It's been busy chez Feral, in a happy kind of way! Gingko graduated, a newly minted BFA in Game Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. So proud!
Eat Brains Love, the game she designed with 2 other people, was accepted to the Spring Show--this is a big honor!
We celebrated Mother's Day a week late, as is our wont (why suffer the crowds on the real day?). I'm not sentimental about dates or made-up holidays, but I do love an excuse to make others do what I want! And what I wanted was a trip to one of my favorite areas of the globe: West Marin county, north of San Francisco. The new Valley Ford Wool Mill was having a small fiber fair and open house, so that was our goal. First, a stop at the Tea Room Cafe in Petaluma for an excellent breakfast and card make by Gingko. Then a lovely drive up into the hills and valleys of northern California.
The fiber fair was small, but I love that the mill owners are working to build interest in the fiber resources of our area. Here's an interesting article about the mill and other Slow Fiber businesses in the area, and another article with enchanting photos (I am such a sucka for these things!). Fibershed is doing lots of interesting work along these lines, if you want to explore the idea further.
Then a beautiful drive down Tomales Bay to Point Reyes Station, where I had a chance to browse one of my favorite bookstores, Point Reyes Books. John and Gingko gave me a wonderful book: Fresh from the Farm by Susie Middleton. I love vegetables and love stories about farming--this book is the perfect combination of these two interests! I've already cooked two of the recipies, with great results.
Gingko and I have been exploring the trails around Berkeley every weekend. The hills up in Tilden Park were glorious last weekend!
Whew! Caught up on the last two weeks. Now, for the upcoming attractions:
WORKSHOP IN AUGUST
FYI: I will be teaching my 3-day Design Your Own Fair Isle workshop in Berkeley again: August 15-17. Registration is limited to 6 people, and only 2 spaces are left (newsletter subscribers hear about these things first--if you want to sign up, go to Feral Knitter and scroll to the bottom of the page). Please contact me janine AT feralknitter DOT com for more information about the workshop!
COMING NEXT WEEK!
The long-promised Starry Night cardigan pattern!