Sunday, March 19, 2006

this weekend in paradise

... Project Spectrum Pink Flower Basket Shawl, sans edging and blocking. Knocking on wood, crossing my fingers, clicking my heels three times and throwing a pinch of salt over my shoulder- there may be an FO post later this week!... More Project Spectrum pink- in the form of our State flower! Technically, the yellow variety is the "official" bud, but these pink ones are my fave.... Long overdue, but during our 12-hour reprieve yesterday from the month-long rain, I snapped these photos of my "backyard" from high atop scenic Tantalus. This spot at Pu'u Ualaka'a holds a special place in my heart as it's where Mr. W and I exchanged our marriage vows, overlooking the island of O'ahu. Infamous Diamond Head . The beautiful Ko'olau Mountains. Punchbowl Crater of Hawaii Five-O fame. The sky and water weren't blue yesterday, but I'm hoping to rectify that soon. With any luck (and a dose of Blogger Metamucil!), I'd like to make "This Weekend in Paradise" a monthly feature to showcase the beauty that is Hawai'i.

... My ongoing Project Spectrum "WIP's!"

Stinky in Pinky and Bossy in Bull-Headed Red. And who could resist hanging out in our fave red monster's room at Bishop Museum? Project Spectrum pink and red abound in Elmo's World- just ask Dorothy!

39 comments:

Debi said...

OMG could I really be FIRST :)

Now THAT'S a backyard Chris!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home, I look forward to monthly installments...btw, do Bossy and Stinky need a cute, fluffy, knitting au pair? :)

Your FBS looks like a beautiful pink cloud!

Say said...

Whew! I'm not sure any part of Hawaii could photograph badly if it tried. It's a very photogenic state!

The Flower Basket Shawl looks very delicate and airy. I can't wait to see the final photos. (And yes, I'd be crossing my fingers and clicking my heels too!)

Agnes said...

Woo hoo ... a pink flower basket shawl ... gorgeous! Debi was right, it looks like a pink cloud! What yarn are you using?
I am working on the Sampler Stole this weekend ... got almost 3 pattern repeat for the central panel done! Love it ... the knitting is not boring at all ... though the Alpaca Cloud is a bit difficult to work with! Too slippery ... to soft!

erin said...

Your soft pink fbs is going to look great. What yarn are you using? We have hibiscus here too, and they're mostly pink.

Jo said...

Chris,

Honestly - I was looking at the last two pics of the progeny and thinking, "Omigod - what kind of wallpaper is that?!?!" in a scared, hushed voice. Ahh... Elmo... I get it now :)

The flower basket shawl is such a dainty shade of pink - I can't wait to see it blocked out.

Jo

Dina said...

Hey! I made the top 10!

I absolutely love your knitted lace projects and I agree, your FBS is so airy and lovely! Pretty in Pink Perfect for Project Spectrum! And don't Bossy and Stinky look cute in Project Spectrum colors?!

Thank you for posting the Hawaii pics and the beautiful pink hibiscus -- I need a dose of some island sun in gray Germany!

And thank you again for stopping by ... and "understanding." I got a huge confident boost from your comments!

TC!

Scoutj said...

Oh it's so beautiful there. I was thinking of you last night when the weather was talking about the 110" of rain you've gotten there.

I have to say I love the kiddo pictures even better! Are they not the cutest munchkins ever??

debbie said...

beautiful flower basket shawl - such patience to be doing lace! mahalo for the scenic views - of course my favorite are the koolaus; and i can't get enough of your little angels - so cute!

amylovie said...

Your "ongoing" Project Spectrum projects are definitely the most outstanding. They are such cuties.

Amy

Mrs.Curvy said...

Cute pictures of the the children! Your flower basket shawl is beautiful and it looks really soft too. Such lovely photos and flowers of Hawaii.

Jennifer said...

What lovely pictures! FBS is going to look so lovely once blocked. I can't wait to see her in all her glory. Your little ones are adorable as always. I didn't know an Elmo's world exhibit existed! My kids would be so impressed.

Anonymous said...

Oh Chris, the flowerbasket shawl is gorgeous! You do such beautiful work! The pictures of your "backyard" make me not want to look out at mine ;) Thanks so much for sharing the gorgeous scenery and the adorable pictures of your kids - they are way too cute! Have a good week!

Karen said...

Ooooh, look how beautiful that shawl is!!! I'm so impressed with your wonderful lace knitting - I'm still afraid to try that one! I'm looking forward to the FO post :) oohh, pressure's on!!! LOL All those lovely pictures of paradise - I'm booking my flight now (don't I wish . . . but some day). So nice of Bossy and Stinky to get into the Project Spectrum spirit - I think they get cuter every day!! Have a great rest of the day! Kisses - K

Mimi said...

Oh i can tell it's going to be a beautiful shawl. I also got some fingering yarn in pink for a stole project.

I love your pictures, isn't it just nice that you live in this paradise? Btw, my honeymoon was in Kauai and the big island.

Chris said...

Your little ones are SO CUTE!! And your shawl is looking great.

Thanks for the island pictures - nice to see someplace gorgeous and warm!

Lynda said...

Your FBS is going to be stunning! I love that soft color. Bossy and Stinky - cute, cute cute, as always!

Acornbud said...

Your shawl is really pretty and feminine! You sure are whipping that one out! Great pictures...your little WIP are so adorable. I was trying to remember what color the state flower was, I really think it should be the red one.

Mintyfresh said...

Your pink shawl is an inspiration to me as I work on my pink kiri :) Thanks for the advice on needle size; I'll also try to find some Inox needles.

Alison said...

Beautiful shawl! Can't wait to see it all blocked out. Please continue with the gorgeous Hawaii pictures. Absolutely lovely.

Ragan said...

Alright, EVERYTHING you posted is beautiful (shawl, children, scenery). I miss Hawai'i. This morning I listened to IZ on my way to work!

Laura said...

The pictures are so gorgeous! I can't wait to see more. :) Your pink shawl is so, so pretty. I have been thinking about the possibility of doing a similar project as a warmup before The Sampler Stole. B and S look so cute in their red and pink, and that Elmo room looks like big fun. John would love it! Hope you had a great weekend, Chris! :)

Jenn said...

You are a machine! I wish I had such beautiful FOs week after week while maintaining my sanity and chasing two cuties around! And Hawaii is beautiful as well - wish I could go back!

ttbookjunkie said...

Great Pictures Chris! Your flower basket shawl is coming out so great! It is so delicate looking...

Amanda

Sonya said...

Such beautiful pictures! I love the color of your Flower Basket. So springy. Hibiscus are such a pretty flower. Kevin and I had one that I recently killed. (Oops.) I could be wrong, but I think Bossy kinda likes having his picture taken.

AmyArtisan said...

The pink shawl looks beautiful Chris! What a lovely job! :) Thanks for sharing the gorgeous pictures of your backyard! Take care.

Areli said...

The shawl is beautiful, I am so looking forward to seeing it finished. My mother and I are both wanting to start on the Flower Basket Shawl in the next little bit. I look forward to seeing yours finished.

kimberly said...

Oh I love how your shawl looks! Whoa you are far! How did that happen? I better get knitting.
Those are amazing pictures-I'm so jealous. Can I move in with you?
You have two of the cutest little kids. To be honest with you, I can't stand Dorothy's voice but the kids love it. Go figure. What fun your kids have with you. They sure are lucky to have such a wonderfully talented mom. :)

Anonymous said...

Your Flower Basket shawl is beautiful! I love the fluffy pinkness of it.
The kiddos are too cute! And I love how you are dressing them for Project Spectrum.
Look how green your backyard is. We have lots of brown here. I'd much rather look at yours!
Karen
http://nothingbutknit.blog-city.com/

JessaLu said...

I love the color of your FBS!

You are surrounded by beauty - both the land in which you live and your children :o)

Jenn said...

Flower Basket Shawl = Pretty! I can't wait to see it blocked.

I love your Hawaii pictures! It's supposed to snow here today, so please, keep them coming!

Talitha said...

Those pictures are beautiful and just what I needed. You're gonna have to keep those coming. Spring doesn't look like it's going to grace us with it's presence here anytime soon! Grrrrrr....

Nonnahs said...

Thanks for the Hawaii pics! Aah...home... :)

Wanda said...

You've really gotten into lace knitting and in a big way, huh? I like the FBS a lot. I'm hoping to make one maybe this summer. I think it's just a gorgeous pattern. It's nice to know someone else is pretty busy too. I enjoyed all of the Hawaii pictures too.

Terri said...

Your pics are great! FKD mentioned your blog on her scavenger hunt, and I came over to take a peek. You have a really fun blog. Happy knitting!

keohinani said...

how cute your kids are! they're getting so big so fast! and that is a gorgeous shawl you're working on. i believe my attention span gets shorter and shorter these days. one of the kiri "shawls" i was working on is now more like a neck kerchief. i made a lot of mistakes in that one anyway...
but wow! that ribby cardi is fantastic! rock that cardi, girl! i would be intimidated by zipper installations. and you're so daring with that natural color. i'm so prone to spilling stuff on myself...there are pen marks on my jacket sleeves that i never even knew i made, food stains...aiya.
take care, chris! eventually, i'll make it back to an aloha knitters meeting...i miss knitting with you gals... :(

Teresa said...

Your shawl is amazing-you rock the lace!! I can't even thank you enough for those gorgeous pictures of Hawaii-just beautiful. I would love for that to be a regular feature! Your kids are so cute-such little sweethearts (at least in pictures, right? ;-) I know how brothers and sisters get along sometimes!) La la la-Elmo's World-one of my faves!

Take care darlin'!
xo
-T

Judy said...

Yur FBS looks wonderful! I thought the edging went really fast after all the agony of the shawl itself, LOL. Can't wait to see the FO!

lexa said...

The little ones are so cute!!

You live in such a beautiful place! I've never been anywhere - not even a lot of travel in my own country! Live in NS, been to NB, PEI (when I was like 3), and QC. Just made it across the border to the US last July - for all of two hours! Never been on a plane. Sad, huh? Although this summer I am getting the entire family passports, and next year let the travelling begin! One of my co-workers was to California for three weeks last fall, and now at the end of May he's going to England to see his cousin before she moves back to Canada! He doesn't have kids, though... That makes a big difference in the finances...

Mokihana said...

Mahalo nui for the photos of what used to be my backyard too. I especially loved the one of Mânoa Valley, which is where I was raised. When I was born, we lived in a tiny house on Tantalus.

Your shawl is fabulous! I am in awe.