Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Holiday weekend

I have heard a lot of talk on the local news about the rising popularity of the staycation (a vacation when you stay at home). We have done this often in the past - but last weekend was not the best time to stay in the bay area:

This is the view down the main street - normally you can see the hills, and even the end of the road - what you can see is the smoke from the fire in the Santa Cruz mountains.

We spent the holiday weekend over the mountains here...

Capitola of course. We had a great few days by the sea.

As well as beachcombing (too cold to swim) we also took our bikes so Finlay got a lot of practise on his new mountain bike.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Growing up

We passed a couple of milestones this week:

Finlay has moved to a 'big boy's bike'. Now he is riding more often he needed to trade up from the Spiderman bike and is now the proud owner of a mountain bike.

He also brought home his first real original writing assignment.

It reads "I think the kid should...not squish the ant" (my translation. You can sort of read it with 'ant' on the line above).

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Simply lovely lace socks

These are Karen Baumer's Simply lovely lace socks from the Spring 2006 Interweave Knits. The pattern worked really well and fits me perfectly.

Knitted in Seawool from Creatively Dyed that I bought at Stitches 2008. I used 2mm dpns. The yarn is a blend of 70% superwash merino and 30% seacell (a tencel-like fibre based on seaweed). The yarn was lovely to knit with and has a nice soft hand.

I had meant to do a star toe on these - but found myself decreasing for the toe while we were away so I stuck with my regular toe. I think the star would have looked prettier with this pattern.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tiny socks

Finlay's former speech therapist is about to have a baby. She knows that it's a girl so pink socks were in order.

These socks both knitted from leftovers of superwash wool.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Cooling off

It's finally cooling down here in the Bay Area. We measured a high of 110 degrees in the back garden (in the shade).

Finlay found an excellent opportunity to cool off in the fountains in the town plaza after soccer!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Birds in paradise

I am back from an impromptu blog break. I spent last week in LA and didnt take the camera (or indeed have much to report).

In the meantime look at these:

We planted them 3 years ago and this is the first year they have bloomed.
They look wonderful: just as if some exotic bird has alighted at the side of the pool.