Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"









Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mostly Knitting Photos

I swear I thought I had posted the finished Close To You shawl, but the last one I shared was the brown one, so here it is.  Can't wait to use this one!
I made it past the halfway point on my Stratcona scarf, in Quince & Co.'s Sparrow, when I messed up the pattern, and I haven't picked it back up since.  
Instead, I made a log cabin dishcloth; I finished it, but haven't photographed it yet.  Fun and mindless beach knitting.
And here is my Bousta Beanie; I don't exactly love my color choices, but I'm okay with them.  As long as I finish before Rhinebeck.  I ordered the yarn from Tolt.  They were terrific last year when I bought the yarn for my Stopover, and they didn't disappoint this time either.
Finally, pictures of Gracie in her happy place: sleeping on my bed.  I just love the way her paws are folded here.
Here too, now that I notice it.  
 
Take care of yourselves; it's the surest way to peace and joy.  Indeed, it's probably the only way.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

My "New" Year

Even though I promised my next post would be all about the New York Botanic Garden, I wanted to do a quick "new" year post first.  One of the things I adore about teaching is the number of times I get to start with a clean slate.  Now that I teach high school, I have two fresh starts per year, which is so liberating.  All of this is to say that my latest new year has been going smoothly.  We've already held our open house, and while I haven't totally found my rhythm with each class yet, I'm almost there.    

And just as I suspected, now that I'm back to work, I've decided to try and take care of lots of other things around my house as well.  I've been painting a few windows and trim, trying to repair a leaky awning on my front porch, prepping the front porch railing so I can paint it, and of course, continuing to maintain my yard.  Best of all, I finally fixed this weird hole inside the yarn room closet that's been driving me crazy.  It's an access to the bathroom water pipes, and when we had a plumbing problem a few years ago, the plumber did a crap job replacing the access panel.  As in, there was a big gap that allowed air from the crawl space inside the closet.  I could always smell the damp, under-the-house-dirt smell when I was in there, even though I tried to seal it off.  I finally bought a wood panel and a roll of moisture barrier stuff yesterday, and closed it off.  I'm sure there's a more conventional way of closing it off than the way I did it, but I don't care.  My way worked, and it doesn't look half bad.

 

I have been knitting a little, and I'm getting excited for my annual trip to Rhinebeck!  Last year, my friends and I all knit the Baable hat, from the 2015 Shetland Wool Week; this year, we're doing the Bousta Beanie, which is the 2017 pattern.    

No pictures this time, as it's late, but there will be more than enough to see in my next post.  Until then, peace and joy.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

New York, Part Three: The Cloisters

While waiting so long to post about my trip isn't the best decision I've made in my blogging life, it does have the advantage of allowing me to revisit some of my memories.  So even though today was the first day with my students, here are some pictures from my very delayed visit to the other part of the Metropolitan Art Museum: the Cloisters.
 
I have had this on my wish list for at least four or five years, but never made the time to go until this summer, and I'm so glad I did. I don't think of myself as a fan of medieval art, but it turns out that I enjoy more of it than I realized.  The tapestries, the architectural features of the church, and the stained glass were all beautiful.
Luckily, I made it to the grounds in time to take a guided tour, which focused primarily on the gardens.
The white haired woman docent was wonderful, and made my visit much more enjoyable and informative than it would have been.
After the tour, I had a cup of coffee and knit on my shawl while overlooking one of the garden areas.  Serene.
 
A view of the Hudson River, as seen from one of the terraces.  It wasn't as gloomy as this makes it seems.
And if the Cloister gardens weren't enough, the walk to and from the entrance to the subway is another gorgeous garden, which is part of the Fort Tyron Park.
 My next post:  New York Botanical Garden, located in the Bronx.  
 
Peace and joy to you!
 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

A Quick Update

Now that I'm finally posting my NY pictures, I wonder why I was procrastinating?  I know I was concerned about posting too many, but now I've decided to just post as many as I want.  Hope you enjoy them.  

On Sunday, after I left the O'Keefe exhibit, I decided to visit another unfamiliar yarn shop that was nearby.  Because the weather was so good, I walked, even though it was about two miles away.  And I'm so glad I did, because it was a beautiful walk along Prospect Park, with incredibly lovely old homes.  

 

Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Public Library
Army Plaza, the entrance to Prospect Park.
This home reminded me of London for some reason.
This movie theater isn't due to open until next year, but I love what they are doing with the marquee to promote poetry!  I'm going to try to do something like this in my class room.  Check out their Instagram feed, using the hashtag moviemarqueepoems.  

I had not heard anything about this shop ahead of time, and although it was small, as most places in NY are, they had some lovely yarns. 

Since they carried Quince & Co., I bought two skeins of Sparrow, the 100% linen yarn, and am actually almost finished with the Strathcona scarf by Jane Richmond.  
 
On Monday, I took the subway into Manhattan to visit the children's bookstore, Books of Wonder, and saw this gorgeous mosaic.  Surprises like this are what makes NY so magical for me. 
I stopped by Lion Brand Yarn Studio, and was just a tiny bit disappointed in their window.  They usually have insanely elaborate displays, but this one seemed awfully tame for them.
I went to Knitty City as well, as they had scheduled a week long summer break, and I would have hated to miss going there.  Not only do they have scads of beautiful yarn, books, and unique notions, they are super friendly.  I had hoped to attend their Tuesday Bryant Park Knitting group, but couldn't fit it in my schedule.  Maybe next summer!
One of the things I love about New York, is that you can always find a great place to eat and drink coffee.  This little place had the best cannoli; wish I had gotten two!
It's thanks to these two that Ive gotten to have this vacation for the past three summers:  Olivia, aka Ollie, a fairly worried dog.
 
And Sinon, the most affectionate cat I've ever known.
 
Next time, lots of pictures from my visit to the Cloisters.