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Learning/improving

It’s been a rainy week, and therefore no good photo opportunities, I’ve decided to resurrect a post I started on a plane a few months ago.

I’ve never been a big reader of non-fiction. Rather ironic considering I was a history major. Perhaps it’s because these the non-fiction that’s usually recommended to me is business oriented. Pretty dry if you ask me. Earlier thus year I had a few more recommended to me – these were a little different. The focus was how to help my daughter succeed. Three were suggested. I ordered one to see what I thought.
Thus began my introduction to The Talent Code. The book has been out for a while, but unlike other books I think the concepts are timeless. I’m sure anyone would be encouraged to hear that natural ability isn’t always as natural as we’ve been led to believe. I wish I’d had this perspective when I was younger. I may have been more likely to try harder, rather than facing certain opportunities with a defeatist attitude.

I’ve put it down for a bit, but as I have some traveling coming up, I’ll pick it up again. Other books that I want to read after I finish this are:
Talent is Overrated
Bounce
Shut up and Ski by Edie Thys Morgan

But I think next on the list is: Queen Bees and Wannabees

The pre-teen years are hitting our house hard, and I’d like to do anything I can learn to help navigate those times.

In the meantime, when I’m not reading this long weekend, we’re hoping to spend some time working around the house. One thing we really want to do is get our garden back in operation. Last weekend, we plowed:
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While plowing this bottle got turned up:
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And in the evening, I’m hoping to spend some time on my Color Affection Shawl:
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For those in the US, are you looking forward to a long weekend? I know I am.

3KCBWDAY4 – A Knitter or Crocheter For All Seasons?

As spring is in the air in the northern hemisphere and those in the southern hemisphere start setting their sights for the arrival of winter, a lot of crocheters and knitters find that their crafting changes along with their wardrobe. Have a look through your finished projects and explain the seasonality of your craft to your readers. Do you make warm woollens the whole year through in preparation for the colder months, or do you live somewhere that never feels the chill and so invest your time in beautiful homewares and delicate lace items. How does your local seasonal weather affect your craft?

This is an interesting question, that I’ve actually thought about a lot over the years. I do seem to knit year round, but I don’t seem to manage to knit in preparation for seasons. My dale of norway sweater is probably one of the first sweaters I started in preparation for winter. Of course things derailed, so I didn’t have it in time anyway, but it was the plan! Usually I am inspired to knit for the current season, which never seems to end well.

While my projects have variable seasonality, the activity itself has less. While summer heat is less conducive to knitting, my winter activities don’t give me much time to knit. I bring it with me to the mountain, so this year when the weather didn’t cooperate I did get some good knitting in while my daughter skied. However, when it’s nice I like to be out skiing.

When my daughter was younger, I used to spend time waiting while she was in ballet, and was able to knit a lot during those times. Now that she is older, I can run errands while she’s in dance and other activities, so I have less of that knitting time. However, I do manage to find other time, be it riding to different ski areas, or when we travel in the summer, or before softball games.

So, all in all I’d have to say I don’t slow down at any time, because I’m not that fast to begin with.

3rd Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week

3KCBWDAY3 – Your Knitting Or Crochet Hero

Today’s topic is an interesting one, an opportunity to talk about a knitter or crocheter who has inspired me in some way. There are many many amazing people out there whose work I admire, and inspire me on a regular basis. However for this assignment, I’d like to talk about someone I’ve never met.

My great grandmother.

I don’t know a lot about her, she was born in the 19th century, had 4 children in a short period of time and was married to a man who believed that she should keep a perfect house, and if she had time to do handwork that wasn’t “productive” there were chores that were being neglected.

In spite of his attitude, my great grandmother was a prolific crocheter. Not just small pieces, either. She crocheted tablecloths – large enough for a dining room table that could seat 10. She also sewed quite a bit, so she made her own aprons. I’m told they were long aprons, with pockets as large as the apron itself. She’d tuck her work into the pocket, and pull it out whenever she had a free moment (without “neglecting her chores.”). I love her ingenuity. I love that she figured out a way to continue to crochet in an environment that wasn’t conducive to her creativity.

Don’t think I’m not horrified by my great grandfather’s attitude. I’m sorry my great grandmother had to be this inventive for this reason, but I admire that she was, and the amazing work she left behind.

I don’t have any pictures of her work, this post should give me the incentive to try and get some pictures.

3KCBWDAY2 – Photography Challenge Day

This blog week is definitely making me think about what I do with my craft. Today’s topic is a photography challenge. Writing my posts at the end of the day is both good and bad. Good in that I can check out all the other posts on this topic to get a feel for what others are doing. Bad in that I can check out all the other posts on this topic and become completely overwhelmed by the talent that is out there. I try to take pictures of my work, but I know I have a lot to learn about photography. However, every once in a while I get one I like. This was a progress shot of a pair of socks I knit a few years ago:

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Knitting and Crochet Blog Week

KCBW2012 Day 1 – Color

3rd Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week

I had not heard of this, but after reading Rock + Purl’s post today, I took a trip over, and thought it sounded like fun! So, in the spirit of Kim Werker’s Rut Race, I’ll try this for the week! Plus one week seems like a smaller bite than the 30 days I did last November.

So with no further ado, 3KCBWDAY1 – Colour Lovers:

Colour is one of our greatest expressions of ourselves when we choose to knit or crochet, so how do you choose what colours you buy and crochet or knit with. Have a look through your stash and see if there is a predominance of one colour. Do the same with your finished projects – do they match? Do you love a rainbow of bright hues, or more subdued tones. How much attention do you pay to the original colour that a garment is knit in when you see a pattern? Tell readers about your love or confusion over colour.

I don’t have to look very deep into my stash to realize I have a fear of branching out with color for me. I tend to stick with greens and purple/burgandies. However, a glance at my project page on ravelry, indicates that my daughter brings out more adventure in the color spectrum.

I did take a knitting with color class about 20 some-odd years ago, where I learned that the more colors in a project the less chance of clashing occurring. I like to play with changing color choices up, but do tend to maintain relatively conservative combinations. Perhaps this year, I should try to shake that up a bit in my own wardrobe.
Color Mosaic

What was I thinking?

I need to remember the sun starts to disappear around 3:30 around this time of year. No pictures today.

WIP Wednesday

Well, now that the sun sets so very early every day pictures are even harder for me to take. Fortunately for my record keeping purposes I’m not much of a picture purist. So, for this WIP Wednesday I’ve got a couple of project shots from 2 of my 3 current projects:

The Cambrian Cowl is progressing nicely. I’ve finished the knitting and wet-blocked it. Next up is buttons and weaving in the ends.
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While that was blocking, as I mentioned on Monday, I have cast on Eliza’s cowl. It’s a simple feather and fan, and is finally starting to take some shape. Which, of course, one cannot see at all in this photo:
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