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Retro Glo Scarf

It glows! I'm very excited to share this with you. Barb did a tremendous job knitting it. She very nicely shared here photos with me and said it was ok to post them on my blog! You go Barb!


This is a photo with the Flash Off the camera........


This is a photo with the Flash On..........WOW!


Close up photo of flash on camera


Close-up photo of scarf (no flash on camera) ....... I did just garter stitch using Blueberry Farm alpaca silk, Retro Glo tape (knit alone), and Berroco Lustra (silver colored yarn). The reflective tape does its own thing. It is slippery. so that when I knotted it, I put a clear washable fabric glue on the knots. To look at the scarf, it is rather ordinary. When light hits it, the magic appears!


I love how the tape knitted up. You know how I love shiny things! Good job Barb! 


I just read a good book called A Lady of Lunenburg: Nova Scotia 1752 by Laurel Pardy. It is subtitled "The cauldron that shaped a nation and tempered a woman's spirit". Elisabeth Baltzer is a wife to Stoffel, a butcher, of good middle-class standing. She is also a respected healer and midwife, and mother of several children. She is quite a lady. It's her idea to go to Nova Scotia when she find a handbill that had blown free from the wall where it was posted; while she and her husband are fine for the moment, her husband's uncle owns the property where they live, and his new wife is soon having a baby, which will force them out, since Stoffel will no longer be the only heir. Nova Scotia seems a good place to go. 

The story of how Elisabeth endures and keeps her family safe from disease and harm, makes their home, plants their crops, all against the background of intrigue with England, France and the Indians swirling around them makes for a fascinating tale. It's a great book! Elisabeth is a real woman, an ancestor of Laurel Pardy's, which makes it even better.

Another book I'm reading which is equally fascinating is Prehistoric Textiles: The Development of Cloth in the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, with Special Reference to the Aegean by E. J. W. Barber. I started it a while ago, but got sidetracked by other things; now I'm back to reading about ten pages a day, but it is hard to stick to only ten pages a day. This book is filled with detail! The author is not only an expert in historical details; she is also a weaver. This book is filled with fascinating insight. I read through the sections about domestication of fibers, both plant and animal; spinning; and looms and weaving. Now I am reading about the various textile weaves, from the beginnings, through Egypt, the Bronze age and Mesopotamia. I still have a ways to go, and there is felting and dyes to talk about, and then my dears, then there is the best part of the book: discussion! I cannot wait to see what conclusions she reaches. This woman is simply amazing. She also wrote the books The Mummies of Urumchi and Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years Woomen, Cloth,and Society in Early Times, both of which I have read and loved. She has a way of stating very complicated things without getting too bogged down in their complex natures -- or maybe it's her natural enthusiasm that just picks you up and you run along beside her. I don't know... but I love her writing and her books. I think she is fabulous.

I've Reached the End of My Rainbow

My Rainbow over Lahaina socks are done and they are blocking, usually with a ten-pound cat sleeping on them:


I don't know what it is about wet wool, but Nicky likes to sleep on it. 

I've been picking away on my simple garter stitch scarf:

Simple but pretty.

And look what I found:

 I found a pair of socks I started before my stroke, early spring 2010 or sometime in 2009, I forget just when. This is how they were when I found them, and it is one of the few things I can actually finish, so that's next!


I miss knitting with circular needles.

Cats... and Socks

My table was getting to be a mess. There was a little basket in the corner, a fruit basket given to me by Hillary when I was in the hospital in Brewer, which was meant to hold little things like coins, and which was immediately taken over by two of my cats. It was full of stuff which Didn't Have To Be There. Nora didn't mind, she used it anyway:


But then I cleaned the table, ostensibly to give Nicky room to stretch out without knocking over all my stuff, and look where he went:


The big, fluffy cat doesn't really fit in the teeny, tiny basket, but it has become his spot of choice. Go figure.

While I watch Nicky snooze (he doesn't like the cold weather!), I've been busy knitting on my socks that I took to Nova Scotia:


I think they'll be extra-pretty when they're blocked. They have been fun to knit, and they make me think of Nova Scotia when I look at them. And that's chocolate tea, people, CHOCOLATE. In my Bluenose II mug from Lunenburg. It doesn't get much better than this.