Thursday, December 4, 2014


It has been a lot of yarn work and little play lately, much of which has been with yarn available in big box stores. Not too much acrylic, the vast majority wool because I have to stay loyal to the cause, but it can a bit dull nonetheless. 

Enter this gorgeous skein of Tosh Merino Light, colorway Spectrum. I can't stop admiring its beautiful goodness, in the way that any truly stunning object demands attention and admiration. The project is somewhat "for fun," or at least not work: a going away gift for my sons' high school principal, who has been so good to them. The pattern should knit up quickly and I hope to make good headway this weekend.

Yes, it is December 4 and we still have a pumpkin on our porch, where I took this picture. It goes very well with the burlap wreath I made in class two weeks ago, thankyouverymuch. I'll have to get rid of them when we put the Christmas greens up but I hate to toss a perfectly good and cheerful pumpkin. We do have our holiday lights out and for right now everyone is coexisting just fine.

Same as with the prior set of advent photos, the top one represents my attempts to master Instagram. The lurking suspicion remains that I am just not getting it, but I continue to flail away. This was not a pre-set filter but individual adjustments. Messing around too much seems to make the photo a lot grainier as a result, not so noticeable on small phone screens but very evident on the computer. The result on this one isn't necessarily bad, however, and I love how the one row of soybeans lined up perfectly perpendicular to my vantage point.

The bottom photo was taken with my iPhone and no edits so a lot crisper as a result. The cat would like to point out that she needs no stinkin' filters.

Wednesday December 3: Thrive
Thou know'st not which may thrive, the late or early sown; 
grace keeps the precious germs alive when and wherever strown.

Thursday December 4: Abide
Abide with me; fast falls the eventide.


  1. I give any pumpkins (especially rotting ones!) to the sheep. The rotting ones act as a natural dewormer. The sheep don't know any better, and gobble them up (after they have fun playing ball with them). ;) --Rebekah in Oklahoma

  2. I don't recognize what crop that combine is harvesting. What is it, please?

  3. I agree. I look for pumpkins at the end of autumn just to feed to the ruminants. They love them! Beautiful photos, all of them, Kris!