Tuesday, August 26, 2008

mosaic



This meme was floating around recently, and I forgot I had never posted my mosaic. I really loved how it turned out, so I'm sharing it now. Click through to Flickr for the photo credits. If you'd like to play too, here are the instructions:

* Type your answers to each of the questions below into Flickr Search
* Using only the first page, pick an image
* Copy and paste each of the URLs into the mosaic maker

Questions:

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One word to describe you.
12. Your Flickr name.

Other than number five, which is obvious, can you guess my answers?

Knitting is still slow around here, and still no photos of finished things. Soon. I've been reading a lot and enjoying the late summer season. The time from mid August through the end of October is my absolute favorite time of the year. Cooler weather, fresh tomatoes, dahlias, dewy mornings, early fall color changes, ripe blackberries, even the masses of orb-weaving spiders all remind me that autumn is coming.

Mina and I had a perfect farmer's market morning on Saturday. We bought sandwiches and sat on a bench to eat - heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, pesto, aioli and balsamic reduction on mine, fresh ground peanut butter and local jam on hers - and watched the bustle around us. An elderly woman with a Russian accent walked slowly over to tell Mina how beautiful she was. A group of four young men stood near us and began singing old love songs a cappella, harmonizing perfectly. A girl with a black dress, red cowboy boots, and an old fashioned bicycle talked to a guy with a top hat munching handfuls of arugula from a bag. An old man watched the singers, his face filling with nostalgia, happy and sad at the same time, and I started crying behind my sunglasses. Mina, always hyper-alert to my moods and thoughts, got upset and crawled into my lap just as the four singers got down on their knees to serenade a woman in a wheelchair holding a bouquet of dahlias and bells-of-Ireland. A group had gathered to hear the singing, everyone smiling, laughing, and filling the hat with five dollar bills. We wandered off to buy our vegetables and a bouquet of dahlias, my favorite flowers.

We typically go to the used bookstore after the market, but that day we stopped at Northwest Handspun instead, and I got all the information I needed to choose a loom. (Yes, a loom! I'm hoping, very very soon, to order a 32" Kromski Harp folding rigid heddle loom.) Sunday was another good day. We played in the pouring rain in our nightgowns in the morning, visited the bookstore in the afternoon, and had a late lunch sitting in the cafe with our new books. Around these things, I read a lot, knitted a little, and enjoyed feeling quiet. I hope your days have been nice, too.

Monday, August 18, 2008

catching up


Trying to jump back into regular life, both in the physical world and online, is always challenging after some time away. But, after a week of vacation, a lingering cold, and a much needed break from the computer, I'm working on it. I still have finished sweaters to photograph, and new projects to talk about. I started several new things just before my vacation, but worked on nothing while I was gone. I think I knit about four rounds of a sock.


On the beach at Grayland


Kite flying at Grayland

We spent a few days camping on the coast and exploring the Olympic Peninsula. There are so many amazing things to see within a few hours' drive from our home. I can't believe it took me this many years to make a visit to the peninsula, but now that I've done a quick tour I'm definitely planning to go back. We camped at Grayland Beach State Park, just south of Westport on Washington's Cranberry Coast, and then drove north up Highway 101, visiting Lake Quinault and Kalaloch and spending a night in Port Townsend. There are many more beaches I hope to visit, rainforests to explore, and so many other things to see.


Painting at Kalaloch

Several handknits were put to good use on the coast - I wore my Duchess Raglan (in the photo above) almost constantly, adding my alpaca Flower Petal Shawl in the evenings. Mina wore her Swing Thing in the cool mornings and evenings, and one of the skirts I made at the beginning of the summer (top two photos show the skirt).

Evening at the campsite

Before we left, I had been working on several sweaters and the long lacy gloves I started awhile ago. I made some good progress on Lily, from the new Twist Collective. This was my first experience with bobbles. At first they slowed me down quite a lot, but it got easier as I went along. I reworked the rate of the decreases and increases for the waist shaping to end up with a larger waist measurement than the 2XS size I'm knitting provides (24 inch waist?!?). It took me quite awhile to figure it out, and when I was finally done I remembered the Knitting Daily waist shaping calculator that would have saved me all that trouble. Oh well, it was good practice, I guess.


I'm using some RYC Cashsoft DK I had in my stash, and I think it's working out very nicely. I'm ready to start the second half of the shaping, which uses two lifted increases I've never tried before. Fortunately, Knotions has a tutorial on these so I should be fine. I have several other projects on the go and a few I'm itching to start, so there should be more to share soon. In the meantime I'll be trying to catch up on reading everyone's blogs, posting to the Chum, and all the usual activity of daily life. I'll be back soon.