Dancing Asparas (by jamescharlick)
Banteay Kdei, photographed here in the warm dawn sunlight, is a Buddhist temple in Angkor, Cambodia. Built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries AD, it is in the Bayon architectural style, similar in plan to Ta Prohm and Preah Khan, but less complex and smaller. Its structures are contained within two successive enclosure walls, and consist of two concentric galleries from which emerge towers, preceded to the east by a cloister. Banteay Kdei had been occupied by monks at various intervals over the centuries until the 1960s.
An Apsara is a female spirit of the clouds and waters in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. Apsaras are beautiful, supernatural female beings. They are youthful and elegant, and superb in the art of dancing - usually in the palaces of the gods, entertaining and sometimes seducing gods and men. As ethereal beings who inhabit the skies, they are often depicted taking flight or at service of a god, they may be compared to angels.
A simple shot to start the post-holiday processing, I’m currently copying 44Gb of raw files onto my computer taken over a month around Asia. This should keep me busy for a while!
So, there might have been a reason for the lack of posts over the last month or so… we went on holiday to Asia for a month and I didn’t take any knitting with me! James is uploading his images of our holiday slowly, so here is the first one :)
Not taking knitting was a surprisingly hard decision to make since this is definitely the longest I have gone without having a project on the needles in 2.5 years, but I decided that I’d have more space to buy wool there if I didn’t take any with me… also I’d come to the natural end of a few projects so there wasn’t any need to finish anything. I did consider taking a lace project but I decided I wouldn’t have time to knit, and in reality I really didn’t! It was an amazing, epic holiday and it was good to have my full concentration on enjoying my surroundings.
Did I buy wool while we were away… umm… yes of course! I also brought some lovely buttons. The wool was brought in Vietnam in Hanoi, it’s not the best quality wool but it was so cheap that I brought 1.5kg of it (and managed to fit it in my backpack!). I’ve already cast on and am part way through the yoke of the BlueSand cardigan which has been top of my wish list for quite some time. I thought it was time for some easy knitting, and while so far I have had to follow the pattern pretty closely I’m enjoying a relaxing knit. I’m looking forward to some more train knitting in my schedule since I start a new job on Monday and will have an hour a day on the train, compared to the current commute of 1.5hours in the car. So hopefully Dad’s birthday socks and a present for my neighbour will be complete by the end of the month… as well as the cardigan for me!