Wednesday, June 13, 2018

yarn along a la Small Things

I've long admired the photography and sentiments on the blog, Small Things.  I never catch the 'yarn along' - until today.  I think it's Wednesdays! 

For a long day at the airport, I picked this book up again and read more than half; now I'm bound to finish.  It is Under One Roof:  Lessons I Learned...  by Barry Martin.  As I'm reading, I picture Albert Brooks as Barry.  I like to picture the characters I'm reading about; often they don't resemble the author's description (I later realize).  If I can't imagine how they look, I sometimes get stuck as my mind continues to sift through memories of people I've seen, trying to find them.  

I'm knitting a commissioned poncho from Windy Valley (what else) suri alpaca, in red.  It's my third red shawl this year, and none for me!  I'm modifying Cold Mountain, using only Chart A for this project.  After the first repeat, I had it memorized, so it has been singing along on the needles. 

Friday, May 25, 2018

spring garden blueberries

The blueberries are kind of our little secret.  Not a lot of people grow blueberries in Colorado, our soil's all wrong for it.  I read somewhere that they love peat, so we originally planted them in a trench filled with peat, and they've done well ever since.  Every spring, I love the dancing little bells of blueberry blossoms.  You can see where the flowers are missing, some of the blueberries are beginning.  

Saturday, March 31, 2018

things I'm doing when I forget to blog

These days, I am 
making new garden beds.  The old ones have been falling apart for a couple of years.  It has been nice to realize we've learned some things since the first time around.  We invested some tax refund money in better wood (cedar) and are making them taller, and closer together - we had quite a bit of wasted space between the last ones.  Tons of my garden pics here.  

cooking homemade pasta, but not as much as I'd like.

reading Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline.  I joined a book club, that my new-ish neighbor invited me to, in order to get to know her better.  She's usually out of town on book club night, so maybe I just need to invite her over for tea!  I picked this book up, then, off my stack, which was recommended by my oldest teenager.  If you like 80s pop culture, you'll enjoy it.  I want to finish it shortly so that I can take my kid to go see the movie in theaters, although we all know the book is better, right?!  

looking for the genealogy link that explains why I see my maiden name on Scottish websites.  So far, it's proving elusive, but I've learned so much about my ancestors this month!  

loving my family, all the pieces still alive.

admiring succulents like these.

rooting for the Rockies.

finishing the Oriental Koigu Jacket, and vowing to never make another.  

What do you have going on these days??  

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!