August 29, 2015



Now through September 1st, get 60% off all print books in the Fresh Designs series from Cooperative Press with the coupon code FRESHFLASH.

August 27, 2015

Mixed Nuts


Defarge Does Chaucer is chugging along.  In the meantime, by all means take advantage of the Cooperative Press Warehouse Sale.  ALL print books are 20 - 30% off for a limited time.  SUCH a deal, I'm telling you!

I'm still working on my Pepperberry Knits cashmere project.  It feels like it's taking forever, but only because I did SO MUCH swatching, and one of the swatches was actually 1/2 or 2/3 the size of the actual item.

The Lambie Toes project is being enthusiastically test knit by my friend Audrey.  I couldn't afford to pay her the $$$ the job was worth, so I bought her the yarn and told her to keep the project when done.  She's enjoying it so much that she's planning to cast on for another one with stash yarn when she's done, LOL.

The pattern will be released at CogKnitive Fiber Retreat in October, where Dizzy Blonde Studios will be vending.  You'll be able to buy a print copy of the pattern (I'll send you the PDF) and buy the yarn for it right there!  After the retreat, the pattern will be available on Ravelry.  Laura will probably be the only one with print copies for sale.

Don't ask about Forest Hills.  It's in time out through no fault of its own.  I probably need to frog and start over again.

Just a few more days left to get $1.00 my cowl pattern Bijou Bijoux, using code BRASS.  Promotion ends when August ends.


The winner in the category of "first unsolicited college pamphlet mailed to Thing One because The Powers That Be know she's a senior in high school" goes to Berklee College of Music.  Clearly, they do not know this kid.  (A mailer from the US Navy arrived last week.)

This school year is definitely a different one for me.  Much as I was looking forward to the end of my driving kids to school, I'm finding that the forced outing was actually really helpful for making sure I got errands done.  I'll get it figured out.  So far, the only restriction I've put on myself is that I don't let myself do any "work knitting" after 3:00 so that I can focus on the home front.

Thing Two has jumped into high school with both feet.  She's still wrestling with her morning schedule, but she's doing pretty well.  In addition to taking drama, she tried out for the fall play, "As You Like It".  She got a bit part, so her afternoons are crazy, with rehearsal three days a week till 5:30 and band "sectionals" one day a week till 4ish,  Her original plan to try out for the volleyball team went out the window.

Thing Two loves seeing the colors in the sky every
morning as she walks to school,

Next month will be a biggie around here:  Thing Two will get her braces off at last, and Thing One will turn 17.  SEVENTEEN.  Every time I think of it, I hear "I Saw Her Standing There" in my head.  You're welcome.

August 21, 2015


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August 4, 2015

Teaser - Mesherchief

Coming soon to a Cooperative Press ebook near you:  Mesherchief!  (1 skein Cascade Yarns Venezia Worsted on size US 10/6 mm needles)

August 3, 2015

Assorted Delights


Last week, we were privileged to share in the celebration of 0ur nephew Steven's wedding to his sweetie, Katie.  It was simple and classy - a short ceremony at SF City Hall, followed by a terrific dinner at an Italian restaurant out in Pleasant Hill.

KindA boggled my mind because Steven was only 9 months old when I met him in September of 1994, and now he's pushing 22.  As I told him, it doesn't get much more grown up than this:

Her dress was perfect!

Is this a good-looking family or WHAT?!

I've enjoyed watching Jesse and Steven grow up from a toddler a baby into the fine young men they are today.  We're so proud of them!


Mom:  I think we need to wait to do this till Dad comes home.
Kid:  We don't need to wait.  We're strong, independent women who don't need a man!
(5 minutes later) Kid:  We'd better wait till Dad comes home.


Don't forget about the coupon for $1 off Bijou Bijoux for the month of August.  If you're playing along in Miss Kalendar's year-long KAL, it fits the "cowl" theme for the month (and even has two different versions!).  Plus, YAK YARN.

Dare I mention that it's time to start your Christmas knitting?  No?  OK, fine, I won't mention it.


People, school starts in nine days, and this time, I won't have to drive anybody anywhere.  WOOT!  I have teased the girls that I'll sleep in that day and not even bother to get dressed, but they know that's not true.  I'll probably still get up before they do;  for sure, I'll subject them to the traditional "first day of school" photos.  T1 has said T2 may walk to school with her the first day only, LOL.  As always, I'm looking forward to the start largely because I function much better when we have more of a routine/rhythm to our days.  Oh...wanna feel old?  They'll be in 12th and 9th grade.  Oy.

July 31, 2015

Eleven Years

Paul Walter Gil Hernandez
July 12 - July 31, 2004

Lest anyone think I is Paul's "Angel Day".  Eleven years ago, he wore out from fighting so hard and passed away.

None of us felt the need to do anything special today, but I know it's in the backs of our minds.

Miss you, Sweet Boy!

July 29, 2015

Knitalong and a Coupon

The incomparable Miss Kalendar of the Brass Needles podcast is hosting a year-long KAL (knitalong) in 2015 with a different theme each month.

Knowing that many folks need smaller (read: not as big, heavy, hot, and sweaty in your hands or on your lap) projects in the summer heat, for August, the theme is cowls.

Wanna knit a cowl?

From now through the end of the day, August 31st, use the code BRASS, and you'll get $1.00 off my latest cowl pattern, Bijou Bijoux.  It's great for that one skein of special yarn you just HAD to buy  at at Stitches, Rhinebeck, etc. 

Yak yarn not your thing?  Try one of these:

 Bertha's Mad, Mysterious Mobius
Bertha's Mad, Mysterious Mobius

On a tight budget?  Each of these can be knit for about $10 in yarn (or less if you're using leftover bibs and bobs of sock yarn for the multi-colored one):

Knit on!

July 25, 2015

R.I.P. Jenna

R.I.P. Jenna

Just realized that the one place I haven't mentioned this was here, but our summer got pretty much hijacked by the loss of our dog Jenna.  On June 4th, she was diagnosed with an aggressive, fast-growing cancer in her mouth.  The next six or so weeks were largely focused on keeping her comfortable and watching her closely for signs that it was "time".  By the time we got back from camping, it was obvious that she was miserable, having trouble breathing, plus other, ickier symptoms.  On July 14th, our hearts broke as she passed peacefully with great care from Colma Pet Hospital.

So, SO grateful that Andrew insisted we get this picture on Father's Day before she started looking really bad.  Mille grazie to MarkyMark for taking the photo.


Camping was great; I think I'm really getting the hang of this, LOL.  T2's friends had a great time, Andrew and I totally relaxed, and T1 had a ball at home with Clairese.

SO much relaxation happened, that I took almost no pictures.  Here are a few mine, plus a few of T2's, plus a glimpse of T1's time at home.

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