i have left silver city. for good as far as i know. i packed everything i own (except my spinning wheel, which i now am wishing i had left something less important, say all of my clothes, to make room for it; and my broken sewing machine, which i’m sure if my dad and i put our heads together we could remedy) into my car, hopped in and drove towards the wretched inferno… i mean texas. now i am here visiting my dad and playing with my little brother; i have found myself missing alaska… a lot. i don’t know if it’s the heat, or seeing my dad, or being thrown into a new situation that makes me long for my far away home, but i do know that i love it there.
i love the breeze, and the flowers, and the water, and the moose, and the smell… always crisp with the memory of winter on its shoulders, and the green.
these are some picture i recently dug up of some of my adventures in ak. this is a hike about 40 miles north of anchorage, near hatchers pass, called reed lakes. its about 4 miles one way and after trying to scramble your way up mud slides and a mile and a half of boulder hopping you end up at lower reed lake.
which is the offspring (via giant waterfall) of upper reed lake.
which is the offspring of glacier run-off i believe. making it very very cold.
this is my friend doug. he shared a lot of my alaska adventures with me. this is a picture of him testing the fridgidness of the water before he went for a little swim; which was a hilarious event lasting about 7 seconds and resulting in the loss of feeling in his fingers and toes.
this picture also inspired a little painting of mine.
…and now on to other things.
i have recently completed my first triangle shawl. i am really very excited about this. i have been trying to conquer a triangle shawl for some time now and i had almost come to the point where i thought i met my match in knitting. i think it was because i just couldn’t wrap my mind around the construction process, and the way that they start at the neck. but i finally just buckled down and plowed through one.
this is the gail (aka nightsong) shawl by jane araujo. i knit this out of Misty Alpaca Lace, 100% alpaca on size US4 needles. it actually knit up pretty quick, only having to redo a couple of part a couple of times it took me the better part of four days to knit and block.
now that i have one under my belt i think i might be ready to take on my dream shawl… the aeolian shawl by elizabeth freeman, but alas… i haven’t the yarn with the balls to meet this challenge with me.
i’ll make these next ones short since this is getting rather long.
i have still been making hats. and i have also discovered that no two washing machines are alike. the settings that i was using to felt hats in silver city is producing kids hats here in texas. i haven’t figured out the right recipe for felting here but i’ll keep trying.
this hat would fit a three year old i think.
this is the only one that turned out good in my opinion.
…last but not least.
this is ABC the floppy-head kitty.
the pattern is ysolda’s stuffies.
made with alpaca and adored by aidan!