And a bird puzzle
Wednesday August 17th 2011, 11:02 pm
Filed under: Family,Knit,Wildlife

My hands have needed me to take it a little easier than I would like, so I set myself a goal: knit one hour, stop. Knit one hour after dinner, stop. Knit in snatches in between but don’t overdo.

Somehow that created enough progress to keep me happy; I’m halfway through the skein so far, doing three repeats of the Constance lace from “Wrapped in Comfort” plus edging.

Meantime, I tried to identify a new bird: very white and long tail, medium gray covert, very nearly white wings and head in direct sunlight deepening to a very light gray in the shade. Feathers smooth, body and head very slender, eyes red, a lot smaller than any dove I’ve ever seen but looking like one and walking with bobbing head motions. It came right up to the window and turned around, so I got a good look. No spots, no ring to its neck, and (looking at Inca doves in Sibley afterwards) I didn’t see square feather ends but I wasn’t looking for them, either; it was sleek, not ruffled-up-looking. Maybe a very very light almost-albino morph of an Inca? Beautiful, petite bird, glowing in the sun.

I’ve never seen anything like it before. I love that it came right up to me.

(Note re the pattern: Martingale says they will be releasing their out-of-prints as e-books, available from them directly; some titles already are. Meantime, Purlescence has the real thing in stock.)

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THAT is a perfect shade of green. I have some fiber in nearly the same hue. I need to carve spinning time out of thin air…

Comment by Channon 08.18.11 @ 6:37 am

There is some reason these birds come to you. Are you wearing essence of birdseed?

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 08.18.11 @ 8:50 am

Ah, Hyde Aviary Park West!

Comment by Don Meyer 08.18.11 @ 9:08 am

It very well may be an albino sport of a very differently colored species. The red eyes tend to move my hunch that way.

It will be lovely to have your book in an ebook version, many many folks are loading their Ipads/notebooks with knitting patterns for knitting on the go.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 08.18.11 @ 2:12 pm

Just had to pop in and say I love the grandparental photos!

Comment by Jocelyn 08.18.11 @ 7:32 pm

What a sweet picture of you and Parker. It is so fun seeing how you must have been as a mother of babes.

and it is fun seeing how that scarf is turning out – gorgeous color. No wonder that dovelet needed to be white, any color would have been put to shame.

Comment by twinsetellen 08.18.11 @ 7:46 pm

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