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The ocean is doing so much of what I love today which is just so lovely of it since we have to leave today after way too short a visit.

Here is what the Pacific does that I love.

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Shades of gray in sky,water and sand. Where they flow in and out of each other with every breaking wave, gust of wind and shift of sand.

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Rough waters all churned up with so much scummy goodness the dark depths. The tide line is rich with bubbles and foam and seaweed and sea creatures that got caught in the pull

Where the receding tide meets incoming wave and the breaker is all churned up with sand and sea. I love all that chaotic energy in that all churned up going meets coming wave.If you are really lucky it is a long break with a traveling curl that you can follow down the beach. I think it would be quite an experience to be in one of those.


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Sensuality bubbling ,brimming , breaking, rippling, churning every which way, everywhere you look and what you hear.

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Creativity carried in at every high tide washed back out one the next one.  Bundles of ocean debris? I think not.

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Patterns in sand, rock,seaweed and water…

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and life. Dancing, laughing, happy daughters.

Thank you dearest ocean.

I’ll be back soon.

  1. Judi #

    If you ever have to give up the yarn business you should write.  Perhaps poetry.

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  2. How could those pictures not make your heart happy!! Especially the ones of the girls….perfect refreshment for the soul after sock summit!!

    And I see quite a few someday colorways in there….yay!!!!

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  3. Beautiful and serene!  I can’t wait to see what colorways grow out of these images.

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  4. Oooh, that one pic you called “escher pattern” – that’s inspirational.  I may have to sketch something out for that….

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  5. Looks great! and relaxing….

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  6. Hazel Smith #

    It looks like a place that washes away the detritus of life and leaves behind the shining, infinitely patterned goodness. Judi, the first poster, said that you could easily switch from dyeing to poetry(not that you can’t do both). I think you are a seriously professional photographer. Some of the photographs look like nascent sock patterns. I’m glad the get-away was all you were looking for and more. Cheers, Hazel.

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  7. marcy #

    I loved the ocean pictures until I got to the pictures of the girls. Laughing and dancing. Enough to warm any mom’s heart! Now that’s love!

    glad you had company at the beach to recharge together!

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  8. Ohhhh, wow.


    Dancing, happy daughters.


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  9. barbinvic #

    I love the way you describe the ocean and its ever-changing charm.  I agree that seaweed, bark, and driftwood are certainly not debris.  My daughters think I’m cracked because I can’t get enough of the smell (their word is “stench”–I don’t agree).  We are blessed to live so close to the Pacific. 

    The pictures of your lovely daughters made me misty (but I’m a sap).  Thank you for this lovely post.

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  10. Rachel H #

    Can’t help but smile with the dancing, happy daughters.

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  11. Ann #

    I LOVE THE BEACH!!! (great pictures…)

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  12. “Scummy goodness”. Excellent. Life is in the details. Thank you for sharing.

    Thanks also for the smiles gifted from the charming pictures of your daughters enjoying the day.

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  13. denny knows the love..... #

    ….. god, I wanna bake for them. They must be hungry after that.  I’ll bake for you too.

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  14. Your pictures of the ocean and all of it’s treasures are so lovely. But the happy, dancing daughters made me go all soft and squishy inside. I’m glad you got to spend some precious time with them at your favorite place.

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  15. sokkgirl #

    I feel a new colorway coming on . . .

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  16. denny knows the love..... #

    Happy dancing colourway…. ya, ya thats the picture.

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  17. Looks a whole lot like some of what I experienced after Sock Summit, on Long Beach in Washington. Too bad it’s so hard to take a photo of a beach fire after dark, or of the socked-in (oops) feeling when the fog is really dense. . . .

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  18. Janet #

    Happy, happy to think of you at the beach this weekend!!!!!!  Hooray for the resumption of balance!!! XOXOX Janet

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  19. Now I wanna go back to the beach with my chair and knitting. 

    Thanks for sharing your pictures.  They’re wonderful.

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  20. Now I’m really really sad I didn’t make a break for it on Saturday during SS09 and hit the Pacifc coast.


    But your photos ALMOST make up for it !! WOW.

    Yes, my thoughts exactly…”here comes more colorways, can’t wait to see them!”

    The girls are wonderful – what joy!


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  21. crystalbelle #

    Hello Tina,

    Lovely, simply lovely!!


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  22. Lolly #

    beautiful. Thank you for the pictures it brings back childhood memories( born and raised in CA)

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  23. Those are wonderful.  The picture that says ‘bundle3’ looks like a bouquet gifted from the sea, and so many of the water and sand patterns, I just wanted to rest my eyes on and get lost in.

    I live so far from the ocean, and it’s a rare treat for me.  Thank you for sharing.

    Especially the last pictures.  They made me smile!

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  24. I’ve been needing some ocean time all year, and now I really do; thank you for those gorgeous photos. Half Moon Bay here I come.  Beautiful, beautiful; thank you for the reminder.

    I wanted to stop by to say that six years after I finished my last pair of socks–and they took me two years to finish, so, eight years after I last started a pair–I just finished my first new sock tonight. (Well, except for the kitchenering.) I’ve known for a long time that your colorways would someday finally pull me back into the tidal wave that is sock knitting, and with the help of the Summiteers who gifted me with Sock Gate, I’ve done it and already gotten started on the second.

    What was my block all this time, fer cryin’ out loud!  Thank you, and them, for breaking me out of it!

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  25. Aileen #

    Great pictures!!!  You must have a great lens to go along with your artistic eye.

    Especially loved the sand ripples and all the colorations you caught.  The iridescent bubbles and the kelp with the feather.

    We’re heading to the southern Oregon coast this month for a week and I can hardly wait!!! 

    The only down side is that you will probably be mailing kits around then.  But…. it will be there when I get home.  HUZZAH!!!

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  26. Aileen #

    Forgot to say… Is this related to our September color???  There are a lot of possibilities in your pics.

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  27. Amy, who adores Tina #

    First you spoil me for all other sock yarns, then for all other knitting events, and now I find that you are an exceptional photographer too. You shall here-to-fore be known as: Tina Don’t-Do-Anything-Halfway Newton.

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  28. Celeste Nossiter #

    You take absolutely beautiful photos! As a former abstract painter now aspiring knitting designer I am truly impressed with your vision. Thanks so much for sharing them!

    I want to add…SS09 blew me away I am so glad I was there and got many classes I loved. When you do something with heart it shows, and it works, and I applaud your new paradigm of doing business, it is important for the whole planet. Anything you guys put together next, not only will I find a way to be there but I want to volunteer, just to be a part of it.

    Your opening night talk, describing the scarey process, inspired me SO much to go for my dream of stranded knitting design and someday writing a book. I was sort of going that way, along with a regular day job, but now I’m creating a plan and streamlining my life so that everything I do keeps moving me in this direction, even if by baby steps, instead of getting distracted by other things. If you can damn well rent the convention center and bring SS09 into being, I can follow my dream too, no matter how long it takes or what the path is. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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  29. Carol #

    What great photos!  I’m ready to go to the beach right now after looking at them.

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  30. LeeAnne #

    When I login to the sockclub page (, I get this awful dashboard page with a lot of info on WordPress, and not much on the sock club.  Is this something new?

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  31. I love your pics!  And I love your girls-they are so wonderful-just like their mom!

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  32. Hot Flash #

    Those girls are growing up fast…….especially Sophie!  Great pictures

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  33. Cool post!!

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