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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Life's a Beach

Here in Athens, the beaches are a popular place to hang out. We can take the tram from our house and be at a nearby beach in about 20 minutes. We shoehorn our Costco chairs into a tight little sandy spot and try to accomplish our seaside goal: soak up some sunshine as we stare out over the Aegean Sea seeking a few hours of calm respite from the metropoliton bustle of the city. Apparently, many other Athenians also share this vision, because the beaches are jammed and there's no quiet calmness to be had. Recently we went on a journey to try to find our idea of the perfect Greek beach weekend. We took the 30 minute ferry ride to the Greek Island of Evia, and made the short drive to the city of Rovies.

The beach was a 5 minute walk from our hotel. Uncrowded and calm - families sat in the shade of trees just off the beach, reading and chatting. A short strip of pebbles sloped down to the crystal clear water.

Several Tavernas had outdoor seating along the beach, with plenty of inviting little tables where you could sit in your suit and sip a frappe in a tall glass.

We spent two days in Beachy heaven: wondering at the origin and destination of the various boats, listening to lapping waves, bobbing in the water and taking our salt crusted selves around the little town to explore.

We could hardly bring ourselves to leave, but when it was time, we took some peace from this place along and faced the bustling city with wider smiles.

Monday, July 18, 2011

What I saw on my morning run

greekrun 029 a video by grammajewel08 on Flickr.

A quick look at the old Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece. I was attempting a photo with my new ipod touch, but since I was without my reading glasses, made a video instead. :-)

Happy Tuesday!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Thinking of You...

Crocheting with cotton never fails to give me a nostalgic reminder of my Grandma's kitchen. She and her sisters had stacks of crocheted potholders and embroidered tea towels edged with handmade lace. I spent so many happy hours in their kitchens, chatting, nibbling on cookies and eavesdropping on delicious gossip that it's no wonder I'm drawn to patterns that remind me of old fashioned kitchens. Crocheted flowers and lace just make me happy.
This Wednesday finds me in the midst of various scrap busting crochet projects. I'm not quite sure what they'll ultimately become, but the simple act of creating them has been enough to bring a smile and a happy heart.

Thinking of you Grandma!

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Tami's Amis

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Shameful Admission

What does it say about me that having had the opportunity to spend the past year in a beautiful foreign country full of interesting archeological sites, gorgeous beaches, delicious healthful food and colorful people, the happiest moment I've experienced has been a temporary homecoming to my own bed, my old Cuisinart coffee pot and some sorely missed American pop culture? I may have even hummed a few bars of God Bless America with the touch down on American soil. And what's American Pop Culture without a nice shiny and new materialistic acquisition? These things cost double overseas, people.

My Words With Friends I.D. is JuleeQue

Friday, May 27, 2011

A Summer 5K

I'm training for a 5K, but I'm looking to burn up lengths of yarn rather than distance on the track. I'm participating in the Knit Girllls Stash Dash 2011, a summer long project to knock 5000 yards of yarn out of my stash.
I started last night, after midnight, by sewing the tail on a little kitty knit for my four year old Granddaughter.
My daughter bought this yarn from an indie dyer online when she was pregnant with said Granddaughter, hoping I would knit a soaker for the baby. The soaker never came to be, but the yarn was destined for little Ivy ever since. Ivy Kitty will become her new playmate.

My second Stash Dash project is the Caribbean Waters Shawl I've had on the needles for the past two months.
Progress was slow. I enjoyed working with the Malabrigo Sock. Who wouldn't?, but was lost in lace doldrums. Row upon row of boring lace repeats. Not very compelling in my opinion. The result is quite nice, though.

And that is the value of these kinds of contests.
They inspire me to knock those longer projects that I've lost the excitement for, off the needles, where I can appreciate them. And who can't appreciate a great FO?

To see more Finished Objects, check out Tami's Ami's FO Friday page.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Loveliness of Handspun

I'd never knit with handspun yarn until I won this skein from PirateRed on Ravelry. It looked pretty in photo's, but once I actually held it in my hands, I was lost. The delicately plied colors, the light lofty squishiness stole my heart and fired up my creative juices. I had to start knitting this loveliness right away.
A quick Rav pattern search, a quick poll amongst friends to narrow down pattern choice, and Becca's lovely handspun practically stitched itself into Leila Raabe's New New Shale Cowl pattern. Becca's yarn and spinning services can be found at A Song To Spin etsy shop. Her spinning wisdom can be found on her blog. The knitting of this brought a song to my heart and I'm now ruined for less. :sigh: