Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Quick Hello from Vancouver.

Hello! Stopping in quickly to share a few photos of the beautiful sights:

I took a scenic walk along the waterfront yesterday afternoon - lots of activity 

and lots of boats!

The view was a lot calmer when I took the same walk early this morning 

...and the view from our room as I type this post - we'll be sailing in that harbor on our way out to sea this afternoon.

...more soon from the ship!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Words on Wednesday | The Sun.


Sharing something special from my Monday with y'all today.

Lauren and I attended a class (on chakras - more to come on that!) at Mary and Martha's Place. It was our first - and hopefully not our last - experience with this community. The director opened by lighting a candle, reading this poem and then we all shared a moment of silence. It was the perfect way to begin. I hope it provides a lovely beginning for your day, too.
The Sun 
Have you ever seen
anything
in your life
more wonderful
than the way the sun,
every evening,
relaxed and easy,
floats toward the horizon 
and into the clouds or the hills,
or the rumpled sea,
and is gone--
and how it slides again 
out of the blackness,
every morning,
on the other side of the world,
like a red flower 
streaming upward on its heavenly oils,
say, on a morning in early summer,
at its perfect imperial distance--
and have you ever felt for anything 
such wild love--
do you think there is anywhere, in any language,
a word billowing enough
for the pleasure
that fills you,
as the sun
reaches out,
as it warms you 
as you stand there,
empty-handed--
or have you too
turned from this world-- 
or have you too
gone crazy
for power,
for things? 
- Mary Oliver (from New Poems)
My next post will be from Vancouver, assuming I can remember how to post from my iPad.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Travel Knitting.

My suitcase isn't packed, but my knitting's ready! Would you like to see?

I wound 3,166 yards of yarn today (and 218 yards on Sunday; one of the projects is already underway) - nine cakes plus Sunday's one for a grand total of ten. Five of those cakes (and nearly one-third of the yardage) is for 2nd Avenue.

It's a very colorful (and most uncharacteristic for me ;-) wrap with a LOT of stockinette. Yep, this is my social/cocktail project. I plan to cast on tomorrow morning en route (accompanied by a mimosa).

Four of those cakes are for Whiskyfied. Melanie Berg gifted me this pattern as a thank you for test-knitting A Twist to it. I told her I was planning to knit the piece as a souvenir for an upcoming trip...and that I hoped there would be no whisky spilled on it (gin, maybe, but definitely not whisky).

I'm a few repeats into the first chart and the pattern is clear, rhythmic and surprisingly addictive. This is also in my carry-on for tomorrow - but I can't get too far - the other three balls are going in my checked bag!

Last but by no means least - socks! I fell hard for the NoShow Socks when the pattern came out last month. It's been ages since I knit socks (and those size 0 needles are brand new - yep, a first!).  But the pattern promises to teach me a few new techniques and I actually wear no-show socks. Plus I have a  lovely skein of souvenir yarn from my sister's trip to Scotland last year. Lydia and I will be knitting these together. over coffee, I'm thinking.

I've also put together a very streamlined knitter's toolkit. Thinking through the three projects, I shouldn't need much, but I want to be prepared. Do you see anything missing?

...and the million dollar question - how much of this do you think I'll actually knit while I'm away (remember, I'm gone for two weeks!)? leave your answer in the comments!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Drive by Monday.

Since my lists are multiplying, I think it's a perfect Monday to borrow Kat's wonderful meme.

My mom arrived Thursday and the whole crew met Saturday morning to tour her "new place". The development has a long way to go (they're now hoping to be moving in residents in October), but her cottage is getting close. The walls are up, the granite's in, the tile is laid. We were able to take lots of photos and measurements and ask questions. We're all getting excited for her move!
the front door to Mother's cottage - my sister, nephew, brother and brother-in-law in the back and me, Mother and my sister-in-law in the front
Yesterday afternoon I finished that last layer and blocked it. I think I'm set ... at least in the hand knit department. Seems like the only to-do I don't still have on my list is "finish up Alaska knitting".

Hope your week is off to a good start - happy Monday!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Five on Friday | In Pictures.

Trying to figure out what I would post about today, I realized I have five photos from this week that I haven't yet shared with y'all. Here you go!

 Alaska Cardigan ... done! (modeled photos coming from Alaska!)
a half scoop of coffee chip ice cream (for my summer bucket list)
Lauren and fabulous author Karen White (Lauren invited Karen - and me! - to her bookclub yesterday to talk about The Night the Lights Went Out ... and a lot of other things :-)
Alaska Hat & Mitts ... done!
... so of course I had to start another Alaska project (I still have 4-1/2 more days before I leave!)
Looking back on the week, I'm reminded - yet again - how powerful photos are to tell our stories. I'm so grateful to each of you for reading mine! Have a wonderful weekend. Take photos!