Wednesday, February 18, 2009

This is February


The contrast between the weather out here and in other parts of the country is pretty amazing.
This is the view out of my back door: camellia bush in full bloom. It dawned on me, when I was passing out camellia food to the 20+ bushes that are growing around the house, that this one has done pretty well in its odd little enclosure.
When we started the addition to this house--back in 1983, if you'd like to keep track--we had two camellia bushes growing side by side just outside the kitchen door. Because of the way the house is oriented, the stairs to the yard went away from the bushes; but it soon became obvious that one or both of them was going to need to be moved so that there'd be room for a back door and a deck. So one of the bushes got moved, but the other we decided to leave in place. The deck was actually built around the bush; and when the deck was replaced, the new deck had a cutout for the camellia as well. I tend to think of this as an in-process arrangement, but after 25 years, I guess it's safe to say the camellia is pretty content in its spot.

Then there's the snow on the mountains from the recent rains. The clouds sort of obscure it in this picture, but hey, when you're sitting at a red light trying to take a quick photo, this is what you get.
It's no secret that I love snow, and rain, and cold weather, and while I have really enjoyed our recent storms, they've now passed into history and I'm once again dealing with bright hot sunny days. I hope we get more rain soon.
Today was a knitting day, and we had a little visitor.
You can never start a boy off too early with the yarn love.
I'm not sure what you'd call this particular technique. Yarn sampling?
He also enjoyed petting people's sweaters, especially the Yarn Addict who was sitting right next to him.
She also had a couple of skeins of Sundara yarn that he would have loved to get his hands on, but he had to settle for the leftovers of Memere's Encore.

Oh well. He had fun with it! And he was a very good little knit-visitor.
His momma could have done some knitting, if she had a project in the works. We're working on her! She does know how to knit and crochet both--and when we took our infamous tatting class, in San Diego, she was the only one of us who could actually produce a respectable piece of tatting. That is my biggest regret, that I have never been able to master the art of the shuttle.

My mother did beautiful tatting, though, and we have some of her lace. Heirloom stuff!
This grandma, however, does much more utilitarian knitting most of the time. I think it's almost time to tackle one of my silk shawl projects.
Hmmm. A silk shawl would be the perfect accessory for the Grandmother-of-the-Bride, n'est-ce-pas? I'll have to see what I can do about that.

Meantime, Mr. Dimples seems pretty pleased with his foray into the Yarn Arts. Maybe he'll come visit again!


11 comments:

Joyce (on plurk) said...

You have a beautiful grandson; love his dimples!

ZantiMissKnit said...

I'm jealous that you have flowers -- we still have snow! :(

Mr. Dimples -- aaaah, I want to pinch those cheeks!!!

KnittingReader said...

I love the camellias! Everything should start blooming here very soon.

And I want to pinch those checks, too!

Knitting Linguist said...

I've been loving this rain, too -- and the view of snow-covered mountains is a treat. I hope for more... Love the pictures of Mr. Dimples and his yarn; it's never to early to get them started :)

Ellen Bloom said...

Your camelias are positively gorgeous!! They are one of my fave flowers.

Today, I can see snow on the hills from my 5th floor office in Santa Monica. It's a glorious day!

h3dakota said...

I adore the dimples!! He is SO cute! And am totally, completely jealous of those gorgeous mountains. *sigh*

Annette said...

He was so cute!!! And so good too! Good news - we have a little more rain on the way. :)

Sheepish Annie said...

We're looking at about six inches of snow tonight and tomorrow in my corner of Maine. (more in other areas) I guess it's good for me to be reminded every now and again that it is something to be appreciated. It is rather pretty when you don't have to drive in it or clear it off the car...

I've always said I was going to try tatting. My mother's grandmother tatted and she talks about how much she loved watching her do it.

Anonymous said...

Hello, D3 here- yes he is beautiful, but he can yell like a yetti! Also tatting is overrated.

Kate said...

I would love to see snow on the mountains - I will have to experience it vicariously.
I also love rain and cold weather but I'm definitely living in the wrong country!
Mr. Dimples is very cute.

Madge said...

That second photo of Mr. Dimples cracks me up all over again. What a cutie he is!