Last year it was Chicago – this year it was San Francisco – Archivists really know how to live it up in some great cities! This trip was a little “iffy” up until the week before, but after feeling great for two straight weeks, I felt that I could handle the travel. I am so glad I made the trip!
When I got in town last Saturday, I immediately headed down to the great farmers’ market at the Ferry Building. I wanted to stock up on veggies and fruits for the week. Californians don’t realize how great they have it with the whole fresh local food thing – I was amazed at the variety and the freshness of many of the fruits and nuts.
Before leaving Maryland, Risa and I planned to meet up at the market that afternoon… she and her husband, M, met me there and we ended up spending an amazing day together! We saw the parrots of Telegraph Hill (we heard them first!) and we had the blisters and sunburn to prove it!
(Risa and Martin – see her amazing Salina!)
We climbed huge hills, took loads of photos, and ate some delicious vegan foods at Herbivore. (I think they loved the food as much as I did and they aren’t even vegetarians!) After a wonderful day, we made plans for the next day too…
I spent the majority of a beautiful Sunday indoors at the conference hotel looking at PowerPoint slides – but it wasn’t bad, actually. I was in an archival cataloging seminar with two instructors from a large university’s manuscripts division. We got to do some original cataloging on [facsimiles of] very cool documents: seventeenth-century English poetry papers, an American Civil War diary, and even a early modern French marriage contract.
After my seminar, I met up with R and M again for Indian food and a night walk in Union Square.
After all that fun, I did some penance by sitting in a stuffy office building learning about XML for the next two days… but I did have some fun activities after hours… I met two other knitting archivists in my class, and we decided to head to ArtFibers after class. Oh my.
An amazing shop with SO many beautiful and unique yarns – and sample swatches for EACH one! As you can imagine, it was quite difficult to make a decision… Abigail, one of the other archivists, came away with a beautiful lace weight wool/silk blend. After a whole back and forth between four of five different cones, I decided to get some very pretty nylon paper yarn, Origami.
Perhaps for the eponymous Origami Wrap Sweater? [Rav link]
I ended the first three days with a delicious Ethiopian dinner with a great friend – it was so great to see Leslie again! We met up last time I was in San Francisco (in 2006) and this time we had a camera to document our meetup, and our knitting in hand. I got to meet her beautiful family (+Ollie) and we talked yarn and politics late into the evening.
…much more to come…