Posts Tagged 'blue'

One simple scarf – grey, red, blue

greyredblueThis garter stitch scarf was made the first year we lived in the house nearer to downtown. It was knit on summer days, gazing out at the mountain in the distance while listening to the radio. I used Minerva wool, because that’s what was in my Mom’s stash, and chose simple garter stitch, so I wouldn’t forget what side I was on and purl when I should knit.

I chose grey and blue, because the scarf was for my father, who had blue-grey eyes, and then red, so it wouldn’t be too boring. The moths have gotten to it a bit, and the Minerva yarn isn’t all that soft (he didn’t end up wearing the scarf because it was too scratchy).

It’s a memory of hot summer nights, when I first started the project, then the desperate figuring near November, if the scarf would be long enough by Christmas before I ran out of stash. Of time that ticked away while I was content, alone with my thoughts — back before I was worried about Latin class and physics. For me, it’s a bit more than a simple garter stitch scarf, but it’s time for it to belong to someone else. How about you — any early projects that have grown in importance over the years?

Happy 2015


First sunset of 2015

Greetings from my little neighborhood to yours. May your 2015 be happy and healthy, with lovely walks in the blue hours of the evening. Lovely sunset tonight — I did dash out in the cold to take photos without a coat.

Simple knitting projects – socks

I have nicknamed this project “Miami vice socks” or “Tequila sunrise socks” because the yarn looks like an explosion of colors from Miami South Beach (the neon pinks, the greens and blues of the ocean, the yellows and oranges –> it’s either that, or it’s yarn inspired by Fiesta Ware). The pattern is simple: Adult Socks by Dierdre Wallace.

I will admit the yarn colors are complicated. They’re from Regia, and are meant to be for children’s knit socks or clothing. There are still a few places that seem to sell Flusi das Sockenmonster, but I think the color I’m using has been discontinued.  Which is a pity because it’s a pretty nice yarn to knit with, with lots of fun color changes (thanks Regia). (I just made the mistake of looking at Webs’ online catalog. I’m kind of glad they’re not down the street from my house. I’d be broke, and we’d need better storage.)

Please don’t dye the baby blue

This has to do with knitting — honest! I was knitting the Sweet Norwegian Baby Cap by Gro (Ravelry link to the hat pattern) while traveling in Europe. I had chosen some lovely yarn — Spirit Trails Fiberworks Sunna in Beach Glass and some leftover sock yarn in Alpine. They were striping beautifully, and looked really nice together in the light as I knit on the train, with northern Germany passing by the window. And then The Gardener looked at me and said, “You’re knitting that for a friend’s baby?”

I nod. There have been a few recent baby showers.

“I assume you like your friend?” I nod again, and she says, “Please no blue foreheads…”

When I ask what is meant by that, I learn — the Alpine, while lovely and comfortable has always had a bleeding problem. And while this isn’t insurmountable in a pair of socks, now that they’ve been washed a lot, “you don’t want a to turn a baby blue.” I sat and thought, and knit. Then I asked about the Sunna yarn, which apparently doesn’t bleed at all. I sat and knit automatically, since I was halfway there. The train kept traveling closer to the airport. And then, on the plane, I tinked back to the first 6 rows. I’ll save the Alpine as trim for something — it’s still lovely, and beautiful to knit.

So — lesson learned: listen to people who have received gifts of wool.

Interior thoughts on a knitting project

  1. I wish I had figured out how long the thumbs would be before knitting these mittens.birdinhand-stump
  2. I want to redo the Bird in Hand Mitts again, in a smaller scale (extra small here I come)
  3. I’d love to shorten the fingers and thumbs (but they’ve already felted beyond the ability to tink back).
  4. I wish I had known how great this wool would be — I would have acquired Foxfire Fiber Cormo Silk Alpaca for a hat and cowl.
  5. The colors I used were aster and white.

The wool just gets lovelier as I keep wearing the mittens. And the mittens are the perfect thing to wear on your hands during our deep freeze winters. But if I lived in Wisconsin or Michigan right now –> thrums would be better. They “marinated” in the projects pile since 2010 (started while watching the Olympics). This year, other projects that have been malingering are getting done.

NYTimes goes blue

New York Times has a lovely article about “Blue through the centuries” here .

It’s a short article, but brings up the image of blue as a rare color, in the arts and textiles. Lapis lazuli mixed with gold to adorn Egyptian tombs, factories in ancient Rome and Mesopotamia devoted to the production of the color blue. The interactive slideshow of blue things might be the most fun, of course. But the NYT doesn’t stop there:

Scientists have been studying the color blue and how different animals recreate the color through means other than “being” blue. Read the article here. Make me want to re-read my books on the origins of colored pigments.

Blue angel of the morning

ImageIt seems appropriate that my last color of my rainbow shoot is: blue. The favorite color of many, blue fills the sky, reflects in the ocean, and fills the English language with sayings:

  • Blue heaven
  • Bluestocking
  • The blue hour

According to the OED, from the time of Middle English, one of the definitions of blue is “Of the colour of the sky and the deep sea, between green and violet in the spectrum…” This and the positive uplifting nature of things like bluebells, and sweet blueberries, makes it difficult to quite understand why “The blues” (depression of the spirit, or bluesy music) and the “blue devil” from the 1820s are attached to the color. But the OED says that in the early 16th century the color was associated with plagues, so perhaps there’s that.

I’ve had this angel since I was born, damaged from years of being a plaything (one wingtip gone forever, the head reattached clumsily with glue).  The carnival glass is even older than that, although in better shape. I’ll get more pictures up here of the “photoshoot”, with better resolution.

A little dose of color in winter

Sometimes, you need a little dose of color to cure the winter blahs. We’ve been having such a mild winter, it seems ridiculous to admit it — but I’m feeling kind of “blah” this month. Maybe I need a snowfilled landscape to feel like I’m living in and through winter (instead of waiting for it to start).

If you feel blah or blue about the weather, museums offer little pick-me-ups of color. Like Tiffany columns tucked in a corner, glowing like fantastical mixes of Egyptian and Roman art (with a bit of  Mardi-gras style thrown in). Lovely. Having a sunny day was lovelier though.

Hope your spring blooms are coming up slowly, and you have time to enjoy the seasons changing. I know other parts of North America have been shoveling out. Around here, not so much. It’s just dingy grey a lot of the time.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine's Day by rjknits
Happy Valentine’s Day, a photo by rjknits on Flickr.

Virtual sweets for everyone! I hope you have a happy day.

4 bluebirds in a tree, again

4 bluebirds in a tree, again by rjknits
4 bluebirds in a tree, again, a photo by rjknits on Flickr.

I only saw one bluebird, but the camera saw more.  Bluebirds are a lovely reminder Spring isn’t far off — don’t lose hope. Around here where it’s warmer, they seem to winter over.

Each of the birds in this tree were following each other around the arboretum. It does make me wonder what their habits were like before their numbers were felled by loss of habitat.  Family members have mentioned they remember large groups of bluebirds flying over the Great Lakes for the summers, back in the 50s. I have seen around 8 bluebirds flying in a group together, and it was quite startling, since they’re really blue.