September 03, 2006
Sorry about that, I just kept procastinating and suddenly it's been ages. I've even actually been knitting and shopping, so there have been some things to show.
Firstly, I keep forgetting to say (it's only exciting to me probably!) but I'm going to San Francisco and around in only a few days! It's all come along very quickly, since we've been planning to go for a few months now. I've been before, but not since I was 18. Can anyone recommend any ace fabric/yarn/clothes shops I should visit (I have one day entirely to myself without Adam), and also any vegetarian restaurants and good bars? I rely on recommendations, and I would be super grateful if anyone had any!
OK onto the stuff I have actually been doing this last week or so. My Tapestry cardi is coming along very nicely, since the initial moron set back! I have now done: back, both fronts, one sleeve. So only one more sleeve and the edging to go! But the edging might need a little more thought and so take longer.
I also got the Perfect Buttons! I was looking for ages, because it's hard to find ones that match both the pinky and the grey parts of the yarn. In the end I found some that are big, dark, and have a brown-grey sheen that I think is perfect - I bloody love buttons!
Nice eh? Also here is proof I have done the fronts!
As well as the buttons I also bought hooks and eyes so if I can tear myself away from the Tapestry I can finish the Pinkster.
I guess I should get on with it all! Remember to leave San Francisco tips if you have a chance - thanks!
Posted by jen at September 3, 2006 10:26 AM
Britex fabrics in S.F. (downtown near Maiden Lane) is wonderful -- five floors of fabrics, notions, etc. Pretty expensive, but there is one floor devoted to remnants that are priced a bit better, and the selection is incredible.
Go the the Ferry Plaza and stroll around for good food nibblies. There's a restaurant there called The Slanted Door -- lots of vegetarian options, and right on the water. Also, Greens is a renowned vegetarian restaurant. Certainly there are tons more options.
Look at the DailyCandy website, under San Francisco, to see some updates on new bars and stores.
There's also a place there called the Craft Gym, that I want to check out -- the have a web site.
Posted by: Dris at September 3, 2006 05:13 PM
I second the recommendation for The Slanted Door (and ferry plaza in general) and Greens. I'd also add Millenium, another excellent vegetarian restaurant (a little more "out there" than Greens). Not necessarily vegetarian, but still delicious is Citizen Cake http://www.citizencake.com/ - I seem to remember there being reasonably good veg options there. Actually, San Francisco is generally pretty good for vegetarians - there's usually something on the menu. If you're wanting to venture across the bay to Oakland, there's also Chez Panisse.
As for yarn, I like Greenwich yarn (http://www.greenwichyarn.com/), which is within walking distance of Greens. :-)
Extremely jealous of your trip to San Francisco - I think it's my favorite city in the world!
Posted by: Katie at September 3, 2006 11:43 PM
Go to Imagiknit!
Posted by: Linda at September 4, 2006 03:46 AM
My hometown! You should have fabulous weather, but bring a sweater--it is San Francisco.
Yarn shops: Imaginknit is great and of course ArtFibers is a MUST!
Fabric shops: Britex (now on Post--it moved) is huge and expensive. Fabrix on Clement and 2nd is cheap and fun - lots of closeouts and pretty much everything is $1.99. The best fabric store in in Berkeley, take the BART train and get off on Shattuck. It's worth the trip. And they have some yarn too!
Vegi food: It's SF, it won't be a problem in any restraunt here. They get it. My fave vegi is a Burmese place called Burma Star right by Fabrix (see previous fabric entry).
Shopping in Hayes valley is fun--plus it's right by Citizen Cake, which you'll want to sample. Haight Street is fun and downtown Union Square is always fun - even if you're just window shopping.
Oh I do go on. Have a blast!
Posted by: Silvia at September 4, 2006 05:18 AM
I hope you have a great time in San Fran and hope you return with lots of knitting and fabric to show. Yours is my favourite knitting blog, 2nd favourite is strikke tanten, which is in Danish, I think, so I don't understand it but love what she makes (and her daughter's adorable). Look forward to you returning. P x x x
Posted by: Polly at September 6, 2006 05:33 PM
If you like burritos then you have to go to Taqueria Cancun in the Mission district. They have the 2nd best veggie burrito in the US.
Posted by: Sarah at September 7, 2006 12:07 AM
Wooooo hoooo, San Francisco, eh? Have a wonderful time!! xxx
Posted by: Annarella at September 7, 2006 04:06 PM
I second the Artfibers. It's in the financial district (Sutter Ave, I think) and it's really really unique. Lots of pretty fibers and colors. And you can swatch as much as you want!
Posted by: connie at September 7, 2006 10:19 PM
Hey, I haven't been around in a while, but I wanted to say how much I like your projects! Gemma is gorgeous! What a lovely sweater. The colours and fit are so nice - you must love to wear it.
I don't have any San Francisco tip for you - I've never been there myself. Have fun though!
Posted by: Missy at September 10, 2006 05:25 PM
Totally go to Greens. It's kind of expensive, but really phenomenal vegetarian food. As a vegetarian in the Bay Area who doesn't get there enough ... go to Greens!
Posted by: Jocelyn at September 10, 2006 09:19 PM
There are a few chinese restaurants serve just vegetarian dishes, but most chinese restaurants have quite a few menus for vegetarians. They are usually loaded with tofu, bean curds, and other soy products. So if you like chinese foods, try the restaurants in China Town, especially those with lots of chinese people in it. :)
Here is my favorite:
Kowloon Vegetarian Restaurant
909 Grant Ave.
SFm CA 94108
415 362 9888
Not sure if they still there or under different owner, or moved away. I haven't been back there for quite sometimes. California is big in vegetarian foods, so you will not have any problem. Enjoy.
Posted by: Mai at September 13, 2006 06:12 PM
Hello. I don't know anything about San Francisco either I'm afraid, but just came across your blog and wanted to say hi. I just started knitting (I've made a scarf so far!). I don't know anyone else who knits either so I had to teach myself from a book. So I'll definitely keep checking back on your page. I want to make your knitted dinosaurs! Have fun in San Fran...
Posted by: Tori at September 14, 2006 01:29 PM