Monday, September 24, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
We made it home from Hawaii late last night. Our United flight from Kona to San Francisco was cancelled due to mechanical problems and since the airport is so small, they had a bit of a meltdown trying to deal with everyone. We were lucky enough (after racing around and standing in line for more than an hour) to get seats on an Aloha flight to Oakland, which is actually more convenient for us. So, we had middle seats in a smaller aircraft, and got in at 11:30 pm instead of 8:30. I'm a total zombie today -- feel like I'm hungover, even though I just had one beer on the plane!I did manage to get out and do a couple of errands; of course I ran into all the traffic for the Cal football game because I never know their schedule. I'll probably start feeling alive right around when it's time to go to bed tonight!
Computer mysteries: can anyone answer these questions?
- on my home desktop, when I download email into Outlook, it shows the date the message was originally received; when I do this on my laptop, it shows the date the message was downloaded to Outlook. Where is the setting to change this?
- on my laptop, when I start to fill in my user name for blogger (for instance) it gives me a couple of options as pre-fill; when I do this on my desktop, it doesn't -- where is the setting that controls this?
- one of the pre-fills is wrong, from when I made a typo one time. How do I delete the pre-fill?
And now for something completely different: socks! I finished my first sock a few days ago, and here's the proof:
I do wish I'd chosen some more interesting yarn; this purple is sort of boring after a while. I did get one of those novice's gaps on one side where all the different angles come together, so I need to work on my technique. I think I remember Jenni from Fairybread talking about this with her first pair...I have started the second sock, and it's about 4 inches along. I was thinking it would be cool if you could knit both at the same time so that you don't run into knitter's ennui when it comes to finishing the second one... actually, I know that Silver has an online class on a way to do this, but it's pretty much over my head at the moment. Has anyone tried it?
I'm dying to get the sewing machine out and SEW SOMETHING for the first time in more than 2 weeks. What to tackle first?
Monday, September 17, 2007
(for those readers not familiar with it, "99 bottles of beer on the wall" is a dumb counting song that people sing when driving to (supposedly) make the time go by faster. )
We've moved from Kauai to the Big Island for a few days. I love Kauai because on the north shore there's almost always a little sea-breeze and it doesn't get very humid. The last couple days on B.I. have been another story... there's been cloud cover and it's been very muggy. I'm spoiled, living in Northern California, and I don't understand how anyone can tolerate the weather east of the Rockies or anywhere with humidity! (no offense to any readers, of course -- maybe you just have to grow up with it!)
Here are a few photos from our last day on Kauai; first the ubiquitous gecko -- I love the smoothness of those big leaves:
These are taro fields in the Hanalei Valley. I think they look quite quilty, and I'm thinking about how to create an actual quilt from this.
This is a detail showing the texture of some of the newer blocks and the reflections on the water.
I really like the layers of light and shadow on these palm fronds. I've been reading Ruth McDowell's book "A Fabric Journey" which explains her process of turning photographic images into her fabulous quilts, and I'm trying to save photos that might inspire me to try some of her technique.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
I). YOUR ROCK STAR NAME (first pet and current car)---Sally Camry
2). YOUR GANSTA NAME (favorite ice cream flavor and fave cookie)--- Coffee Ginger
3). YOUR FLY GUY/GAL NAME (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name) J-Wal
4). YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal)---Blue Rhino
5). YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born)---Anne San Francisco
6). YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first)---Wal-Ju
7). SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink)--- The Green Campari
8). NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers)--- Myer Harry
9). STRIPPER NAME: ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy)--- Sublime Mocha Truffle
10). WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ) --- Kastle Stephen
11). TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter)---Hollis Hanover
12). SPY NAME/BOND GIRL: (your favorite season/holiday, flower)--- Autumn Rose
13). CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”) Apricot Shortsie
14) HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree)--- Banana Linden
15). YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”) The Quilting Clouds Tour
OK, now it's your turn!
The red on the far right reminds me of volcanoes... you always have to find a "souvenir" fabric, right?
Since I'm spending two weeks without a sewing machine, and I don't "do" applique, I decided to learn how to knit socks. Here's where I am so far:I'm working on the heel. I really have no clue how to turn the heel or how the instep and the heel come together... but it's a "beginner" pattern and I'm confident (hopeful) that if I follow the directions it will all work out! I'm using big (sport-weight) yarn 'cause I thought it would be easier. I've made a couple of tiny glitches, but all-in-all I think they're looking okay.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
- Kapaia Stitchery (fab quilt shop with lots of batiks and asian designs that they develop and then have printed in Japan),
- some great silk-screen t-shirts from a shop on the way to Poipu that I can't remember the name of,
- a drive up the canyon,
- a stop or two at Tin Can Mailman (funky used book store),
- way overpriced drinks on the deck of the Princeville Hotel while awaiting the sunset (and hoping for the green flash!)
- some snorkeling!
Having a lazy morning now, enjoying the wi-fi and some Peets Coffee that we found in the local supermarket. I promise more photos when it stops raining.