Saturday, September 17, 2005

Where I have been this last week...

Is this a good hint?

I spent the last week in San Francisco, CA at a business conference. I had never been to the city before and I was amazed at all the walking that my coworkers and I did. One day alone I counted that I had walked 60 blocks... it really hit me how sedentary my life is in Delaware...

Here was the view from my hotel room:

Excuse my paltry photo-editing skills - my camera broke somehow in transit, so I can't change the settings, etc. The grey circle is just to cover up the flash so it doesn't distract you from the red rectangle. See what is in the rectangle - besides the annoyingly tall apartment building? Alacatraz! I didn't have the opportunity to see the island itself, but we did take a dinner cruise around it.

While in SF, I was able to meet up with my friend, Satomi - and came to the realization that Satomi and I have known each other for 10 years now - ever since Kumi introduced us to each other in Yokohama. We had dinner with my coworkers Teri and Lisa at the Cheesecake Factory on top of the Macy's building in Union Square.

I did finish my Clapotis before I left - once again, please excuse the big flash mark where my face should be. I was really worried about my camera lasting until the dinner cruise, so I took a picture by myself before we left. It's a little longer than your normal Clapotis because I did two more straight repeats to accomodate my size. I *love* the colour - it really looks strawberry red in person. I used Cascade Quattro for my Clapotis and it took about 3.25 skeins.

The camera did last until the cruise, at which Lisa took my picture - I am not as wide as this pic looks - I hope you realize my elbow is jutting out! With the pin holding the stole together in the front, it almost looks like a poncho.

These last few pics are from the conference room our meetings were held in at the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel. The room is called "The Room of The Dons" and the murals were absolutely breathtaking. They were painted in 1924. My camera couldn't capture the colour, detail or size - they were about 12 feet tall and went all the way around the room - maybe 340 feet around in all? I had asked the gift shop if they had a book or postcards of the murals - but unfortunately, they did not. The murals are supposed to represent the different groups that came to California.

I haven't done any knitting in a week now - and my fingers are really itching for it. I did get to a yarn store in San Francisco - Art Fibers - but I am afraid it was a bit too expensive my tastes - as lovely as it all was.


aurora said...

I like your clapotis! I didn't realise that they can drape like such a shawl - I have been tossing up whether or not to make one - and I'm getting closer to yes ^_^ Your colour choice looks fab, too. (I got the link from the knitty boards, in case you're wondering why this random person is posting comments on your blog!)

Ter-Bear said...

Hello Joey,

Okay, I've made an executive decision and decided that you are not allowed to go away for longer than a week, unless you have access to a coputer! I miss your Blog updates!

Your Clapotis looks lovely! until I saw the pic I didn't even know what it was (except that you knit it!)

I'm jealous that you got to meet up with Satomi too...

Anonymous said...

Your clapotis is beautiful! The color is lovely and perfectly suited to your coloring too. Great job!

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