Posted by on Monday, July 22nd, 2013

While I’ve been slacking as a blogger, I’ve been trying to play some catch-up with photography.  These are some of the things I’ve been working on.

Our dear friends Scott and Vivian had their first baby a couple of months ago, and I was very happy to have an excuse to make this for them.  The pattern is the Zig Zag Pram Blanket


I’ve been looking at this pattern for a while, and I love that it has great texture but no holes for a newborn to get digits stuck in or for an older baby to worry to the breaking point.  I used leftover sock yarns from my own projects and from friend’s stashes.  I love the way the blanket turned out.  I made it significantly larger than the pattern called for, figuring this size was more versatile for a growing baby.  Scott and Vivian loved it.  Baby Robbie hasn’t weighed in yet, but I’m hoping he’ll snuggle it to pieces.


I made these hedgerow knee socks months ago but had the hardest time photographing them.  The yarn is custom-dyed Spunky Eclectic  sock yarn.  I originally ordered to use as an edging on Chesapeake, but then couldn’t bear to consign it to a boring i-cord fate.  It’s perfect for these socks.  This is the second pair of knee-socks I’ve made to match the monumental calves that clogging built, and they’re excellent under boots or for camping.  I have more knee socks queued up for future projects and am basking in an excuse to buy even more sock yarn in large quantities.


I had this bracelet made last fall by a great Etsy seller called HauteKeys, and I adore it.  It makes me miss my typewriter.


We had an incredibly rainy, cool spring.  That combined with preparations for the trip to France kept me out of the garden the first few months of the year, so as soon as we got back I spent as much time as possible gardening.  The typical sweltering DC summer is in full swing now, so I’m stuck inside for a while.  It is good to see some of my efforts paying off, though. I particularly like some of the new lillies I’m growing, and I love to see the variety of butterflies I’m luring into our gardens.






That bedraggled tail on this swallowtail seems representative of me these days.  Still working away, a little worse for the wear, but well enough and safe enough.  I’ve been writing and caring for a relative and trying to remember to check on my own needs occasionally.  I hope you’re all well.  I’m looking forward to our camping vacation, and I’m sad to have had to skip the first week of it.  Counting the days to vacation, and then possibly Rhinebeck, and then the KR retreat . . . . Really, everything that doesn’t revolve around cancer is a relief.  I hate cancer.  I hate it like I hate poison.

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4 Responses to “Mileposts”

  1. gayleon 29 Jul 2013 at 6:01 am 1

    Hugs to you. Do remember to stop, breathe, and enjoy the flowers now and then.

  2. Karenon 02 Apr 2014 at 2:21 am 2

    Dear Lanea, Just stopping by to say hello and to wish you well. Everything about you is beautiful! I’m basking in the loveliness of your knitted creations, your garden plants and beautiful photos. That baby blanket is perfection, and so are the knee socks! Mmmm….color lust!

    Yes, cancer is despised. There is too much of it around me right now, and it’s stealing my friends and acquaintances. If you are interested, check out by Dr. Michael Greger. I’m a retired science librarian and am fascinated by nutrition and health. I found his site and have learned so much about how foods can prevent cancer. Recently he did a series on beans and turmeric. It turns out that the phytates in beans can actually stop cancer tumor cells from growing and can even make them normal again. He reads the medical literature and reports the latest research findings in short videos, all free to watch from his website. You can search by topic and see what has already been done.

    It’s been a while since you posted; hope you are “happy busy.” Thanks for sharing your creativity!

    Hugs from a stranger, and love from my heart to yours.

  3. Bibliotecariaon 02 May 2014 at 7:33 pm 3

    Recently discovered a podcast and thought of you. It’s called Story Archaeology and talks about old Irish tales.

  4. Laneaon 05 May 2014 at 6:17 am 4

    Ooh–I’ll check it out. Thanks!

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