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Minimalist Monday

Filed under: Knitting — folkcat at 5:08 pm on Monday, December 19, 2005

It’s been cold here ever since the ice storm last Friday. I’m doing my best to keep warm with my ugly crochet poncho over my shoulders and herbal teas.

I also try to think of warmer times, like when Gryphon and I spent some of this summer geocaching and visited sites like this bend of the Contoocook River, along the Contoocook River Trail.

Contoocook River Trail
Cool Spot on a Warm Summer Day

I still can’t blog about anything I’m doing. I have two gifts with a deadline of tomorrow night (Craft Goddess Christmas get-together), and up until Friday I thought I was making them something completely different than what I’m doing now. Then I saw a tv program about beadwork and got a different idea, and I even had all the supplies for it, and knew I had time, so, well….there you go.

The reason this is relevant here is that the new idea for these two gifts involved knitting. Of course, I can’t really show you anything yet, since at least one of the recipients occasionally looks here, but I’ll take pictures, I promise.

Given my scramble to get things done in time for Christmas, I haven’t been able to start any of my “traveling to Syracuse” projects yet, or I’d show you those, too.

I need to get back to my holiday projects now, or I’m going to fall behind. I’d ask you to keep your fingers crossed that I’ll finish in time, but then, how would you knit?

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Bonus! Holiday 2005 Desktop Wallpaper – Visions of Sugarplums

Filed under: Knitting — folkcat at 2:50 pm on Friday, December 16, 2005

As promised, here is a Bonus Holiday 2005 Desktop Wallpaper for you to download free. (Follow that link, and you’ll find full instructions for how to do that!)

Bonus Holiday 2005 Wallpaper - Visions of Sugarplums
Holiday 2005 Desktop Wallpaper – Visions of Sugarplums

Nestle snug in your bed with these visions of sugarplums to brighten up your holiday computer screen! Guaranteed to be a no-calorie, low-fat, sugar-free way to indulge in Christmas goodies. This is a detail photograph of a candy “mandala” that Gryphon created with leftovers from our 2005 Gingerbread House. I love the way the candies seem to dance around the desktop!

So go ahead, indulge the child in you who dreams of Santa and elves, flying reindeer, and mysterious presents under the tree. This one’s for everyone who still believes!

Bring a touch of Christmas spirit to your computer – and enjoy! Merry Christmas!

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Free Stuff! Desktop Wallpapers and Knitting Patterns

Filed under: Retired - Jenny Kubeck on the Web — folkcat at 1:33 pm on Friday, December 16, 2005

You may or may not have noticed a new section on the sidebar here, and at my knitting and beading blogs as well. I’m now offering free knitting patterns of my own design, as well as free desktop wallpapers for your computer adapted from photographs I took.

I expect to offer a new desktop wallpaper monthly, with occasional bonus offerings for special occasions. (I just put up a holiday design today!) Knitting patterns – and perhaps, eventually, beadwork instructions and patterns – will happen on a less regular schedule as I have items worth offering.

I hope you enjoy these new items, and that they help to make your visits to my pages worthwhile.

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Kitties in Need

Filed under: Knitting — folkcat at 4:38 pm on Thursday, December 15, 2005

Lacking both time and bloggable activities to write about today, I decided to dig into the photo vault and see what was going on a year ago. Sorry, no knitting today – but please keep reading, today’s subject is important to me!

There were no photos for Dec. 15, 2004, but on the 14th I find this entry:

Christmas for Kitties Shop Windows
Folkcat in Front of her Bead Store

Yes, my bead store. A year ago, I still had a bead store here in town. What you’re seeing is actually a photograph that the local newspaper took to accompany a story about our store windows.

One of the things we did as a store was donate 1% of all our sales to Kitty Rescue and Adoption of Jaffrey (now known as Monadnock Kitty Rescue and Adoption, Inc.). We had connections to some of the founders of the organization.

What is important and different about Kitty Rescue and Adoption is that they’re the only shelter in all of New Hampshire that traps and rescues feral cats. Not just strays, but the ones who either were born in the wild or were released by owners and have been living in the wild for far too long. No other shelter in the state, not the Humane Society, not the SPCA, will touch the ferals. Kitty Rescue and Adoption is their only hope.

Kitty Rescue and Adoption is a no-kill shelter, which means there’s a large financial burden involved in the care, shelter, and feeding of the animals they have rescued. When they can, the cats are rehabilitated and acclimated to human contact, and adopted out to loving homes. But the shelter is still always full, and there are far more cats in the wild than they can ever hope to help.

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Chip and the Little Indians –
Photo from the Kitty Rescue and Adoption Gallery of Available Kitties

Last year at my bead store, we decided to let Kitty Rescue and Adoption use both of our huge display windows to advertise their shelter. They did a great job. The window to the left depicts a snowy, cold outdoor scene, and toy cats were placed in the fake snow to represent all the cats needing help. The window on the right shows a warm indoor setting, with a fireplace and a Christmas tree, depicting the loving homes they hope to find for all cats.

The local newspaper got wind of this (okay, it helped that the woman from Kitty Rescue who created the windows was one of their advertising sales managers), and came to write a story about how we had turned the windows over to the shelter for the holiday.

To go along with the window promotion, we decided to have “Christmas for Kitties”. I wrote a poem that we printed on a post card and sent to the thousand or so names on our mailing list, asking for donations of cat food, toys, and other items that the shelter could use, as well as cash.

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the shelter,
We kitties were batting our toys helter-skelter.
No notions of sleeping – playtime has more appeal –
Until foster moms come in and offer a MEAL!
With salmon, and tuna, and chicken and liver,
Whitefish and turkey set whiskers a-quiver.
And just when you think you can’t nibble an ounce,
Comes the rattling sound of a can full of PounceĀ®!
It’s Christmas for Kitties – you can all take a part;
Our foster moms give us their all from their hearts.
But we number so many, and those numbers just grow,
And how to keep feeding us they don’t always know.
But people like you, with hearts true and kind,
Can bring us a gift that will feed us just fine!

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Libby and babies –
Photo from the Kitty Rescue and Adoption Gallery of Available Kitties

By the time Christmas Eve rolled around, we had a nice pile of goodies to bring to the shelter. Lots of folks came in to stuff our Kitty Rescue donation bank, too – on several occasions, old-time Yankee farmer gentlemen types came in with stories about how they were strictly dog people until the day the stray cat found its way in their front door. These men always seemed to be the ones who pulled a ten or twenty out of their wallet for the donation bank. You just never know what to expect with Old Yankees, do you?

We wound up closing the bead store the following March, and it’s been my regret that our personal finances haven’t allowed me to continue making donations. One thing I can do, though is share the word with the world through posts like these.

If you’re at all interested in helping Monadnock Kitty Rescue and Adoption, Inc., in their efforts to help with the severe overpopulation of feral cats, please visit their website. You can learn more about the organization, view pictures of cats available for adoption, read success stories of rescues and placements, and review the guidelines for adoption. They also have full instructions for making donations, as well as a PayPal button if you’d like to donate online.

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Beau – a Himalayan –
Photo from the Kitty Rescue and Adoption Gallery of Available Kitties

If you have pets that are not intended for breeding, please be sure to spay or neuter them. If you find yourself in circumstances where for any reason you can no longer keep them, please don’t be afraid to release them to the Humane Society or SPCA, and if they say they have no room, ask them what alternative they suggest.

Domestic cats should never be released into the wild if you can’t care for them any longer, and it’s highly recommended that your pet cats not be allowed outdoors, period. Many people believe they can take care of themselves – the fact is, they can’t do so well enough to avoid all the risk factors. Feline diseases like Feline Leukemia and FELIV (the kitty version of AIDS) run rampant through feral populations of cats, and they can infect domestic cats that are allowed to go outdoors and come in contact with the ferals. Wild predators are a danger, too. Fisher cats, wolverines, coyotes, and more – all have been known to kill and eat cats.

I urge you to take some time to think about our furry companions and their relatives at this time of year. If you can, visit Monadnock Kitty Rescue and Adoption’s website and make a donation. If you’d prefer a group more local to you, I’m sure you can find one easily on the web – or you already know one. If cash doesn’t come easily, there are likely to be volunteer opportunities that are every bit as welcome.

Thanks for indulging me this large side trip from my usual, lighter content. May you and yours – furry and otherwise, have a Happy, Warm Holiday season!

Merry Christmas to All Kitties, Everywhere!

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Felting, Probing, and Cocooning

Filed under: Knitting — folkcat at 4:51 pm on Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Still not much I can blog about. Well, I can talk about some of it without really saying anything, if you know what I mean.

For instance, the knitted gift that had to be finished so it could be mailed was taken to the post office today. Major relief ensued for this knitter, as that was my toughest deadline.

I still have the mystery project to finish, but that’s coming along well. I counted the number of rows left, counted the number of days I can work on it, and with a little math, came up with my Minimum Daily Knitting Requirement (MDKR) for the project. Just knowing that I’m still on track if I get at least X rows done in a day takes some of the pressure off, and most days I manage to get X+Y rows done. This means I’m actually gaining ground, and when I really want to feel good about my progress, I re-calculate and find out that X is a smaller number than before. Yowzah!

The catnip mice got felted yesterday. I found when they came out of the washing machine that their empty little insides had ever-so-slightly felted together, so I had the interesting experience of having to use a chopstick to give anal probes to 14 felted mice to open them up again. They spent the next 24 hours drying on a small wire rack in the kitchen, and now they’re ready for stuffing and closing up the openings.

This, btw, is one of the intended recipients of the mice.

Ignatz the Cat
Ignatz, September 2000

Ignatz was a stray cat that my sister and brother-in-law took in many years ago. He’s getting a bit older now, and I understand he has arthritis, but he’s been a good companion. Especially to my sister, who has multiple sclerosis. My Christmas gift for my sister and brother-in-law also has to do with Ignatz, but that’s all I’m saying about that until after the holiday! You’ll just have to wait and see.

I’d show you pictures of Sugar and Bozo, my parents’ cats, but they were both acquired in the past year since I last visited Syracuse, so I haven’t photographed them yet. I’ll get a chance to rectify that soon – perhaps even an action shot or two with the catnip mice they’re getting for Christmas.

Cocoon, (v): retreat as if into a cocoon, as from an unfriendly environment “Families cocoon around the T.V. set most evenings”; “She loves to stay at home and cocoon”

I think that’s what I’m going to do tonight. The main pressure of the holiday gifts is over, and I only have a few fiddly small tasks to complete, but I have plenty of time to do so. I’m ahead of the game on the mystery project, and while I may still pull it out and do some work tonight, I don’t absolutely have to in order to be on track.

Tomorrow, I can re-emerge a slightly dazed butterfly, and get back to flitting from project to holiday project.

Still to come:

Tomorrow night is Knitting Around night at Panera Bread, 590 Amherst St., Rte. 101A, Nashua. Drop by with your knitting anytime from 5 p.m. until 8:30 or so – Bea and I will be there, and who knows who else will show up!

This weekend, I’m going to post a special Christmas Desktop Wallpaper, free for downloading, and guaranteed to get your sweet tooth pining for Christmas Goodies. Stay tuned!

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Holiday Holding Pattern – the Knitting Side

Filed under: Knitting — folkcat at 2:13 pm on Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Not much to blog about today. I’m still very much in the last minute frenzy to complete gifts that have to be shipped, while trying to progress on gifts that we’ll be delivering in person (and which, therefore, have more time available for finishing).

The one gift I can blog about remains the catnip mice. No new pictures – They still look much like they did last time, only now their bellies have been sewn up, with a small opening left below their tails for stuffing.

The next step will be to felt them. Actually, typing that line reminded me that I had already put them in a pillow protector in the washing machine, and it had been long enough to check on them. Good thing I always do the felting with the lid open, that way if I forget about it (like today), the machine stops before it thinks it can just go ahead and do the spin cycle.

The one knitted gift that I’m shipping was felted yesterday, and is still a little too damp to wrap and package. I may take an iron to it again, to see if I can help the drying process along. Or I’ll have my husband dig out the one table fan we keep for such purposes, and at least move the air over it.

Pretty soon, I’ll have all these secret projects advanced enough that I can cast on for a non-secret one, so there will be more to show you and talk about. I also need to figure out what knitting I’ll be taking to Syracuse with me – something to do in the car (which will also be portable enough for Knitting Around pictures), something slightly more complex to knit while the family sits and visits, perhaps, and at least one absolutely brainless project that I can knit under almost any conditions. And of course, I’ll be looking around for what Syracuse has to offer for local yarn shops these days – when I lived there over 12 years ago, the most we ever had was a place called VIP yarns, and that was actually in a nearby town, and not on a bus line. Might as well have been on the moon, as I didn’t drive – didn’t need to for most things in Syracuse! I think most of my yarn growing up came from places like Woolworth’s, Kmart, and McRory’s – all were downtown within a two block range – and a genuine five-and-dime store on Westcott street, a few blocks from my childhood home.

Here’s hoping the yarn situation has improved in Syracuse!

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Holiday Holding Pattern

Filed under: Beading - Confessions of a Chantraphile — folkcat at 1:58 pm on Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Not a lot to report on the beading front this week. I’m in a bit of a holding pattern as I try to get knitted gifts ready enough to mail them out to family in other parts of the country.

I do have some holiday beadwork planned, but it’s for gifts that I’ll be giving here in New Hampshire, and there’s just a minute chance that the recipients will read here between now and then. So, no chance of being able to report on that until after Christmas.

In the meantime, I’ve added a new section to the sidebar of this blog – Free Stuff. Here you’ll find links to my free knitting patterns as I create them. If I come up with any original concepts in beading designs that I can write up and offer, I’ll list them as well. And if you like pretty pictures for your computer desktop, there’s a link to my web gallery of photographs I’ve taken and formatted as Desktop Wallpapers. I plan to put up a new image every month, and maybe even extra ones on special occasions. (I’ve got a fun one planned for Christmas!)

I’m still hoping to squeeze in a Christmas-themed bottle-cap charm bracelet before the season passes. I found some miniature white plastic snowflakes at A.C.Moore, no more than about an inch across, 6 to a package for 99 cents. Or so I thought (because that was what’s printed on the package) until I checked out, and they rang at only 59 cents. Such a deal! I got three packages, so I’ve got 18 snowflakes to add into the Christmas bracelet – when it gets made!

Don’t worry – I’ll be doing my best to remember to step out of the processes long enough to take pictures, which I’ll share here later.

Until next time, Happy Holidays!

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Blog? What’s That?

Filed under: Knitting — folkcat at 6:22 pm on Monday, December 12, 2005

Oh, yeah….I have one of those blog things, don’t I?

Can you believe I got so much into the frenzy of trying to complete handknit gifts today that I almost forgot to blog?

Of course, I can’t really blog about any of the knitting that’s been done, since, well, it’s supposed to be a secret, and even though the recipients claim they’ve never read my blog yet in spite of my encouraging them to do so, you just know they’ll start the moment I blog about their gifts.

So I ain’t gonna do it. You’ll have to wait until after Christmas. Trust me, I’m getting pictures so I can remember to tell you all about it.

Laptop Survives Surgery

I blogged last week about the sudden and tragic demise of my laptop, Kitten’s, hard drive. Fortunately, Gryphon got his Christmas bonus immediately after, so we were able to order a new one. It arrived today, has been installed and verified to work, and Gryphon is in the process of installing all my applications so I can be up and running again.

On that note, I’d like to give a shout out to the place we ordered from, New Egg. We searched all over the web for a deal on the hard drive I’d need, and New Egg had a decent assortment to choose from; the most reasonable price ($66 for a 40 Gb laptop hard drive); as well as offering an excellent value on shipping ($2 for 3-day!). The customer reviews of the product spoke well not only for the product itself, but for the service and faster-than-lightning processing of orders by New Egg.

We placed our order…lessee, I think it was late Friday, or maybe even Saturday. New Egg told us to allow 1-3 days for in-house processing before it shipped, and then promised 3-day shipping. It arrived much faster than that, showing up on our doorstep today, Monday, a little less than 3 days after placing the order. And mind you, that’s over a weekend at the holidays! Good job, New Egg!

It’ll still be a day or two before Kitten is well enough to return to her place as my workspace companion, but she’s well on the way to recovery. I’m pleased.

Christmas Chez Folkcat (& Gryphon)

Gryphon and I don’t have as much room for decorating as we’d like. I really want a 6-foot tall tree every year, but we’d have to move out of the house to fit it in the little space we have.

What we can manage is a little 3 1/2 foot tree. It means we have to pick and choose among our boxes of decorations, but then, that also means we can have a totally different tree every year. Cool!

Beyond that, one of our annual traditions has been to visit the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Milford’s Christmas Fair and buy one of their handmade gingerbread houses. We love the look of a gingerbread house, and Gryphon loves picking away at the pieces over the course of the month after Christmas.

Not only did budget not allow it this year, but we were just too pooped to pop at the early hour you have to hit the fair to score a house! The Fair starts around 8:30 a.m. on the first Saturday of December, and trust me, if you’re not right there at opening, you might as well forget taking gingerbread home. I don’t think we’re the only folks in town who made it a tradition.

Wanting an alternate means of acquiring our holiday gingerbread fix, then, I decided we’d pick up one of the many Wilton Gingerbread House Kits that’s available. We could make a fun afternoon of working together to decorate it – and on Sunday, that’s just what we did.

I should point out, the kit comes with a small assortment of candy and three different ideas for the final design. We looked at the pathetic pile of candy and decided it was never going to be good enough, so we added at least a half dozen additional varieties that we picked up at the grocery store. So, if you get any of the Wilton Gingerbread House kits and wonder why you can’t seem to make yours look like ours, that may be why.

It was an interesting process. Gryphon still struggles to trust his creative instincts, but he did a great job. It was helpful to have two sets of hands to assemble the basic structure to begin with, and then we both collaborated on deciding what the design elements should be.

The chimney, the pond in front of the house, and the peppermint-wall-lined walkway up to the door are my idea. We both knew we wanted the Necco wafers on the roof as shingles. Gryphon came up with the lamppost at the end of the walk, and the birdbath next to the pond.

The Gingerbread House - The A Side
Folkcat & Gryphon’s Gingerbread Place – the “A” side

Some parts didn’t work out so well. We had bought three rolls of Necco wafers, thinking that surely had to be enough, and, well…it wasn’t. So we decided that the imaginary residents of this little house had roof problems, and didn’t have enough money to fix the whole thing at once.

The Two-Face Gingerbread House - The Flip Side
F & G’s Gingerbread Place – the “B” side

Gryphon said it looked like a plane full of roofing material crashed on this side of the house.

F&G's Gingerbread House Under the Christmas Tree
A Pretty Holiday Scene

In the end, though, perfection isn’t what matters with gingerbread houses. (Unless you’re in a competition, and that’s a whole other story!) We enjoyed the process, and we like the end result.

What more could you ask?

Incidental Knitting Content!

Hey, what do you know – I can actually point out some recent knitting! See the picture of the gingerbread house under our Christmas tree above? See the white garland on the tree? I knitted that from a baby-weight white yarn and two strands of gold blending filament, using my MagiCord machine*! It makes a very nice-looking garland that gives an effect somewhere between traditional and modern, and the one skein of baby yarn was enough to make a garland for the whole 3 1/2 foot tree, with just a little to puddle underneath, as you can see. Fun stuff!

Another element of the Church Fair that we always got our gingerbread houses at – when the ladies who decorate the houses get done with all of them, they frequently take the candy that’s left, ice up some of the cardboard cake circles they put the houses on, and then create mandala-like designs on the circle of icing. Those have always been a favorite with Gryphon – mandalas have a special appeal to him. When we finished with the house, we had a lot of candy left over, and enough icing to count – so Gryphon got to work making his own mandala on a paper plate.

Gryphon Creating a Candy Mandala
Gryphon Creates a Mandala

It was fun to watch him working on this. He took a very intuitive approach, and came up with a design that had sort of a repeating structure, but he left the color choices to chance.

Candy Mandala
The Completed Mandala

I may crop out an all-candy image from this to use as a desktop wallpaper. Maybe a Christmas Week special.

Indoor Garden Surprise

This summer, a friend had brought me a distressed rosemary plant she’d picked up for a quarter in a clearance at a nursery. The thing was desperately pot-bound, and had lots of dead growth on it.

I pruned it back drastically, and removed the masses of roots that had grown out the drainage holes. I mean to re-pot it some day, but haven’t gotten around to it.

This little plant lives on a very sunny window in my studio/living room, and I fear that I neglect it more than I should. It seems to need constant watering, and so it’s little needles always have brown tips.

Still, I must be doing something right. Or at least, must not be doing anything totally wrong. I went to water it on Saturday, and was shocked to notice two tiny little purple flowers!

Rosemary in BloomRosemary in Bloom - the Second Blossom
Rosemary in Bloom – Brightening a Winter Day

I was happy to know that this poor little plant is seeing better days, and I resolved to try to take even better care of it in the future.

Embellish-Knit! Machine* MagiCord – I tried to find the information about this gadget, which was put out by Bond America (who also offer the Wyr-Knitter and the Ultimate Sweater Machine), and I learned that it’s no longer called MagiCord – it’s now known as Embellish-Knit. The basic idea is it’s a hand-cranked spool knitter that can handle threads and yarns up to DK, sport-, or baby-weight. And trust me, it works. If the goal is to create a 4-stitch cord with a lightweight yarn or thread, this is the way to go. Highly recommended.

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Be Careful What You Wish For

Filed under: Knitting — folkcat at 5:09 pm on Friday, December 9, 2005

Part of me fears that the massive amounts of snow hitting New England today are my fault, having just last night posted a pretty little picture of a pleasant snowy woodlot, with comments about “White Christmas” and other such wintry bliss.

Then this happened today.

Main St., Wilton, NH, Dec 9, 2005: 12:45 p.m.
Main St., Wilton, NH, 12:45 p.m. on Dec. 9, 2005

In truth, I know that I was already aware of the storm coming before I put up the “A Walk in the Winter Woods” images for download. Still, some small corner of the primitive part of my brain wants to try to make a magical cause-and-effect connection, no matter how senseless it is. We humans seem to be funny that way.

You may notice that picture’s taken through the windshield of a car. Were we really so dumb as to go out in this weather? Yeah, we were, but not by choice.

Medical Necessity – but not Emergency!

It’s just about a year ago I was diagnosed with diabetes, and so my prescriptions are all just falling due for renewal. Only the doctor’s office surprised us yesterday by insisting that I come in for an office visit before they’d do that. This, with one of my meds running out on Sunday.

So when Gryphon called today to make an appointment, the only option they offered that didn’t leave me without medicine for any period of time was 1:15 p.m. today. Right at the height of the storm.

I was not happy. My diabetes is borderline, and well controlled with diet along with the oral meds. It’s my opinion that I was put at far greater risk having to travel in this weather today than I would have been under if I’d had to go a few days without one of my two meds.

But that’s the way the thing played out. Gryphon, with a few decades more driving experience than me, took the wheel, and got us there at a slow crawl the whole way.

I don’t think it should be any surprise that my blood pressure was elevated by the time we got there, though.

End result – I’m fine, the doctor put in the prescription renewals, and they continue to be impressed with how good my glucose numbers look.

The weather, on the other hand, got worse while we were there. A full 4″ of snow fell in that 45 minute period while we were actually in the office. And we left the doctor’s office at the very heaviest period of the snowfall for the day.

Rte. 13 and Emerson Rd., Milford, NH, 2:05 p.m., Dec 9, 2005
Emerson Rd. & Rte. 13, Milford, NH, 2:05 p.m. on Dec. 9, 2005

I’m safely at home now, working on getting my nerves settled enough that I can go back to my knitting.

Knitting Around Night

Panera was packed last night, just not with us knitters. It always takes a while to build a core group of regulars. For now, it’s enough that both Bea and I make it – we enjoy the time together.

Bea and Her Huggable
Bea and Her Huggable

Bea worked on the latest of her Huggables, her version of my take on the prayer shawl ministry. I didn’t notice until I looked at the picture just now, but Bea was perfectly color-coordinated with Panera, knitting and all!

Just to show that I knit there, too, I tried for the camera in one hand, knitting held in other hand outstretched shot. As usual, the flash totally washed out my hand, and almost obscured the knitting. I say almost because, well, it’s the biggest secret knitting project for Christmas that I’m holding here, so I felt obliged to PhotoPaint an effect onto the knitting itself, just to be safe.

Mystery Project with Panera's Christmas Decor
Mystery Knitting, a Fire, and a Poinsettia – All a Knitter Needs on a Cold Night!

As I mentioned before, Panera was well packed with people out taking care of holiday errands. We had several wonderful conversations with people who were truly interested in what we were working on, and some of them seemed very thoughtful at the notion that we’re there every Thursday and welcome others to join us. Who knows how this could grow? All it takes is to tell two people, and then they tell two people, and so on, and so on…

Th-th-th-that’s All, Folks!

So, the knitting continues on a daily basis, and I do wish I could tell you more about it! I’m trying to remember in the frenzy to take pictures anyhow, so that I can fill you in after the holidays at least. Once it’s safe!

Hope all of you in the blizzardy regions are keeping warm and safe today!

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New Desktop Wallpaper for December!

Filed under: Knitting — folkcat at 2:07 am on Friday, December 9, 2005

Huzzah! See what can happen when I get a little time where the Internet connection works? I finally have the new Desktop Wallpaper for December posted!

Here’s the image that’s currently living on my computer desktop:

A Walk in the Winter Woods, December's Free Download
December’s Free Download – a Wintry New England Scene

From my description:

A sunny day in November after an early winter snow, and Emerson Park in Milford, NH is feeling very “Winter in New England”. It was late afternoon, as the shadows will tell you. The sun shone brightly, but the air was brisk enough to remind you that this is what winter is all about – crisp snow crunching under your feet, a nip in the air turning your nose a little red, and a cloud of fog hanging by your face a moment each time you breathe.

A little bit of this weather goes a long way for me these days, but oh, it’s so nice to kick-off the holiday season with just a promise of “White Christmas,” isn’t it?

To download this image for use on your own computer desktop, please visit my Desktop Wallpaper Gallery and follow the instructions given. You’ll find last month’s image, Japanese Maple Leaves, still available for download as well. Please remember, these are offered free for your personal use only.

I love that I can share my favorite photographs with you all. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do!

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