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I'm never bored. If I'm not knitting or spinning, I'm gardening or reading. Always up to something!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Pirates in the Bird Feeder!

Last summer, we were frequently visited by a pair of green squawking birds swooping overhead so quickly that they were out of sight before I could get a good look at them.  A few days ago a very vocal visitor was spotted in our cherry tree, picking and eating tender blossom buds, hanging upside down and scoping out the bird feeder.  I tried to point him out to my two year old grandson who was spending some time with us. (My daughter was in the hospital blessing us with our newest little grand baby.)  I got the two year old's attention and pointed to the rather large squawking character in the top of our tree.  He was clearly surprised to hear that we had "pirates" in our neighborhood.  Today our bright green noisy visitor stayed a while enjoying our bird feeder while the local birds watched warily from the ground!


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Finished Object - My Saroyan

While I was knitting the baby sweater for the next grandson, I started a scarf/shawlette for myself. You can find the free pattern by the designer, Liz Abinante here.   It's a marino and bamboo hand-dyed yarn from Brooks Farm that I bought at the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck last fall.  It's difficult to see detail but there are leaves knitted on the border.  It might have been better worked in a plain yarn but I only had one skein of "Willow" so it was destined to be a scarf.
I'm taking a break from baby knitting to make a sweater of my own.  I hesitate to show my progress in the event that it gets a "time out" for the summer.  I don't know if I can handle a lap-full of pure wool if it gets much warmer here.  I'm going to start a cowl for an April "knit-along" in a couple of weeks.  There are also plans for some Christmas knitting for the babies that I'll have to get started during the summer to be sure it's finished by December.  The MS hasn't affected my hands but definitely limited the available brain bandwidth.