Saturday, April 4, 2015


my son sent a text this morning: went free diving with sharks yesterday outside haleiwa {hawaii}

  sharks played an important role among the ancient hawaiians, and were considered by some as ‘aumākua, personal or family gods, and sacred guardians and protectors that should be respected and even fed.  sharks also played a role in myths and legends, as well as hawaiian history. 

the hawaiian word for shark is manō , kyle said there were eleven manō in the water, sand sharks, nurse sharks, and one tiger had been spotted earlier. but no one went in the water then. i'm so glad my son is having epic experiences and that mostly, he waits to tell me about them afterwards. ;)

Monday, March 23, 2015

on the plain

 in the california valley we camped

 we watched a loggerhead shrike on it's nest

 and took a nine mile hike

 found many different wildflowers (parry's larkspur, purple owl's clover)

snake's - head sunflower

and found ancient native american rock art

 we found also a herd of tule elk!

 they ran up a ridge to keep watch on us

 devil's lettuce and not sure which butterfly (not a monarch)

 we camped on the plain

 and knit

 and then the most amazing thing happened. we had surprise visitors.

 a herd of pronghorn antelope saw us, and slowly, curiously, tentatively

made their way across the plain to us.

 sitting still keeping quiet, the pronghorn came nearly to our tent. i wished i could go to the truck for another lens, but when we had realized they were moving towards us, we both stayed put (or they would have run). an incredible amazing moment. the following photos are from a previous trip to the carrizo...

pronghorn antelope on the carrizo plain

 snake's - head sunflower

 purple owl's clover, snake's - head

leaving the carrizo plain national monument, always with a wistful feeling, but hopeful too for the next visit, we'll be back! thank you for coming along! xxx lori

Saturday, March 14, 2015

lil pip

hello dear friends! i hope you are well, it's almost spring! i have a new job! it's a very big job, but only involves one small thing. it's piper pearl! well, we didn't plan for things to go this way, but life working it's magical mysterious ways, decided i should take a leave from my work and stay home here with my three month old grandbaby for a time. my daughter had to return to her job and mine graciously understood (bless).

so here we are, hum de dum dum, wee pip and i (in baby heaven i am). will be back soon. i hope.  (how do you mama's do it all?)   :)

xxx lori

Friday, January 9, 2015

favorite things

knitting, camping, christmas
winter weather, 

these are a few of my favorite things :)

(beautiful photo by carrie bostick hoge, poor upload by me)

and this! Madder anthology 2/simple pleasures
a new knitting book by Carrie Bostick Hoge,
 available for pre-order january 12th. 
all 17 patterns in the collection are on ravelry now, see them here.
i can not wait for this book, the photography, the knits, every design is stunning.
this is my girl on the cover. 
:) :) :) :) :)

xxx lori

happy new year! 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


hello dear friends, above is only one reason i've been away from this space so much, the biggest reason, and perhaps i am writing to myself now, is the laptop | camera issues that began in summer. i'm trying so hard to resolve them (short of buying new equipment, which is not going to happen any time soon). it's taking time, but i'm getting there (hope hope). thank you for continuing to grace my blog with your kind sweet comments and thoughts. all really and truly treasured.

and now, i'm utterly thrilled to heaven and back to introduce my two week old granddaughter, piper. she is already becoming familiar with two of  her grandmother's passions, knitting and photograpy (i haven't told her i love to travel too, but there is time for that)  :)

her first knit is this little gown. it has a drawstring bottom and buttons at the shoulders. it's from the book 'baby collection' by kelbourne woolens, the pattern is mollie. i knit much of this while she slept in my arms. baby heaven is where i'm at. it's made with 100% mill spun merino wool, dyed with madder root by camilla fiber co. gifted by a dear friend. i added antique mother of pearl buttons and a silk ribbon to gather the bottom. to keep my hands busy, to channel joy, show my love.
xxx lori

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

piper pearl

it's a girl. piper pearl arrived in just under 3 hours, born at home, one of the most beautiful births i've been to. i'm so so proud of my daughter, she labored with so much grace and beauty i had tears all the way through. it was an amazing honor {tears again} to be there holding her, soothing, supporting. it was all more than any of us could hope for. we have a baby!!!!!!!! xxxxxx

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

south : : north

back again! i hope you are well and enjoying the season! it is truly autumn here, after a (too warm) spell, we've finally settled on perfect shawl wearing weather. i've taken a couple adventures, met lovely friends, saw amazing things, would you like to come along? again, no camera, only iphone photos were taken. maybe it has been all the travel of late, but the need to go light came first....

i am on the pacific surfliner train, heading almost six hours south to san diego

sitting + watching + knitting + coffee = BLISS

california agriculture

the reason i am in san diego

my girl {and her love} we now live in the same time zone.

we worked all the day, stopping for beach breaks and an occasional meal (YUM!)

 her commute has changed some. 

these two. they drove me back home. and also, hannah taught matt to knit.

we had my girls baby shower, i made her a sleeping sack and gave her a small book that was her own as a child. 

time to pack for the next adventure. going north {my current work in progress still on the needles}. 

met lovely friends, kathy, karen, gudrun

we shopped {homestead seattle}

we ate delicious meals and drank delicious drinks {photo of my own personal shoulder singer courtesy of gudrun} :)

and froze

and visited tolt yarn & wool!

celebrating tolt's one year anniversary. on saturday morning there was a line down the street, happy knitters waiting for the shop to open. it was an experience unlike any i've had before. the beauty of place, the warmth, kindness of people, welcoming atmosphere...left me near tears
{it was incredible to meet so many beautiful friends from blogging and instagram}

rachel, an instagram friend and 'tolt' ~tia! 

{photo by kathy cadigan}

 lovely anna dianich, owner and proprietress of tolt and veronika of yoth {yarn on the house} in the middle. it seems that living in washington makes one beautiful sweet and extremely kind.

{photo by kathy cadigan}

karen and i with the charming and delightful tif ~ dottie angel

 sweet lisa and her bunny (wearing it's own mini hap shawl) she made

and paula works here too! hi paula! ((((hug)))) we were roomies in shetland :)

thank you miss kathy for all the incredible hospitality {puff cloud x 10}
so glad i did not set off your alarm {#sorrynotsorry}

thank you anna

and now no more traveling for a bit, waiting for my new grandbaby 
to land on earth, any minute now!!

thank you for coming along, and always for leaving such kind words,
xxx lori