Wednesday, April 30, 2008

While I'm Away

My mom and I are heading to the deep canyons of Idaho. We're traveling the old way with no cell phone or laptop. Our destination, my aunt's ranch, has no electricity. We will be incommunicado for about a week.

In the meantime why don't you visit Susette, at Knitting Letters: A to Z, who is knitting an alphabet, or more correctly an abecedarium:"an albhabet that celebrates the letter's typographic design and the word that it represents it". She is an entertaining scholar who is producing the kind of work I dream about. I offer you a peek at her most current entry: K. It is an ode to a dear favorite of mine, William Morris. She even includes my favorite sketch of the man. Waste no time, visit her now, but please don't forsake me, I'll be back in a week.

Kkelmscott, originally uploaded by unionpearl.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

buttered corn

I finished my lovely yellow mittens a couple of weeks ago. I've been planning a little photoshoot with them, to better show off their cabley beauty, but life and work interfered. So I give you the, sans human hands image, which reminds me exactly of corn-on-the cob; so mouthwatering I'd almost like to take a bite.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Pink + White

I'm having a little fun combining my flicker groups: color+color2 and 30 Day Macro Challenge.
This week's colors are pink and white, and  this month every day is close-up day.
All are objects found around the house; Nick's poster, Sophie's lamp and a Kri Kri bowl.
It has me thinking about knitting in pink, though I usually don't like it,

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Macro Mango

The 30 DayMacro Challenge is proving to be, well, challenging. But fun I assure you. I still don't "get" how my macro setting works exactly, except it always wants the flash, which I then disable because I hate flash. So what the challenge has done thus far, besides make me long for a proper macro lens.... which will be down the road a piece, is to keep working at it, because there are others in the group who use the same camera as I do, who acomplish what I wish I could. That is what is so great about these challenges, they help you to learn by doing.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Future Road Trip

Soon! I fly home to Seattle on April 25. Then a road trip with just my mom. We'll drive to my aunt's ranch in Idaho for a visit. A stay with my aunt is better than any spa could be, she puts us right to work. Fresh air and hard work, lobbing the occasional stone at a rattlesnake. I will return strong, brave and bold.

We're not sure which route we'll take. Probably a big circle. Across Washington to start and back through Oregon. To begin, I'd like to travel in the wrong direction, to the north Cascades, where my great-grandparents used to have a camp, in Silverton. But, it may be too far out of the way. I suppose.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Lazy Day

My creation

Just a little show and tell. I started shoving furniture around yesterday. It was cold and rainy and I wanted to read my book by the woodstove. So I switched a couch with the kitchen table and voilĂ , a cozy reading corner. The table is back nestled against the kitchen island which is it's preferred spot by some family members anyway.

The Cinnamon Rolls may be a little homely looking, I was too impatient to ice them properly, and then too hungry to take any beauty shots. A most satisfying and scrumptious endeavor.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Quiet Saturday

Blissfully alone at home
baking Cinnamon Rolls
an idea from my new
Pen Pal
And Split Pea Soup
an idea from my
It is a rainy, rainy
I think I'll knit
and nap.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

I Joined: Letter Writers Alliance

A week of joining. What has gotten into me?
Letter Writers Alliance, at 16 Sparrows.
Macro Month is humming along nicely.
There has even been some knitting.
I promise to show you

join the Alliance and we can be pen-pals

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Wild Boar Amongst the Bowls

Like the bull in the China Shop? This guy is china too so I think we're OK.


Tuesday, April 08, 2008

10 things

Do you know about 10 things? Sometimes in a topsy-turvy world it is just the ticket. There is a flickr group too (I hope that wasn't a collective groan I heard).

today's 10 things: 1. oatmeal 2. my little tin measuring cup 3. it is sunny 4. my son 5. it is warm today 6. broccoli rabe 7. Jackie the fish 8. fish can hear 9. i will run errands in the warm sun and get out of the office. 10. the sound of the waterfall

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Oh Dear


I was almost finished. It is still cold enough for mittens. It just wasn't right. See how pretty the yarn is, even all crinkly? Maybe tomorrow I'll have the show-off shot. Better make that "later this week".

Something else, I've joined a Flickr group: 30 Day Macro Challenge, hosted by Orange Flower, a crafter so prolific she makes your head spin. I always like a challenge to get me going, especially in the "in between season", a nice way to say Mud Season. It is never too late to join, so do!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Bad Habit

Another bad habit in the making...crewel embroidery thread tucked in my sweet Marimekko purse. I'm already a knitting yarn junkie, a quick look into a needlework shop and I was smitten.

DMC Laine Tapisserie. It is rumored it will no longer be imported to the USA. first this seems like a godsend, no addictive habits to form. However, maybe that means I should buy all the remaining stocks? Only a dollar each, only about a hundred colors...therein lies the problem. I shall be pondering this one. One a week?

You may notice my moo-cards tucked behind the yarn, and beneath it, my new copy of Lines & Shapes, both tons of fun.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Beautiful Flutter

Another photographer with wondrous images: Barbara Cole. See more.