sprite writes
broodings from the burrow

June 21, 2021


photos of a weekend
posted by soe 1:19 am

There are no photos of the pool, the park, or the pancakes (or Rudi, for that matter). But I’ve got photos of the library:

West End Stacks

The ballpark:

Nationals Park

And the garden:

Clearwing Hawkmoth

Bee on the Butterfly Bush

How was your weekend?

Category: life -- uncategorized. There is/are 1 Comment.

June 20, 2021


another half dozen shawls under consideration
posted by soe 1:38 am

Thanks to those of you who weighed in on the smaller shawls I was considering for the Tour de France Knitalong. Fully Charged and Winterberry both got multiple votes.

I thought I’d share a few more shawls, but this time they’re larger pieces, calling for three or more skeins of yarn. Usually, this makes them more wearable, but also it means they’ll take longer to knit, and the odds of finishing in three weeks the Tour lasts diminishes significantly.

I’ve been looking at Pressed Flowers since before last year’s Tour, and the fact that I’m still considering it bodes well. It’s a heavier yarn and requires 3-4 skeins.

Nightshift is another pattern I’ve looked at over and over again. Again, a heavier weight shawl.

Fernweh is a brioche shawl, knit with sock yarn.

Rodanthe is mosaic, knit with sock yarn.

Quicksilver alternates stripes with mesh lace.

The Everything Shawl combines two skeins of sock yarn with one skein of mohair.

Category: knitting. There is/are 2 Comments.

June 19, 2021


father’s day weekend planning
posted by soe 1:01 am

At the last minute, we were given today off from work to celebrate Juneteenth. It was a lovely surprise.

I used the afternoon to pick blueberries and spent a little time this evening reading So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo.

Tomorrow, I’m planning a trip to the library, garden, and pool. I have beans to plant and holds to pick up and am looking forward to spending some time swimming, since the heat and humidity are due to return. If Rudi’s up to a movie after his long bike ride (he’s leaving at 6 a.m.), I have a dvd or two we can pick from. If not, I have my book to read.

Sunday, I’ll hit the farmer’s market for some apricots, plums, and raspberries and possibly the season’s first corn. Dad and I will spend some time on the phone, and I’m hopeful the Mets will give us some good plays to discuss between now and then. I might also make some pancakes, since blueberry season is really the only time of the year, I enjoy eating them.

How are you hoping to spend this weekend?

Category: life -- uncategorized. There is/are 0 Comments.

June 18, 2021


one big happy, fresh blood, and keep an eye on
posted by soe 1:35 am

Constitution Gardens Duck Family

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. One adventuresome duckling is reunited with its siblings and mama.

2. The new members of our volleyball team seem nice.

3. I forgot a bike lock, but really want to run into a shop. Some GW students watch it for me.

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world lately?

Category: three beautiful things. There is/are 1 Comment.

June 17, 2021


when fun isn’t fun
posted by soe 1:33 am

I’m feeling very meh about the book I started in print last week. There are some pretty major stressors in my life right now, so I can’t tell if it’s just that, if I need to give myself another 25 pages to let the story get going, or if, despite several other people telling me it’s good, it’s just not the right book for me.

And with all those other stressors, it feels very irksome to have the thing I like best as a stress reliever to be demanding additional brain power and attention.

Just be easy, reading, at least for the rest of this month!

Category: books. There is/are 1 Comment.

June 16, 2021


‘do not go gentle into that good night!”
posted by soe 1:10 am

Michael Sheen performs one of Dylan Thomas’ best-known poems. (“The man ain’t got no culture”)

Category: arts. There is/are 0 Comments.