Sunday, July 20, 2014

Why I Love Oregon Summers

Oregon can get hot, but it rarely gets muggy and it almost never rains. Yesterday we had a wonderful day: up early and drove up into the Cascades (about 60 miles) for a paddle on Waldo Lake. Waldo Lake doesn't allow gas motorboats so it is beautiful and quiet. It also is pretty mosquito-y so it isn't that crowded at this time of year. The wind made the lake a bit choppy but we got a nice paddle in.

Tim drove, so I worked on a new pair of socks for him:

Mindless socks in Knitpicks City Tweed DK.

After we got home and showered and ate something, we headed over to a local park (Alton Baker Park) for a concert by the Eugene Symphony. This is a 'free' concert that they give at the end of every season--the hitch is that you have to have tickets that they give out in person a month earlier and I never keep track of the date. Well, as luck would have it, the General Manager of the symphony lives across the street from us with his family, and he offered us two tickets to the concert and we happily accepted them (we watered their plants and took in their garbage cans when they were away for the weekend last weekend. We clearly got the better end of the deal). The concert was terrific and the very hot day settled out into a lovely evening.

We'll be getting season tickets for the Symphony this coming season, and are really looking forward to it.

Finally, I wanted to share a video with you. Our butterfly bush is one of my favorite plants--I love the smell. The other day I was working at my desk and took this video (through the window screen!) of something else that loves the butterfly bush. Enjoy.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hands of Blue

These beautiful mitts are finished!

Bijou Basin Ranch yarn and a great pattern. Now the temps just need to drop about 60 degrees and we're ready to go!

Friday, July 18, 2014

As I might have mentioned...

..I love Clapotis!

I also love gradient yarns, although they are the hot yarn of the moment and soon the market will be oversaturated with gradients. This is from an ebay store: Kim Dyes Yarn. I think this is the Sangria colorway.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What I've Been Up To

1. Doing research and getting the write up started (an interesting study on pinkwashing).
2. Reading "The Book of Life" (the last one in the All Souls Trilogy).
3. Walking (40-50 minutes a day) and light weight lifting.
4. Trying to make friends with dark green leafy veggies: swiss chard sauteed with oil and wine and seasoned with garlic, lemon juice and parmesan:

5. And these.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Where I've been

I have to say this makes me laugh.Sorry Dakotas, West Virginia and Arkansas! Do yours:

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hands of blue

Done with one, about 1/3 of the way through the second. Here is the finished one--and I"m making a fist to hide all the non-woven-in ends.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Recognize this pattern?

It's a clapotis. A bit narrower and it will be in a bright long change yarn. I love this pattern, everyone should make this once or maybe three times.