Simple Things is done - it took only 3 days! It's a nice pattern, great for social knitting as you don't have to keep track of too much. I'll make it again sometime - maybe out of handspun?
Brian and I went somewhere today we've been meaning to go for quite a while - the Oakland Zoo. We've been to the San Francisco Zoo a few times but wanted to check this out - it's smaller, but you can get a little closer to the animals, which is nice.
This is a lousy picture but this tiger was asleep with his (her?) paws up in the air. So cute - and a bit undignified. :)
The elephants were pretty funny. These two were 'having words' - though it looked more like playing around than anything combative. The plaque indicated that the one on the right was their 16-year-old male who is very playful and likes to get into trouble. That's what you need - thousands of pounds of trouble. We've got about 25 pounds of our Trouble and she's plenty, thanks!
And my favorite - I definitely have a thing for giraffes. The one on the left is the 'grandma' - she's about 22. Feeding time was listed at 11:30 this morning, but all that happened was a woman came out with some carrots - and most of the giraffes ignored her. We got cold waiting for more excitement, so if there was a feeding frenzy, we missed it. It was still nice to see them though.
There were plenty of other animals but those were the best pictures. I didn't get any pictures from yesterday when we went up to the city, where we had roasted crab (oh.my.GOD.good) for lunch and then picked up some nice treats at Red Blossom Tea Company in Chinatown. However, as we took the train, I did get going on a new project:
This is a garter-rib sock (Sensational Socks) out of Rabbitworks Fiber Studio's Toe Jam in the Revenge colorway. This is the same yarn as the Simple Things shawlette, just a different color way, both purchased at Stitches West last year.
The sock is my mindless knitting - I also started my Great American Afghan:
This should keep me occupied for a good long time. So I don't get frustrated with knitting this and only this for months to come, my plan is for every other project to be one of these squares. Once this is done I have a gift to make and then a few UFOs to finish up.
Wow - blogging 2 days in a row. Don't expect it to become a habit. I just happened to have progress to report, an FO to show off and time to post about it. Hope it all comes together like that again soon.
Happy New Year everyone!