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October comes lovely

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October comes lovely each year, whether cold and wet or crisp and windy ... for me it is the most lovely month of  the year.  Our trees are at what looks to me like peak or near-peak color today.  It is rainy and dark, but the autumn leaves glow far and wide bringing a strange brightness to what would otherwise be a gloomy, moody day. My son is visiting, and yesterday afternoon we all took a quick two-mile bike ride; Grandpa, me, little Sweet Pea in a trailer pulled by Grandpa, her mom (my daughter) and my son.  It was...

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New pattern and sock yarn give away

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Just a quick note to let my knitting readers know that I just released a new knitting pattern yesterday, the Teddy Bear Picnic Blanket.  I have been on a break from new pattern releases for several months for ... personal reasons. This Teddy Bear Picnic Blanket is an easy cable knit with a pretty edging consisting of contrasting color "puffs" (similar to bobbles) and a ruffled picot trim.  Knit in worsted weight yarn on size U.S. 10 needles, it is also a quick knit. I also give conversion information in the pattern to turn it into a baby or child...

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The beginning of autumn

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As autumn has approached this year, my daughter and I have taken up our knitting needles and begun to knit with each other a daily basis. This is truly the first time I have been able to knit this entire year.

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Blue Friday

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Today is Blue Friday for two reasons, 1) it is a gorgeously beautiful day with a deep blue sky and plenty of white fluffy clouds, and 2) I am not feeling well so have already taken two naps today and wishing for several more if only I could find the time. At a minimum, I need to announce the winner of the July Sock Yarn Give Away ... so here goes. Her name is "Debby", and she left this comment to my gratitude challenge: Our lives seemed to crash as we lost half of our retirement, all of the equity...

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The joy of reading

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Of all of my memories of school as a small child, all things related to books and reading and being read to are some of the richest in my treasure chest. I loved paper, the sound of a library book with its heavy plastic protective cover closing with a soft yet decisive thud, and carrying a stack of books to the librarian's desk with my mother by my side getting ready for summer reading. I remember certain books with peculiar clarity such as Danny and the Dinosaur, those little Dick and Jane books, and Harold and the Purple Crayon. The...

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