san francisco fun

It was a whirlwind trip to San Francisco, but it was quite fun. Sunday cancer-killing Megan and I went to IKEA along with every other resident of the Bay Area (seriously, people were SPILLING out of the building). As we sat and ate (Swedish meatballs!), I gave Joanna a call, and she came to meet us, resplendent in her Rogue.
So Monday I went to meet Marie and Andy, who were visiting from Wales. Andy went off in search of music, and Marie and I had a little fiber fest. First we went to Britex Fabrics, which is pretty stinking amazing. They have four floors of fancy fabrics and notions!! We were too overwhelmed to purchase any fabric, but here you can see that Marie bought a Britex Fabrics tote!
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I know, her poncho is gorgeous. One of the employees gushed over it and told her it was the BEST PONCHO she had EVER seen.
After Britex we headed to, drumroll please, Artfibers, where Marie helped the local economy quite a bit. I’ll have you know I bought nothing for myself! We spent a good chunk of time there then headed to the Ferry Building Marketplace to meet Andy and Joanna for lunch. A lot of the storefronts were closed, so it wasn’t very crowded. We ate at Taylor’s, a diner sort of place. They give you these little buzzer spaceship things to tell you when your food is ready, and I started developing a nervous tic from listening to all the beeping noises! The fries were good, the shakes seemed good (including Joanna’s $10 million pumpkin shake), and the fish batter was corndoggy and weird.
So after lunch Megan very kindly came to fetch the 3 of us (poor Joanna had to go back to work), and we headed over the Golden Gate Bridge to San Rafael and Dharma Trading! The catalog makes it seem like they are all about dyeing and have never heard of yarn, but hoo boy, they sell yarn! We met Rachael there in her newly minted Cromarty, and yes, the ladies went gaga over it. Here’s a blurry shot of us:
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Yup, that is yarn that Megan is holding!
So after Dharma Trading we all went to get frozen custard and pumpkin frozen yogurt. Marie and Andy were only able to make it to the tops of their cups before they gave up, but we Americans succeeded in reaching the bottoms of the cups.
Okay, I have to go and watch Lost now, but here’s a shot of some gorgeous, traffic-stopping Colinette that Marie gave me. I love it and can’t stop petting it!

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14 Responses to san francisco fun

  1. Sharlene says:

    What kinds of yarn does Dharma carry? I can’t find any in their catalog! I may have to plan a trip over the bridge next time I’m visiting the folks.

  2. froggy says:

    wha a great time. and that pink yarn is truly ‘traffic stopping’. looks like candy!! can’t wait to see what you do with it.

  3. Sounds like you girls had tons of fun. Beautiful Yarn!

  4. Rachael says:

    Yay! That was fun.
    And oh, isn’t Lost fun? Love it.

  5. claudia says:

    Nothing at Artfibers? You are a strong woman.
    I remember passing by Dharma Trading on the highway and thinking “hey!”….oh well, next time.

  6. piper says:

    Hello! Come visit me at piperknits!

  7. Alison says:

    Looks like the perfect weekend! Strangely enough, my mom went to visit my sister in Berkeley at the same time and they hit many of the same places as you. One more thing – do you live near San Luis Obispo?

  8. Sylvia says:

    So tell me where you get frozen custard in Marin! I can’t believe all you blog people were just up the road from me. It would be like spotting celebrities to walk into Dharma and see you and Rachael!
    (PS odd question, but you didn’t happen to be in Mill Valley did you?)
    fyi for potential Dharma Trading visitors — what you see from the highway is their warehouse; the yarn store is on 4th St. in San Rafael.

  9. Bruce says:

    What the heck is that hot pink thing hanging on the wall. Is that your Halloween costume? Lucky Peter!!!!

  10. sUsAn says:

    What a fun time in SF! The thought of pumpkin frozen yogurt is intriguing too. Love the happy photos!

  11. Mindy says:

    Thanks for the memory! My husband and I spent a long weekend in SF this summer and I spent most of my time in ArtFibers and Britex. It so nice to see those pics…I wish they were here in Wisconsin!

  12. carolyn says:

    i am listening to the postal service too. did you get their against all odds cover. can you believe i am still at work. it’s 10:30 and i have at least another 45 mintues left after huge problems tonight. KILL ME NOW GOD KILL ME NOW. by the way that is a seriously awesome fabric store.

  13. alison says:

    What a great day! Marie’s poncho is amazing. So is your candy calendar!

  14. Cindy says:

    That fabric store is awesome. I would be breaking out in overload hives!

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