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The back of the Feelin’ Groovy baby sweater is complete. I am working on the front, at the point where the pockets would be inset if I were creating real pockets. I’ve spent weeks thinking about and working with these pockets. Who knew pockets could be such a time consuming, weighty issue? I’ve dithered back and forth over type, size, placement, technique, on and on. As I studied the picture I drew, I finally saw that it wasn’t the pocket that was so important. It was the look of the outside trim that broke up the expanse of turquoise fabric.

Fair enough. So I jettisoned the actual pocket for just the trim. How to attach the knitted trim is what I am wrestling with now. To knit it directly into the sweater would be too much for most knitters. Familiarity with intarsia and stranded color work is a bit much to expect. Creating the trim separately on two double pointed needles is a much easier knit because they are only dealing with stranded color work.
In the picture the two trims are on two double pointed needles. The best way to place them onto the Front is what I am dithering over now.

It’s one thing to draw up a sweater design and another thing entirely to execute it. In the drawing stage I’m not thinking about how to execute the design. I am just going for a certain look. After it’s drawn I think about how to actually create it with yarn and needles. While as the designer I may be willing and able to work more complicated knitting techniques to get the look I want, regular knitters might find these techniques off-putting. Thus the tug of war between design idea and actual 3-D creation. Make it simple but not boringly so. Spice it up with a little interesting technique but avoid over complicated things.

The stranded color work at the hems, cuffs and neck are spicy enough for most knitters. Add shaping for torso, arm and neckline, and throw in a placket and that’s about the limit.

The weather continues to march into Spring. The frog is still alive in his abode. For one little frog he has quite the appetite. I’ve told The Skipper that this is the last frog we’re raising. If he brings in anymore tadpoles they are going right back outside. Yarn Rascal is delighted with having the frog indoors. At night he sits for hours in front of the tank watching and talking to it. When it moves he gets all wiggly squiggly. I’ll get all excited when I place the frog outside in the pond.

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Come On Spring!

I’m afraid to say it. Scared that if I say it some abominable snow storm will miraculously form and descend right on us. But I am going to say it anyway, albeit in a whisper: I think we may have an early Spring. If we do, it would be a very good thing indeed because the tadpole that has wintered over in the fish tank with the other infant gold fish from our pond is now a frog. A very tiny frog, but a frog nonetheless. So, I have been researching and running around trying to find what makes a good indoor frog environment and what the heck does a little frog eat until we can put him out in the pond in the Spring.

In my search, I discovered areas in the bigger pet stores I didn’t know existed as well as uncovering smaller pet stores that catered to…um…shall we say more esoteric “pets”. Let’s just say as far as the smaller “pet” shops go my hair stood on end more than once and I had full blown panic attacks in two. The last word I am going to say about these alternative shops is that some people keep very strange and often dangerous animals as “pets”. I will never again enter an unknown dwelling without asking the person what if any “pets” are present.

With the accoutrements collected and food for the little frog in hand, I came home and set up his new digs. Yarn Rascal was all over everything, working himself up into a lather. While Yarn Rascal’s breed has no hunting dog genes in it, Yarn Rascal is quite the little hunter. Rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, crickets, toads, and we can now add frogs to the list, all get his attention.

With the new digs set up I was prepared to simply move the small—smaller than my pinky finger–fella from the fish tank to its new home right next door. Yarn Rascal was in full leaping, barking and yelping mode, The Skipper was trying to explain to me how to move the frog and I had just removed the lid of the fish tank and was getting ready to pick up the frog and place him in his new home when the frog did what frogs do: it jumped out of the tank onto the floor. My first thought was OMG he’s so tiny nobody move or we’ll step on him. This thought quickly passed from my mind though, when Yarn Rascal squealed with delight and went to “catch” the tiny thing in his mouth. But the frog was faster and made another giant leap. This time into the middle of the living room. The Skipper and I fell over each other trying to retrieve the dog before he got the frog and trying to catch the frog before he got away into some nook or cranny and we lost him.

Neither The Skipper nor I are young. He is in his 70s I am 60. Two elderly people scrambling while the frog keeps leaping and Yarn Rascal keeps pursuing. The frog briefly made it to the couch and so did Yarn Rascal. Then it was on top of my knitting and so was Yarn Rascal. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen Yarn Rascal show no interest in yarn. Next the frog landed on the side table, so did Yarn Rascal and over went the lamp and scattered picture frames onto the floor. Two giant leaps later the frog landed on the wood stacked by the fireplace and then it was onto the side table of all tables, the one with the antique porcelain I had so painstakingly collected.

“Not the porcelain”, I shouted and caught Yarn Rascal mid leap, while The Skipper threw one of my knitted shawls over the top of the table. I fell onto the sofa with Yarn Rascal squiggling in my arms, panting, his tongue hanging down to his little feet. The Skipper and I both watched the shawl as the little lump beneath it tried to leap.

All told, it took about 20 minutes from the time the little fella escaped from the tank and was then sequestered in his new home. It took a full glass of water and a long soak in the bathtub before my nerves settled into a low roar. The Skipper went downstairs into his man cave and tended to the seedlings we’ve started for the growing season. Yarn Rascal slurped a bowl of water and none-the-worse-for-the-wear positioned himself outside the bathroom door busily chewing one of his bones. Truly, I can’t wait for Spring.

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swallowtail butterfly

We have had an ample amount of swallowtail butterflies visit the Serenity garden this season. As I have said before, we designed the Serenity garden specifically to attract birds, butterflies, frogs, toads, and other small animals. The Skipper captured this photo. One year the Serenity garden was home to a family of rabbits. The babies were beyond adorable. So small, too small I kept thinking, to be out in such a big world.

Our Serenity pond’s star this year is Big Boy.

frog big boy

He started as a tadpole this Spring and we’ve had the pleasure of watching him grow. He’s a very mellow guy. Last night we saw he had company. A toad, we think, but didn’t get a good look. It was moving through the grass planted around the pond’s edge. I realized then that I hadn’t seen a toad all season. I love toads, they are just cool. Next thing I know, there is a toad sitting on the back patio. I was glad to see it.

Of course the peace came to an end, as all things do, later that night. Suffice it to say, Yarn Rascal has taken a big step away from earning his angel wings. I awoke in the middle of the night to a scrabbling sound, which I thought was mice. I tracked the sound to the bathroom, flipped on the light and there was Yarn Rascal. He had moved (shredded) the bathmat and was now digging up the stone tile of the floor. He had excavated 3 tiles. Little pieces of grout were scattered about which he was eating. I took him out of the bathroom, closed the door and cleaned the pieces of grout out of his mouth. Tell me again why I have this migraine today?

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