Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

"Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence." -Vincent van Gogh

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Green Banana Silk

  • Feel excited about this yarn and about doing a quick project that's for me
  • I loved receiving this yarn as an unexpected gift, and wanted to complete this project before the next time I see the giver
  • I wanted to get back into a satisfying creative routine

  • A weaving buddy gave me this yarn at a spring weavers guild meeting. I was so touched. I don't get surprises very often! (Especially not pleasant yarn surprises!!)
  • I would love to create an open, spring-like scarf to wear in spring and fall indoors (not my usual, keeps-me-warm-in-winter scarf!)

What I liked about this project:

  • I really like how the yarn and pattern work together to show off the luster and irregularities of this yarn.
  • I tried lots of dropped stitch patterns, and really like that this one combines knits and purls with the dropped stitches to make a more interesting scarf.

Pattern: Opera Scarf by Laurie Kimmelstiel

Yarn: Frabjous Fibers Banana Silk Yarn

Just under 1 skein of yarn used.

Needles: US 10 3/4

Finished size: 5 1/2 x 56 inches

On Ravelry

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Wake Up Call

Yesterday morning, when I was walking down the stairs, I noticed a weird brown thing in our yard.

I can't believe it was a fox!!!!

Scratching its neck

Getting up

Shaking his head, just like Bailey does


Gotta stretch those back legs too

Ready for the day

Heading out

We watched it for about 10 minutes, when it finally got up and trotted away. During that time, several cars passed on the road (about 50 feet in front of the fox). It would pick up its head and look around when that happened, but then puts its head back down.

It was 18° F (-8° C) while we watched the fox. I would never have guessed that a fox would sleep out in the open like that. We watched from slightly before 7 a.m. until about 7:10. The sun was up the whole time.

Sorry that I've included some blurry photos....This was pretty much at the limit of what my camera and lens could do in that limited light through the window into the sun.

It was just so cool to see a fox wake up for the day. A lot of his actions, like the stretching and shaking his head, totally remind me of what Bailey does when he wakes up.

On New Year's Day, Acorn to Oak asked if I had any fox photos yet. Finally, I can say YES!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

DPS: Street Photography

Digital Photo School Weekly Challenge: Street Photography

Pictures taken in Chinatown, Boston during Chinese New Year Celebration, January 2012

My favorites are the pink hair, the two little kids sporting great textiles and the mahjong players (who were playing for hours outside even though it's winter here!)

Which photo(s) do you like best - and why, if you want to share that too?