Lolly has started up another round of Project Spectrum, and I’m so glad she did. I’ve enjoyed PS in the past but have never participated in the way that I want to. This time round, I hope to change all that.

May is the color RED, so I took the time a few days ago to look at the red items in my life right now. Once upon a time, when I was 8, red was my favorite color. Not sure why or why it changed, but red has not been a prominent color in my life since. I gravitate towards the blues, greens, grays, browns, oranges, yellows, and pinks. Even sometimes purple, if the purple is right. Red is a rare color for me, yet I’m currently working on 2 knitting projects that are bright red…and I’m enjoying it!



Since May is also the month of Macro May, these shots serve double duty. It’s interesting to see how much more I’m noticing the color red, now that the month is “dedicated” to it. That Lolly. She sneaks into your brain.

Project Spectrum 2011 | Red

Even a photo of my dear friend Maura fits into the red category. Well, technically pink but with the spotlight it really showed up as a red on my camera. (This is from the circus show I mentioned last post. She is pretty amazing.)

My friends are pretty cool

Since I am still finding that my yarn, fabric, and fiber stashes are all overwhelmingly large, I thought that I would do a Project Spectrum themed giveaway this year. Each month, an offering or two will be put up to win, in the color being celebrated. Finding red yarn in my stash is proving difficult, but check back next post. I think I have a nice little something something that could be yours. I’ll be doing the standard random number generated winner from comments, but will detail all of that when I show you the red giveaway.

In the meantime, I need to tidy my house and bake some cookies. Headed to Maryland Sheep and Wool tomorrow morning, shepherding the Philly knitters on the Rosie’s Yarn Cellar annual bus trip. I hope to see many people there, this year, including Ms. Project Spectrum herself. If you see me at MDSW, don’t be shy! Say hi! I’d love to meet you! Oh, I cut my hair, so this is what I look like these days.

New Spring 'do


Happy Friday!

April 29, 2011

Spring has sprung

We have a great weekend planned, starting with seeing our good friend Maura in her first trapeze performance. The rest of the weekend consists of cleaning, organizing, purging things, and repainting our bedroom. The warmer temperatures have settled into town, here, and it is making it hard to be in a bad mood. Spring has finally arrived.

Have a good weekend, friends!

Happy Holidays!

December 26, 2010

Christmas has passed and Philadelphia is bracing itself for the onslaught of a snowstorm today. I hope you are keeping warm and toasty with the ones you love.

Here are some shots from the past couple of weeks.

Bilenky Junkyard Cyclocross Race 2010

Bilenky Junkyard Cyclocross Race 2010

First snow of the season!

Beets + Turnips + Potatoes = Soup

Happy Solstice

November Wrap-up

December 2, 2010

Well, that month flew by. So much for posting daily. I guess I’m just not cut out for that kind of regimented activity right now.

December is here, and the holiday season is officially underway. Before we finish off 2010, I’d like to blog about the many things I’ve found myself doing these past months. I’ve hinted at a couple, and even my Flickr site is woefully behind in showing the highlights. Let’s work backwards, shall we?

Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

I headed up to New York to visit my parents for Thanksgiving. While my Grandmother cooked a turkey for the rest of the crew, I made myself some seitan to accompany my meal. This was the first time I sauteed seitan with mesquite bbq and holy moly was it delicious. We usually cook seitan, in Casa-Knitting by Bicycle, with Soyaki but my parents do not know of this delicious nectar. So scouring the shelves for the right kind of sauce, I stumbled upon the bbq that was smokey, savory, and sweet. Perfect, really. Now Kasy and I are talking of how to make bags of mesquite seitan jerky to snack on while bike touring.

Thanksgiving 2010
[my plate at Thanksgiving. Seitan is in the background of the plate.]

A few days before Thanksgiving, Kasy and I were the happy hosts to some lovely people from Boston. You may know who I’m talking about? Ann Weaver and her husband came down to Philadelphia for the weekend, while Ann had a trunk show at Rosie’s Yarn Cellar for her new book, Craft Work Knit.

Ann Weaver Trunk Show

They were such a delight to host, since they are bike people and beer people too. We drank, we ate, we chatted lots, we rode bikes around the city. Ann’s designs are gorgeous. Fun fact? Her Neiman sweater was one of my first favorites when I started picking up knitting again in a serious way years ago. It had just been published in Knitty and I vowed one day to make it. Granted, that day hasn’t come yet, but I’ve had yarn earmarked for it in my stash for years now.

Ann Weaver Trunk Show

Anyways. You need to get her book (available both as an e-book and hard copy. May I suggest the hard copy? It is gorgeously printed and worthwhile to add to the shelf). I have plans to make many things inside of it, and my mom has already requested an Albers Cowl of her own, after seeing Ann’s in person at Rhinebeck.

Ann Weaver Trunk Show

Ann. Chris. You guys are always welcome at our house in South Philly.

Next up? Quidditch. Knitting. And more bike stuff.

These days

November 4, 2010

I had every intention of blogging yesterday, especially since I had a lovely few hours with Ms. Through the Loops and Ms. Choo Choo Knits.

Wednesday with some friends

We stopped by Loop and Rosie’s Yarn Cellar, since they had never been to either, and then had a long lunch with knitting and chit chat. I wore my Ulmus for the occasion!


Then back to the grind I went. Yesterday involved doing work (for my job) and doing work (on the house).

We’ve seen a lot of this lately:


My thoughts about voting

November 2, 2010

You should do it.

I voted.

I did it.

Philadelphia Bike Expo

November 1, 2010

I can’t believe it’s November! For all the time I spent this summer wishing autumn would arrive, this one has gone by particularly fast. I blame the weirdo weeks of 85F temps we had in there in September. Regardless, Kasy and I have managed to pack a pretty full season so far.

I have such a backlog of photos to post on Flickr and share with you. But I’m going to start with a clean slate, tell you all that I went camping, worked on the house, went to Boston for work, went to Rhinebeck, and then had the first Philly Bike Expo this past weekend. I’ll do a better Rhinebeck round up soon, but for now…how about some bike love!

Philly Bike Expo! Oct 30-31. You should come!

Kasy works for Bilenky Cycle Works, here in Philly. I’ve mentioned it before, when telling you about the Junkyard Cyclocross race and random other things that they’ve organized. This is by far the biggest and best. Over this past weekend, Philadelphia was the host to bicyclists, frame builders, bag makers, clothing printers, and enthusiasts of all kinds in the bike world. Bilenky has been in cahoots with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia putting this event together and it was a rousing success.

Philadelphia Bike Expo

The bulk of the Expo took place in the Armory on 23rd and Chestnut. Vendor booths filled the space, both locals and businesses from as far as Texas and California. Seminars and demos were on the docket, and the Bike Snob guy signed some books and gave a talk. There was a fashion show Saturday night, followed by an after party with goldsprints at Bonner’s pub. Sunday I worked at Rosie’s, so I didn’t get a chance to hang around as much as on Saturday, but we closed the weekend with a fun party at North Bowl, with costumes and bowling and beer. Oh, the beers that were dranken this weekend. Re-entry into real life is hard after a fun weekend. Why not let some photos do the talking?

Philadelphia Bike Expo

Philadelphia Bike Expo

Isis signing her posters

RE Load

Bike Expo Fashion Show

Kasy whoop'd ass
(that’s Kasy on the left)

My new look

I’m still going through the few hundred photos I took, but if you want to see the whole set you can find it HERE ON FLICKR. And if you want to see other peoples’ photos, I created the Philadelphia Bike Expo! flickr group.

(I’m toying with the idea of Nanoblomo this year, so you might see lots more of me this month…)