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I was walking home this morning; I’d just turned into the neighborhood, leaving the noisy, busy boulevard where the sun beats down on the asphalt and concrete, and entered the shady lane. The air was instantly cooler and quieter, with birds swooping overhead in the green leafy trees, softly calling. Out of the corner of my eye, it seemed to me that a green concrete lawn ornament was nodding its head in my direction.


Upon closer inspection, it was a squirrel sitting on top of the tiny statue, waving its tail around like a little girl tossing her glossy hair backwards.



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IMG_2352A sewing room or a kitten’s amusement park? Hmmmm

In crime! The little devils are now into everything, wreaking havoc, and when you try to grab them, they give you this “Whut?” Look and skitter away….


I just liked the curves and angles and light and darks; lots of contrast here…

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Wednesday night rolled around with a Weather Advisory hanging over our heads. It was 97 degrees at 7:00 PM; a “humiditure” rating of 101 degrees. DH just knew it was going to rain and thunder and lightning, so he cancelled our scroll sawing session, and Ethel can catch up next week. However, we didn’t get the storm after all. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that Ethel finished the knitted dog, take a look!

knitted dog

knitted dog

Its little nose is just right! A little girl is going to love receiving this as a birthday gift!


Grayzie demanding equal time

More bad news: I found that I screwed up majorly on my glove. 😦

beaded cabled glove

beady cable glove

Due to not reading ahead in the pattern, and just doing one step at a time, I misinterpreted the directions and didn’t stop and put the thumb stitches on a holder but kept going with it. Ethel says I have to completely unravel it all and start over, but I don’t really want to unravel all those beaded cables. She says if I try to fix it I will have all these loops at the sensitive thumb area that will have to be tied off. I’ll have to think about that. I suppose one of these days I’ll have to unravel the whole thing and do it again.

Meanwhile, good news: I was able to go to Winter Haven and visit my favorite all-time yarn store, Four Purls.


haul from the LYS Four Purls

I love to browse around in there, but the resulting cash register receipt can be scary!

A while ago, I got an email survey that asked a question: When you decide to do a pattern from a current magazine, do you always buy the exact same yarn that is featured in the pattern? We’ve talked about that before, and the answer is NO. We almost never use the same yarn that is called for in the pattern. But I don’t see how you could. There are so many different yarns in the world. I took a copy of Love of Knitting magazine with me to the yarn store, and I couldn’t find any of the recommended yarns, although the store was huge and the shelves were well stocked. You would probably have better luck ordering from an on-line store if you wanted to use the recommended yarns in the magazine. But what about all that yarn in your stash? You’ve got to use that some time. After all, you wanted it! You got it!

So when contemplating a project, most of the time our minds are busy with how and what to use for substitutions. Needles, fibers, fiber weights, so many factors to consider.

In the meantime, I decided to go back to a hat.

chenille yarn

hat making paraphernalia, from Four Purls

I woke up this morning and had a message on my phone from BBC News that 9 people had been shot at a church in South Carolina. Immediately I felt afraid. Later in the day I read more news about other shootings, war, and acts of hate and terror. It changes the perspective of nurturing, feeding, and caring for our offspring. We can be focused on providing the best, loving and protecting our families with all our might, and still be subject to random acts of violence from enemies in our own midst. Lord, help us.

Back to the reality of knitting.

Lots of things going on since the last meeting: for me, a wedding, a funeral, several projects going into the UFO files.

Like this one:

cotton wash cloth

Crocheted cotton pumpkin wash cloth

It was supposed to be a Halloween-themed wash cloth, not as one member of my group thought, a diaper! 🙂

Alas, I didn’t get it finished by Halloween. And as it was looking pretty misshapen, I shut down work on it.

I spent a lot of time with the swift, winding yarn into balls. IMG_2593

Ethel worked on several projects.

alligator scarf

Ethel’s finished Alligator scarf

fingerless gloves

Ethel’s fingerless gloves


Matching cowl

Lois worked on her cable afghan. It’s getting big.

cable afghan

Lois and cable afghan

She brought a newspaper article about how knitting can be a healthy, stress-busting activity.

knitting article

Knitting article

Thanks, Lois, for the beautiful tatting in the sympathy card you sent  (my mother passed away two weeks ago).


A beautiful motif

And thanks for bringing the scrumptious walnut brownies.

Rachel was working on the LAST square of her knitted and fabric-sewn quilt.

knitted block

Rachel knitting the last quilt block

I started on a  hat.


beginnings of a hat

A hat seems much more finishable….