And sailboats

Embossed Leaves Socks
Handmaiden Casbah – Wine


Miss B (as she is called in our house) sent me a hell of a gift last week.

Mama Blue Troika Sock in Siren

It is a similar base to Handmaiden Casbah–linked below–and just dreamy. And quite sought after. Her generosity isn’t surprising because it is just who she is, but it was a fabulous gift and surprise from someone who has been such a good friend for a long time. Thank you Bertha.


I also received the yarn that I ordered from Shivaya Naturals – a custom dyed fingering weight merino yarn in a wine red.

I think that the picture is a bit pinker than it is in real life–it is gorgeous.

I swatched on 6s and 7s for a Tempest

The yarn is a very smooth 2 ply. I would call it fingering or light fingering – The last sock yarn I knit was Handmaiden Casbah which is pretty thick. I started the sweater on size 7s but it was a bit too open, so I ripped back and am knitting it on 6s. I haven’t gotten very far–pictures will be forthcoming.

A few weeks ago we were in san francisco.

My brother taking a picture of my dad in his apartment.

Finished socks.

I registered on which I had heard about for a while, and it is pretty neat (to track food and exercise).

And I ran yesterday, with the intent of getting back into cardio shape to run the same race I ran last year. I am redoing the couch to 5k program since it is been maybe four or five months since I have run any decent distance. I started on week four (see program here) which went pretty well.

Working on an embossed leaves sock out of handmaiden casbah–pictures next time.



Not much new here. Working. Heading to San Francisco this weekend (staying where we stayed last year.) It should be wonderful.

Once I finish the socks above I will probably be knitting a solid color Tempest from some Shivaya Naturals yarn.

Good knitting makes life better.

This is a common occurrence at my house. This cat is Milo.

I got tagged by Barb.

The rules: Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1) What was I doing ten years ago?

Ten years ago I was finishing my junior year in high school, worrying about college applications and SATs. I really wouldn’t go back to that.

2) What are five (non-work) things on my to-do list for today?

Photograph knitting
Work on private practice stuff
Make lunch for tomorrow
Clean something (a permanent to do list item)

3) Snacks I enjoy

Fresh Buffalo Mozzerella
Honey Nut Cheerios

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire

Quit working
Work with T and provide financial assistance to undocumented college students (and high school students to apply to college, take SATs, etc)
Get behind the DREAM Act financially
Provide car seats to the hospital that I work at for families to have
Travel all the time
Move to SF or NY. Or both. And London.

5) Places I have lived:

Santa Monica, CA
Riverside, CA
Seattle, WA
I currently live in the house I have lived in since I was 12 years old. There is something nice about that.

6) Jobs I have had:

Worked in public library
Cataloging books printed in Latin America prior to 18-something (right dad?)
UW Nursing School
Child Protective Services
Hospice Social Worker
Eating Disorder Therapist
Medical Social Worker in a county hospital

7) Peeps I want to know more about:

Mrs. Hipp

I have been knitting.

Began: 28 April 2008
Finished: 19 May 2008
Yarn: 3 Skeins Sundara Yarn Aran Silky Merino in Ruby Port
Needles: Sz 8

It is SO soft and comfortable. I love it, and it was a smooth knitting process (no mistakes, no ripping back. Just how I like it.)


So, I did a bit of yarn shopping (and redeemed some pre-birthday gifts.)

The local Alaska yarn stores were very nice, but the knitters were a bit competitive to get to the yarn–there were just more of us than yarn (which is why my mother, aunt, and I strategized and beat the rest of the cruisers to the Beehive Wool Shop in Victoria. Totally worth it.)

There are notes on the picture if you click on it.