We went back to the San Diego airport from Oceanside to drop off our rental car and catch our flight to Oakland. From there we took BART to the Mission District. The stop was at 16th Street and since the kids just live on 17th Street, we thought it would be cool to roll our bags the couple blocks. I was surprised at how dirty the area around the stop was and really surprised to find that it was 80 degrees - in San Francisco! I couldn't survive with my carefully packed winter clothes. We ended up walking about a mile to a shop that Little Sharon recommended where I bought a cotton sun dress. I could go on, but I won't.
Little Sharon had told me about a great yarn shop, so Ian and I put Noah in the stroller and walked to 18th and Sanchez to Imagiknit
. The shop was as promised and I was finally able to buy sock yarn for my sister-in-law and her mother. I picked the crazy colors for Rochelle. I figure I have all summer to knit them, but I'm already pleased with how soft the yarn feels. I haven't liked a lot of the computer-dyed sock yarn because it's too harsh on the soles of my feet.
I also bought this baby yarn. I made a sweater for Noah from it last year. It's Elaine by Schaeffer. I thought it was superwash but realize tonight that it's handwash only. Not the smartest pick for a baby sweater. Noah's has held up well though. All of a sudden it seems like I have too many projects to knit. I guess I did all along, but just now seem to be aware of it.
My trip knitting was the socks on the right, made from KnitPicks woolen sock yarn. Sharon was admiring them as I knit. I told her she could have them but did she really want to handwash socks, and she said yes. I'm going to send her both pairs since they're from the same yarn.
We left San Francisco on a normal, foggy gray morning with temps in the mid-60s. It was the only day of the entire trip that I had the appropriate clothing. The kids are happy to live in the City and we were happy to be going home.
I had a wonderful surprise waiting for me at home in the piles of mail, mostly junk. Sylvia
had finished the fingerless gloves and sent them along with chocolates. The fit is perfect and I love love love the color. She offered them to me because I had admired them on her blog. She even emailed me for specific measurements so she could make them perfect, and they are. Thanks Sylvia!