Friday, July 31, 2009

If it's red.....

I'll probably stop.

Back in this blog post I showed you unfinished socks and newly begun shawl, both in red. The socks are still stopped. The newly started shawl has been ripped out in favor of Queen Silvia Shawl (Ravelry link) from Knitted Lace of Estonia.

Add to this the stalled Fulmar sweater in a similar shade of red, which has been languishing for years. I can only come to the conclusion that if it's red, I'll probably stop knitting it midstream. I don't know why. All of these things are a similar shade of red, which I happen to like. So far, I have 5 of 20 pattern repeats completed on Queen Silvia, so keep a good thought for me.

Meanwhile, I thought you might enjoy a little link surfing and research to start out your weekend. First there is this yummy collection of eye candy in a magazine called HandEye. Then, the most recent issue of Threads magazine has a handy article on reweaving garments. You'll have to stop by the newstand to purchase the magazine, it's not on their webpage. But I once saved $80 by reweaving a tiny 3 corner tear in one of dh's expensive business suits. $80 was what the tailor wanted to have it done (he was going to send it out). I pulled a couple threads from a seam allowance and was able to do it myself quite professionally thanks to my high school Home Ec. teacher, Mrs. Haberlan.

And for those of you who like to play with food grade dyes on your protein fibers, here's a new use for that elusive blue powdered drink mix.

Well, Queen Silvia beckons.

Have a good weekend.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Paradox

We went away this weekend.

We went all the way around to the other end of Lake Erie, to a place in New York state known for its concord grapes. In fact, it is so well known for its concord grapes that it is the home of W*lch's, maker of grape juice and jelly.

So, when we went to breakfast both mornings, the jelly was........
Sm@ckers. (?)

And the juice was.........
orange. (?)

Then after spending the day enjoying the beauty of the countryside, with miles and miles of green, rolling slopes covered with beautifully tended grape vines, we spent time along the picturesque Erie shoreline while huge thunderheads rolled over head.

At the end of the day we settled in for a drink before dinner and I ordered a nice cold Canadian draft beer. It came in a frosty pilsner glass with.......
a great big American flag painted on the side. (?)

The next day there was an art fair in the city park. There were a lot of vendors with those little white 3 sided tents, and a lot of wind. Except for the lady with the cement garden art, everyone was trying to nail down their merchandise.

Then I started people watching:

I saw a lady with a little girl who was in a big leather chest harness.......
on a leash. (?)

I saw another lady with her little dog......
in a net covered stroller. (?)

By this time, I was trying to remember if we had somehow driven through a looking glass on the way there. It was a tedious drive at the end of workday, but I didn't remember anything like that.

So, I just found the lady with the alpaca booth and bought some yarn:

Order is restored to the universe!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Concealing the Obvious...

There's nothing wrong with having a national spirit of optimism.

On the other hand, a national spirit of oblivion seems to be the legacy we are passing on:

U.S. Withheld Date on Risks of Distracted Driving

Please read this, then hang up when you drive.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Investment of time...

Yesterday I washed windows.
One of those windows today.

Also, yesterday I spun some yarn.
That yarn today.

I think the spinning was the better investment.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I was expecting soft cover....

Back in April, Mary and I went to see the Kimono as Art exhibit in Canton, Oh. It was a truly amazing visual experience. While there, I signed up to purchase a copy of the book of Itchiku Kubota's work from the Smithsonian exhibit a number of years ago. The sample book was soft cover, so that's what I thought was coming.

The book arrived today and it is exquisite and hard cover to boot!


This is the photo of my favorite kimono in the exhibit:

It's called Fuji and Woodland and the documentation at the exhibit said that Kubota was inspired to make this kimono representing Mt. Fuji after returning from a trip to the Canadian Rockies. I totally understand the inspiration. There is such motion when you see this kimono in real life. I felt like I was soaring in over the trees, approaching Mt. Fuji. A totally still piece was like being at those flight simulator IMAX movies. Incredible.

And finally some threads to show you. The socks are Absinthe from spring '09 Knitty. They are complete through the heel flap. I don't like the idea of plain backs on the cuff (coffin socks instead of coffin sweaters....those with no pattern carry over to the back of the garment). So they've been sitting around for awhile awaiting completion.

The blob in the middle, in a surprisingly matching color (but I don't think I'll wear the socks and shawl at the same time), is the Fountain Pen Shawl (Ravelry link) from the Spring '09 Interweave Knits.

I was cleaning up the sewing room the other day and flipped through the magazine before shelving it. The yarn was sitting next to it....also needing to be put away...next thing I knew the yarn and the magazine were carted back downstairs instead of being put away.

I've come to the conclusion that getting back to fiber and blogging will largely be a function of avoiding other more onerous activities:
  • Don't feel like cleaning the sewing room? Here, start a shawl!
  • Don't feel like washing windows? Here, here's a new book to blog about!
Yeah, well....I'd better go finish the windows since the screens are out and the curtains are down.

Stay tuned to see what will divert me from cleaning out the toilet tanks...... Did I mention that I'm waiting for my 4th (yes, fourth since Dec. 2007!!) advance readers copy of a free book from Library Thing? So here's hoping that The Possibility of Everything arrives in the nick of time to rescue me!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Peachy

Peach Hollyhocks:



Peaches on oatmeal:

Have a peachy day!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Hi! Remember me?

Don't know what's happened, but I've sort of fallen off the blog wagon.

When I was a kid, we used to get behind a wagon (think Radio Flyer), give it a running start then jump on and coast as far as it would go. That's the image I have every time I think about writing a post. I need that running start.

Still not much fibering, though I have been slipping behind the spinning wheel a little bit most days. A lot of my creative energies have gone into cooking and meal preparation. Tonight we are having home made pizza with a portion of the ingredients pictured below:

Beginning at the 1 o'clock position are:
  • Fresh homegrown basil
  • Thinly sliced Bella mushrooms
  • Fresh mozarella
  • Homemade whole wheat pizza dough
  • Dry Italian sausage and Parmegiano Reggiano
  • Fresh homegrown oregano
  • Thinly sliced fresh veggies are in the center
I'm using a New York style pizza sauce recipe from the latest issue of Cooking Light mag. A fresh salad will complete the meal.

If you remember this post I've been on a campaign to improve my cholesterol and health in general. Had blood work done a few weeks ago and got my numbers back.....in the words of the doctor's office, "they are perfect". Ha....what the doctor's office didn't know is that no drugs were involved in achieving those "perfect" numbers. So I am staying the course and reaping the benefits. Next office visit is Oct.

Well...that's it for now. I still have more work to do before popping dinner in the oven.