Archive for August, 2009
Shibui Sock yarn from Knit Purl in Portland:
Shibui Sock yarn color 229 Mulberry
Shibui Sock color 229 Mulberry
with a bit of Blue Moon STR in Star Sapphire
The STR trim is leftover from another pair of mitts; they were much loved and appreciated and when one got lost, the only consolation was a new pair.
Again, from the Not Knitting But I Made It files:
This bit of framing has been waiting a long time to get done.
I had to put the knitting down. In fact, I could always avoid this task as long as I had ANYTHING knittable going on. (does knittable have one ‘t’ or two? -you know, if it was a word)
DH found a vintage Matson Lines menu with Eugene Savage artwork when we were in Kauai on The Best Vacation Ever. Way back when, as a child, he had traveled to and from Hawaii on the Matson Lines.
A God Appears by Eugene Savage on one side
Framing it was a bit of a puzzle; I wanted to frame it so both the artwork and the menu could be seen while providing adequate support for the piece.
Matson Lines dinner menu on the other side
It took some fancy thinking to get everything lined up and mats cut with openings in the right places.
…and when I turn it over the text will be…where?
I was cleaning out an old piece of furniture and found a slip of paper with that quote attributed to me written in DH handwriting.
I did not remember saying it, but it made me laugh.
Fortunately, DH did remember and told me I said it to our dog (long since gone).
Now that does make sense.
I wish I was songwriter, because that is a heartbreaker right there.
good dog 1984-1995
I was making room for this, it’s not knitting, but I made it!
Well, OK, I didn’t make it, I put it together; it came in this box “Ready To Assemble”:
That worked out well, so…
Wow, real furniture. I feel so grown up!
It turns out, if you go to Vancouver, B.C. when it’s 93°F, it’s too dang hot to do anything downtown. Our hotel room did not have air-conditioning so we were forced to walk across the street and hang out here:
reading, people watching, eating hot dogs, and when that got too hot, going swimming in English Bay:
We could walk out of The Sylvia, in our swimsuits and towels and walk back all wet after swimming, just like staying at a beach resort! It was lovely.
We saw the UK fireworks for the Celebration of Light fireworks competition, with prime viewing from the park across the street.
video of fireworks 1
video of fireworks 2
and caught a performance of Othello at Bard On The Beach. It was hot sitting in that tent full of people in 93°F heat, but at least I wasn’t wearing a full length multi-layered brocade gown with long wavy hair hanging down my back or sword-fighting in thigh-high leather boots over ‘leather’ pants and a brocade vest with a leather doublet! I was afraid one of the actors might pass out from the heat. The tent is open behind the stage providing a gorgeous backdrop of mountains and sunset sky and mercifully providing some fresh air.
Too bad Othello always ends so badly.
Oh, and here’s where we ate breakfast every morning on the patio of the hotel restaurant:
(that’s the fireworks barge, yeah, Right There!)
On our last day, just before heading home we decided to brave the heat and venture into town. We visited Button Button in her new location, or rather my family indulged me by ditching me there.
and inside, the same overwhelming selection of buttons:
YOU can make a difference!
I didn’t have a specific button requirement, but managed to find a few things:
Cool vintage celluloid button
Back at home, this beauty from DH garden somehow managed to survive the (Seattle) record breaking 103°F heat without water while we were out of town:
No, it’s not a full size cabbage on a dinner plate, it’s an itty radicchio on a bread plate!