Some Photos from my Walk to Work

Been pretty busy recently, but I walked to work today and took some photos along the way. I thought I’d share them.

gardentulip-bootstulips-hyacinthmagnoliatulipsAnyway, I hope to do more writing soon. But in the meantime, enjoy spring in Portland.

Spring is Showing Up Around the Edges

Here in Portland, we’re seeing the first signs of spring. On my walk to work earlier this week I brought along my camera, and took a few pictures as I went. First, right outside our home: narcisusNarcissus. I don’t think I’ve noticed this being the first flowers of the spring before, but this year, it beat out the forsythia.

As I was walking to work, I definitely saw crocuses. Many crocuses. Purple onescrocuses1, yellow ones. Purple and Yellow ones. I only got pictures of a few, but you’ll have to take my word for it, there are many crocuses all over. yellowcrocuses

I’ve also seen some camelias, which is interesting in that I think of them as a much earlier flower. Nonetheless, there they wwere in full bloom.

Then there were the flowers I didn’t recognize. The wild yellow flowers that seemed sort of muppety: crazyflowersKind of cool, aren’t they?

And some reddish buds that seem about to flower: aboutoflower2aboutoflower

This is the time of year when I love walking to work, because I get to see the flowers move along day by day. Each day there are new flowers getting ready to bloom, or trees getting ready to leaf out, or various other changes of state happening all around us. So I’ll keep walking with my camera, and hopefully continue to share photos with you.

Moving Forward on Socks!

I’m finally making progress on Eva’s socks again.

You will note, a completed sock and another sock with the foot finished and me working my way up the leg. I’m finally feeling like I’m making real progress on a knitting project again, which is great after months of not feeling like I was getting anywhere.

I’m on the leg, and the leg is the longest part of this sock (this is sort of a three-quarter calf length). But still. . .I think I finished the foot in about a week, and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to finish up the leg in a week or two more.

I’ve been working on this pair of socks since February, and it was the last project I started. I have 3 other projects that have been getting some attention also, but the bottom line is that nothing has been moving very quickly. So for the last week or so I’ve been concentrating on these socks, and making nice progress on them. I’m not a knitter who needs constant gratification, but it turns out I need to finish something more often than once every 4 months.

I didn’t think this would be a problem. I thought it would be great for me to have a variety of projects going simultaneously. You know, some that were more complex and took more attention, some that were very simple. Some that were very portable, some that needed me to be sitting unmoving because they were too big to tote around. And while that has been nice, it means that nothing has gotten finished. And that has been more discouraging than I expected.

But now, I am making progress, and feeling good about it. Yes, I have 3 other projects languishing, but I prefer to think of them as “waiting for attention.” And I know that when I dedicated my undivided knitting attention to them, they will begin to proceed more quickly as well.

Want to see my progress over the last week again? Ok: