(Mr. K's pic of the Golden Gate Bridge, on his last visit; all pics enlarge).
Hey there everybody!
Checking the date of my last post, I was a bit shocked––where did the time go? I Thank the ancestors for photo aps, while sorting through the blur of events pics that your life becomes when you're on the move.
Right now my butt's stationary, having had to cancel my standing date to spin in the park with the spinderella of Harlem herself, my sistahfriend Chanté, due to the iffy-looking weather. But disappointment has led to a welcome opportunity to catch up, and share with y'all a few things I felt could make a needleworker's life more joyful.
San Francisco, Coming And Going
On a stopover, you don't have time to take in all the sights, so Mr. K and I had to concentrate on what was important––knitting, eating, drinking, and shopping. A delicious lunch at Kuleto's, which included some spicy, sensual bloody marys, fortified us for walking around (and occasionally up and downhill) the downtown section of the city. We ended our day at Heaven's Dog in SOMA. I let the bartender chose to make a cocktail for me, and it was transcendental, as was the food––light and lovely on the palate.
(The area shown, is fab in summer evenings for knitting friends to sit and get some rows in while having a cocktail and their divine dumplings.
Reveal Your Charms
(And the flyer whorl on the spinning wheel turns!).
Whether you knit or crochet, stitch markers not only fulfill their intended purpose, but like shoes and cars, speak hanks about your personality. Sarit Simäyof's World of Charms on Powell Street, abetted my lust to re-purpose a more than a few of their trinkets. With over 9,000 charms that represent the who, what and where (the Michael Jackson charms are in, ba-by), everyone's needlework can give a clue. I also want to send a shout to their gracious and patient sales associates––you're the best! Prices range from under $20 to over $1000.
(She's as sweet as the candy she's holding. Thanks to thedailygrommet.com, for this photo).
Claudia Schwartz is the seraphic owner of Bell'occhio, an absolutely recherché treasure chest, that's worth a trip to on its own. Mr. K bought the vert vapeur shoe box, which was perfect to hold the wine goblets he hand blew for his father's 80th birthday. Now, go to her website post haste!
The Littlest San Franciscan
But not yet. Before you go, here is a pic of the city's most charming new resident, who arrived into the world in March.
In Chinese culture, red and gold symbolize prosperity and good fortune, and I believe that babies born into today's world should have as much as possible! The number 8 additionally symbolizes good luck, and this pattern called for 8 buttons. See, the ancestors know, 'cause that detail wasn't conscious in my choice––they will guide you every time.
Finished in spring, the large (18 month) size, will fit just when it's cold enough to need it. The pattern from Lion Brand Yarns, took about 4 skeins of Universal Yarns "Eden Silk", a merino/silk combo, for the body, and one skein of a gold wool/silk from my stash. The needle size was a 4 (3.5mm).
Aren't these frog buttons the best?
Ursula and I went to Tender Buttons at 143 E 62nd St (212- 758-7004), where she chose them. All blessings to the family!