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Archive for July 11th, 2007

If you liked knitting it once…

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

I am fond of saying that “if you liked knitting it once, you’ll like knitting it again.” Today I get to experience that more deeply than I have in a long time. I already ripped it back so there are no photos. Let’s just say that when you knit things not like what you usually knit, it takes longer to realize that you have a problem.

It’s beautiful yarn, Rowan CashCotton, in raspberry. It has some angora for softness and I’m not sure what else (I think some microfiber or acrylic) to make it more squishy than regular 100% cotton yarn (which rarely interests me).

I’m knitting it in garter stitch which is really stretchy and lovely. I am working at 5 st/inch (on size 5US/3.75mm needles), which is a nice firm gauge. I like the fabric I am getting. It is thick and cushy, but it takes a lot of stitches to make a few square inches.

However knitting lots of garter stitch is really good for “worry bead” knitting. With the computer ups and downs, I can use as many worry beads as possible. Such as dozens of yards of yarn to knit again??? Sure.

Off to enjoy knitting it again…

Guest Blogger: Liz Troldahl (Mom)

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

My mother is very good at keeping in touch with those she loves… and she loves a lot of folks. She sends regular emails telling of her life, and she mails out copies to those who do not have email access. They tell about trips, meals, events, relationships and her own back yard.

Since Mom is a good observer (she does not talk as much as me so she has more time to notice things around her), she has much to say about ordinary but precious events. I particularly liked her stories this week…

Mom gave me permission to quote her today. I hope you enjoy it as I did.

The animals in the yard really entertain Fred. He calls it my zoo. It was fun watching the cardinals teaching their new hatchling to hunt for food. At first he just enjoyed hopping around and did not seem to notice what his folks were doing. Once he caught on, he would hop over and eat it out of their bill. A few days later, he was hunting up a storm.

There have been woodpeckers, flickers, sparrows, robins and blue jays lately. The red squirrel is here off and on. The chipmunks are always around and they do love to chase. Today a saw a “wooly” caterpillar. It was only a fourth of an inch long. The daddy long leg spiders were all over in the ivy and all over me too. I brushed them off most of the time, but had to take my glasses off when one got on the inside of the lens…

…I still have some purple wood sorrel. The seeds came from Pete’s Grandma Peterson. Pete’s mom had the plants and asked if I wanted some. They self seed and are hard to see as they blend in with the mulch. I am always excited to see them. I have no idea where she got them. Some of them have cross bred with the wild green wood sorrel. I still have some of the dark purple. When I was little we loved to eat the raw leaves and say it was sauerkraut. I have no idea where that came from.

I have some white clover in my yard, too. I even made some clover chains as a reminder of my childhood. I wonder how many children get to make clover chains now. It seems most yards are like a carpet and have no room for making clover chains or whistles from grass blades or eating “sauerkraut”.