Wednesday, July 12, 2017

June Photo of the Month: Shining Sea

Looking west toward the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Deception Pass State Park. I took this photo with my point-and-shoot camera, a Canon SX620 HS. I got this camera for my birthday in March and it takes fantastic photos, as you can see. This is one of my best so far.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Second Sock Conundrum

Why does it take me two months and twenty-one days to get to this point,


and only seven days to get here?


I guess I don't have second sock syndrome...

Saturday, June 17, 2017

May Photo of the Month: Stretching to the Horizon

It's kind of ironic that I am just now posting this quintessentially spring-like photo in mid-June, just days from the summer solstice. My excuse is that spring was really late in the Pacific Northwest, and the annual tulip festival in the Skagit Valley, which usually happens in April, actually stretched into the first week of May this year.

I took this photo on May 2nd, one of the few dry and sunny days we had that week. We were at Roozengaarde, and after wandering in the display gardens, Mr. D and I took a short walk over to the breathtaking tulip fields, where this photo was taken. Tulips almost as far as the eye can see—perfection!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Knitting with Friends...and Critters!

I promised in my last post that there were several other candidates for photo of the month from my California road trip, and two of those photos were taken while I was at the Northern California Knitting Retreat, which I attended again this year. You can view those two photos at the end of this post.

But first, I want to show you a little bit of the main activity at the retreat: lots and lots of knitting, going on all throughout the weekend.

 Knitting in the Fireside Room
That's my roommate, Debra (JavaNut), and Tracy (Thumperina)
Some serious concentration going on
Gayle and her gorgeous (and growing) blanket

There was also some stash enhancement and stash reduction going on in the destash room. I contributed some yarn to this picture, but didn't bring anything home.

The peaceful setting is also a big part of of the retreat experience. Despite cold (for California) temperatures and some rain, I managed to get out for a walk every day. This is where the critters came into the story. Look at what I was lucky enough to see and photograph early one morning:

Yes, those really are three male wild turkeys displaying in front of one lucky female. I imagined her saying, "Hmmm, which one of these hot guys should I choose?"

The next morning I captured a moment of perfection: the sun peeking over the horizon, and another wild creature greeting the day.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

April Photo of the Month: The Peace of Evening

I spent more than half of April on a road trip to California, and, as a result, there were many candidates for Photo of the Month, just from the trip. I'll be sharing some of those photos in an upcoming blog post, but here is the photo that I finally decided to post as the April Photo of the Month.

That is Morro Rock—in Morro Bay, of course—with the afterglow of sunset behind it. Truly a peaceful scene!


Friday, April 21, 2017

March Photo of the Month (So late, so sorry): Rain on Red

I have been traveling since April 4th, so this is really, really late. March was especially characterized by rain, rain, rain, but there were also some signs of early spring. This lovely Hellebore was in full bloom in early March, and despite the rain, it was a welcome sight.


Friday, March 31, 2017

Fun at Stitches West

You know you're in for a good time at Stitches West when you see this in the hotel elevator:
And then, after the market preview on Thursday night, there was Prosecco (and sushi for Sarah).
The classes were great. I learned a lot in my knitting two-at-a-time class with Patty Lyons, but didn't get a photo.

On Friday, my Stitch and Click class with the Shibaguyz gave me lots of new ideas for my project photography, including:
how to make a tripod for an iPhone out of a coffee cup;
cool photography equipment and lenses for iPads and iPhones; and 
the importance of good lighting and background for yarn and project photography.
We had lots of opportunities to practice what we learned, using the photo set-ups/lighting around the room, and also one that was outdoors, where we could take some photos in natural light. I got several good project photos, and this one, which was, far and away, the best.
But for me, Stitches is mostly about getting together with my knitting friends, especially Sarah and Martha. We traveled from Seattle together and we were able to get adjoining rooms in the hotel. Somehow, I didn't get a single photo of the three of us together, but Sarah did—thanks, Sarah.


I did get a photo of our shadows, though...
I also got to spend some time with one of my online friends, Wendy of Knitters Brewing Company. We really didn't plan to both be wearing our Hitofude cardigans, but it made for a great photo.
I also went to the podcaster get-together and hung out with the poncho ladies (left to right, me, Kelly, Marcy, Marsha, Barb and Tracy).

And of course, Stitches West is also all about the yarn. 

And I bought a little bit...