Every once in a while I wonder why…
Why?… am I not motivated to pack for upcoming teaching engagements – well, some of them are still months away (but with traveling for personal reasons, I have to look ahead and get organized…)?
Why?… am I not taking advantage of the gorgeous weather and spend some time in the sun? (Let’s just say I can’t take the heat too well…)
Why?… do I not take time off from posting on the blog over the summer – I have noticed a decline in visitors to the site, which I attribute to the time of year (holidays, summer fun lazy, hazy dog days of summer…).
Before you jump to conclusions and think I am trying to make excuses for not blogging – don’t worry: The doubts only lasted a moment and I plan to persevere. This blog has provided me with a constant in my life since I started it last December and committed to three posts a week! I have stuck to this schedule (some weeks are easier than others). Just recently I have taken to posting a little later in the morning – that is MY way of taking some stress off this summer.
Packing continues and with an additional workshop in Ottawa on September 15th I had to resort to dividing my materials into several bags, each one filled with samples, handouts and back up supplies pertaining to the class and/or lecture. I am slowly making progress.
Oh yes, and then there is the ever present avoidance practices which I have perfected over the years… After completing Nicole’s shawl last Sunday I fished a pair of authentic socks I started 14 years ago (while I still had my store in Calgary…) from my knitting bag. At Christmas I purchased a ball of sock yarn with the intent to complete the one heel on one sock to call the socks “finished”. It took only an hour and the socks are now complete and matching.
And just in case you thought this was it for my diversion… As it so often happens, the “knitting bug” bit once more and a lovely shawl pattern a friend had gifted just had to be explored. The Dragonfly Wing Shawl by BOO Knitting (2011) “called out” to me. I resisted until I laid my hands on three skeins of my hand-spun silk and merino. A quick assessment confirmed that I had enough to tackle this project labeled as “easy”. Two evenings of knitting resulted in a lovely wrap that I dipped into my Indigo vat (yes, it is still active!). It is a beautiful blue and the shawl is just the right size for carrying along to avoid getting chilled once the sun goes down.
What is summer without good times with friends. Our friend Jennifer had a milestone birthday this weekend. Her husband organized an amazing party with wonderful friends, great food all in the comfort of their backyard. Everyone brought at least one special dish to augment the barbequed salmon and beef tenderloin. With his schedule already very tight I offered to bring the birthday cake. And any of you who know me (just a little) also know that I LOVE to bake! The last image is of the Chocolate Strawberry Torte (actual birthday cake), Tiramisu Torte (an all-time favorite!) and the Wild Rice and Shrimp Salad from our house to the party house. A great time was had by all – and the food… the food…
With it being Sunday and some of our flowers in full bloom I took advantage of taking my camera for a little walk around the yard. My challenge was to capture birds but in the heat of the day it was fairly quiet. Colin was busier earlier this week widening one flight of stairs to the studio and adding a long awaited railing. Hope you enjoy today’s slide show – I felt it was more interesting than images of kits half assembled and suit cases with rolled up art quilts that are less than exciting to look at.
Enjoy the sun, summer and time off!