Beauty of Nature

Look Up.

I went to Muir Woods for the first time this week. I was in sheer awe of the beauty and height of the trees we saw. It is humbling to know how long these trees have been in existence. 

I don't have links this weekend BUT Belfast Hoodie is blocking and I hope to show you all soon. 

OK, I got just one link: Gotta love The Sartoralist!



Knit On.


Whether you're a new knitter or an experienced one and whether you realize it or not, Elizabeth Zimmermann is your knitting godmother. Those times when you're knitting out in public thinking maybe you look a little weird or different she's the one who makes you sit a little bit taller and knit a little prouder.

She makes knitting rock and garter stitch a rockstar.

She was a witty, smart, no-nonsense kind of woman. One who would probably intimidate the heck out of me and yet would be so generous and gracious with herself. After all she's opened my eyes to so many techniques like a knitted cast off and after thought pockets. And boy, was she a engineer of knitting.


Pattern: Baby Surprise Jacket from The Opinionated Knitter (Elizabeth Zimmermann)
Yarn: Koigu KPPPM, 2 balls
Needles: US 4 

I started this Baby Surprise Jacket a few days ago in response to my sheer glee at finding out my best friend was having a girl. (Oh J, when you get here just act surprised when you see it!) I don't know exactly what made me want to give the BSJ a shot but I knew I wouldn't be let down as there were close to 14,458 made on Ravelry. 

I loved reading EZ's notes as I followed along. She knew you had to have a little blind faith when following this pattern. "Just stay with me," is what she said as we were rounding out the last half of the pattern. Sure enough as most godparents do – she didn't lead me astray.


I can't wait to see that little girl wearing this! I could help but think of her, her soon to be mom and my other dear mommy friends as I was making this. So many of us are nearing that time of hoping to become a mother. With the craziness of the world today - US budget deficit, deadly earthquakes, unemployment, Lindsey Lohan – it's a scary place out there – it makes it all the more clear to heed Elizabeth's advice and to simply Knit On.


I decided to print this quote and frame it in my favorite knit spot. It's good to have a reminder near by. 

knit on.

Knit on with confidence and hope.

Auntie M 


A Yarn Confessional

Dear Diary,

Road to China

I seem to have a little bit of a problem. I like buying yarn. No, scratch that. I LOVE buying yarn. It happens every time I go into a LYS. I look around, I touch a few and then BAM I'm hit with an idea that I can't shake and thus must get yarn to fufill the mania. It's an addiction, I admit it. That's the first step right? Can you blame me, Diary, the above was bought at a Fibre Co. Trunk show at a VFKW.

Diary, I don't even discriminate! I'll buy cotton, wool, silk, cormo! Alright, maybe not acrylic but if it's natural it's a done deal. I have visions of knitting these gorgeous yarns into beautiful sweaters, scarves, hats and even socks. 


Remember, when I lived a block away from Patricia's Yarns, I went there everyday for yarn. Oh how she'd tease me with Madeline Tosh, Spud & Chloe or a new shipment from Koigu. She knew how to woo me and let's be honest, still does.

Malabrigo Lace

Even in California I am not safe. I bought these skeins of Malabrigo Lace at Article Pract in Oakland. My new knitty friend Erin and I went on a little "adventure" to the Tulip Festival in the Piedmont district of Oakland. Yet, where we were expecting fields of tulips we found only some potted examples in the shops we went to. And when they said "festival" they really meant a small gathering of tables and people. Well, two tables and about 6 people. However, we did get to see a group doing the capoeira! Which will always remind me of the cheesy early 90s B movie Only the Strong. (who's lead actor BTW just had a cameo on tonight's Hawaii 5-O, I digress.)

Diary, all I'm saying is that I'm not sorry for getting all this yarn. I'm only sorry that my hands are just gonna have have to knit it all.  They're gonna hate me and I promise to get them many manicures to keep them happy.

Thanks for listening Diary, I knew you wouldn't judge me.


Friday Links

Friday Links: Doing & Making

Inhabitat, Earth Day, Jill Fehrenbacher, Emily Pilloton, Jorge Chapa, Tylene Levesque, Mike Chino, Haily Zaki, Abigail Doan, Mahesh Basantani, Ali Kriscenski, earthday2008

(image via inhabitat.com)

Happy Earth Day! This Friday's links include some things I would do if I could actually put my knitting needles down. 

This couple built a huge console for their living room and even "weathered" their wood. Yup. I am lazy.

I love these paper flowers and am now envisioning a knitted version.

This made my husband go "woah." I will be making it for him soon. I mean it has biscusts – cream cheese biscusts!

Just click, I really don't think this needs a lead in other than: holy yodel!

I can't wait for May so that I can begin to participate in this!

And becasue it's also Easter, time to decorate some eggs!


Never bet a man who knits


I should have just taken my needles out at that moment and casted on. 

We were sitting outside of one of our favorite bars in Hoboken, O'Neill's, on a lovely summer afternoon watching "Lebron-gate".  The total absurdity of this decision-show was entertainment enough but when he finally revealed that he was going to the Miami Heat was when things started to get interesting.

"Oh, you know what that means!!" I said to David over confidently (as drinking several glasses of wine tends to do to my level of psyche). I also speak with my hands so imagine me flailing them around, too.


"Pat Riley is SOOOO coming out of retirement to coach this dream team!!  Just you wait."

"Oh really."

"Hell Yea! He wouldn't want to miss the chance to take over and claim credit. DEF-FIN-NIT-LEE!!"

"Wanna make a bet?"

"Absolutely! Dude, you are going down!"*

"Uh huh, ok."

What a Heel!

I should have known better.  For starters David is a man who seems to know more about everything than I do about one thing. A man whose last name has even been turned into a verb because when you want to find something out instead of going online you can call him and "Kluugle it."  Then there's me.  I know things like how many gigawatts Dr. Brown needs to send the Dolrean back in time to 1955. (It's one point twenty one.) And all the words to "Part of that World" in the Little Mermaid. (What is a fire and why does it… what's the word… Buuuurrn!)

Somewhere in his vast knowledge he apparently had access to Pat Riley's psyche or perhaps had once read the operations manual of the Miami Heat and KNEW that this simply wasn't going to happen.  

Fast Forward to today – it's the Playoffs. The Big 3 are playing and Mr. Riley is no where near court side. Sure, while it seems that he is never going to be a Head Coach again I did enjoy some confirmation from my favorite show, PTI. "My Boys", Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon hinted that my idea wasn't ALL that far fetched but still, it didn't happen. I should consider knitting them both hats for just backing up my logic.

Now some of you may notice that "Lebron-gate" was ohhh I dunno last summer? And yes I haven't finished those socks yet. I'm greatful David doesn't employ hit men to collect because I would be The Guy  a few bucks short. Just give me More Time!!

David's Sock

I tried employing the Fibonnoci Sequence for the stripes in this sock.  Really it's not a sequence at all it's just me knitting at random using Fib's numbers 1, 2, 3, 5, and 8 for the row count for each stripe.David would inform you that it's neither Fibonnoci or a Sequence just plan random.  Well it's all Fibonnoci to me!

David, by the way, is a prolific knitter and has always amazed me with his creations. Where I think "hat" he thinks "hat based on the principles of fractal geometry put forth by Benoit Mandelbrot." Oh, Ok. What amazes me most of all is that his hats are so unique and when he gets a compliment he is likely to just shrug shoulders and simply say "thanks."

adam hat

David is blogless but you can find more of his wonderful knitted creations on Ravelry as dklueger.

My lesson in all of this?  Never make a bet with David and stick to the blackjack tables. 

*trust me these events happened in real time (I even I reenacted them to my husband who can attest to my craziness)


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!

Friday Links

Friday Links: Foods that makes me happy

Baltic Beret

I made this vegetable lasagna for my husband this week. He renewed his wedding vows at the dinner table. I now realize that the Pioneer Woman will never lead me wrong. Exhibit 2: Pecan Pie

I plan on making these cute Sheep Cupcakes when my Hoboken knitting friends come to visit! (via Dear Knits)

I could eat breakfast every meal of the day.

For next Sunday. And yes, Mom, I will be going to that huge cathedral right down the block.

And of course drinkies, too:

When you're trying to kick your Coca Cola habit, try these! (via T is for Teacher)

Is it wrong that I want these classic brunch drinks everyday?


My Baltic Beret hat is finished and now is in the hands of the Kelbourne Woolen ladies! If you're in the Bay Area tonight they are signing their book, Vintage Modern Knits, at a Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland! Hope to see a few of you there!