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July 23, 2007
changing gears

Things are afoot here in the domestic sphere. I have just completed the final readthrough of Knitting Patterns for Dummies. My marked up pages are on their way back to my editor and all the sudden, I don't have anything that I must be working on. I've got a few tech editing projects in line and ideas germinating in the back of my head, but I've been doing some recreational knitting, and even.... not knitting.

Still, the design center of the brain never sleeps and has turned its attentions to my backyard. Many things do not like to grow here in our desert-by-the-sea. Or rather, everything likes to grow here if you are willing to give it water and fertilizer and tend to it.

Our front yard, I've let "go natural" for the most part. Some sturdy plants like New Zealand flax and yucca, agave and aloe... anise and milkweed for the butterflies.... and whatever flowering weeds are willing to grow there. Mainly, Mexican primrose which blew in and decided to stay. I whack things down when it gets out of hand, and I throw rocks and bark chips in the empty spots.

The courtyard and I have also come to terms in Mediterranean sort of a way. It's bricked, with a big table and a rocking chair. Lavenders, rosemary, bouganvillea. A jasmine vining up the porch. A small orange tree and an enthusiastic volunteer fig. A few geraniums in pots. A pleasant spot. Bright and sunny. But because it's in the middle of the house, you don't feel tucked away in a quiet spot.

The backyard, however, is more private as only one room has any view of it, and it has the most shade. Still, it has mostly potential at this point. And dead grass. I've got big plans, plenty of graph paper, and an incessant need to check craigslist*. Stay tuned.

I have discovered from craigslist that many people seem to prefer "rod iron" to "wrought iron" -- so if you're looking for some, stick to "iron".

11:16 AM
July 5, 2007
"this is how you make a stitch"

06:52 AM
July 4, 2007
catch up

Lots has been going on here in the domestic sphere. I finished norah-gami*. Actually, I finished it at TNNA (late at night in the hotel room -- it's only received hotel room blocking, as I watched George Harrison parade about in a crochet sweater {really!} while Yoko Ono ululated on PBS, and yanked out the ironing board at 12:30 to do so...] and wove in my ends inside the convention center the next morning using Lexie Barnes' scissors). I love it, though of course it's been pretty warm to wear it just now.

A simultaneous thing-in-the-brain has been to do some potato stamping on fabric. Ever since doing a final read-through on Lotta Jansdotter's Lotta Prints (not yet listed, but keep your eye out for it), I've been captivated by the idea of doing some printing. And since since my norah-gami has that goes with everything/goes with nothing quality, I figured it was a prime candidate. The simple potato stamp on the pants mirrors the horseshoe/umbrella/tulip of the lace. It was so much fun, it will be slightly surprising if all my boring clothes don't end up printed.

*My friend Laurie and I are starting our own Norah Gaughan fanclub here it seems. She's knitting the hexagon tank from Knitting Nature (which I've been eyeing too). It also turns out that Laurie graduated from Brown the same year as Norah, and she reckons they must have unknowingly crossed paths.
05:54 PM