yarn is hypnotic

February 27, 2012

I suddenly understand my mother’s knitting hobby / obsession so much better now.

Personally I think knitting takes far too much attention to detail and I do that enough on my own thanks.  Don’t need any extra help.

But crochet… crochet I like.

I finished the cowl I started a few weeks ago.

Double crochet in the round.

For a few weeks it was all I knew how to do.  Well that and chain stitch but then … chain stitch is ridiculously easy.

But now I’ve figured out single crochet in rows.

And now I can figure out what to make with my stash of yarn…

Oh and I need to make sure I don’t really over do the stash.  I made a nice faux fur fabric box for it and it needs to stay corralled in there.

Next up granny square class @ A Verb for Keeping Warm.

I’m going to make blankets.  It’s going to be epic.

Let’s hope I don’t get so into it that I forget to go to work.  I need to earn money to take more classes to make cute little crochet arugami.

Off to crochet.



Finding art on the way home

February 20, 2012

I decided to walk home from El Cerrito because … well I’m crazy and I had the time.

This time I took a different way home through Kensington and then into Berkeley through streets I had never walked down.

And look what I found…

All the art I saw was created from found pieces of trash that made its way into the Bay.  It was amazing.  Absolutely jaw dropping on both an artistic front and on an environmental impact front.  And I never would have seen it if I hadn’t walked a different path home.

I highly recommend walking a different path, if only to find other view of the world.


The Pick-Up Party

February 12, 2012

Today was the Urban Legend Cellars Pick-up Party.  Marilee and Steve put out some wonderful food and all the available wines.  Plus this time there was a puppy – which was totally awesome.

I think Urban Legend is the only wine club I could ever deal with.  It’s low-key, you can pick up your wines, they are super friendly and they throw parties.  Oh and you can get there by bus or BART.  They make everything so easy and enjoyable.  Which makes you want to go back again and again.  It’s a fantastic cycle.

It doesn’t hurt that the wine is just lovely.

The coolest thing about the Pick-Up parties is that you can taste everything available.  So you get the opportunity to taste how certain wines are changing with age.  I liked the Teroldego before but now I think it’s amazing.  You can taste the fruit coming forward in the Barbera and the Syrah.  But there was something new so I just bought two bottles of the 2009 Undici which won’t be available to the public until April.  It’s 85% Sangiovese and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon from Amador County.  It’s wonderful.  I highly recommend it.  I recommend the wine club too.  I do wish that I had remembered my flip top bottle so I could have gotten a refill on my Uptown red table wine.

On my way home from the tasting I took this picture that sums up something but I’m not sure what… Maybe it says something but you get to decide what it says.


hooks and fiber

February 5, 2012

First of all… you have to see this amazing sculpture I saw at Urban Ore this morning…

Why yes, it is a flying pig.  There’s a mechanism that one of the employees showed me… you turn a crank and the wings actually flap.  Sometimes there is nothing cooler than a flying pig.  The guy said that they are going to hang it from the ceiling.  I’m so going back to see that.

So today I took a class at A Verb for Keeping Warm on San Pablo and Alcatraz.  If you have not been to this store you should go.  It’s so pretty.  And they will teach you to spin, knit, crochet, quilt, dye, felt, etc.  Today our teacher was Karen and she was lovely.  I knew how to make a chain but I didn’t know how to do anything else.  I didn’t understand the directions without some help.

Now look what I’ve done..

I’m rather proud of myself.  The yarn is Malabrigo Arroyo.  It’s so beautiful… all caramel, butterscotch, toffee.  And it was included in the class.

When the class was over I decided that yes… I really do want to take the Crochet Granny Squares Blanket.  Karen’s teaching that too.  Now if I could just finish the cowl that I’ve started before class I will be a happy girl.

I like crocheting.  I can handle one hook.  Two sticks (AKA knitting) just doesn’t work for me.  But crocheting, I might just get the handle of… if I just sit down and do it.

You should go check out A Verb for Keeping Warm and when you go, look out the back window.  They dye warn and try it on the patio.  The blue is my favorite.  It’s beautiful.

Have a creative week!