Tales From The Road

So our move has begun. We will be road tripping across the USA to Martha’s Vineyard and then we will wiggle down the East Coast to Virginia. The whole trip should take us about 2.5 weeks. As of today we are in Nebraska. It has been so enjoyable watching the changing landscape while barreling east on I-80. 

In the car, we have been listening to an audio book called Desperation by Stephen King. I have to say it is a little creepy to listen to on this particular trip. In the story, a psychopathic cop targets people on road trips as they travel down Highway 50 in Nevada. Thankfully, we didn’t take that route ūüė¨. 

I have also been knitting up a storm. I finished an Etsy order ( Toddler Hat made with Cascade Heritage Paints in Baltimore) and started some socks. I am knitting with Payton’s Kroy Sock yarn in Grey Brown Marl. Not my favorite yarn to knit with. I like a little more sheen and springiness to my sock yarn. I am curious to see if the softness level changes after a soak. I have two skeins to work with so I am making some pretty big socks. 


Well only 1,400 more miles to go! 

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

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Adventures in North Bay

On Saturday morning we packed up the car and headed northward to Marin County for an evening of camping. My husband wanted to take me and some friends to¬†Dillon’s Beach, where he spent many weekends while he was a Boy Scout. Let me say it didn’t disappoint. Never have I been to a country area that abuts a beach. The vibrant green grass and rolling sand dunes in combination with the low lying mist hovering over Bodega Bay was spectacular.

On Sunday, we packed up camp and drove back into civilization. We made a pit-stop in Petaluma, California. What a cute town! There are a lot of historical Victorian buildings still in Petaluma as it survived the 1906 earthquake that devastated San Francisco. The town has done a spectacular job of up-keeping/restoring the buildings. One fun fact that I learned was that the town has been the backdrop for over 15 movies (example: American Graffiti). 

Lucky me I also discovered a lovely yarn shop in the downtown area. Knitterly is a spacious and welcoming shop. The yarn selection was mostly in the mid-price range ($13 and up) with a few brands of lower cost yarn (Plymouth and Berroco). What I enjoyed most about the shop was that they carried a couple of brands that I have wanted to pet in person (Brooklyn Tweed, Quince and Co, Hedgehog Fibers). I ended up purchasing a skein of Brooklyn Tweed Arbor and a skein of Woolfolk (worsted weight).

I selected Arbor from Brooklyn Tweed as it seemed the softest against the skin. Plus I loved the vibrant red color. The Woolfolk yarn was a total impulse buy. I petted the skein and was divine. It was soft, squishy, and in a lovely jewel tone color. *swoon*

Fun with friends, exploring new places, and yarn. What a weekend. ūüôā

Until Next Time

-Whit-

The Second City: Adventures in Chicago 

This weekend I took a short trip to Chicago, IL with my hubby and some friends. What a stellar trip. We ate too much, laughed too hard, and tracked some serious steps according to our iPhones. 

Day One had us traveling to Northwestern University to see my lovely cousin. We took the train from the airport and headed to Evanston. It was homecoming weekend and the town was alive with football fans. Instead of going to the game,  we took in the beauty of campus and its fantastic lake views.  (Step count 5,297)

In the afternoon we jumped on the train to head into Chicago. The “L” or CTA is on a elevated rail (hence its name) so you can admire the city as you travel. Later that night, we cruised down the river on an Architectural tour which was fantastic. Chicago has such a rich history and such glorious buildings. (Step Count 11,234)

After our boat tour we had dinner at a local steakhouse amid the whoops of the Chicago Cubs fans. Let me tell you this town is excited about a potential World Series Win. Our group ended the night with a show at the famous Second City Comedy Club.  The show was called #DateMe and it was hilarious! (Step count 16,791)

On Day 2, we walked a total of 17,287 steps around the downtown Chicago area. Among the sites we saw where Millennium Park, Cloud Gate, Lake Michigan, and Grant Park. The weather could not have been more perfect. A sunny day with a light breeze…Fall perfection! ūüôĆūüŹĺ

Sadly “My Favorite Cardigan” was not ready in time to take on my trip. I finished the sweater a little too late and it was not dry enough to pack. No worries though as I had my Butter Union Station Cardigan. This sweater has proven to fit so well in my wardrobe. Not only do I love the bright color pop, but it is such a great layering piece. 

At sunset we went up to the 96th floor in the John Hancock building to get a cocktail and take in the view. My girlfriend and I found the rumor to be true. The best view is from the ladies room, sorry guys (hahah). 

Finally on day 3 we went to the famous Art Insitute of Chicago. Such spectacular works! I loved this museum as it had a little bit for everyone to enjoy. Everything from Ancient Greecian art to contemporary pieces are on display. (Step Count 17,062)

Chicago was spectacular and if you have not visited I highly suggest you do! There are so many activities, museums, and  great restaurants to check out.

Until Next Time

-Whit-

Capital City

We headed to Sacramento for Mother’s Day to treat my fiance’s mother to a nice afternoon downtown.  First, we headed to the Capital Mall for a stroll. There we saw the Vietnam Memorial, California Firefighter’s Memorial, the International World Peace Rose Garden, and the Capital Building. I had never visited this area so it was a lovely walk. Afterward, we went to a nice restaurant for a yummy lunch. 

 
Sacramento is about 2 hours away from San Francisco so I made sure to pack a car project. I am making some basic socks using the Double Magic Loop Method. I used Judy’s Magic Cast-On to begin the toes. I have tiny feet, therefore I started with 30 stitches and only had to increase to 62 stitches. I knitted about 2.5 inches throughout the day. I do not have a pair of handmade orange socks, so these will be a nice addition to my growing collection. 

I hope all of my USA readers had a lovely Mother’s Day!

Exploring Angel Island

On Saturday, we took a little day trip to Angel Island. The island is located about 6 miles north of San Francisco and is only accessible by ferry. Initially, I was a little nervous that it would be too foggy, but the clouds cleared and we had some great views by mid-afternoon.

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We brought our bikes with us and spent most of the day riding along the perimeter of the island and visiting the historical sites. I thought the bike path would be a little flatter, but what was I thinking? Nothing is ever flat in San Franciscoūüėē. We got off to a little bit of a challenging start (I may have fallen off my bike), but we soon got into the rhythm of the rolling hills.

¬†¬†Our first stop was the Immigration Station. Angel Island was known as the “Ellis Island of the West ” from 1910-1940. The island was the first stop many saw when arriving to America.¬†The historical fact that resonated with me the most was how horrible the Chinese immigrants were treated. Often the Chinese people were kept in the camps for weeks upon weeks just because they were Chinese. I love my country, but some of our history is downright shameful.

IMG_7787[1]                               IMG_7794[1]IMG_7791[1]          IMG_7788[1]Angel Island was also home to many soldiers starting as far back as 1863. During World War II, upwards of 1400 men were housed and trained on the island. In 1962, the army base was decommissioned. They left all of the structures so now you can explore the old barracks, jail, and museum.

We also did a short hike up to the top of Mt. Livermore. The Sunset Trail was about 2.5 miles and was moderately strenuous. Along the trail we got great glimpses of Marin, Tiburon, San Francisco, and all the bridges in the area. All and all, we had a great day. If you are ever in the area, I recommend a visit.

Hiking in Muir Woods

Muir Woods is a gorgeous¬†National Forest containing some of the oldest Redwood trees in the Bay Area. Due to its close proximity to San Francisco, it is often a pain to enjoy the park. Why you might ask? The parking lot is always crowded and the main trails are generally¬†swamped with tourists. As much as tourists feed our economy they can be quite a pain in large groups. A few deep breaths¬†and many Excuse Me’s¬†later we made it to the quiet beauty of the forest.

We completed an approximately 4.5 mile loop through the park. The exact details of the loop can be found here on the blog Hikerly. All and all this was a quick hike that made for a lovely afternoon outing.