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Valentine bears etc.

1)  Bears:  In recent years I’ve received a Valentine Bear most every Valentine’s Day.  This year I decided to move the Valentine Bears from our bedroom settee to a living room sofa, to celebrate their day.  Well, you should have heard the hullaballoo coming from the Other Occasion Bears who were left in the bedroom.  “Unfair!  Discriminatory!  We are Entitled!”

So I promptly moved the Others to the sofa to join their Valentine friends, thinking they could all spend the day there and I’d move them back to the bedroom at bedtime.  Then Joe and I went out for a Valentine dinner.  When we returned home, we were greeted with a petition.  It seems the bears had a secret meeting while we were gone.  They unanimously decided to Occupy Sofa through next Thursday when a young man named Lucas is coming for wiener roll-ups, pop, and an afternoon of art.  Wisely, the bear contingent choose Senior Paddington Bear to present the request to me, as they know I love British accents.  And of course I caved in.  After all, that sofa is an extra.  We have plenty of additional places for people to sit.  And Lucas will definitely enjoy the bears.

Now, Dear Readers I know exactly what you are thinking:  “This woman is eighty years old, and the February Blaaaas have pushed her over the edge.”  Sorry, but I have news for you.  I’ve always been this way.

Shawls Galore

2)  A GOOD YARN:  My fellow Knitwits will love this one.  The stats always soar when I post a yarn and needles bit.  Above you will find a just off the needles shawl.  Who says old dogs (or people) can’t learn new tricks?  Up until a year ago I had Circular Needle Phobia.  But I have overcome, and now I can’t quit making shawls.  This one will go to our local Vince Lombardi Cancer Center, as my family members and friends are by now completely shawled, scarfed, and hatted out.  Note the colors.  They give you a clue as to what is frequently on my mind as I gaze out on our garden buried in snow.

Southwest

3)  FRESH DECOR:  It’s fun to greet a new season with a few changes.  For years we went to Colorado and New Mexico—often at this time of the year.  We love our old comfy couch (not the bears’ sofa, but the one Joe and I normally hang out on).  New fabric on the couch brings the Southwest right into our living room.

Taking a step

4)  THE BEST BLAAA CHASER OF ALL—A CHILD:  This is our littlest sweetheart.  A week ago last Thursday, Tuks came for an entire day.  She is eight months old, and has begun stepping between close furniture rather than dropping to her knees.  We had so much fun with Tuks.  She took good naps for us, and maintained her sunny personality throughout the eight hours.  She loves to eat, loves people, loves dogs, loves life!  Who can ever have the blaaaas with someone like that around?!!!

And here’s a parting thought to cheer you on:  In three weeks, DAYLIGHT SAVING!  🙂

Margaret L. Been, February 2014

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We are a bit short of two months since the winter solstice, and still more than a month away from the vernal equinox.  Cabin Fever can set in, but I refuse to allow that infliction to have any space in my life.  Late winter is a great time to add a decorative and creative touch to the wardrobe, at little or no cost. 

Pictured above are two accents I’ve banged off on my knitting needles in three days’ time, with about three hours invested into each item.  Each “scarf-ling” is knitted to about 36 to 40 inches long, and then joined at the ends with a twist before joining.  The garment is slipped over the head, and it stays on because the ends are connected—as opposed to actual scarves which fall off and fly all over the place.  The twist creates the funky look.  No matter how the garment hangs, it has a certain debonair attitude of panache and pizzazz. 

Joe says the scarf-ling looks like the collar on a draft horse.  I like that description, as I am very fond of horses.  Here is a shot of one of these creations, photographed in my bathroom mirror.  I’ve cropped off most everything in the photo except for the knitted piece.  ↓

These quick and painless garments may be made with any yarn, on any size needles, knitted in any pattern—with small dabs of yarn left over from larger projects.  It’s Knitter’s Choice.  I did K1, yarn over twice, repeated across a row, followed by knitting the stitches and dropping the “yarn overs” throughout the next row.  These two rows were duplicated many times—while intermingled with a mix of knit and purl rows accented with one of my all time favorite patterns:  P one row; K1, P1 in the next row; then repeating those two rows as often as desired.  Although the Purl row is normally presented as the right side in that sequence, both sides look good.  I use this pattern for a lot of scarves and shawls because they tend to get turned and flipped so that both sides of the work are exposed.

Since we have a big plastic bin of left over yarn stored in our garage, I hope to eventually make scarf-lings to blend with (or complement) most any shade or tint of sweater, blouse, or dress—in woollens and silk blends for winter, and cottons or fine acrylics for summer attire.   The next knitted delight (on the needles at present) will be in shades of aqua, green, and lime.  It will be a “Potato Chip” patterned scarf-ling.  For any knitters or just plain curious readers, you can GOOGLE “Potato Chip Scarf” in order to see what that’s all about—or simply wait awhile.  I may post the Potato Chip on this blog when it’s finished.

With so much fun, our winter “cabin” continues to be an enjoyable place.  Barring the possibility of attack from a virus or bacteria, the only “fever” around here will be Knitting Fever.

Margaret L. Been, ©2012

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