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Sailor Baby Sweater

It's getting to be that time in my life when everyone I know is having kids. It started with friends and spread to my family. First my cousin Amy had her adorable son almost two (!?) years ago. Now another cousin, Andrew, and his lovely wife, Kayla, have a son due early next year.

Like previous baby sweaters I've made for friends, I fell back on Super Natural Stripes, a free raglan pattern. Like the last time I made it, I decided to elminate the garter ridges and do simple two-row stripes along the cardigan. This way results in fewer ends to weave in and a tighter striped look.

Sailor Baby Sweater

Since Andrew's in the navy, I decided on a marine theme with navy and white stripes and have taken to calling it the "Sailor Baby Sweater." Who knows, maybe he'll grow up to be a sailor like his dad. Either way he'll start off with some hand knits and Bryan and I are excited to meet him.

I don't have any baby-sized hangers, so I resorted to making my own from picture-hanging wire. Since I could, I added some letters to my hanger. I was inspired by this tutorial, but ultimately I made it up as I went along.

Sailor Baby Sweater

Project: Sailor Baby Sweater
Pattern: Super Natural Stripes

Watch Caps 2014

Show me the yarn! Isn't this a knitting blog?!

(I hear you.)

So far my knitting this year has been either top secret (aka gifts) or watch caps. Like last year, I had a goal of 12 hats (one per month). I recently finished my last watch cap for the year.

Watch Caps 2014

Unlike previous times I've knit watch caps, I didn't take pictures of them immediately after finishing, so I don't know the exact order they were knit in. I know the first one this year is in the red varigated yarn since I finished it before I hurt my hand and enjoyed playing with it while it was in progress. The last one for the year is the blue with purple, grey, and black.

Watch Caps 2014

Despite trying out colorwork last year, I reverted to my old standby: stripes. As a rule, I try to make relatively unique hats that I would be willing to wear (the sailors need to be able to recognize their hats). I would wear pretty much any of these hats, but the brown striped one turned out a little too hipster for my personal taste.

Watch Caps 2014

Like I mentioned last year, my aunts who taught me to knit work closely with the New England Seafarer's Mission based in Boston. Each year the mission collects hand knit hats, toiletries, and handmade drawstring bags which they assemble into ditty bags to give to the seafarers at Christmas time. My aunts and I knit hats, and my mother sews bags.

If you're looking for ideas on striping, etc here are some previous years' watch caps: 2014, 2013, 2011-12, 2008

Alamere Falls

In 2008 I spent 6 months abroad studying in Lausanne, Switzerland. Clair, one of my friends from my time in Switzerland, was in town last weekend. This was his second time in the Bay Area, and, like the last time he was here, we went on a hike. Last year we went to Berry Falls in Big Basin and this year we continued the waterfall theme, but added in some ocean and beach.

Like our previous trip, we picked up our lunch along the way. (This time at Shervin's favorite deli in San Bruno.) After an intense parking experience at the crowded parking lot, we started off along the trail and passed a pair of lakes before arriving at the junction with the Alamere Falls trail. Although the sign indicated that the trail was not actively maintained, we saw signs of recent pruning and later decided that the unmaintained status was all about the descent to the beach rather than the trail to that point.

Overlooking the falls

Instead of eating lunch at the trailhead when we arrived, we decided to eat somewhere along the trail. Unfortunately, we didn't find any lunch spots until we were near the beach. Around 3:30 p.m., we lunched midway down the descending trail to the beach in the plateau just above the falls. At this height we were flanked by waterfalls. The quintessential Alamere Falls is right along the beach, but there are quaint upper falls that is slightly higher than our lunch spot.

After our late lunch we made our way down to sea level where we could properly enjoy the falls. The second descent into the falls is easily the sketchiest part of the trip. On the way down we took it as slowly as we could, but on the return trip the wind blew sand into our eyes greatly increasing the difficulty of the scramble. That said; Alamere Falls is definitely worth doing the scramble!

Shervin, Clair's friend, found what we first thought might be bits of plastic bottles if it weren't for the sheer quantity and constancy of them. After some examination we decided they might be jellyfish; however, as we didn't see any tentacles, we weren't sure if they truly were or even if they were still alive. Unwilling to risk a sting but still curious, we gently pushed one into the surf, but there was no change. A quick internet search at home revealed that what we saw were velella velella, which are closely related to jellyfish. Recent currents have brought swarms of them to the California coastline.

The saturation attempt

After admiring the massive quantities of velella velella along the coastline and walking a decent length of the beach, we started our return trip. We again passed the lakes and walked along the coastline. Once we got into the forest of Eucalyptus trees near the parking lot, Bryan and Shervin found a small, black and yellow snake when it crossed the trail.

Stats:

Distance: 9.06 mi
Elevation Gain/Loss: 2140 ft
GPS Elevation Profile

Thoughts:

Lovely hike! There's some ocean, some lakes, and, of course, some water falls. What's not to like? Well, other than needing to wear long pants to avoid poison oak exposure, nothing that we could find.

This was our first time to the southern part of Point Reyes, and it was just as beautiful as Tomales Point in the north.

As one can imagine, we are looking forward to Clair's next visit and the hike we'll do!

Food:

Lunch:
+ Deluxe Takeout Sandwiches

Snacks:
+ Trail Mix

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