for the LOVE of Brooklyn is a really wonderful photoblog run by the very talented Jill and Peter. They do such a fantastic job of capturing the beauty and charm of this glorious borough we live in and I have been happily following the blog and their flickr group for some time now.
So you can imagine how ridiculously humbled and honored I was when they asked to interview me as a local photographer for their "Feature Fridays."
You can read the interview here if you're interested. What an incredible honor! I am incredibly humbled and grateful to be chosen by two such talented and lovely people.
up to this point dottie has been the only red-breasted woodpecker hanging out in the front yard. i had figured her for a modern fast-talkin career gal with no interest in making attachments that would only tie her down...
but in the past few days a gentleman suitor has been hanging around.
i don't know much about him yet. is he a rouge? i can only hope his intentions are honorable, as i have grown very fond of dottie and i'd hate to see her get her heart broken.
just a quick update on my museum quest. the wondrous 'cool culture' card is still being put to good use! the other saturday we had some really grey and rainy weather- perfect excuse to go inside and relish in a good museum (or two!).
so i went to the guggenheim
unfortunately it was mostly closed because they were in the middle of changing exhibits. but a little part of the permanent collection was open so i snuck in for a little while to gather some warmth.
since i only got a little glimpse inside the guggenheim, and since i have the insane luxury with this card of being able to just pop in somewhere for a moment, i thought i'd take advantage of the met across the street.
it was only a few minutes before closing time so i didn't get to stay long, but it certainly was a wonderful way to spend a rainy afternoon! i think i'm only at 5/50 museum visits... so come on over and help me on my quest!!
when the amazingly talented jenny b. harris of allsorts donated a new pretty little maids pattern to the craft hope for haiti etsy shop i didn't even stop to think. i ordered myself one and got to stitching as soon as i had printed out the pattern.
when choosing the pattern for my brown and blue baby sweater i distinctly remember thinking, "oh it has rolled edges - how cute! i never knit sweaters with rolled edges, i am going to make this pattern!"
but after seaming up the body of the sweater i took one look at it and remembered why i don't knit sweaters with rolled edges.
they just keep rolling.
i worried and fretted about the over-rolling whilst knitting the sleeves until i remembered reading a blog post, i think it was on the harlot's blog, but i'm waaaaaay too lazy to go back and look now, about stabilizing knitting by making a simple crochet edge.
i figured i had nothing to lose (but time - and remember this is back when my computer was dead, so i honestly had nothing better to do!) and decided to give it a shot.
and low and behold - it worked! my sweater edges stopped rolling where i wanted them to stop rolling and all was right with the world!
all i did was add a simple slip stitch crochet border along the edge of my hem. i am posting this in the hopes that one of you reading it will, someday, be in the midst of a rolly-knitting crisis and remember reading *somewhere* about adding a crochet edging... it will totally make your day, and make your handknits more awesome!
turns out i'm hosting a tapsalot family reunion! hooray!!
(ps - i know next to nothing about identifying birds, so if i'm missing something obvious please feel free to point out my errors, like the fact that their john mcenroe headbands are probably technically not called john mcenroe headbands...)
i am often surprised how cold my hands can get while i'm knitting. i mean wouldn't you think the movement and the proximity of all that yarn would keep my fingers warm?
finally deciding to do something other than marvel at how cold my fingers were, i set out to make a pair of fetchings (pattern or rav link). and you know what? they really do make a difference. as soon as i was done with the first one i put it on while knitting the second and my encased hand was noticeably less frigid.
as i mentioned in my last post, the yarn is handspun from springtree road maya's etsy shop and i love it. i could stare at it all day long the colors are so beautiful, and it's softer than you could even imagine. love it.
and here they both are in all their stripy, squishy glory:
(this is me doing my von trapp family singers pose.)
(and here i am enjoying my coffee whilst smirking at my husband. see - fingerless gloves are perfect for any occasion!)
and this one last random picture i took this morning for louise (who keeps using words like, "humid" and phrases like, "eating popsicles" and "making jam" in her blog posts) here is a minnesota fruit tree in january (and i had to wade through snow up to my knees to get to the tree!):
hope you all are keeping warm! (or cool depending on your hemisphere.)