Lots and lots of spinning and knitting, plus wine

I’m surprised how much spinning and knitting I managed to accomplish on my trip to California. In between hiking, wine tasting, sight-seeing, eating, and more wine tasting I managed to squeeze in plenty of quality fiber time.

I nearly completed this mitten. I’m testing out some ideas for a mitten design.Have discovered I am going to have to tweak the flower motif at the top in order to get it to look right.
A goodly portion of spinning accomplished on my trusty Akerworks spindle. Nearly ran out of fiber. Never thought I would make it through a whole ounce on this trip. I was almost wrong.

I completely neglected to take photos of myself spinning and knitting. My time was too taken up photographing all the fun places we visited and the merry times we spent together.




Can’t really blame me. We had a glorious time and tried some amazing wines.

For those who are interested, we visited the following wineries/tasting rooms: Benziger (Partners Tour totally worth it), Gundlach Bundschu, Frog’s Leap, Jessup Cellars, MacPhail, Lynmar Estate, Imagery, Regusci, and Darioush. There was no particular method to our selections. We picked places we had heard were good, places recommended by acquaintances, and places recommended by guide books and podcasts.

I would dearly love to go back and do it all again. Just give me a few months to finish up all this wine I bought. The UPS man asked me, after delivering the fourth box, “Is it all booze?”


  1. I do like Frog’s Leap. I think I’ve been there twice now…probably going again this fall when my friend comes to visit from Minnesota 🙂 I’m not much of a wine drinker, however….which makes wineries interesting for me.

  2. I love the little flowers at the top of that mitten. So sweet! Also – it looks like you had so much fun on your trip. Super jealous!

    • Favorite is a tough call. We started out the trip at Benziger and enjoyed it so much we joined their wine club. Felt a little weird getting so excited about the very first winery we tried. But so it was. Also really enjoyed MacPhail. We did a Pinot Noir terroir tasting that was eye opening.

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