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The word of the day is blustery.  It’s very windy here in the tip top corner of the Northwest.  I was holding the door ajar for the dog this morning and I actually had to use force to keep it from swinging.  It felt like this massive vacuum was pulling the door closed. 

You would think with all this stormy weather it would be miserable outside, but apart from the hurricane force winds it’s actually a beautiful winter day.  There’s sun coming in through the windows and the sky is mostly blue.  I’m happy if I see a patch of blue in between the clouds this time of year. 

Craftwise, I’m knitting a scarf from Bernat Soft Boucle in natural.  I wanted badly to crochet this stuff, but I was going nuts.  Unless I used a large hook the yarn caught every bulge and and was a nightmare to frog.  I just didn’t feel like fighting with the yarn.  Knitting with ‘fun’ yarn is easier than crocheting, in my opinion, and that also goes for this border-line difficult boucle. 

 

The pattern is Melissa’s All About The Yarn scarf, using a k5 vertical border.  Mine’s not alpaca, but I think it’s turning out well.  There are problems with the border curling inward so I guess I’ll try blocking it.   Acrylic doesn’t have a superb reputation for yielding to pins and water though.  Still, the boucle is hiding my uneven stitches and it feels light but warm.  I am considering putting an edging or embroidery to spruce it up. 

Here’s my first knit swatch from way back in 2001, when I was a seinor in high school.   I spent a saturday afternoon watching an Omen marathon and trying out different purl/knit combinations from my stitch dictionary.  If you look closely you can spot attempts at ribbing and cables.  

You may remember this yarn from a series of scrap yarn squares I made earlier this month.  This swatch would be perfect for the kind of knit graffiti Knitta started.  You know, where they fasten knit UFOs to random stop signs and car antennas.  Maybe next time I’m in Seattle… 

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I dug this out of the family ornament collection looking for a handmade skate ornament I commented about on My Tangled Threads.  (No luck yet.)  I did come across some crochet snowflakes and a couple cross stitch ornaments, though.   

I’ve been so busy with crochet lately I put the joy of cross stitch to the back of my mind.  It really is a shame you can’t cuddle up to a cross stitch piece of card board.   Considering how much time I put into this little guy as a high school-er I probably could have crocheted a nice hat or a long, fluffy scarf.

I really do enjoy those little dollar cross stitch kits though.  It seems these days that they avoid including the nice metal frames you see in vintage kits.  Instead they have red plastic frames or worse, they package it as an ornament.  No accessory needed.  I suspect this coinsided with the descent of Cracker Jack prizes.  The little plastic clothes hanger is the cross stitch kit equivalent to a Cracker Jack mini-baseball card. 

Here’s your blog prize: a photograph of the back for kicks and giggles.  Look ma’, no knots!

*That’s cool* a random fact

Early Native American tribes in New England preserved corn by coating it with heated maple syrup.

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This is another version of the Chromium Star Blanket made with Red Heart Super Saver in Ranch Red, Pumpkin and Dark Orchid.  Here you can see the adjacent double crochet stitch (adc) in action.  The point is to add height without chains or large holes in the stitch below.  I’ve added a new tutorial for the first three rounds of the Chromium Star Blanket in the tutorials section.    

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I took this picture randomly after a brief session trying to photograph a starghan.  My camera was just sitting this way and I figured, why not?  Of course I do this, by my estimation, a lot, and they don’t come out quite as coherent.  You can see a tiny white wisp on the bottom right hand corner, compliments of my doggie, Biscuit. 

The whole picture reminds me of a skating ramp like the ones in the Scott Stamnes Memorial Skatepark I drive by on my way to the Island Market. 

I love driving on Orcas Island.  There are no stop lights and very few turns.  You just drive and drive 30 mph (or less) to your destination surrounded by ocean views and hills covered by evergreen trees.  While it is a great place to learn to drive, when I was a teenager I couldn’t stand it.  I wanted to get where I was going and fast.  I think I’ve mellowed since then and now I like my quiet drives with the sometimes crackly radio humming in the background and a little white dog with her nose out the back window.  There is very little thinking involved since there are so few turns and you are driving so slow and your mind can wander.  But this is also true for sitting in traffic on the freeway. 

Speaking of freeways, there is a driving lag when you enter the ‘real’ roads after driving on Orcas Island.  All of the sudden people tailgate you for going only 5 mph over the limit and cut you off for a parking space when you were cautiously approaching at a reasonable 10 mph.   And there are stoplights and street signs everywhere you have to pay attention to. 

I think it is very similar to that feeling you get after driving on a long trip on the freeways at 75 mph and you drive off the ramp.  With your freeway frame of reference 55 mph just doesn’t seem very fast and they want you to take the ramp turn at 30 mph.  I’m just saying.           

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