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A friend of my mother taught me this years ago....

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T.B. or not T.B.? That is congestion. Consumption be done about it? Of cough not, It's not the cough that carries you off, It's the coffin they carry you off in. Another reason I don't fly...

Knitting cables ....Al is...that is

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This is the hooded cardigan on the cover of the Book. Al says it is easy and the directions are straight forward. The errata is clearly inserted when you buy the book. She would have preferred that there was a chart. Who's child is she? Prefers a chart....She is knitting with ARAUCANIA nature wool in this brownie like color. There is a bit of colorchange to the yarn. Imagine, the edges of the brownie are dark and the middle is that lighter less cooked color. In an effort to play nice, I am not sharing any images of the 17 year phenomenon here in my town. Emily, my garden swap partner gets creeped out, so email me if you must have a cool shot of them and I'll send you one snail mail! (kathy b = harpnut@gmail.com)

Who's idea was this?

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Who's idea was this? In an effort to follow another blogge's suggestion, I joined the upside down sock image post. This was not an easy task. I found it difficult to lie on my back with the Hungarian legs elevated enough to get the socks in frame. I am not Gumby. I am not Pokey. Socks are fun trekking yarn. So much fun they do not match. Making them match would not have been fun. I had a KNOT in the yarn somewhere, but I admit that would not have caused this much descepancy. I forget how this happened. Thats the joy of socks for Me. KnitswithasilentK.blogspot.com has posted a tutorial on special effects blogging. I cannot wait to see if this worked. Seems too easy.

Unrelated

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I've finally found a place to put the cell phones........ hello? hello? can you hear me now? Now, second photo: This is a purse. Faithful readers may recall when this was not a purse. It went to my LYS to have a zipper added. Now it is a purse. Now I have 20 less dollars. It was a stash purse modeled after a hobo bag pattern. I think it was a Vogue purse book. The purse is a tube. The zipper is placed perpendicular to the bottom. It folds up so cute. Imagine it..... can you? Did I splain this sufficiently?

Guest Bloggers Foursome

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This was not an easy shot, friends. The public golfcourse around here, fondly known as THE WEED, has some rangers who, well, to put it kindly, take their job so seriously I was more nervous about getting this shot than any other guest blog shot in my short history of blogging. Are rangers like this everywhere? There's a place for this type of employee but it is in a sqaud car not a golfcart. To borrow some lyrics : No one mourns the Wicked no one cries they wont return no one lays a lily on their grave. So it was with true trepidation that I approached the foursome and asked for the blog photo. One of the foursome, THANK GOD, wasn't having any of it, from the starter, and they quickly and kindly complied. On a like note, I have to tell you about my Hungarian father's knitted golf club covers. His sister, Elanore, made them for him. Upon seeing them, Al immediately began scouring patterns for a nice cabled cover for me to make him for Father's Day. Then I heard hi

Al's Nashua top

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This is Al in her Nashua top. She says it is from Nashua Book #4. The color is a green(really Kathy B? we didnt' notice) in Ecology Cotton. Al was inspired by a Nashua company knit of the same, that hangs in my LYS. This is day number 4 of not being a Cub fan. Friends at work fear I'll fall off the wagon... as SO many do- but so far I'm steadfast. My neighbor Mary was in NY and bought me a sweet Yankee cap to encourage me. Yes, this is neighbor Mary who modeled the crochet shawl a ways back. Their family loves the White Sox, hence the show of support. All I can say to Donna Boucher, is Apollo Anton Ono all the way! There has been a kind reminder (from ahem Diane the lurker) that we haven't had a guest blogger lately.... stay tuned. I promise it won't be cicadas.

I have been tagged for a 7 random things meme

This is the first time i've been tagged. (kim and alyssa both tagged me) It is a simple meme. You have to write 7 random things about you. THen you tag 7 other people. You leave them a comment in their blog so they know they have been tagged. Would anyone LIKE to be tagged? Let me know. Consider yourself tagged. 7 Random things about myself: 1. I love getting and sending postcards. 2. I am a good mimic. I think I was a parrot in a past life. I also love crackers... I cannot help but talk like those around me. 3. I just bought my first toe ring. 4. I was on the Bozo show in 1969. My father got the tape and my husband taped the Tour de France over it. Oops. I am forgiving. 5. I had to give CPR to a nieghbor last year and I am ashamed to say, that it was grotesque. I am a nurse and shouldnt feel this way. But how you feel is how you feel. 6. Ive never seen Animal House, Caddy Shack, Gone with the Wind, or Gandi. 7. I rarely blog about sad things

Cha cha cha Changes...

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Al frogged her entire sock for it's trash talking gusset. Wow. This is the new one. She's using some STR and a pattern from Knit Night Socks by all the knitters at Mountain Colors. I believe she is making Diana's Simple Lace Cuff. Al says she knits faster with lace or cables because she is more interested in her knitting. What follows is non-knitting content...... This is Day 1 of my trying not to be a Cub Fan anymore. This needs no explanation, sadly. The flag, the shirts...anyone want them? I awoke to the radio contest giving away Cubs tickets this morning. Must change station. It is brisk this morning and I habitually reached for the tattered Cub sweatshirt... stopped myself. Coffee chatter around the kitchen table was mostly Baby Bulls discussion. Chose Yankee mug for this mornings coffee. Before yesterday's game even started I took the Cub flag down from the front porch. (Sox fan neighbor emailed me, said they noticed. Hint of compassion in their email.)

Garden chatter

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The 17 year cicadas are due to emerge anytime now in our area, East of Lake Michigan. We had a young tree in 1990 that has a big scar on the trunk from cicada damage back then. The tree did fine and hasn't been moved so we expect the next generation to crawl out of the ground around it soon. I wonder if I knit something in the heirloom category, who might have it 17 years from now. I have an idea... In other garden news, I have been lucky enough to have as my Garden theme yarn swap partner: Emily from Alabama . Her blog : Yarnmiracle.com. We met through Lynn from KnitTogetherinMyMothersWomb, who runs great swaps. The women I have met through her are all just lovely. Stop by Emily's blog. You'll love her photography and her KNITTING. My garden color scheme is very limited: purples and apricots. Purple petunias, and apricot doubled impatients. I'm trying to simplify. The other thing a garden needs is bees. Al gave me some sock yarn for Mother's Day. Th

Talking Gussets....

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"I"M STR" "Well I"M Trekking" "Getting a little fat in the ankles there aren't you?" "Well, at least I don't have any errors...." "I get to watch the good movies with AL" "Kathy B and I prefer the weather channel..." "I see you are knit on 5 needles" "Yeah, because Kathy b. isn't opposed to knitting with wood and plastic at the same time." "I'm hungry" "Me too" "Do you think they've left us anything tonight?" "Are you kidding? Those two ate all the tootsie rolls and chocolate carmels already." "Oh, well. We could eat stitch markers." "Yeah lets. I love it when they cannot find stitch markers. " "Oh and scissors" "Yeah but the best is when they lose all the measuring tapes!" "Goodnight STR." "Goodnight Trekking."

Margaret Ann Gaug Mothers Day card

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I loved this etching from the moment I saw it at a local garage sale. The artist designed and published greeting cards. She was a member of the Chicago Society of Etchers and her work has been shown at the Smithsonian. I think her Whistler's Mother is softer and sweeter than the original. I have a tendency to police the world you know! I witnessed a playground fight amongst middle school boys and yelled at the bullies to knock it off. I said to the the loud mouth..."Who is your mother?" and he shot back so fast it nearly made me quiver in my little authoritarian pose- "Whose mother are YOU?" I said IM EVERYBODY'S MOTHER. To all woman who are mothers, aunts, neighbors, sisters, in-laws and girls who want to bear children: Happy Mother's Day. Women are everybody's mothers.

For the birds......

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Well, that's what I got when I put out some yarn for the birds to use. A devoted, and cranky rubber chicken bird sitting on sock yarn eggs. Due to global warming, no doubt, the nest was made with Wool and ......(collective gasp) Poly! If the chicks hatch at all, they'll probably be teased at school for their lack of pure fiber.... "Are you my Mother?" they will screech at the rubber chicken. What's next? Bird Glue?

Koigu in Available Light

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Is there anything prettier than Koigu photographed with only available light? This shawlette lives next to the wall of Koigu at Three Bags Full Knitting studio in Northbrook IL. Lynnette has a wallful of Koigu. Email her at Knittingstudio@aol.com for colors. Or just go in and view it in all it's collective beauty. Because if you do, you simply cannot leave without some. I'm porch knitting today. 80 and lovely out in Chicago with no lake breeze today, no 17 year locusts yet, and no shame. Are you a shameless knitter? Do you know your knitting is part of you and whenever you knit its good for the karma all around you. Even if the laundry pile will shock any visitors. Even if your child is playing a tennis match while you work a little garter. Even if...... go ahead you fill in the shameless blank!

Joan's Shawl

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This is Joan. This is Joan's Shawl. This is Joan's regia/kidsilk haze shawl. This is how Joan knit it: holding both yarns together. This is Joan showing us how she made the lacey look by picking up her edge in the middle of the YO's. This is Joan's Boss: Lynnette at 3 Bags Full. This is Lynnettes email adress: knittingstudio@aol.com This is Lynnettes work phone: 847.291.9933 This is not the post about all the Koigu Lynnette has in the store. This will be discussed and shown in the next post. This is the end.

Knitting like a monkey

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Okay this may be a gorilla baby....but pretend it is a monkey. I just read: It is a commonly known fact that it takes 4 minutes for the brain to recover from every interruption...... No wonder I knit like a monkey. Maybe for Mother's day I'll ask for uninterrupted knitting time. Nah, maybe I'll just rest for 4 minutes after every interruption! But this could be the key for me to finally learn to knit lace........

The purse picture

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Almost a purse......almost Irish

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The purse is going to my LYS to have a zipper put in. The zipper will be placed perpendicular to the bottom. The yarns are all sale or stash: Bottom: P-zazz Middle: tartlette and a brown Top: Sale yarn at my LYS that started with a C mixed with the same brown use with tartlette. On another note, this irisheyed knitter spend some time at the wedding with some relatives the bride raked up from Ireland. The bride is Irish-American, Hungarian American and German American. I kept telling the Irish that i was the Hungarian in the family. (I was confused however as the Irish seemed to like sauces, not just the sauce, too) I thought that was my Hungarian side. They were clever and charming. One of the discussions I invited had to do with their descriptions of folks in the measurement of stones. If anyone ever asks me my weight again, I'll tell them Im about 81/2 stones. My mom's Irish cousin likes Desperate Housewives. They have their own version of Dancing with the Stars: i