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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
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
Highly trafficked trail in Arizona. Closed temporarily now due to the amount of people gathering in the midst of this global pandemic. I am all for getting outside during this time but cmon people if you see a ton of cars in the parking lot there will be a ton of people on the trail. Keep your social distance and find another place to enjoy your nature walk! 😉 &&& pack out your trash! #respectnature #naturenerd #naturephotography #southwestdesert #desert #desertlife #socialdistancing #americansouthwest #conservation #lifeinthehighdesert #natureismyteacher #studentoflife  #southwestdesertphotography #fourcourners #myheartbelongstothedesert #highdeserthome #gethighinthedesert #southwestisbest #thislandisspecial #respectyourpubliclands #protectpubliclands #southwestpubliclands #wildwest #keepthewestwild #leavenotrace #iflnps #arizonaphotographer #ig_arizona #capturearizona #onlyinaz2020
Highly trafficked trail in Arizona. Closed temporarily now due to the amount of people gathering in the midst of this global pandemic. I am all for getting outside during this time but cmon people if you see a ton of cars in the parking lot there will be a ton of people on the trail. Keep your social distance and find another place to enjoy your nature walk! 😉 &&& pack out your trash! #respectnature #naturenerd #naturephotography #southwestdesert #desert #desertlife #socialdistancing #americansouthwest #conservation #lifeinthehighdesert #natureismyteacher #studentoflife #southwestdesertphotography #fourcourners #myheartbelongstothedesert #highdeserthome #gethighinthedesert #southwestisbest #thislandisspecial #respectyourpubliclands #protectpubliclands #southwestpubliclands #wildwest #keepthewestwild #leavenotrace #iflnps #arizonaphotographer #ig_arizona #capturearizona #onlyinaz2020
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
First sighting of any kind of water in over a month. Instant lowering of blood pressure and sense of calm and peace as we walked along the irrigation canal near our current lodging. We long to return to the ocean and cruise the world.

#TBIN #stayhome #stayhealthy #womenwhotravel #takemetotheocean #water #findingpeace #seeking #calming #lifeinthehighdesert #centraloregon
First sighting of any kind of water in over a month. Instant lowering of blood pressure and sense of calm and peace as we walked along the irrigation canal near our current lodging. We long to return to the ocean and cruise the world. #TBIN #stayhome #stayhealthy #womenwhotravel #takemetotheocean #water #findingpeace #seeking #calming #lifeinthehighdesert #centraloregon
Squealed like a school girl while getting tossed around on a motorized rubber raft down some Colorado River rapids with a couple of Canyonlands rangers through a thunderstorm. Cataract canyon running at 61,000 CFS summer 2019. big water, much excite! #naturephotography #southwestdesert #desert #desertchick #lifeinthehighdesert #natureismyteacher #cataractcanyon #myheartbelongstothedesert #highdeserthome #gethighinthedesert #southwestisbest #dontgiveawaythesecrets #thislandisspecial #respectyourpubliclands #protectpubliclands #southwestpubliclands #wildwest #keepthewestwild #leavenotrace #utahgram #beautahful #divine_deserts #raftutah #utahillustrated #hikeutah #naturalutah #onlyinutah #iflnps
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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#lifeisgood
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
Did some weed pulling... only just begun... this is going to be a multi-day project. #weeds #lifeinthehighdesert #springtimeinthedesert🌵🌺 #greenthumb
Did some weed pulling... only just begun... this is going to be a multi-day project. #weeds #lifeinthehighdesert #springtimeinthedesert🌵🌺 #greenthumb
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
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
Holy fazoolies, the lizards are back!  @claudiadonnellydesigns and I kept the faith, but we were beginning to wonder.  The ungrateful little gits didn't even send us a Christmas card, much less let us know where they'd gone for the winter.  We worry, you know?  Claudia saw them scurrying around a few days ago and got these pictures.  Because the kids would have grown and they all run really really fast, we aren't even sure which one(s) these are.  At least they're back now - what a relief. 
#lizards #lizardsofNM #lizardsofinstagram #lifeinthedesert #lifeinthehighdesert
Holy fazoolies, the lizards are back! @claudiadonnellydesigns and I kept the faith, but we were beginning to wonder. The ungrateful little gits didn't even send us a Christmas card, much less let us know where they'd gone for the winter. We worry, you know? Claudia saw them scurrying around a few days ago and got these pictures. Because the kids would have grown and they all run really really fast, we aren't even sure which one(s) these are. At least they're back now - what a relief. #lizards #lizardsofNM #lizardsofinstagram #lifeinthedesert #lifeinthehighdesert
The geese fly in every night 
#welcometoournatureshow #lifeinthehighdesert #lovewhereilive
This Malabrigo Mechita in colorway Supernova reminds me of beach sand seen through a microscope.

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There is a lot to be said for old Chevy lowrider trucks and strange yard art. It’s late winter up here in the High Country and I’m posted up because things can’t help but feel a little weird here in these days of the dry run for the apocalypse. I don’t know what the future holds but truthfully it’s not feeling real bright. #pandemic #lifeinthehighcountry #lifeinthehighdesert #northernarizona #coconinonationalforest #chevyc10 #lowridertrucks #yardart #mydissapearingwest #highdesertmystic #pastoral
There is a lot to be said for old Chevy lowrider trucks and strange yard art. It’s late winter up here in the High Country and I’m posted up because things can’t help but feel a little weird here in these days of the dry run for the apocalypse. I don’t know what the future holds but truthfully it’s not feeling real bright. #pandemic #lifeinthehighcountry #lifeinthehighdesert #northernarizona #coconinonationalforest #chevyc10 #lowridertrucks #yardart #mydissapearingwest #highdesertmystic #pastoral
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
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
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.

#kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #designersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #knitsocks #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. #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
This Eastlake Washstand with its spoon carved floral vine backsplash has just the right vibe to for it to fit in at the ranch! #ranchlife #wildwildwest #ranchfurniture #eastlake #washstand #paintedfurniture #lifeinthehighdesert #adobewalls #terracottafloors #thisismystagingwall #thrivefurniturestaging #thrivetribe
This Eastlake Washstand with its spoon carved floral vine backsplash has just the right vibe to for it to fit in at the ranch! #ranchlife #wildwildwest #ranchfurniture #eastlake #washstand #paintedfurniture #lifeinthehighdesert #adobewalls #terracottafloors #thisismystagingwall #thrivefurniturestaging #thrivetribe
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
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
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
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!

#kaythearkydesigns #colorjunky #designersofnewmexico #knittersofinstagram #knittersofnewmexico #malabrigoyarn #westknits #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! #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.

#kaythearkydesigns #designersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #catskillmerino #claraparkes #lifeinthehighdesert #lifeisgood
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
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