I’ve just finished up a few days at the Oregon Coast. I come here every February, as a quiet, restful retreat by myself. I will often take long rambles, beachcombing, looking for the beautiful, the interesting or the odd to capture my attention. City-combing, too, looking for interesting architecture, sculpture, artistic endeavors; flora, fauna, food; less often, because they move and you have to get their permission, people.
A huge chunk of the time here is spent knitting, of course. Or, now, designing. This trip, there was a lot of knitting, ripping out, and re-knitting. I’m pretty sure this sweater now has its course planned out pretty well and all I have to do is just keep knitting…
Colorwork sweater, a previous version which included light blue and melon colorways:
Even though all of the inspirational palettes I was drawing from included the melon (and orange), I finally concluded that they were not going to work in this sweater because I hadn’t introduced them sooner. They are in time out and are not even in the tub with the rest of the yarn. Now I have a plan and will be working the greens, blues and browns back in throughout the rest of the fabric:
There’s much more to be said about knitting on this trip, including the lovely Open Knit time at In The Wind Yarns and some new yarn (!), but that’s subject matter for another post.
Now, back from that little aside.
Within the last year, I started writing this blog, and I set up a Facebook page and Twitter account so that I could let you know when a new post was written. In the blogging, I rediscovered my love for writing. For many years, it’s been put aside. I thought that since I write correspondence and I’m the Grammar/Comma Queen at work – I thought that because of these things, I was using my love for the language, I was writing. But then I started writing the blog, and I recollected that, at age 8 or 10 or whatever, I wrote an essay on the results of tobacco use for our little neighborhood club. I wrote an essay for fun, for goodness’ sake! What kid does that?? I’ve loved writing all my life, and it’s been very rewarding to pick up the pen, so to speak, again.
It’s true that I don’t have the time to devote to writing that I would wish, and so I decided to post Wordless Wednesday once a week, to keep the blog active when I don’t have the time or energy to write something engaging. I love photography, and now I want a new camera!
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. I appreciate your spending some of your time with me. Wishing you a wonderful day. Now, I’ve gotta pack and head back home!
15 thoughts on “Winter Ramblings”
You continue to amaze me. You have found a wonderful way to combine your 3 interests (hobbies ) in such an artful way that we can all enjoy too. Maybe someday you will publish a book about knitting in Oregon with all your beautiful photographs. YSLY
Thank you Kathy! I actually would love to do this; maybe someday it can become a reality! YSLY
You & I would have been great childhood friends. I also wrote for fun from a very young age … & whenever the teacher would announce that our homework that night involved writing an essay, everyone else would groan & i would be delighted : )
🙂 I knew I couldn’t be the only one!!! Thanks for taking the time to comment!
What a lovely treat for yourself. Good for you.
Thank you, Stefanie. My introverted self really needs some time alone each year. 🙂
love this Carol! Write on!
Thanks, Kathy! 😉
I love both your writing and your photography. Thanks for sharing them!
Thank you for the encouragement, Alex! Very much appreciated!
Wordless Wednesday posts are inspiring! Keep doing what brings you joy!
Thanks, Tamera! It is good to hear that. 🙂