Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Quick Random

Tomorrow is my birthday. Since ds will not be here for the day, I got to open one of my presents early: a card reader that allows me to download the photo's from my phone.  So here is a backlog of downloads.

I just happened by this orange cone near some telecommunications cable repair activity in Nov. Love the logo.  Could you imaging placing these around you while working at the loom or wheel?  Maybe it would cut down on those "have you seen my...." interruptions:


In early December we attended an honors banquet for ds which was held in a Ukranian Cultural Center.  While waiting to be seated, I found these wonderful ethnic embroideries displayed in frames (behind glass) in a hallway.  While not the best shots in the world, at least these cell phone shots help to transmit a little of the beauty of these hand embroidered pieces:




 
 






Yes...all of the black in the above photos are individual stitches. Imagine the eye strain!


I don't recall about the black border in this photo, I think it was mat board the piece was mounted on.  I wish it was possible to share pictures of the larger pieces with you.  They are lovely examples of meticulous handwork.

Time is short.  Again, one more sleep....until my birthday, and within this tired, tired decade.

Still working on the blue post....

Thursday, December 24, 2009

One more sleep....

Yes I've been quiet.  I've been busy, just like you.  Arrived home from our annual family trip/tour on Tuesday.
Learned the answer to the riddle:  "When is the shortest day of the year longest?"
Answer:  When you're sitting in a car in a snow storm and holiday traffic.

Restocked the fridge and pantry on Wed. (and waited in line behind the whole town in the grocery store at 8:30 AM!).  Put up the tree last night.

Took some photo's for the promised "blue post" yesterday before the finished item was wrapped up for its recipient.  That blue post will get blogged yet.

Meanwhile, you can keep up on Santa here.

Or read a current post on today in Bethlehem here.  I find a certain irony in Ms. Prusher's phrase: "....misery and merriment are in the eye of the beholder."  As we recount the nativity story, there certainly is quite a bit of human misery present in that stable where we as Christians see much joy.  The contrast in the season continues to this day.

Or, since this post is lacking in photos, you can peruse some current photo's here

Wishing each of you who visits here the very best of the holiday season.  May your 2010 be the beginning of a decade with more merriment and less misery than the decade about to close. 

And I promise to post again before that decade gets here.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Better Off Red

At last some finished items:

These are the Absinthe socks (Knitty Link) made from Kroy 3 ply, a yarn which hasn't been made for a very long while.  I love the fit of these socks, but they were truly a pain to knit.  They languished for quite awhile because the back of the leg is plain...sort of the sock equivalent of a "coffin sweater" (yeah...google that term and see what you get).  Meaning when you knit pattern on the front of a garment and plain on the back, it's like pretending that no one will see the back of it.  The one place sure of that happening is?
 
So, anyway...they are done.

Then we move onto a finished prayer shawl.
 
Just plain garter stitch made of JoAnn's Sensations yarn.  Easy care and hypoallergenic for whoever the recipient might be.  This colorway reminds me of glowing embers.

And finally, hot off the blocking pins:

Queen Silvia Shawl from Nancy Bush's Knitted Lace of Estonia. The yarn is Skacel Merino Lace which is called for in the pattern. There was a lot of yarn left over.
 
I thought about adding more repeats to the shawl, but then would have had to do the math to add repeats to the border...too lazy.  Mine blocked out to 34" by 62", which is larger than the pattern reports at 24" x 58".  I don't think I would want it any longer or wider than it is.  Perhaps I will wear it on Sunday night when I serve as one of the narrators for the Kneeling in Bethlehem program our church is doing on Sunday night.


So...there you go.  Some finished items at last. Very seasonal, don't you think?

Next up:  the color blue.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Pink...

I have a lot of  "blog fodder" backed up.  Most of it is red and finished. However, time is very short right now.  And quiet, restful moments are few.



Above is the rising full moon from our balcony last evening.  While standing there gazing at it, the song below kept (and keeps) going through my head.

And in case you haven't seen it yet, here's the Pink Glove Dance for Breast Cancer Awareness:

Next post: Red