8 Days of Changing Landscapes

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A roadtrip this long deserves more time and reflection, until then, here is an overview of the landscapes we passed through last week – from the west coast to the Rockies and back again. Continue reading

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Going to Big Places

If you have been keeping an eye on my Ravelry designer’s page you may have noticed that not much has changed in the last few months. Painted Plumes came out in March and has done very well but no new patterns have been added. After my father passed away in April knitting and designing took a back burner. I’m happy to report that there are new designs in the works!

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The first of the Fall 2014 patterns is on schedule to come out towards the end of August and there are three more for September and October. One of them is even a free hat pattern! Who doesn’t love free patterns. From the start it has been my intention to offer a selection of free patterns and this will be the first one.

For a preview of unreleased patterns you can check out my projects in Ravelry. There is a tab for JahDK samples and prototypes. As you can see from the image below, about two-thirds of them have yet to be released.

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My big news this week is that I’m heading out on a road trip! Tomorrow morning my partner and I start a little pilgrimage to scatter my father’s ashes in the Rockies and visit with family in BC’s interior. Along the way I’ll be checking out yarn stores, knitting and taking photos like crazy. Who knows, I may even pick up a skein of yarn or two. It has been many. many years since I camped or did any serious hiking but this will all be changing in the next few days! I hope my knees hold up. What ever shape I’m in there will be blog posts about the journey in the next few days. I must admit, I’m rather excited for sleeping in a tent again.

Following the Birds

It is another beautiful day in this city of mine. Vancouver has blessed us with a spectacular summer and the sun continues on into September. Yes, there has been some rain in recent weeks but it came with some amazing thunder storms – the kind that fill you with energy and renewed awe of nature. Today, the sun is shinning as I sit on my patio but the temperatures are cooling. In the shade I can tell that my “summer office” will soon have to close for the season and return to the confines of the apartment. A linen cardigan keeps the breeze from my shoulders but my toes are calling for socks and I find myself rubbing my hands. Soon enough I’ll head out for some errands and feel the sun’s warmth but on this side of the building it is chilly.

The chill doesn’t bother me though and there’s good reason for that. Fall is my favorite wardrobe of year. All those hand-knit scarves, hats, and gloves that were tucked away for the summer months get to rejoin life. This year I have another reason to appreciate the shift in seasons, we are following the birds and flying south.

We are migrating to Mexico for a month! It will be somewhat of a working vacation but a month in the tropics is a month in the tropics. I have great plans of lounging in the sun, writing, knitting, reading, relaxing, and exploring. It has been another stressful year and I anticipate it will take the first two weeks just to de-stress. By the time we return I will have a fresh coat of bronze, the tension will be gone from my body and I’ll be ready to take on the world again.

The migration commences in just over two weeks. Expect to hear lots about it, I can think of little else.

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