Posts Tagged 'red'

Advent Calendar – Day 6

Photo closeup of Christmas ball decorations on an artificial tree in a city square.

Some of my family and friends have gotten their trees (either artificial ones out of storage, or freshly cut ones from the forest). Living in a city, I’m going to skip the crowds at the tree lots. I’m considering decorating with artificial swags, or getting a wreath for the door.

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?

Getting ready for Easter

Getting ready for Easter

Lots of singing (not for Easter or Palm Sunday exactly), but I was in church, anticipating a short drive to see family. The location really looked like the inside of an Easter diorama. A Byzantine sugar egg diorama, like something out of a 1940s or 1950s illustration. This picture, unfortunately only taken with a cell phone. Glorious location. I just wanted to get on a ladder to see the stenciling more closely (stencils all around the arches of the windows, in the arches on the vaulted ceiling, in the half dome above the mosaic cross). Lots of Byzantine/Victorian Moorish style architecture in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. I’ve seen more of it in Scranton, PA. I’m not sure about further in the east coast of the USA or if it spread out to the midwest at least. I’ve seen a couple of synagogues and temples further south that seem to have caught the trend too. It would be interesting to know if it was because of literature from the time, or maybe a World Fair, or travels to England.

Roman couch

Roman couch by rjknits
Roman couch, a photo by rjknits on Flickr.

After all the Thanksgiving feasting going around here, I’m thinking of paint colors for the dining room. I think we can skip the reclining couches in a “U-shape”, as done in a triclinium in Roman days. But the spare design, the red background, and the way the frieze “pops” — don’t you think the museum (the Walters) did a marvelous job showing a room that someone (we’ll call her Octavia, and imagine she had the same hairstyle as her namesake, Marc Antony’s third wife) took pride of place in? The red color would be quite daring and inappropriate for my very un-Roman home. But still better than “oatmeal paste” which  the previous homeowner painted with. My dining set would look quite overwhelmed though. If you’ve ever decorated with this level of drama, did it sit well with the other rooms in your home, or did you feel overwhelmed too? Inquiring minds want to know.

Fortuneteller’s advertising mannequin

Even the mannequin knew that it was going to be cold out.The weather has been -7 degrees C/18 degrees F, with heavy wind gusts over the past few days. It’s a test to see how many woolens one can wear and drive a car over unplowed streets. I’m pretty sure the local fortune teller brought in her Victorian wooden carving (I assume it’s a thrift find).I’m looking at knitting patterns to keep warm. How about you? Are you expecting snow too?

Autumn trees on an average North American street

Autumn trees on an average American street

We’re hearing the news about a big storm. But for now, we’ve prepped all we can. Now it’s time to sit back and enjoy the beauty of now (and stay snug and dry if the massive storm does hit).

Three examples of texture, terra sig, and carved tiles

  1. Top left: texture from 2 stamps, streaks of red clay sig and white clay sig, and black stain from copper carbonate.
  2. Bottom left: texture from one stamp, cobalt and copper sig, with red from tile showing through; black stain from copper carbonate.
  3. Right: red clay sig with pumpkin and vine carved design; black stain from copper carbonate; only one wrapping of aluminum foil so lots of charring from the pitfire.

Formica, courtesy of a much-beloved kitchen table. Next time I’ll do photo shoots on something less distracting. I haven’t added any shine with butcher’s wax yet, so you can see where the red clay sig shines from the buffing if you hold the pieces up to sunlight. And yes, I think the one on the top left and the one on the right are really an attempt to create my own pottery shards… I’ve also done a few scrimshaw-looking ones with white terra sig. It’s all fun.

Check back for: pictures of sock knitting progress, if the sun cooperates.

Brick reflections

Brick reflections

Life continuously seems stuck between the old and the new. New glass in an old rehabbed building reflects the old weathered red brick of an even older building. We live, we learn, we constantly rebuild our lives. Even sinkholes let us rebuild. I could take a ring road around the city, but I’d only be stuck in traffic, missing the morning light as it warms the bricks and makes the windows dazzle. (This picture was taken last year on March 17th, on an earlier St. Patrick’s Day).


I’ve been thinking about “red” and looking at my bookcases, and in my dresser to see if I have anything (beyond lipstick) that would work for the red theme. I’ll be shooting most of my pictures (that aren’t outdoors) on a small side table that’s seen a lot of wear, because it’s a neutral surface that gets light.

In the meantime, here’s a link to my red collection on flickr. Enjoy!

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.