City Cape(r)

I finally finished knitting my first cape.  It has been a major time commitment, but my upcoming trip to SF was my motivation. I wanted to finish the cape to show it off, while walking the streets of SF next week.  Lately, the temperatures in Northern California have been unseasonably warm for this time of year.  I hope the fog rolls in next week and I can take my cape on an adventure.

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Photo Credit: Mary Lou Fall

The Cape Coat designed by Debbie Bliss published in The Big Easy,  appears on pages 21 and 22.  The knitting pattern calls for Debbie Bliss Luxury Tweed Chunky, but I decided to knit with  Noro Kama 26% wool, 25%silk, 25% alpaca, 12% kid mohair and 12% angora.  I also shortened the length measurement by 1-1/2 inches.

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Photo Credit: Mary Lou Fall

A garter stitch scarf accents The Cape Coat stitch pattern nicely.

Psst…I neglected to mention, last week I decided to take a daycation at Sea Cliff Beach.  The coast has taken a pounding the last month.  Here are some photos of my day.

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Photo Credit: Mary Lou Fall

An artist painting surrounded by trees, sand sculptures and driftwood.

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Photo Credit: Mary Lou Fall

The remains of the SS Palo Alto, commonly known as the cement boat.

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Photo Credit: Mary Lou Fall

A sand sculpture.

Schedule Change

Almost two weeks ago, I was notified the Vogue Knitting Destination trip to Koigu Wool Designs was cancelled due to an unfortunate personal circumstance suffered by the Landra family.  I wish Kersti Landra a speedy recovery.

With a last minute change of my schedule…We were able to celebrate my husband’s birthday with an impromptu trip to the coast for a couple of days.  What we witnessed words cannot describe, we were part of something amazing. Due to the warmer waters of El Nino, an abundant food supply exists for the whales, dolphins, sea otters and sea lions, and birds.  I have never experienced such an awesome show of marine life.

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Pelicans, Cormorants, Sea Gulls and diving birds were everywhere.

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Sea Otters and pods of Dolphins cruised by for the  abundant supply of food.

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Of course, the unique and unusual also appeared.

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I’ve taken many pictures over the years, but this candid shot of my husband is one of my favorites.

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The end of a beautiful day on the beach.

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Time for the celebratory Happy Birthday dinner at Cafe Rio.