good morning, Parthenon!

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I believe my love for a certain bonkers structure edifice here in Nashville is rather well documented.  That said, I was up extra early this morning — thanks, Alice! — and, in an uncharacteristic fit of Monday-morning-this-week-will-be-different optimism, decided to set out for a walk.

After all, at a little after 7 in the a.m. it was still bearable outside.  But only just.

Good morning, Parthenon!

So, good morning, Parthenon!

And now, I’m back home enjoying my coffee, feeling quite smugly pleased with myself.

In other news: stitchery!

Stitchery.

Treat yo self, um, 2012!  That is for my sister … who — perhaps foolishly? — once casually mentioned that she’d like one of those subversive cross stitch pieces.   (Have I already told you that?  Probably.  Sorry.)  Obviously, I said: “Treat yo self!”  It’s a pattern, available here, just in case you’re also in the mood.

“This is not Love and Hip Hop — you need to get it together, okay?” has become a go-to mantra for a friend and me.  (See: here, around the :50 mark.)  What better way to welcome her back to Nashville?  Also, this is where I learned that I don’t like figuring out letter spacing or charting … so, it’s totally worth buying a pattern to do it for you (when available, of course).  I’ve still got a border to add — which I started late last night — and I’m dubious about placement.  We shall see.  Sigh.

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Finally, Alice has been taking it easy.  I love her little snoozing face.

Happy Monday!

so … it’s July.

How’d that happen?

It’s been one of those summers … I don’t know where it went.

Sunshine is the best.

Alice has spent most of her time snoozing in the sunshine, which … I have to say, isn’t the worst strategy.  This heat has been crazy!  And has left me feeling rather grumpy, slightly annoyed, and more than a little cooped up.  Maybe that’s why it seems like the past few months have blended into one long blur of bad television?

Gilbert.

The heat has also had the less lovely result of unleashing all manner of uncomfortable skin irritations and minor ailments on my Celtic self.  Turns out, I was so not made for this climate … hence, the bad television and lots of time on my couch.  Complete with an awesome crocheted birthday owl pillow from my amazing sister!  (His name is Gilbert.)

As usual, I had such high hopes, and can’t help but feel a little disappointed that the time has disappeared so quickly.

But!  Enough whinging.  There’s been plenty of good stuff keeping me busy: new books, visits from friends and family, lots of knitting, a celebrity at the coffee shop (took me quite a few afternoons to recognize Ben Folds), good food, sleeping in, birthday celebrations, and, you know, some work … and a trip back home to the Pacific Northwest.

How about some photos?

Finally!

New project!  It’s Permafrost, and it’s … very purple.  The construction is a bit different — spiral vs. pi — but so far, I’m liking it.  I did run out of yarn, though, so it’s on hold for the moment.  Right in the middle of a bunch of nupps.  Probably not a bad time for a break …

Less knitting, meant more time for nature!

Ape Cave.

Ape Cave!  Somehow, my sister and I never visited as kids.  It’s a cave … or, rather, a lava tube.  After hearing about it all my life, it was pretty fun: dark, cave-like, and luckily no bats.

Bridge of the Gods.

Bridge of the Gods.  Nothing like a trip to Skamania county … the only county where killing Sasquatch is a felony offense.  Seriously.

Cowlitz Black Bears for the win!

Cowlitz Black Bears for the win!  It was a really fun hometown outing — complete with bonkers games between innings, a slightly malicious mascot, and perfect Northwest summer weather.

Salmon Creek.

Salmon Creek.  We went in search of rocks … we found lots of mud.

It was a lovely visit home, and now I’m back in Nashville.  Time to get back to work.

Today, though, I’m working on arriving.  And maybe a little back-up knitting with bad television …

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… it’s Saturday, after all.

 

action knits!!

Okay, so it’s actually not that exciting.

Action knit!!

In fact, it’s really just a blanket masquerading as an elaborate lace shawl.  Obviously, I’m in love.

Leaves of Grass has been my constant coffee shop companion: it is perfect for keeping the chill at bay, keeping me toasty to focus on working away … at least in theory.  If there is a hand knit that guarantees productivity — that’s definitely next on my project list.

stitchy business …

… and a new hobby is born.

of course you care.

My sister (who, as far as I know, does not read this blog … fingers crossed) mentioned a while ago that she’d really like one of those salty cross-stitch samplers … you know, the kind that are sometimes on regretsy.

(Which site, in a moment of kismet, just featured a sassy cross-stitch photo stitch pattern maker.)

(Probably NSFW, just sayin’.)

Anyhoo, I wasn’t having any luck tracking a ready-made salty sampler down on etsy … then it hit me: I could probably handle some cross stitch.  So … with my basic crafty knowledge, I decided to try to keep it simple and within my skill set.  And ordered a kit from subversive cross stitch.  Just one evening later, I am the proud stitcher of a very awesome birthday sampler.  It was so much fun, so quick, so easy (and admittedly very beginner-friendly) … that I immediately ordered two more kits.  I can’t wait until August to send them off, and can only hope that la sœur is as enamored of the salty results as I am!

She’s plenty salty, that’s for sure.

How did I miss May?

Anyone happen to know where May went?  One minute, it’s all finals and graduation parties; the next, it’s … well, June.  And the unshakeable feeling that summer is already over …

Sigh.

It happens every time.

color affection

At least knitting is going according to plan.  This is Veera’s lovely Color Affection shawl in three shades of malabrigo lace: natural, polar morn, and apple green.  So far, it’s fluffy soft and light as a feather … though a bit tangly, keeping all those fuzzy strands in order.

The rows have gotten long, but that’s okay.  It’s summertime in Nashville, so there’s no hurry … though I have to say, my giant Leaves of Grass is an ideal café companion: it’s basically a blanket, perfect for wrapping up against overzealous air-conditioning.

Someone likes mint chocolate chip.

Then there’s Alice … enjoying some mint chocolate chip.  Weirdo.

just what i needed

Yeah, you can totally sing along if you like.

This yarn was just what I needed: it’s soft, lovely, muted and so, so pretty.  I bought it years ago (when I was in Germany, in fact) but never found the right project for it.  Until now.  Funny how sometimes things just fall in place.

Whisper

Malabrigo lace-weight in Mariposa + Whisper cardigan = summery Nashville cardi.