Happy new year, my new year was noisy and tranquil at the same time. We spent the new year’s eve having an overpriced dinner with friends at Andalu in the Mission District followed by watching the ball dropped at a friend’s apartment nearby. The food was so so but the company was superb. We went to Healdsburg the next day for a much a needed spa treatment. To my surprise, Healdsburg, 60 miles north of San Francisco in the Sonoma Valley, is so beautiful, green and not touristy. The rolling hills with vineyard after vineyard is majestic. This part of wine country is definitely under appreciated. Heck, who needs Tuscany now that I find Sonoma Valley. No pictures though, we were too busy driving and admiring the view.
At the spa, I got an exfoliating treatment while my husband enjoyed a swedish massage. I was not impressed with the treatment. The lady who treated me just rubbed some stuff lightly on my skin and cleansed it with a hot towel. Nothing compared to the exfoliating treatment I got in Indonesia. The Javanese skin treatment back home is definitely top notch. They literally scrub the heck out of you, leaving you all zen and clean.
Not much crafty stuff to report. I bragged about trying to complete the Farmer’s Market cardigan in time for Christmas. Nope, did not happen. I finished the body, sleeves, hem and one of the collars.
Connie Chang Chinchio is a design genius. Her overall design is simple but she kicks it up a notch with some embellishment that will leave you dumbfounded. In this cardi, the focal points are the collars and pockets. The collar is constructed by playing around with short row such that it will curve from the pocket edge up to the neck and then knit up all the way to the shoulder and curve again to the center back. I got frustrated with the collar though. I was not reading the instruction carefully and spent two days tinkering with it before I figured it out. The instruction was easy to follow and logical. But, once you get to increasing and collar shaping, it’s best to kiss it goodbye. At that point, I knew the shape I wanted to achieve and just winked it.
I am running out of yarn and had placed an order at Webs. Hopefully, I will have something to show next weekend. Her other design that I tried was the cocoon stitch cardigan. Again, simple design but the use of cocoon stitch to accentuate the design is brilliant. I also spent days trying to make sense of the cocoon stitch instruction. Luckily, Connie was kind enough to respond when I emailed her.
Another thing on my needle is a moss stitch scarf for my MIL. She was out of town and I thought I waited until she comes back before I give her the Christmas gift. Hopefully, it will be done soon. Sorry mom, can’t predict when that will be.