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October 08, 2010

Fall Leaves Eye Candy Friday

For the past while I've not been inspired to pick up the camera (much) or the knitting needles (much). This week, though, there are stirrings.

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I like photographing fallen leaves. Leaves on the trees are pretty, but they just aren't interesting pictures to me.

Last night I knit more than two rows on my Urban Aran. cardigan. I've been good for about a row at time, so this is improvement.

July 23, 2010

Eye Candy Wrecks You Can't Look Away

We were out on the tandem, minding our own business, when we attempted to cross under this bridge but were stopped in our tracks.

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Low Clearance, July 2010

Apparently the garbage truck forgot how tall he was and how low the bridge was. A wreck from which I could not look away.

The last couple of days have been like that, but today is looking up! Have a great weekend.

June 11, 2010

Robin Cam Eye Candy Friday

Thanks to everyone willing to give a good home to my small bead stash. The random number generator smiled upon Stephannie of Sunset Cat, and the beads are on their way to her.

In years past, I have been lucky enough to have a robin's nest right outside my window. This year, there is a nest but its hard to spot and difficult to photograph. Today, though, I went out with my camera and got screamed at by momma/daddy robin.

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"Get away from my babies! I really mean it!"

Undeterred, I snapped a quick picture of the three Big Baby robins.

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That nest is getting just a wee bit crowded. "Mom, he's kicking me!" "No, SHE's kicking me!"

I'm guessing these little ones will be flying off shortly. And more robins join the landscape outside my window.

June 04, 2010

Back of Bike Cam

I can't believe its Friday again. My experience of time is that the days/weeks/months just absolutely fly by. Life is good, life is fun. But it sure would be nice to slow down this pace.

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I know at least a few Boston ex-pats will enjoy this back-of-bike-cam picture. We took a great urban-assault tandem ride into Boston and Cambridge on Memorial Day. Low traffic, lovely weather. A good time.

April 30, 2010

Cat Eye Candy Friday

Its been awhile since there have been cat pictures here, so I just went and found Kimba and made her model for me.

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Nap interrupted.

What I'm looking forward to this weekend:

1. No office equipment emergencies.
2. A nice tandem ride.
3. Perhaps getting 10 minutes of sun on my back deck. Body, not face.
4. Wearing some of my new summer clothes.

I hope you are looking forward to something fine this weekend too!

April 23, 2010

Spring Bee Eye Candy Friday

The big purple rhododendron out front is blooming up a storm, and an enormous bee is enjoying the spoils.

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This is as close to a bee as I'm getting -- they are not my friends.

This weekend I am looking forward to some nice tandem rides, some time in the gym, and perhaps a bit of knitting on Urban Aran. What are you looking forward to this weekend?

The thing messing me up with Urban Aran after letting the cardigan fronts sit for so long, is remembering how I decided to do the slip stitches on the center fronts. Did I decide to knit them on one side and slip them purlwise on the other? I wish I could figure it out. For now, I'm just trying to make the edges look the same as the rows below. But so far during my knitting sessions I've been too tired to retain the memory of how I've done that.

April 09, 2010

Spring Fever Eye Candy


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Cherry blossoms a whole week early. Life is good!

Those of you not doing your taxes this weekend, have a great one. To the rest of us -- good luck.

April 02, 2010

Spring is Springing

I wished for MOAR SPRING and MOAR BUDS and apparently I'm getting my wish.

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Cherry Blossom Buds, April 2010

The weatherpeople are promising a taste of summer this weekend. I'm ready to take a great big bite.

March 26, 2010

A New England Spring

This, I think, is a prototypical New England spring photo.

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Lilac buds dusted with snow, March 2010.

After the long winter and non-existent summer of last year, can it be shocking that I'm so rooting for the buds and the warm sunshine to trump the snow?

January 29, 2010

January Snow Eye Candy

Just a sugar coating of snow turns the scenery into a winter wonderland once again.

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Pretty, but cold (currently 6 degrees F). Brrr.

And, yes. The holiday lights are still up. Your point?

January 22, 2010

Friday Cat Eye Candy

Rather than look at a dead pumpkin all weekend, I thought it would be better to decorate this blog with one of my favorite Igor pictures.

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I am headed on the road for a work road trip today, and then I'm hoping for a work-free weekend. Maybe I'll even knit?

January 15, 2010

Ski Trail Eye Candy Friday

Stopping on the side of the cross-country ski trail to take a quick picture of the New Hampshire snow scenery.

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It is so nice to go away and see something different every once in awhile.

Have a great weekend!

January 08, 2010

Eye Candy Friday -- Winter Sky

Sometimes in the dead of winter -- snow covering everything and cold, frozen air mean dead of winter to me -- it is really easy to convince myself there is "nothing at which to point my camera".

Usually I am rewarded if I just try a little harder.

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There is a beauty to bare branches if you are open to it.

December 11, 2009

Boston Eye Candy Friday

So, you know what the technical difficulty was on Wednesday? Apparently I was using the word "curl" too much:

Really. Apparently my server thought hair talk was a security risk. So, my server boy disabled this setting so: HAIR TALK CAN RESUME!

Today's eye candy is one of my favorite Boston picture-ops.

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Old State House with Exchange Place in the background, December 2009.

Hopefully by the end of the weekend, there will be skiing pictures.

December 04, 2009

Sky Candy Friday

On an amazingly warm evening, this sky appeared during our bicycle ride.

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Sky over Battle Road, December 2009

Have a great weekend!

November 13, 2009

Cat Eye Candy Friday

What lurks under my desk on this Friday the 13th, meowing at inappropriate times and sometimes yakking up her lunch all over the cables and CPU tower?

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Hold me, I'm skeered.

Update on quinoa progress: Amy said: "There are some great recipes listed here, and I'll add just a couple ideas, we do it like we do basmati rice, saute onion in olive oil, add Indian spices like curry and turmeric (a great spice to reduce inflammation in your joints, I'm told), then add the quinoa and water or stock, cover and let cook for 20 minutes, until the water evaporates."

I did this last night, using some left over sweet onion, a teaspoon of so of Penzey's Sweet Curry powder, a half-cup of quinoa and a cup of water. After it was done cooking (I let it cook for about 13 minutes) I threw in a big handful of cooked chicken breast and had myself a delicious, nutritious meal. Onwards to try all your other great suggestions. Quinoa for the win!

October 30, 2009

Pumpkin Eye Candy Friday

Not my pumpkins.

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Sorry to be MIA 'round here. Not only is there no knitting but unless you want to hear about the brief-writing, the lecture-giving, the mentoring of young lawyers,(trust me, you don't) there is absolutely nothing else going on.

If you like Halloween, I hope you have a good one. Feel free to entertain me in the comments with what your Halloween costume is gonna be. (Hint: mine includes a pink tutu).

October 23, 2009

October Leaf Eye Candy

This week is peak foliage week where I live.

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October leaves, reflected. (click for bigger)

I'm reminding myself to enjoy the moments of this wonderful show for what they are, without thinking ahead to the bare branches to come.

October 16, 2009

Off to Rhinebeck

Its time to sing the sheep-and-wool song again.

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Rhinebeck Fairgrounds.

Sil and I are off to Rhinebeck! See you on Monday.

October 09, 2009

Autumn Leaf Eye Candy Friday

We are getting to the middle of October, which around here means leaf season.

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My backyard, today.

I'd like to slow down the passage of time. Cause I know that at this time next month, there will be nothing but naked branches and cold, grey days.

October 02, 2009

Eye Candy Friday - Steps

I always have a camera with me. Yet often I see a photograph and consciously choose not to take it: too boring, already done, or (mostly) I'm just too lazy.

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Government Center steps, Boston - September 2009.

Sometimes when I can be assed to actually take the picture, I'm quite pleased that I did. The rest of the time, I'm happy that digital crappy photos are free (as opposed to having film development costs just to look at my suckitude).

This weekend is reserved for family birthday festivities, as Claudia's and Silvia's mom turns 75. Hope you have fun times planned for the weekend too!

September 25, 2009

If its Friday, It Must Be...

....Igor Candy Friday.

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Igor doesn't like looking at the camera lens, so a full-on shot of his green-eyed-felineness is rare.

The number one thing I'm hoping for this weekend is NO RAIN ON SUNDAY. We were hoping to ride the Hub On Wheels ride around Boston on Sunday, but a rainy day, a tandem bicycle and thousands of inexperienced riders really don't mix well.**

The number two thing I'm hoping for is some knitting mojo strong enough for me to pick up one of the projects that has been languishing for months: Urban Aran. Its fall and time to get this bad boy into my sweater wardrobe.

Have a great weekend!


**A tandem, being a long, heavy bike is not as nimble and maneuverable as a regular single bike in order to avoid the inevitable lame-ass moves of riders who don't know what they are doing. Stopping the weight of two people plus a big bike on wet pavement is also a trick.

September 19, 2009

Picture Saturday

I missed Eye Candy Friday this week, but instead I offer you Picture Saturday.

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Inside the tunnel heading to the airport to pick up Silvia.

Have a fun weekend....we sure will!

September 04, 2009

Eye Candy Friday

This picture evokes a nice memory of sitting on an outdoor terrace on a hot summer day having a cold beverage, while contemplating the meaning of this mural.

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Mural off of St.Denis, Montreal - August 2009

Have a great weekend! If anyone is working it as I am, feel free to commiserate with me in the comments.

August 28, 2009

Eye Odd Candy Friday

There are just some pictures you have to take.

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Montreal vacant lot, August 2009.

Have a great weekend!

August 14, 2009

And She's Off To.....

....Montreal!

I totally did not realize how easy those clues were. The bagels must have given it away. The random-number-generated winner of the Montreal souvenir is claudiak who guessed Israel (points for creativity!). Thanks to everyone for playing, and for your good wishes for a fun vacation.

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Soon, just like this hungry butterfly, I will be snarfing down some delicious bagels, and then perhaps some smoked meat and maybe some fancy French food as well.

The big orange tandem is coming with to help balance out all this eating with some bicycle tourism.

Look for me back here at the end of next week with a boatload of pictures of (hopefully) good times. Au revoir!

July 31, 2009

Kimba Candy Friday

Kimba says good morning.

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This kitty is going to the vet for a fairly serious appointment today. Please think good thoughts for her.

July 24, 2009

High-Brow Eye Candy Friday

A pretty picture for a rainy, gray, wet cold summer day.

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Carving on Grand Piano. The Clark, July 2009.

Have a great weekend!

June 12, 2009

Friday Eye Candy Plus Prizes!

The return of back-of-bike cam:

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Shaker ruins, Harvard, MA - June 2009. For more information on the Shakers, click here.

In order to be ready to ride the 75 miles of the MS Ride we'll probably work up to about 50-60 mile rides or so. I get plenty of time for seeing the sights on the back of the tandem, but picture-taking is only for stops and those are pretty darn rare. But we had to stop to see this. Who knew there were cool ruins near me?

Prizes and donations continue to roll in. Thanks everyone so much! For those of you not as enthralled with all the begging for $$ over here -- the end is in sight. There are only two more weeks of fundraising before the actual ride on Saturday, June 27th. It will be over soon!

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From Michelle comes this lovely skein of Opal Masterpiece sock yarn in color 3704. I happen to love Opal sock yarn -- it makes colorful socks that wear like iron. One lucky winner will find out for themselves!

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Melanie is donating an awesome prize: three prizes of three patterns each, winners' choice from the large selection of her great patterns! My personal favorite is the Hanami pattern shown above.

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If you are drooling over lace, keep drooling over this next prize. Caroline L. (sweetcaroline on Ravelry) is donating a brand-new copy of Nancy Bush's Knitted Lace of Estonia to one lucky winner.

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Laura is donating three skeins (about 190 yards each) of her handspun alpaca. If you don't happen to spin, this prize is a great way of learning about how special and "alive" handspun yarn is. Thanks Laura!

Aubrey from Goodies Unlimited Soaps is offering four winners a $25 gift certificate and she will pay world-wide shipping. But that's not all -- this year Aubrey is also throwing into the Prize Basket two sock knits, each including a set of (my favorite) Grafton Fibers DPNs. Six winners will walk away from this raffle as happy campers because of Aubrey's generosity.

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Check out this extremely cute handmade bag set donated by Michele of Three Bags Full. This is actually in my hot little hands, so that I can personally attest to its cuteness. This would be perfect for storing a sock project and using the little matching bag for notions.

To win these great prizes or any of the other mouth-watering delights in the MS Ride Prize Basket, donate $10 or more to my MS Ride

Have a great weekend!

June 05, 2009

Friday Shawl Candy

Today's Eye Candy Friday is brought to you by Knitting the Blues Terry:

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She is donating this beautiful Forest Canopy Shawl shown in splendid form here to the MS Ride Prize Basket. How cool is that!

Enter to win this awesome prize by donating $10 or more to my MS Ride here or via the Paypal link on my sidebar.

May 22, 2009

Robin Cam Friday

I managed to photograph one baby robin with its beak up.

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(Click for bigger) They are growing up so fast. The parent Robin (I can't tell if its mom or dad) is away from the nest much of the time hunting for food to feed hungry mouths. However, as soon as I get outside and am sneaking up to the nest with my camera, s/he always comes back to screech at me from a nearby tree. Cussed out by a robin...the things I do for this blog.

For today's MS Ride Prize Basket addition, let's go for a Socky Friday:

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From Silvia comes this beautiful skein of Trekking Hand Art sock yarn (457 yds) in the Fire colorway. Ooooo. Fire. If only I could win one of these prizes, I'd sure like this one.

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Another great prize comes from Hunter at Violently Domestic who is offering two lucky winner a complete set of her patterns Popped (pictured above), Nugatory and Ensnared. First of all, I can't resist the name "Violently Domestic", and second, what pretty socks!

To win these or any of the other great prizes already in the Prize Basket donate $10 or more to my MS Ride by clicking this link or clicking the Paypal button in my sidebar.

Have a great weekend!

May 15, 2009

Friday Robin Cam

The bright blue robin eggs in this spring's nest have hatched!

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(Click for bigger) The robin mama hates my guts because there is just no good way to photograph this nest without her seeing me. But it looks like there are two baby robins in the nest. Yay for baby robins!

In honor of new robins, let me add a couple of great prizes to the MS Ride Prize Basket:

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From Teyani comes 8 luscious oz. of butter-yellow cormo spinning fiber. Mmmm....cormo. So soft, so lovely. She is running a fundraiser on her blog for her choral society, yet still generously donates a prize to my Ride: check out her prize basket too!

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Suzanne graciously donated this amazingly cute Morehouse Critter Scarf kit. What a fun project this will make for a lucky knitter.

To win these and the other great prizes in the MS Ride Prize Basket donate $10 or more here or use the Paypal link on my sidebar.

Have a great weekend!

May 08, 2009

More Spring Eye Candy

There is no shortage of natural beauty during a New England spring.

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The lilacs are just about ready to burst into flower.

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As of this morning, no hatching. Sorry for the blurriness: my camera was set wrong but I didn't want to do it over with the mama robin so wanting me gone.

In keeping with the nature theme here today, let me throw something fitting into the MS Ride Prize Basket:

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This is new copy of the Norah Gaughan book "Knitting Nature" generously donated by Gina F. To win this great prize or any of the other prizes in the Prize Basket, donate $10 or more to my MS Ride.

Have a great weekend!

May 01, 2009

Sheep Candy Friday

On the eve of Maryland Sheep and Wool weekend, I figured that a sheep picture might be appropriate to entertain those of us left behind.

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Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, May 2008

Have a great weekend, whatever you do and wherever you are!

April 24, 2009

Shadow Eye Candy Friday

I love shadow self-portraits.

Historic house foundation, Battle Road, Lexington MA -- April 2009

I have somehow managed to screw up my right biceps, which is depressing the hell out of me at the moment. This, apparently, is a necessary knitting muscle/tendon but doesn't stop me from riding the back of the tandem. Still. Depressing.

April 17, 2009

Red Tulip Eye Candy

Many of you know that orange is my favorite color. But a deep, luscious red can rival my orange-love almost any day.

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I find taking pictures of flowers extremely difficult. Its hard to add interest to something already beautiful, but so many pretty flower pictures are at the same time so commonplace.

Yet, I'm feeling grateful this morning that there ARE FINALLY flowers of which to take pictures. Welcome spring!

April 10, 2009

Black and White Eye Candy

Although I'm tempted to post entirely cliched-but-colorful pictures of spring flowers, I'm not entirely ready to pass by some wintery gloom.

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King's Chapel, Boston, April 2009

Knowing that a few of you reading are Boston ex-pats who enjoy seeing glimpses of the city motivates me to take out my camera as I'm hurrying around on errands. I really appreciate that kick in the pants.

April 03, 2009

Fog Eye Candy Friday

It was a foggy, drizzly, spring afternoon in Boston today.

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Faneuil Hall, Boston, April 2009.

Here's hoping for a brighter weekend!

March 20, 2009

Play of Light Eye Candy

Walking along the street, I looked up and saw the play of the golden sunset light on this otherwise incredibly ordinary building.

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I always have a camera with me for this exact reason.

May your weekend also include good, golden light.

February 27, 2009

Ocean Eye Candy Friday

I'm feeling the need for some crashing ocean waves, beach and lava rock. Perhaps there are others of you out there.

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Maui, January 2008 (click for bigger).

Just after I took this picture, the wave barreled in through the rocks and I couldn't out-run it. Wet, sandy feet. Oh to have them now.

Have a great weekend!

February 20, 2009

Frozen Eye Candy

Today's Eye Candy Friday is brought to you by the word:

Frozen.

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Have a warm weekend, perhaps curled up by a roaring fireplace with some knitting and a cup of delicious hot chocolate. With marshmallows.

February 06, 2009

Slopestyle Eye Candy Friday

File under "skiing fast is my therapy".

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Angel Street, Loon Mountain, New Hampshire. February 2009. (click for bigger)

A camera lens has difficulty showing the steepness, but here is the view from the middle of one of my favorite runs pictured in the extra-challenging flat light of the late afternoon. Very few things so efficiently focus the mind on the present moment as skiing over an icy headwall. I love that.

New yarn has arrived, a sock is completed. But that will wait until next week. Have a great weekend!

January 30, 2009

Eye Candy Friday, Banyan Edition

Although Maui is fast fading from my recent memory into the archives, perhaps an occasional re-appearance of the island on Eye Candy Friday might be in order.

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The Giant Banyan Tree, Lahaina, Maui.

Read more about this amazing tree here. It took me awhile to realize that the markings on this tree were graffiti. Seriously, people suck sometimes.

January 16, 2009

Cold Snap Eye Candy Friday

Brrrr.

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This is what 12 degrees F. looks like.

So, I need to ask a favor. There is apparently some sort of snow event predicted for this coming Sunday. THE DAY MY PLANE IS LEAVING FOR MAUI! Can you feel my panic through the screen? It would make me feel immensely better if concerned knitters might wave your DPNs or somehow otherwise send good-weather-karma so that my plane leaves the ground just fine.

I really need to get to Maui, people. Thanks so much in advance.

January 09, 2009

Ideals of Justice Eye Candy

Recently when my mom was visiting, I had to run an errand near the court where I argue my cases. It was a cold day, so we ducked inside.

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Ideals of Justice, December 2008.

And another court shot, taken some time ago:

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Looking Up, January 2007.

Trying to make good on an intention to notice and photograph things I might otherwise just walk past.

Have a great weekend!

January 02, 2009

First Eye Candy Friday

Eye candy is sometimes not universally acclaimed. Some pictures that I put in the Eye Candy Friday category, well. I can't really explain why.

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(click for bigger) "We Miss You Nolan 1984-2007" with the Boston skyline in the background. December 2008. A souvenier of a gray, cold, wet day on the mountain tandem.

December 19, 2008

Light Up Eye Candy Friday

After a late meeting last night, I noticed the lights blazing in my New England town center.

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Thanks so much from Joy to all of you who donated to the Tso Pema Medical Emergency Fund. She says:

"this is making a difference - we've been in a tad bit of despair the past few weeks about how to manage it all. I have more info and photos to post to the blog, but my broadband connection has been down for days and I'm back
to playing online with a cellphone - not conducive to blogging. But many good things are happening and now many more can with people's sweet generousity."

Now THAT puts me in a festive, holiday frame of mind.

Everyone around here is waiting for a big-ass snowstorm to hit. I've got some hot chocolate (Sandy is so right -- this stuff is delicious) and enough food and snacks, so bring it on.

December 12, 2008

Cat Eye Candy

In today's Eye Candy Friday, I show you one member of this household who absolutely LOVES the holidays.

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"Mmmm....plastic wrapping! Ribbons! Me LOVE chewing!"

Random Things I've Learned This Week

1. You cannot willy-nilly put more RAM into your computer. I've been running out of memory when editing pictures in Photoshop and bought a 1 GB RAM module to throw into an empty slot. Crash. Let's just say that I've ordered another identical 1 GB RAM chip to pair with it and thrown out my ancient 256 MB ones.

2. I love calling up a company with a desperate "its broken" plea and having a patient, helpful and knowledgeable person actually fix the problem. A shout out to Eric at Crucial.com!

3. Although I cannot yet do an unassisted chin up, this week I did seven of them with 40 pounds of my weight counterbalanced. And I can jump up and hold my chin over the bar for a good long time.

4. I decided to make doing a real chin up a fitness goal because I could NEVER do one in junior high school when we had to do all those Presidential Physical Fitness tests every year. I figured it would be easier and more kick-ass to turn 44 and be able to do something that I couldn't when I was 14.

5. Fat-free Greek yogurt is COMPLETELY delicious. So creamy, so thick and good. How did I never know of this before?

6. As a notary public, I've been carrying around a stamp and seal for the last seven years informing me that "My Commission Expires Jan. 16, 2009". I've always looked at that date and thought it was impossibly distant in the future. Now I realize that its next month. Woah. Time passages.

That is all. Have a great weekend!

December 05, 2008

Subway Eye Candy

A picture can be hiding in plain sight anywhere, even on a dark Boston street.

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Boston Subway, December 2008.

The weekend awaits!

November 28, 2008

Challenge Eye Candy

Sandy issued a challenge:

* Go to your Sixth Picture Folder then pick your Sixth Picture.

* Pray that you remember the details.

* Tag 5 others.

Not being a meme-er, I'll go so far as doing the first and the second.

Amazingly, what popped up were sheep:

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This picture was taken at the Mass. Sheep and Wool Festival a/k/a Cummington in May of 2006. Its not really a blog-worthy picture, so let me fix it up a little bit.

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I think its hilarious that a randomly chosen picture from the thousands on my hard drive would be of sheep.

Baaa.

November 21, 2008

Rush Hour Eye Candy

November is the month where I am always chasing the light.

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Rush Hour, November 2008

November is the month where I really am the coldest. The adjustment from warmer months to cooler takes a bit of time. Why not buy the Gretel pattern and attempt (yet again) to knit the warm hat of my dreams?

November 14, 2008

Seen Around Town

Sometimes I stop and take pictures of things and I really don't know why.

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I hope the kid got his bike back.

November 07, 2008

Can a Weed be Eye Candy?

And here is the story of my work week and my upcoming glorious work-free weekend, in metaphor.

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"I may only be a weed, but despite the odds I have grown up through this pile of lumber and survived to see the sun." -- The weed.

October 31, 2008

Non-Spooky Eye Candy

Apparently Halloween has expanded into "Halloween week", at least with respect to all the scary movies and spooky specials on the tellyvision this past little while. Myself, I don't care for fake blood and gore.**

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Here is the non-scariest, most cheerful cemetery pic you'll see today (click for bigger). May you have no tricks/all treats this Halloween!

**Real blood and gore, though, is all in a days work.

October 17, 2008

Leaf Candy, Reflected

Forgive me another leaf picture. You couldn't help it either if you were here.

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Time to pack for Rhinebeck.

October 10, 2008

Eye Candy Friday, Cow Edition

My sister recently alerted me to the Rhinebeck show's Photo Contest.

Never having entered a photo contest, and always being up for something new, I'm going to enter this picture in the "Animal" category:

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I'm also considering entering this one.

Are you going to Rhinebeck? Do you like to take pictures? Well then, why not join me in entering? I emailed the organizers, and apparently its OK to drop off entries at the fairgrounds as late as about 5 PM next Friday. Let the knitblog photographers represent!

October 03, 2008

October Leaf Candy

There comes a point in every SeptemberOctober when suddenly I realize that fall -- my favorite season -- has arrived. And that if I don't hurry up and pay attention, it will be gone before I've enjoyed it.

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Last night was the first time this season that I reached for a wool sweater. Which was it? It was this one.

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It has been forever since I've spent much time in my fiber room (really....a whole room with nothing in it but my yarn and fleece, spinning wheels and such). Imagine. Lucky enough to have a fiber room, but not using it?!?! That is messed up. So last night I avoided the political stuff on the TV by hanging out in there, knitting on Apres Surf Hoodie and contemplating the spinning wheel.

And it was good.

It would have been better with a mug of hot chocolate.

Next time.

September 26, 2008

Ode to a Sunny Day

Today is the first of three forecasted rainy days. I'm not sad: there are indoor projects to keep me entertained. But on grey morninged Eye Candy Fridays, a reminder of a blue-sky, sunny day can't possibly hurt.

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(click for bigger). Chains and Shadows: a view from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston MA.

September 19, 2008

Orange is Today's Color

I love orange. Yes I do.

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I have an orange Birch shawl.

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I have an orange bicycle.

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My Apres Surf Hoodie is pumpkiny orange. My cat, however, is not orange.

Oh, and I might now have an ORANGE iPod Nano!

I'll admit it: if there was no orange color I probably wouldn't have purchased this. In fact, what sent me right over the edge was the feature on the new Nano that enlarges the font so that without my glasses on I have a shot at reading the menus. Although I haven't enabled this feature, this new Nano also allows the menu options to be read aloud as you scroll through them to improve the accessibility for folks with vision challenges. Nice job Apple.

So far, two thumbs up! So small, so light, and the sound is great. Now I need to figure out how to attach this to myself during workouts. Armband? Other?

This weekend = knitting and riding, but not working. I can hardly wait.

September 12, 2008

Eye - Fall Is Coming - Candy Friday

As the tandem was climbing the steep road over Twann, I made the front of the bike stop for this picture.

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Grape leaves turning fall colors.

I knew this would be good Eye Candy for the first hint of cool autumn days and nights. This picture makes me think of fall sweaters (Ravelry link) and Rhinebeck, even though my summer clothes are still in heavy rotation.

Fall is my absolute favorite season. And fall is my favorite season for knitting. Time to pick up some long-neglected woolly projects and plan new ones!

August 22, 2008

Giant Corn Eye Friday

This is not so much Eye Candy Friday, but yet another installment in the bike-cam series of "weird things seen by the side of the road":

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A giant Mr. Corn. Click here to see me with my new best friend.

Claudia's Blog is going on a well-deserved vacation to a beautiful place! If I can, I'll post a bit from there. Until we connect again, enjoy the last bits of summer!

August 15, 2008

The Return of Bike Cam

Now that the tandem is on the road again, I have renewed opportunity to see (and take pictures of) odd things found on the roadside.

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I love me some lawn sheep n' pigs. The only way this could be better, is if the pigs had little wings on them.

August 01, 2008

Summer City Eye Candy

A walk through the city on a summer's night with a camera ready.

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Sometimes things, rather than people.

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Have a great summer weekend!

July 25, 2008

Ultimate Eye Candy Friday

I've got one of the most beautiful places on earth on my mind.

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Click here for big.

I wonder why?

July 11, 2008

Museum Eye Candy

Sometimes I feel like the guy in the middle.

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And sometimes I feel like the people-blurs.

You?

July 04, 2008

Eye Candy Fourth of July Friday

It is the Fourth of July, a holiday in the United States devoted to backyard barbeques of hamburgers and hot dogs, fireworks, parades, and a bright summer sun. Although where I'm at today I expect none of these things, perhaps a blue sky/summer sun picture is in order anyway.

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Cape Cod sunshine, 2008.

Have a happy Friday, holiday or no!

June 06, 2008

Fish Eye Candy Friday

I've got a new fish eye lens, and I'm not afraid to use it.

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The baby ducks of the "Make Way for Ducklings" sculpture in the Boston Public Garden and Keyboard Biologist Theresa who now knows how easily entertained by fisheye distortion I am.

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Igor, fished. No cats were harmed in the making of this photo.

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Boston Public Garden Allium (and I'm so proud of myself for knowing what this flower is...I think).

MS Ride Prize Basket

Math has never been my strong suit. So the MS Ride prizes have been rolling in, and I've been picking out one to showcase each day that I post, thinking that would work out fine given that the last prize will get shown on June 27th, the day before the MS Ride on Saturday, June 28th.

However, today I actually counted up the prizes and realized that even if I post every week day from now until the ride, I need to show THREE new prizes per day to get through them all. So. That's what we are gonna do: check back every week day from now on for three new fabulous prizes that YOU can get a chance to win with a $10 donation to my MS Ride.

First up today, Aubrey at Goodies Unlimited has donated four $25.00 gift certificates for Goodies merchandise (each is a separate prize) and one pair of socks'-work of indie-dyed sock yarn (separate prize) to the cause.

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Pumpkinmama Erin has donated a skein of her handspun, 2 ply sport-weight (4 oz./360 yds) of handpainted merino. Mmmm. Handspun!

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And, Carrie has donated one of her handmade drawstring sock project bags, with a coordinating notions bag, made made up in the winner's preferred colors. WOO HOO! A custom made prize!

You can find these and the other great Prize Basket prizes, along with more information about the fundraiser here.

May 23, 2008

Lilac Friday

I'll admit, I'm not a gardener and take little interest in flowers and such if I have to maintain them. In the early 1990's, as a housewarming present my aunt and uncle sent us a lilac plant from a mail-order nursery. A tiny stick with a root ball. Not knowing anything about lilacs, I randomly stuck in a corner of our backyard.

It is now enormous. Frightening, in fact.

For many years, this enormous bush produced nary a flower. Flowerlicious, it still isn't. But this year there are sufficient blooms for a Lilac Eye Candy Friday.

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And to fiber up this place for the weekend, how about another MS Ride prize?

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Elizabeth has donated a skein of her handspun Tussah silk, handdyed by Just Our Yarn, approximately 12 grams, approximately 500 yards. Mmmm...silk.

May 16, 2008

To End the Week....Yarn and Flowers

When the going gets tough, the tough buy yarn.

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I asked Sundara to send me something pretty to cheer me up and yesterday a yarny ray of sunshine arrived in the post. Left: Green Tea over Melon. Right: Punk Rock Purple. Soft, delectable, beautiful shiny new sock yarn goes a long way to making it all better.

The last time I knit with Sundara sock yarn, I made Monkeys which turned out the perfect length for my foot. The Monkey pattern repeat doesn't allow for alot of flexibility in sizing the foot without screwing up the stitch pattern. I'm finding that my Chocolate Monkeys knit with Claudia's Handpainted yarn turned out just a bit too long in the foot. Reflecting, I think, its slightly thicker grist. Since I already know that Sundara sock + Monkey = perfect, perhaps we know what the next sock project might be....

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And because its Eye Candy Friday, my azalea bush in full flower at sunset. Enjoying the spring beauty while its here!

May 02, 2008

City Spring Eye Candy

Springtime shows off the beauty of everything. Even a train station.

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Boston, 2008.

Coming up in the blog next week: a Maryland Sheep and Wool report, a check in on people's BAT/KAT progress and the launch of Knitters Against Multiple Sclerosis 2008. It kind of makes me tired just thinking about it, but in a good way.

Sil and I are off to Maryland where my shopping agenda is to find a kick-ass MS Ride Raffle prize. See you next week!

April 25, 2008

Cherry Blossom Eye Candy

For those of you already in late spring or early summer, perhaps the excitement we feel in the Northeast bit of the US at our finally emergent cherry blossoms is just yesterday's news. For me, however, this is the sign for which I've been waiting that spring has sprung.

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This weekend marks the end of my Street Photography class. Feel free to check out my last class assignment and let me know what you think.

April 18, 2008

Spring Eye Candy

Today's spring Eye Candy celebrates the memory of Robin, who sadly did not make it. Nature is harsh, but also beautiful.

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Nothing says "spring is here" better than lovely crocus flowers.

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A lilac bud, at sunset.

My favorite holiday is near, the sun is shining and its possible to ride a bicycle without wearing long underwear. Good times. Have a great weekend!

April 11, 2008

Extra Eye Candy Friday II

Last Sunday afternoon found me trolling the cold, dark and rainy streets of Boston's Downtown Crossing attempting to complete a photography class assignment called "one subject 20 ways".

Downtown Crossing is much less upscale and chi-chi than the location of my first assignment which provided me with a wider diversity of people to photograph. The dank conditions resulted in a much gloomier set of pictures than did the sunny, good-light assignment day last week. However, I came up with one picture that might qualify as Friday Eye Candy:

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Can any Boston types identify where this was taken?

For those interested in looking at/commenting on/critiquing all ten photos from this assignment, the Flickr link is here.

There is one more class assignment day this coming Sunday. The weather forecast? Cold, dark and showery. Lovely. Maybe the perfect opportunity to shoot some film with my hardy all-metal, non-electronic camera!

April 04, 2008

Extra Eye Candy

The blog speaks, and I listen.

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Socks That Rock in "Prove it All Night", a generous present to me from Cara who is currently rocking out new-mom-hood. Thanks to everyone who voted, thus helping me beat Indecisive.

Today's "official" Eye Candy comes to you via the street photography class that I am taking this month. Our assignment was to go to the Newbury Street area of Boston and photograph what interested us, playing special attention to the light.

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Copley Square, Boston. 2008.

You can see the rest of my assignment here. Feel free to comment on what you like/don't like. Workshop critique of them is this weekend, but the blog gets first shots.

March 28, 2008

Literary Eye Candy Friday

Found while riding the tandem bicycle on a spring-like day.

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Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, Massachusetts. 2008.

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." Henry David Thoreau, Walden.

March 21, 2008

Things That Make You Go Hmmmm?

Sometimes Eye Candy Friday is just blandly pretty. But sometimes I'm gonna show you something that is just plain puzzling.

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East Boston, 2008.

So. What's the story here? Is this Jessy's house and Nick L. just loves her so much that he tagged his expression of love in tasteful graffiti? Or, does Nick L. live here and this was his Valentine's Day gift to Jessy instead of buying her a card and flowers? Perhaps Jessy broke up with Nick L., he couldn't accept the rejection and tagged her house in the dead of night, leading her promptly to take out a restraining order against him.

Or perhaps neither Jessy nor Nick L. live here, and the puzzled residents simply walk in and out of their apartments every day pondering the same questions that we are asking today.

Inquiring minds want to know.

March 07, 2008

Ice Eye Candy

Before deep winter passes Eye Candy Friday by, I thought I'd show some cold and frosty.

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There are some strange wooden structures in my woods. Although I think I know what they really are (supports for an abandoned gas company right of way) I prefer to conjure up some undefined mystery to them.

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Drip, drip, drip. The ice melts away. Pretty soon, there will be pictures of spring in this space. Won't there?

February 29, 2008

Come Along and Ski Candy Friday

This Eye Candy Friday is for the skiers and other lovers of winter.

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When you ski into the trees, this is what a bluebird ski day looks like.

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A bluebird ski day on the trails. New Hampshire has been blasted with feet of lovely, cold, soft powder and it is my duty to use it for its highest purpose: skiing.

The sad news here at the blog is that my trusty point-and-shoot camera, used to take the above pictures, is probably dead. The cause of death is dumb-ass-age, to wit half a bottled water spilled into my handbag. I'm still hoping it will dry out, but my hopes for my old friend's recovery are fading.

The upside, of course, is the need for new-camera-shopping.

February 22, 2008

Orange Eye Candy

On this grey, snowy day I went looking for a specific picture for today's Eye Candy Friday.

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Street market, New York. 2008.

I took this picture for the fabulous orange wall of this street scene. No one, I daresay, is surprised. There are some issues with this picture, not the least of which is the dodgy focus, but I still like it.

Because of the infinite possibilities that digital photography allows, I messed with the picture a little bit in Photoshop to come up with an alternate version that has a more dreamlike point of view than the realistic image. Feel free to comment on which you like better, or if neither picture interests you I'd be curious to hear why.

E.T.A. Here's a third version. Clearly this is Fun with Photoshop Friday!

February 15, 2008

Film Eye Candy

Who says film is dead?

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The Granary Burying Ground, Boston 2008

Taken with my new/old Pentax K1000 film camera. Knowing that it is a film camera, however, doesn't stop me from peering intently at the back of the camera after taking a shot. Like I expect the picture to come up on "screen". I do this often.

Dumbass.

February 08, 2008

Spikey Eye Candy

For today's Eye Candy Friday, we have steely, dangerous looking spikes.

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Feeling spikey in a good way....Boston Common, 2008.

February 01, 2008

Boston Eye Candy

One of my favorite Boston places has to be the Boston Public Garden.

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Public Garden, looking towards the George Washington statue, 2008.

In the increasingly homogenized world that we live in, where Hard Rock Cafes and McDonald's appear to greet us in every far-flung destination, I place increasing value upon those places that exist nowhere else.

January 25, 2008

Trashy Eye Candy

Perhaps its because I've gone weeks without a day off, that today's Eye Candy picture resonates.

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Driving around Manhattan, 2008.

The weekend, however, promises to be better.

January 18, 2008

Eye Candy Friday - The Bush

Scene: the morning after a snowstorm. Claudia is making her cuppa tea in her kitchen like she does every morning. The phone rings:

C: "Hello?"

Voice on phone: "M'am, this the --- Public Works Department. I don't mean to alarm you, but we've received a report that a bush has eaten your backyard."

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January 11, 2008

Eye Candy Friday - Harlem

Today's Eye Candy Friday is entitled "who says New Yorkers aren't friendly?"

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Taken on W. 125th Street, Harlem.

On the topic of fiber people are the best, I heard recently that Dave Paul (the spinning wheel maker extraordinaire who is restoring my old Swiss spinning wheel) has taken on the massive and expensive responsibility of caring for a terribly mistreated doggie. Read about Jack here and consider helping if you can.

January 04, 2008

Tree Candy

Todays Eye Candy Friday.

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Tree. Ice. Snow.

I'm packing for a road trip. I hope to be back on Monday with pictures of a quite different landscape.

December 28, 2007

More Pretty Snow and a Tease

For today's Eye Candy Friday, I return to the snow-covered woods of my weekend snowshoe adventure.

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What I especially liked about this picture (click for bigger) was the snow encrusted trunks of the trees.

I've cast on for a new project which involves Kidsilk Haze and beads. What could it be???

December 21, 2007

A Winter Wonderland

Today's Eye Candy Friday is brought to you by Shoveling My Driveway in the Dark.

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If I wasn't out there, wet and cold, I wouldn't have seen the picture to take it. How's that for looking on the bright side?

Its no secret that I'm a big Grinch. Frankly, Christmas is not a favorite holiday of mine. However, in the interests of continuing to look on the bright side, I hereby endeavor to search out and name at least one thing that I like about the winter holidays in each post from now until the day.

Today, the nod goes to Rosemary's caramels. Dudes, these buttery, sugary bits of heaven wrapped in wax paper are among the most delectable things I've ever tasted. I'll admit, there was piteous begging when I saw she was making them for the holidays again this year. And my friend came through with the smack. If I eat only one (maybe two) a day, I can stretch them out until this jolly season is over.

Maybe I'll have one now.

December 14, 2007

Snow Day Candy

Today's Eye Candy Friday is a snow day picture, especially for those of you who love the white stuff but are doing without today.

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These deck chairs are clearly waiting for summer. I, however, have been waiting to snowshoe in my backyard for a couple of years now. The more snow the better.*


*I realize that there are differing view on this, and if I were Norma my opinion of this snowstorm would be very different and would involve swearing.

December 07, 2007

A Leafy December Snow

For today's Eye Candy Friday, I'm showing what its like here when snow falls early. Early enough that the leaves haven't yet finished falling.

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A frozen, tasteless cocktail of snow and leaves.

Right now I'm in the midst of putting a neckline ribbing on Autumn Rose. This sounds straightforward, but I assure you it is not. Picking up over 200 stitches with a crochet hook. Deciding how many of these stitches to pick up around the back neckline versus the deep U shaped front neckline. Changing needle material from bamboo circulars back to Addi Turbo metal needles as I have no bamboo 16 inch circulars.

I approach the neckline ribbing with low hopes. In fact, expecting that it will all have to be ripped out and done over. This way if I prove myself to have guessed correctly at all the above variables it will be a stunning surprise rather than a crushing defeat.

Knitting, my dears, is just another mind game.

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P.S. If anyone is looking for rare knitting or fibery books -- including the rare "Aran Knitting" by AS, check out the sale at Helen's blog.

November 30, 2007

Eye Candy Friday - Cheesecake Edition

I'm pretty sure I've got nuthin' in my collection o'photos that will top the birthday cheesecake served up by my sister.

The likelihood is high that I'll be getting some fab pressies. So, we might have to perhaps back slowly away from the prior post's pontification on "stuff". The royal we, of course. Ahem.

November 23, 2007

Eye Candy Friday - Foggy Woods Edition

I was procrastinating going into the kitchen yesterday to start chopping vegetables for Thanksgiving foodstuffs. That explains my taking the camera into the foggy woods behind my house while still in my PJs. My neighbors must think I'm whacked, and right they are.

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Lone leaves against the fog.

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Dew drops, or maybe rain.

Those of you interested in Autumn Rose progress should come back Monday for pretty sweater pictures. I will knit, and see you then.

November 16, 2007

Eye Candy Friday - November Road

Today's Eye Candy Friday shows you what its like to be on the road in November on a bicycle.

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My absolute lower temperature limit for riding the tandem is 38 degrees F (around 3 C). Below that and I can't keep warm whatever I wear. We haven't reached that yet, but darkness and rain have put me on my indoor trainer more often than the open road.

I listen for long stretches of time to the music on my iPod only while riding away in my basement (high class setup that it is with the furnace, litter boxes and the washer/dryer as backdrop) . Random embarrasing fact: I guess I'm on an 80's nostalgia kick, because the last three songs I bought off of iTunes were:

"Any Way You Want It" - Journey
"Should I Stay or Should I Go" - The Clash
"We're Not Gonna Take It" - Twisted Sister

Say what you will, but I'll do anything it takes to motivate me to pedal faster.

If the overwhelming interest in my giveaway of a copy of Clara Parkes' book "The Knitter's Book of Yarn" is any indication, I think this book will be really popular. Which brings me to the winner: Kris was the random number generator's pick to provide a new home for my copy of the book. Thanks to everybody who emailed me and gave me something fun to read between slugs of work. I read and appreciated every message.

Weekend knitting: Autumn Rose!

November 09, 2007

Winter's Coming

There comes a point in every autumn where it is clear that winter is coming.

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We are there.

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November 02, 2007

Can Turkeys Be Eye Candy?

I'm really of two minds on today's Eye Candy Friday. The point of Eye Candy Friday is to show a pretty picture to distract those of you surfing here from work from the absurb length of the average Friday afternoon. You know, like a nice flower picture.

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But I am tempted to show you turkeys instead.

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We were riding down the street on the tandem, enjoying a lovely fall day in the built-up suburbs of Boston. When this gang of wild turkeys, unconcerned about the cars speeding by, came into view hanging out in front of someone's house.

People, this is not a rural area. We are talking houses squeezed onto busy streets. And although patches here and there of woods exist, they are tiny and populated too. Which environment clearly results in turkeys with attitude. The turkeys, they did not take kindly to bicycle-riding paparazzi, and shortly after this picture was taken proceeded to chase us down the street.

Thought for the day: Beware of turkeys with 'tude.

October 26, 2007

Leafy Eye Candy Friday

I am almost done with the first Autumn Rose sleeve, but this isn't saying much as the sleeves are knit to the underarm, then put on holders until the body is done. Not particularly photogenic.

Being that this is Eye Candy Friday day, and that it is fall, I'm going for the leafs.

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This coming weekend is the first one that I've spent at home since the end of September. I'm sure looking forward to it! I'm finding that although I'm enjoying knitting fair isle again, I don't especially want to knit it late in the evening which is my usual knitting opportunity. That's what weekends are for, right?

October 12, 2007

On the Road Eye Candy

If I've given the impression that my vacation has been all about the sitting around and knitting, that is wildly inaccurate. The Autumn Rose progress, such as it is, has been largely made while driving to and from the tandem bicycle rides that are the mainstay of vacation activity.

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California Route 1, somewhere near Stinson Beach. For all those beach hungry folks who had to work today.

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A storm blows in over Bodega Bay, California.

Vacation is ending soon, but not today. Have a great weekend!

September 28, 2007

Sunset Eye Candy

For Eye Candy Friday, I present a picture I call "Sunset Over High Tension Powerlines"

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This is back-of-bike cam, and I had brought my pocket camera on a tandem ride (which I hardly ever do anymore) that started shortly before sunset. Feeling a bit foolish that I'd brought a camera on, essentially, a night ride (duh) I made the front of the bike stop when I saw the giant sun.

Have a great Friday!

September 21, 2007

Eye Candy Boston

For today's Eye Candy Friday, I'll show you a couple of pictures of Boston. For the ex-pats -- and I knew there are many.

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The pretty old facade of the Filene's building in Downtown Crossing. The store is closed pending the redevelopment of this building and lots of locals are sad, not so much about the main store. But about the fabulousness that was Filene's Basement.

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The Red Line, Park Street Station. In my big-ass-camera-tude, I have thus far not been able to capture much movement in my pictures. This photo I like because of the ghost-like girl in the center: there, but not there. I wish I remember how I did this.

September 14, 2007

Animal Eye Candy

Today, for Eye Candy Friday, I present two funny Dutch goats.

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I was apparently interrupting the goat on the right's lunch.

And, for those fans of Igor out there wishing to check up on him, here is what he looks like this morning as I interrupt his after-breakfast snooze.

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His new favorite sleeping spot is one of those "cat circles" from the pet store. It was brought to my attention that Igor does not have a felted kitty bed and is relegated to "made in China" circle-dom. Poor, deprived creature.

September 07, 2007

Flowers for Friday

Take a moment to enjoy a Danish flower market on Eye Candy Friday.

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Taken in beautiful Helsingor.

In addition to pretty flowers, the knitting news around here is good! Despite my worries that the sleeves on my version of of this little bolero jacket were too narrow, they are in fact just right. A little more sewing up and, if the Knitting Goddess doesn't figure out a way to get me at the finish line, this project will be done. There hasn't been a finished sweater 'round these parts since Thermal, and that was long ago.

It is almost time to consider what the next big project might be. Color? Texture? Shaping? Ah, the choices....

August 31, 2007

Eye Elephant Friday

Its time for another installment of Eye Candy Friday, and I'm thinking that an elephant might be appropriate for today.

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Of course, when would an elephant be inappropriate?

The Carlsberg Brewery in Copenhagen has wonderful stone elephants. We found them quite by accident one day while riding the tandem bicycle around the city. You can see the entire buidling that the elephants are holding up here.

A final thought for this week. I know that sometimes I get really wrapped up in my own big-and-little personal struggles. Most folks do, I think. Its a real perspective-builder to read posts like this.

For those in the U.S., have a lovely long weekend!

August 24, 2007

Beach Candy Friday

This Eye Candy Friday is for those of us who are NOT having a beach day today.

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This is the North Sea in Zandvoort, the Netherlands on a beautiful, sunny Saturday. We rode there last year as well, but things looked a bit different.

What I like most about this picture is all the identical blue-green windbreaks that the sunbathers have set up so that the fierce wind that seems ever-present on this beach doesn't interfere with the soaking up of the rays.

Have a great Friday!

August 17, 2007

Amsterdam Art

Today's Eye Candy Friday brings you art cows. How better to spend a moment on a Friday?

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Our hotel in Amsterdam was sure easy to find.

Mooo.

July 27, 2007

Robin Candy, Yarn Candy

In today's Eye Candy Friday, I've got something for everybody. Them's that like robinettes, their little eyes are open:

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Sadly, the kitties have discovered Robin TV. Thinking that Mama Robin is not enjoying the feline stare-down, I've been drawing the shade to give them a bit of privacy. In order to take pictures, all cat members of the household are shooed away and the door firmly closed before I open the window. I'd feel pretty bad if there were....a horrible accident.

For those not as enamored of Robin TV, I've got delicious yarn.

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This is Sundara Yarn Silk Lace in "Bronzed" and superwash merino sock yarn in "French Navy over Topaz".

Now, because I have only two sets of my favorite Crystal Palace Bamboo DPNs in US size 1, this imposes upon me the discipline of finishing one of the current socks on the needles before digging in. Yes, I'm aware that I could buy more needles, but ask yourself how many UFO sock projects I have...ahem...none. Enuf said.

My lovely sister posted about this Swiss Cheese scarf the other day and I was just so taken with it. It calls for lace-weight yarn and amazingly, now I have some. Funny, that.

July 13, 2007

Robin Candy

If you came for knitting today, well I'm sorry to say you will be sadly disappointed. Ain't no knitting here.

Robins, however. Robins I have.

The resident robin family's nest is about level with one of my office windows. But mom robin was taking none too kindly to my attempts to photograph her when I'd come outside with the camera. Hmmmm.

Take out the window screen. Clean the dirty window. Shoot paparazzi pictures through the window. Got it!

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Its actually kind of nice to have robin-company as I toil away. Every so often, I get up to look out the window to check on Ms. (Mr.?) Robin. Proof once again that I'm easily entertained!

June 29, 2007

Igor Eye Candy

The return of Friday Eye Candy!

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Igor is still losing weight but has confounded his regular vet as to why. He is going to the specialty vet on Tuesday and would appreciate the good wishes of his fans. Igor also asks that you consider helping out his friend Digit.

June 15, 2007

Eye Candy Prize Friday

I'll be straight up. There has been no knitting or spinning or photographing going on here. Right now, its all about the enormous MS Ride Raffle that has taken over my life and the floor of my office.

I've gotten a few questions about why the total donations posted on the MS website (linked above) aren't the same as the total in my blog's sidebar. The MS site total reflects all contributions made directly to the charity as well as the checks I've sent in to convey the Paypal money. Sadly, the MS folks both made errors in accurately recording my Paypal money checks (all straightened out now) and are a bit slow to post the checks I've sent in so far. I expect it all to work out correctly in the end.

In the meantime, check out the sidebar totals! Our goal is in sight due to the overwhelming generosity of Knitters Against MS.

On to today's Prize Basket. Those of you who have read here for awhile might remember that the original name of this blog was "Claudia's Knitting and Spinning Blog". OK, not creative nor catchy (and arguably that is still true today). However, my point here is that my original intent was to showcase both knitting AND spinning. In recent years, the knitting has taken over and my spinning has been sporadic but I do still enjoy it when I do it.

In honor of the spinners of the blogiverse, today's Prize Basket is brought to you by them and their enablers.

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One of the most talented and meticulous spinners that I have the good fortune to know personally is Twosheep June. June applies her scientific background to the production of yarn to amazing effect. She has generously donated a 98 g. skein of fingering weight 100% alpaca 2 ply yarn spun from handcombed fiber. Read about the birth of this skein here.

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Now for a prime enabler. Teyani of Crown Mountain Farms and her husband Klaus have donated four separate 4 oz. packages of cashgora top roving. This is delicious fiber, and our joint hope is that four knitters will win this prize and be encouraged to spin!

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This next prize is brought to us jointly by Kelly at the Gabby Knitter and Helen. You see, Helen won a beautiful skein of Kelly's handspun yarn on Kelly's blog, but asked her to donate it to us instead. Then Kelly included another beautiful skein! The colors are "Purple Storm" and "Happy Mermaid" and the yarn is sport weight merino wool (green) and sport weight Targhee wool (purple).

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Deb spun up 8 oz. of "Big Yellow Taxi" just for us. Those lovely variegated colors can only be done via handspinning and will look fabulous knit up.

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One of the most open-hearted knitbloggers I have the pleasure to know is Margene. Thus, it was no surprise to me that she especially spun up this beautiful skein as an MS Ride prize. Read all about this "Iced Lemon and Lime" skein here!

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Minnie, a frequent commenter here, spun up 4 oz. (188 yds) of Coopworth in the colorway "Nightshade" dyed by the extremely popular Amy at Spunky Eclectic. This yarn is about dk weight and looks absolutely delicious.

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Julie spun up this glorious 3.5 oz. skein of laceweight handspun wool in the color "Applewood". Beautiful!

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Now for some more fiber enabling. Holly also wants to encourage the latent spinner in you by donating 4 oz. of superwash merino top in "Cranberry" and another prize of 3.5 oz. of superwash merino top in Harvest. Lovely colors!

And lastly for a change of pace (and just in case you aren't tempted enough by yarn and fiber) Jillian has made three separate sets of amazingly cute stitch markers to tempt you to donate:

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Colorful Cats

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Boston Terriers

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Sheep! The sheep prize (love them) will include three white and one black sheep. Because, there always has to be a black sheep.

I'll be back on Monday with even MORE fabulous prizes. In the meantime check out all the prizes donated to date and consider donating. We are almost there!


May 31, 2007

Yarn is Always Eye Candy

Because yarn is always good for Eye Candy Fridays (yes, I understand this post is dated Thursday night, but humor me).

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Picture and MS Ride Raffle Prize by Knitigator. Brooklyn Handspun superwash in "Tropical Punch". I think it looks delicious enough to eat.

Or, maybe I'm just hungry.

A continuing education seminar has me in its grasp for Friday. I'm bringing along a brand new sock project, just in case. What could it be?

May 25, 2007

Exotic Eye Candy

The Friday before a long weekend (upcoming is the Memorial Day weekend for non-US folks) always takes on a bit of a holiday air. Yes, we have to work. But there might be a need to slip out early or generally slough off a bit. Thus, for a generally happy-leaning day I nominate for today's Eye Candy the MS Ride prize with the most eye-popping color.

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(Click on the picture for bigger.)

Here are two skeins (200 g. each) of recycled sari silk handspun in Nepal. The amazing Joy (who you've met here before) brought it back to the states with her directly from Nepal, so this is the real thing, baby. Joy says "two skeins will make a substantial scarf knit loosely on big needles, possibly even a triangular shawl".

I tried hard to capture the million colors of silk spun in here, but I'm still disappointed in the picture. Here is another.

As always, if you want a chance to win this unique yarn, donate to my MS Ride here or click on the Paypal button on my sidebar. All the prizes to date, and the rules of the game are here.

Have a great weekend! Maybe I'll see some of you at Cummington tomorrow.

May 18, 2007

Delicious Harloty Sock Candy (and an evil cat)

The massive power of Knitters cannot be denied. One skein of Harloty sock yarn later, and the donation total shoots up to over $10,000. That is over halfway to our goal of $20,000 in the first week and a half of fundraising.

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Personally, I think knitters should implement world peace next. Why think small?

If you'd like a chance to win Stephanie's handspun sock yarn, donate $10 per chance here or click on the Paypal button in my sidebar. Check out the running list of great prizes here.

Friday is normally for Eye Candy 'round here. And the lovely sock yarn picture sure qualifies as that.

But, there is more.

Over in my sidebar, I state that I have "two evil cat-friends". However, the pictures I share with you here show nothing but kitty sweetness, giving a skewed impression of the feline household members. In the interest of fair and balanced reporting, it is time for some evil.

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The scene: Mother's Day brunch at my house.

The actors: Igor

The photographer: my father-in-law, who was laughing pretty hard.

So, in full view of a house full of guests, this cat jumps up on the kitchen counter and starts drinking up.

Nice.

Disclaimer: no cats were harmed in the making of this blog post. The glass was filled with water and the kitty escaped my wrath.

May 11, 2007

Lilac Candy

I have been waiting for what seems like FOREVER for the lilac bush in my backyard to bloom.

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Getting there! Speaking of getting there, thanks to all of you who got my MS Ride fundraiser off to such a fast start. Believe me, I am salivating over the great prizes that folks have donated for me to give away on this here blog. Another awesome one next week!

Lastly, just so I am not accused of going to Maryland and buying no yarn, I want it known that I did buy one fiberly item for myself.

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This is Louet Gems "Super Fine/Fingering Weight" in "Citrus Orange". Seriously, with a name like that I could not leave it behind. Perhaps it is sitting on yet another MS Ride prize?

Although I have alot of sock yarn, I don't have very much solid-color yarn. And ever since the new Cookie A. sock patterns came out, I've been lusting after this one.

April 27, 2007

Bird Candy

For your Friday afternoon viewing pleasure, I bring you the bird dining on the incredibly delicious worms served up on my lawn.

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I've got no idea what his/her name is, but I especially like the fetching red neck stripe.

Sadly, when I tried to sneak up closer to him/her, there was a quick flying escape.

Have a great weekend!

April 20, 2007

Friday Sun Candy

You may think this is a picture of the second sleeve to Thermal. You would be mistaken.

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This is actually a picture of sunshine. The elixir which we have been missing around here for the better part of five long days. That the Thermal sleeve happens to be in the way of the sunshine...well, this is nothing more than happy accident.

Ennui, my friends, is why I knit one sleeve at the very beginning of most sleeved projects. Enthusiasm for the first sleeve runs high! The pattern is new, tasty, compelling. Now, at the end of the project, the second sleeve is just a plodding crawl to the finish line. Had I to complete both sleeves at this stage, I do believe my one-project fortitude would fail me.

Want a few more mindless moment before returning to work or chores? My Picture-A-Day site is up-to-date with the pictures I've been taking this week. You be the judge whether my taking a camera with me everywhere is a good thing or bad.

April 13, 2007

Odd Duck Eye Candy

As I mentioned in the previous entry, we are back on the tandem bike roaming the countryside. Well, roaming suburbia is alot more like it. It never ceases to amaze me what odd things one can see out on the road, even in the most buttoned-up of New England towns.

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Shwah? The other side of the sign just deepens the mystery.

With another work deadline met, I intend to catch up on the Thermal knitting this weekend. Some question my sanity in my devotion to Thermal. However, those who wear the in-season new knitted sweater might be having the last laugh.

April 06, 2007

Eye Kitty Friday with a Twist

Today's Eye Candy features a fabulous feline.

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Igor? Or Not Igor?

The correct answer is NOT IGOR! Making his international Eye Kitty Friday debut is.....Azef. This bit of feline cuteness owns my friend Cheryl.

Azef and Igor are both Russian Blues which is why they look so similar. I'm a big sucker for the green eyes, big ears and plush gray fur.

To see more pictures that I took this week, head on over to my Picture-A-Day site.

Have a great weekend! I'll be spending some of it trying to make sure that Stephanie won't blow my doors off in the Great Thermal Race.

March 30, 2007

Glass Eye Candy

Today's Eye Candy Friday is actually knitting related.

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Oooo. Pretty, shiny, swirly glass button for my red Kyoto bolero from the Moving Mud folks.

I sent them a sample of the Kyoto yarn, and they custom colored a button to match. What a great solution to finding the perfect button for a hand-knit sweater. Although Moving Mud was mentioned in the new issue of Vogue Knitting, I actually first saw their fabulous glass at MDS&W; last year where I certainly bought something.

Of course, finishing the Kyoto sweater will have to await the final outcome of the race to finish Thermal. I'm keeping my eye on the prize. Despite the frantic knitting, I'm still taking my Picture of the Day. If you are at work and really want to waste more time, feel free to click on the link and see what I've been up to.

March 23, 2007

Kitty Eye Friday

Today's Eye Candy Friday features Miss Kimba, lounging around in a sunny patch as is her standard operating procedure.

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I am closing in on three months of daily pictures in my Photo-A-Day Project, and I've got to say that this week has been really hard. Inspiration has been difficult to find, resulting in many cat pictures. Because, seriously. Being cute and available for model duty is totally in their job descriptions. I'm hoping for a strong start to SPRING which will give me new, fresh growing things to take pictures of.

March 16, 2007

Eye Candy Flowers

A snow storm/ice storm/rain storm is coming, they say. I'm distracting myself from this reality with some spring-like eye candy.

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Thanks for all the suggestions in the comments for the Droopy Collar. Despite the unexpected (to me) voices of support for it, it is ripped out. Perhaps having worn extremely ugly sweaters as a fashion-forward (ha!) teen in the early 1980's with similar droopy collars put me right off this one. Collar version 2.0 also has a droop issue: this time the back neck. I'll leave this one to your imagination. But I have a plan for Collar version 3.0, for which I have high hopes.

When the current project isn't going smoothly, what is guaranteed to make a knitter happy?

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Mmmmm. Fresh, new yarn.....

March 09, 2007

A Yarn Surprise

For Eye Candy Friday, I thought I'd surprise you by (1) showing yarn that (2) I just bought.

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Look at the delectable orange-ness that is this yarn. Its Trekking XXL, one of my favorite sock yarns, in Color 145. I bought it from the Yarn and Fiber Company for a good price and free shipping. AND it was at my house the day after I ordered it. Honestly, you can't beat that sort of service with a stick.

I've actually gone and bought more yarn (amazing!) but I'll wait on those details until it actually arrives.

As always, if you want to see what I've been taking pictures of this week, head on over to my Picture-of-the-Day Project.

March 02, 2007

Eye Candy Friday

On this icy, rainy, grey day in New England I need to be reminded what a warm sunny day looks like. Maybe some of you do too.

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Taken in the Dr. Seuss-themed part of Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure.

On the general topic of "Eye Candy", I bought myself some new glasses for the first time since I was a teenager. That is a long-assed time ago. If you want to see the updated look, a self-portrait is the Picture-of-the-Day for February 28th.

Have a great weekend! I will be frantically finishing some swatches, but there might be a new red project in there somewhere....

February 02, 2007

Kitty Kandy

Over at my Picture-A-Day Project I try so hard to take pictures of things other than the kitties. I mean, I KNOW how to take cat pictures. The point of the project to is seek out things that I wouldn't ordinarily photograph and generally to try new things.

But Eye Candy Friday is a cat-friendly zone.

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A glamour shot of the Kim-ster. The other cat is being shunned this morning. Oh, pray tell, how to convey to a gray feline the inappropriateness of the meowing at 5:00 AM?

If you are interested in what else I've been taking pictures of this week, check out the new button on the sidebar which links to that gallery.

January 26, 2007

Old and New Candy

In today's Eye Candy Friday, I'm showing you one of the reasons I love living within spitting distance of Boston.

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The newly renovated John Adams Courthouse next to a generic late-model high-rise.

Here in Boston we have the old and the new inhabiting the same space. You see alot of this in Europe, but not so much here in the US. I really like how this old-new juxtaposition gives character and a sense of place. This is a theme you've seen here before. Isn't consistency a virtue?

If you'd like to check out what I've been taking pictures of this week, go to my my Picture-A-Day project.

January 19, 2007

Igor, Sort Of

For today's Eye Candy Friday, I give you not a cat. But the mere SUGGESTION of a cat.

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And no, he didn't find the brussels sprouts to his liking.

To see what I've been up to this week, go to my my Picture-A-Day Project.

January 12, 2007

Kitty Eye Candy

I think it may be time for some cat candy.

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Kimba, doing what she does best. Sleeping on her favorite blankie.

If you'd to see more pictures, check in on my Photo-A-Day project over here.

January 05, 2007

Eye Candy Tiny-Snow

Here, my friends, is the sum total of our winter's snowfall.

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Pretty, but inadequate for skiing needs.

I have managed to make it through the first week of my 2007 Picture a Day Challenge...well, almost. I'm still searching for today's inspiration. Click here for a look.

December 15, 2006

Some Eye Candy Colors

I was sitting at my desk working, when I happened to look up and out the window at this:

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Perfect for Eye Candy Friday, so I grabbed the camera and braved the cold.

Have a good day, and enjoy your weekend. May there be lots of knitting or spinning and no holiday stress.

December 08, 2006

The Return of Eye Candy Friday

After last week's Eye Candy hiatus, here is my offering for today:

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You can click the image for a bigger swan.

While out on the tandem mountain bike, I've taken to throwing my new Big Ass Camera in my H.A.W.G., and making the Front-of-Bike stop to let me take pictures of interesting items. In the event of a crash-and-burn, I won't think this was the smartest idea that I ever had, but nothing ventured = no pictures gained.

There is a swan couple in our local pond -- of which this one is the male -- and I was hoping they'd be around for a photo shoot. However, being big hams (or just hoping that I'd have some food for them) they swam over to investigate as soon as we stopped the bike. So, no majestic shots of swans from across the pond. Just of an opportunistic, and likely disappointed, swan wondering what the heck a scruffy mountain biker is doing with a big-ass camera.

November 17, 2006

Knitting Eye Candy

Usually my Friday Eye Candy isn't about the knittin'. However, this week there hasn't yet been any sign of knitting on this here blog, and that's just wrong. And Icarus (done in luminous Sundara Yarn) is Eye Candy-esque.

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Ten chart rows to go. Any encouragement you all wish to provide as I struggle to the finish line, well feel free.

November 10, 2006

Cats, Again

See, I have a new big-ass camera and I have cute kitties. It is therefore now very difficult for me to let an Eye Candy Friday go by without getting all feline on you.

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If you want a real close look at this monkey-cat, click on the picture for a giant view.

About the last entry, don't take it that the Icarus shawl is a bad project. Its a great project and I highly recommend it. But, c'mon people. Living with a project knit on US size 1 needles (my choice, that's not in the pattern) for months and months will tend to create a little insanity in the hardiest of knitters.

Lastly, check out this unique Blood for Yarn offer. Donate blood, win knittery prizes. What's not to like?

November 03, 2006

Eye Kitty Friday

This blog entry brought to you by Kimba.

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Once again, with attitude:

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1. FIRST NAME?
Kimba.

2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
My Evil Captor says she named me after something called "Kimba the White Lion". How stupid.

3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY?
If you mean a whiny, annoying, high-pitched meow -- about 4:00 this morning. My captors LOVED it. They told me so.

4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
OK, here's the thing. No. Opposable. Thumbs. Next question.

5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHMEAT?
Mmmm... chicken. Chicken. Maybe if I keep saying it, it will appear for lunch today. Chicken.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
The thought of being a person...well that's just offensive. If I were another cat, I'd bow down to the Top Catness that is moi.

7. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL?
You are asking this question to a being that communicates via puke mounds. Not so much.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
The only surgery I've had was lower down. Thanks for nothing, evil captors.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Bungee cords are for WUSSIES. Let me tell you about the time I fell out the third floor window.....

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Science Diet Original. Seriously. That stuff ROCKS.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
Stop this insanity! Really, can I go now?

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
I can beat up Igor with one paw tied behind my back. Maybe two.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR?
See question No. 5

14. SHOE SIZE?
15. RED OR PINK?
Yawn.

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
I am feline. I am perfect.

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
See, the Evil Captors call me Notsosmartsky on the false assumption that I cannot remember what happened five minutes ago.....I'm sorry. What was the question?

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU?
Sure. I love when humans do their tricks. My favorite is making my human get me my food bowl WHEN I'M NOT EVEN HUNGRY! Damn, that's funny.

19. WHAT COLOR PANTS, SHIRT AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
I am feline. I reject all human attempts to clothe me.

20. LAST THING YOU ATE?
See No. 10. Seriously. You all should try some.

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
Igor hissing at me. He hates when I get attention.

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
Crayons make great toys. You roll them and batt them around until they disappear under the Big White Thing that makes noise in the kitchen.

23. FAVORITE SMELL?
Man, this is hard. Igor's butt is always a favorite. But, I'd have to go with CHICKEN again. Have I said CHICKEN enough yet, damned Evil Captor? Are you understanding me?

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
I love to talk when my Evil Captors are on the phone. Loud meowing is always appropriate, don't you think?

25. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO?
Whether or not they are giving me CHICKEN.

26. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON you stole THIS from?
I don't admit to liking any humans. Just because I hang around them, and accept pets and so on doesn't mean I *like* them.

Dudes, this blogging thing is making me tired. There is a couch with my name on it and naptime is now. So sad that you humans are at work. Suckers.

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The views and opinions expressed in this entry are strictly those of Kimba. The contents of this entry have not been reviewed or approved by Claudia's Blog.

October 27, 2006

Eye Candy Friday, Igor Style

My cat Igor does not like the new big-ass camera.

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I think that the shutter noise/mirror slap scares the little monkey. But he is willing to suffer for his public.

October 20, 2006

Fog on the Beach

For Eye Candy Friday, I give you the fog rolling in over the Pacific Ocean from a high ridge overlooking Stinson Beach, California.

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Raise your hand if you feel (as I do) that the title of this post reminds you of a cocktail.

Silvia and I are headed to Rhinebeck today for a weekend of fun and fiber. I am a square so I'll be looking forward to meeting some intrepid Rhinebeck Bingo players. I may be wearing something orange. Just sayin'.

I'll say upfront that I'm not at Rhinebeck to buy stuff. Other than stocking up on my favorite soap, I've got all the fiber/yarn/etc. that I want. But if I sidle up to you and request a picture of *your* haul, say yes. I've got a picture collage of loot to construct.

October 06, 2006

Eye Candy Friday -- Leaf Edition

Fall is my favorite season, and New England USA is my favorite place to experience it.

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The backyard is just beginning to color up. YEAH!

This blog will be hitting the road next week, taking its knitting with it. Stay tuned to see where.

September 29, 2006

Eye Candy Friday

Once again, this was taken from a moving vehicle (although not a tandem bicycle this time). Hint: QUACK!

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Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston

I love the old/new thing going on here.

September 22, 2006

Late Candy

Due to technical difficulties beyond my control, Eye Candy Friday is a bit late. But seeing as the phrase "better late than never" is the only Russian I remember from numerous college courses.....

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When cycling around on the back of the tandem, I often see things by the side of the road that I'd like to photograph. Rarely is this possible. The front of the bike isn't much into dawdling. But one day I got my way, so this is an example of Back-of-Bike-Cam, taken of a barn-like thing in Carlisle, Massachusetts.

Of course, the moment that a roadie passed us the...ahem...increased tempo caused all my pictures to look like this.

We passed him, in case you all were wondering.

September 08, 2006

Crippled

Cable modem down! On dial-up. ARGHHH!!!! My week is not improving.

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Here is a fern for Eye Candy Friday, picture taken on a recent bike ride.

Be back as soon as I can.

August 25, 2006

Eye Candy Friday

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There is not any Eye Candy in my rain-soaked neighborhood today. So let us dive into the treasure trove of Amsterdam pictures:

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Random street sculpture in the de Pijp neighborhood of Amsterdam, courtesy of back-of-bike cam.

This weekend looking forward to: the husband being gone, allowing an entire day of knitting on the couch watching the first season of Project Runway on DVD. YEAH!

August 18, 2006

Eye Candy Friday, and How Soon They Forget

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On the back of the tandem bicycle, we rounded a corner. As soon as I saw this Easter-eggy building on St. Antoniesbreestraat in Amsterdam, I knew I was looking at an Eye Candy Friday. Unlike most of old-city Amsterdam, this street was "urban renewed". But new can be very cool to look at too.

How sad it is that it took seeing Becky's almost-done Crinkle to remind me of the very existence of my own almost-done Crinkle. Seriously. I totally forgot about this sweater while on vacation.

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I spent some time last night knitting on the picot edging, and only have the last front piece to do. That's good.

The edging curls like a mofo. That's bad.

Will a vicious wet-blocking fix all woes? Stay tuned.