Friday, February 27, 2009

Signs Of Spring

I know that it snowed yesterday but the signs of Spring have already started to appear. The other night a friend exclaimed about it being Spring when she saw some Crocus that was starting to bloom.

And that made me realized that I don't know the flowers here that indicate that Spring is coming. I have a great love for Texas wildflowers and when the Texas Toad Flax would start to bloom in early February, I knew another wonderful season of flowers and Spring were about to begin. I was blessed to have lived among a sea of wildflowers when I lived in Texas and I would often spend hours at the Lady Johnson Wildflower Center looking at and taking pictures the many varieties of flowers there.

Last year I bought a book on Washington wildflowers but I was disappointed to find that many of them don't bloom until late May through August. And of course, they don't bloom here in the middle of Seattle.

I also love other types of flowers like tulips and daffodils. It was my great folly to try to grow them in Texas every year. They might make it a week or two before the heat and lack of water killed them. But I kept trying every year thinking I could keep them alive by paying more attention to the amount of water I gave them. But the Texas sun can be brutal for a fragile flower not accustom to draught.

When I moved to Seattle in late 2007 I planted tulip and daffodil bulbs in my back yard and got to enjoy them the following Spring. And for much longer then a week!

Anyway, there a people who think that Texas wildflowers are weeds. And maybe that is so if you consider non-native flowers and grasses not as weeds. But I think "weeds" are beautiful too. So I'm noticing the "weeds" that are flowering here.

Right now the clover is flowering. Clover is a plant I remember from my youth in New Jersey and Chicago. I loved looking for four leaf ones and was always so excited when I found one. I knew it would bring me good luck. And here in the great Pacific Northwest there is clover. I tried to take a picture with my cell phone. But it didn't turn out. I need to start carrying my regular camera with me on my walks with Pachebel.

But I did get a picture of this flower. I'm not sure what plant it is from.

And here is another picture I took of flowers that were planted by the bus stop at the park down the street:

They may be daffodils but I'm not sure. I think these small flowers that look like daffodils have another name. Looks like I have a great adventure ahead of me learning about the native and non-native flowers that thrive here!

And I think I'm going to buy a bunch of tulips and daffodils for a vase here at home.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

February Snow





Took an invigorating walk with Pachebel and got these pictures of the snow this morning.

ETA: Look while I was taking pictures of Pachebel, some one was taking pictures of us!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Friday, February 20, 2009

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Phone camera vs. Camera

This first photo is from my camera phone, a motorola q. The next is from my canon camera.

Not much different, huh?

Both were taken at a park just down the street from the condo I moved into back in December. I take Pachebel walking there every morning. The mountains weren't out when we were there, but here is a shot (with my regular camera) of the veiw of them from my home office window. The sun isn't quite out yet so you can't see them that well (click on the photo for a larger view). Maybe I'll get out at lunch and take some better photos. It is supposed to be a "balmy" 55 degrees today.

I feel very blessed to live here. And lucky too!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


I'm testing sending posts to my blog from my phone. Here's my dog Pachebel. Isn't she cute?

Monday, February 16, 2009


Yesterday, I had the privilege of taking a Finishing Class with Jean Wong at the Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat in Tacoma. If you ever get to take a class with Jean, I highly recommend it.

The class was pretty labour intensive. We had to knit 11 swatches, small swatches mind you, but 11 swatches nonetheless, before the class. Then in class we learned how to do an invisible cast-off on 1 by 1 ribbing and 2 by 2 ribbing for cardigans and pullovers. We also learned the Japanese method of short rows which I've been wanting to learn because it creates a fabric that doesn't have holes. At the end of the class we learned how to mattress stitch our 2 by 2 swatches together and our 1 by 1 swatches together so that the pattern continues without losing a stitch. Very impressive.

Jean has a Professional Finishing Techniques dvd that I purchased so that I can remember everything she taught us. I think I'm going to need it because we covered a lot of techniques in the class.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Courage To Change

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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Japanese Baby Hat


This hat is for my friend's yet-to-be-born baby girl. She is due in May. I knitted it as part of KAL on the Japanese Knitting and Crochet group on Ravelry.

Pattern: Baby Jumper-skirt & cap (pdf)
Yarn: Rowan Pure Life Organic Cotton
Needles: Size 1 DPNs

I plan on making the matching dress next but in reverse colors.
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