Monday, July 12, 2010


How is your summer? As I write this, Hazel is exploring and nudging things with her face. What a wonderfully tactile way to explore the world.

I have something to share. Secretly, I think about quitting my program all the time. I'm doing well, and I think I'm on schedule to graduate in about a year, but I seem to lose all motivation when left to myself. I will start the week with great intentions and then slowly lose momentum as I realize how much of a drag it is to transcribe, etc. Recently, I've been thinking about this a lot more, and have been making some poor choices as a result. I'm sort of hoping that I come to my senses before I do something I will regret, but I'm also sort of hoping that my poor choices will pan out.

While I was avoiding responsibility last week, I put some buttons on this little sweater:

The buttons are not evenly spaced, but I think it's okay. I don't think the baby will notice.

Also, I started work on a modified adult version of this. I can't decide if it's garish or not. In the meantime, I'll keep working on it until I make up my mind. Which is pretty much how I feel about my graduate studies as well. Time to work.


Saturday, July 3, 2010


It's good to hear from you! I have heard of morels before, but I have never seen one. They look like pieces of coral to me.

This is what I have been working on recently:

Back when I was living in New Mexico I decided to start collecting fabric and cutting it into itsy bitsy squares. I may have even blogged about it, back when we were both better about documenting our crafting escapades. And as of recently, I decided I had enough fabric squares to start my watercolor quilt. Plus, I acquired a sewing machine, which was somewhat necessary for this phase of the quilting process. So this is what I have been doing:

This is so much fun. After beginning this three years ago, I started to think that it would never come to fruition, but look! It's starting to work itself into a real product!

Your wool looks wet and pungent and wonderful. I like the rainwater. I was at biosphere 2 this past week, and it started to drizzle outside (the monsoons are coming!) This elicited an announcement: "Everyone! It's starting to rain outside!" And then there was cheerful applause, and a few people ran to the window to take a look. It was really a big deal. I smiled to myself.

I want to call this my biosphere sweater, because all but one of the sleeves was knit while I was on the biosphere 2 campus.

It's a little bit washed out in the picture, but I am so pleased with how the color turned out. I hand-painted the yarn ages ago and finally found a project to use it. It also reminds me of a watercolor, because the colors blend together so nicely. This is my first baby sweater, and my first yoke sweater. I really enjoy how quick it is to knit for babies.

Hope you are doing well, take care!


PS. Happy independence day.