52 Project: 16/52

20140421-095914.jpgIt’s a beautiful Monday morning in the city, still on the cool side (high of mid 50’s) but its comfortable and gorgeous.

I spent Saturday at the Natural History Museum, if you are planning a trip there DO NOT MISS the IMAX 3D movie Mysteries of the Unseen World. It was soooo cool!  Really well done. I still haven’t spotted Neil Degrasse Tyson, but I’ll keep trying. lol

Flowers are blooming everywhere, and if they haven’t yet bloomed they will soon. Get outside and enjoy the sunshine!  -Marie

 

52 Project: 8/52

20140225-094855.jpgWe’ve had a few (relatively) warm days and a little bit of rain over the last week, so most of the snow is gone. The snow that remains is the dirty, litter filled, hard, grey ice sort of snow that no one, not even me, likes very much.  Everything has a layer of dust and salt, even though the sun shines, it’s a bit dismal.  Winter is one of my favorite seasons, but even I get a little tired of it when all the fresh fluffy whiteness of snow is gone and we are left with cold, dirty streets.  I’m ready for the spring rain. It won’t be long now. -Marie

52 Project: 6/52

6.52.2What is this sunshine all about!?  Its still very cold and crisp outside this afternoon but the sky is pale February, washed out and the coolest of blues. The snow is still piled up on every corner from our recent spate of snow storms. Though, this Buffalo transplant scoffs at the idea of three inches of accumulation being classified as a ‘Storm’.  I know, I know, its Snow Snobbery at its worst, but its how I feel. (and its the truth!! lol)

This winter has been a stand out winter in my opinion.  Most NYC winters are mild with the occasional snow, and two or three days of really cold (below 30F) weather.  I think being so close to the Atlantic and the heat retained in the concrete tempers the weather we get.

The world was a wintry wonderland again last week. I wandered around the park for a bit and took a few pictures.     I did one panoramic picture on my iphone from the ridge where the Summerhouse is, a rustic wooden structure on a craggy hill.  I could do with a few more weeks of this beauty.

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Panorama takes from the Summerhouse, looking south and west

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Snow frosted elms twist over the Fifth Avenue sidewalks

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WWI monument on Fifth

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A man walks the snowy paths, the summerhouse in the distance.

Have a great week everyone!   -Marie

52 Project: 4/52

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Another quiet Monday in mid-town.  The temperatures are nearly 40 again, but we’re supposed to plummet back down into the single digits by tonight. Today’s photo gives us the vestiges of our snow storm last Tuesday. We ended up with nearly a foot of snow, but it was so cold out that it was the super light fluffy stuff. You could have cleaned your car off with a feather duster it was so light and non-stick.  I thought it was unfortunate last week that my picture day is Monday, because Tuesday’s picture was far superior. I snapped a picture around noontime, after the snow had started, but before any major accumulation had happened.

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Isn’t that a more interesting picture? Ah well. I guess my 52 project will just have to have 53 pictures. lol  I’m sure no one will mind. Don’t those trees remind you of the impressionist paintings of New York? The one that comes to mind for me is Childe Hassam’s Late Afternoon, New York, winter.

I know a lot of people have a moan about winter,  but I really love it.  I love the bracing cold, and the grey skies. I love being out in the crisp air, and then coming home to my warm house and a hot coffee. I love snuggling on the couch with my knitting spread out around me like a woolly nest.  Its all quite nice in my book.  I hope your Monday is wonderful, whatever your weather!

Here & There: VKL Prep

We only have three more sleeps till Vogue Knitting Live NYC, as Florrie would say. lol We don’t have a lot of homework to do before we start. Really just making yarn cakes of the wool we bought for the color work class.

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Down here in the city I am still running to and fro with meeting prep and lunch deliveries. While I’m downtown today I’m going to go to Purl Soho (believe me it was dangerously close when I worked out of the downtown store) to see about getting a last minute ball winder. Of course mine broke this week!   I need to rustle up some colored pencils for color work sketching.  I’m excited about the natural dye class, too.  I can’t wait!

-Marie

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Up here in the woods I’ve been doodling a little in preperation for the colour work class we’re taking. Tomorrow I’ll pack my bags and gather my supplies before heading to the Big Apple Thursday. I feel like a school girl getting ready for the first day. Pencils, check. Needles, check. Apron, Check. In a reverse of the norm I’ll be Marie’s house guest for a few nights, leaving the little ones at home with Dad.

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Vogue Knitting Live 2014

VKL2I know I should be concentrating on Thanksgiving but I am starting to get excited for Vogue Knitting Live NYC! Its still nearly two months out, but you all know how time flies. Florrie and I have signed up for classes, a lecture and we have our marketplace passes ready to go.

Our Schedule looks like this:

01/17/2014
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Adding and Inventing Colorwork Patterns – NEW!
01/17/2014
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Lecture: Journey Inside the Great White Bale with Clara Parkes
01/18/2014
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hand-Painted Yarn: Customizing a Palette with Natural, Botanical Dyes – NEW!
01/18/2014
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Secrets to Writing Your Own Sweater Patterns  

So excited! The color work class is with the Color Work Queen, Mary Jane Mucklestone. (I have just dubbed her this… I’m fairly certain that she doesn’t go around introducing herself this way) the class is about incorporating color work into design.The class notes said to bring 3-8 colors of wool to work with.  Florrie and I promptly bought 8 shades of Cascade 220,  you know we don’t do things by halves.

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I can’t wait to see what we come up with. I have always loved color work, but find it a bit daunting. The few times I have tried it it didn’t work out so great (getting the tension of the travelling strands was trickier than I thought!).  So my hopes for this class are that it will demystify the process for me and help with my design work.

We’re also taking a foray into hand dying yarn. That is something that Florrie and I have been chomping at the bit to try for years now. This class will focus on natural dyes, its pretty incredible what you can do with plants and minerals. Our last class is all about sweater design. I have been sketching sweaters for ages and I can knit one for myself but the idea of grading sizes to fit a multitude of body shapes scares the pants off me so I have my fingers crossed that I will get the courage to plunge in after taking this class. Bring it on, sweaters! If your classes don’t scare you at least a little bit, they aren’t the right classes, in my opinion.

Our lecture is the Yarn Whisperer herself Clara Parkes. We are especially excited about this lecture because its something that we have been thinking, planning and dreaming about for a couple of years now.  Wool. More specifically production of wool into gorgeous, squashy, lovely skeins for hand knitting. I’m just saying… its a very exciting prospect.  Don’t you think so?

Hurry up January! I can barely wait. Will we see you there?

-Marie

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