Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sit & Knit

Yesterday was overcast and much cooler and this morning it's raining which is somewhat blissful after the hot weather of the last few weeks. We have a smaller porch on the front of our condo and a larger one at back. Both are covered which makes it....





... delightful to sit and knit in either place. The back has a long view of the valley. I seem to prefer sitting there in the evenings as the sky turns dark and the city lights up. In the morning, the sun is in the front and the world wakes up slowly. There's a deer and fawns wandering the property. We've had "breakfast" together several times. Luckily, they prefer the bushes across the way to my flower garden.





I'm working on a wide to skinny, throw it over the shoulder and drape it around and down the front, shawl-like scarf using some recycled yarn from a sweater. It's two yarns knit together. One is 100% cotton, indigo dyed that looks like jean and the other is a variegated green and blue, hand-dyed rayon. I knit the previous sweater and it made me look frumpy. Hopefully this new interpretation is better. The pattern is so basic that it has my mind bubbling with other options for knitting variations. I may try some of those too.





Along with the coffee table that's waiting to be covered in buttons, I recently bought this chair at Habitat for Humanity's ReStore. It's in excellent shape and just needs a good cleaning although I'm contemplating painting it turquoise - possibly for my studio.





Sigh... a new addiction. If you've never tried Ben & Jerry's Coffee Toffee Crunch ice-cream... and you have the potential to be addicted to ice-cream... and you shouldn't be eating ice-cream anyway... I'd suggest that you don't taste it. YUMMY. I'm now bribing myself that I can have some if I do this or that activity first only what I really need is to bribe myself out of eating it. Hmm... how much fabric does it take to quit eating ice-cream - LOL.





Today, more knitting. I'm almost done the scarf and then a look through the pattern drawer for a new dress to wear to a wedding in a couple weeks. Right now, Lyn Mizono's Vogue 1410 is top of the think about list... with the armhole raised... I'll try a muslin first.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - sharing with the deer

I am treating you as my friend, asking you to share my present minuses in the hope that I can ask you to share my future plusses.
- Katherine Mansfield

10 comments:

  1. Sigh. Your knitting spot looks so lovely, as does your knitting. I am all about blues and greens these days so that is ringing my bells on so many levels. Say hello to the deer for me!

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    1. LOL - they say hello back. It is a lovely place to knit. I'm nearing the end and I think this rendition of the yarn just might stick. Too fun.

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  2. That ice cream is AMAZING. It used to be called Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, but I guess they no longer use the brand-name candy, so it's just toffee. I use it as a reward to do things that MUST be done. Enjoy!

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    1. LOL - I just can't see it as "health bar" in my case. I love the crunchy sweetness.

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  3. I'm off of dairy and sugar, so I can't even bring that B&J stuff into the house. I'm pretty sure I'd be 'rewarding' myself every twenty minutes just for avoiding it for a whole nineteen minutes. I love that chair! I hope you do paint it and give us a little paint-along tutorial.

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    1. Yes... well... I am supposed to not be eating dairy hence the how much fabric to quite ice-cream comment. We'll see. I will be sure to keep a tutorial in mind for the chair. It has lovely curl-up-ability.

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  4. I hate the flavour of coffee so not tempted. My favourite ice-cream is Toble (chocolate/orange/hazelnut) from my local gelateria. So delish!

    Love that Mizono dress too and have been keeping my eyes open for the right fabric. Can't wait to see your version! So simple and yet so interesting, isn't it?

    The rain this morning is wonderful! Saves me an hour or so of watering my garden, clears the air and cools things down. I do not do heat well. Now I can work in my studio without melting.

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    1. I love orange cream with milk chocolate. Yummy.

      I haven't looked into the stash cupboard yet to see what I might use but a friend gave me some fabric pieces that would be perfect only they're all squares, used for a 50th wedding anniversary centerpieces plus one longer length that must have been the head table. I'll see if it's pieceable. I like the way the style is fun and simple as you say and has shape while not being too close fit.

      Now that you're talking about the rain, I wonder where you live. The profile says Canada. Are you near me? What fun it would be to meet. You can email me privately if you want. Perhaps you answered that already. Things swirl together in my brain. Forgive me if I'm supposed to know already.

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  5. I usually don't go for ice cream but this summer with breastfeeding my daughter I crave it all the time. Both porches sound lovely. What a lovely way to sit and think.

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    1. Of course - when ice-cream is maybe not the best food. Good to hear from you. I've been wondering how things are going.

      I was reading a book where the author said that he found meditation hard. I thought perhaps he should take up knitting. It's quite meditative.

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