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If you’ve been on the board recently you might have read that our son in NC was in a bad bicycling accident on Father’s Day. We drove down to help them out during his surgery and recovery.
|It wasn't all cooking. We had lots of reading and playing time.
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From Diane Scitchr.
For both car and plane knitting, I like projects that are small, light, and easy. I’d rather not have to look at a lot of instructions or a chart. Socks are ok, but I use DPNs, and sometimes they get dropped, which is especially awkward on a plane. I prefer fingering weight projects, because they’re not heavy or bulky.
Something like a sockhead hat is perfect if I want to have something in my hands, but have my full attention on the scenery and the company.
From Kathy KisforKnitting
Finally had a chance to catch up on episodes.
For travel knitting, I carry on something reasonably compact and uncomplicated but pack something(s) that take up more space and/or has more complexity for when I get there. It can be a shawl, cowl, hat, socks, anything as long as it fits the criteria. Car knitting is not an option because I am usually the one driving; as far as I know there is no knitting mindless enough to do while driving.
One time a man sitting next to me not only took up the armrests but started sticking his elbows over the armrests and into my space. I pulled out my knitting and--although I knit continental with pretty subdued movements--I exaggerated my movements and knit with a flourish. Raising my elbows and bumping his “incidentally” while I knit delivered a message without exchanging confrontational words. He withdrew his arms and the remainder of the flight was more comfortable. Since then, I always carry knitting on board.
From Knitnaround Patty in WI
I do my charity knitting on road trips. I knit baby hats, sweaters, bibs and blankets for local hospitals. They are usually pretty simple patterns and I use washable yarns, nothing too fancy. I don’t fly much, but when I do, I usually just read as I find it too confining in those seats to knit.
Amusing show this time!
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Threads Hope and Love
(I wrote this in June before our trip to NC.)
June weather is glorious. For the most part we are having cool nights and warm days, mostly in the 80’s although we had some 90’s in there too. We moved our thistle feeder away from the deck to lesson some of the mess, which that move did accomplish. Bob hung the tube feeder from a branch of one of the maple trees but it took the finches a while to find it and then they didn’t like it. Bob figured out that perhaps the seed was either stale or damp so he bought new seed and now the goldfinches seem happier. Hummingbirds are regular visitors and they also like sipping at the oriole nectar feeder that hangs nearby. We haven’t seen orioles yet although we continue to put out orange halves, grape jelly, and sugar water. Our nesting pair of Rose breasted Grosbeaks are back this year. We mostly see the handsome male in the evenings when we have dinner on the deck.
Our house wrens have set up their nest in the wooden bird house right outside the porch window. The male sings all day long, which we love. We are also enjoying the wood thrushes as they call back and forth. For a while in May they were singing at all times of day. It sounded like wood thrush “surround sound” with their melodic trills coming from several directions. No matter how many times I hear the wood thrush, each time evokes a bit of magic into the air. Speaking of magic, rain and thunderstorms followed by sunshine this week produced rainbows, even a double rainbow. I didn’t get photos but I did see photos on Facebook.
We had crop failure with our zinnia bed. We plant the Thumbelina variety and they always grow a lot bigger than the seed packet predictions. We reseeded the bed and now have seedlings making their way up through the warmed earth. It will be interesting to see if these zinnias bloom by mid-July.
Yesterday was midsummer. I tried to find a good midsummer poem but they were rather depressing as none of us really want to think of the slow march to shorter days.
Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon. --C. Day Lewis
Georgetown by Hannah Fettig
|Mother Bears waiting to be sewn and stuffed.
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The Blethering Room
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|Breakfast with Sara
|The Yarnery "Pop" wall
Gnome Acres House Gnome Ophie’s Popsicles colorway
Have a great week, haste ye back and hold your knitting close.