"Art does not reproduce the visible, it makes things visible in the first place."

Paul Klee, 1879-1940

Monday, March 21, 2011

A quick catch-up...

New Magpie Tales prompt is up.  Do pop in to read what everyone has written in response to the prompt; there is some really good stuff over there:

Photo by Tess Kinkaid

My entry this week was a just a tiny bit dark...  But, kinda fun, too...in a dark, kid-brain way... =-)  Yeah, so, anyway...

I've been knitting a lot the last week or more.  Easy stuff. (Avoiding the 2nd sleeve on my sweater cuz I won't get to wear it this year, anyway, at least not until December probably, and, well, it's BORING!) A cabled cushion like Mia's over at Mia's Landliv...  How I love her cushions and her crocheting and knitting...and entire house, actually.   I also made a vintage looking pot holder and am in the middle of another dishcloth, both for my new kitchen in NY.  I'm going from a pink and green kitchen there to a blue, white, and cream color scheme so I have been making and collecting things =-) Oh, and I might have ordered some most delicious yarn for a project that Lucy at Attic24 has tempted me with. =-) God, her photos and projects are the happiest on the Web, I swear.  I credit her for getting me back into crocheting again.  I have always crocheted, since my mom taught me when I was 6 years old, but knitting took over once I learned how about 5 or 6 years ago. But after seeing all that yummy stuff at Lucy's I was bitten and got right back into it again!

I've been reading a lot, too.  I just finished The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl, who wrote The Dante Club also (which is waiting for me in the stacks.) The style of writing and the story reminded me a lot of Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone and The Lady in White.  I enjoyed it a lot after I got into it.  It did take me a few chapters to feel that way, though.  I started The Dead of Winter by Rennie Airth yesterday...just my kind of book: WWII England, mystery, etc., etc. It is the third of a series but I have not read the previous ones so I hope it doesn't matter.  So far I like it.

We had a HARD, windy rain last night, and some today, off and on, as well as some hail, briefly, so it was a good day to sit and read and drink tea, and knit.  We probably will not get too much more of this kind of weather here this year.  I have enjoyed it so much.  And the hills!  They are so green!  Something we truly appreciate in SoCA...it does not last long so we drink it up while we can.

Happy Spring!  Yay!


goldenbird said...

Those cabled cushions are lovely. It has been a while since I visited Attic24 so I just took a peek ... Lucy's flowered wrap is utterly gorgeous.

We've been having tons of rain and wind here, too. Great knitting weather.

Tracy said...

Sounds like you have a yarn/fiber addiction too, Debby! ;o) Thanks to Attic 24 I learned to crochet, and am now trying, ever so slowly, to crochet a ripple throw/blanket. Knitting comes more naturally to me, but I'm giving the ripple a go! Lucy's new flower wrap inspires as well... Sun here, but the snow still lingers...LOL! Happy Days ((HUGS)

jenclair said...

Thanks for the link to Attic 24; I see what you mean about "the happiest on the web"! I read both The Poe Shadow and The Dante Club a while back, but haven't read The Dead of Winter and think I'd like that series.

I liked your piece on Magpie Tales, it sounded like the start of a fantasy novel. Maybe you should keep at it! Glad you are enjoying your latest endeavor and sharing your results.