Friday, November 2, 2012

Square #11 and San Francisco, CA

After the wedding we drove back to San Francisco, with a stop at Mount Diablo.  The
drive up to the summit was pretty awesome, as long as you didn't look down.  The road was windy with hairpin turns and no guardrails.  David  I loved it, but my dad was a bit uncomfortable.  Once at the top we all relaxed and the views were magnificient.

By the time we drove into San Francisco via the Oakland Bay Bridge,  it was already late.  I managed to get some fabulous shots of the city out of the car window.

We had dinner that night at Pier 39, over looking the bay.

The next day was all about the Golden Gate Bridge.  We first stopped by the South over look, and then continued to Baker's Beach, for some more views of the bridge.  I could just imagine this beach during the summer, building sand castles and jumping waves all within view of an amazing bridge.

Our next stop was the Point Bonita Lighthouse, it is located just at the entrance to San Francisco Bay.  We had to hike down to the lighthouse, along the way we had great views of, you guessed it, the Golden Gate Bridge.

 We then spent the afternoon in Sausalito for a bit of shopping, and on our return trip back into San Francisco we had yet another view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The next day we spent in SanFrancisco, first walking and then driving down the most photographed and curliest section of Lombart Street. This portion of the street has beautifully groomed gardens, fabulous homes, and hundreds (if not thousands) of tourists daily. 
Afterwards we continued along Lombart Street to Coit Tower.  The views of the city from the top of the tower were great.  We could see Lombart Street and yes, the Golden  Gate Bridge.

For our last day in San Francisco we first dropped by Pier 39 to see the sea lions.  This was actually the first time we visited the pier during the day.  The sea lions kept us entertained for almost an hour.  Two things the photos cannot reveal are the noise and smell, and still we stayed.  Next was a quick stop by the Cable Car Museum. 

The afternoon we spent at Union Square, visiting Chinatown and of course Needlepoint Inc.  I had been here once before, but this was the first time for my mother.  We visted the shop and had a tour of their finishing workshop as well.  We had a great time.

The next day we headed home.  David happened to spot and snap a photo of Mount Diablo from the plane.  I was amazed that he even spotted it, yet alone pull out the camera fast enough to take a photo.   This day was rainy and overcast.  We were lucky to have driven there on the day that we did, as we would not have had those magnificient views today.

11. Diagonally Raised Band Filling

This stitch was quick to stitch, and not so much of a strain on the eyes.  I work in hand, so I did not pull too tight.  If you are working with a frame, and you pull your threads tighter, you will have more of a defined ridge effect.

Click here for the stitch instructions and stitch diagrams.


  1. Beautiful! You've inspired me to push San Francisco up the list of places to travel to! It's really not far from Vegas - I have no excuse. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. My husband & I first went to San Francisco for our 20th anniversary, 6 years ago. It was his choice. Like you it was not high on my list, but the city is gorgeous. This time we managed to see some of the sites we couldn't get to the last time. No matter what time of year you go, make sure to take a sweater.
    Vegas, the Hoover Dam, San Diego, and LA are next on his must visit list.