Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A Lovely Thing

Here is a lovely thing:

It's the Maia shoulderette by Romi Hill.  I made it from a yarn given to me by a former podcast listener of my former podcast, Knitajourney.  The yarn is Pagewood Farm St. Elias sock yarn in the colorway Army Girl, 80/20 BFL/Nylon, 40z, 450 yds.  The skein was just enough to make most of a Maia, leaving off the final few rows of edging.

I knitted this lovely thing on the way to and then from the Pacific Northwest, on a grand road trip to visit friends (hello, friends!), shop for yarn and fiber, and attend Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, OR.  Also, I was in my role as support team to my husband Doug who was on a mission to ride his bicycle across the country.  Mission aborted.  And that resulted in a road trip back to Duluth with Doug sharing the driving, and That resulted in my finishing the Maia just as we were traveling the final 45 miles to our house.

And so, the day after returning home, between loads of laundry and unpacking I was able to take the finished lovely thing out to the garden for a snap.  I've been wearing Maia often, it's just enough to keep the chill from my neck and shoulders as I'm sitting on the front porch knitting or spinning at the end of a long summer day.

Thanks, Romi.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Jumping In Post

I keep thinking about starting this blog and keep putting it off.  It seems the first post is the hangup.  Does it need to be witty?  Interesting?  Full of lovely pictures?  Information about the purpose of this blog?

Nope.  It just needs to be posted.

Today, Sunday July 1st 2012 is the first day of this blog.  This evening in addition to writing a blog post I plan to eat ice cream.  Vanilla.  Topped with drizzle of vinaigrette:  blood orange infused olive oil mixed with vanilla balsamic vinegar.  This combination is ever so tasty.  Like a dreamcicle.  I deserve a dreamciclesque treat after my day of scrubbing the basement floor and walls, cleaning up after the recent deluge here in Duluth.  I came home to a dry basement that smelled suspiciously like a wet basement.  Commence Operation: Basement Scrub-Down.  After this weekend I am halfway through O:BS-D, and deserving of said dreamcicle treat.  Post Complete.