WPC: Circles

The Daily Post Photo Challenge for the week of January 1 Most knitters, whether they’ve learned to spin their own fiber into yarn or not, will feel the urge to sit up and take notice whenever they spot one of these: I’ve no interest in learning to be a spinner, but when I saw this old wheel in the Folsom History Museum, I felt duty bound to take some pictures. Because even though, these days, most yarn does not come from such a spinning wheel but rather from big industrial machines, those of us obsessed with the craft feel a firm connection to knitters in the past, who didn’t have the convenience of a quick trip to the local yarn shop or ordering online.  The ones who had to prepare the fleece and spin up their own wool before they could knit a pair of socks or a hat.  

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Red Flowers

Well, now that my somewhat crazy December is finally over, I hope to return to the habit of posting on a regular basis.  I definitely have a lot of new photos to share, and maybe even a few interesting things to write about. First, I want to jump back into some photo challenges!  Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Red Flowers.  I’m very lucky that in my neighborhood there are always a few bright and colorful gardens I can’t resist pointing my camera at. This heart-shaped crape myrtle always reminds me of Valentine’s Day. For this beautiful red rose I played with some of the photo effects available on Flickr. Here’s a bright accent at the edge of this corner lot. I’m not sure what this flower is, but it’s a real beauty.

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Orange and Green

Oh yes, this week Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge WAS a bit more challenging — but still fun! The very first thing I (eventually) thought of was this yarn… …which was included in a big box of yarn I bought from another knitter’s destash, back in 2009.  It’s laceweight and not exactly my color combination of first choice.  But it’s definitely eye-catching, and apparently unforgettable.  Luckily I had Ravelry to remind me where I’d stashed it away. So, it was all good, photo challenge sorted.  Except, Just then I happened to glance out my front window, where I saw this: So, thank you, Cee, for reminding me to open my eyes and realize Nature always has just the right colors, if you’re paying attention!

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WPC: Victory

Riding to Win In the middle of a rainy Stage 2 during the 2010 Amgen Tour of California, team HTC-Columbia’s sprinter Mark Cavendish (center) wears the race leader’s coveted Golden Jersey.  Mark Cavendish, sometimes called the Manx Missile, has been one of the best sprinters in pro cycling, including winning the Green Jersey in the 2009 Tour de France. His teammate Michael Rogers  of Australia would go on to win overall victory in the 2010 Tour of California — which ended with Stage 9 in Thousand Oaks, California — after riding a total of 810 miles in 33 hours and 8 minutes.

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Painting on glass

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge:  Anything painted There were so many possibilities with this week’s challenge!  It was all a bit daunting… until I remembered a museum exhibit I saw very recently.  I was visiting the Folsom History Museum (for the first time, I’m slightly embarrassed to admit), and among all the wonderful items I saw there, these leapt out at me in the small Chinese history display. I didn’t see an information card, and I was unfortunately pressed for time and so I wasn’t able to ask the volunteer if she could tell me about them.  I’m so happy I got a good photo.  I could gaze at these all day long. By the way, I am planning on going back to the museum to see their special exhibit called Folsom’s Historic Places:  An Insider’s Look (November 21- January 17).  Can’t wait!

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