So last night….

So last night I knuckled under and got 1/4 of the edging done on this blanket. I rather like it, though I got here at about 3:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time (groan….). And, wonder of wonders, Ms. Hanson herself had prepared additional bits of pattern charts to bulk out the corner a bit.  Not too shabby!

But ohmygoodness, I was tired when I woke up this morning for court. I had but one hearing and then spent the afternoon, eschewing a meeting and getting paperwork done.

Lots of good things going on in the work front, but lots of things.  So by 3 p.m. I was ready to head home to get some work done there.  Because I have no sense and because with all the hateful, evil violence happening in the world today, I had a desire to put a few ticks into the positive side of the balance sheet, so I decided to give blood.

Of course this was one of the old posters on the wall at the Red Cross Donation Center in Columbia. But it was this poster that really moved me:

Because that is what they do, God bless them. No political boundaries. No chest pounding racism. Just help. Isn’t that what we should do for our fellow humans?

Well, sadly, I got started, but the veins wouldn’t cooperate. So much for doing my share. I will have to think of something else.

Hey — maybe knitting:)!

sounds good – so sisters (and brothers), let’s get knitting!

Hope you have a good week, everyone.  God be with you ’til we meet again+:)


Knitting Distraction

I am finally in the “home stretch” for this baby blankie – Honeybaby – by Anne Hanson. So of course, I decided to change things up a bit and to put this into lace overkill.  Call it my affection for the Victorian era in terms of what I think is pretty. I decided that instead of the final pattern chart for this thing, I would instead do a knitted on lace edging.  It is taking As a result I have not yet reached a corner. Therein will lie the challenge – to add enough stitches to keep things square-ish, yet not so much that we have a floppy corner or worse yet, a circle.

It’s looking pretty good so far, if a bit ornate. But I like ornate.  It’s fancy, it’s for a special baby, the first of her generation who will be much beloved as all babies should be. I hope this blanket will last and be used for any future babies that might enter this family. It is a DK weight yarn- a mix of cotton and linen (KnitPicks Cot-Lin) because her parents and she will be living in the warm Florida climate.

This little bit is just a small fraction of what is left to do…

so, though it definitely should be complete by the time the baby arrives, the interruption of a brief due August 1 and some changes at work conspired to cause a missed deadline for the baby shower.  For that I am somewhat chagrined, but taking the long view, I’d rather do this properly than rush through to just get it done. After doing a bit of measuring, it appears that I hit the blanket dimensions by the time I was done with the second pattern.  The reason: the pattern calls for fingering weight and this yarn is DK. And that is OK:) Adding this bit of lace edging will make the blanket just a wee bit larger than the original pattern – and that is even better.

You Knitspot fans out there might recognize this edging. It is the edging used in Amalthea and the Capricorn Triangle patterns I had from my pattern subscription to Bare Naked Knitspot 2014 (and also available for sale now on ravelry). It’s been a lot of fun, Looking at the beginning of the edging, I am thinking I should have cast those stitches on provisionally.  Will have to figure a relatively unobtrusive way to graft the last row to the first one. Will report back when the time comes.


I have been sort of a one-flavor person this summer.  So not like me! But this is a project that needs to be done.  The sooner I am done with it, the sooner I can go back to my two summer color projects:

I just wanted to add these pictures to show (1) I had made some progress before beginning Honeybaby and (2) TO ADD SOME COLOR:)! I miss color:)



Into the midst of the craziness that was life last week, a very pleasant surprise arrived in the mail.  I thought my Interweave Knits subscription had expired.  It hadn’t yet. So I got the 20th Anniversary issue and all the attendant goodies:)!

An article by Mary Jane Mucklestone on demystifying steeks AND a beautiful Fair Isle pattern which she also penned (Fall River Vest) along with beautiful shawls by two of my favorite designers  – Susanna IC (Catlett Shawl) and Anne Hanson (Edmonia Shawl) and my joy is complete. There is an embarrassment of riches in the sweater department – not a one I wouldn’t knit given infinite time and infinite yarn -though I am really, really eyeing the Kathe Cardigan by Linda Marveng – a solid classic cardigan that manages a level of chic femininity.  There are two really cool sock patterns – Bandolier (Lisa Shroyer) an exquisite example of colorwork and  the Thompson River Socks (Carolyn Kern) textured socks with an edgy surprise of color.

Also included, in addition to Editor Meghan Babin’s introduction are Interweave founder Linda Ligon, and former editors Melanie Falick (1999-2002), Pam Allen (20022007), and Lisa Shroyer  (2012-2015) weighing in with guest editorials.  Notable for her absence is former editor Eunny Jang (2007-2012). It would have been nice to hear whatever someone as talented and intelligent as Eunny would have had to say (I’m not prejudiced – but she is a fellow Merliner!).

Overall, it appears the theme for this 20th Anniversary issue has (rightfully in my unprofessional and extremely humble opinion)been an emphasis on the classics – patterns and designs that have remained and will continue to remain with us for years to come – but with just enough of a twist to move with the times. Worth every penny.  I highly recommend this issue.

Well, I should be working, but it’s Saturday and I have decided to take this weekend and let it be a weekend. Work will come soon enough on Monday. Our son Dan gave John and me a little thing called Chromecast – it’s a plug thingie that works with a lot of TVs these days to link up to your Netflix or YouTube – or anything that plays videos on the internet.  I have a couple of Craftsy classes I want to watch while I get back to work on the edging to the baby blanket, so off I go.

BTW, for the foreseeable future, I will be posting individual pictures I took back in 2012 of our beautiful Ellicott City.  May the memory of the past become the reality of the future.

Hope to see you all soon here on the interwebs. In the meantime,

God be with you ’til we meet again+


166 (1)“On July 30, 2016, a storm dropped six inches of rain in two hours on the city. The resulting flash flood caused severe damage in historic Ellicott City, especially along Main Street. Many homes, roads, businesses, sidewalks, and more were destroyed by the flooding, including the city’s landmark clock.  A state of emergency was declared as a result of the disaster, and at least two people have been confirmed to be dead.” (Wikipedia, citations omitted).

28114129754_17ea198a34_hThis. The sight that greets us as we leave our driveway-disguised-as-nonCounty-street every day – a not-so subtle reminder of the devastation that occurred last weekend. The sidewalks have collapsed and it is not safe to drive or walk to Main Street. The news helicopters kept passing overhead, so many and so loud last Sunday that my poor husband got a bad day’s sleep after working overnight at the hotel. The presence of the helicopters is dwindling as last Saturday night’s flood is relegated to old news, no matter how raw the loss remains to the business owners, employees and residents of “Old Ellicott.”

In the past week, the news and the internet have been rife with images like this:


and afterwards, this


After the initial shock and terror – and the loss of two lives – the other consequences of flooding, gas main break, water main break have started.  The County had to tear down buildings, their old structures no longer strong enough to withstand the onslaught of time and nature.  People are homeless and now sewage is seeping into the Tiber, a branch of the Patapsco River.

Ellicott City, “Merlin”  was a mill town, founded in the early 1700s by two Quaker brothers from Pennsylvania with (surprise surprise) the last name of Ellicott. The hills and the water flow were factors in the economic growth of this early American town.  Ellicott City also has a rich supply of ghost stories and for years, there have been two “Ghost Tours” every weekend, guided by local ghost experts.  John, my brother Dan (who was sojourning with us for an all-too-short stay) treated ourselves to one such tour on a Friday night in June of 2010.  Why so many ghosts? The theory is that the overhead electrical wiring, the river running underneath and the abundance of granite in the hills contribute in some strange way.  My own theory is that it is a town that has remained very much the same physically while living through the changes of 300-plus years of history. Why knows?

A little over four years ago, April 20, 2012 to be exact, I took a walk from my house to Main Street, the first of many I took that year and since.  I had lost a lot of weight and was ready to walk a few miles to test out my newfound freedom from joint stiffness and pain and the effort that pushing 100 pounds too many had always cost me on walks in the past.  It was a gloriously beautiful day.  The town was dressed up to greet tourists, proud residents and Maryland shoppers who took at least one annual shopping pilgrimage to its quaint streets. This is how I remember Ellicott City and it is to this that I believe we will eventually return.

My daughter-in-law works for the owner of one of the most beautiful galleries I have ever visited.  She worked at the gallery on weekends as she finished up her Masters in Fine Arts in Philadelphia, two hours away, during the week. After graduation, she continues to work there as a second job, but her first love.  The night of the flood, she had just left work when the heavy rain began.  Her boss, accompanied by four others in the shop, did not realize the extent of the flooding until she saw cars starting to float down the street and a rather dramatic rescue of a woman from her car by a “human chain” manned by local business owners and others. She actually pushed her own body against the door to the first floor of the gallery to hold the rising flood waters at bay.  When finally she had to let go at the urging of her friends to get the heck upstairs, the water was chest height. She lost a great deal in that flood, but she was luckier than the two who lost their lives after being knocked down and drowned by the flood waters.

Just to give you an idea of the kind of people my daughter-in-law works for (and I say “works” because they plan on reopening and she is helping any way she can), her boss, Robin, after the shop closed on July 17th, threw a party in honor of our Robyn (our daughter-in-law)’s attaining her Masters degree. Robin and her husband’s warmth and kindness was something I will never forget.

One thing has been on my mind all week:  Katrina and the people of New Orleans who continue to suffer all manner of untold sorrows. We need to find better ways to deal with flood waters. We certainly have the science and the people who know what needs to be done.  We just have to have the will to listen to them and do it.

The United Way of Central Maryland has a fund to help with relief efforts. #ECStrong

God be with you ’til we meet again+