Friday, July 3, 2015

Hummingbirds, Flowers and Butterflies

When I was visiting my dad last Friday, I was entranced by the hummingbird feeder and how popular it is.  I'd love to buy one for myself but gee, I really don't want bears to visit as well.  When we first moved into this house, we had our grill stored outside in the fenced in area and the bear discovered it.  Let's just say the damage he did to the fence and property was quite extensive.  And he walked on our pool cover!!  Yikes!

Summer days surround me and I've been enjoying the season.  As much as I am a winter lover, the colors, sights and sounds of summer are beautiful.  Lately I've been identifying trees that are native to the area-sorting out the different leaves in my mind.  Black walnut and tulip trees, maples and sycamores, I walk and rattle off the names.  I learned many of them as a child while walking with my dad in the woods.

My knitting slows down considerably this time of year.  Longer days give way to more outside activities.  However, I continue to think about knitting, I have projects in my mind that I would love to cast on.  Another featherweight cardigan in a neutral shade that goes with my wardrobe.  Hopping back onto my sock knitting ritual, replenishing my sock drawer with bright rainbow colors.

Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Currently on the Needles

I've had little time this week for knitting, however, I did finish the promise shawl and posted about it yesterday.  I am glad that I finished in time for the bridal shower and now I am returning to a cowl that is nearly finished.  Maybe today??

I finished Silver Linings Playbook over the weekend.  I loved reading the story behind the movie.  Of course the book is immensely better than the movie but the movie still stands alone as a great film.  If you liked the movie and want to delve deeper into Pat Peoples life and thoughts, you should definitely read this book.  I am almost half way through  Oh Pioneers and love reading about the process of taming a wild land.  The characters are interesting and the pace of the book makes you want to turn each page to see what happens next.

I started this book Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg and just read a bit here and there.  This is a long term reading project that I pick up and read a chapter whenever I feel like it.  She gives advice on how to establish a writing practice.

What are reading and knitting this week?

Joining Ginny and Frontier Dreams

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Promise Shawl Complete

I finished the shawl the day before I wanted it wrapped up and ready to go.  As always, blocking made the lace work pop.  It truly is a magical even in a knitter's world.

Many of you have asked, "did she like it?"  She did, unfortunately when she opened the shawl I was in the moment and forgot to take a photo. The whole opening up present event was a blur and I remembered at the end.  Isn't that life?  I'm glad I was paying attention, but boy where was my mind?  I'll blame it all on the wedding brain fog.

I'm happy knowing she has something to wear if she gets cold.  The wedding is at the end of July and the chances of being cold are quite slim, but still a chance is a chance.

Ravelry notes here