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It's as perfect a morning as possible -  73°, a tiny breeze, knitting, coffee - and after almost 22 years of living here I am pleased to have finally realized A Thing.  Like so many homes here, our property is surrounded by a solid wall rather than a fence.  I like the walls; they give us privacy while still showing bits of other properties, things like trees and big shrubs and tops of umbrellas.  I've always had an odd, tiny feeling of excitement looking across from here, but not known why till now.  This morning I flashed back to something I read when I was little, and there it was - our neighborhood walls remind me of the mystery and secrecy and hidden beauty of The Secret Garden.

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It's as perfect a morning as possible - 73°, a tiny breeze, knitting, coffee - and after almost 22 years of living here I am pleased to have finally realized A Thing. Like so many homes here, our property is surrounded by a solid wall rather than a fence. I like the walls; they give us privacy while still showing bits of other properties, things like trees and big shrubs and tops of umbrellas. I've always had an odd, tiny feeling of excitement looking across from here, but not known why till now. This morning I flashed back to something I read when I was little, and there it was - our neighborhood walls remind me of the mystery and secrecy and hidden beauty of The Secret Garden. #kaythearkydesigns #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #designersofnewmexico #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood #myownsecretgarden
It seems that #6 wasn't the end of the Socks of Many Colors after all, because this little collection of pink and rose caught my eye and smiled at me.  There was only one thing to do, of course.

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It seems that #6 wasn't the end of the Socks of Many Colors after all, because this little collection of pink and rose caught my eye and smiled at me. There was only one thing to do, of course. #kaythearkydesigns #knitsocks #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #designersofnewmexico #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
Socks of Many Colors #6 - finished.  They look weird right off the needles, but I assure you they fit just right.

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Like everyone else, I have things in my home that are important and valuable in my eyes.  Nine weeks of Indoor Time, and an interesting thing is happening:  I’ve begun to pay more attention to the things in my house.  Not unusual things, or sudden surprise things, but things that have been there so long that they no longer have a history.  This one, taped to the inside of a cupboard door, allows me to do formula baking here in high-altitude Albuquerque.  I use it without thinking about it too much; it’s just a tool.  This morning, though, instant backstory!  Twenty years ago or so I was whining to new friends that my baking produced things such as Earthquake Cake (totally collapsed in the middle), so Lisa - a wicked good baker - quickly wrote these three hints for me, and I never looked back.  This little piece of paper, getting brown around the edge like a pirate map, helped me more than anything else to fit into a new home state.  Precious, this.

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Like everyone else, I have things in my home that are important and valuable in my eyes. Nine weeks of Indoor Time, and an interesting thing is happening: I’ve begun to pay more attention to the things in my house. Not unusual things, or sudden surprise things, but things that have been there so long that they no longer have a history. This one, taped to the inside of a cupboard door, allows me to do formula baking here in high-altitude Albuquerque. I use it without thinking about it too much; it’s just a tool. This morning, though, instant backstory! Twenty years ago or so I was whining to new friends that my baking produced things such as Earthquake Cake (totally collapsed in the middle), so Lisa - a wicked good baker - quickly wrote these three hints for me, and I never looked back. This little piece of paper, getting brown around the edge like a pirate map, helped me more than anything else to fit into a new home state. Precious, this. #kaythearkydesigns #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #designersofnewmexico #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
Today was squishy mail day, always a happy time.  And today's package was not only glorious yarn, but also a small bunny!  Meet Susan - a little Yorkshire Lop, wearing a one-of-a-kind jumper knitted with natural-dyed sock yarn in a stranded design.  She came packaged with four natural-dyed skeins of BFL sock yarn, all the way from Freyalyn's Hand-dyed Fibres in Western Yorkshire.  @freyalyn had dyed lots of yarn and fiber for Wonderwool Wales, an annual fiber fair in April; but like gatherings everywhere this year, it had to go virtual.  I couldn't have gone to Wales, but I could attend online!  She also has several bunnies - seven? eight? - each in a sweet little jumper; they line up on her display shelf at fiber fairs.  I am charmed that one of her admirable little fur persons could immigrate to New Mexico!

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Today was squishy mail day, always a happy time. And today's package was not only glorious yarn, but also a small bunny! Meet Susan - a little Yorkshire Lop, wearing a one-of-a-kind jumper knitted with natural-dyed sock yarn in a stranded design. She came packaged with four natural-dyed skeins of BFL sock yarn, all the way from Freyalyn's Hand-dyed Fibres in Western Yorkshire. @freyalyn had dyed lots of yarn and fiber for Wonderwool Wales, an annual fiber fair in April; but like gatherings everywhere this year, it had to go virtual. I couldn't have gone to Wales, but I could attend online! She also has several bunnies - seven? eight? - each in a sweet little jumper; they line up on her display shelf at fiber fairs. I am charmed that one of her admirable little fur persons could immigrate to New Mexico! #kaythearkydesigns #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #designersofnewmexico #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
Through the window by my front door - the blossoms on the hesperaloe are back lit and glowing.

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Through the window by my front door - the blossoms on the hesperaloe are back lit and glowing. #kaythearkydesigns #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #designersofnewmexico #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
This was our first lizard sighting of 2020, late March.  The continuing saga of these small folk is developing in unexpected directions, and you can follow the whole confusing business on @vecchiodrivelizardarium.  #kaythearkydesigns #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #designersofnewmexico #v #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
This was our first lizard sighting of 2020, late March. The continuing saga of these small folk is developing in unexpected directions, and you can follow the whole confusing business on @vecchiodrivelizardarium. #kaythearkydesigns #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #designersofnewmexico #v #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
Here is the first good look at one of this year's new herb garden occupants!  Observe the lovely multiple stripes, quite different than Frederick the Great and his family (you can check back to some of last year's posts to compare). We did not expect new occupants this year!  We had been hurt that Frederick had not let us know where they'd gone for the winter nor sent a Christmas card, but they had... Notes and cards from lizards are very tiny, and their penmanship is challenging to say the least.  I mean, just look at those long, skinny fingers!  Their mail must have - excuse me - fallen through the cracks.  We just never knew they'd written, and they didn't realize that... so my comments (such as "ungrateful little gits") were not well received.  Understandable.  So they decided to stay in Acapulco for a while and rent the New Mexico place out.  I'm still sorting their story out, but it involves Russian circus performers.  Or something like that.  Stay tuned.

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Here is the first good look at one of this year's new herb garden occupants! Observe the lovely multiple stripes, quite different than Frederick the Great and his family (you can check back to some of last year's posts to compare). We did not expect new occupants this year! We had been hurt that Frederick had not let us know where they'd gone for the winter nor sent a Christmas card, but they had... Notes and cards from lizards are very tiny, and their penmanship is challenging to say the least. I mean, just look at those long, skinny fingers! Their mail must have - excuse me - fallen through the cracks. We just never knew they'd written, and they didn't realize that... so my comments (such as "ungrateful little gits") were not well received. Understandable. So they decided to stay in Acapulco for a while and rent the New Mexico place out. I'm still sorting their story out, but it involves Russian circus performers. Or something like that. Stay tuned. #kaythearkydesigns #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #lizardsofNM #lizardsofinstagram #lizards #lifeinthehighdesert
@claudiadonnellydesigns and I frequently knit under the portal and occasionally post about it.  Yesterday someone asked me what it was like out there?  So here it is, from the back corner of the lot under the desert willows, looking east over the Rio Grande Valley (Albuquerque's down there) to the Sandia Mountains.  The xeriscaping is stone and plants that grow in the desert; it takes little water and less yard work.  You can even see Louie da Nose between the tree trunks!  On the far end of the portal you can see where we sit - that's my project bag with socks.  We are very partial to spending time here; you can see why.
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@claudiadonnellydesigns and I frequently knit under the portal and occasionally post about it. Yesterday someone asked me what it was like out there? So here it is, from the back corner of the lot under the desert willows, looking east over the Rio Grande Valley (Albuquerque's down there) to the Sandia Mountains. The xeriscaping is stone and plants that grow in the desert; it takes little water and less yard work. You can even see Louie da Nose between the tree trunks! On the far end of the portal you can see where we sit - that's my project bag with socks. We are very partial to spending time here; you can see why. #kaythearkydesigns #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #designersofnewmexico #claudiadonnellydesigns #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
And what is a cat's life during the pandemic lock down?  Audrey Grace shows you, politely putting up with frequently being carried around and scritched. (Please ignore the sound effects, courtesy of our ancient dryer. We are desperately hoping it will last through the pandemic.) #catsofinstagram #kaythearkydesigns #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
And what is a cat's life during the pandemic lock down? Audrey Grace shows you, politely putting up with frequently being carried around and scritched. (Please ignore the sound effects, courtesy of our ancient dryer. We are desperately hoping it will last through the pandemic.) #catsofinstagram #kaythearkydesigns #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
Another Mother's Day memory: My mom with her parents, 1916.  Do take a look at the baby bonnet that grandma crocheted! And I see a bit of lace at the hem, too... I'm glad I've come from a proud line of Women Who Craft, and happy that my @claudiadonnellydesigns has joined the line.

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Another Mother's Day memory: My mom with her parents, 1916. Do take a look at the baby bonnet that grandma crocheted! And I see a bit of lace at the hem, too... I'm glad I've come from a proud line of Women Who Craft, and happy that my @claudiadonnellydesigns has joined the line. #kaythearkydesigns #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #designersofnewmexico #claudiadonnellydesigns #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
About 1945 - mom knitting a blanket for my doll - I still have the blanket and her knitting bag.  This is one of my favorite photos of her - she got the red hair from my Scots granny!  I'll probably be posting various photos of her all day... #kaythearkydesigns #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #designersofnewmexico #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
About 1945 - mom knitting a blanket for my doll - I still have the blanket and her knitting bag. This is one of my favorite photos of her - she got the red hair from my Scots granny! I'll probably be posting various photos of her all day... #kaythearkydesigns #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #designersofnewmexico #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
Mother's Day breakfast - good stuff from Rebel Donuts. Years ago my priest told me that on holidays God takes all the calories out. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

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Mother's Day breakfast - good stuff from Rebel Donuts. Years ago my priest told me that on holidays God takes all the calories out. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it. #kaythearkydesigns #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #designersofnewmexico #rebeldonutwestside
A few weeks ago,  @claudiadonnellydesigns recorded the first lizard sighting of 2020, I posted it, and now they're out in force!  Here we have Ivan demonstrating what the lizards do best:  run up the wall, run down the wall, hide behind a branch of rosemary. (There should be a song with those words...) This is Ivan the Terrible, and we are beginning to piece together the story of where Frederick's family was this winter, why they didn't even send a Christmas card, and why there is a Russian lizard family here this year.  Russian lizards?  Who knew?  As they say, "Watch this space." #kaythearkydesigns #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #lizardsofNM
A few weeks ago, @claudiadonnellydesigns recorded the first lizard sighting of 2020, I posted it, and now they're out in force! Here we have Ivan demonstrating what the lizards do best: run up the wall, run down the wall, hide behind a branch of rosemary. (There should be a song with those words...) This is Ivan the Terrible, and we are beginning to piece together the story of where Frederick's family was this winter, why they didn't even send a Christmas card, and why there is a Russian lizard family here this year. Russian lizards? Who knew? As they say, "Watch this space." #kaythearkydesigns #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #lizardsofNM
Morning knitting under the portal - quiet and nice, and you can see that Sam has been busy tidying the yard.  Here are my (probably) last pair of Socks of Many Colors and @claudiadonnellydesigns's  Starflake Shawl.  And - for an amazement! - a contrail in the sky.

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Morning knitting under the portal - quiet and nice, and you can see that Sam has been busy tidying the yard. Here are my (probably) last pair of Socks of Many Colors and @claudiadonnellydesigns's Starflake Shawl. And - for an amazement! - a contrail in the sky. #kaythearkydesigns #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #designersofnewmexico #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
This is my view each morning, and isn't it nice?  The past week, though, I've become more and more aware of the hot air balloons that aren't there.  Most mornings there would be several, but it's been weeks since I've seen one.

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This is my view each morning, and isn't it nice? The past week, though, I've become more and more aware of the hot air balloons that aren't there. Most mornings there would be several, but it's been weeks since I've seen one. #kaythearkydesigns #coronavirus #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #designersofnewmexico #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
Socks of Many Colors #6 - this is probably the last of this sock series.  I've changed a little for this one - gone back to my usual ribbing for the cuff and a heel flap instead of short rows.  Why?  I don't know.  I like these, but it's like the sock magic has gone away, and there are other projects I'd rather be working on.

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Socks of Many Colors #6 - this is probably the last of this sock series. I've changed a little for this one - gone back to my usual ribbing for the cuff and a heel flap instead of short rows. Why? I don't know. I like these, but it's like the sock magic has gone away, and there are other projects I'd rather be working on. #kaythearkydesigns #knitsock #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #designersofnewmexico #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
This is not what I expected to see in the middle of April.  But I wasn't going out anyway, right?  I might as well sit by the fireplace and knit - "throw me in that briar patch." #kaythearkydesigns #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #designersofnewmexico #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
This is not what I expected to see in the middle of April. But I wasn't going out anyway, right? I might as well sit by the fireplace and knit - "throw me in that briar patch." #kaythearkydesigns #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #designersofnewmexico #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
This is my favorite Easter basket - astonishing beaded eggs (thank you, Sidney!) in an old silver basket.

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This is my favorite Easter basket - astonishing beaded eggs (thank you, Sidney!) in an old silver basket. #kaythearkydesigns #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #designersofnewmexico #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
It's National Pet Day, and this is our Audrey Grace.  Her official cat name is She Who Seeks Sunny Places for Napping.

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It's National Pet Day, and this is our Audrey Grace. Her official cat name is She Who Seeks Sunny Places for Napping. #kaythearkydesigns #catsofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #designersofnewmexico #knittersofnewmexico #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
I had to have blood work done today, and I was so glad to have my @textilesandtrouble Roxane Handmade Special Face Mask!  Out in the parking lot before I drove back home I thought I'd take a nice selfie (even though I'm not good at selfies) so I could show off the mask.  At this point I realized I'd gone through the quarantine tent at Lovelace Westside Hospital and walked around inside with the mask upside down, designwise.

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I had to have blood work done today, and I was so glad to have my @textilesandtrouble Roxane Handmade Special Face Mask! Out in the parking lot before I drove back home I thought I'd take a nice selfie (even though I'm not good at selfies) so I could show off the mask. At this point I realized I'd gone through the quarantine tent at Lovelace Westside Hospital and walked around inside with the mask upside down, designwise. #kaythearkydesigns #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #designersofnewmexico #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
Socks of Many Colors #6 in dark brights, see?  Yesterday while we were knitting out under the portal, @claudiadonnellydesigns  noticed that the first yarn I picked matched the project bag.  Most of them do, as it happens.  It seems even a WIP may enjoy a matching accessory.

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Socks of Many Colors #6 in dark brights, see? Yesterday while we were knitting out under the portal, @claudiadonnellydesigns noticed that the first yarn I picked matched the project bag. Most of them do, as it happens. It seems even a WIP may enjoy a matching accessory. #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #designersofnewmexico #knitsocks #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
Because I felt chilly this evening and the #5 socks were just sitting on the coffee table in front of me, I slipped them on.  Warm hugs for my feets!  My other SOMCs I've worn slouched with leggings to show off the colors, but I'm wearing these like regular socks.  Even though the photo right off the needles made them look loose, they aren't.  I just thought I'd let @pusscatto know, since she wondered; they stay up just fine!

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Because I felt chilly this evening and the #5 socks were just sitting on the coffee table in front of me, I slipped them on. Warm hugs for my feets! My other SOMCs I've worn slouched with leggings to show off the colors, but I'm wearing these like regular socks. Even though the photo right off the needles made them look loose, they aren't. I just thought I'd let @pusscatto know, since she wondered; they stay up just fine! #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #designersofnewmexico #knitsocks
Decisions, decisions... After finally picking the color group for Socks of Many Colors #6, I present to you the dark saturated multicolors.  Let the casting-on begin!

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Decisions, decisions... After finally picking the color group for Socks of Many Colors #6, I present to you the dark saturated multicolors. Let the casting-on begin! #kaythearkydesigns #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knitsocks #knittersofnewmexico #designersofnewmexico #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
Socks of Many Colors #5, fresh off the needles - and the teeny weeny bits left over.  What colorway next?

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Socks of Many Colors #5, fresh off the needles - and the teeny weeny bits left over. What colorway next? #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #designersofnewmexico #knitsocks #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
This Malabrigo Mechita in colorway Supernova reminds me of beach sand seen through a microscope.

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What do people do for an hour in waiting areas if they don't knit?  Some of them want to talk to the knitter.  For an introvert such as moi, the solution is ear buds - the ones with a wire connected to the iPad (which makes it obvious that you're listening to something fascinating). Guess who forgot her ear buds today.

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What do people do for an hour in waiting areas if they don't knit? Some of them want to talk to the knitter. For an introvert such as moi, the solution is ear buds - the ones with a wire connected to the iPad (which makes it obvious that you're listening to something fascinating). Guess who forgot her ear buds today. #kaythearkydesigns #knittersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #designersofinstagram #designersofnewmexico #introvert #introvertproblems #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
Our Starflake shawls are coming along nicely.  I never get tired of looking at the colors in the yarn - so I've included a closeup.  For a design that looks this complex, I was surprised to find most of it is suitable for social knitting.  @claudiadonnellydesigns  and I are taking ours to Tuesday afternoon knit group!

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Our Starflake shawls are coming along nicely. I never get tired of looking at the colors in the yarn - so I've included a closeup. For a design that looks this complex, I was surprised to find most of it is suitable for social knitting. @claudiadonnellydesigns and I are taking ours to Tuesday afternoon knit group! #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #designersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #starflake #starflakeshawl #westknits #malabrigoyarn #malabrigomechita
Such a nice afternoon... @claudiadonnellydesigns and I are knitting under the portal for the first time in 2020, both of us beginning the 5th parallelogram of our Starflake from @westknits.  It's not really a competition, but every now and then one of us will ask, "What row are you on now?" Our colorways are quite different, but both beautiful - mine is Art Nouveau and Supernova in Mechita from @malabrigoyarn, and I'm loving how they look together.

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Such a nice afternoon... @claudiadonnellydesigns and I are knitting under the portal for the first time in 2020, both of us beginning the 5th parallelogram of our Starflake from @westknits. It's not really a competition, but every now and then one of us will ask, "What row are you on now?" Our colorways are quite different, but both beautiful - mine is Art Nouveau and Supernova in Mechita from @malabrigoyarn, and I'm loving how they look together. #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #designersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #westknits #starflakeshawl #starflake #malabrigomecha #claudiadonnellydesigns #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
Today would have been my parents' 81st wedding anniversary.  They are both gone now. Dad died in 2000, and Mom spent her last two years with us, 2006-2008.  After she was gone I gradually went through her things, including this wonderful surprise - a box with her dried wedding bouquet flowers, the newspaper announcement, and many cards.  I didn't know she had kept these.  Did I cry?  Well, yes.  And again each time I look at these.  Mom and Dad, you are still with me, and the memories are sweet.

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Today would have been my parents' 81st wedding anniversary. They are both gone now. Dad died in 2000, and Mom spent her last two years with us, 2006-2008. After she was gone I gradually went through her things, including this wonderful surprise - a box with her dried wedding bouquet flowers, the newspaper announcement, and many cards. I didn't know she had kept these. Did I cry? Well, yes. And again each time I look at these. Mom and Dad, you are still with me, and the memories are sweet. #kaythearkydesigns #designersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #lifeinthedesert #lifeisgood
The first two parallelograms of Starflake!  I'm a knitter who groans every time the direction says "pick up and knit X stitches," so the fact that I haven't quit already is a measure of how much I want to do this shawl.

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The first two parallelograms of Starflake! I'm a knitter who groans every time the direction says "pick up and knit X stitches," so the fact that I haven't quit already is a measure of how much I want to do this shawl. #starflake #starflakeshawl #colorjunky #kaythearkydesigns #knittersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #malabrigoyarn #malabrigomechita
Diving into the next KAL with my Mom @kaythearkydesigns We chose the Starflake Shawl by @westknits !!! It’s challenging at the beginning but I don’t think it’s anything we can’t handle. Thank God for @westknits YouTube tutorials! I chose to do mine in the colors here. The pink/berry colored yarn is @pluckyknitter Primo in the colorway Merry Berry and the darker tonal grey is @zenyarngarden Serenity 20 in Wrought Iron. I think they will look fabulous together! I love the Plucky Yarn now that I can see it knitted up a bit!
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Mom and I have been enjoying doing KAL’s together since I’ve been stuck at home. It’s so much fun seeing each others progress! Moms yarn is quite different than mine and I can’t wait to see how they will both turn out!
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Diving into the next KAL with my Mom @kaythearkydesigns We chose the Starflake Shawl by @westknits !!! It’s challenging at the beginning but I don’t think it’s anything we can’t handle. Thank God for @westknits YouTube tutorials! I chose to do mine in the colors here. The pink/berry colored yarn is @pluckyknitter Primo in the colorway Merry Berry and the darker tonal grey is @zenyarngarden Serenity 20 in Wrought Iron. I think they will look fabulous together! I love the Plucky Yarn now that I can see it knitted up a bit! . Mom and I have been enjoying doing KAL’s together since I’ve been stuck at home. It’s so much fun seeing each others progress! Moms yarn is quite different than mine and I can’t wait to see how they will both turn out! . . #westknits #starflakeshawl #pluckyknitter #zenyarngarden #merryberry #wroughtiron #knitting #knittingaddict #knittinglove #knittinglife #knittingislife #knittingismylife #knittingismytherapy #knittingismysuperpower #knitspiration #instaknit #knitstagram #knittersofinstagram #knittersoftheworld #designersofinstagram #designersoftheworld #claudiadonnellydesigns #kaythearkydesigns
My birthday socks from my Momma!! (Affectionately referred to as “Momsox!”) I thought I was thru getting them from her... after all I know how to knit socks. But there’s nothing like Momsox. There’s so much love knitted into them I have to walk gently. Thank you so much Mom @kaythearkydesigns for making these. Yes yes, I know how to make them, but it’s not the same!
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My birthday socks from my Momma!! (Affectionately referred to as “Momsox!”) I thought I was thru getting them from her... after all I know how to knit socks. But there’s nothing like Momsox. There’s so much love knitted into them I have to walk gently. Thank you so much Mom @kaythearkydesigns for making these. Yes yes, I know how to make them, but it’s not the same! . . #momsox #birthdaysox #socksofmanycolors #redsocks #knitting #knittingaddict #knittinglove #knittinglife #knittingislife #knittingismylife #knittingismytherapy #knittingismysuperpower #knitspiration #instaknit #knitstagram #knittersofinstagram #knittersoftheworld #designersofinstagram #designersoftheworld #claudiadonnellydesigns #kaythearkydesigns #motherdaughterduo
A great joy of Lent - Garcia's specials.  As we often do during Lent, Betty and I met at Garcia's on Fourth (the one just south of Montaño) for Torta de Huevo and fixins.  Good service by Gina, and friendly chat with Maria at the next table.  Life is good.

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A great joy of Lent - Garcia's specials. As we often do during Lent, Betty and I met at Garcia's on Fourth (the one just south of Montaño) for Torta de Huevo and fixins. Good service by Gina, and friendly chat with Maria at the next table. Life is good. #kaythearkydesigns #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #lifeinthehighdesert #garciaskitchenalbuquerquenm #lifeisgood
Louie da Nose observed Fat Tuesday with the beads that don’t fit over his ears, and he complained about them just like he did last year.  Then he complained that I didn’t take the time to make him pancakes, because I had to go to a knitting meet.  It’s hard to keep a household grotesque happy, even though (as I pointed out to him) I had loaned him my beads and had to make do with my gold-green-purple shawl.  Oddly, he did not complain about the Lenten fasting that begins today, but (as he pointed out to me) he can’t actually eat anything anyway, even though he is theoretically a carnivore.  He is cutting me some slack by not complaining about fasting, see?

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Louie da Nose observed Fat Tuesday with the beads that don’t fit over his ears, and he complained about them just like he did last year. Then he complained that I didn’t take the time to make him pancakes, because I had to go to a knitting meet. It’s hard to keep a household grotesque happy, even though (as I pointed out to him) I had loaned him my beads and had to make do with my gold-green-purple shawl. Oddly, he did not complain about the Lenten fasting that begins today, but (as he pointed out to me) he can’t actually eat anything anyway, even though he is theoretically a carnivore. He is cutting me some slack by not complaining about fasting, see? #kaythearkydesigns #designersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
Sock of Many Colors #5 - mostly turquoise and blue.  This bunch of leftovers has very little of the Fair Isle designs, so there will be mostly just stripes.  That's okay - color variety is all that's needed.  Plain socks with no fancy stitchwork can seem boring to work, but with these I want to keep going to see how the color patterning develops.

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Sock of Many Colors #5 - mostly turquoise and blue. This bunch of leftovers has very little of the Fair Isle designs, so there will be mostly just stripes. That's okay - color variety is all that's needed. Plain socks with no fancy stitchwork can seem boring to work, but with these I want to keep going to see how the color patterning develops. #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #designersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #knitsocks #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
Brown-and-blue - Socks of Many Colors #4, which would have been #3 of I hadn't put these aside to knit red socks for @claudiadonnellydesigns.  I'm not good at selfies, even ones of my feet... The next socks will be turquoise-and-blue; see?

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Brown-and-blue - Socks of Many Colors #4, which would have been #3 of I hadn't put these aside to knit red socks for @claudiadonnellydesigns. I'm not good at selfies, even ones of my feet... The next socks will be turquoise-and-blue; see? #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #designersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #knitsocks #knitsock #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
Yay! I finished my lovely shawl. The pattern: Walking Uphill. Designer: @kaythearkydesigns  the yarn is from my Mom’s stash. It is Araucania Huasco. Such a fun knit with great results. #araucania #araucaniayarn #araucaniahuasco #shawlknitting #shawl #addictedtoknitting #ravelrypattern #knittersofinstagram #knittersofig #kaythearkydesigns #kaythearky #knitknitknit
Yay! I finished my lovely shawl. The pattern: Walking Uphill. Designer: @kaythearkydesigns the yarn is from my Mom’s stash. It is Araucania Huasco. Such a fun knit with great results. #araucania #araucaniayarn #araucaniahuasco #shawlknitting #shawl #addictedtoknitting #ravelrypattern #knittersofinstagram #knittersofig #kaythearkydesigns #kaythearky #knitknitknit
Remember the “Socks of Many Colors” that my Mom @kaythearkydesigns has been knitting? I jokingly said to her when she finished these that I wanted them... because red. She told me we could share. When opening my birthday presents last night, I opened these from my mother! She told me she couldn’t believe that I didn’t know they were for me the whole time! Thank you Mom. Yes, I can knit socks, I know how. But there’s nothing like “Mom Sox!” I absolutely LOVE THEM!!!! Thank you! I can’t believe I had no idea you were making these for me all along!!
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Remember the “Socks of Many Colors” that my Mom @kaythearkydesigns has been knitting? I jokingly said to her when she finished these that I wanted them... because red. She told me we could share. When opening my birthday presents last night, I opened these from my mother! She told me she couldn’t believe that I didn’t know they were for me the whole time! Thank you Mom. Yes, I can knit socks, I know how. But there’s nothing like “Mom Sox!” I absolutely LOVE THEM!!!! Thank you! I can’t believe I had no idea you were making these for me all along!! . . #momsox #bestsocksintheworld #redsox #knitting #knittingaddict #knittinglife #knittinglove #knittingismylife #knittingismytherapy #knittingismysuperpower #knittersofinstagram #knittersoftheworld #designersoftheworld #designersofinstagram #kaythearkydesigns #claudiadonnellydesigns
Socks of Many Colors #3!  This knitting socks with leftover bits is fun - I never know how they'll turn out.  These are much brighter than I thought they'd be!  This was the fourth pair in order of when I began them; the third was medium blues and browns.  I couldn't put these bright colors down, though, so #4 became #3.  #4 is coming along at a good clip - only half a sock to go.  What color group to choose for #5?  The light grays and beiges?

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Socks of Many Colors #3! This knitting socks with leftover bits is fun - I never know how they'll turn out. These are much brighter than I thought they'd be! This was the fourth pair in order of when I began them; the third was medium blues and browns. I couldn't put these bright colors down, though, so #4 became #3. #4 is coming along at a good clip - only half a sock to go. What color group to choose for #5? The light grays and beiges? #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #designersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #knitsocks #knittersofnewmexico #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
When I'm elected Queen of the Universe, I will rule that all  waiting rooms will have some seats that are comfortable for short people.  See these chairs?  If I sit all the way back, my feet don't touch the floor.  If I sit forward so my feet are on the floor, my back is six inches or so from the back of the chair.  If I lean back so my feet are on the floor and I'm leaning against the back of the chair, I am practically lying down.  Spending a few hours here, trying to knit?  Pretty uncomfortable.  My rule would particularly extend to airline seating, by the way.

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When I'm elected Queen of the Universe, I will rule that all waiting rooms will have some seats that are comfortable for short people. See these chairs? If I sit all the way back, my feet don't touch the floor. If I sit forward so my feet are on the floor, my back is six inches or so from the back of the chair. If I lean back so my feet are on the floor and I'm leaning against the back of the chair, I am practically lying down. Spending a few hours here, trying to knit? Pretty uncomfortable. My rule would particularly extend to airline seating, by the way. #kaythearkydesigns #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram
Snow.  Chilly.  Knitting.  And @claudiadonnellydesigns just brought me a nice cuppa.  The project is Zopf by @knit_cafe_midori, in Rios by @malabrigoyarn - a big, cushy pullover for a day like today.  Must knit faster!

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Snow. Chilly. Knitting. And @claudiadonnellydesigns just brought me a nice cuppa. The project is Zopf by @knit_cafe_midori, in Rios by @malabrigoyarn - a big, cushy pullover for a day like today. Must knit faster! #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #designersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #knit_cafe_midori #malabrigoyarn #claudiadonnellydesigns #lifeisgood
Louie da Nose in the snow.  He doesn't complain, but he never says much anyway.

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Louie da Nose in the snow. He doesn't complain, but he never says much anyway. #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #designersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
This is not quite what I'd planned for Saturday.  Behold my Zopf pullover (@knit_cafe_midori) in lovely Malabrigo Rios, being frogged back a ways.  Something has gone startlingly wrong with the sweet little cabled braid.  I know not what, but I'm betting I can figure it out. *pours more coffee*

Later note:  I fixed it.  I'd been doing the cable wrong.  Duh.

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This is not quite what I'd planned for Saturday. Behold my Zopf pullover (@knit_cafe_midori) in lovely Malabrigo Rios, being frogged back a ways. Something has gone startlingly wrong with the sweet little cabled braid. I know not what, but I'm betting I can figure it out. *pours more coffee* Later note: I fixed it. I'd been doing the cable wrong. Duh. #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #designersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #knit_cafe_midori #malabrigoyarn #lifeisgood
Snow day. I am knit, knit, knitting away on my “Walking Uphill” shawl. The design is by @kaythearkydesigns #kaythearkydesigns  I am calling my shawl “Walking Uphill for Chocolate” for obvious reasons. #araucaniayarns #araucaniahuasco #knittersofinstagram #knitknitknit #snowday #knittersofravelry #ravelrypattern #addictedtoknitting #shawlknitting #retiredlife #iloveknitting
Snow day. I am knit, knit, knitting away on my “Walking Uphill” shawl. The design is by @kaythearkydesigns #kaythearkydesigns I am calling my shawl “Walking Uphill for Chocolate” for obvious reasons. #araucaniayarns #araucaniahuasco #knittersofinstagram #knitknitknit #snowday #knittersofravelry #ravelrypattern #addictedtoknitting #shawlknitting #retiredlife #iloveknitting
It's late and I just now remembered to block this shawl.  You never did that, did you?  At midnight?  I didn't think so.

This is my new Third Time - to be posted soon, with all the details.  You'll like it.  It's not inside-out; both sides look like this.  Reversible, see?

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It's late and I just now remembered to block this shawl. You never did that, did you? At midnight? I didn't think so. This is my new Third Time - to be posted soon, with all the details. You'll like it. It's not inside-out; both sides look like this. Reversible, see? #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #designersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #shawlsofinstagram #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
Ready to cast on!  These are the skeins for my @westknits Starflake, from @malabrigoyarn - Mechita in Art Nouveau and Supernova.  Last week I posted about one of the darker color that was so badly tied up (or badly handled afterward) that it seemed unworkable.  I wrote to the company, and they offered a replacement, but by then I'd decided to not let the yarn conquer me, and I'd taken care of it.  It took hours!  Many!  Now all four are ready to be cast on.  I persevered!  Woot!

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Ready to cast on! These are the skeins for my @westknits Starflake, from @malabrigoyarn - Mechita in Art Nouveau and Supernova. Last week I posted about one of the darker color that was so badly tied up (or badly handled afterward) that it seemed unworkable. I wrote to the company, and they offered a replacement, but by then I'd decided to not let the yarn conquer me, and I'd taken care of it. It took hours! Many! Now all four are ready to be cast on. I persevered! Woot! #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #designersofnewmexico #knittersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #malabrigoyarn #westknits #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
I've been knitting Socks of Many Colors for long enough that these seem "plain." #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knitsocks #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood #knittersofnewmexico
I've been knitting Socks of Many Colors for long enough that these seem "plain." #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knitsocks #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood #knittersofnewmexico
Dear friends and gentle people, these fingering weight skeins, of undyed Saxon Merino, are marvelous.  I wish instagram had feelyvision!  After reading @claraparkes recent book, Vanishing Fleece, I had to have some.  They're from @catskillmerino Catskill Merino Sheep Farm (great sheepy photos there!), where the sheep are "a heritage breed that produces the finest and softest wool in the world." Oh, my.  I have a pretty new design in mind for these.

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Dear friends and gentle people, these fingering weight skeins, of undyed Saxon Merino, are marvelous. I wish instagram had feelyvision! After reading @claraparkes recent book, Vanishing Fleece, I had to have some. They're from @catskillmerino Catskill Merino Sheep Farm (great sheepy photos there!), where the sheep are "a heritage breed that produces the finest and softest wool in the world." Oh, my. I have a pretty new design in mind for these. #kaythearkydesigns #designersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #catskillmerino #claraparkes #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
The third pair of Socks of Many Colors, mostly-blues-and-browns, is almost done.  I had the fourth combination  already separated out, so why not start?  So here's the first mostly-bright-red sock, coming along nicely.

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The third pair of Socks of Many Colors, mostly-blues-and-browns, is almost done. I had the fourth combination already separated out, so why not start? So here's the first mostly-bright-red sock, coming along nicely. #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knitsock #knitsocks #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeinnewmexico #lifeisgood
Last week I posted a photo of the two colors, two skeins each, from @malabrigomechita for knitting @westknits Starflake.  I wind my yarn by hand, and the first skein I opened was so badly wrapped and tied that it took almost 15 minutes to get four yards into a ball, and it wasn't getting any better.  It isn't like I'm not used to handling skeins - besides using lots of yarns from various companies and hand dyers for hundreds of projects, I've been a spinner for about 45 years. I know skeins, and I've never had one like this.  It's one of two from the same dye lot, and I'm afraid to begin the second skein in case it's bad too ... So I went to my stash (it's pretty extensive!) to look for four skeins that I could use for Starflake.  Every time I go into the kitchen I push them around into different color combinations.  So far the two at the top left and the two at the bottom right would be all right - but I don't want "all right;" it would always feel like second best.  I wrote to @malabrigoyarn  several days ago but have not heard back.  I have a good friend (read "saint") who has offered to wind it for me - she likes fixing messy yarn while watching TV - and I'll give it to her, but I'm still unhappy.  I am ashamed that this has made me so angry. 
UPDATE:  I am better now!  I settled down and wound the two skeins.  Yes, it took a long time, but yes, it was worth it.  It is a most glorious colorway!  The two complementary skeins were no problem.  And I got a nice letter from Malabrigo about replacing the skeins, but I'm glad I didn't need that.  Life is good.

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Last week I posted a photo of the two colors, two skeins each, from @malabrigomechita for knitting @westknits Starflake. I wind my yarn by hand, and the first skein I opened was so badly wrapped and tied that it took almost 15 minutes to get four yards into a ball, and it wasn't getting any better. It isn't like I'm not used to handling skeins - besides using lots of yarns from various companies and hand dyers for hundreds of projects, I've been a spinner for about 45 years. I know skeins, and I've never had one like this. It's one of two from the same dye lot, and I'm afraid to begin the second skein in case it's bad too ... So I went to my stash (it's pretty extensive!) to look for four skeins that I could use for Starflake. Every time I go into the kitchen I push them around into different color combinations. So far the two at the top left and the two at the bottom right would be all right - but I don't want "all right;" it would always feel like second best. I wrote to @malabrigoyarn several days ago but have not heard back. I have a good friend (read "saint") who has offered to wind it for me - she likes fixing messy yarn while watching TV - and I'll give it to her, but I'm still unhappy. I am ashamed that this has made me so angry. UPDATE: I am better now! I settled down and wound the two skeins. Yes, it took a long time, but yes, it was worth it. It is a most glorious colorway! The two complementary skeins were no problem. And I got a nice letter from Malabrigo about replacing the skeins, but I'm glad I didn't need that. Life is good. #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #westknits #malabrigoyarn #malabrigomechita
My next big project is getting lined up.  Here are my yarns for @westknits Starflake: @malabrigoyarn Mechita in Art Nouveau (the darker colorway) and Supernova.  It will be another KAL for @claudiadonnellydesigns  and me, and maybe others in our knitting groups of they decide to join in.  It's nothing formal; we will just enjoy knitting it at the same time, like we did with the Richland Shawl and Bojagi.  Some people get together with friends and play cards or go golfing - we knit!

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My next big project is getting lined up. Here are my yarns for @westknits Starflake: @malabrigoyarn Mechita in Art Nouveau (the darker colorway) and Supernova. It will be another KAL for @claudiadonnellydesigns and me, and maybe others in our knitting groups of they decide to join in. It's nothing formal; we will just enjoy knitting it at the same time, like we did with the Richland Shawl and Bojagi. Some people get together with friends and play cards or go golfing - we knit! #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #malabrigomechita #westknits #claudiadonnellydesigns #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
It's after midnight, but it's hard to go to bed and leave this pretty new yarn just sitting here by itself!  It's @malabrigoyarn Mechita in colorway Supernova, to go with my Mechita in Art Nouveau - together they're destined for Starflake (a fab Stephen West shawl design). @claudiadonnellydesigns and I will each do one, but I can't start tonight.  Dang.

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It's after midnight, but it's hard to go to bed and leave this pretty new yarn just sitting here by itself! It's @malabrigoyarn Mechita in colorway Supernova, to go with my Mechita in Art Nouveau - together they're destined for Starflake (a fab Stephen West shawl design). @claudiadonnellydesigns and I will each do one, but I can't start tonight. Dang. #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #designersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #malabrigomechita #claudiadonnellydesigns #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood #westknits
It's Caturday, and Audrey Grace has found a tiny sun spot.  It's just big enough for her head, so at least she will have warm ears.

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It's Caturday, and Audrey Grace has found a tiny sun spot. It's just big enough for her head, so at least she will have warm ears. #caturday #kaythearkydesigns #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #colorjunky #catsofinstagram
Mom @kaythearkydesigns finished her #bojagishawl by @knitboop last night!! It’s so beautiful!!! She decided to add some of the blue/green color at the end. I love it and, if I have enough yarn, I will do the same. Really sets the whole piece off. This lace section (which is where I’m at) is fantastic. I’ve never knit anything quite like it. The pattern is a stunning bow or flower like pattern.
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As the pattern explains, “Bojagi is the Korean word for a square, fabric wrapper... the lace motif of this shawl is based on the most traditional tying technique, in which the corners are tied together like a small flower.”
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This has been the most fun to knit. I am more than half the way thru the lace section and am excited with every row. Then the mosaic comes next again!
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What are you working on now?
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Mom @kaythearkydesigns finished her #bojagishawl by @knitboop last night!! It’s so beautiful!!! She decided to add some of the blue/green color at the end. I love it and, if I have enough yarn, I will do the same. Really sets the whole piece off. This lace section (which is where I’m at) is fantastic. I’ve never knit anything quite like it. The pattern is a stunning bow or flower like pattern. . As the pattern explains, “Bojagi is the Korean word for a square, fabric wrapper... the lace motif of this shawl is based on the most traditional tying technique, in which the corners are tied together like a small flower.” . This has been the most fun to knit. I am more than half the way thru the lace section and am excited with every row. Then the mosaic comes next again! . What are you working on now? . #bojagishawl #knitboop #incrediblelacesection #kaythearkydesigns #knitting #knittingaddict #knittinglove #knittinglive #knittingislife #knittingismylife #knittingismytherapy #knittingismysuperpower #knitspiration #knitstagram #instaknit #knittersofinstagram #knittersoftheworld #designersofinstagram #designersoftheworld #claudiadonnellydesigns
Bojagi is finished but not blocked - a very enjoyable project with an unusual and beautiful lace section.  The darker yarn strip along the bound-off edge isn't in the pattern, but I had some of that yarn left so I just added it on.  I like it.

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Bojagi is finished but not blocked - a very enjoyable project with an unusual and beautiful lace section. The darker yarn strip along the bound-off edge isn't in the pattern, but I had some of that yarn left so I just added it on. I like it. #kaythearkydesigns #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #colorjunky #knitboop #dreamincoloryarn #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood #shawlsofinstagram
Here is the next Sock of Many Colors.  When I sorted my leftovers into color groups, I tentatively called this "browns with some blues." The fabric looks different than I thought it would - purples and grays, too.  I like it.

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Here is the next Sock of Many Colors. When I sorted my leftovers into color groups, I tentatively called this "browns with some blues." The fabric looks different than I thought it would - purples and grays, too. I like it. #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #knitsocks #knitsock #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
Audrey Grace is giving me the Caturday Look, in her sunbeam, in front of my chair.  I don't have a chance of sitting there just now; it's good that I have some Shetland two-ply to skein up, isn't it?

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Audrey Grace is giving me the Caturday Look, in her sunbeam, in front of my chair. I don't have a chance of sitting there just now; it's good that I have some Shetland two-ply to skein up, isn't it? #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #spinnersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #caturday #caturdaymorning #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeinnewmexico #lifeisgood
I am, like so many others, appalled by the extent and destruction of the wildfires in Australia.  So much is needed in so many places there... From now until the end of February, all the proceeds from the sales of my knitting patterns will be donated to Adelaide Koala Rescue.  The patterns are available on Ravelry; my page is Kay The Arky, and the link to my shop is in my bio.  Read about AKR and the work they do:  https://www.akr.org.au

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#adelaidekoalaandwildlifehospital
I am, like so many others, appalled by the extent and destruction of the wildfires in Australia. So much is needed in so many places there... From now until the end of February, all the proceeds from the sales of my knitting patterns will be donated to Adelaide Koala Rescue. The patterns are available on Ravelry; my page is Kay The Arky, and the link to my shop is in my bio. Read about AKR and the work they do: https://www.akr.org.au #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #designersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #adelaidekoalarescue #adelaidekoalaandwildlifehospital
The second pair of Socks of Many Colors.  I'm having way too much fun with this idea!

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The second pair of Socks of Many Colors. I'm having way too much fun with this idea! #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #designersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #lifeinnewmexico #lifeisgood
Today is Rock Day, or Saint Distaff's Day. All the Christmas things are put away, Epiphany is past, and I am at my wheel with the Shetland project I started after EYF last March.  This is my first big long-draw job; I've been a short-draw spinner for more than 40 years.  My two-ply yarn is - ummm - highly textured.  I will use it for the pullover I'm already calling the Exceedingly Rustic Sweater.

You've never heard of Rock Day?  Here you go, from Wikipedia: "The distaff, or roc, used in spinning was the medieval symbol of women's work.  In many European cultural traditions, women resumed their household work after the twelve days of Christmas. Women of all classes would spend their evenings spinning on the wheel. During the day, they would carry a drop spindle with them. Spinning was the only means of turning raw wool, cotton or flax into thread, which could then be woven into cloth." #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #designersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #spinnersofinstagram #lifeinnewmexico #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
Today is Rock Day, or Saint Distaff's Day. All the Christmas things are put away, Epiphany is past, and I am at my wheel with the Shetland project I started after EYF last March. This is my first big long-draw job; I've been a short-draw spinner for more than 40 years. My two-ply yarn is - ummm - highly textured. I will use it for the pullover I'm already calling the Exceedingly Rustic Sweater. You've never heard of Rock Day? Here you go, from Wikipedia: "The distaff, or roc, used in spinning was the medieval symbol of women's work. In many European cultural traditions, women resumed their household work after the twelve days of Christmas. Women of all classes would spend their evenings spinning on the wheel. During the day, they would carry a drop spindle with them. Spinning was the only means of turning raw wool, cotton or flax into thread, which could then be woven into cloth." #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #designersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #spinnersofinstagram #lifeinnewmexico #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
One of my favorite fiber activities is stash shuffling, organizing, and planning.  Here is the continuation of Socks of Many Colors - dividing the sock leftovers into piles of similar colorways.  The ones next in line are "includes lots of red" and "medium brown with blue." See?  In project bags, all set to go.

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One of my favorite fiber activities is stash shuffling, organizing, and planning. Here is the continuation of Socks of Many Colors - dividing the sock leftovers into piles of similar colorways. The ones next in line are "includes lots of red" and "medium brown with blue." See? In project bags, all set to go. #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #socksofinstagram #lifeinnewmexico #lifeisgood #lifeinthehighdesert
Behold, another pair of Socks of Many Colors!  Made with the leftover bits of years and years of knitting socks, they  don't match and I don't care!  Finished on New Years Day, I'm hoping they're a good omen for finishing fun projects in 2020.

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Behold, another pair of Socks of Many Colors! Made with the leftover bits of years and years of knitting socks, they don't match and I don't care! Finished on New Years Day, I'm hoping they're a good omen for finishing fun projects in 2020. #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #designersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #lifeinnewmexico #lifeisgood #lifeinthehighdesert #socksofinstagram
I'm wishing a good New Year to all my family and friends near and far - you have added so much to my life!  Knitters, spinners, weavers, dyers, archaeologists, musicians, historians, writers, scientists, librarians, craftspeople, photographers - thank you.  Friends here at home in the US, and friends - people I have conversations with! - in the UK, Germany, Argentina, Italy, South Korea, New Zealand,  Sweden, Nepal, Russia, Georgia, South Africa, Australia, Denmark, Canada, France - ten years ago I could not have imagined having friends all over the world.  It is a richness beyond description.  Now on to 2020!

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I'm wishing a good New Year to all my family and friends near and far - you have added so much to my life! Knitters, spinners, weavers, dyers, archaeologists, musicians, historians, writers, scientists, librarians, craftspeople, photographers - thank you. Friends here at home in the US, and friends - people I have conversations with! - in the UK, Germany, Argentina, Italy, South Korea, New Zealand, Sweden, Nepal, Russia, Georgia, South Africa, Australia, Denmark, Canada, France - ten years ago I could not have imagined having friends all over the world. It is a richness beyond description. Now on to 2020! #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #designersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #lifeinnewmexico #lifeisgood
It's only been 2020 for about 50 minutes, the twelve days of Christmas aren't over, and this is what I saw today.  Dang. 
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It's only been 2020 for about 50 minutes, the twelve days of Christmas aren't over, and this is what I saw today. Dang. #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
My 2019 year of color.  All those neutrals and earth colors don't surprise me, but I'm not sure where a couple of those really bright ones came from!  A year from now I'll compare 2020 with 2019 and see if I've branched out.

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My 2019 year of color. All those neutrals and earth colors don't surprise me, but I'm not sure where a couple of those really bright ones came from! A year from now I'll compare 2020 with 2019 and see if I've branched out. #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
Last Saturday of the month means knitting at Desert Valley Brewing.  Friends, fiber, food (pulled pork sliders), and some great hard cider.  Life is good.

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Last Saturday of the month means knitting at Desert Valley Brewing. Friends, fiber, food (pulled pork sliders), and some great hard cider. Life is good. #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #desertvalleybrewing #bluesteinjane #hullma #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
Chilly morning, interesting clouds, balloons.  I don't remember seeing this balloon before.  I'm sure I would have remembered it - because, dang, there's a graphic for a knitting design there.  I don't forget those things!

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Chilly morning, interesting clouds, balloons. I don't remember seeing this balloon before. I'm sure I would have remembered it - because, dang, there's a graphic for a knitting design there. I don't forget those things! #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
Christmas Eve in Albuquerque, and everything that's going to get done is done.  Tree - cookies - gifts - food - lights - here we are, enjoying a quiet evening and looking forward to tomorrow.  From our home to yours, a wish for a good holiday season filled with things that make you happy.

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Christmas Eve in Albuquerque, and everything that's going to get done is done. Tree - cookies - gifts - food - lights - here we are, enjoying a quiet evening and looking forward to tomorrow. From our home to yours, a wish for a good holiday season filled with things that make you happy. #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeinthedesert #lifeisgood
There we were, 56 years ago today.  No fancy wedding (just Christmas stuff in the church), no expensive dress ( my mom made it), no professional photographer (just photos from friends), no upscale dinner afterwards (the cake and evening snacks were given by friends). It was in the Cleveland area, big lake effect snowstorm, ceremony delayed about an hour and a half because no one was there at 7:00!  We are still happily married, though, so our love and our promises and our people around us were enough.  Life is good.

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There we were, 56 years ago today. No fancy wedding (just Christmas stuff in the church), no expensive dress ( my mom made it), no professional photographer (just photos from friends), no upscale dinner afterwards (the cake and evening snacks were given by friends). It was in the Cleveland area, big lake effect snowstorm, ceremony delayed about an hour and a half because no one was there at 7:00! We are still happily married, though, so our love and our promises and our people around us were enough. Life is good. #kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #knittersofinstagram #designersofinstagram #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
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