So I thought Pinterest was fun and a good marketing tool for me, although a bit of a time-consumer. Well, having heard of Polyvore before, I finally took the time to check it out. For me, it feels like Pinterest on steroids. It allows one to create boards and connect with others, just like Pinterest, but much more fun to create boards, because one can be so much more creative with the layout. I did my first today, but this is only the beginning! After I created the one below, I saw how others are doing theirs and some are exactly like magazine layouts with text and backgrounds and special effects. And it is certainly not just for fashion. You can curate anything you like in a collection. They call Pinterest addictive, but I think my drug of choice now is going to be Polyvore. Its a shopping site, in that you can search for something and it brings up pages and pages of items (although its a good idea to really narrow your search, such as "blue clutch", rather than just "handbag"). And, as with Pinterest, you can collect items from anywhere on the web as well. Oooh, I already feel like I spend much too much time on the computer. Here goes a few more hours!
One of these days I'm going to have to write something about the business of knitting, but today I write to explain why that isn't happening . . . again. The trouble is, it is definitely spring here in central Mexico. And that means the gardening bug has bitten me again. So, although I have several projects going for my spring/summer knitwear collection, I can't seem to get much completed because I am constantly drawn outside. Here is one of the reasons why:
This jasmine vine is growing just outside my kitchen and it is in full, intense bloom. It beckons me to sit outside on the terrace and enjoy its lovely fragrance. And once I'm out there, I realize just how much gardening/landscaping work begs to be done. It is now the dry season here; the rains probably won't come until early summer (although, like everywhere it seems, the weather has been rather unpredictable). Once it starts raining regularly, things, especially weeds, will start shooting up and taking over. And when I say "weeds", I mean plants like tithonia, or Mexican sunflower, which can reach 6 or 7 feet high and branch out to 4 or 5 feet. There's also a wild gourd, that can spread seemingly for miles if let go. Oh, yes, and a kind of wild grape that will cover trees.
So, even if I sit out on the terrace to knit, I'm looking around the property at all that should be done. I see the irises and lavander in bloom and the figs leafing out and I know the seasons won't wait for me to find the time.
But, just to show that there has been some knitting taking place, here is the latest piece now for sale on Etsy:
I often spend my knitting time outdoors on the covered terrace enjoying the birdsong, the clouds of butterflies, the distant baa-ing of sheep. It is otherwise very quiet out here on the ranch.
Now that the weather is turning cooler I spend more time knitting indoors and while I knit I often listen to podcasts on the laptop. I've received recommendations of things to listen to from various people, but one of my favorites came from another knitter and a good friend. So, I thought I'd pass it on and you can see if you appreciate it as much as I do. The website is onbeing.org. and it is solely interviews with theologians and religious leaders, artists, scientists, and other interesting people on deep topics. Much food for thought. Click on the image for the link to this week's show:
I haven't listened to this particular episode yet, but all past shows are available to listen to as well.
I hope you enjoy it.
Connie is a knitter and gardener in love with life on a small ranch in rural Mexico.