Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Teeny Tiny Socks

When I was a young girl, I was fascinated with miniature things. When I spied this pattern, it absolutely enchanted me, reminding me of the things I loved as a girl.

And because I love hand knitted socks of all types, I find this to be a perfect project for my various sock yarn scraps. At about 3 inches high and 2 1/2 inches wide, they're the sweetest little tree ornaments or package embellishments, and they can even hold a small gift of their own, like folded money or candy.

I'm making them by the dozen.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Grocery Shopping

I've long considered this to be an annoying chore, those constant trips to the store to pick up another item I forgot to complete my meal - battling the inevitable whacky wheel on the cart - standing bored in a long line at the register.

Although grocery shopping here is more difficult in many ways, it's always an experience. The Laiki (li-KEE) opens in a different neighborhood in Athens each day. When Fridays come around, I grab my little 2 wheeled cart and walk about a quarter mile up steep uneven cobblestone sidewalks to the street where it's set up. The fish is fresh,
with loads of variety that I have very little idea of what to do with.
The fruit and vegetables are fresh and delicious. Grecians eat in season and they eat locally grown produce. Eggs are not refrigerated because they're so very fresh. The shells aren't washed so the natural barrier stays intact, keeping bacteria from entering the egg. Eating an egg here is amazing. The yolks are so dark that your scrambled eggs are orange rather than yellow. I normally buy lentils for my pot
and surely the world's richest, most delicious honey for my tea: Shopping at the laiki is not something done quickly. It's not at all convenient. I don't understand the language enough to make proper change, so I resort to an outstretched palm full of coins, from which the smiling, indulgent merchants pick out what I owe. We smile and nod our heads at each other alot. They sometimes try to practice their English. We laugh at our shared ineptitude. Shopping at the Laiki - it's become a one of my most favorite local things to do.

Friday, November 5, 2010

October Socks for Moi

I finished these socks in October, the same month I started them in, which is quite the feat! (A feat for my feet. pun intended).

Lovely pattern: Watercolor Paintbox socks. I found it while looking for unappreciated patterns for the Sock Knitter's Anonymous group's October sock KAL.

I knitted these on my couch in America, on a long flight, on my couch in Greece, AND on a bus trip to the Pelopenese. These are very well traveled, sophisticated, international socks.

The yarn is a squishy BFL from Portfiber out of Portland, Maine. I love them so much that I'll even forgive them for turning my feet blue.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Time Travel

I've spent my first few weeks in Athens sightseeing. Some notable sites to see include ancient ruins such as the Acropolis, The Parthenon, The Temple of Poseidon. Wandering through these ancient sites is absolutely surreal. One can't help but imagine the civilizations that created them and question how in the world they managed to acomplish this massive feat without any mechanized equipment. Think of it: Huge slabs of marble were somehow hoisted hundreds of feet in the air and fitted in place atop giant pillars. I can only shake my head in amazement.

And yes, I've seen pictures of these structures in books. But being here is so very different, so much more engaging.

Wonder just sort of washes over me as I pick my way through these ruins and walk over stone paths that Socrates, Plato and our other toga clad, olive leaf crowned ancestors walked. I could stay at these sites for hours, time traveling.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

One Lovely Blog Award

I received this wonderful award from Hege over at Cloudberry.

I always love seeing her photo's of the beautiful Norwegian countryside and her skilled knitting. What an honor to receive it! I now get to select 15 newer blogs I've discovered to pass the Award Love on to. So! Without further ado, here, for your reading and viewing pleasure are some notably lovely blogs:

1 Living and Knitting on a Maine Island: Welcome to Frenchboro!

okay, this girl is flat out funny. I get such joy out of her posts that take such simple everyday events and put a humorous twist on them. It's her humor and personality that get you - and also probably make survival on a small island possible!

2 Head Full of Glitter

creative writing by a fellow nurse and good friend who writes her heart and will steal yours away as you read

3 Knit n Run

Lauren's writing of her family and running is genuine and warm. I enjoy every post.

4 Serenknitty

Yummy recipes, beautiful photographs, and O.M.Gee, the Yarn!

5 Sunday Hot Pants

Mouth watering recipes from New Zealand with amazing photography

6 Wool and Cotton

I love seeing her gorgeous knit items and her photography is lovely. In both English and Greek!

7 The H is Silent

Beautiful knitwear, yummy recipes and a new baby to cyber-snuggle

8 Short Attention Span Theatre

Ria never fails to come up with interesting posts. She really makes me think


Grab the award. Post it on your blog with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link, then pay it forward to 15 other bloggers that you have newly discovered and contact those blog owners and let them know they've been chosen.