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Monday, November 17, 2008

Monique's New Hat

Since Monique is a big part of my designing and knitting life, I thought it is only fair to make her a newly published hat. She took it with poise and did not fuss about the yarn or the color. After all, she knows that everything looks good on her. I followed the pattern exactly and the only change I have made is in the flower. The yarn for the base is too thick, so I had to modify the pattern a little.




































I am going to move to Palo Alto for about 6-7 months and I have a big decision to make what to take with me there. I cannot live without my knitting books and tools. I guess it won't be that hard. I will just take everything. Oh, yes, Monique is coming with us. Even my husband thinks that she belongs to our family.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sweet Honey Beret is unveiled

One of my secret projects is out for the world to see. Last Friday in the Knitting Daily we were given a link to the Preview of the Winter 2008 of Interweave Knits magazine.

It will show up on the stands on December 2. This means that those of us who are subscribers will get it even sooner.
I was very anxious to see the photos of a model wearing my hat. I knew that I should not have worried. IK is so great with photography. I have to say that what I saw has topped my expectations. The model is sweet and beautiful and she looks great in my beret. Here are the pictures.





































I have a few more secrets coming out at the beginning of next year. It is so much fun!!
And now I need to concentrate on the end of the semester. It is a hard time for me always. Not much knitting, a lot of grading and paperwork, many conversations with students concerning their grades...
Oh, wait. We are not exactly there yet. My favorite holiday is coming first! I love Thanksgiving for many reasons. The biggest of them though is that my son and daughter come home. I am looking forward to our family time. After that I can take on the end of the semester.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

My favorite time of the year

I had a very relaxing day today. Do you want to know what I was up to? ... I was driving around and taking pictures to the point that my camera was out of breath. You see, for a few weeks now we have the most beautiful fall weather. Imagine that you actually could ask for a certain weather and get your wish granted. Well, it does feel that we got our wish come true. All the plants and trees are celebrating. Every tree has its own color set. We live in the valley and many trees that you see in town are not native here. It is very amusing to see a palm tree, a birch, a maple, a walnut tree, a pomegranate, and an orange tree on one street or on the same property. Although it is unheard of to have them side-by-side, they make a great tree bouquet. I let you enjoy it now.



















































This was the tree next to some house. While I was taking a picture a woman who lives in that house came home. I do not want even to know what she was thinking when she saw me...























Some trees lost most of the leaves and look like a drama queen.

















This group of beauties is on my campus. I always drive by and hope to find the time to stop and take a picture. Today I did.































































Do you see what I mean? I almost missed the opportunity. Since it is very warm (we are still in T-shirts here), this part of fall is very short in Northern CA. Next will be rain and all the leaves end up on the ground. Right now the evenings are cool. I love to knit during this weather.
I am working on some projects that I can not share, but I started something for my daughter out of my stash!!! I am so happy that I can use some of my yarn. It was the yarn that I bought for the Elongated Neck Tunic from the Casual, Elegant
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, but it was not right for it.































This is the new project from stash.
































I did finish the Red Waves beret.
Well, back to knitting.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Inspirations

You never know when and how you can be inspired. It comes as a sudden wave from a place that is unknown to you at the moment. And when it comes, it takes you as a storm and you are there. I felt that way when we took my cousin and his wife, who came to visit us from Ukraine for the first time, to China Beach in San Francisco last weekend. It was rainy all day on Saturday and we could show very little of what SF offers. We were very sad that this beautiful city will not be in their memory as it could be. Next day they were leaving and we had two hours to spare. Suddenly the sun was out and the rain stopped. We had to show them the Golden Gate Bridge. Here is what we saw.










































































I could stay there for hours. I was in awe of what I saw. I was inspired. I saw so many possibilities of colors, textures, shapes, and lines. Our guests were overwhelmed and we were very happy that we could share with them this beauty.