Thursday, February 22, 2018

If it weren't for my camera, I might not leave the house.


We seemed to have a warm late-fall, leading into the holidays and through the new year.  I am happy to see the snow during the snow months; it gives me hope that the spring months with be springy, and the sunny months will grow lots of tomatoes.  

I look forward to March, and its green promises of St. Patrick's Day and the First Day of Spring.  In between now and then, I'm just knitting and reading and trying to achieve small victories, so that when April and May arrive, I will be ready for hours outside in the dirt!  

Saturday, February 3, 2018

still life & collections

I have been admiring the work of Luiz L. on Flickr, and decided I should do more still life.  What holds me back is that, while I have a lovely morning window, I don't have a surface or background that I find pleasing.  Not one nearby, or that would work for constant rearranging.  I love the warm tones of Luiz's table, and think perhaps this spring or summer I will have to build myself a little photo prop surface.  

In the meantime, I purchased a fancy piece of paper at my favorite art supply store, with the idea that I would use it for a "wallpaper" background.  A few days later, I collected a few items for a still life to experiment a bit.  Eventually switching to a stack of tea cups, I removed the flowers, books, etc.  In spite of the very busy patterns, I ended up with an image that I think has a good flow of shapes, lines and colors.  



I collect tea cups - although it's been a while since I've added to the collection.  I do love a good collection, and think I should seek out a few to photograph this spring.  Do you collect anything, or know of an unusual collection? 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

something beautiful

It's that time of year when I evaluate the past year, smile at good memories, and think on what I hope to change in the coming year.  
As much as ever, it seems I'm searching for a pleasing place to rest my eyes and mind.  For me, the winter days inside can sometimes be a challenge.  I thought I would post some pretty colors in case you also need a pleasing palette for pause.  
I am looking forward to sharing with you, soon, pictures of a revived project or two.  Till then, time for a nice cup of hot tea. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

when knitters are in the forest

We made our annual visit to the National Forest to cut down a Christmas tree last weekend.  This tradition is important in many ways: we like to spend time with family, we like to spend time outdoors, we like that we're helping our local forest service by thinning the forest - and we know firsthand about forest fires.  Most importantly, although I don't know of  a direct tie-in from Christmas trees to the meaning of Christmas, we are so blessed to celebrate the birth of Christ. 

So if you're a knitter, and you're walking around in a high country forest, what do you wear??  I'll tell you! 

~ a qiviut blend hat, pattern Aisling
~ a wool cowl, pattern Folsom Points
~ a hooded, long, wool and alpaca sweater, pattern Cobblestone Trenchcoat
~ some stranded-colorwork wool mittens,pattern Now with Thicker Frosting!

~ and don't forget wool socks! pattern, my own recipe 


Picture by my husband, and yes, we found the perfect tree!  

Saturday, October 28, 2017

pattern: Tree Delivery, a hot water bottle wrap

Of the many ways that learning to knit has changed my life, one of the most obvious is through physical warmth.  (I was surprised what a difference a real wool hat made over the cheap imitations I'd been wearing.)  And then, there was the hot water bottle cozy.  After seeing them on Ravelry through the years, I bought the first hot water bottle as a gift for a friend who is always cold.  I thought, maybe I need one, too.  I knit hers a snugly cocoon before giving it, but I never got around to knitting one for mine.  Until now!  


This basic little invention has warmed my bed, my chair, my feet, while I read, knit, sleep; in the car on a cold, early drive, and in a hotel room when my roommate likes the A/C cranked!  I use it when I'm sick, and every now and then, I surrender it to a sick little boy, who humbly asks if he can borrow it "just for one night."  I fold up a woolen blanket and place it under my desk, and throw the hot water bottle on top for hours of warmth while I type, edit, and so on.  On winter days home alone, it's my constant companion.  

It's about time that I knitted a wrap for my favorite foot warmer, a little softer for my feet to rest on than the rubber or plastic of the bottle.  And may I say, much prettier, too!!  Whether traveling to strange lands, or movie night on the couch with people who don't understand why you're always cold, there's something so comforting about having your own little armful of warmth.  And another reason to break out the needles and yarn?  Bonus!  

If you would like to knit this pattern, you can find it on Ravelry - free for a limited time.  More details below:

Pattern link on RavelryTree Delivery
One Size (easily modified, though, and with plenty of stretch)
Yarn: Cascade Yarns' Longwood Sport in 4 Red & 46 Cream
Needles: US4 - 16" or magic loop on 40"

I'm working on a green and white one, next!  

Saturday, September 30, 2017

butterflies abound

Several Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) butterflies have stopped in our garden on their migration path this year.  Isn't it magical?!










Friday, September 8, 2017

Photography

A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed. 
Ansel Adams


Ah, light.