Monday, March 17, 2014

KNIT. HIKE. BIKE. SHOP. BIRD. PHOTO. REPEAT.

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hello! i hope you are well! lately around here...

~  i've been using my phone a lot for photos. i found an attachment for iphone, that might be good substitute sometimes for a camera. it's a 4-in-1 lens system, including a fish eye, wide angle, 10x macro and 15x macro. have you used anything like this? would you recommend it? here is the link olloclip.

~ spring has arrived to california's central coast, the weather has been extremely lovely. i've been hiking and bike riding, and beach walking and gardening. first roses bloomed this week.

 ~ my grandson is in santa barbara magazine! he and his friends (travis is the blonde on the left) and the skateboard park they frequent. favorite designer heidi merrick is on the cover and featured inside, oh this dress and this one. yay heidi and travis!

~  sparrows and house finches are dining at the 'window cafe' (our blue bird feeder) all day long! i'm pretty sure i saw an indigo bunting, hoping to see it again!  these are such tiny colorful birds, the finches a deep rosy red. sometimes 3 or 4 sit on a nearby fence waiting their turn.

~  chuck and i collaborated on an article, it came out last sunday in the los angeles times. we both had 2 photos, one of mine has yarn :) this was a first collaboration for us so very exciting, more to come... :)

~ i made a shawl, a gift for a dear friend, for her upcoming trip to greece and turkey. it's the shetland lace triangle in jade sapphire lace weight cashmere. it took just about 450 yards. the skeins are 400 yards apiece, so i've just enough left of the second to make a very sweet pattern. and the pom pom yarn is now knit up, that was a patience tester. i think it's going to be a pillow, maybe...oh! and i've been collecting wool for the last few months for a long term project. it's all here now and i can start!

~ and little by little making preparations for scotland and the shetland islands. flights and accommodations are booked. we ordered a new bag, it's called the 'black hole' ,a wheeled duffel that has more room than anything i've ever owned. chuck calls it the 'black hole for cramming in yarn'. yep.   :)

and from cape town, more africa here (this is the last article), thank you lara and tamlin!
have a good week dear friends!

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  1. everything beautiful!!!!!
    congratulations!!!!
    xxxxxx Ale

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  2. Ooh oranges and an Owen! I love seeing his cuteness on your blog :)

    One of my friends has the olloclip for her iPhone- unfortunately I am using a Samsung so can't get one- for shame.

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    1. ha ha, he is a good photo bomb, i should put more here! i'm sure there is a version of the olloclip for your phone sammi? i'll look around...

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  3. I meant to send you some snow today, but instead we have 3" of it so far this morning. Oops. It looks beautiful there and I love how much of you, friend and relatives are in print! That is so fun. Your knits look beautiful.

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    1. thank you andee! oh dear, i think you need a holiday out west! i will knit you a magic carpet...:)

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  4. Heehee, I think I'm going to need a "black hole for cramming in yarn" too! Congrats on the beautiful articles—grandson and you two.

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    1. thank you nicole :) i thought about bringing our even LARGER black hole bag, but it doesn't have wheels and i'm sure i wouldn't be able to carry it. i'm so pleased with this bag if you really are considering one!

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  5. How fun to work on a project with your Chuck adding another stitch in your already tight bond, wonderful! And Travis has really grown, such a handsome young man.
    I am still wanting on buntings to arrive here, we have Indigo and painted. We have discovered a squirrel now lives in one of the bluebird boxes. Owen looks so happy in the warm weather, it looks like he's smiling.
    I love that you have a black hole case, perfect for the yarn lover you are!

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    1. thank you tracey, we've talked about it for a long time, collaborating, so we're really pleased to have it happen. indigo and painted buntings! so lucky!

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  6. I'm glad that everything is so good for you Lori. What a lovely happy post. We have robins nesting in our hedge, I love to watch them as I was the dishes. Awesome about the article collaboration with Chuck. Oh and about your grandson too...he's a very handsome young man. Your garden looks amazing...oranges...wow...
    Thanks for sharing everything.
    Have fun.
    debx

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    1. whoops...'was the dishes'...that should be "wash the dishes'...

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    2. thank you deb :) i hardly ever see robins, how lucky to watch them from your window! we have a LOT of oranges, many fall and rot before we can eat them all (shameful i know!)

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  7. That is a really serious bag! Wow, it certainly will hold a lot of yarn!
    ... and is that an orange tree in your yard? ... and you have roses in bloom? Now I am getting really envious, I've tried to have a small (and ridiculously expensive) orange tree in a pot in my greenhouse. It didn't enjoy Swedish conditions, so it is no more. And there are no roses yet in my garden - but I do have a lovely dog, just as Owen, in my garden, so all is not bad here in Sweden!

    What a handsome grandson you have - and how nice about the article!

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    1. thank you irene! yes! it is an orange tree. we have a very small yard, but somehow 3 large orange trees live in it producing a LOT of fruit. we live in an area where almost everything grows (i think). there are many dutch nurseries here, it is a good climate (mediterranean) for year round gardening!

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  8. more yarn must be accommodated of course! I saw that attachment for the phone let me know if you buy and like it! Seems like you have some fun traveling coming up in your future :)
    Beautiful shawl!!

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    1. thank you karen, i LOVED making this shawl and will have to cast on another soon, if you haven't made the shetland lace triangle i think you would love it too. very much looking forward to shetland!

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  9. That shawl is stunning and, of course, I immediately want to knit up the very same. I'll skip over to trusted Ravelry in the hope you have added it there, you temptress ;-)

    You know Lori, you have the gift of making everything look so wonderfully alluring. Such a talent.

    Thank you for your thoughtful comment on my recent blog post. Your sister is a courageous lady. There's so much I could say about that but trust in the sentiments behind my silence.

    Stephanie

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    1. oops! i completely forgot to add it to ravelry! it is the shetland lace triangle, a really lovely pattern stephanie! i'm looking forward to knitting another, we could have a kal!
      no need for words my friend, i'm just relieved for all (rejoicing) xxxxx

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  10. Wow, love the pretty shawl...beautiful pictures today Lori, you sure live in a special place. I must visit one day- love the ocean and the glorious weather.
    xo

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    1. thank you camilla. it is really paradise here, and i know and am grateful for it. but i yearn for snow and gray and stormy. at least we can get to weather, a quick drive away, and we do have chilly fog that rolls in off the sea that i LOVE.

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  11. Hello dear friend, Happy almost spring to you!!
    What a beautiful shawl! I wonder if I will ever knit a lacy shawl, perhaps like 10 years from now… I love the stack of tweedy yarn too.

    What a good team you and husband make!!! (In so many ways.)

    Love to you, a billion thanks for your wonderful email, which I am now so late in responding to. I think it could use a re-reading too…

    XOXO Renee

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    1. thank you dear renee, happy spring to you too! (thinking positive for you and the girls) lace is not difficult. you can do it now, i wish i could sit with you for an afternoon, show you how simple increases and decreases turn wool into magic. charts are simple too, when you unlock the key to using them. i will knit a magic carpet that takes me to you!

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  12. that yarn looks so beautiful!
    i want to travel
    planning a trip to Finland
    to my brother
    when the lupines bloom ;^))

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    1. oh lupines, i adore them. and what i wouldn't give to see them blooming in finland! if you need a travel companion patrice.... ;)

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  13. I could get lost in these images! Beautiful knitting. What a sweet treasure for you friend. All the Rowan makes me happy.

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    1. thank you andi :) collecting the rowan was really fun, picking up a skein here and there over several months, taking the time to knit it too...

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  14. You have one very lucky friend, beautiful shawl! Congratulations on the publications!

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    1. thank you leigh! the pattern is an old traditional shetland one, called fir cone lace. so beautiful and really lovely to knit, i hope she likes it!

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  15. How beautiful spring is by you! That orange tree is fantastic!

    Sounds like you have some very exciting days ahead! I can't wait to see what you do with all that gorgeous felted tweed.

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    1. thank you bethany! the oranges are SO delicious, the birds and racoons think so too ;)
      i haven't knit with any quantity of this rowan before, it's so lovely!

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  16. love your garden ~ the orange tree ♥ bunting, window café feeder & of course...sweet owen xo
    congratulations on your published article(s) ~ travis looks so much like you!
    have a wonderful week ♥

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    1. aww thank you deb! it's very small, but then less work to do! and that means alot, i really adore this boy. :)

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  17. That is such a beautiful shawl Lori! I'm sure your friend will be thrilled!
    I'm so glad you got to ride, I love your bike, Richard and I are just home from a 12km ride as the sun was setting this evening.
    Congratulations to both you and Chuck on your collaboration!
    That yarn looks wonderful, I wonder what your long term project is going to be?? I can't wait to see:)
    Lovely post, thank you.
    xoxo
    Linda
    PS I'm so glad you enjoyed listening to Matthew Mole, isn't his music wonderful!

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    1. thank you linda :) this is my toodle to town bike, it is so fun, a LOT different than road or mountain biking, like you and richard are doing. i do hope we can do some mountain biking soon too. it's hard here because we have so many hills, with big rocks. yipes! i'm loving m.m.! thank you!

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  18. Wonderful pictures Lori, how lovely to have an orange tree in the garden. Been staring at that picture of the shawl 'stuck' on the wall - is it held up with cellotape? It must be so lightweight!!
    Congratulation on having your work published again.

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    1. thank you emma :) haha, the washi tape only held for a few seconds. but the shawl is really delicate and light, i think cashmere must be made of feathers and air!

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  19. great photos. I too have been wondering about the iphone attachment. If you hear any more, or try one, let me know how it goes. It seems convenient..

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    1. thank you! i just ordered it, curiosity got the better of me, we'll see, i really like the convience of it like you said. and it looks like fun!

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  20. I'm getting excited about that shetland trip!!! (did a teeny reliving of our trip today as i relocated my shetland basket that i hauled back!!)---great travel bag. I think you'll be able to fill it up quite easily!!!
    congrats to all that published goodness!!! and that yarn!!! is it what I think it might be???? !!!! will it be done in time? (ooo...maybe it's something else. ??)

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    1. thank you steph, oh haha! what is it you are thinking? i'm very curious, it will no doubt be an excellent idea!

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  21. To all of you wonderful ladies...I am the lucky recipient of that exquisite little cashmere shawl from my best friend, Lori...it is like wearing a pouf of love and hugs around your neck. I put it on and wear it around the house just to feel its luxuriousness! It will go with me, well, EVERYWHERE, because here you never know when a cool breeze will blow in off the ocean. Just perfect for our trip to Greece and Turkey, including a cruise to the islands! Be safe and well and come visit our little paradise in this corner of the world sometime!

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    1. so happy you like it, it was my pleasure! what a lovely welcome to our towns here, carpinteria, summerland, montecito, santa barbara! wouldn't it be fun to be tour guides? knit shop: check, coffee shop: check, beaches: check check
      hee hee.

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  22. That shawl is gorgeous. Indigo buntings are my little mans favourite bird...we had one in the yard last year for a few days during the migration, totally awesome and so stunning. As always, your photos are beautiful.

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    1. aw thanks kim :) that is so sweet reece has a favorite bird and a beautiful one indeed! i hope you both are having a wonderful getaway!

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  23. So much to take in here! I see Sharon's bird feeder; how great to hear their sounds and greetings

    Congratulations on the article and that handsome boy who looks like you xo

    Your photos capture something special, Lori. That is a lasting gift you will always give xo

    Thanks for the app lead. I'll see if I'm capable of using it :-) I have an app tip for you: waterlogue. It changes your photos into variations if watercolor paintings before your eyes . It's pretty neat

    Love to you, Lori
    kj

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    1. thank you kj :) i wanted to share more about sharons book and feeder, but must clean my window first! haha. i have seen that app and wondered about it, looks very interesting! the ollo clip is a curious looking piece of equipment that actually attaches to the phone. i've ordered it so i can try it out. should be fun to experiment with!

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    2. Lori, the app coats 2.99--check it out--pretty fun xo

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  24. sounds so wonderful there in California. Love that shawl! and you must be incredibly proud of your grandson. Loved all those beautiful photos

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  25. Hey Lori, How great to see your photos in the paper, and in collaboration with Chuck. A formidable team!
    Love the look of the felted tweed project. I love that yarn!
    Is there room in that duffle bag for me??

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    1. haha jo, wish you were coming too!

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  26. loving all the photos and reading about your adventures. <3

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  27. Hey Lori, congrats to everyone on the articles and the magazine spread. Always so lovely to visit your little corner of the world. Looks like you are enjoying gorgeous weather and happy times. I use my iPhone for photos all the time now. In fact, I just imported pictures from my Canon that have been on there for months. Some from our trip to Oman end of December. Yikes! Hope your week is going well. Tammy

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    1. thank you tammy! that's great you can use your iphone all the time! it really is handy. :)

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  28. Wonderful things in this post! Congratulations to both you and Chuck for your fabulous photos in the paper, and for a great collaoration too, and how great to see your gorgeous grandson in print as well....it all looks so idyllic there, and soooo sunny!! I love your pretty shawl, and I see you have some of my own favourite Rowan yarn there on the needles too :) Wishing you a happy week, dear Lori!
    Helen xox

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    1. thank you so much helen! it is so nice with these sunny days, but we are hoping for more rain, we could really use it! the shawl was such a fun knit, i hope to make another!

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  29. Ahhh Lori, at last I have had the opportunity to take a long look at this fabulous post. i wanted to linger over each of those photographs, and over your well written words, too.

    Travis is so handsome (shares your very fine looks) and he and his mates look like perfect California boys!

    It's also grand to see the L.A. newspaper article by Chuck and you. I am sure that many more of these will follow. Anyone who has been reading your posts for a while will realize that you and he both have the gift...in combination that gift is even more amazing. When you all describe a place, I immediately want to travel there!

    On to the Shetland lace shawl...how beautifully you have knit this and your choice of yarn is truly perfect for this luxurious creation. Bravo! I do like the idea of a Shetland traditional design traveling to Turkey!

    As someone who has yet to be inducted into any smart phone possession or use, I am very intrigued by the app that you are going to be trying out. With your photographic expertise and wonderful eye, I would imagine that the app will be lots of fun for you to explore.

    Thank you for the wheelie suitcase link. I remember way back when I used to travel to the UK often, during the favorable dollar-to-pound years, I would buy loads of yarn and actually have it shipped back to New York. It was still a marvelous bargain and yarn shopping was like being in a Wonderland.

    I know I am forgetting to mention something, but...right now, while I am still in a time of relative leisure, I am going to hop over to have a long look at your prior Africa posting.

    xo

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    1. frances, you are so lovely! thank you so much, i really appreciate your comment. i can't stop thinking about your years of shopping and shipping during that amazing time. i may very well come home with room in my suitcase, our dollar is, as you know, not the best these days in the uk.

      i hope you enjoy africa!!

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  30. LOVE your photos!
    And the shawl is so pretty.

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  31. Hi Lori,

    What a handsome grandson you have! He looks after his grandmother :-)! So exciting to be working on an article with your husband. It's such fun that you share the same passions!

    Your shawls look beautiful as ever. Wish I was as talented as you are on the knit front :-)!

    Happy day!

    Madelief x

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    1. thank you madelief! the shawl is a very simple lace pattern, you should try it!

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  32. wow! what was that article about? I would love to see. Is it online?
    I love your pup. What cutie.
    XO

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    1. hi cory, i think you might be able to read it if you enlarge the photo? online you can find it here, it's under weekend escapes:

      http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-mendocino-california-paddle-boarding-weekend-escape-20140309,0,4199700.story#axzz2wTSpMbnK

      (i was only given photo credit in the paper and not online).

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  33. Hi Lori.
    I just love coming back to your blog. Best blog ever!!!
    <3
    Yes, I have also used the lenses for my iPhone, I just love the wide angle - it produces really fun images. :) Can I recommend it, yes :) All here is fine, hope you are too :) /Greetings from Sweden, Michaela

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    1. thank you so much michaela! i am going to try the ollo clip!

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  34. Just gorgeous photos Lori - how neat about your grandson and how exciting about your travel plans! Love that beautiful shawl.

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    1. thank you so much! the shawl is such a lovely pattern, i hope to make another soon!

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  35. hey lori! such great things happening in your world! congratulations on your photos in la times and how awesome for travis to have the beginnings of a modeling/acting career - he certainly is a looker that one! i hope you are all well - seems to be from the beauty of your posts. i miss you and your lovely town. can't wait to see you again sometime this year. xoxox anushka

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  36. What a lovely catch-up. Adore your pink pompom knit! I'm using my iPhone so much lately, I may just have to look into these little attachments. Congrats on your collaboration - so nice that you can do these projects together :-) Mel xxx

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  37. Lori, Playing catch up, such wonderful photos and shawl and a darling grandson! Congrats on your article.
    P.S.I wanted you to know that I am selling cards and prints and even iphone covers of the painting "My Mothers Journey", the one you liked so much. See details on my sidebar for redbubble and go there if you are interested.
    xoxo

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  38. yay and congratulations all around!! When I was photographing Shear Spirit, we shot in that yarn shop in Mendocino, and the daughter of the inn owners at Alegria posed in a hat for us--she's was an adorable 12 yr old knitter at the time, she must be 18 or 19 now.

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  39. What a wonderful post. From your handsome grandson to posting about all the fun things you have been doing, enjoy yr week and

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xoxo lori