A new style of square is what we learned to do at the book reading. Last weekend I went to the book reading/signing at our local bookstore where they had Kate Jacobs appearing, the author of Friday Night Knitting Club. It was a lot of fun, she was a good speaker, read a section from her new sequel Knit 2, and answered questions. Just before she started, the owners of a local yarn store got us all started on making squares that would be about 5"x5" when finished and be donated. They are going to put the squares together for an afghan (or afghans if enough are donated as are collecting all the month of January) and then it will be auctioned off as a fundraiser for Breast Cancer research. I know how to knit a regular square, but the squares they had us do are knit in a diamond shape, with increasing and decreasing. It turned out to be easy and fun. My mom and friend went with me. My mom did great, picking up how to increase and decrease quickly and she's finished her square. My friend also did well, but had to work a bit harder. My mom loves to make scarfs, just straight knitting but varying the yarns. She then donates the scarfs to the local police station who puts them in the Christmas baskets they do each year and distribute to local seniors so they get a lovely warm scarf as a Christmas treat in their goodie package. However, this was really the first she's tried to increase and decrease. She only had to see it once or twice and she was off and going great. My friend has only just learned to knit, so trying to do the increasing and decreasing for her was harder, but she's sticking to it. I had such fun making the diamond type shape that I did three squares.
I did the rust colored one first, and then the other two. Most squares they are getting seemed to be solid colors, so I did the other two in a variegated yarn so they might have an easier time transitioning between some of the colors in putting together the afghan. I used Lion Brands Vanna's Choice, which was a nice yarn to work with.
For you non knitters I've also got a bit of stitching done. My goal for this is 2-3 squares a week, so I'll be done by Oct. At this point that means I should have 4-6 squares done.
As you can see I'm doing well on my SAL with my DSIL
. It is kind of bright out today, but not sunny. We are getting a lot of snow, so is more of a glare. The picture turned out pretty good, except for it made the linen look more washed out than it really is. I'm really enjoying this. I didn't think I'd like doing all the little squares as outlines, but working on those at the end of the day is pretty relaxing. Not a lot of counting, as they are all the same size, and no color changes, so I can just grab my floss and go. The pattern is a delight to follow too. She gives the pattern all on one sheet, but also includes four additional sheets with the pattern blown up to a large size, lovely to look at with tired eyes. I'm definitely going to want to do some more of the Blue Ribbon Designs in this series.
As to the bully part of the title, this week I'll introduce you to our neighborhood bully. I live in the city, and while there are a lot of birds and squirrels, some of the other wildlife surprises me on occasion. We have numerous rabbits, and I've seen opossums and even raccoons, remember these two little guys?
There are two of them hiding in the picture. All pictures are clickable so you can see them better. However, the Hawks I would have thought would have stayed in a more rural area, guess not.
In the first one he's hiding in the bushes, waiting for a unsuspecting bird or mouse to amble by. The second one he'd boldly come out into the yard. Sorry the picture isn't clearer, but I had to shoot the one on the ground through my window so as not to scare him. Since are blurry, he kind of looks like an oversized fat turtledove. In real life though he's gorgeous. Next week, I'll show you the neighborhood clown.