The flicker is spectacular in flight and a member of the woodpecker family.
This is the Stellar's Jay, the official bird of B.C. My eldest sister is a naturalist interpreter and forester and was instrumental in getting this designation. Both the jay and the flicker are slightly smaller than our crows. The jays live in our rhododendron bushes and squawk at us when we walk from the front door to the garage. They barely tolerate us.
There has been knitting, but it is so dark in the cabbage of heavy rain that I can't get any decent shots.
Yesterday I went to knitting circle at Jean's and she is so smart! I was starting to moan about not getting row gauge in the Cassidy sweater, just identifying a problem. Well, she had me figuring out 5/6ths of the rows to get a sleeve cap. Yay. The sleeve is done and the second one cast on. I want to get the cuff done and the set up rows on the larger needle for airplane knitting on Sunday.
I went through the stash again. I have enough yarn for 3 blue sweaters for me in addition to the nephew sweaters and Vivian for Emily. I have made a few goals and deadlines for this year, but not too many: Emily's grad blanket, a black shawl this summer and a shawl for next January's birthday. I still have gifts on the mind and plan to pump out a bunch of cowls for next Christmas. The stash agrees. I also wanted to make some kids hats for the Mexico project. I should put the patterns with the yarn adn get on with it.
The monkey sock got lots of attention because I had to wait almost an hour at the local government office to settle Scott's passport application. I turned the heel and I made the clerk laugh. She thanked me for that because she said most of the clients are on survival mode.
I find it hard to find something I want to do more than knitting, even when I have strained my right hand. I have been luring myself to the Nordictrak with episodes of Firefly. It seems to be working if I do it first thing and "earn" my shower. Sit ups and push ups are getting done in higher numbers. Is that why my hand hurts?
Today I set up a craft for tomorrow and practice choir and flute for later today. I'd like to go to a movie or just out of the house, but I have to pack. Then we'll be away for a week and start missing home.