Well, I've finished a few projects - pictured below - some have already been give as gifts; some are destined to be gifts:
The picture on the left is Flower Basket Shawl, E. Clark, done in KnitPicks Merino Shimmer; the middle picture is Rippling Water, Fiddlesticks Knitting, done in New Zealand Merino Laceweight; the projects on the right are scribble lace done with stash yarn and button bags done with stash yarn. The current projects are (still) Bearclaw Blanket, V. Avery in Koigu; Hanne Falkenberg project; Kiri Shawl in KnitPicks Merino laceweight.
Knitting Books - acquired Inspired Cables, Knitting in Nature, Felted Flowers, and Mason-Dixon Knitting. Also just got Fall Interweave Knits - I LOVE E. Clark Shallowtail Shawl pattern.
Have joined knitting group which meets regularly (more so than I can meet). Will probably join them at least twice and perhaps 4x a month. One of the members has a yarn store in her home....gorgeous yarns. Yikes! Might kill my yarn budget.
Went to Lambtown in Dixon, CA, last weekend - bought lots of stuff (needles, yarn, other accessories). Saw the sheepdog demonstrations, the sheep shearing contest...the sheep! Really enjoyed it - wasn't overly crowded and luckily the temperature had dropped from 115+ to the 80's-90's. It was a beautiful northern CA day - the sunflowers are in bloom and the skies were clear - gorgeous.
I traveled to Washington DC on business in June. I was able to see some relatives, which was nice. Turns out I was there when all the floods occurred. It was surreal to check my PDA web on the plane while in Denver and see that DC was 'floating' away. I didn't notice anything untoward except for the unrelenting rain. My plane was on time and the metro worked fine for me!
Other 'trips' have been hiking to prepare for our trip this weekend to Zion Park in Utah. We are hoping to hike the Narrows Canyon this weekend. We will be hiking with our friend from last year (the Dolomites hike) and are very excited about this. Our preparatory hikes have been in Point Reyes CA, Briones, Samuel P. Taylor Park and Mt Diablo locally here. Luckily we've started early in the morning as it has been quite hot in the afternoons.
My next big trip after that is tentatively to Europe for work with hopefully a few days of leisure.
Since it's been so long since the last post, I will definitely not be able to list all of the books. However, the most recent are:
In the tape/CD deck - Destination Unknown - A. Christie, The Man in the Brown Suit - A. Christie.
Book form - Authentic Happiness - M. Seligman, Altered Carbon and Broken Angels and Woken Furies - Richard K. Morgan - definitely interesting - cyber sci-fi mystery genre. Very different and not predictable, which can be a problem when one reads a lot. Also reading A War Like No Other by Victor Davis Hanson - he is writing about the Pelopponesian War from a modern day contextual viewpoint comparing it with what we in this generation of society can understand. His writing is crisp, clean and clear - I'm really enjoying it. Up in the stack is Titan (can't remember author right now).
Have watched a few DVDs, movies as well - just watched Femme Fatal - amazing movie - very entertaining; The Three Burials of Melquila Estrada - very good 'Mexican Western.' Also watched DVDs on the History of the Medici and the Crusades - wow - fascinating histories and very well done. It definitely helped me to put even more history in context with regard to the inter-relationships between the church and other European governments and how they handled the struggles - fascinating.
I do hope that the times between blog entries isn't as long as it has been, lately. Next time, pics from Zion. Ciao!