Tuesday, July 30, 2013

looking forward

This summer is blowing past me.
I can't believe we are less than two days away from August.

It seems like the cooler days of autumn are just around the corner!!
(happy dance!!)

I'll be prepared with a new pair of socks!
And ... I'm especially looking forward 
to hunkering down with my pile of magazines during the longer nights.

What are you looking forward to as we roll into August?

To acquire the habit of reading
is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life. 
 ~W. Somerset Maugham  

Summer Breeze sock pattern by me in Colinette Jitterbug yarn

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

pixels 'n prose

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
~ John Burroughs 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

summer sizzle

I stopped by the river on the way home yesterday.
I couldn't take the heat a minute more.

I was also looking for somewhere to photograph the new sock.
New, as in just started, not new as in a new pattern!

I'm dubbing these summer sizzle...apropos for my sixth pair of toasty twist socks, yes?!
The yarn? 
BMFA STR...in a rare gem...or maybe a mill end...whatever gets me out of trouble
with you know who! :)

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. 
~Ralph Waldo Emerson  

Monday, July 22, 2013


That beautiful season the Summer! 
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; 
And the landscape 
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  

To be this age again.
When the only obligation a Monday in the summer brought
was to play to your heart's content!

I hope the start of your week is full of play!

Friday, July 19, 2013

rolling along

The Seattle to Portland (aka STP) bike race rolled flew through our community last Sunday.
Oh my!! They pedal fast!

I was clicking away as fast as I could.
The bikers were so entertaining and most of them acknowledged the big white lens in front of them
in some way or another.

Some were too busy multi-tasking to notice the camera...

...some were having a total blast...it was already 80-something degrees in the sun, 
and this man was happy as a clam.
I loved his smile!

Love this guy...it was horribly hot by this point (90-something I think) and he totally exerted the energy to flex for me (ahem) the camera! Too fun!!

I loved the experience of shooting an event like this! Thank you Jane for you workshop earlier this year. 
I was better prepared for capturing/freezing/panning motion shots than I would have been otherwise!! :)

Do you have anything fun planned for the weekend?
Our plans seem to be a bit fluid...I'll keep you posted! Test knitting is complete, so hopefully we'll be
getting back to some knitting posts next week!

Whatever you do this weekend, I hope you have a blast! xo

There aren't enough days in the weekend.
~ Rod Schmidt   

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


July 15, 2013 was the 30th anniversary of Project Dayshoot.

In 1983, 92 amateur and professional photographers
were invited to document life in Oregon in a single 24 hour period. 
Their efforts were published in a book, One Average Day.
Since 1983, not only have the styles of cars and clothing changed, but also our way of photographing, processing, and sharing our images. 
Social media wasn't on photographers' radars in 1983!

Check out this page to see Oregon from the digital perspective on July 15, 2013.
(You might recognize that first image from my Halloween post last year...I love that old house!
It's a very small world, indeedy).
I didn't know about this photo project until I heard about it on the radio
while on my photowalk that very evening.

These are but a few of the images that document 
my part of Oregon on July 15, 2013.

This time of year the queen anne's lace is in its full glory,
and the second round of ladybugs are out and about!
Dragonflies are still present, albeit a little worse for wear as we approach the end of their cycle.
Bikers ride near sunset when the cool breeze of the evening refreshes them!
The cows and goats graze and keep watch over Bernet's Farm, and
Mount St. Helens, uncloaked by deep snow, can be seen in the background
from the corner of Dike Rd and Columbia Ave.

All was good on the evening of July 15, 2013 in 97056.

I plan to be prepared for the 60th anniversary of Project Dayshoot!
Don't you wonder what I'll be shooting with then?! :)
You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. 
Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. 
It's just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.
~ Paulo Coelho  

Saturday, July 13, 2013


To the attentive eye,
each movement of the year has it's own beauty,
and in the same field it beholds, every hour,
a picture which was never seen before
and which shall never be seen again. 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson   

Happy Saturday!
I have family time, knitting, and maybe a little photography on my to-do list
What about you? Anything fun? I hope so!! xo

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
~ Helen Keller   

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

road side attractions

I've been taking walks nearly every evening with camera in hand.
Last night I had a sock in hand, too.

So many things to capture my attention.

I love wilty daisies.
Their petals are frozen in time in the most entertaining forms.

The socks are in Colinette Jitterbug (color long forgotten).

I hope you all are having a good start to your week!

Along the road
Your steps may tumble
Your thoughts may start to stray
But through it all a heart held humble
Levels and lights your way.
~Dan Fogelberg  

Thursday, July 04, 2013


For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains,
but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
~Nelson Mandela  

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

pixels 'n prose

Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity. 
 ~John Ruskin  

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

you are my sunshine

Happy Birthday Mr. NK!!

I hope this year brings you

unexpected adventures

sweetness and joy

lots of fun

and a googol of xo!!

Monday, July 01, 2013

coloring outside the sock

There's a new breakfast place in town. 
Food is good and reasonably priced.
But, they are really, really slow to cook ...

... leaving lots of time for photographing socks in progress!
There's always a silver lining.

We could learn a lot from crayons;
some are sharp, some are pretty,
some are dull, while others bright,
some have weird names,
but they all have learned to live together in the same box.
~Robert Fulghum 

Mad Color Weave socks by Tina Lorin in Becoming Art 'contrary wise'