17 March 2009

Odds & ends

As predicted, this chunky lace scarf was a quick knit; and, thankfully, I really love it! I've worn it every chance I've had, since I finished it.

I met up with Larissa at the photographer's gallery over the weekend, and she helped me with a little photo shoot:







I was really glad to finally have some pictures of my knitting that were not taken in my kitchen!

Spring is in full swing here, and the flowers in our courtyard were so overgrown that we cut a lot of them and put them in our flat.




I'd started these leg warmers as a possible gift for my yoga teacher, but then as it quickly - or rather, slowly - became apparent that I simply could knit them up in the prescribed 6 hours, I gave up on that. I've finally finished one, and am considering taking the plunge on the second. This way, they should be ready in time for next Christmas. I do quite like this one, though, and am wondering if it will actually end up as a gift to someone else, or will just be for me...



I started getting an organic local veg box every week, which I'm really pleased about. One thing I really like about is instead of my planning meals and then going to shop for ingredients, I get the veg, and then decide what to make based on what I've received. Also, they bring the box, and then the next week I return the actual box, so, just as with the bread-making, it's helping to reduce the amount of packaging I use. Also, I can't deny that seeing what's in the box every week is like having a birthday - I love the surprise element.

Last week, we went to the Tate Britain, and saw a lot of Whistlers, Turners and Constables. I had seen a lot of these works before - the lucky thing about living in NYC is that these things all make their way there for a visit once in a while. But, it was really interesting to see them now, after living in the UK. Now that I've been to many of the places that these men painted, I saw them in a different way. Before, I was able to view them and appreciate them on an external level - the style of painting, the choice of imagery. But now, my understanding comes on an internal level as well; the affective presence of the works has an added layer now. It emphasizes that though a work of art can potentially affect anybody, the greater the knowledge that the viewer has, the deeper the understanding and the greater the impact of the work.

9 comments:

PrincessPea said...

I love the scarf! It looks really snuggly.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Your scarf is scrumptious. It looks so warm and cozy on you! Love the leg warmers....I say keep them :)

Kathy said...

Such a bounty of flowers already! All I see around me are bare sticks and frost.
Your scarf turned out beautifully. You were right to use the Rowan tweed i/o the Bulky---no shedding and pilling to deal with.

travelknitter said...

I'm so glad that the photos came out so well; those leaves look fantastic! Really bouncy and snuggly.

Philigry said...

scarf is to die for. I love your sweet blog! be back to visit.

theknittingcowgirl said...

Your scarf looks soft and warm! I love how you are wearing it.
And I love your courtyard's flowers too!!
I am so happy spring is arriving: flowers are going to bloom in a few time!!! :-)

I would like to say to you Happy Birthday! Even if I am a little bit later ... :-)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Lien said...

Great scarf! Why don't I knit myself accessories like that?

amanda said...

Wow! Those leaves really pop! Now you've got a lovely cosy scarf just as the weather is warming up. :D

Kate said...

gorgeous scarf and I love the druid mittens farther down the page too :)