottom opening based on the measurements of my favorite wide leg pants (made of black jersey).
So far so…ok? The leg opening is PERFECT, but the length of the inseam doesn’t allow any hemming on the bottom. This all was found out after sewing the inseam and crotch to try on, so I had to frog the crotch, my plan now is to raise it by using the template to cut again, on the same pieces. Thankfully the sides have tons of extra material (I was going to do an elastic casing for the waist so that would all be gathered up)…But this time I think measure more than twice…and cut just the once more…I hope!
Maybe my favorite Watercolor Wednesday so far, in the book it’s called “Making Marks with One or Many”. The large color spots are made by layering the same color, painted with brushes diminishing in size, one on top of the other. The small black marks are made with a single fine brush. This project took a little bit longer than some others because I had to wait for the paint to dry at least a bit between all the color layers, but since I was working with several colors I was able to minimize down time between them. Overall, really meditative and simple to do and the result is still mesmerizing to me, I can’t believe I made that painting!