Saturday, December 30, 2006
The detail is incredible, every line and edge is graced with a whisper of frozen fog crystals. I'd love to have a microscope to see what shapes the tiny water drops have formed--are they six sided like snowflakes? are they elaborately branched, or a simple hexagon? The frozen fog on snowberry bushes...the fog remains only on the very coldest outer tips of firs, anything on an exposed dark surface melts quickly though.
The frozen fog in the woods is protected by the canopy above. As the frozen fog melts(decays? breaks down? warms up?) it sags from the surfaces in loops, like cobwebs, adding to the lace effect. I love this new way of seeing edges. Textures and shapes are made more clear and sharp everywhere on everything(like new glasses!). The woods are silent, the birds are huddled together in sheltering trees.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
As I came to the edge of the woods,
I would not come in.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
The firs are stiff, the oaks are more flexible. Each tree sways to their own rhythm designed by each one's particular structure, spread, weight and balance. Branches clack and squeek and whistle in a symphony of tones. Listen long enough and you can catch melody, harmony, themes and variations. A low roar, hum, growl rumbles through the woods. The forest gnashing its teeth--the hills here a giant piles of glacial rubble, rounded knobs of basalt. All those swinging trees are being rung down into their roots like tuning forks, grinding in that glacial bone pile. You can feel it through your feet.
John Muir had a great time riding in a swaying Douglas Fir during such a windstorm. You can read his story here:
Monday, December 11, 2006
Their beaks are the prettiest translucent shell pink, especially when the sun shines through them.
Lots of rains showers going over today. The rain runs downhill in ribbons, latte color when it showers, and clearing to crystal clear in between showers. The ribbons braid together to become Fish Creek and Muddy Creek, then the Yamhill River, that flows into the Willamette River, and then into the Columbia River, and finally to the ocean.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
The light was dim, the cloud ceiling just skimming the treetops. A drop of water hung from the tip of every fir needle, moss feather, twig bud...
Saturday, December 9, 2006
And here are those same colors in a batch of yarn that just arrived for a design project(Encore Worsted Colorspun, it will be a men's pullover for Creative Knitting next year). The swatch shows the nice striping. I really like Encore, it's a nice affordable acrylic wool blend with a nice hand and nice colors. It wears well too. I can mix it with wool in fairisle if I need just the right color that can be found in Encore.
On my walk today I liked how these rusty old Garry oak leaves light up the grays and lichen greens.
And last, a care package arrived from Cherry Tree Hill Yarns. The ribbon yarns will be made into scarves for sale next year at Red Berry Boutique, and the Thick and Thin wool will become something yummy for me(there's enough for a coat!). All in those winter sunset colors I seem to be obsessed by(see pix below in previous posts).
Thursday, December 7, 2006
And here is the real sundown reflected in the windows...
Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Russulas range from pink to burgundy and mahogany.
Witches' butter bubbles out from dead oaks and firs.
A few weeks ago the oaks and maples were at their brightest. And here's some fair isle knitting to match(with old Die Tolle Woolle) in teal, gold, burgundy, leafy green, blue.
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
The sun begins to go down, the moon begins its climb.
The fog wave through the valley, in slo-mo splashing wave action. If you are still long enough you can see the flow--like all day(but you can do things like split wood--swing, whack, look--or knit, or rake leaves.)
Pale watercolor sunset colors through the fog welling up again.
Monday, December 4, 2006
I really liked the "double exposure" of the red leaves under the surface of the water, along with the reflection of the ash and oak above.
And here's my snowy little a-frame, snug and content!
I've been working on the first of my December projects, a womens jacket for Creative Knitting Magazine. It's in Paton's SWS(Soy Wool Stripes), and I've really been enjoying the yarn. The long striping is interesting on the different sized pieces, and the wool soy blend feels nice and soft, not plasticy or itchy. I have found a few knots, it's probably because of the loose twist--the yarn probably keeps breaking in the winding. I am using bamboo needles with blunter tips, because it does want to split with sharp tips. I chose a simple cable and rib pattern combo, so the texture does not fight with the striping. I'll make a hat and some mitts with the extras--I think the yarn will be a just right sort of warmth.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
...to stop and look at stuff all along the way...the snow brings out the detail of the smallest branch in these oaks, a billowing curtain of clouds hides and reveals the far hills...
...sunlight makes bold shadows through the trees...
...up around the hill behind the house. I love to see the land with snow, basic forms of trees are made bold: the straight rooted "up" of fir, the meandering worm of oak, the small wiry wave of hazelnut and indian plum.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
I've found my Christmas tree! I think I'll let it live though. It's much prettier sparkling in the sunlight, snowy rainbow glitter drifting down as it warms it's branches in the sun.
Where You Can Find My Knit Designs
- ZigZag Yoke Pullover for Women/Classic Elite Yarns
- Swing Coat/Cherry Tree Hill Yarns
- Generation Gap Kid's Scarf and Hat/Fall 2006 Knitter's Magazine
- Doodles Hat and Pullover for Kids/Fall 2006 Knitter's Magazine
- Headin' East Women's Kimono Jacket/Fall 2006 Knitter's Magazine
- Snow Bunny Girl's Cardigan/January 2007 Creative Knitting Magazine
- Snowman Dance Kid's Pullover and Ornament/November 2006 Creative Knitting Magazine
- Monster Pillows/September 2006 Creative Knitting Magazine
- Pebble Rib Women's Jacket/September 2006 Creative Knitting Magazine
- Frozen Fog From Afar
- At the End of a Long Grey Day
- Frozen Fog
- Come IN
- Winter Solstice
- Christmas Tree, (Knit) Nativity
- Stockings Hung By the Chimney With Care
- Sturm und Drang
- Juncos and Rain Ribbons
- Firs in the Mist, Yarn to Match
- Sundown on This Day
- Autumn Colors
- Ferncicles and a KnitWIP
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