Monday, September 1, 2014

A cool, quiet Labor Day...

I stayed home, read, walked, enjoyed the fresh (autumn) air, and the view from the porch.  Late in the day, the neighbors on both sides of me drove their campers back into their yards to park least until hunting season, I suspect.

It was tempting to plan something to be "out and about" over the weekend, but it seemed more right to stay home and take care of a number of tasks around the house and yard.  I did spend one day visiting with my cousin and watching his daughter play in a volleyball tournament. Otherwise, I simply enjoyed being home.

Both a friend and a family member attended concerts over the weekend, and they shared some new names of artists with me... they have been fun to check out.  Don't you love it how you can YouTube and/or Google these folks and immediately find so much info??  If you like contemporary Folk Music, you might check out Darryl Purpose from Colorado.  
Or check out the Canadian, Dave Gunning, singing "These Hands."

So, gals, as Labor Day passes, do you put away your shorts, tank tops, and white shoes??  I'll be wearing my capri pants for as long as possible, as well as my Keen sandals.    But, the chill in the morning air is telling me that I better start pulling out the long-sleeved t-shirts, sweatshirts, long pants, and my favorite knitted socks; they are coming back into season.

In previous Septembers, I well remember driving to work a little after 7:00 a.m. with the heater blowing... and driving home in the late afternoon with the air-conditioning.  And so... September has arrived again.  Who knows what little surprises she is packing. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Another Poem Pillow...

I wanted to needle-felt another pillow with a totally different look.  I used 3 small felts, pieced together in an irregular shape.  (I wanted to use up stuff from my stash.) Although you can't see them, I sewed on a lot of beads and pearls for some sparkly details. The intent was to make the overlapping pieces look like overlapping waves on the shore. 

Another favorite poem is "maggy and milly and molly and may" by e.e. cummings.  I've taken the last line for the pillow.

maggy and milly and molly and may
went down to the beach(to play one day)

and maggie discovered a shell that sang
so sweetly she couldn't remember her troubles,and        

milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;

and molly was chased by a horrible thing
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and

may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose(like a you or a me)
its always ourselves we find in the sea 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Guests at the bird feeder

So, guess who's helping themselves at the bird feeder?

These little guys are funny to watch.  I don't know how in the world they found their way out to my neighborhood though.  They must have been stow-a-ways on somebody's delivery truck...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Little Bunny

The little one was out with the momma about a month ago; I guess he was finally big enough to be out in the open without danger.  He (or she) sure is cute...and rather fearless.  This little bunny was determined to get to my grass for some nibbling, and I was determined he should find his way back out of the yard and graze on the field grass.  Anyway, I was talking to him, telling him how cute he was, and he just let me get closer than I would have imagined, about an arm's length away. So, I went for the camera, hoping I could get close again and snap some shots.  No problem.  This little bunny was not a bit scared; he even seemed to be at ease with the camera.  So, here's his photo shoot.

Then, I spent the next hour attempting to "bunny proof" the fenced yard. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

And it's off the needles!

Modicum Hat
Once I got to the decreases, the hat just flew off the needles.  But I had a lot of ends to weave in before I could cross the finish line.  Now I didn't leave them all to the end; that would have been close to overwhelming.  I stopped every few inches and got the tapestry needle out to weave in the loose ends.  Even so, it still felt like it took a quite a while to finish.  That's the downside to changing colors every three rows.  Ah, but no pain, no gain, as they say.

Monday, August 25, 2014

A new cast-on

I started a new knitting project on circular needles...a hat...also a class I'll be offering this Fall.  Knitting a hat with a variety of scrap yarns for a color stranding pattern seemed like it may have some appeal.  Also, one can learn to knit with both hands with this pattern.  I'm excited to see what it looks like when finished, but it may take a while, as the project doesn't seem to be moving quickly.  I suppose changing yarns slows me down. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Minor felting adjustments

I think some minor adjustments made a difference for the better.  On the word "little," I changed the form of the first "l" to match the second one.  Then, I added two tiny paw prints.  So, now, it's finished.  I'm ready to move on to the next one.