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San Francisco Treats – First Days
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San Francisco Treats – First Days

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!

Bay Bridge, San Francisco
San Francisco Bay Bridge

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.

Peach Samples

Freshly Picked Peppers

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!

Tunnel Walk

Risa and Martin

(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.

Powell Street Cable Car

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.

Origami Yarn

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.

Leslie and Me

…much more to come…

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27 Responses

  1. Leslie

    I just emailed you but seeing Ollie’s cone photo reminded me I forgot to mention that Ollie’s tumor was benign. Yea!!! Thanks again for the most fun night!

  2. Sonya

    Sad to have missed you – next trip!

  3. yaiAnn

    So fun! Wish I could have joined you on Saturday but I already had plans! Can’t wait to see the photos from the rest of the week!

  4. Sarah

    Ooh wonderful city – brings back fond memories. Glad you had a great time and that you’re feeling better now.

  5. alice

    Ah, Artfibers! Isn’t just the most amazing place?

  6. Harpa J

    That sounds like a great trip.
    The Origami yarn looks beautiful.

  7. Jennifer

    What an amazing trip. Artfibers looks like a dream come true. Your photography just keeps getting better and better. It’s such a treat to come visit your blog.

  8. Carole

    So you really think original cataloging is cool? hahahahahahahaha

  9. stacey

    It looks like you are feeling great and having a wonderful time! The farmers market looks amazing. I too am so jealous of the year round produce that they have! Artyarns looks like sensory overload – I don’t know how you made a decision!

  10. margaux

    wow. i kinda want to be an archivist just for the trips you take ha! but i guess just a vacation to San Fran is in order! ;-)

  11. sixoneseven

    oh, i’m so glad you made it out there after all! you got some great shots of the market – makes me wish we could get that kind of stuff out here in DC…

  12. Josiane

    That farmers’ marker must be amazing indeed! Sounds like you had a great trip: lots of fun, a bit of interesting work, some yarn, and meeting up with great people – awesome!

  13. Stacey

    I wish I could have made it up there while you were there. It just didn’t work out. Kind of hard to do much traveling when you are unemployed and the money is limited though :(

    Oh, I miss that farmers market. Randy and I would take the BART in on the weekends and go there. So much good food. LA has a lot of good farmers markets too, there is one basically every day of the week, but none compare to SF’s Ferry market.

    And the tunnel to Chinatown! I ran through that many a time to catch a bus! You’re making me all nostalgic!

  14. Jane

    I love San Francisco. Your pictures are great. Love the way the all the fresh stuff at the farmer’s market looks. I am definitely putting ArtFiber on my list of things to do next time I make it to San Fran!

  15. Jenna

    I’m so glad that you were well enough to enjoy all the fun and learning of your trip. How wonderful that you were able to learn and also make some great personal connections as well.

    Yay, I’m so glad you made it to Artfibers! Totally worth it, right? You made a beautiful choice there, the color of the yarn is awesome. It would make a very sophisticated sweater.

  16. Aunt Kathy

    Those are great photos, sounds like a great time all around

  17. Sarah G

    Looks fun! What a wonderful farmer’s market… if only produce traveled well! (But yarn does travel well… stock up!)

  18. Heather

    Looks like a great visit!

  19. Nicole

    ooooh, Artfibers looks so dreamy!

    Glad you had such a good time.

  20. tiennie

    I love reading about your travels! You always make me want to go wandering and enjoying!

  21. Lin

    I am glad you had a great time, the Salina is nice isn’t it. And all those swatches, fab!

  22. Bec

    Sounds like sooo much fun. Can’t wait to hear more. I missed you! :)

    P.S. I finally finished and shipped off my afghan! Big accomplishment!

  23. mai

    lolly, it looks like a great trip! you’re so lucky that you get to go to some fabulous cities because of work! :)

  24. Nadia

    It sounds like you had so much fun! I’m glad – I love San Francisco!

  25. Anna

    I love San Francisco, and your photos of it are lovely. The market especially looks fantastic! And how cool that you got to meet friends, and had fellow knitters on your course. Sounds like a lot of fun.

  26. Nell

    Sorry I missed you! But I’m glad you had such a fun time!

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