Sunday, April 20, 2014

easter blue



female
male

Today I went for a long walk and then sat 
in an open field and knitted all afternoon.

Along the creekside my beloved muscari were in bloom
and the blue birds have returned to claim a nesting box.

perfect

Happy Easter!
xo, j

Monday, April 14, 2014

another yarn sale...

Cascade 220 Heathers in Walnut Heather
Woodstock Knits Tinted Tweed in Violet
Quince and Co. Lark in Fjord
The view from the empty farm stand.


Yarn buddy Jenn texted me Sunday morning that our favorite LYS,
Conversational Threads, was having a sale of 30% off all clearance yarn!

Soon after the shop opened we met up at the back table 
to rummage through the goodies and both walked away
with enough yarn for two sweater projects each.
sigh…so much yarn, so little time…
happy knitting!
xo, j

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

in progress


almost...
just beginning
decisions


More flying horses at various stages of completion.
xo, j

Monday, April 07, 2014

weekend







chamomile sprouts
"gale" in Cascade 128, Nebula Heat
terrarium
branches bare
common speedwell, the first flower
xo, j

Monday, March 31, 2014

color at the MoMA

frank lloyd wright
jackson pollock
helen frankenthaler (i love this painting!)
matisse
matisse
klimt
rousseau
van gogh
chagall

Saturday morning I took the bus into NYC to visit the Museum of Modern Art.
My intention was to see the new Jasper Johns and Gauguin shows,
neither of which allowed photographs.

It was a rainy afternoon and the museum was very crowded,
this made for some blurry photos as I was bumped around quite a bit.

I've been working so much lately it was a relief to spend some time 
with many beautiful paintings.
xo, j


Monday, March 24, 2014

Raggaknits






On Sunday I took a class at my LYS, Conversational Threads,
with Icelandic knitter Ragga from Raggaknits.

My dear yarn buddy Jenn and I had both started our days out
stressed and rushed only to leave the session very relaxed and very happy.

If you ever get a chance to meet Ragga, run don't walk!
She is smart, funny and such a genuinely nice woman
with a wild imagination…a fearless Viking knitter!

Although the last photo is blurry it's my favorite.
She taught me a lot about knitting but even more about just letting go.

Time to renew my passport and start saving up my pennies,
her next Icelandic knitting tour is in 2015 and we're going!

Thanks so much to Cindy for scheduling the classes at her amazing yarn shop,
to Jenn for taking the afternoon off to attend the class with me
and to Ragga for her spirit and smile.
xo, j

Thursday, March 20, 2014

on not getting rid of books


"They chart my life.  I don't want to sound ponderous, but they
chart my intellectual life.  They chart everything that I've been interested in 
and thought about for the whole of my reading life.  So if they went  I would,
in a sense, lose a sense of identity.  They identify me…"
-Penelope Lively


This is an excerpt from an interview
 by Terry Gross on her NPR show Fresh Air
from March 17, 2014.