And again, I had an unplanned hiatus. While I’m finishing up some projects, taking some photos to post, and otherwise getting ready to fill you all in on what I’ve been doing during my absence (during which my mom got married, among other things), I share this beautiful blog post/pattern I found this morning.
Beautiful bright colors of yarn inspired by beautiful bright fish and sea life? Yes, please! This site was in my Facebook ads this morning, and I’m so glad I clicked on it! Their blog is beautiful too.
At the beginning of the year, I went through a cowl moment. I could not stop knitting cowls! I ended up starting five, and finishing three. The other two weren’t turning out how I wanted, so I will live, learn, and rip those two out. Cowls, infinity scarves…whatever you want to call them…are some of the most relaxing knitting a person can do. You cast on, join, and go round and round. They’re a great stash buster, and go quicker than scarves, in my opinion. In fact, I don’t know why I was knitting these AFTER the holidays instead of before, but that’s another story. The only thing I would point out to anyone making them for the first time is that you should think carefully about where you want the cowl to fall. If you cast on too many stitches, it will end up falling below your navel, and if you don’t cast on enough, then you end up with a choker instead of a cowl. Below, the finished pieces.
For a dear friend:
For my mama:
I love geometrics. When I was in art school, my two favorite artists were M.C. Escher and Mondrian. De Stijl is probably still one of my favorite art movements. And I am still fascinated when people are able to take something very simple and put a beautiful, innovative twist on it. A crocheted afghan that looks like a cathedral window? Oh yeah.
I love Catherine Zeta-Jones. I did not realize, until this morning when Vogue Knitting posted this article, that she knits. I knew there was a reason I connected with her!
In honor of the Oscars, which of course is probably the most famous thing about Los Angeles, I would like to share with you all a little more about my home. I would first like to say that, contrary to what alot of people outside of LA think, there is NOT a celebrity standing on every corner with hoards of paparazzi. It is correct, however, that the film industry touches everything here, and often in unexpected and surprising ways.
There is the obvious - such as when I’m driving my kids to school and on random days, pass huge trailers along our daily route. Or when I’m rollerblading up Chandler, running across a photo shoot in progress. Huge trailers with lots of equipment are usually all we see when they’re shooting – I have never glimpsed Jennifer Lopez in North Hollywood. Then there is the experience of watching a movie and seeing a friend’s name roll across the screen in the production credits or seeing backgrounds in various scenes and thinking, wow, I was just there 3 days ago! As for celebrities themselves, you never know. I was walking up the street one day here in Burbank and as I crossed the street to Blockbuster, I saw Jay Leno at a stoplight. (For those who don’t know, he keeps shiny antique cars in the Burbank airport hangar and often takes them out for a spin around Burbank.) Jay is very friendly and will wave and say hello when recognized. My husband went to the grocery store last year around the holidays and saw him in the parking lot too.
All of these experiences are common to Angelenos. Then there are the moments when the film industry touches you in the oddest of ways, which happened to me last week. I was at work, doing my job at the yarn store, and in walked a lady looking for knitting needles. But she didn’t actually want to knit, she needed them for a movie set. She wanted to know what kind of knitting needles were used in the 1800′s, and unfortunately, I was not able to tell her. My boss, the yarn store owner (who knows way more knitting trivia than me), did not know either. But out of curiousity, I came home and did some research, which I will share now. This article leads me to believe they could have been either metal or wood. I’m not sure I’d want to kill a walrus just to have a pair of needles though. As for what movie is being shot with knitting, we will have to wait and see. But I will watch for it, just as I watch the fashion magazines to see what shoots might have taken place five minutes from my house.
And just in case anyone is wondering, no, I did not move here to be an actress. I do not work in a restaurant, hoping to be “discovered”, and my husband is not an actor either. We love Los Angeles very much, but both of us are way too shy to have any desire to go audition and do the “acting thing”. But we are not above being impressed by the special moments that can happen only in the City of Angels.
I’ve had this project finished for quite awhile, but kept forgetting to post photos. It was designed by my boss, owner of the most beautiful little yarn shop in Burbank (actually, the ONLY yarn shop in Burbank), and was so fun and easy to knit up, I’d like to make more in different colors. Minimal seaming (YES!) and very quick. I’m wearing it here with the dress I instantly thought of when I saw this yarn, but I’ve also worn it with dark jeans, a white tank top, and heels. It’s knit in Madelinetosh, which as I may have mentioned before, is just silk flowing through your fingers (even though this is merino!). My only self-criticism is that I should have knit it tighter. It has stretched out more than I like and does not revert when I wash it.
The tree I’m reaching toward is a large white fig tree in our back yard. I’m not crazy about the taste of the raw fruit, but it is beautiful to look at the figs when they’re sliced in half. All light green on the outside, and pink and white on the inside. I want to take good closeups this summer when the fruit comes in, and when that happens (probably in August), I will share with you all for inspiration.