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“Rabbit Proof”

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The garden has absolutely exploded in the past two weeks.

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Here is what it looked like on July 18:

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I can’t see my pepper plants anymore.  Poor planning.  From last night until this afternoon, I watched a zucchini grow an inch and a half.  Crazypants.  I harvested one yellow cherry tomato last night which Paul and I split.  It was yummy.   No other tomatoes ready yet.  But pretty soon, we will have cherry tomatoes, zucchini and beans coming out our ears, then bigger tomatoes and hopefully corn.  And Paul says, “Clearly, we need to expand next year.”

If you’ll recall, I only got two pea plants to come in because “peas are fussy.”  The other day, when Paul came home from work, I was talking to him about my day, yammering on, blah, blah, blah and I realized he did not seem to be listening anymore (with all my very important blah, blah, blah-ing, I have no idea why something might distract him…).  He was staring out the dining room door.  Then he suddenly leapt out the door and into the backyard yelling, “There’s a rabbit in there!” WhaaaaaT?????

Here is what used to be one of my two pea plants:

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All the flowers and the two little tiny growing peas nibbled off by A RABBIT!!!!!  In our FENCED IN garden.  Which has  RABBIT PROOF FENCING.  Rabbit proof, my a$$.  We chased him around with the gate open and him trying to leap through the rabbit proof portion and not getting out, from the inside (oh the irony).  He finally found his way out the gate.  The next evening we saw who we assume was the same rabbit sitting out there looking at the fence and we chased him away.  I could just see the thought bubble over his head, “Hmmm.  Now which part did I jump through….?”

Ok, that rabbit has gotten enough blog time.  On to some knitting….

My Shawl Society Amulet has sadly been put on the back burner and very soon there will be another pattern coming out and I’ll feel woefully behind.  But, I had to move on to knitting projects for fall classes.  While we were at Washington Park seeing Chicago, I started knitting the Sultana Cabled Hat:

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I got this far:

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And now I am ripping it out.  I love the hat and think it is so pretty. This was going to be a cool pattern to teach too, because it has a cable that needs two cable needles. Fun!  BUT.  My hands started hurting when I was knitting it.  Maybe it’s all the knitting I’ve been doing anyway and this put me over the edge but the small circular needle and the cables requiring some tight knitting just made them hurt.  In fact, I had to stop knitting for a few days to let my hands/arms rest.  Horrors!!!  I didn’t know what to do with myself, especially in front of the tv.

So, I think I will do a different hat with a pretty slip-stich pattern instead: Tamarugo

Then, I taught the What Alice Found class last Saturday:

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And showed everyone the pictures of the superhero masks I made for the doodlebugs.  They all agreed that would also make a great class, especially to have before Halloween.  So, I knit the class sample for that:

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Then I started the Frida Baby Cardigan in my new favorite Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Tonals:

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And then I got all excited about finding this Silverleaf pattern and had to start that, too:

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In doodlebug news, we painted al fresco the other day:

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They love that they get to wear Uncle Paul’s old car t-shirts as their smocks.

That was before it got REALLY, REALLY hot and I found this super funny cartoon on Facebook:

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I laughed so hard.

And finally, tomorrow is Deirdre’s last day of running The Spinning Room yarn shop!  We will miss her as an owner but will be lucky enough to still see her at knit-ins.  And I was lucky enough to have her want me to come back and teach classes after I sold the shop to her and I am thankful to her for that.  She was great to work for and did a great job with the shop.  I made her a cake:

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And after a two-week shutdown, The Spinning Room will open again on August 16 with six new owners!

What’s Wrong With This Picture

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So, after my last post, (which, I know, was a long time ago, and so this post is your update) I got right to work on my Sleeping Owl Tea Cosy and finished it!

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So cute right????  (Still needs the orange felt beak…)

However.  What’s wrong with this picture???….

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Oh. Em. Gee.  I was so excited about finishing the knitting and the duplicate stitch, that I just sewed that tea cosy right up with no consideration for the fact that it needed holes for the handle and the spout.  Jimminy crickets I was so mad!!!

Then, me being me, I thought about just leaving it:

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Yeah, that wasn’t going to work.  So, I snipped the seam and picked out the part where the handle and spout should be….

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(My spout is very short so you can’t see it.)  Looks much better and not hobbling anymore.  And will look even better with a beak.

In other news, I also finished my recently started Lotno Shawl:

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Love this one too.  I’ll be teaching it as a class at The Spinning Room in July!

I also put the pocket on my The Pocket Hat and it is done:

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It’s just so darn cute – who doesn’t need a hat with a pocket in it????  Trying to figure out how to do this and the owl cosy as classes at The Spinning Room this summer.  They  likely need more that one class session which is hard to do in the summer because lots of people take vacations etc and can’t commit to two weekends.  So, stay tuned if you are interested.

In doodlebug news, we went to see the tulips in Albany, which they have every year for the Tulip Festival:

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I enjoyed the tulips but aside from being enthralled with the statue of “Jesus taking people to heaven” (which was Mr. Doodlebug’s interpretation of the statue, which was apparently Moses, according to the nice gentleman with a very thick accent whom I could not completely understand as he told us about Moses getting to the promised land and I’m not sure what he was doing with the other people in the statue) the doodlebugs just wanted to get to the playground that was nearby.

They also had some VERY engaging things happening outside their door one day recently:

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This reminds me of the joke my dad always says about lots of workers getting paid to stand around and watch one guy work. (I  think there actually is a guy in that hole.)

The town-wide garage sale and library book sale was a couple of weeks ago and to my disappointment I only found four books.

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Last year I found twenty-four.  And that one on the bottom was an end-of-the-day-so-it-was-free “find”.  I love Martha and maybe she can convince me to have some kind of appreciation for house cleaning. HAHAHAHAHA!

And most recently, Paul and I went to the Brimfield antiques show/flea market where we frustratingly walked 17,000 steps (according to our FitBits) and found hardly anything to buy.  I got a bottle from this guy:

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Because it’s purple.

And not from this guy:

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Because they are filthy!

Ok, but what is most interesting about these purple bottles is that they started out clear! Bottles made before World War I have magnesium in them and that reacts with sunlight to turn them purple.  So cool.  I knew purple was cool.  This is yet another reason.

We saw, as we usually do, the filming of one of those find-something-at-a-flea-market-and-make-it-into-something-else shows:

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I then I got these:

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To have Paul make them into something like this:

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…for my yarn room.  Best yarn room bling ever!

(Also, I tried to tell the owner of this booth that he would get a lot of sales if he made signs that said “KNIT” or “YARN” and that he may not know it but there are A LOT of people out there who knit and crochet.  Probably at least as many as who buy his “BEER” signs.  He said that he gets lots of suggestions for signs that don’t work out. And he said, “Do you know how long those ‘LAUNDRY’ signs have been here?”  Like THAT was completely a fair comparison.)

I Wouldn’t Recommend This

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Don’t do what I did and take a picture of all your works-in-progress for your blog:

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It will make you immediately freeze up and not know what to do with yourself.  Last post, I was in a quandary about starting new projects or working on something already started.  So, I came to a happy medium and did both.

I took out my Halona shawl (the green one in the picture above) and continued work on that.  I started it April 10, 2015 and then put it down when I got to a hard part.  Mind you, this shawl is mostly garter stitch and there are exactly 3 “hard” rows in it.  It’s just that the first hard row had a million stitches in it.

Once I got a few rows done on that, I started The Pocket Hat (magenta project above) because it was so darn cute and who doesn’t need a pocket on their hat???? That cruised along nicely – just the pocket left to do and hopefully I will offer this as a class this summer.

Then I started the Lotno shawl (light pink project above) because it looked fairly easy and something that I could take in the car pretty easily (along with my socks). Also a potential summer class.

Now, all those other ones in the first picture????  I’m overwhelmed with a feeling of needing to work on all of them immediately and at the same time.  I started them all because I loved them and then they got pushed aside for all the other things I love.

And here is what happens when you just keep starting all the things and don’t finish any of the things:

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I’m still using my dishcloth-turned-teapot-cozy because I haven’t finished the Sleeping Owl Tea Cosy yet.  Want to know why?  Because the knitting part is done. Now it is sewing up and sewing on the duplicate stitches and that takes some attention and thought and apparently I don’t have any of that right now.

In the meantime, it was a little rainy this week, so the Doodlebugs and I did some crafting.  Many, many pages of watercolor painting (using brushes, fingers and q-tips) which I forgot to take a picture of and then we did some glue, tissue paper, crayon and sticker stuff:

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And in other news, I made a turkey:

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We got this free at Easter because we spent too much at Shop-Rite.  I am mostly showing it to you to tell you that this 14-pound turkey takes 4 hours to roast in a regular oven, but I figured out how to use our convection roast setting on our oven (with the temperature probe) and it took exactly one hour and 45 minutes.  Crazypants.  You put the turkey in the oven without preheating it (more crazypants) and then the oven shuts off when the probe senses it has reached the pre-set temperature.   I completely doubted that it was really done and had to double-check with the other thermometer.  And a 14-pound turkey for two people equals one turkey dinner, 8 turkey sandwiches and 8 servings of turkey tetrazzini, in case you were wondering.

Happy Weekending to you.  I’m off to prepare for my Langfield Hat and Diane Shawl classes this weekend.  Then I am going to look at all my projects again and figure out what to do next. (the tea cosy….)

Waiting

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Where have you been?  I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting for you to come back and read my blog.  Oh, wait.  That means I’d have to write a post, right?  Well, there’s that.  Life has been life as it has been lately so instead of excuses, I’ll just give a blog post when I can.  Don’t forget this about me:

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So, Thanksgiving happened.  I’m thankful for all the readers of my blog, especially if you kept coming back to a November 14 post hoping for a new one. Thanks for hanging in.  Lots of turkey and stuffing and sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes and probably a vegetable somewhere in there.

Lots of knitting classes happened.  I remembered to take a picture of one:

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Picking up button band stitches on the Tea Leaves Cardigan.  They are all coming along nicely.  And now I already have almost two full classes for this sweater in January/February!

Then it got cold one day and hippity-hoppers needed hats and mittens:

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And then I started the Baa-ble Hat, which is just about the cutest hat ever.  I had the pattern (Just the pattern.  Just a picture.  Not even started.) at the yarn shop one day and I had seven people on a preliminary waitlist to take the class.  Which I hadn’t even scheduled.  And for which I hadn’t even knitted the sample!

So, I figured I should probably start it and here’s what happened:

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See how cute the sheep are?  See how they are different sizes?  See how my sets of 5 white stitches on the needle are all the same size?  For some who-knows-what reason (although I know: it was the tried-to-knit-during-post-Thanksgiving-meal-shenanigans thing) I simply followed the little pattern for the first sheep (near the red arrow).  And the funny thing is, I knew the sheep were different sizes.  It was what I loved most about the hat, that they looked like a haphazard herd.  Oy.

But, ripped out a few rows, got back on track and I’m now on the top decreases:

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I was worried that my burgundy brim would hide the sheep legs too much, and I was right, but I love the colors anyway.  Next picture will be pom-pom’ed and blocked!  A pretty quick knit for me.  Which is good because I now have two full classes already scheduled for this one in January/February too!

Now, on to more holiday preparations since it is already December 9 and who knows how that happened.  The good thing is that some of it is knitting so I can kill two birds with one stone with this:

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A Few Things for a Friday

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Just a few little things for you today…

1) Here is my finished-and-now-blocking Miami Beach Shawl:

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2) Annette asked in the comments of the last blog if I was reading anything good lately.  I read Jennifer Weiner’s Who Do You Love: A Novel and I really liked it. I’ve liked all of her books.  And every time I tell you about reading one of her books, I have to tell you that we were in the same class in high school AND we were both trees in the enchanted forest of the summer theater production of Peter Pan.  Yes we were trees, yes we were in high school, yes we decided to accept the parts anyway. We danced with the other forest creatures.  Read her book!

3) I loved yesterday’s post by the Yarn Harlot.  Gorgeous scenery.  I would love to see the Oregon coast some day.

4) It was a fall craft day for the doodlebugs on this past rainy Wednesday:

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Good thing I thought ahead and had them pick up leaves on Tuesday before it rained…

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(Too-big leaves went under the chair.  Ok-sized leave went on the chair.  I got to be the decider.  They were remarkably agreeable to this system.)

Have a good weekend!

Fair News (!) …. and some other stuff

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My Wheaten Wrap won the Reserve Champion ribbon at the fair!

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Wow, what a surprise that was – I’m very proud of it.  I loved this pattern, which is by Anne Hanson and knit with her yarn, Barenaked Wools Kent DK.  There is a Wheaten hat and fingerless mitts that I would love to make so they will all match.

I also came in fifth (out of six) in the Spinning Bee!  I’m just as proud of that.  I’m not a terrifically fast spinner (obviously) but it’s fun to have a little competition.  That day, though, it was so incredibly hot and humid, which made it difficult to handle the wool but also to sit there and be dripping with sweat.  I am absolutely NOT saying that is why I came in fifth.  I can guarantee I would have come in fifth anyway.  Here is a video that Paul took of the last minute (out of 30 minutes) and in case you can’t tell (not sure about the quality of the video) I’m the one in the blue shorts and baseball hat:

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Next to me is my spinning nemesis friend Lisa who is clearly much faster (how does she DO that????) and she same in second!

There was the usual fair eats too.  Ribbon chips, apple cider donuts, fried mushrooms, burrito, pretzels, and on the really hot/humid day we had slushies with a half-price refill.  VERY refreshing. (I think I swore I would never list the amount of food we ate again.  But I just did.  I think a previous year’s list was slightly more embarrassing.)

We saw the Belgian draft horses:

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I just can’t get over their size.

And a cute baby cow:

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This year the fair had a country store for local crafters and I put some of my knitted shawls up for sale:

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(They didn’t sell, but that’s ok.)

Other News:

The Doodlebugs did some painting with their birthday present from Aunt Liz and Uncle Paul:

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You may notice the abandoned chair.  These paints, which are a Crayola product, and are for CHILDREN, smelled ridiculously horrible.  Mr. Doodlebug couldn’t stand it.  I didn’t blame him.  We decided to only open one color at a time, and he came back for a second try, but it was still pretty awful.  Miss Ladybug hung in there and had fun.  She really, Really, REALLY wanted to paint.

We got ice cream:

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The dinner plate dahlia’s started blooming:

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And then the gladioli:

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We went to the Park Playhouse and saw Pajama Game:

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While we waited for it to start, I worked on a commissioned project, a sweater called Vitamin D, with the super-lovely-to-knit-with yarn, madelinetosh dk.

We also had our first pick-your-own day at our CSA farm:

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We are starting to get a little overrun with veggies so I’m figuring out what to cook and what to freeze and what to can.

I canned some pickles:

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That’s the news.  Hopefully, there will be more knitting to show you in the next post.  This blog, after all, is called Lizy Tish Knits.

The Busy-ness

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Raise your hand if you want to know why the heck I’ve been so busy and not posting to my blog.  I’m assuming everyone is raising their hand, so I will tell you:

As I said some time ago, this September (as in, a few weeks from now) the doodlebugs will be going to preschool and my babysitting hours will be decreasing.  (I can’t believe they are four and are going to preschool already.  It seems like just yesterday that they were 3 months old and I started taking care of them.  They are big kids now and we have great conversations and it’s so fun to see them learning and growing up.)  And looking ahead, in one year, my babysitting will likely be non-existent when the doodlebugs go to kindergarten.  The question became, “What will I do with my a-little-extra time now, and then in a year, my lots-of-extra time?”  Well, at the end of March, I signed up for an online course to learn how to proofread court transcripts.  Then I took the course, and then I finished the course, and then I looked for court reporters that needed proofreaders, and then I found some, and now I’m busy.  REALLY busy.  Nights and weekends and days off busy.

As you know, I love to read, so proofreading is a good fit for me.  The transcripts I get are pretty interesting, sometimes sad (wrongful death), sometimes nauseating (worker’s comp or lawsuits due to awful injuries), sometimes funny (lawyer/lawyer banter and witness/lawyer banter).  But proofreading is different from reading-reading in that I have to look at each and every word to see if it is spelled correctly, as well as determine if certain words are wrong or left out.  Because transcripts are spoken word documentation, I cannot correct grammar or run-on sentences, so that can be a little challenging too.

The problem then became that I was so incredibly busy on nights and weekends and days off, I didn’t have time to knit, or do more knitting design, or blog.  Or see Paul every now and then.  Something had to give, especially if I want to be able to expand this job when babysitting ends.  So, I’ve decided to give up my shop-watching hours at The Spinning Room starting in September.  (I bet you thought I was going to say I’m giving up the blog!)  I will still be teaching classes and individual lessons, so I don’t really feel like I’m “leaving” the shop, I just won’t be there quite as much.  These are all very exciting changes, but they are also stressful, anxiety-provoking, big changes, so bear with me if the blog is not as riveting as it usually is.

All right. So that’s that.  Want to know what else is going on around here?

There was a PAW Patrol birthday party:

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(Have I said I can’t believe they are FOUR and going to PRESCHOOL in a few weeks?????)

Don’t know Paw Patrol? How about the catchy theme song?  Come on, sing it with me:  PAW Patrol, PAW Patrol, We’ll be there on the double.  PAW Patrol, PAW Patrol, whenever you’re in trouble.  No job’s too big, no pup’s too small!  PAW Patrol, we’re on a roll!

And some dinosaur growing:

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I felted the slippers I knit:

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Yes, that one on the right looks bigger, but it’s not.  It’s the way I have it stuffed to dry.

I finished my Melodia shawl:

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We’ve been watching this:

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Do you know what it is?  I feel like it’s terribly obvious, but maybe not.  I think I know every episode.  Paul is annoyed impressed that I tell him everything that is going to happen.

We had ice cream:

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And we did this:
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Go ahead and ask me how I’m going to re-fill the hummingbird feeder.

Oh, and our cars broke.  We are sharing the truck (read: Paul is driving me everywhere in the truck).

Comings and Goings

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Still pretty busy around here – this is just a crazy summer! – so you get another list of all our comings and goings:

1) We went to some non-Fourth-of-July fireworks:

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This was at the end of Schenectady Summerfest.  We had no idea where we would be seeing the fireworks so we found a parking lot, hoping we could see them from there.  We sat facing the wrong direction for a while, until other people, apparently in the know, came and sat facing the other way!

2) We went to the July Guptill’s car show.  It was hot. So we got:

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And saw this:

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And this adorable pedal car with a lawn mower handle attached that made a perfect “stroller”:

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3) I was commissioned to make these for a friend’s mother:

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That’s the “before” picture.  I’m just about ready to felt (shrink) them to size.

4) We got ice cream another time:

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It was so hot, I couldn’t get a picture sooner because it was melting.

5) We went to Brimfield last weekend.  Here is my haul:

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A just-from-the-box (so the guy said, but I’m inclined to believe him because I’ve never seen one in this good condition) Acme dress form from the 1960’s.  A set of 4 pretty blue polka dot glasses.  The dots are raised up, but on the inside.  And two Fire King azurite blue dinner plates.  We already have two luncheon plates and two fruit bowls, so now we have a little collection going.

6) I finished my Fractal Danger:

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I love it!  Class scheduled for Aug 8 & 22, 10:30-12:00.  Call The Spinning Room to sign up!

7) Our CSA boxes have started coming!  We (and by “we” I mostly mean “I”) enjoyed grilled scallions and squash with fig balsamic drizzle:

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And we have only semi-enjoyed the chicken/pasta/kale dish I made.  It made a lot and now we are tired of it.  Tonight Paul is eating it for the second time and I am eating it for the fourth time.  Kale is pretty chewy and takes some work to choke get down.  To be fair, we made some yummy things with kale last year.  I think this batch may have been a little “mature”.  Tomorrow we are expecting collards, so I’m not really sure what/how we’ll do with that.

8) I took the doodlebugs to the park today and this kitty was there:

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There was a woman there with her dogs and this is her cat, who follows them to the park all the time.   His name is Arthur.  When I was growing up we had a cat (actually two different cats) that looked almost exactly like this (I think ours had a little more white on the face).  AND their names were Arthur!  Yes, we had two cats, one after the other, that looked the same so we named them the same.  Miss Ladybug kept asking why he looked so mad, but I didn’t think he looked mad.

Stay tuned for more knitting. I  have an almost-finished something.

A Friday List

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1) Take a look at the wonderful summer window Christine knit for The Spinning Room!

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She knit a mermaid! And a jellyfish!

2) After a two-week absence, we saw the ground hog.  So, his fate with the bobcat was not what we had hoped thought.

3) The weather was iffy this week, but I kept the doodlebugs busy with blanket tents/slides/hammocks:

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and, in between rain showers…..

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Hippity hops!!  Who remembers hippity hops???  I remember one that was red and had a horse head on it, with handles on either side of his head.  They LOVE these and bounced around for a loooooong time.  I even made an obstacle course for them to hop around.

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4) Yet again, not much knitting.  It’s coming, though, because I currently have no classes scheduled to teach at The Spinning Room.  I have to get crack-a-lackin’!

A Break in the Silence

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I just realized that my last post was eleven days ago!  There are quite a few things to say, so you are getting a list today….

1) There has been some knitting!

2) The Two-Hour Toe Up Slippers (that aren’t really two hours):

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I was trying to find a good pattern to teach as a small, quick summer project.  I saw the title and thought it would be great.  Not so much.  I’m a pretty fast knitter and each one definitely took more than two hours.  And for someone learning, it would certainly take longer.  HOWEVER. This is a great class to learn some things:  Judy’s magic cast on for toe-up socks, binding off in the middle of the row, Kitchener stitch for the heel, I-cord bind off for the opening, and and I-cord flower.  So, it may still be a class, just not in the summer and not one session.

3) I have also been working on my Melodia shawl:

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You cannot see the pattern terribly well 1) because of the lighting and my stellar photography skills  and 2) because the skein was dyed while in a scarf blank form (knitted into a scarf already) and then unraveled to wind it into a cake, so it is all kinked up.  Once it’s washed you will see all the pretty eyelet pattern rows.  It’s an easy pattern and fun to see how the colors are turning out.  Stay tuned. I’m almost to the greens.

4) The Wool Nook at the Altamont Fair is having a spotlight on mittens this year, so I’ve been looking for patterns to knit.  I think I’ve settled on the Sea Mineral Mittens and this yarn:

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Or maybe adding one more color:

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or this:

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Feel free to weigh in.

6) But I really can’t decide which pattern, so I’m still thinking about these too: Wintertime for AdrianaCupcake Mittens or Chrysanthemums. Again, feel free to weigh in.

7) My One Way Tee is still in time out.

8) The Doodlebugs made something for their dad for Father’s day:

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9) While we were at CVS, picking out our supplies, I sent a picture to their mom, saying we were picking up some lunch:

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10) I finished reading The Blue Bistro By Elin Hilderbrand.  It was a nice, light romance-y book, taking place on Nantucket, that I enjoyed. Great for a beach read if you are looking for one.

11) Loving these:

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