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Happy Thanksgiving

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My first wool applique piece is finished and I'm very pleased with it. It was a kit that I bought from "Connecting Threads". Everything was included except for the pearl cotton. I'm going to start a piece for Christmas from a Rebekah L. Smith pattern next. Wishing you and yours a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving from our home to yours.

Golden Days

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The days here in Connecticut are still warm but the nights have cooled. We can still hear the peepers but the night time rhythm of the cicadas has slowed as the temperatures have dropped. Afternoon light has taken on a golden hue. The figs have turned pink on their way to burgundy red. Tomatoes are ripening more slowly and they are warm gold and sweet as honey. I'm working on my first wool applique piece called "Be Thankful" designed by Little Bits by Joan. My son, daughter-in-law and two of my grandkids are at Disney World in Florida riding out Hurricane Irma. I will be extremely thankful when they're home safe and sound.





Willow's Waltz - Official Music Video - The Gothard Sisters

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Feeling the Heat

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The dog days of summer are here for the next few days. No rain in sight. No cool fronts coming. I'm turning the sprinkler on the back garden to try to keep everything green and juicy but it probably won't be enough by the end of the week. Things are either spilling over pots and beds with jubilant growth or passing out from the heat before I can get water on them. There seems to be no in-between. The trees around our little plot are in need of a good trim. Shrubs and perennials around the house that were in full sun when I planted them are suddenly in partial to full shade, or so it seems to me. Just when everything looks like it needs the most attention from me, I need to sit down with a cool drink and my knitting. I sound like I'm complaining but I'm actually reveling in what's left of the last two months of summer.

Cool Blue

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I knitted the little hoodie sweater for my son's best friend's first baby - little "AJ". The shower was last Sunday. The pattern is "Hooded Cardigan 3898" by Sirdar Spinning using Sirdar Snuggly DK. It wasn't a difficult pattern but the instructions were written by a U.K. company for British knitters. I'm not an expert knitter but have enough experience to be able to get the gist of what the writer was talking about. For example, "commencing with the second row, work one inch of one by one ribbing". After picking up a couple hundred stitches around the fronts and hood, I figured out the direction I had to be going to get the button holes on the "boys side", as if that really matters....Patterns written in the US in 2017 would tell you to work one knit row, then start the ribbing. No matter, it came out fine, because I have many baby sweaters in my rear view mirror. I'm loving the cool blues right now because it's HOT HOT…

Feeding the Bees

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I'm linking up with Pam at Everyday Living's garden party.

Lavender Love

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You can grow all the lavender you want if you remember a couple of things. First, lavender must have full sun to be happy. Second, it wants very little water and will die if its feet are wet all the time. Third, don't be generous with the soil. Lavender doesn't want rich, loamy soil and prefers sharp, sandy, well-drained soil. If your foundation is dry and hot, living against warm brick or cement will be the perfect home for lavender. And a warm microclimate will keep your lavender cozier during cold, winter weather. Give your lavender a haircut in the spring to cut off dead branches. I didn't cut mine very much this year so I'll give it a good trim after its finished its first bloom. If you want to dry your lavender for sachets or culinary use, it's best to dry the buds just as they're beginning to open. Fully open, lavender is actually many tiny flowers with petals that will fall off instead of drying nicely in one piece. This plant was labeled "dwarf l…