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Archive for July 17th, 2013

The purple finch that nests in our porch wreath has 4 babies this go round. Her last brood was 3. Yesterday, one of the hottest on record for the area, I saw 4 little heads pop up. I love the little feathers that stick out on the top of the little heads. It makes them look so cute. The poor babies have their mouths open because that is what birds do to cool down when they are too hot.

baby purple finches

The second group of babies of blue birds fledged this weekend too. They too had 4 babies this time. The last little one to leave the blue bird nest took all afternoon before it decided to leave the blue bird house. There is always one in a group that’s a little reluctant to venture out into the world. The Skipper and I watched the little head poke out from the house, go back in, then nothing, then the little head appeared again, poked out, went back in. The excitement of would it or wouldn’t it fly from the house increased with every appearance of the little head until we were actual cheering it on: “Fly, fly, fly.” The mother and father birds worked furiously in the heat trying to get the last one to leave the nest. Then finally it did. It soared from the house up into the apple tree, where the mother greeted it with food. We were able to watch it’s progress and it turned out to be a wonderful flier in the end.

This is the sweater I want to knit next.

rowan sweater full

It’s from Rowan. The Magazine Number 53 has a lot of fun designs in it. The flower part of the sweater is done in intarsia. All the Rowan yarn is purchased. I think it’s a good project for the Fall and Winter. It’s a spring sweater. I am eager to work with Rowan’s Purelife yarn, Revive, made from all recycled materials: silk, cotton, and viscose. The flowers are knit in Rowan’s Wool Cotton yarn. This is the first time I am working with Rowan yarn. New yarn always excites me. It’s a little like driving a new car for the first time, you don’t quite know how it will respond and you are aware of feeling your way along. Working with yarn I haven’t used before, is like that, it increases my knitting awareness.

Here’s another look at the sweater.

rowan sweater front

Oh yes, this sweater is on my radar.

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