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So much knitting to catch up on. Soon as I can. I’m working at recovering from a long un-diagnosed case of Lyme Disease, which has slowed down my writing, reading, doing, a good bit. But after a year of treatment, things seem to be looking up, and I’m getting more writing done. Just fired up a new blog for musings about mid-life in the Midwest, with a bunch of smart writers I know. Check it out if you like that kind of thing:

New Communitas


Twin Fair Isle Sampler Vests

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This is how the knitting fates will get you…

Recall this project from, well, ever so very long ago? A cute little project that started out normally enough. Coneived to be a fair isle sampler of peries and medallions in a lot of fun colors of a size big enough and construction complex enough to get a really good feel for traditional Fair Isle knitting. So I knew, before investing in a larger project, whether this sort of thing would work for me, or not.

I targeted a nice young man to receive the results of this little experiment. And then the project…. lagged. Not because I didn’t love it. I do love it, but because other knitting, as it will, jumped to the front of the line. By the time I cut the steeks and added the arm and neck ribbing, the child had outgrown the vest by… oh… 3 years or so.

Luckily, there are always new babies around. The right kid at the right size in our family happens to be a twin…. so… the second Fair Isle Sampler Vest is screaming along, really trying to make it before the two-year-old twins turn four.

Meantime, the yarn has been discontinued. More or less. But good hearts at Ravelry saved me there.

I think I will make it, puling off the second vest in a month or so if knitting, and clearing the size 3 needles for the next project. One inspired by the Atlantic and granite and fog:

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86-year-old WWII vet on gay marriage: “what do you think I fought for in Omaha Beach?” – Boing Boing

This should just settle it, shouldn’t it? Really?

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Selbu Modern FO

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Watching a GB Heron fish, a female Wood Duck swim circles around him, and steeking a cardigan without the use of vodka.

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Noticed – It’s Hip to Be Round

They are missing the obvious: Tummies are lovely.

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Guest room occupied…

Blocking. Sorry for the lousy iPhone pics, but my camera has grown feet and wandered…

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