Over a delicious five-course meal, the six of us shared numerous stories and upcoming plans. Minutes turned in to hours and the night slipped away…
Going home, we made elaborate plans for the next day… plans that spanned the San Francisco Bay even! We started early with a yummy breakfast at Stacks in Hayes Valley and a little photo shoot with the sculpture in the park across the street. We formulated a plan, and jumped into Rangsiwan’s sweet ride and headed over the Bay Bridge to visit an amazing little shop in Berkeley: Stonemountain and Daughter. It is primarily a fabric shop, but they had quite a beautiful supply of notions and even some yarn for knitters too.
I spent a long time looking at buttons. There were hundreds to choose from, and I was looking for something special for my Moldova Coat… and I found a couple of choices, so I got them both! (and a few other pretties too for future cardigans and pullovers.)
Everyone else came away with lovely fabrics and elaborate plans for quilts and garments. I really can’t wait to see what comes of all of the lovely inspirations! One day, I would love to devote more time to sewing (and this would be such a great place to go for all of that inspiration!) but I feel like knitting and weaving are keeping me busy now.
We drove through Berkeley and headed back to Oakland towards the storied Article Pract store: the shop’s reputation proceeded it, and it lived up 100%. Especially when I saw their sale room with 40% off bagged yarn… I picked up 2 bags and the new Vogue. Evidently I was in a tweed frame of mind… Rowan Summer Tweed and Elsebeth Lavold Silky Tweed came home with me! (click for photos).
The Bay Area had higher than average temperatures last wee, so we were all looking for some refreshment. We headed back to San Francisco and went to the MIssion neighborhood, anticipating our next yarn shop stop at Imagiknit… but first, we needed some sustenance.
Aloe Juice at Samovar (I want to find a recipe for this!)
Once we cooled off and filled our bellies, we were ready for more yarn shopping/browsing. We walked across the street to Imagiknit… we all seemed to have agendas to look at yarn, books, magazines, and in my case, the sales wall. I am happy to report that they had an amazing selection of sale yarns. In fact, the owner Allison was begging us to help her make some room for all of the new autumn yarns that were sitting on boxes on the floor. I did my best to oblige.
Rangsiwan, Steph, and Risa picked up a few things too…
The shop has such an amazing selection of yarns and such a great space – everything is so well-lit and the people are very friendly. My basket was filled a few times as my eyes tended to gravitate towards all of the pretty colors with no real plan for patterns. So, I pulled out a little list that I made earlier when consulting some patterns on Ravelry. So, I got 3 bunches of yarn that will make some great things.
And just when you think “how can they fit any more in?” well, I told you we got an early start, so by the time we were finished with Imagiknit, it was still early afternoon. We had plenty of time to spare… and after stopping by Tartine for a spot of tea and some knitting (Nova was craving one of their pastries) and we all agreed that it was photo time. Everyone in the group is into Flickr as much as I am, and we wanted some fun shots to document our day. We headed to a nearby high school and set up my camera and remote for the infamous JUMP shots!
(Risa, Steph, Nova +baby, Rangsiwan, and me in air!)
Jump shots are known to induce laughing fits, so if you attempt such things at home, BE READY! We did about 6 of these, and this was the best one where we were all in the air. Rangsiwan even went for the pirouette! We also posed for some fun shots that Rangsiwan turned into clone shots on Flickr.
We headed north to Japantown to check out Kinokuniya’s craft books – so many great things (but I left empty handed, you may recall my little spree at the NYC location back in April) and then we ended the amazing day at the delicous Cafe Lettüs. We were a tired bunch, but so happy. I think we all had tired grins on our face as we said our good byes.
As I entered the elevator in my hotel, it became very obvious that I would need another bag to get all of the yarn home! I sat in my room with that familiar “afterglow” feeling: amazing people and an amazing city!
…and lest you think it was fun and games all the time – this free day aside – I worked diligently for the rest of the week in my work conference. I made some great connections with other archivists (a few knitting archivists even!) and attended some enlightening sessions that got me “fired” up about my own work at my institution. That is a good feeling.
One more post about SF coming – all knitting and art related!