Monday, September 27, 2010

Alpaca Visit to Brookfarms

Brookfarms, Glen Ellen Ca
My visit to Brookfarms was wonderful.   It's amazing how beautiful and gentle the Alpaca is.   What beautiful eyes, large round, gentle and kind .
The added treat was spending a lovely Fall (95 degrees) day in the Valley of Moon, Sonoma Valley.  The other night driving home there was the most amazing moon rise--yes "moon-rise" The moon was huge, golden, red and orange -coming up from the mountain. 10 minutes of absolute wonder and then somehow 10 minutes later, the moon shrunk and floated up into the night sky!!!!

This area is heavenly- "Another day in paradise"

Sonoma Hoodie

Sonoma Hoodie-  My new pattern It is so easy to do.  Knit from the top down and in the round for the sleeve.  I used a crochet hook to weave in the ends and absolutely no sewing.  Then I found all these great sports buttons in my stash. 

Elizscknits on Ravelry

Monday, September 20, 2010

Alpacas in Wine Country

Sept 25 and 26 is  National Alpaca Farm Days & Weekend Brookfarms in Glen Ellen is having an event.
Knitting and spinning demonstrations, yarn and  roving  for sale.  Alpaca is a gorgeous yarn and it seems that the number of alpaca farms in the US has increased greatly over the last few years.   Why even one of my physicians has alpacas as pets!!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

In a classroom again

I knew I couldn't stay away for long.   This summer a new quilt shop opened in town,   Broadway Quilts.  Of course I had to visit and when I introduced myself, Gery (the owner) asked if I'd be willng to teach a kids beginning sewing class!!  Well, of course I would!!!  And so it began.... We had a wonderful summer with classes for adults and kids, everyone was really attentive, worked dilegently and so willing to learn..  the projects are bags, beautiful bags as you can see below.  Fall classes have begun and again I have a wonderful group of students.  .   
Sewing Class at Broadway Quilts

the finished bags- Kids Love to Sew

Sunday, September 12, 2010

OTN & super garage sale find!!

I love to go to garage sales!!!  It my only addiction (not counting yarn, needles and books-- well I have to go somewhere to find this stuff!!) and I found this basket at a sale a couple of weeks ago.  Isn't it lovely!! 

Mini Mochi yarn (pattern online
Last month was  the anniversary of  Elizabeth Zimmerman's birthday and and a local yarn shop had a celebration.   A group of women from the International Knitting Studio met at Village Knitters in Santa Rosa and  it was a great night.  

Lots of demonstrations, beautiful yarns and I saw this hat.   A few of the ladies have been asking to learn fair isle knitting and this is a wonderful  introduction to learning the technique-- The trick in this design is that the yarn is variegated and the color changes happen as you knit.

Sept 12th

It is Sept 12th.   On Friday as I drove by a local school, I watched as children placed small American flags carefully and neatly in rows on the lawn.  It took me a few seconds to realize what was happening- the respect and honor paid to those who lost their lives was clear------thank you

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Rhinebeck here "we" come....

Have I mentioned the Divas?   We are a group of women, most friends since high school,  who have reconnected and travel together.  Our last big trip was to the Dominican Republic,  wonderful time, but best of all fantastic to be with great women.   We may not have contact on a day to day, week to week or month to month basis, for that matter, but we do enjoy getting together to have fun, support each other and share what life brings us.    Well anyway, we are going to Rhinebeck this year some for the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival, some to take in the sites of the beautiful Hudson Valley, some to shop, but all to share some time together.    I am so looking forward to this trip.