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IMG_2101-1It’s weird, it’s Christmas-y, it gives a clue of what is featured on our crafting blog and you-tube channel, so much here to like! We made this plywood tree last year when the kittens were tiny, but since they are still very adventurous and playful, we weren’t sure we’d be safe with a real tree, so we brought it down from the attic to use again. Ponyboy’s glowing eyes make me wonder if my holiday tranquility is going to be cut short by an alien attack of some sort…

Pen I turned on the Jet lathe. Skip burned my name on it with laser engraving.


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DSCN1157Once the Pinewood Derby car has been weighed, it cannot be touched or altered until after the race, so it is placed in The Garage until time for the competition.

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A gaggle of geese, a congress of baboons…a gathering of snow people…wooden snow people turned on lathe.

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Knitting brought Ethel, Lois and me together. Funny, we are all working on shawls, capes, wraps–whatever you want to call them.

Here is Ethel’s new project:

Ethel's wrap

Ethel’s cocoa-colored crocheted wrap in linen/silk yarn

It’s crocheted in a stitch pattern that I suddenly forgot–did it start with an L? Labrador stitch? Louver? Landsdowne? L’Angelique? She made another one like it in a gray yarn, and it’s gorgeous!

Meanwhile, she’s almost finished with the “green thing”–also gorgeous!

cable yarn wrap

green cable wrap

Lois was also crocheting a shawl, in some very dark blue yarn.

crocheted wrap

Lois’s wrap

I went to work on a knitted shawl or wrap in a diamond pattern

knitted lace wrap

knitted lace wrap

Yes, that’s my current read: The Seven Daughters of Eve, by Bryan Sykes. It’s a fascinating book by the Oxford DNA researcher who conjectures that all of us who live on earth can trace our mitochondrial DNA inheritance to one of only seven ancient clan mothers**. I read his DNA USA a few weeks ago, and it was so interesting I had to have more. Sykes, besides being a scientist, is a very engaging wordsmith.

Beneath the skein of yarn is the pattern for my shawl, Versatile Violets from the Spring 2015 Love of Knitting. Ha, this violet is so versatile that it can alternatively be citrus. I’ve had that yellow/orange/lime bobbly yarn in the stash for a long time.

I maintain a yarn database (and a needle db) in my documents file, and whenever I see a pattern I want to try, I go look in there to see if I have enough yarn and the right weight of yarn, to do the project. Then it’s just a matter of deciding if that yarn will do for that project.

Meanwhile, DH has continued to make scrap wood into cool games. The cribbage boards were finished. Next he moved on to peg-jumping games, and then a Chinese Checkers board, until his CNC machine broke down. The teeny weeny SD card jammed in the controller, so he had to send it off for a refurbish. Luckily, the company has already fixed it and the controller is on its merry way back home.


peg jumpers (with golf tees for pegs)

Chinese Checkers

Chinese Checkers board

** Near the end of the book I finally realized that it is not about the seven clan mothers of all the earth’s inhabitants, but only of those of us who have European ancestry. Which is still fascinating, and offers the hope that there will be another book forthcoming, which wil closely examine some of the other areas of the world.

This Wednesday Night Knitting was pretty much a repeat of other knitting nights…

I didn’t take any pictures. The time just whizzed by. More thunder, didn’t get to Ethel’s puzzle. She worked on the green thing again. I’ll just use this picture again, because it’s all the same except the green thing is about 4 feet long now, actually 4/5 of the way done.


Ethel and green thing

Knitted hat

Bighead hat

I finished the hat I was working on and it is so big! It is so big, it will fit over Sideshow Bob’s dreadlocks. I guess I got a few extra stitches in the round somewhere. And this Bella chenille superbulky yarn knit up large, even on size 8 needles.

What should I do next? Socks? Afghan, a block at a time?

DH has been working like mad with his CNC machine, making cribbage boards. Here’s a pic of some of the boards:

cribbage boards

cribbage boards

Love the variety! To think, these were just a few old boards hanging around in the garage a week ago, now they are games!

If and when the hurricanes come, we’ll be ready to while away the time when the electricity’s off and we need something to do…

So how is your summer going?

Once again the scroll sawing session was put off. It thundered and rained on and off all day. Ethel did not feel like slugging through 48 puzzle pieces in the humidity with the chance of lightning all around.

So we knitted indoors tonight.


Rachel with yellow yarn circular knitting project


Lois with purple yarn crochet project

knit and crochet

Tricia with yellow crochet and Ethel with green knit project

crocheted coaster

Tricia’s crocheted coaster

I worked on the chenille hat, but I’m not at all happy with it. I haven’t been having very good luck with knitting of late.

DH has been busy woodworking, making cribbage boards and corn hole game goals. Fun for him! Highly regulated games, though. Cribbage boards and pegs are used to keep score in the card game, making your way around the board by two and three point intervals at a time. I can remember playing it years ago with some yayhoos from Arkansas, who muttered a running commentary as they lay down pairs adding up to 15: “Fifteen-two, fifteen four, fifteen-six, thur ain’t no more…” In Corn hole, you must adhere to the specs to be accepted by the American Corn Hole Association . Don’t forget to put on your calendar, the World Corn Hole championship which takes place July 11th in Knoxville; I believe it will be televised on ESPN, winner gets $10,000.


Cribbage boards

A stack of cribbage boards from DH’s CNC

Corn hole

painting the red, white & blue corn hole goals

Looks like woodworking won over knitting, at least for now…rematch! Rematch! Rematch!

We’re real big into such sedentary activities as knitting, crocheting, playing cards and moving little pegs around a scoreboard, throwing bags of corn into holes in a propped-up board. Some day we might just branch out and watch grass grow and paint dry for a little change of pace.

It is really summertime here in central Florida: temperatures in the nineties, thunderstorms rolling in almost every day, and so we’re back to enjoying knitting again, as we are forced to stay in the air-conditioned house.

Ethel didn’t get to cut our her puzzle again, although it seems to be getting lots of coats of varnish in the meantime.

She worked on her “green thing” some more. Then took it out and reworked it.

cable wrap

Ethel and green cable wrap

I “unwrapped” the faulty glove somewhat. Can’t decide whether to stop at the thumb where the fatal mistake was made, and try to assemble all the stitches back on the dpns or just go all the way back down to nothing. What would you do?

beaded cable glove

all those beaded cables, gone!

Lois was working on a crocheted project and looking fantastic so far. Loving that purple yarn that rang up at 45 cents for the skein!



Ethel has been interested in crocheting lately, too. Here’s her latest fun magazine with lots of exciting projects.

crochet magazine

a UK magazine for crocheting

She wants to do the Irish Rose beret on the cover, but wow, it takes over 400 yards! Love that filet crochet top pictured there. My grandmother had some table linens of that same color and similar look to them.

I’ve made a little progress on a hat. The directions seem strange to me. I hope I’m not about to do the same thing I did with the glove, keep working a pattern I don’t understand, and later realize I was doing it ALL WRONG!

chenille yarn knitted hat

hat with chenille yarn

I just needed a project with large needles and super bulky yarn as a diversion from mourning the demise of my glove project and all the busy work I’d put into it…:(

Meanwhile, Ethel brought some show and tell stuff:

knitted lace edging

lace pillowcase edging, knitted about 1900

This belonged to Ethel’s mother. Very delicate, it looks like it could have been knitted from sewing thread.

felted bear

little felted bear from Poland

This little fellow was a gift to Ethel from a Polish friend. The wool was twisted together and then felted.

Maybe next week the puzzle-making will resume…

At Knitting tonight, we worked some more on our current projects.

I actually made progress on the beaded glove:


progress on glove

The beaded pattern is done, now all that’s left is the fingers and thumb. And the second glove, of course.

Ethel showed us her progress on the knitted dog.


The knitted dog was patterned after this dog in the photo.


Picture of real dog


planning the puzzle production

We watched as Lois cut out her puzzle with the scroll saw.

cutting out puzzle

Lois at the scroll saw


Ethel sanding and burnishing the undersides of puzzle pieces with 220 grit


finished interlocking pieces hold together when lifted

puzzle in box

the pieces fit into this little plastic box from the grocery store

I cut out my puzzle a few days before. Probably a good thing, too, since the whole process took about an hour and a half including the cutting, sanding, burnishing, and packing.

scroll sawing

Scroll sawing

You can see from this pic that we drew a grid on the back of the puzzle, which we used as a guide to cut out the pieces. DH put the multi-directional cutting blade in “upside down” so that the tiny cutting tines were facing up. That way, the painted puzzle piece sides have a very smooth-cut edge, and the tear-out is on the back, or underside. We sanded and burnished the undersides, so little splinters and tear-out from the saw blade were removed without having to touch the painted, lacquered side.

I sent DH a photo from my phone, and he printed an image of my puzzle from his computer and mod-podged it onto the plastic puzzle box.

puzzle box

finished puzzle, packed in box with photo on top