Saturday, July 31, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

In the Garden Again

osteospermum, African daisy

Hopefully this guy's harmless.

volunteer sunflower

daylily

If you check back to my earlier post, In the Garden, you can see how much things have grown. 


It's been a great year, lots of rain, lots of sun.  Although several of my neighbors have corn taller than I am.  How is that?  You can't see my corn in this picture but it is behind the chicken wire to the left.  I could live without the 100° days.  We've eaten outside a few times, including last Sunday evening.  We celebrated two birthdays, and Sisterpants and Mr. Sisterpants are moving out of state.  Here we are, shifting the table a few feet so no one is sitting in the sun.  I thought this was funny so of course I took a picture instead of helping.  We had waffles, eggs and bacon, fruit and hashbrowns.  Yum! 

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tooting My Own Horn

I have a new pattern out!  The Lace and Vine Sock pattern I designed for Bijou Basin Ranch is now available for purchase on their website



Here's a better view of the vine:




Awhile back, I took some pictures for Marly of a piece she'd designed for a magazine.  Designers don't always get their original pieces back, so she wanted some pictures of it before she sent it off.  My sister-in-law modeled it, I snapped a few pictures, and off it went.  As it turned the magazine editors like the pictures I had taken, and asked if they could reprint them!  So in Inside Crochet #8, on newstands now, you can see Natalie wearing the Beaded Belt, which can also be worn as a scarf or on your head like so: 




And finally, a few weeks ago I showed you a peek of this sweater that I'd been working on when my dad had a heart attack.  Marly designed this sweater, also for Bijou Basin Ranch, and sent me charts for all the pieces, but I had a hand in designing the hood.  She told me she wanted the cable to continue up the back, and the texture on the sides, and I went from there and interpreted what I thought would look right.  The braid next to the button band also goes up around the edge of the hood.  My needles were madly flying all the way to the hospital and back, and all the rest of the night, and I got to Marly's house just as she was leaving for TNNA.  Luckily the hood turned out how she'd pictured also, and she madly knit the button band on during the flight to the show!  (My dad is doing well, also.)


This pattern is currently in the test-knit phase; by the time the pattern is complete, we'll have better lit pictures, too.  I would have loved to end up with this sweater to wear, but it is slightly too small for me.  On the other hand, since the sweater was not for me, I was released from agonizing about which yarn to use, how much it cost, and whether it would fit!   

Monday, July 12, 2010

Garden Shapes

Have you gotten that email about the shapes of food looking like the organs they are supposed to benefit?  For example, the tomato with its chambers is good for the heart, and the cauliflower is good for your brain.  I find it interesting that this plant, agastache, attracts hummingbirds - although we don't have any in our neighborhood. 


And this plant, whose name escapes me at the moment, lantana ...notice how the buds look like tiny butterflies.  It reinforces my belief that there's order in the universe.  



Saturday, July 10, 2010

Costumes

Many years ago, we used to do things like go into odd shops downtown (costume shops, old maps, handmade cards, etc.)  Now we mostly go into places like Target or Old Navy, which I like, but they are just lacking the individual artistry that you find at boutiques.  One of the things I enjoy so much about knitting is the expression of one's own vision.  This is true with all art forms, including quilting and sewing, but there's just something about wearing what you made.  We visited the Colorado Renaissance Festival today, which we have not been to since we had kids, and we saw lots of interesting people, including the Burger King and the Mad Hatter (note his belt of threads.) 




However, the people that really fascinated BFJ and I were the "steamers."  There were several groups, most of which we didn't get pictures of.  The tailoring on their costumes were, for the most part, meticulous, and I wish that I knew how to sew clothing at a more professional level.  The details on the outfits were really interesting like the spyglass, the ray gun, the skeleton keys. 



I especially liked this fellow in the blue coat but these gentlemen were engrossed in conversation and I could not get their attention to get a good picture.  Those were quite the broken goggles he was wearing.  Click on any pictures to see closer...

Thursday, July 8, 2010

I'm Back!

Monarda 'Jacob Cline'

Thanks for all the comments saying I'd be missed, that meant a lot.  Funny, though, it's only been a few days and I sometimes go longer than that between posts anyway. 

If you want the long version - and let's face it, that's why you read my blog, right? - I had this program I'd downloaded a long time ago, can't remember why, and it never did anything.  Of course, at the time, I had my antivirus vaccines all up to date, but recently I was cleaning my computer out (so I thought) and deleted that file.  At this point, my antivirus ware was no longer current.  Little did I realize this program was just dormant, waiting for the day I would delete it to completely eat my computer!  Before it really got going, I pulled the plug, literally.  I am very fortunate to have a friend who actually said he would fix the whole thing  in trade for dinner.  He took it for a few days and here I am, better than new.  He upgraded my antivirus, my operating system, and bunches of things.  And I didn't even lose any files!  This is not to say I enjoyed Change.  I was spewing all sorts of non-sensical complaints, trying to figure out what had happened to my pictures, but they are all safe.  The friend mentioned that it took seven hours to copy over my pictures.  Um, yeah.  This brings to mind one of my To Do items which has remained on the list for over a month: clean out picture files.  Guess I better do that.  But that will have to wait until tomorrow, it's going to take hours! 

I'm lucky lucky lucky.  I know it.  I am going to listen to my husband next time he tells me something like I should have an extra harddrive. 

More later! 

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Problems

I'd like to know what idiot thought it would be great fun to create viruses and send them out into the world to affect people they'll never meet and will not benefit from hurting.  Sick people.  Since I haven't recently paid someone to protect my computer, I can't currently use it, do to aforementioned viruses.  It might be a couple of weeks before I can post again.  In the meantime, happy Independence Day to all my US readers!