What the end of winter looks like in the desert, take 2

IMG_0023

IMG_0031

IMG_0035

IMG_0051

So, I don’t really know anything about photography, and I don’t have a decent camera – in fact, all I have is an iPhone. But there are lots of pretty flowers in the desert, and the above are the results of me practicing the cheap trick of close focus with blurry background. (The second picture is more just blurry, but I kind of liked that it looked kind of windy, because it was.) I promise not to just photo dump here, but I’m really enjoying trying to make my photos better. Believe me, there’s nowhere near to go but up. Maybe someday soon I’ll even get a camera so I can see what pictures I’m taking when I take them!

Advertisements

Spring sweater, autumn color

Knitting wool sweaters in the desert seems a little bit of a fool’s game – when can you wear them? But I find myself wearing tall boots and sweaters when temperatures are in the 60s here, in perfect comfort, even though the practice would have baffled Minnesotan me or Massachusetts me.

It also depends on what you mean by “wool sweater.” I’m not likely to start churning out densely-knit cabled Arans any time soon. But a floaty a-line sweater, in light fingering yarn at a larger, drapey gauge? I can get some use out of that.

Enter Dalyla by Cecily Glowik McDonald.

photo 1 (1)

It’s got a lovely wide neck:

photo 4

and pretty cables down the sides:

cables

Some pattern notes: Continue reading

hello, world!

Isn’t that how these posts are supposed to start? In any case, if you’ve found this page: welcome!

As it explains on my “about” page, I am a knitter who lives in the desert. I have blogged elsewhere, about other things, for quite a long time (I began blogging in…um…2004? eep), but found I was losing interest in the particular conundrums discussed in that virtual space. I have become less interested in defining myself through my work (employment), and more interested in developing a rich and sustaining life for those times when I’m not at work.

Right now, a huge part of my non-work life is knitting, and it seemed like a good idea to dedicate a space to the particular absorptions that go along with that. I’m also figuring out how to live happily in the desert. I grew up in the deep dark woods, so the desert is like another planet to me – beautiful but hostile, alluring but dangerous, a region of extremes and subtlety.

This little nook is very much under construction right now, so if there isn’t much to see yet, please be patient. I will be importing some older (pre-desert) posts from my other internet spaces, as well as moving forward with discussions of knitting projects, supplies, and culture. I may not have much time to update during the week (my day job involves quite a lot of writing and heavy thinking, so when I get home I tend to want to knit rather than pontificate about anything), but I hope to check in on the weekends.

Please come on by and hang out!