Friday, May 27, 2011

sock talk

I've typed, deleted, typed, and deleted five times...maybe six.

Perhaps, I should just let the socks do the talking today!

Do you have anything fun planned for the long weekend? It's my mom's and sisters' birthdays (Happy Birthday!!!!), so I'm thinking there might be some cake in my future!! Yum.

Wishing you a fun and 'sweet' weekend!! xo

Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future.
~Charles F. Kettering

Tesserae socks by Anne Hanson in Mama Llama 'See Spot Run'
Rivercat socks by Brenda Patipa in The Woolen Rabbit Lucent in 'Ladyslipper'
Spicy Cinnamon Chipotle and Meyer Lemon Explosion Truffles by Missionary Chocolates

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

market faces

We went on a little road trip to the Astoria Sunday Market this past weekend.

It was a little chilly and a little windy but we had a blast. I even knit during the drive down and back on a project that had been languishing for almost 3 years.

I didn't know where to aim my camera...
at the cute kids...

...or the flowers at the market!

There were dogs everywhere at this market. They were all so well behaved.

These poppies were amazing.

There was even a real blacksmith doing his thing at the market.

I'm thinking Sundays will have a whole new itinerary.

To keep our faces toward change
and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate
 is strength undefeatable.
~Helen Keller 

Friday, May 20, 2011

off the path

Believe it or not, this is still a knitting blog! Who knew?!
I've strayed a little off the path, but that's where all the cool stuff is.

Like ladybugs and fleurs!

By the time you read this, we would've had our third day in the can't blame a girl for going outside!

I hope you all have a great weekend, and perhaps you'll stray a little from home and make your own discoveries this weekend...let us know what you find! xo

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things
that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
~Mark Twain 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

pixels 'n prose

The heart has reasons that reason cannot know.
~Blaise Pascal  

Monday, May 16, 2011

macarons and monday

How was your weekend?
Ours was quiet, gray and rainy...with a spot of sun late on Sunday.

Lots of knitting was accomplished. One secret knitting project finished, and the other one slowly, sloooowly progressing!

I was able to work on my Tesserae socks for a couple of hours for a little break.

I'm really enjoying the mama llama yarn.

I found that little button on something I bought at the antique store awhile ago...the colors match the yarn beautifully so I had to incorporate it into the imagery.

And the macarons...they're from Two Tarts...I've been so busy photographing them that I can't tell you how they taste...I think they need to be a little more generous with the filling though! :)

I hope your week is off to a great start!!

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.
~Mother Teresa of Calcutta 

Tesserae socks by Anne Hanson in Mama Llama 'See Spot Run'

Saturday, May 14, 2011

rumors of spring

Rumor - noun:
1.A piece of unverified information of uncertain origin usually spread by word of mouth.
2.Unverified information received from another; hearsay.

The calendar says it's spring...the "ladies" say it's spring...

the fleurs provide a suggestive scent of spring...

The rains? Fooey, they're just trying to get us off track!

Go back and look closely at the top you see the third critter that's secretly hiding? I didn't see her until I downloaded the image...probably a good thing!!

Blogger was having major hiccups this week so I couldn't post yesterday morning, but here we are today...
Happy Saturday!

Rumor has it, a great weekend is in store for you...make it so, my friends!! xo

And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

yesterday's gift

There is nothing that warms this photowalker's heart more than coming across a ladybug. You can only imagine my excitement when I came across a bajillion of them!! Really...a bajillion for sure!

Last night was lovely and warm, and we found a patch of wild flowers and grasses that were loaded with these little ladies.

We almost didn't make it home as I had to stop every two steps to snap. So much better than TV.

Mr. NK at my side, evening light, and ladybugs...


Each day provides its own gifts.
~Marcus Aurelius 

Monday, May 09, 2011

angels on benches

I hope you all had a great weekend! We had rain, hail, sun, torrential rain, more get the picture! In the middle of all that a lot of knitting was accomplished and we had a great Mother's Day day!

The stitch pattern is from a Japanese pattern book; I just plugged in enough repeats to fit into 72 st around.

I carried the pattern down the center of the heel, it's flanked by the typical heel flap stitch.

I've never knit with Malabrigo sock yarn before, but I really enjoyed it. The yardage is immense, I had plenty left over.

A traditional flap and gusset construction...I'm pretty boring that way.
They fit perfectly!

It's Monday and so far no rain...We're off to a good start!
Wishing you a great start to the week, too!

Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted,
no solutions searched for.
Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.
We need hours of aimless wandering or spates of time sitting on park benches,
observing the mysterious world of ants and the canopy of treetops.
~Maya Angelou

Sock pattern by me in Malabrigo sock yarn 'Archangel'

Sunday, May 08, 2011

mother's day

Happy Mother's Day,

to all the moms of two-legged kids, or the four-legged variety!

My sisters, Mr. NK, and I are celebrating with my mom and dad today.

My sister Jill (the twin on the right) scanned these great shots of my mom and sent them to me. Isn't she just lovely?! I still remember that yellow dress.

Sorry for the late post, I get my timing from my dad (!!!), but I get my knitting, fondness for baking and eyelashes from my mom! :)

Speaking of which, I'm bringing chocolate cake with cinnamon buttercream frosting to the party...I better get going, or I'll  be late for a very important date!!

Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.
~William Makepeace Thackeray

Friday, May 06, 2011

into the green

To sit in the shade on a fine day
and look upon verdure
 is the most perfect refreshment.
~Jane Austen

Happy Friday!! Happy Weekend!!
I hope you all have
a refreshing and perfect weekend! xo

Thursday, May 05, 2011

sock 'n roll

You know that spring has truly arrived

when you can dine al fresco...

at 6pm...with no jacket on!

And there's nothing like Thai food to satisfy the body and soul.

I haven't "played" with my food like this in a long time!
Mr. NK and I had a blast!

And of course, dining al fresco is not complete without some knitting al fresco, too.

Happy Friday Eve!

All sorrows are less with bread. 
~Miguel de Cervantes 

Rivercat socks by Brenda Patipa in The Woolen Rabbit Lucent in 'Ladyslipper'

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

pixels 'n prose

He knew a path that wanted walking;

He knew a spring that wanted drinking;

A thought that wanted

further thinking.
~Robert Frost