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one year

A few weeks ago I was talking to a friend who was about to start a road trip from Seattle to Utah. I raced through my calendar to see if I could possibly drive out there to meet him, but I couldn’t quite make it work this time. This is the same friend who once, on a suggestion during a phone conversation, agreed to meet me at a prescribed time on a particular day in Utah when he was driving from Maryland and I was driving from the bay area. We both made it and the trip was great fun. I’ve been thinking over the trip last spring, which was exactly one year ago, and wishing that I was there now.

One year ago today:
devils garden




dance hall rock




Beyond




We are back from the desert and beyond. It was beautiful and vast and very, very windy. The same wind collapsing (and blowing away) our tent was fueling fires in so cal. Check out this satellite image with smoke, dust AND Von Karman vorticies. More of our photos on flickr.

Apparently Ive been tagged by Jena at eloomnation. Ive never done one of these so I supposed Ill give it a go. There are also apparently rules:

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself: some random, some weird.
3. Tag 3 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs.

well then, here I go:

  1. Im currently obsessed with tweed chickens.
  2. I am a closeted (or maybe not so closeted) crazy cat lady. I have been hoarding the brushings from my cat apollo and plan to spin his fur into yarn and knit him a hat (or maybe sweater.)
  3. I once had a pet duck. It met its demise at a young age at the beak of a hawk.
  4. I have spent a lot of time sailing small boats. In high school it was every weekend, and in college it was 5 days a week. This is funny because I hate getting wet.
  5. I have an immense collection of jackets. I love coats, sweaters, fuzzy things–you get the picture. Again this is funny because I have spent most of my life living in northern California where to most peoples observations it does not appear cold.
  6. I can do a fairly accurate chicken impersonation. (these are turning out very poultry-related arent they…)
  7. I cant think of a seventh interesting/quirky item right now, maybe someone can leave one in the comments?

And now to pass it on: Amber at Yarn Junkie, Carmen at Rosebrier and Cara at Craftin On the Couch. If being tagged makes you upset then ignore me!

babies and such


More baby blankets for more babies… They are everywhere!

I wish I could find a better resource for cute flannel prints. Joanns is always disappointing and my local fabric store often does not have the prints I like. Does anyone have a good suggestion for buying flannel prints online?

In other non-crafty news, N played a show with some folks on Saturday at Mamma Buzz cafe in Oakland. It was the first non-dead hensons show of his I’ve been to in many years. Maybe there will be more in the future?

Ive also been out enjoying the remnants of summer (oh, who am I kidding, it could go on like this for weeks). I went out to Point Reyes for a day of hiking and being near the ocean. There is just something special about waterfalls at the beach.


more craftiness to come soon…

You cant beat an expression like this

it was a fun trip….

Traveling Knitting


This weekend Nick and I finally went on our “New Years” camping trip in big sur (only a few weeks late). My knitting came too and this portrait of a sock in progress (superwash merino dyed by Karrie, 1×3 seed stitch ribbing) was taken from our super awesome cliff-side campsite in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. There were bunches (or perhaps, pods…) of Gray Whales hanging out just off the point and I even saw a tail!

More photos of the trip on my Flickr page.

I also noticed that a photo I took of Nick and I on Pfeiffer Beach looks just like one from our trip 3 years ago…. (im even wearing the same jacket and hat). I guess I dont change that quickly.

Avocados grow on trees! and other news from Hawaii


lava!, originally uploaded by abmatic.

At last! i have uploaded photos from my Hawaii trip. You can see the full set of photos (ok, actually I tried to pare it down as much as i could) here, a condensed set here and a few favorites are below. We saw lava flowing into the sea, white, black and green (olivine!) beaches and sea turtles. We ate grass fed Hawaiian beef, tropical fruits and shave ice with fresh coconut and drank large quantities of kona coffee. The first day we had lunch with Phoebe in Waikiki and the next three days we stayed with Ingrid who was visiting at HVO in Volcano National Park. Then we spent two days sitting on the beach and two days sitting around on our porch looking out over the ocean. It was warm and wonderful and in strong contrast to the 30knt winds and 40 degree temps in chicago right now (where i am sitting in the airport– almost home!) and thats not even cold for Chicago…

anyway on to the photos

Green Sand Beach
Green Sand Beach

Punaluu as a storm was coming in. This beach was 100% shattered basalt and entirely black.
Nick

Sea Turtles! There were a bunch of them hanging out at Punaluu
Sea Turtle

Punaluu
Punaluu

Waipio Valley
waipio valley

Sunset from the porch
view from the porch

bulky cabled hat in action!


DSC03276.JPG, originally uploaded by kweaver614.

This is what happens when you try to drain pasta for 20 people while camping. Amazingly even though only maybe 1/3rd of the pasta fit in the strainer at a time we didnt spill much. Perhaps even more exciting, the next photo in the series features an action shot of my long-johned butt..


DSC03277.JPG, originally uploaded by kweaver614.

(photos by karrie)

pumpkin


DSCN2292.JPG, originally uploaded by abmatic.

this is pumpkin the camping cat. weighing in at what i would estimate to be 15lbs (and maybe more…) he likes riding in the car and going camping. he apparently has a fascination with semi-trucks and often tries to go over in the parking lot to have a look. he also likes sleeping in the drivers seat and munching on left over fish sandwiches. the last time my cat went for a road trip he got carsick (just picture me walking briskly into my parents house holding a polluted cat carrier at arms length) and he meows a lot during the whole ordeal. i wonder why pumpkin is so down with the whole idea of a vehicle journey.

im in alaska!


DSCN2226.JPG, originally uploaded by abmatic.

here is a picture of miriam and a somewhat visible denali. we got a good glimplse of the mountian early in the morning but it only got cloudier as the day went on. in general the scenerey was pretty impressive though. today its berry picking and tomorrow canoeing!