Sunday, March 29, 2015

Days Passed

I don't know if any of you have opened accounts on, but I have.  I'm using it to release my darkest words.  I've been busy there lately.

Finished the Mother Bear bear:
I plan to make one or two more to send in this shipment.

Saw this somewhere yesterday --- I wish I could remember where.  How clever and pretty, huh?

Friday, March 27, 2015


That may, or may not, be a word, but it describes how I've felt yesterday and today.  Just no energy, no interest.  And not the usual Depression lacks, but a physical "blah."

Currently, I'm working on a bear for the Mother Bear Project.  I've made a couple of bears for them in the past, and it's a fun way to use leftover yarns.*  Plus, you know that somewhere, some child might have a new friend one day, and a reason to smile a little.

For some reason, Madeleine wants to curl up in my lap all the time lately.  This picture was taken a while ago, but this is what I'm dealing with, even as I type this:
This makes knitting a leeeetle complicated, as either the yarn or the needles moving trip her swat alarm.  She particularly likes chewing on bamboo needles.

The other day, I came across this photo on the Web somewhere.  This horse looks precisely like my horse, Star, when she was pregnant.  In fact, I sort of had to make sure that it wasn't a picture of her.  It makes me miss those days around the barn.

*Although they will provide yarn for you, if you'd like.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bon Voyage

The Travelling Scarf starts its journey tomorrow!  The first leg of the trip is around 2040 miles, as the crow flies: Georgia to Nevada.  There's a note inside this envelope for each participant;  hopefully each knitter will post photos of her progress.  There's no time limit, and each of you is invited to make your stripes your own.  Stash-busting, away!

I found this in the front yard this afternoon --- there's a new bird in the world somewhere.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Starting Line

Here it is, the beginning of the Travelling Scarf:
There are two or three more colors I'm going to add before I send it to Nevada.  It will arrive on my size 4 square needles, ready for whatever the knitters waiting for it have in mind.  We're working with sock yarn; the scarf is 36 stitches wide, and each color is added for 18 rows.  To keep a nice edge, the first stitch on each row is slipped purlwise, and the last stitch is knit. 

Quiet days around here lately.  Knitting, reading, rain and naps.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Art From String

This has been one of those days where I feel like I've been busy all day, but there's nothing around to show for it.  Ever had one of those?  Exasperating.

It's mostly all been about yarn, as I've knit a little, then gone through my sock yarns trying to find out what I want to use to start the Travelling Scarf.  Then, since all the yarn was out anyway, I started making Magic Balls --- you know, tying strands of yarn together for a surprise future project.  In a few of them, I'm putting little gifts and goodies throughout.  It will be good to have something on hand for a swap, or just to send to a friend out of the blue.

Speaking of friends, I delivered some baby items to Miss Tamale's (the one who asked for the Boot Count) niece yesterday.

She had specifically asked for the hat, and I added the diaper cover.  She posted this on facebook after she got home:

How much cuter could a baby look in this?  The cat has it going on.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

And, We're Almost Off

So, this is the scarf we'll be making, out of sock yarns:
I'll get going on it over the weekend, and pass the particulars on to all the participants.  The route will be Georgia to Nevada to Oregon to Wisconsin to Illinois to Georgia.  You are invited to add as much, or as little, as you like to the scarf when it comes your way.  I'm hoping for some fun, and some stash-busting with this.

One thing, though.  What are your tips for keeping edges from rolling in on a stockinette scarf?  'Cause we'll want to keep this as flat as we can.

In other news, there isn't any other news.