Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Busy hands

Now that it's getting dark early I'm knitting more than usual, learning new knitting techniques and also going back to the old ones.

In order to knit the Mochimochi Land bats, I had to learn to knit in the round on double pointed needles. It's been a few years since I have attempted to do that because the last time was a major disaster. But I found that the sock classes I took earlier this year helped me master it (and I use the word 'master' very, very loosely) even though we used two circular needles for the socks. I haven't gotten very far with the bats because it took several attempts just to knit a few inches, but it feels great to have learned a skill that I didn't think I could do.

There is something about the colors of this cotton yarn that I love-- it reminds me of a 1950's kitchen. I was going to make dish towels, but decided to knit a scarf for a friend instead because I think she will look great in these colors, which are much prettier in real life than they are in the pic. For the first time in a very, very long time I'm knitting a plain old garter stitch scarf. It's nice not having to worry about making a mistake or wonder how it is going to turn out.

It was unusually warm in San Francisco last Sunday. We had a delicious lunch at Yank Sing. It was my first time trying dim sum and now I am a big fan. If you ever go to San Francisco, I must insist that you have lunch there. Dim sum is small individual portions of food that are extremely tasty, like pot stickers, dumplings, steamed buns, and spring rolls. Instead of ordering off a menu, you make selections off little carts that they wheel around. It's easy to go overboard.

Inside the building is a fountain that makes it seem like it is raining inside with the water staying inside this big round "puddle" so no one gets wet. That little face peeking out on the right is my sister Hil.

One of the wonderful things about San Francisco is that you never know what you are going to see. While walking down a busy street with office buildings and restaurants, we came across a tiny park with huge, whimsical monster sculptures.

These signs for the San Francisco Zoo were everywhere, and I was intrigued by the owl because that's not something you traditionally go to a zoo to see. I checked out their website and discovered they are having a twilight tour next week that is all about owls. Yay! I'm hoping to go if the tour hasn't filled up.


Kim's Treasures said...

Glad you had fun in San Fransisco! Nice pics! It's on my list of places to see.

I am impressed with your mad knitting skills! I can barely crochet with one hook! : )

Have a great night!

Rachel said...

Yep, perfect weather for curling up with...whatever - but not with essays and such ;) Glad to see you're madly knitting away!

Ahhh...San Francisco. I'd definitely visit again (sans husband and child, of course). I loved the Ferry Market. We went to the Farmers Market and the Flea Market (is it actually a "flea" market; I remember it being called something else. Hmmm.) there last summer. The only problem was, they were filming an episode of that show Trauma and had most of the flea market shut down. Too bad! Glad you had a good time. That restaurant looks great! Dim sun...mmmm.

Linda said...

Your knitting is looking lovely! It is always so wonderful to learn a new technique. San Francisco sounds amazing!

Theresa said...

Oh what a beautiful scarf and the beginnings of a cute little bat:) Looks like you had a wonderful lunch and visit around your wonderful city!

Have a blessed day my friend! HUGS!

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, I wish I were there -- I'd go on the owl tour with you -- that sounds perfect! I've never had dim sum -- it sounds wonderful though!

noelle said...

Lovely knitting, cant wait to see your bats!! Have you been over to mine and seen Bo our owl!!!!

Maiden Jane said...

Pretty soon knitting in the round will be easier. That first inch or so is a killer, but then it stabilizes. Our zoo has lots of interesting birds (I think you saw that on my blog. My son won the photo contest from this summer for his photo of an African Crane. I'm waiting for them to post it on their blog.) I hope you enjoy your evening visit.

Suz said...

Loved that fountain
and your scarf is so 50's in its colors..but how do you know're so young
love your new look on the blog
Did you see any robins in SF

Susan Gallacher-Turner said...

Thanks for the insiders view of San Francisco! And hats off to you for learning double pointed needles...I gave up years ago in complete failure! That's why I like crochet better!