Knitting, the retrospective – (Part VII)

It’s been a hiatus of over a year since I blogged about sweaters or anything other than photos.  My free time has been spent on other creative pursuits without taking the time to document them.  Here at long last, I continue my sweater retrospective.  There are a few more to go.  However: the babies seem to be slowing down, so perhaps I will finish this project after all.

DSC_0016 DSC_0018This sweater continued on my previous theme of making a sweater with the specific interests of the parents in mind.  It was fun to design and relatively easy to knit since I only used two colours and it was largely a fair isle type design.  There were not many ends to weave in at the end and many really long floats.

The design has skiiers, and bikes for the parents favourite outdoor activities and bird for the dad’s academic pursuits and flowers and bugs for the mom, who studies pollination.  I love the red colour.  As usual, I was knitting this without knowing if the baby would be a girl or a boy.  It ended up being for a little boy.

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October Photo Challenge: Signs

Wow, that month went fast.  The theme for October was “Signs”.  A fitting theme because it was municipal election month in Ontario.  In my ward in downtown Ottawa, there were 11 people running for council as our long-time incumbent was stepping down after over 20 years.  I got out on Election day to photograph some of the signs in the neighbourhood.

The local sign farm.  Most public corners looked like this for the past month.

The local sign farm. Most public corners looked like this for the past month.

I like the "Vote Monday" additions to Conor Meade's signs.

Signs as far as you can see

VOTE MONDAY!

VOTE MONDAY!

The eventual winner, with about 40% of the vote.  I thought she would win, having the blessing of the retiring Councillor, but I also thought it would be a much much tighter race.  There were some other great candidates.

The eventual winner, with about 40% of the vote. I thought she would win, having the blessing of the retiring Councillor, but I also thought it would be a much much tighter race. There were some other great candidates.

Sandro did not win, and I think made all his signs on a colour copier... but he did have volume and almost every utility pole at every corner in the area was covered with these.

Sandro did not win, or even come close and I think made all his signs on a colour copier… but he did have volume and almost every utility pole at every corner in the area was covered with these.

Non-Election Signs

 

 

This one is on the hydro pole at the end of our driveway.

In Ottawa all signs are in both official languages.  Sometimes that makes for a lot of sign.  This one is on the hydro pole at the end of our driveway.

Signs outside the de facto dog park.  I was surprised to see these.  They are certainly routinely ignored!

Signs outside the de facto dog park. I was surprised to see these. They are certainly routinely ignored!

Signs in the window of the bike recycling place.

Signs in the window of the bike recycling place.

September Photo Challenge : up

After taking many photos in the summer, I took a bit of a hiatus in September. I did take the camera out on a few walks and was able to take some photos with the theme in mind.

We went on a walk and found these ladders to nowhere.  A sign said they were a memorial for volunteers who had died.

We went on a walk and found these ladders to the sky. A sign said they were a memorial for volunteers who had died.  Sadly, I decided not to bring my camera on this walk, and so only had the ipod for a camera. 

I love using high aperture numbers to get this sun burst effect.

I love using high aperture numbers to get this sun burst effect.

Looking up into the trees.

Looking up into the trees.  I had fun playing with where the focus was on these.

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Movement: August Photo Challenge

After missing the July photo challenge – I just didn’t seem to get any inspiration for “Communication” I was determined to produce something for August.  In August we made our annual trip to Newfoundland to visit my in-laws and it’s usually the most photos I take in a year.  This year we visited for two weeks and I took 1200 photos.  Keeping the theme of movement in mind I have a few photos to share.

I found that my photos of movement naturally resolved into a few categories.

The first photo is of a boat in Petty Harbour.  It’s the “ironic” movement photo.

We saw this boat in Petty Harbour.

“Motion Bay”, Petty Harbour, Newfoundland

I spent a lot of time trying to get the perfect motion blur with water photo, but without a tri-pod it was a bit difficult. This was the only one that turned out worth sharing.

Stream

My kids, especially the big one, are in constant motion.  In fact, it’s hard to get him to stop moving long enough to take a photo.  So many photos of movement as we hiked and explored around Newfoundland.

Hiking near Grates Cove

Hiking near Grates Cove

Playing on the Beach at Salmon Cove.

Playing on the Beach at Salmon Cove.

Hiking near Maddox Cove.

Hiking near Maddox Cove.

And of course, here’s the little one, who’s desperate to move, but so far all he’s mastered is backwards.

I really want to crawl!  Look at me, I'm almost ready!

I really want to crawl! Look at me, I’m almost ready!

He starts out here.

He starts out here.

and then moves over here...

and then moves over here…

and finally, ended up over here!

and finally, ended up over here!

And here’s a final one of much of the family heading across a river.

Where the Manuels River meets the sea.

Where the Manuels River meets the sea.

 

Then I tired for the motion blur photos at night. The first two are from my Family Reunion at the beginning of August and the second two from out camping trip with a few other families at the end of August. Again, a tripod would have helped.

Long Exposure at the family Reunion

Long Exposure at the family Reunion

impromptu two step at the Family Reunion

impromptu two step at the Family Reunion

Little boys with head torches

Little boys with head torches

Little boys with head torches in the woods

Little boys with head torches in the woods

Finally, the trouble with capturing “Movement” using a still camera is that, well, it’s a still shot. This short video has a few series of photos put together that allows the movement to really stand out.

(about the Lego… I had visions of making a little movie for the big boy… but I’m not sure I’ll actually get it together. Stop motion is a lot of work! However, I did have fun playing around a little bit. Maybe someday I’ll actually do a project like that!

Photo Challenge: Unique Angles

This month’s photo challenge was “unique angles”.  I finally got out with my big camera to take some purposeful photos. It was fun to try and find a unique angle to shots that I take pretty much every spring (tulips, flowering trees).

There is a cheesy set of newborn photos that people take where they put the wedding rings of the parents around the toes of the baby to show how little the baby is.  I didn’t want to recreate that, but I did think this was an unique angle to take a photo of the baby.  (and his tiny feet are pretty cute!)

tiny feet

tiny feet

Tiny feet (black and white)

Tiny feet (black and white)

My next idea for “unique angles” was to take photos of the backs of houses as seen between two houses. I have been walking around a lot since having the new baby, and I notice that you get a glimpse into back yards and back decks if you look down people’s yards and beyond. I was planning on doing a series of these shots, but then I only really ended up taking one that was really worth sharing.

Through the gap

Through the gap

The next two photos are somewhat random, a view through the window and some water splashing on a leaf. I’m not sure if the angle is that unique, but I’ll publish them anyhow.

out the window

out the window

water dropping

water dropping

Finally, I had the most fun on a walk down through the tulips at the end of the tulip festival when the blossoms and tulips were at their peak. Most of my unique angles are pointing straight up to the sky instead of looking down as would be more normal. There are a few that are not flowers, but they were all taken on the same walk. I was quite pleased with these photos.

looking down

looking down

looking up

looking up

looking up

looking up

looking up

looking up

looking up

looking up

tulips

tulips

looking up

looking up

looking up

looking up

blossoms and sky

blossoms and sky

blossoms and sky

blossoms and sky

reflection

reflection

Only Natural: April Photo Challenge

I have spent the month of April wondering what the photo challenge theme was.  I was convinced that nobody sent out a theme.  Then at the end of the month Dave (another member of the group) sent out a set of photos under the theme “Only Natural”.  Something twigged in my brain, that yes, I probably had seen this theme before.  Too bad it’s already the end of the month and I didn’t take any photos with the theme in mind because I had totally forgotten what it was.

However, I did have a little instagram photo challenge of my own for April which fits the theme (a nice broad theme will do that). So I will share it as my April offering.  The photos actually start on March 22, the first day of spring, and document the melt of snow from my back yard.  I did the same thing last year, and although this winter started a month earlier than last winter, the snow on the deck was melted on the exact same day, April 19.  The photos are taken looking out the back door at our deck and at our veggie garden.  The garden is where we pile the snow we shovel from the driveway all year long, so it takes a bit longer to melt than the deck – it’s covering of snow is “only natural!”.

March 22, 2014 - the deck

March 22, first day of spring 2014 – the deck

March 25, 2014 - Deck

March 25, 2014 – Deck

March 31, 2014, deck

March 31, 2014, deck

April 3, 2014 - Deck

April 3, 2014 – Deck

April 10, 2014, Deck

April 10, 2014, Deck

April 14, 2014 - Deck

April 14, 2014 – Deck

April 15, 2014 - Deck

April 15, 2014 – Deck

April 17, 2014, Deck

April 17, 2014, Deck

April 19, 2014 - Deck

April 19, 2014 – Deck

And the Garden…

March 22, 2014 - the garden

March 22, 1st Day of Spring 2014, Garden

March 25, 2014, Garden

March 25, 2014, Garden

March 31, 2014, Garden

March 31, 2014, Garden

April 3, 2014, Garden

April 3, 2014, Garden

April 10, 2014 - Garden

April 10, 2014 – Garden

April 14, 2014 - Garden

April 14, 2014 – Garden

April 15, 2014 - Garden

April 15, 2014 – Garden

April 17, 2014 - Garden

April 17, 2014 – Garden

April 19, 2014 - Garden

April 19, 2014 – Garden

It’s “only natural” that the snow would melt… eventually! Now if it would only warm up, we could really start to enjoy the spring!