Monday, June 04, 2007

A new angle

Encouraged by K1 Yarns and Sarah, the boy and I visited the Lighthouse this weekend for the Scottish Show/Six Cities exhibition. There were lots of cool things to look at and think about - in particular someone's suggestion to improve the entrance to the Mitchell Library by covering over the gaping motorway hole with a lovely flat green space. So simple, but such a lovely idea. He wrote to the relevant authorities but no answer as yet ...

Anyways, we climbed alot of circular stairway steps to get the top of the Lighthouse tower - I had to be persuaded, and had I not been wearing my pedomoeter the boy probably wouldn't have got me up there [no pedometer = wasted steps].

It's amazing how a different perspective can shed a whole new light on a place [click for giant pics];

The Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art [spiky pointy roof]

The formidable Gorbals Towers

How did they get there to tag this?

A lovely roof garden - bet they love all the people staring at them from the Lighthouse tower - especially those that take photos ... In the distance; Glasgow tower blocks.

Just liked the perspective of this one.

I loved the colours and perspective of this shot.

And back to all things knitty; I have fallen in love with Elann's Pinwheel sweater [free pattern here]. I have a few balls of Wool of the Andes from various swaps, Canadian friends' kind mum's, etc., and I think that I can put these together with a few balls of Elann's yarn to make this. I'm thinking browns, springy greens, golden yellows and pale cream. There's even a knit-a-long for this, although it seems fairly quiet.

I can't believe it's been a year since I finished the baby blanket for my boss's little girl - she is 1 on 2nd July, so I have bought the yarn for this Bedtime Teddy. A pattern from Simply Knitting Issue 13. It'll be my first toy, and if it goes well, probably a staple pattern for future baby presents.

Crochet is going well - I'm onto a mesh bag for Japan - it's for cramming all the yarn I plan to buy in, so it is expandable. Clever, no? Made with Bernat Handicrafter Cotton, free pattern here.

And a final kitty watching the birds shot. I'm currently addicted to Springwatch and I think we may have baby blue tits any day now. Mum and Dad Blue Tit have been hauling food back to what I hope is a nest full of babies for quite a while now. The boy is so happy that I love watching the birds - I've long mocked him for this hobby, without realising how cool it is to watch wee birds having dust baths, and feeding their fluffy babies. Wish we had more blue tits and less boring brown sparrows though.


Kathleen said...

Like your photos- the staircase one is brilliant.
Crochet bag is coming on apace too.

scarybez said...

Isn't the lighthouse great? And I agree - the covering up on the ugly motorway would do wonders for that part of Glasgow.

Have you seen the webcam in the Graeme Kerr (sp?) / zoology building? Half way up the first flight of stairs there's a TV showing a live webcam from inside a bird box on campus - and there are blue tits nesting in it! The last time I was up there I could see 3 lives chicks. There's even a diary where you can write your observations. I recommend a visit one lunchtime. Unfortunately it's only open on weekdays - I'd love to take some of my non-uni friends to see it.

See you later!