Friday, July 29, 2005

Pink Lemonade...redux

I decided to change my Pink Lemonade entry a bit. It was just too plain. How about jumbo rickrack? Any excuse to use rickrack...by the way, where did that name come from? That's my little Zoka espresso cup...complete with a real lemon. I am especially proud of the pocket design...using the segments of a lemon. Ahhh...sometimes there is someone home.


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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

What Was I Thinking?

Susan over at I'm Knitting as Fast as I Can has posed an interesting question. It's all about bad knitting choices or knitting regrets. We all have 'em! In fact, a few of us have quite a few...ahem.

I knitted as a teenager but stopped until about 3 years ago when I picked up the needles again. Wandering around a lovely little yarn shop in Mendocino, I came upon this lovely pattern and was "caught" by its beauty...heh...heh...like a spider to the web. I had NO idea what this would take in time, expertise or YARN. Needless to say, I didn't get very far...can you say overwhelmed? I gave the yarn to someone who would use it wisely after many starts and stops. The pattern I keep to humble me.


The coat that was never to be Posted by Picasa

Friday, July 22, 2005

Trip to Tahoe

We needed to get out of the seering heat here and decided a trip to Tahoe was in order. We are at 1800' and the thermometer was near a hundred for a week...the cooler temperatures up in the mountains were calling us and we responded. The photo below was taken at one of my favorite places on Earth. It is so quiet at the edge of the forest here and the birds and insects orchestrate the view. We saw Red-Winged Blackbirds and an Osprey. Bald Eagles nest here in the winter time and the Salmon runs in the Spring and Fall are spectacular. Here is where nature dominates and it is awesome to feel so small in its presence. I don't feel insignificant, more a part of the whole. It is a meditative feeling...inclusive but not smothering. It is the essence of Peace.


Mount Tallac and Taylor Creek Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

"Tie One On" entry for July

This is my version of "Pink Lemonade". A little ruffly lemon slice using the lemon "sections" for pockets. I used fusible thin batting for both the pockets and the apron itself because the gingham was very thin and had no body. Gingham is such a summery fabric and I knew I would use it for this theme...I used pink 1/4" gingham for the inside of the lemon and a smaller scale gingham in yellow for the rind "ruffle". Some interfacing in the waistband and 1/4" binding to trim the "sections" and it was finished. Now where did that glass of lemonade go...


"Pink Lemonade...a la Nickie Posted by Picasa

"Lemonade...on the side, please."

Here's a good view of the pocket "slices"


"Pink Lemonade"...Tie One On entry for July Posted by Picasa

Finished!

It took me the better part of two months to finish this shawl. It was worth it. I loved knitting with this yarn and I loved the way it turned out. It is soft and very wearable. Too bad the weather isn't conducive to wearing a shawl. "Autumn...where are you?"


Manos Stria Shawl Posted by Picasa