Tuesday is the new Monday

I spent all day yesterday making my way home from Sacramento where I had a most lovely time teaching and generally enjoying (however briefly)  California.  This was a really great surprise, since when I agreed to teach there, I can tell you that I quite honestly believed that Sacramento was somewhere in the Midwest.  I can’t tell you how stunned I was when I booked the flight and figured it out.  Now,  I know right about now a whole bunch of you are sitting there in front of your computer thinking about what a moron I am, after all – Sacramento isn’t just in California, it’s the capital of California and how could anyone not know that, but I beg of you to consider what you know of Canadian capitals or geography before you judge my knowledge of American ones. It’s not like they teach your state capitals in our schools any more than they teach you ours.  My knowledge is gleaned entirely from travel, reading and US sitcoms. Apparently this is a dodgy system. I’ll spend a little more time with my atlas. 

There were other shocks to the system… like this one.

I can tell you that intellectually, I knew that oranges grew on trees, but emotionally? I was totally unprepared for them.  I kept taking their pictures and  only just managed not to confront random Californians by staggering up to them and saying "Dudes! There is FOOD growing on your city trees!’ (I may not have managed not to look totally stunned about it to the knitters.)  I also got a quick tour of the Capital from Beth (she’s really nice) and looked for Arnold.

I didn’t find him though.  The rest of the weekend passed in a blur of teaching and in that queer paradox of teaching knitting, even though the only topic and priority was knitting, I didn’t get a lot of it done.  I did finish a pretty pair of socks that have been loitering on the needles for a week or two…

Spring Forward socks , beautiful Sophie’s Toes yarn in "Antique". 

but overall,  I only had plane knitting time, and as I related in the last post, the long flight to Denver on Friday resulted in nothing but the sad euthanasia of Frankenmitten.  She was reborn however, as Daughter of Frankenmitten. (Thanks for that Tracy. Great name.) and got my time on the flight home.

Daughter of Frankenmitten seen here in San Francisco Airport, shortly before I mis-juggled a coffee – splashed her slightly, and wore the rest of the cup magnificently down my right leg all the way to Toronto.  (Why yes, I am an extraordinarily graceful person. Why do you ask?)  An updated picture of her shortly, as she’s recovering from a bit of a bath and wash up.   While I wait for her to dry off, I should be spinning, on account of it’s Tuesday, but since I missed Monday in an airport, I’m making today an honourary Monday/Tuesday, and I’m swatching the yarn I spun last week to make sure that it’s going to work before I spin more. There’s a story behind why I suspect that it won’t, but I’ll tell you tomorrow.
There’s only so dim I’m willing to risk looking in one day, and I’ve already got the Sacramento thing working against me today. 

204 thoughts on “Tuesday is the new Monday

  1. ok the coffee thing – so something I would do …..
    you interested in Sending a Knitter to Antarctica? – this is a friend of mine who is trying to win a contest to go to there – it actually is Send a Blogger to Antarctica – but hey let’s make it send a Knitter – she even has a contest where she will knit a pair of socks for someone who votes and places a comment on her blog and is picked I am sure by the random number generator thingy
    the contest ends 9/30 and there is a guy from Portugal who is out in front – but his blog wouldn’t be half as fun as Eva’s — honestly – plus there would be knitting in Eva’s blog
    so here is the link – hope I didn’t make a boo-boo posting this in comments but look what you did for Doctors without Borders – you could help send a Knitter to Antarctica

  2. I cannot get over how beautiful that mitten is!
    Don’t get too worked up about not knowing that Sacramento was the capitol of CA. Many (most?) Americans wouldn’t know that either!!

  3. Am so loving the spring forward socks, with the slightest kiss of green in the yarn. Daughters frequently bring out the best of the parents, so I have high hopes for the mitten now.
    Christenned with coffee in an airport, could there be any better signs of success!

  4. Love Franken’s new daughter, The socks are just wonderful, someday I will take a sock knitting class. You do seem to have problems with coffee in airports though. Well, I can’t honestly say that I remember all the state capitals, fourth grade was a looong time ago.

  5. I love the Spring Forward socks. Aren’t they a ball? I think that was the first real sock pattern I did and they were amazingly simple for something that looked so lovely.
    I love the Daughter of Frankenmitten! It’s lovely! Glad you had a good trip. 🙂

  6. I love the mitt, but I loved the other too. I would have worn it mistakes and all but I understand the perfectionism it just hits me other places. I completely understand the Sacramento thing the majority of Americans would tell you LA was the capital of California.

  7. I had no idea that Sacramento was the capital of CA until spouse traveled there for a conference a couple years ago. Like you I think I had vague ideas that it was in Kansas or Oklahoma. I am both from the U.S. and have several higher ed degrees, and they let me teach other people important stuff. No doubt this indicates bad things about both my personal lack of geographic knowledge and about the U.S. education system.
    Lest you believe that it’s just CA geography that is mystifying, as a grade schooler, I somehow got it into my head that Toronto was the capital of Washington state. I lived in Wisconsin, so both locations seemed quite remote.
    (Re: Knitting – Daughter of Frankenmitten is even prettier than original FM, though I admit that when I read your last post I felt that if FM was mine I would have been quite gleeful at how lovely it was turning out.)

  8. Love your Spring Forward socks. I started a pair of them last yer but the yarn was too busy for the pattern and I am still haven’t found the perfect match.
    DoF is gorgeous!

  9. I hate lace socks. Except for those. WANT.
    DOF looks lovely. She vaguely suggests flowers, pine trees, and dragons. Very Scandinavian.

  10. oh no! coffee mitten!
    when i was in kindergarten, we learned a song that helped me memorize the states in alphabetical order. google 50 nifty united states.
    I’d also recommend
    to learn the states and capitals and for we americans, to learn the provinces.

  11. Oranges on trees blow me away every time. I was taking pictures of Tuscon’s city trees on my honeymoon.
    Very nice mitten and socks, BTW.

  12. Oddly enough, we did have to learn the province capitals of Canada in the sixth grade. Of course, this was Ohio in 1965, but we did learn them. We learned US capitals the year before. Neither has been a marketable job skill, nor has it made me taller, thinner, or knit faster. I did, however, complete both the fifth and sixth grades, which would have been out of the question without learning them, so I suppose it was worth something.

  13. Love Frankie Jr! I knew you’d pass through the stages of grief (denial, anger, frogging, acceptance, and casting on) in record time. Love the socks too.

  14. I want those socks. I’d also like some of the time-warp that your computer or blog seems to have…it’s posted as Friday September 18th. I could use another weekend on a Tuesday.

  15. Yah, I learned the provinces in seventh grade (a friend and I made up the mnomic “Three new B.C. princes sassed a man, Al, on Quebec.” But I’ve heard rumors that you’ve dinked with them since 1964, and I deeply resent it.
    I’ll forgive you,though, for reminding me how much I love Spring Forward, a notable addition to my Lazy, Vain Woman’s Anthology of Patters Which Look Much Harder Than They Really Are.

  16. Don’t feel badly about the capital thing — how many Americans could name all of Canada’s provinces and capitals? Come to think of it, how many Americans not in grade school could name all the US state capitals? And you don’t even want to know what I thought the “Commemoration of the Great Upheaval” was all about, until I checked in on Wikipedia. Mis-locating a capital is a trifle!

  17. Love the socks and new mitten with its name. Is your blog in some type of time warp?? Your post indicates it is Friday evening???

  18. I’m thinking it’s time for mittens. Not only because of all the lovely patterns you posted looking for Daughter of Frankenmitten but because one of my knitting students went to Estonia and BROUGHT ME BACK AN ESTONIAN MITTEN BOOK! (I’m so excited). All the text is in Estonian (which I don’t read) but charts, I find, are charts and all the mittens are charted!

  19. The way you felt about the oranges on trees was exactly the way I felt when I saw cotton plants growing in fields for the first time.
    Yes, you do learn that cotton comes from a plant, but somehow I thought there would be more processing involved before it looked like cotton. Apparently, no.

  20. All my Scandinavian relatives love coffee – so clearly your Scandinavian mitten shouldn’t mind it either.
    Those socks are lovely too, it’s a great match of lightly variegated yarn that doesn’t overwhelm the lace pattern.

  21. I guess I take the tangerine trees in my yard for granted. When my cousin from Ohio visited Florida, I’ll never forget her total amazement at picking a big grapefruit off the tree. She fondled it for awhile because it was warm from the sun and was thrilled that you could peel and eat it (didn’t need any sugar)! Another bonus to citrus is that they don’t get buggy!
    The mitten is beautiful!

  22. Don’t worry about the Sacramento thing. I am convinced… UTTERLY convinced… that Toronto is somewhere near the Western part of Canada. Maybe a little east of Vancouver? Somewhere in Alberta?
    No matter how many times I am told that it’s actually on the Great Lakes, nearish to Detroit, and absolutely NOT accessible to Seattle by car in a reasonable amount of time, I can’t manage to internalize that fact.

  23. Oh! Oh! Look out Emily Parson. She’s probably going to get deluged by requests for “Antique” colourway yarn. I ordered 2 skeins of her Dye For Glory entry, “Just a Small Gathering of Friends” and it’s knitting up beautifully. I just might have to go back there again. Cheers, Hazel.

  24. Ahem. I learned the Canadian provincial capitals in grade school. Of course, this was before the US declared its independence from Britain, and school curriculum has changed in the intervening yea–, er, centuries. (How did the teachers know what the provincial capitals would be in 250 years? Beats me.)
    Daughter of Frankenmitten is better than her mother — it bothered me that the cuff was predominantly gray while the mitten was predominantly white. This one is better balanced, imnsho.
    ::totters off on cane::

  25. Daughter of Frankenmitten is looking great.
    You’ll never find Arnold in Sacramento on a weekend. He lives in Beverly Hills, near LA, and flies to Sacramento on a private jet on work days. We in California have no idea why the rest of the country gives him any credit as an environmentalist.
    Yes, we have food growing on trees. Come to my house, and I’ll give you all the lemons you want. Make it February or March, and I’ll throw in all the tangerines you can carry.

  26. You’re not dim…I couldn’t begin to tell you about Canada’s geography…oh, alright, I could beging, but I wouldn’t get very far. I really like the new mitten…more balanced all the way around. And I have worn coffee (and worse) on my clothes many times.

  27. i moved to San Fransisco 2 years ago from the pacific norhtwest. i am still freaking out about oranges/lemons growing on trees all over town.

  28. When our daughter was in fifth grade, the teachers created The 50 State Project because they were frustrated with kids’ inability to name more than three or four states. The kids had to complete a worksheet on each state with capital, other cities, rivers, mountains, and such.
    I was always amazed at how long daughter Jen pored over the atlas to find the shortest answer to all those questions—never mind that a quick glance at the biggest print would have gotten the work done in a quarter of the time.
    She did, however, learn where the states were and probably something else about them.
    At the time my husband and I ran a home-based typing business (pre-computers). One of our favorite customers was a student at the Stanford Business School. After he received a job offer on Wall Street, he was telling me that he’d like to rent a car and go see the fall foliage in Vermont (says he while looking down around South Carolina on the atlas).
    Jen, in full fifth-grade amazement, commented, “He doesn’t know where Vermont is?”

  29. I teach US states and capitals every year so I did know that Sacramento is the capital of California, but I have often thought about the fact that I know NOTHING about the provinces/states of either Canada or Mexico. It seems like we ought to learn a bit about one another’s geography seeing as we are neighbors and all.

  30. Hey, I think even our governor might not realize Sacramento is the capitol…he spends most of his time in Los Angeles. My grandfather used to call Sacramento the “armpit of America.” It is actually a beautiful city full of gorgeous homes, and yes, is designated a “tree city.” Don’t live there, nearby.

  31. Hello,
    I totally enjoyed your GROK THE SOCK class last Saturday in Sactown. Please come back soon.
    I am wondering, what kind of needles are those in the pix from the S.F. airport?……..the needles in which your Spawn of Frankenmitten is securely attached? The points look like something I could use as I am tough on wimpy needles.
    Please do tell. Thank you again, EXCELLENT CLASS!!!

  32. Wanna know something really really sad? I dunno if it’s like this in CA, but in Arizona, there are many many city-owned orange trees, but they are….
    …decorative. The fruit is nasty and inedible. (Yes, the level of waste indicated by this is a sticking point with me too.)

  33. Oh the daughter is looking lovely! She has graceful proportions. I am shocked however that you are gambling with the unpredictable airline security and those dear Signature needles! I’d be terrified of losing mine to the whim of a security person. You know? Four very sharp pointy metal sticks? obviously you made it okay since the picture appears to be from the gate.

  34. I love my state of California. Sacramento is a beautiful city with a great Jazz Festival. I live in San Jose, but our daughter went to College in Sacramento and lived in a sorority house on a beautiful tree lined street. If you think oranges are amazing, we are still picking peaches, figs and pears. Love the mitten!

  35. Don’t feel too bad – There are plenty of us Yanks who don’t know our own states’ capitals, let alone anyone else’s. The D of F mitten looks like it’ll be lovely.

  36. The socks are gorgeous as is Daughter of Frankenmitten.
    I would be hard pressed not to climb the tree and get myself an orange or six. That wouldn’t make me look like a whack job at all.

  37. I miss Sacramento. I grew up near there, (well, on the way from Sacramento to the bay area), and seeing the palms and orange trees and the Autumn light there has made me all nostalgic. Thanks. :o)

  38. I don’t know if they grow as far North as Sacramento, but in LA, they have banana trees growing on the streets, too. Imagine that! Food growing on the street!
    Frankenmitten was a beautiful piece of knitting, even if it wasn’t shaping up into a viable mitten shape. I’m sorry to see it go.
    But her daughter is beautiful, too! You will undoubtedly eventually have a pair of stunning mittens. Are you going to make a hat and scarf to match?

  39. I’m disappointed I missed seeing you in Sacramento! I’ve been wishing you would come down my way, and darn it, I was out of town. It sounds like your classes were wonderful. Love your mitten and socks! Don’t worry–lots of Californian’s don’t know where Sacramento is ;p

  40. Glad you enjoyed California! Those of us from Northern California like it when people come experience the part that is not Southern California which is what is always shown on TV and in movies.
    I grew up with an orange tree in the backyard. Home-grown oranges are 25x better than grocery store ones, even from the California grocery stores… (it’s like the difference between home/commercial tomatoes.) Oh, I miss them up here in damp Oregon.

  41. I’m smitten with daughter of Frankenmitten
    (there’s a country song in there somewhere).

  42. It’s okay you didn’t know that about California. For a long time, I thought Newfoundland was an entirely different country, and Canda was a part of the UK. (I know, right? *rolls eyes*)
    I’m from Oregon, and I had that same exact thought about seeing the citrus trees in people’s backyards from the freeway. And an intense jealousy they get fresh oranges every year.

  43. I was on a train through California once, sitting next to a woman from the midwest, who asked me “what are those orange things on all the trees?” As a CA native, I was pretty baffled by the question, and wound up naming plants for her the whole trip. Now I’m dating a midwesterner, and he didn’t know pistachios grew on trees before we visited my parent.

  44. I know how you feel with the orange tree thing, before we moved to Florida we had spend 8 years in Northern Michigan, before that was Alaska… So when I realized that the trees growing my (now)yard were real, honest to goodness orange trees I was amazed. It is too odd to me to go into my back yard and see little unripe oranges growing, total culture shock (even though I’ve lived here 4 years now). Daughter of Frankenmitten looks to be coming along splendidly, best of luck.

  45. hehehe i knew oranges grew on trees.
    but being from the east coast i would be hard pressed to tell you WHERE in the state Sacremento is (like is it north or south?)

  46. You are right, I don’t know much about Canada let alone any capitol cities. I googled and found out that Toronto is the capitol of Ontario. I hope you can find your way to Southern Calif. We have oranges and avocados growing on our trees! Not to mention yarn shops yearning to have you visit!!!

  47. Love the socks but adore the mitten. I love that scrolly, fancy motif. Looks a little Arabic to me. Moroccan, maybe? I was once in the Western Sahara and we were invited to the mansion. All the walls were done in ceramic tiles with unbelievably beautiful Koranic script all over them. That motif reminds me of those tiles.

  48. last week I spent a couple of days with a friend of mine from Vancouver (originally from Toronto) and a friend of his who grew up in Nova Scotia, but now lives in Australia (I could listen to her talk all day). I (a publicly-educated american) told her that I have always wanted to go to Nova Scotia. Both of them looked at me in amazement, “how do YOU know about Nova Scotia? Most Canadians don’t know about it!” True?

  49. Love the mittens, reaaaally love the socks.
    I freak out about fruit growing on trees too. We have some peach trees that will give us, if we’re lucky, two or three per year. Seeing trees happily bearing fruit as if it were completely normal throws me for a loop every time!

  50. don’t feel bad about the Sacramento mislocation. I never had a very firm grip on the western states until I took a long camping trip there. I always say there’s nothing like travel to teach one geography. I knew about the oranges – what got me was finding out about the wild blackberries that grow all over Seattle. I still have trouble getting my mind around big luscious berries growing along city streets.

  51. And did you know lemon trees have thorns? (I assume oranges do too, but I don’t have one of those.) The flowers smell wonderful, just like Peter, Paul, and Mary used to sing.
    I did seem to miss the big announcement that you were going to be in northern California. Too funny.

  52. The mitten looks lovely! It’s inspiring me to knit a colorwork mitten this fall/winter, albeit from a more simple pattern.
    Maybe they’ve changed things or maybe I have a super nerdy interest in geography, but I remember that they did teach us the Canadian provential capitals in school. In fact, I seem to remember that we learned the capitals of all the countries.Sadly that doesnt mean that I remember them all, but i do remember having to know them in 4th or 5th grade. Maybe they have changed things since I went to school?!

  53. Thank you for linking to me! Your socks are beautiful!
    And I’m very glad to hear Tuesday is the new Monday, because all day I’ve been thinking it’s Monday. Whew.

  54. Being from Europe and all, I’ve only visited random places in the US (and sadly only once waved at Canada from large ship thing), BUT dude if you ever go to Seville WOW. They have seville orange trees everywhere. Hubby became quite nervous as one large ripe one nearly gave him concussion (damn, must try harder next time) when we were staring in awe at the most amazing cathedral, that had been a mosque, but hey long story for another time …
    I meant to say love Tracy’s name … but is the second mitten going to be called Bride of (daughter) of Frankenmitten?

  55. Well, there’re a lot more US states than Canadian provinces. I think your ignorance is not unreasonable. 🙂
    Daughter of Frankenmitten is lovely, and you’ve also inspired me to dig out the sock toe that’s been sitting in a bag with the Spring Forward pattern for…two and a half months now.

  56. Weirdly, I remember quite vividly having to learn all the US states, their capitals, which region they were in and what their major exports and areas of productivity were. This was in grade eight, I believe, during the half of the year that we studied US history and culture. That would have been sometime in the 1980s in Newfoundland (French Immersion). I could still name all the states and their capitals, if pressed.
    Love the socks!!!!

  57. In the split second you realised there was nothing you could do about your coffee spilling, did you deliberately direct it away from your knitting and towards your leg?
    As a teenager/young adult in NZ, we would spend our summers in a warmer part of the country where there was an orange tree in the garden! There is nothing more amazing than the taste of a freshly picked orange, and I never got over the novelty. I had no idea oranges would grow in NZ before then.

  58. Great description of a strange-r in paradise!
    Just to tweak on Tracey’s new name and paying homage to the Icelandic ancestry of the mitten,
    how about “frankenmittendottir”?
    Always enjoy your blogs.
    Marlyce in Windsor, Ontario

  59. Your comment about oranges reminds me of my first trip to Hawaii. I was totally SHOCKED that pineapples grew out of the ground…. I thought they grew on trees…..

  60. Here’s a clever idea to pass on to your readers: I needed something to cut my yarn with recently while on a flight to Hawaii. (I knew better than to pack my favorite small scissors into my carry-on, only to have it confiscated at security). A friend traveling with me handed me his dental floss container, the kind with the sharp edge for cutting the floss….’nough said? I now keep a dental floss container in my knitting supplies.

  61. Actually, I did have to learn all the capitals of every country in the world when I was in 5th grade. This was only ten years ago. 🙂
    Love the Daughter of Frankenmitten! Can’t wait to see them completed.

  62. The spring forward socks are gorgeous. I love how understated the color is (though with a name like Antique, I shouldn’t be surprised).
    I miss California, though it was about a 100 years ago when I last lived there (umm, or rather when I was 5-6). I remember getting oranges from the backyard and it was a humongous treat.

  63. Honey, most Americans think Sacramento is in the midwest, too — you’re doing just fine. Actually it is rather like the midwest (I’m from Sacramento); and most people I know don’t realize that it’s the state capitol. I also just found out that several of my students think that there were English-speaking American settlers here in the 12th century, and that scares me a lot more than misplacing the place where Arnold lives.

  64. HA! Sorry you spilled, but I gotta confess, although I try not to, I ALWAYS wear my food/drink. Once, brushing at myself and acting surprised that I spilled, my son asked, “Why do you do that?”
    Me, “what? spill?”
    Son, “No, act surprised, you do it every meal, none of us are fooled.”

  65. Young mistress Frankenmitten is shaping up to do her dear departed mother proud.
    I remember my first trip to Florida and not being able to get over the citrus fruit growing on trees just anywhere. And then this summer, I noticed that the city of Toronto had decided at some point to plant hazelnut trees along the street where I work. The branches are groaning at this very moment and I’m a little boggled about that, too!

  66. The Daughter mitten is wonderful, and so are the socks. I love the colours in both projects!! Your coffee spill reminded me of the soup spill the other day. Husband, being kind, put plastic wrap on the top of my bowl of soup and nuked it. Carrying it to the table,I must have tilted the bowl, and the soup went over the lip and down the plastic wrap and left a sizeable trail of chicken-rice across the floor. The dogs sniffed at it, but wouldn’t taste it. :/ Useless Poopers!! They usually bail me out, but this time snubbed the soupy mess. While my soup cooled, I washed the floor. 🙂 Can’t wait to see Daughter all finished!

  67. When our 2 daughters were teenagers and bringing home the boys, my husband told them he would give the boys a test. The test was name the provinces of Canada and their capitals. When one particular smartypants guy (now a neurosurgeon), appeared on the scene, hubby added principal product to the mix. We had lots of rolling of the eyes of the daughters. But how the guys handled this said a lot about the guys. It did make for a lot of laughs!

  68. I can’t blame you a bit for the Sacramento thing. We’ve been watching Corner Gas lately and my kids immediately asked me where Saskatchewan is and I said uhhhh….in the middle??

  69. Ha! As someone who grew up less than an hour away from Sacramento, I can’t imagine it being “somewhere in the midwest”. Then again, I know even less about Canadian geography than you do about American geography.
    Did you know we also get snow in California? Not usually in the same places with orange trees, but sometimes! 😉

  70. We did learn the provinces and their caps in 8th grade geography class. Maybe because MN borders Canada? Don’t ask me to name them all now, because 8th grade was a very long time ago.

  71. In 4th grade, I was the only student that knew Sacramento was the capital of California, but I had been transplanted in Florida the week before. My classmates were horrified I did not know Tallahassee was Florida’s capital. But my teacher was right- we are unlikely to know what we were not taught. The socks are lovely– I am stuck knitting masculine hunting socks as soon as I have finished the not lacy ones on my needles. I want to knit those socks, but Christmas is 25 December!

  72. I know Americans that don’t know where Sacramento is, much less that it is the capitol of California. And there for a while I thought Cleveland was somewhere near Chicago – growing up mostly in the southwest will do that to you.

  73. I’m a native Californian and I lived in Sacramento for two years. There is indeed something Midwestern about the city. And I’d guess almost none of your American readers could name the head of any of your provinces.

  74. Hey, at least you knew who the governator is. That’s gotta count for something! Off to bone up on the province capitals. I suspect there’s a pop quiz coming up… maybe ought to learn if they have governors too.

  75. Several years ago, I was in the Gander airport, due to “an unscheduled stop.” (Our plane had lost an engine midway across the Atlantic.) A young man asked me where we were and when I told him, he wondered if Newfoundland was in the United States.
    THEN–he scratched his head and said, “You know, I never was any good at geometry.”

  76. I know Ottawa is the capital of Ontario, though I am willing to be wrong about that. And maybe Montreal is the capital of Quebec? Right above my state is British Columbia and Victoria is the capital. But then I run out of Canadian provincial capital knowledge.

  77. Believe me, most Americans can’t name all the state capitals! We were all tortured with this at some point in school, but I’ll be the first to admit that this overeducated individual would be hard pressed to come up with all fifty of ’em a good thirty years past that test. I can name all of the Canadian provinces, but capitals? Um, no.

  78. Ok, after reading your post, I had to go look up whether or not it was legal to pick oranges (or any fruit for that matter) that grew on publically owned property in California. And according to CA law any fruit tree growing on or over public property is no longer considered private so you can pick from it….but, you have to be careful because a lot of those orange trees are decorative and the fruit doesn’t taste so good.
    Thanks for teaching me somethign today. 🙂

  79. I’m glad you loved California. The fruit on the trees thing is REALLY impressive if you’re coming to California in the winter. Hope you found good veggie food in the SF airport.

  80. Yes, Sacramento is one of the tricky ones.
    Sacramento, not Los Angeles, California
    Austin, not Dallas or Houston, Texas
    Tallahassee, not Miami, Florida
    Albany, not New York City, New York
    Interestingly, I remember my sixth grade teacher telling the class that Americans always screw up and think Toronto is the capital of Canada. So I remember “not Toronto”. But I have to look up Ottawa every time! And province capitals? Forget about it.

  81. My brother-in-law gave me a geography quiz once. How many state capitals are west of Los Angeles?
    I believe the correct answer is six. You have to get out the atlas to check this out! Don’t forget Reno!

  82. I can’t believe I missed you coming to California to teach. I’ve been lurking here for a while, loving your wit and style. How could I have possibly missed an opportunity to see you in person and learn from you directly? And me being a mere hour’s drive North of Sacramento. How could I correct this for future California engagements? Where were you? How can I find out for next time?

  83. Love those socks! I am making some in the same pattern right now! Half way done with the second sock, using Supesocke 100, Indian – blue/white/gray. My second pair of these – a fun, fast pattern. Yours totally look like Sacramento sox!

  84. Arnold? Sacramento? It took me til 45% way through the comments before I realised who you were talking about. I was thinking ‘Arnold? the pig?’ (from Green Acres). I was thinking Sacramento was a mid western town, too much television as a child. I learnt something today – Sacramento, capital of California, I too blithely thought it would be LA. (Apologies to the mayor)from Stella in NZ

  85. Hey, I know the capitol of Canada is Quebec and the capital of Ontario is Toronto! (Ontario’s very pretty, by the way, at least by Niagara Falls. I did get to see the skyline of Toronto from Niagara-on-the-Lake, too!) LOL! Okay, granted after that, it’s a bit sketchy, though.
    I’m glad Frankenmitten has been resurrected and the socks look beautiful! I’ve been to Florida once in my life and can’t remember if I saw oranges on trees or not. Definitely in Wisconsin, though, I’ve seen apples on trees, though.

  86. although i did know sacramento is in california, i would have been hard placed to name it as the capital. why is it that americans always seem to avoid the obvious places (like maybe one might think NYC could be the capital of NY? its not, in case you are wondering) and go for the more obscure choice?? i mean, is there an actual reason? other than just to confuse foreigners?? “:)
    and excellent job on the re-birth of D of F, btw!

  87. I will curse my immune system until the day I die for failing me while you were here in Sacramento! It was nice having lunch with you, though, and I’m glad you got back to Toronto safe and sound. I just have to ask, though — your daughter does make an exception to the whole noun/verb thing for “water”, right?

  88. I was grieved when Frankenmitten was frogged.
    But smiling now that her heir is ruling the tiny kingdom in your knitting basket.
    Living my knitting experiences through others lately… got the grey/blues.

  89. Don’t worry there are plenty of Americans out there who wouldn’t know that Sacremento is the capital of California. I actually got into a disagreement with someone while on vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina because they insisted that Detroit is the capital of Michigan (it’s not Lansing is). Like I don’t know the capital of my own state? The funny thing is I was interning in state politics at the time.

  90. TripIt is a great little web app + iphone component that allows you to email airfare, hotel, and etc reservations to it. It’ll give you a map and keep track of your flights
    I find it quite useful. It can tell you when your flight is delayed.

  91. We have food growing on our trees, too – here in Duluth, there are juneberry trees as part of the landscaping up at City Hall. Not quite the same as orange trees, I suppose… But juneberries are still quite yummy! (I used to walk up there every day as part of my job, but I could never quite work up the courage to grab a little snack on my way past.)

  92. I’m so glad that there’s a daughter so the Frankenmitten name lives on. The classes were brilliant and a ton of fun. I already have messed up my previous knitting style, but I’ve been assured that when I lever knit I no longer look spastic. Thanks!

  93. Spring Forward in Antique looks like a perfect complement of pattern and yarn. How you get them done in a week or two of hanging about is beyond me (elves, maybe?). BTW, I spilled coffee on myself today too. As I was arriving at work. I’m sure the stain has set nicely.

  94. You can be totally forgiven for the confusion about Sacramento if only you come further south to the Los Angeles area! We have so many wonderful things for you to see, and then we can see you, too! California is a very big (and wonderful) state. Don’t miss out on the bottom half!!!

  95. LOL on Oranges in trees. I moved away from California over 30 year ago. I knew oranges grew on trees. Yet the last time I went to visit (1 yr ago) the oranges in trees just floored me. I guess I forgot?
    I was very sorry to read of the untimely passing of Frankenmiten, but am cheered to know that her mitochondrial DNA lives on. 🙂

  96. Just thought I’d mention that when I started teaching 6th grade here in NH, we taught Canada and Mexico. My 6th graders had to learn the names of all the Canadian provinces and their capitals! They even had to compare the Canadian Parliament with the US Congress. Sadly, for Canada, we now teach ancient civilizations. And sadly for me, I don’t teach social studies anymore.

  97. Does the spring ahead socks mean that in the spring we will get a pattern called the fall behind socks??? Love the girl so far…will be ever so awesome when they are twins…

  98. HA! No worries about the ‘food on trees’! I grew up in Illinois and New Jersey and didn’t see citrus trees until I met my native-CA husband. I still am amazed after 10 years of visiting in-laws. Expensive produce! For free! On a tree in someone’s yard. Dudes–I never get over it.

  99. So, I lived in Sacramento for a spell. As a WA native, I’m quite used to food growing on trees and always change the phrase to go “Money doesn’t grow on trees during a bad harvest or market.” ANYHOW–the important thing is to NOT eat the oranges that grow on the trees in Capitol Park–the are decoration only and taste like salty salty oranges. Believe me, I tried. I needed to pick my own orange and soon figured out why all the fruit on the trees stayed there until they droped. I was heartbroken.

  100. I am a child of the ’80s and I too learned all the Canadian provincial capitals when I was in public school. I also learned all 50 state capitals and all 114 counties in my state (Missouri).
    Then when I was an exchange student in Denmark all the Danes were absolutely convinced there are 52 states. Took me a lot of work to convince them otherwise.

  101. Don’t worry about it. There are likely Americans who didn’t know that Sacramento is the Capitol of CA. I didn’t remember until you said it. There are some bits of knowledge that are simply not needed for daily living. Do as Sherlock Holmes would do and forget it as soon as possible–that knowledge might take up room in your brain that could be used for something more useful.

  102. I so get the “oranges on trees” thing. I was the same way. And “Sarah” up above me is correct – although I knew Sacramento was in CA, I had no idea it was the capital of that state. We forgive you.

  103. You weren’t really that wrong about Sacramento being in the midwest. I grew up in the heart of the midwest, Peoria, Illinois, and Sacramento looks very much like it. On one of her many business trips there, my sister, who had made the observation many, many, times, heard a voice in the back of the hotel’s courtesy bus say, “This looks just like my hometown”. And where was that home town? Anyone? Why, yes, Peoria, Illinois.

  104. I think I would react the same way about really seeing the oranges on trees for myself. That was how I felt when I realized that we had cherry trees and lots of mint in the backyard of our last house. I don’t recall having any ‘food’ trees growing up except pecan trees! -If you don’t mind, what blog client are you using now? I’m a horrible blogger but thought that with my dodgy internet, a desktop client might be a good try. Thanks. 🙂

  105. Oops – and the socks are gorgeous! They remind me of red dirt canyons that you might see somewhere like Arizona. Very pretty.

  106. My sympathies on being so graceful. I consider it a really good day if I get through it without wearing food on my t-shirt. After 64 years you’d think I’d have an idea where my mouth is but apparently not. Having a rather large “shelf” doesn’t help either, other than to catch what I miss on the way to said mouth.

  107. Wait until you’re somewhere where avocados grow on trees–wild! Pack the bread, the wine, the cheese, the tree supplies the avocado, oh-so-graceful flowing branches and a chorus of semi-tropical birds. Fieldwork was never so decadent!
    Lovely socks and Daughter, by the way!

  108. Your geography comment reminded me that when I was a student at University of California, Santa Barbara, I had a T-shirt that said “Map of the World” and on it was Santa Barbara and the surrounding islands….
    I too could well spend time with an Atlas!

  109. Coming from apple country made the concept of orange groves easy to grasp. What got me was flowers and oranges on the trees at the same time!

  110. I am a nanny, with a 2 1/2 year old and a 7 month old. Both girls. Dad is from Vancouver. [I can’t find this on a map.] We have a printed panel with all 50 of the united states and capitals. I plan to quilt it, bind it and hang it in the play room.
    I would love to know if in Canadian fabric stores you can buy a panel of Canada to join it on the wall. I can probably get one of the relatives to buy it for us, I just need to know if it is available. Anybody seen one? Where? Can I get a manufacturer?

  111. Stephanie,
    I am pleased and proud to inform you, that we spend a whole Social Studies unit on Canada (provincial capitals included) in our 5th grade (and one on Mexico, too!) In fact, I shared your discussion about Canadian politics and your prime minister with my teachers last spring (?, winter?). That said, I am sure the kids won’t remember the provincial capitals next year, and if you’ve ever watched Jeopardy, some of those (American) contestants haven’t a clue about US geography, so no apologies are really needed.
    We all should know more about the world we live in.

  112. Hey Steph: I’m a good ten years older than you. I can tell because when I went to school – here in North Vancouver, BC, Canada – we had to learn the names and capitals of all of the States. Interestingly, we were **not** required to learn the same for Canada.
    (A special hello to Baton Rouge, Louisiana – I won a prize for knowing that one).

  113. I’m fervently hoping there will eventually be a “Daughter of Frankenmitten” pattern . . .

  114. I seem to recall that when my children were young, the Animaniacs had a song to teach the capitals of the 50 states. It was sung to the tune of “Turkey In The Straw”, a catchy ditty that my grandmother used to play on the piano…ah, memories…
    As others may have mentioned, there are plenty of US citizens who have no idea of the capitals of most or all of the states. If only that were the only failing of the education system…

  115. Many times we in Alaska are asked what our money looks like. Or we are told that we live in Canada. Funny, stores in Fairbanks take Canadian change, but stores in Skagway (just over the border) won’t. Go figure.
    As a former New Englander become Alaskan, the first time I saw plums growing on trees in the state of Washington, I didn’t believe it. Apples I knew about. But plums? And grafted, at that; more than one kind on one tree!

  116. Oh Stephanie, don’t feel dim. Speaking as someone who just locked her keys in her office, drove 15 miles to her new house to meet the electrician, and only then discovered the absence of keys and, with the help of a total stranger, climbed into her own window… You’re doing great.
    Very jealous of Frankenmitten, must learn to do stranded color work.

  117. I’m from Southern California, which you probably don’t know is about 90% desert. I married a man from the Midwest and the first time I flew back to meet his family it was the middle of winter.
    One day I suddenly noticed a bird’s nest in the tree. A full-on bird’s nest! I could even see the little twigs it was made of. Excited, I pointed to it and exclaimed to my new husband, “Look, a bird’s nest!” He responded by looking at me as though I had just discovered and shouted that the sky is blue.
    I felt stupid for a minute, almost as stupid as he must have thought me as he secretly wished he could take back some of those vow-thingies. Then it dawned on me – the leaves don’t completely fall off the trees in Southern Calif. I had never seen totally bare trees before and so had never seen birds’ nests so exposed before. I spent the rest of the trip scanning the trees and mentally devouring birds’ nests.
    All this is just to say, I understand staring at the orange trees. I knew birds nested in trees, but had never seen it close up. Just as I’m sure you knew oranges grew on trees. I think such things are simply a part of traveling.

  118. Having done the coffee thing more times than I care to remember, may I recommend the purse-sized Oxi-Clean Spray Away Stain Remover. It works wonders for those spills or stains on the run, and for me has worked especially well on coffee and tea!

  119. I think I still remember most of the US and Canadian capitals, but I was enough of a geography geek to get a degree in it. I used to know all of the European and African capitals too (well, capitals of countries anyway), but a lot of the European capitals have changed as countries have come into and gone out of existence, and I haven’t kept up. I’m afraid many of the African ones have faded from memory. Brain is full. Stuff new knowledge in, old knowledge falls out.

  120. I looked at those socks and thought, “ooh! pretty!” and then I realized that I have them on the needles, although they’re definitely hibernating! Maybe it’s the yarn….

  121. I made the spring forwards and they are very nice socks. Different color choice – made mine with a hand dyed green I found at baadeck yarns, similar to those on the orig pics in Knitty.

  122. Stephanie, here on the east coast we have ornamental pears, cherries, crabapples, quince, but none of them grow fruit, so I, who worked in the landscape industry for many years would have been just as stunned as you to see food growing on the city trees! It’s one thing to grow an apple tree or 2 in your backyard but to have a food producing trees on a city street–cool.

  123. I’ve now been living in California for over 3 years and the oranges and other citrus trees still freak me right out. I can and do grow them – and figs, guavas, cherries, peaches, and apricots in my back yard! I’m not sure I’ll ever get over it.
    Though one thing Vermont (former home) has over CA – the apples in Vermont are tons better. Must be that crazy New England weather.

  124. Oh! Travel is a wonderful thing! It helps to remind you of how the world is full of many amazing things of which we take for granted.
    It’s true oranges on trees have never amazed me. Pleased me, for sure, especially in my first rented home where I had a navel orange tree right outside my bedroom window! Some of the best oranges I have ever eaten. But then I live in California, right across the bay from San Francisco.
    I won’t ever forget a trip to Southern Brazil where I was driving through the mountains and there under the trees in the woods were Hydrangeas growing wild!!! I had never considered the thought that somewhere Hydrangeas grew wild like weeds!!!

  125. Angel-girl, never you mind about being a bit fuzzy on USA geography–most of us here are, too!

  126. When I first visited Phoenix I too was taken by food on trees: both dates and oranges. What a great place to be homeless! I fearfully picked some oranges off a tree, hoping I wouldn’t get arrested and felt very proud of myself for getting away with it. However, they were inedible. I had never heard of ornamental orange trees. I was seriously had!

  127. No doubt it’s been mentioned already, but I’ll bet there are a fair number of Californians who don’t know Sacramento is the capital.
    Daughter-of-Frankenmitten looks like a keeper.

  128. Considering that none of my kids know their state capitols, I don’t think they teach American state capitols in American schools, either!

  129. Both socks and daughter of Frankenmitten are glorious! I would also bet that you are graceful to be knitting successfully while flying. Should be an olympic sport. 🙂

  130. I like the blue on the white background for the cuff of the Daughter – more dramatic, coffee notwithstanding.
    I grew up in New Jersey and now live in Michigan, and the first time I saw oranges on trees and lying on the ground (Travesty!!!) I was flabbergasted! Then I realized that we treat our apples the same way – they fall, people ignore them, they rot and draw yellow jackets, and the next year the same thing happens!

  131. I have a hard time remembering that my current country can produce their own avos or bananas (so I hear). Too used to feeling slightly guilty about them being “imported.”
    Oh – and nice socks 🙂

  132. My father loves to call me mid winter and talk about how he is picking lemons or oranges from his California trees.. while I blather on about shoveling feet and feet of snow.. sigh..

  133. When I first moved to the Bay Area (as in San Francisco, or rather Oakland) from northwest Ohio (closer to Canada than to much of my own country) 8 years ago, the first apartment I lived in had a Meyer lemon tree outside the door (only one door to the apartment). Between that and wearing a tank top and shorts on New Year Day I was convinced I was living somewhere the usual laws of reality are optional, or at least bendable. So sorry I missed you in the state Capitol!

  134. Very nice Spring Forward socks! Your speed at sock knitting amazes me. I think the daughter of Frankenmitten is looking wonderful as well.
    My daughter, when she was in the 6th grade (near Denver), learned the Canadian Provinces and the capitals last year. She was appalled, though, to find out the country is CANADA, not “Canadia”…

  135. I love the mitten it is lovely!
    And don’t worry everyone makes geography mistakes, I still get confused as to where the states and cities are across the border, so google maps has become my friend.

  136. Another person who had to learn the Canadian provinces and their capitols. Upstate NY in 5th (or maybe 6th?) grade, around 1974. (waves to Leslie)
    Of course, Nunavut wasn’t around back then as a separate political entity…

  137. I certainly can understand how a Canadian citizen might not know the capital of California, considering there are 50 states and many American citizens don’t know them all. ( I can’t tell you how many people think New York City is the capital of New York State!) It’s sad. I had to memorize them all in elementary school and while I do know the capital of NY, I certainly wouldn’t get a great grade if I had to take that test today.
    The mitten is beautiful and I’m really sorry about the coffee. When I was learning to knit I decided to make a shawl for my mom out of some very pricey Colinette yarn that I bought at a great price. After ripping the sucker out 5 times, I finally got the hang of what I was doing. I was happily knitting away one morning and as I was getting my cup of coffee, my dog bumped my arm and I spilled coffee all over my beautiful shawl. I called up my friend sobbing (It really was just the last straw!) and after explaining that no, no one had died, I told her about what had happened. I explained that it was even worse then she thought because the yarn said dry clean only. She controlled her giggles (What a good friend for not laughing at my “crisis”. I can laugh about it now but at the time laughter could have led to bloodshed!) and told me to gently wash the shawl and it should be all right, and it was. It seemed like the end of the world at the time though LOL! We Klutz Sisters have to stick together so I thought you might enjoy knowing that you certainly aren’t the only one out there with a coffee disaster, or waiting at any moment for another one to happen!

  138. Stephanie, fear not – I had a similar “gods, that man’s got a bucket full of lobsters!” moment in Fraserburgh in Scotland, which is a reknowned fishing port…………..
    There it was also that I commented on the huge size of the fishing boats, and it was pointed out to me that these things do go out in the North Sea, where 40 ft waves are commonplace – was I expecting them to go out in a dinghy?!
    So it’s not just you, dear heart!

  139. Love the mitten – I tend to leave my Signature needles, which I adore, at home when I travel because I am in fear that they’d be confiscated – I’m assuming you haven’t had any trouble taking them?
    And I knew that Sacramento was in California, but didn’t know it was the capital – something new to learn all the time…

  140. Even after ALL the traveling you do, and all the places that you have been, i love that you are still preplexed and overjoyed by the little things like food growing on city trees.

  141. So glad to see Daughter of Frankenmitten. Isn’t it wonderful that in knitting, these things can be re-born? I love that we are forever optimistic folk. The socks are lovely too. And the orange thing, cool, huh?

  142. Are you sure you don’t want the snowflakes to be white? Something seems off to me about blue snowflakes on a white background. Afterall, we are in search of the perfect mitten!

  143. Stephanie…I don’t hold it against you that you didn’t know where Sacramento was. Besides, you did a bit of research, and figured it out. Have you noticed what the people in my country currently think about things? What they believe, despite proof presented to them?
    Why would we object to someone who investigates and learns, applies logic, and thinks?
    If this sounds like “damning with faint praise”, my apologies…I’m just really really frustrated with people here right now…

  144. By the way, I had “social studies”, not geography (my kids get geography, now, thanks goodness), so the reason _I_ know that Sacramento is the capitol of California is because Eight is Enough was my favorite show for a while and they lived there.

  145. One of things I love about your blog are the links you provide. I’ll soon have a pair of my own Spring Forward socks to wear this fall. From what youv’e revealed so far, the DofF mittens are going to be a winner. The colors make me think of snow falling in the afternoon with that shish-shish noise you can hear when it does. I love Fall and Winter weather, it gives me a reason to knit up lots of wool.

  146. A belated welcome to California, YH. I hope my northern neighbors (Southern and Northern California think they’re separate states, but we won’t add that to the geography debacle) were kind. Too bad Arnold didn’t appear – he was probably busy telling a wildfire to stop burning. He’s tough like that.
    That said, do you think you could possibly use your Powers to convert the US to metric? I’m sure you could do it – we knitters will start will all of our US1 needles that are 2 different sizes because the US doesn’t like to get down to the 0.25 mm. If knitters unite, we would surely be close to the tipping point!!
    Perhaps in return we could – all of us – learn a bit of Canadian geography. I do have to admit (boast??) that when I was growing up in Sandpoint, Idaho just miles from the Canadian border, we learned Canadian geography, politics, and history. Just elementary school basics but it was something!
    Use your powers! Help us out! Don’t leave us hanging as the Last Dumb Nation using that stupid “other” system!

  147. You are hilarious! I was reading your entry and, being from California, I was thinking, “how could anyone not know about Sacramento” and then I thought, “God help me if anyone asked me about ANY of the capitols in Canada”. So, that is the beauty of travel…. You learn where things are. So sorry I missed that you would be in Sacramento. I would have loved to attend. Guess I’ll have to pay a little more attention to your calendar.

  148. You are hilarious! I was reading your entry and, being from California, I was thinking, “how could anyone not know about Sacramento” and then I thought, “God help me if anyone asked me about ANY of the capitals in Canada”. So, that is the beauty of travel…. You learn where things are. So sorry I missed that you would be in Sacramento. I would have loved to attend. Guess I’ll have to pay a little more attention to your calendar.

  149. Those socks are totally gorgeous. How you keep up with where you are and where you are going mystifies me. I travel a few times a year and find it very disorienting so I suspect I’d wear my coffee (and more) on a regular basis:)

  150. I’m working Spring Forward too! Great minds think alike 🙂 Attempting handmade xmas gifts this year and by some miracle, getting a jump on the season early…did the pattern look nothing like itself as you were knitting it, or is it just me goofing up ssk?

  151. Some Denver, Colorado, city streets have cherry trees!! I first encountered oranges on city trees in southern Spain. Now there’s a knitting destination for you!

  152. I have lived in California for 16 years and I am still stunned on a semi-regular basis at the random places I bumped into fresh produce. (i.e. on a tree in front of my gynecologist’s office…)
    Are those signature needles sticking out of the Daughter of Frankenmitten?

  153. Dude, the Governator was off cutting some entity’s budget again no doubt, sorry you missed him. The Daughter of Frank’is looking fab!
    ~Christine in Knitvada, formerly of Orange, Ca. which south of Sacramento.

  154. Ugh, remind us again of the brand of those needles Daughter of Frankenmitten is wearing? Please? I know you’ve posted the brand before, I just can’t remember and they look so wonderfully pointy…..

  155. I saw my first oranges on a tree on a hill above the forum in Rome. I took pictures, too. My then boyfriend, now husband still laughs at me. But those were real oranges on a real tree!! It isn’t like apples or cherries, it was oranges! I have never been the same.
    great mitt. daughters rock.

  156. I totally could have found Arnie for you. I see him at least twice a week coming and going from a chinese restaurant across the street from my work, which is across the street from the Capitol. You didn’t miss much.

  157. Dude, you failed to mention the stifling heat here! But that’s okay… it broke my heart to not be able to see you this weekend–you were scant miles from my home. But I’m glad you had a good time!

  158. Actually, Sacramento IS the midwest, if you look at things like number or registered Republicans, opposition to Unions, equal familt rights, the whole thing. You hit it at the right time of year, though. All summer, it is as hot as hell. Right now, it is just nice and warm.
    California resembles Canada in one important respect: It is so big ( for a state) and has such variety in terrain, weather, politics, industry, and history that it is hard to make generalizations about.

  159. As a San Franciscan, I find it hilarious that anyone flew in and out of SFO and actually made it to Sacramento. It’s a town that I had to visit for a couple school trips but otherwise I would never go there — being a coastal resident means you avoid the heat of central CA at all costs.

  160. @Moe: I think the brand of needles is Signature needles from Signature Needle Arts.
    Socks are gorgeous.
    I had to learn the 50 states, capitols and the Canadian provinces in 5th grade, not to mention all the continents, seas, and oceans in 6th grade. Do I remember them? No. 🙂

  161. Last night while the kids were working on homework and I was starting a new pair of socks, my husband mentioned he saw a woman knitting socks in the Sacramento airport this weekend. Could it have been you? I told him you were a rock star of knitting. (BTW, when I moved to California, I planted Meyer lemons and a blood orange in my yard. Growing citrus is so amazing!)

  162. We actually did have to learn the Canadian provinces and capitols – in 5th or 6th grade. We also learned the Candaian national anthem in 5th grade music class.

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  164. ha I know how you felt about the oranges, first time I travelled to Fiji and saw mangoes on trees, eggplants on plants, and chillis on plants. It overwhelmed me a little 😉

  165. I am smashing my forehead into the keyboard. Okay, not literally, but almost. This is what I get for not checking in regularly. Sacramento is, like, 120 miles from my house. I could’ve driven like a bat out of hell for you. Okay, not literally (again), because my husband drives the car to work. But I could have called one of my friends and cried like a five-year-old until she agreed to drive me to Sacramento just to shut me up. But nooooo. I was off at stupid law school, doing stupid homework for my stupid legal education, instead of keeping current on Harlot news like a normal person. Gawd, I’m so stoopit.

  166. I adore Daughter of Frankenmitten – those colours are gorgeous. That shade of blue is possibly my favourite colour ever, I have a bag and cardigan that shade which are falling apart because I use them so much!

  167. Now I’m sad. I live in the Sacramento area but missed your class!
    The orange tree thing cracked me up. I grew up in in CA but spent a year in Canada so I understand the culture shocks.
    Beautiful socks!

  168. Your reaction to the orange trees reminds me of a comment from a former neighbor who moved from the Chicago suburbs to Hawaii. Not long after moving there, she asked someone at the grocery store where the guavas were. The person looked at her as if she had sprouted another head. Apparently, guava trees are so common in Hawaii that you don’t buy them, you just pick them from wherever they happen to be growing, which is everywhere.

  169. “Dudes! There is FOOD growing on your city trees!”
    Thankfully I finished my tea otherwise I’d be wearing it. lol
    Glad you enjoyed your visit to Sacto. Too bad you couldn’t have come a few weeks earlier–the Stockinettes could have taken you to our state fair where the guild members are very well represented in the Creative Arts exhibit.
    DoF is lovely!

  170. I grew up 45 minutes north of Sacramento in a little town called Marysville, CA. It was really heart warming to read your post and to see how excited you were about the orchards, and the capital, lol. Most people are quite surprised to find that the majority of California is agricultrual and that we have cows and everything :). I lived 3 hours from the closest beach!

  171. My first visit to your site. Love it already. I’m trying to teach myself how to knit. We’ll see how it goes. I LOVE your socks! I so wish I could do that!!!!!!!

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