Just the other day I heard from Alison…..a friend from my Skein Lane retail days. She wanted to share what she had knit with her Skein Lane yarn purchases and that she  will be selling at the KPFA Crafts Fair Saturday and Sunday, Dec 20 and 21. I was flattered to have an early look. You can find Alison and her Inner Frou Frou creations in booth 621 presented at Craneway Pavilion. Here’s a preview…..

There are many blessings of the season and one is  to share the creativity….the latest “showing” today is Karen’s stole. I love the simple, elegant design which is certainly enhanced with her choice of yarns.

Here are the details.

’tis the season to share….and there is much to share given that there are many postings in the Skein Lane lineup. I asked Jan for some details on what she literally just finished at this past Friday morning knitting group.  Jan says….

  • Pattern: Verybusymonkey (all her stuff can be found on Ravelry, bought via download) – “Irish Moss Shawl.”
  • Fiber:  a Blue Moon (Fiber Arts) yarn that I found at the show in San Mateo – Marine Silk Fingering.  100 grms/3.5 oz/487 yards.  The colorway is Sky Blue Pink, and you really do get a shimmer of pink through the yarn as light reflects from it.
  • Content: 51% silk, 29% merino, and 20% sea cell rayon.
  • Gauge: 28-32 sts per 4 inches on size 1-3 needles.
  • Washing instructions: hand wash or dry clean.


“The pattern version used a 435 yd skein of yarn and therefore my skein of 487 yds should have been sufficient, but it wasn’t.  Most likely my gauge was the culprit.  In any case, the pattern fortunately suggests where to bind off if you’d like the shawl to be shorter n the back or if you’re short on yarn.  I thought it might be obvious that I cut it off 4 rows early, but it’s not. The dark purple shawl that I did before this one is also a Verybusymonkey pattern.  I LOVE her stuff!”

A couple footnotes from Carolyn here: I did take a couple more photos of Jan modeling her beautiful shawl….but they are nowhere to be found….better hire a new photographer. I just checked out the Verybusymonkey site…..on my….there are many beautiful shawl patterns!

Saturday’s knitting workgroup celebrated the season with a brunch of fruit, baked oatmeal, cheeses, See’s peanut brittle (my favorite) and in the midst of that was another of my favorites – salt and pepper potato chips with Diane’s clam dip. What a mix of flavors and quite tasty with champagne. We ate, we knit and we were treated by Katie to glitter tattoos! We missed PJ, Margot, Carol C and Shari at this celebration!

ps…..the Baked Oatmeal has become a traditional serving….I discovered this recipe several years ago….it tastes great and the vanilla and cinnamon in that dish creates the best aroma while baking.

The blessings of the season have been on my mind…….and one of the many are the friendships that are shared throughout our knitting groups. Friday morning knitting group aka FMKG celebrated at Skates on the Bay (Berkeley) yesterday….there were 16 of us there (only one was unable to make it….we missed you Rachelle). We shared years of friendship, a meal, drinks of course, and a “gentle” white elephant gift exchange. I was #1 on the exchange…..and I am pleased to report that I love my gift….and the giver was happy that I received it! Look below for some flashbacks to our previous celebrations!

We knit….we celebrate!

Kimberly and Jan knitting!

A day of remembrance!


My Pearl Harbor post…..5 years ago.

Originally posted on The Fred and Alta Pugh Family - Memoirs by their grandchildren -cousins!:

A couple of things made me think of Dad (Louis Pugh) today. Of course, the first would be Pearl Harbor. He was a young man of 18 when he arrived there…7 days after it was bombed. He spent some of his Navy career rebuilding what was destroyed during that WWII bombing. In 1957 when our family was returning from Australia we stopped at Honolulu and Dad showed us….Mom, Betty and me….the entryway to a hotel that he helped to rebuild after the Pearl Harbor bombing…I think it was the tile work on the entryway.

Today we had snow on Mt Diablo and all around the area…now remember that I live in the San Francisco Greater Bay AreaSnow is rare here! This event reminded me of being in the 3rd grade at Buena Vista School in Walnut Creek, Ca…the winter of 1954-55…and Dad came home from a trip…

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Yep….time for a reminder….the blessed rain will have eased and you can pop into this annual event. See you Saturday!

Originally posted on Skein Lane - IN THE LOOP:

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Announcing the lovely (now annual) event- Jewelry Boutique featuring Kimberly Ligocki and Janie Rose.

This is a great chance to stay out of the crowds and shop this event for your jewelry gifts. You can visit their Etsy stores – Kimberly’s Craftini and Janie Rose Jewelry to get a sense of the beauty they create. I am a huge fan of their jewelry and several pieces are now in my collection! ♥♥♥

Invite your friends! Join us at 208 Carmel Ave, El Cerrito!

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