↑ Taken a month or so ago, before the corn turned its beautiful tawny shade—this photo shows how bountiful Wisconsin has been in the summer of 2013!
↑ Our best summer bounty: Adetokumba Bridget Josephine Adesokun, just 4 months old!
↑ I didn’t do any gardening after shoulder surgery, July 2nd. But the garden “gardened” itself. Our new arbor is a constant joy—a meeting place for sparrows, chickadees, goldfinches, and other feathered friends plus 2 chipmunks. The hardy roses were here when we moved in 4 years ago.
↑ More patio garden. The garlic chives, many perennials packed into the small space, and herbs/herbs/herbs thrived all summer (and many are still thriving) without a bit of help from a human gardener.
↑ A family (among all of our children and grandchildren!) that knows how to live: This one is Granddaughter Alicia with her husband, Dan, and their children left to right—Isaac, River, Cai, and Hannah. Alicia home schools her young ones, and she puts loads of creative ideas into motion. She’s an amazing photographer—and I’m quite certain that Alicia tucked her camera into a tree (or plopped it on a stump) for an automatic “take” of this classic photo.
And now for my fellow Knit-wits: ↓
↑ A triangular shawl—one of several which I’ve made in recent months. The buttons are for decoration in this case. They remind me of which is the “right side”, as the ends of the spliced yarns get tucked into the “wrong side”. But I frequently make buttonholes for buttons which function, as well. They keep a garment from sliding off one’s shoulders.
↑ A rayon potato chip scarf—dressier than my past versions of this cutie, due to the elegant drape of the fine rayon yarn. The button is a French import, a pewterish-looking rose—not just for decoration: it works.
↑ A very versatile shell of not-too-heavy and not-too-warm yarns. A happy sleeveless concoction in warm weather, over just a cool cami— but it will double as a vest over a blouse in winter.
↑ A shawlette. I love it! It’s just the thing for a bit of extra shoulder warmth. This is the front view. The back is pictured below. ↓
This one was completed last evening, and now a similar version has hit the circular needle—in shades of coral and rose. I’m incorporating “bubbles” by switching from a small to a large needle periodically, increasing stitches periodically for a few rows, and then decreasing—in a sequence of repeats. Voilà, bubbles! The border trim is crocheted. It’s fun to include random pattern stitches, lace patterns, etc., while following the inspiration of the moment!
Margaret L. Been, 2013