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Knittin’ Mittens

Directions for easy child-sized mittens (small) Size 2 (US) double pointed needles (4) (size 2.75 mm) 1 skein yarn (I used Patons Astra from my stash) 1 tapestry needle Right hand: Cast on 36 stitches and divide over 3 needles. Work in K1 P1 ribbing for 2 1/2 inches. To make a tighter ribbing, when …

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Tempo vivace

I decided a few years ago to learn the violin. December 2008 And here I am almost 6 years later, still playing, still taking lessons. One of the reasons I wanted to learn to play was so that I could play with other people easier (it’s hard to drag a piano around). Imagine my thrill …

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Just joking around

How do you keep a violin from being stolen? Put it in a viola case. What’s the difference between a viola and a violin? The viola burns longer Why does the viola burn longer? It’s usually still in the case How do you get a violist to play spiccato? Write a whole note with “solo” above …

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Faces in Detroit

Walking around downtown Detroit, one can’t help but observe the faces. They are mostly sad, strange since they are all so old. Weren’t those the good old days?

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Belated Burns’ Night Dinner

Beware…. it’s pretty spooky, a ghostly, eerie night! Twas the 25th of January and no invitations had been sent, The annual Burns’ Night dinner date came and went. A week later, the table sparkles with place for ten A Belated Burns’ Night supper at Lichfield Glen. A ghostly dinner, no people on view But plenty …

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Cookiepalooza 2013

It’s kind of a tradition now to post about this, otherwise, I probably wouldn’t. Joe in the past week made several batches of anise crescents and a batch of chocolate/peppermint brownies. The problem with Christmas cooky making too early: those two are almost gone. Today he and I made a batch of pumpkin-oatmeal cookies (incredibly …

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Name Game

At work, one must find one’s amusement where one can. We are offered here a panoply of American names and trends in naming. Here are some recent examples that caught my eye, first names only: Orlandor Suntannia Rattikarn Andramada And for the whole package, what were these parents thinking: Illinois Biffle

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Sugaring in Detroit

Round about this time of year, winter gets to be a real drag. We want spring!! We want sun and warmth. We want to see flowers blooming, to smell the wet earth. But this time of year, when the days are getting warmer but the nights remain cold, is good for maple syrup.  Last year …

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Miss February next?

I finished the mittens within the month of January! Hooray for me!! They look incredibly complicated, but if you can read a knitting chart, they are not impossible and the results are beautiful. Here is one side of the completed mittens:

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Knitting Miss January

For my birthday the year before last, my sons gave me a knitting kit from Knit Picks which included enough yarn for a pair of mittens and the pattern for them. The pattern book actually includes 12 different mittens, two for each of the mitten-wearing months from October to March. Each month’s pattern has a …

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