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February 20, 2022

it has been a slow week

but Rosie got a sweater

the yarn was spun and dyed a few years ago – it wasn’t orange enough so after it was finished it was topped dyed with madder

another tiny orange sweater #5 finished and #6 is started

we crocheted an edging around the Hitty’s blanket

 finished one five day page and started the second of the 100 day project

do you know what you can accomplish in 15 minutes?there is an interesting learning curve to all of this

while sitting by the fire knitting I remembered the book (and started re-reading it) – “Working with Wool” by Sylvia Olsen

it is an excellent read – filled with a history most of us never knew (or maybe never thought about)

with an abundance of black and white photos from major museums in the Pacific Northwest

the story of the Cowichan (Indian) sweaters and the women who knit them

1898 photo by Edward Curtis showing Tulalip (Washington state) woman carding and spinning

and the handspun wool sweater I knit for son James in the 1970’s



10 Comments leave one →
  1. February 21, 2022 10:10 am

    All of the bear clothing makes me feel like a bad mom of my dolls! Both are from Korea and the handmade bear has its own sweater, while the persimmon-covered yarn-haired doll has a lovely silk ensemble all dyed with more persimmon. I’m glad the bear can’t see all of the sweet orange sweaters you have been knitting up!

    I have such a bad sense of time, so I have no idea what 15 minutes holds though I imagine (based on the way I misunderstand time) it’s more than I think.


    • February 21, 2022 11:35 am

      Aimee – the bears have been a distraction and I talk to them rather than myself, they have also been fun on the blog. Time changes depending on what you are doing/using it for – being creative in 15 minute time slots is very different than the way most of us work, I am finding it a challenge.


  2. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    February 21, 2022 3:10 am

    Lucky Bears! And that was a slow week? You achieved a lot!


    • February 21, 2022 11:30 am

      Sue – considering that my social life has been non-existent for 2 years I had a wild week – a day of shopping at a wonderful bookstore and tea with good friend, and also dinner out with son and daughter-in-law. wow!

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        February 22, 2022 2:50 am



      • February 22, 2022 1:48 pm

        Sue – we are seeing some major easing in Covid restrictions, yeah!

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        February 23, 2022 3:34 am

        They have been almost abandoned here but many of the shps in this area still encourage us to use hand sanitiser and wear masks. I will probably always continue to wear mine in shops.


      • February 23, 2022 1:01 pm

        Sue – our regulations are mandated by the provincial gov’t, they have been regularly announced by “Dr. Bonnie” who is brilliant and the provincial health minister. this week they relaxed many of the public meeting numbers and it is now basically down to wearing masks. Of course I was used to masks when nursing and the Japanese have worn masks in public during cold and flu season at least since I was a student there in 1989. I will probably continue to wear one in public gatherings and stores.

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  3. February 20, 2022 3:29 pm

    Oh the sweet little sweaters, and the pretty pretty Hitty blanket! It needed that finishing edge I think – thanks so much!


    • February 20, 2022 10:15 pm

      Kjerstin – the bears approve of the little blanket and are happy to let it go because it barely covers their toes. I’ll drop it off tomorrow. 🙂


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