TWiP: This and That

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (the theme for 2017 is “words”), plus some snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

= taken with my Canon DSLR
= taken with my Samsung phone

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…

Saturday

Instagram : It’s all unraveled and now I’ll start over. Maybe tonight, maybe next September . #pdcvernalpool

365 : 2017 105/365 – File Online – At Starbucks, having breakfast, and doing the bare minimum not to get audited. [Taken at Starbucks.]

Sunday

365 : 2017 106/365 – Happy Easter – Uncle Neil and Kailey, picking up all of the eggs before it rains! [Taken at my in-laws’ house.]

Monday

365 : 2017 107/365 – No Parking Fire Zone – The office building where I work is surrounded by pretty flowering trees, so I brought my camera to work with me and spent part of my lunch hour taking photos. They have purple trees here! I find the purple ones so exotic… [Taken at work.]

Tuesday

365 : 2017 108/365 – More Straws – When I am at work, and I think of something I need to do at home, or bring in the next day, I slap a post-it- note on my tablet. It’s very effective, because I always spend time on my tablet in the evenings, so I always see the notes.

Wednesday

365 : 2017 109/365 – Worl Language Honor Society Induction – Aidan was inducted into the National Spanish Honor Society tonight [Taken at Aidan’s school.]

Thursday

365 : 2017 110/365 – Pike Place – I’m obeying that note on my tablet from a few days ago, and bringing in some decaf that *isn’t* flavored so strongly with caramel that it contaminates the next two cups of regular coffee that are made after it…

Friday

Instagram : Good morning, Instagram [Taken at work.]

365 : 2017 111/365 – Chipotle – Had a rice bowl for lunch, brought the extra napkins home to use with dinner.

Instagram : It’s Friday night, it’s been almost a week since I unraveled my sweater, and I think it’s time to cast on again. Got my buckwheat tea and DVR backlog to keep me company

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on Flickr and/or Instagram.

I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!

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Pink (and white and purple) trees!

I mentioned here a long long time ago, that I had serious pink tree envy. I still do. In previous years, in order to get my flowering tree fix, I’ve had to go to Branch Brook Park, or sneak into my neighbor’s yard. This year, though, I was happy to discover that the landscape around the building where I work is surrounded by flowering trees! Jackpot!

They have the familiar white ones in the courtyard, and a really lovely pink variety lining the rows of the parking lot. But the coolest thing to me? The purple ones. I know of very few purple trees, and none of them are planted anywhere that I can get a shot of them. But these are right outside the entrance to the building, and easily accessible. Cool.

I only brought my 35mm lens with me today, so I couldn’t get very close to the purple blossoms. (Those trees are relatively tall.) I’m considering bringing in my zoom lens later this week.

TWiP: Pleasant Weather

I’m in Starbucks this morning, sipping Blonde Roast and doing my taxes. And by “doing my taxes” I mean logging in to the software for the first time this year, and selecting the “file an extension” link 🤑

If you were at all invested in the progression of the Vernal Pool pullover I introduced you to last week, you’ll see by the end of this post that the story has come to a less-than-satisfying conclusion. (Spoiler alert…)

I was satisfied to just let it go for now, but as of this morning I have a renewed interest. Before heading to Starbucks, I grabbed my Rainbow Porthole, threw it over my head and was reminded why I started the new sweater. This porthole is just the best kind of “wear everyday” sweater. The shape is perfect. Everything about it is perfect, except maybe the color scheme. While I like the rainbow thing, it’s not my favorite. I need something in all of those blues and greens that make me happiest. And while I could just make another Porthole Pullover just like the rainbow one, I really want to do something different with the yoke.

So I’m still thinking about the darn thing, and despite the fact that it will surely be too warm to wear a sweater by the time I finish, I do think I may find myself casting on again very very soon.

#knittersgonnaknit

Well, it looks like I’m out of coffee and out of things to say. I’m going to get myself a free refill, proofread this post, and then go home. Have a lovely weekend!

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (the theme for 2017 is “words”), plus some snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

= taken with my Canon DSLR
= taken with my Samsung phone

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…

Saturday

Instagram : Good morning, Instagram It’s a beautiful Saturday a.m. in New Jersey. I’m spending it sipping coffee, processing a few photos from last week, and writing my weekend blog post. What are you up to?

365 : 2017 98/365 – Happy Birthday Eamonn – Game night tonight! And a cake for the boy who turned 14 on Tuesday.

Sunday

Instagram : It’s an open-window morning! I’m hanging out here on the bed, working on my new pullover, and watching a new-to-me knitting podcast on YouTube. (@littlebobbins #littlebobbinsknits ) I think listening to people chat about what they’re making is a nice accompaniment to my own stitching (when I’m not watching mysteries). So, educate me: what are your favorite knitting or crocheting podcasts? I need to pick a few to subscribe to

365 : 2017 99/365 – Neil Clarke – Somebody around here is kind of a big deal.

Instagram : You guys, I am seriously considering ripping back this sweater. Like way back. Like all the way to this color change here back The yoke is really long. I think it will be ok with blocking, but maybe it won’t. And the more I look at it, the more I wish I’d handled the transition from teal to olive differently. And, yeah, actually, maybe I should rip back even further and re-do ALL of the pattern stripes in a slightly different color arrangement… But if I start over, there is no way I’ll be able to wear it before the weather gets too warm. I’m already pushing my luck as it is. Waaaaaah! Indecision!

Monday

365 : 2017 100/365 – No Parking – It’s been such a beautiful day! And it’s not a bad evening, either. Aidan and I took a short walk around the park after dinner tonight – the first time this year! [Taken at the park.]

Tuesday

365 : 2017 101/365 – Not all who wander are lost – I used to have this magnet on my car. I should put it back – I’ve been doing a lot of lunch-hour wandering lately.

Wednesday

365 : 2017 102/365 – Summer! – We had a few days that were so nice and warm that it inspired me to get out the Summer music for my drive 🙂 [Taken at the gas station.]

Instagram : It’s official. I’m unraveling my #pdcvernalpool sweater. I finished the body, tried it on, and I have never seen such a terrible fit. Completely unsalvageable. Oh well. Maybe I’ll try again in a few months. For now, I’ve seen enough of this pullover

Instagram : Hello, and welcome to that time of night where I sip buckwheat tea and ponder whether I’ll be putting away the laundry before bedtime, or just shoving it out of the way until tomorrow. (I’m leaning towards shoving.)

Thursday

365 : 2017 103/365 – Blended – It’s 7pm and I’m brewing coffee on the front steps. I really hope this jar full of odds and ends is at *least* half decaf, or I’m in for a long wakeful night.

Friday

Instagram : So excited to finally see some of this blossom action around here [Taken in the parking lot at work.]

365 : 2017 104/365 – Closer than they appear – It’s been a good week for driving with the windows open!

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on Flickr and/or Instagram.

I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!

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TWiP: Vernal Pool

I started a new sweater on Saturday, and it’s pretty much all I photographed all week. Well, except for the 3 days where I couldn’t work on it because I was out of one tiny color of yarn (how frustrating!).

As of last night, I’d finished knitting all of the interesting parts – the neck shaping, the Fair Isle yoke, the bust shaping – and now I’m left with roughly 12 inches of plain stockinette stitch and two sleeves, all of which I could probably do in my sleep at this point. THat’s good, though. I gave my brain a nice work-out at the beginning of the project, and now I can finish it up in front of the TV without paying it much attention. I may even bring it to work and try to make some progress on my lunch hour. Time is of the essence, if I want it to be finished before it gets too warm to wear it.

Not that I’m asking for spring to be delayed any more than it already is. Do you hear me, Mother Nature? Don’t let my knitting goals get in the way of some nice warm weather, please!

I think I’m calling this sweater Vernal Pool. It’s got those swampy colors going for it, most of which I got out of my stash (save that one color I mentioned above that was holding up the works). The pattern is essentially my Porthole Pullover pattern with the yoke switched out for a Fair Isle design I mostly made up. I got the basic chart from a pattern in Mary Jane Mucklestone’s Fair Isle Style, and then I added color to it, and made it round-yoke-friendly.

I’ll go into more details on that when I’m ready to show-and-tell. The knitting should go relatively quickly – being a pullover, it’s almost entirely knit stitches. There are very few of those pesky purls to slow me down.

Oh, also this week we had an anniversary and a birthday. Guess I should mention those, too, eh?

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (the theme for 2017 is “words”), plus some snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

= taken with my Canon DSLR
= taken with my Samsung phone

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…

Saturday

Instagram : I’ve officially talked myself into improvising another sweater. It’s going to be roughly the shape of my #pdcportholepullover but instead of a slip stitch colorwork yoke, I’m going to do a #fairisle design. I envision lots of turquoise and green in this one . I’m taking some inspiration for the Fair Isle bands from #fairislestyle by @mjmucklestone. Casting on in 3 2 1…

365 : 2017 91/365 – Neelam – Twenty-two years together, and roughly 22 anniversaries featuring Indian food [Taken at Neelam in Berkeley Heights, NJ.]

Sunday

Instagram : I finished the first pattern repeat, and I’d spend the rest of my weekend finishing up this yoke, except I don’t have the right color yarn for the next repeat. I’m alternating teals and greens, and I’m out of the particular green that comes next. Bummer.

365 : 2017 92/365 – Cascade – I found this yarn in my stash. I don’t even remember buying it, but it’s about to join a pile of other stash yarns and become a new pullover.

Instagram : I’ve decided to frog it and start over. Not only will it make the #fairisle design easier to see, bit it will give me an opportunity to re-do a few spots I messed up early on. And bonus: now I have something to do while I wait for the green yarn I ordered to arrive #silverlining

Instagram : This is shaping up to be a lovely night. Open window, favorite candle, cup of tea, Masterpiece Classic, and a sweater on the needles. (I started over and am already 2/3 done with the yoke. I lazy Sundays!)

Monday

365 : 2017 93/365 – Repeat – I designed the motif on my new sweater – it’s a colorized version of something I found in a book. So far, I’m happy with the way it’s knitting up!

Tuesday

Instagram : Mmmm. Donuts. [Taken at work.]

365 : 2017 94/365 – Bring Home Donuts – My little guy turned 14 today. I stopped to get him birthday donuts on my lunch hour, and then I wrote myself a note so I didn’t forget to bring them home with me.

Wednesday

365 : 2017 95/365 – First – It was a good mail day today… two new pairs of casual Spring work shoes, and 4 skeins of green yarn

Thursday

365 : 2017 96/365 – Plus – I sometimes feel like I’m not taking full advantage of this "words" project. I mean, was I really envisioning it being about grabbing a random object and sticking it in a spot by the window before the evening light is gone? Not really. I was thinking it would be much more profound than this. It seems I don’t have time for profound, unfortunately.

Friday

Instagram : Progress! I had to take a few days off because of a yarn shortage in a key color, but I’m restocked now and done with the #fairisleknitting The rest is just plain swampy green stockinette. (Unless I add a band of pattern at the hem. Which I might.)

365 : 2017 97/365 – don’t forget the eggs! – You can see by the fact that I am in the parking lot, ready to go home, eggs in hand, that I did not, in fact, forget the eggs. [Taken at work.]

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on Flickr and/or Instagram.

I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!

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TWiP: Out like a lion

Well, hello there. Happy First Day of April! I hope this means the warm weather is just around the corner. March has just been far too cold! I’m ready to start leaving my winter jacket at home. Sweater weather would be really nice, I think.

I’m actually thinking of knitting a new one. It’s been on my mind lately, but I feel like it’s a bad time to start one. Given how long sweater-knitting takes, it will probably be too warm to wear the darn thing when I’m done. Still, I am tempted…

My 17-year-old son just said to me, “I had a long week: it started with a fever and ended with a root canal.” Yeah, he’s probably had better weeks than this one. Glad I’m not him 😜

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (the theme for 2017 is “words”), plus some snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

= taken with my Canon DSLR
= taken with my Samsung phone

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…

Saturday

Instagram : Good morning #africanflowermandala #morningcoffee #coffeeandcrochet

365 : 2017 84/365 – Seaweed – I lit my favorite candle, brewed a small pot of decaf, and watched a movie with Aidan, who’s under the weather tonight. I also started crocheting a new mandala during the movie, which should not surprise anyone.

Sunday

Instagram : I needed another pretty thing for my nightstand. Oh, wait. No I didn’t #mandalaaddict

365 : 2017 85/365 – Terminal C – Neil was in sunny, warm florida for several days, but now he’s back in cloudy, cool New Jersey with the rest of us. [Taken at Newark Airport.]

Monday

365 : 2017 86/365 – Case Studies – Before my long weekend I left myself a wall of post-it notes, so I’d know where to start on Monday morning. [Taken at work.]

Tuesday

365 : 2017 87/365 – Roku – Hmmm, what shall I watch tonight?

Wednesday

365 : 2017 88/365 – Buckwheat Tea – It’s time for a cup of tea!

Instagram : Tea time I finished the #floatinglotusmandala but it was getting too big for the space and I was running out of white cotton, so I skipped about 3 rounds

Thursday

365 : 2017 89/635 – Dual Action – There’s a fever-and-coughing virus going around. It got one kid early in the week, and now the second kid is down for the count.

Friday

365 : 2017 90/365 – STOP – I love the post-it note “please.” It’s always nice to have a polite mammographer 😀 [Taken at the radiologist’s office.]

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on Flickr and/or Instagram.

I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!

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