Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Black Sheep Gathering was a blast...The stash was modestly enhanced...more on that in a later post.

The Rivercat socks are finished! Yippy skippy!

You can find more details on my Ravelry page, but suffice it to say, these socks are Awwwwsome!
The pattern is engaging, the fit is perfect and the yarn...

...the yarn is phenomenal. I heart the Woolen Rabbit!!

It's always nice to have an assistant during a photoshoot!

Happy Tuesday!!

How could drops of water know themselves to be a river?
Yet the river flows on.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery 

Friday, June 24, 2011

gone fishin'

There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.
~Celia Thaxter

I'm off to Black Sheep Gathering. Jen and I are going down for the day. I've been going to this festival for many years now; it is a yearly fiber pilgrimage. No matter how busy life gets, I have to go, even if just for a day. It just wouldn't be right to skip it!

Wishing you all a fabulous first weekend of summer! xo

Thursday, June 23, 2011

and so on

There are two kinds of people, those who finish what they start and so on.
~Robert Byrne  

I was almost a "so on" kind of person with these socks. I started them oh so long ago and then let them languish for some reason...that reason is now long forgotten. I ran across them the other day and felt it was time to finish them up. So here we go!

The pattern is the Gentleman's Fancy sock by Nancy Bush. I've modified it slightly and added a right twist on the last row to the knit stitches just cuz'.

I hope you all are having a grand week!

p.s. the yarn is an STR rare gem.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

welcome, summer

It is summer, it is the solstice

the crowd is cheering,

the crowd is laughing in detail permanently,
seriously without thought.
~William Carlos Williams 

Good bye to the wettest spring in 110 years, and
Hello Summer!!

Mama Llama Perfect Sock yarn in 'Jellyfish'

Sunday, June 19, 2011

father's day

Do you see me in the twinkle of his eyes?

For sure here!!!

He definitely had his hands full...

Hah! At times it took both of them to wrangle me!

Among many other things, including algebra and the chemistry of DNA, we learned photography from my dad (that's my sister Laurie).

uh-oh...quite a crew to keep in check...and he never stopped smiling!

Happy Father's Day!! xoxoxo

He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
~Clarence Budington Kelland 

Friday, June 17, 2011

busy blues


As usual, it couldn't arrive soon enough.

I've been a busy girl...remember the Hedgehog Fibres yarn from last week...

well, it's rapidly becoming a sock.

Of course it had to have a picot edge...and a memorizable stitch pattern...

These cool colors are the perfect antidote to the warm evenings....ok, in my book anything above 70F is warm...just sayin'!

Wishing you a bee-zy and fun weekend!! xo

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
~Henry David Thoreau 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

a bowl full of patience

Besides photowalks and shopping at the market, we've accomplished a little bit of knitting this week.

You probably recognize the Rivercat and Tesserae socks...what you haven't seen before is the Swallowtail shawl by Evelyn Clark in Fleece Artist Sea Wool 'Moss'. I started this a few years back, and it's been patiently waiting for me to decide on whether to do 14 repeats or 19.

I chose 19. And now it's nupp time.

I hope you're having a great week! Happy Friday Eve!

Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown.
~Soren Kierkegaard 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Friday, June 10, 2011

the river

Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge 

and lean over to watch the river 

slipping slowly away beneath you, 

you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.
~Winnie the Pooh 

Hedgehog Fibres sock yarn in 'down by the river'.

Happy Friday!! xo

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

seeing spots

We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
~George Bernard Shaw

These color palettes are hot right now (they've probably been hot for awhile, I'm just figuring it out now...I'm always behind the cool kids).
You can see them in daily use at Design Seeds, Tammy Lee is posting a color series at Bliss and Folly, and they show up sporadically at Creature Comforts, and are seen at the Color Collective.

Do you have a fave site that uses this kind of display?!

The extremely generous Rita from the CoffeeShop (awesome photog site) got me off to a great start with her fabulous tutorial and template and then I played around and learned how to tweak it a bit more.

Have fun playing, and let us know if you give it a try!!

Tuesday, June 07, 2011


I did a wee bit of knitting over the weekend...the heel of the second Tesserae sock is flapped, turned and nearly gusseted.

I'm thinking about the next pair of socks, what color should they be?

See that cool float in the background. It is over 80 years old and was found in an old shed in Japan that was full of small floats never used. Tres cool, huh?

I went on a photowalk last night with a friend...the forecast was for clouds and a chance of rain...what a pleasant surprise to have had sunshine and blue skies!

I hope your week is off to a grand start!

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

Friday, June 03, 2011


The second cuff of the Rivercat socks is underway. I love this pattern, but more than that I'm loving the Lucent yarn from the Woolen Rabbit. Love. It.

I seem to be having a bit of an obsession with thread, buttons, and burlap these days. I particularly like thread and buttons because I can pick colors that match or complement the yarn.

I'm so easily entertained!

I was playing with bouquets earlier this week for a different project. Here're a few posies to send you off into the weekend! I hope yours will be bright and fun! xo

There's rosemary, that's for remembrance; pray, love, remember;
and there is pansies, that's for thoughts.
~William Shakespeare 

Thursday, June 02, 2011

knitting around

I can't believe it's Friday-eve already...I'm not sure where the week has gone.
Monday was the first unofficial day of summer, and it was glorious here in the Pacific NW...and Tuesday the rains returned. We've had the third coldest and the second wettest spring on record.

All that good knitting weather has been well spent as the second Tesserae is well underway.
I also finished the first Rivercat sock...but more on that later.
Happy Friday-eve!

Come, knit hands, and beat the ground, in a light fantastic round.
~John Milton