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Hurricanes, Beaverpotamuses, and Yarn

Dear Kay,
I finally just heard from sister Buffy, who weathered (and I mean weathered) the hurricane yesterday in Norfolk, Virginia. She and her adorables live right on the Elizabeth River, which somehow connects with every other body of water in that land of geographic weirdness. (I never know what direction I’m going when I’m in the car with her.) At the worst she had water completely surrounding the house, with the flood up to the fifth of her seven front door steps. The garage become an indoor swimming pool, but no water got into the house. In classic Buffy fashion, the beer flowed and the fishing off the back steps was fine. “I’ve never had whitecaps in the back yard,” she said.
I predict someday they’ll name a hurricane for her. Or at least a cocktail.
Dept. of Rodent Affairs
In other news, not to gross anybody out, but the Times today reports discovery of an ancient rodent fossil. A fossil of a 1,500-pound rodent. The artist’s rendering suggests a cross between a beaver and hippopotamus. If our dear little Hammy and Squeaker are giving anyone the queasies, imagine one of these peeking in your window.
Oh, and Knitting
I stopped in at Angel Hair Yarn Company yesterday to look for A Yorkshire Fable, which is slow to show its face over on this side of the Atlantic. Have you seen it yet? I’m itching to get hold of it.
I had a great visit with one of the head Angels, Pam, and with the delightful Morgan, who it turns out is the Fiber Addict. With a layout designed by none other than our own Becky. Who knew? It was so funny to be talking in a nonvirtual way to someone I already know in a bloggy way. Shows what happens when I finally get my act together enough to check in at the LYS. I Need To Get Out More.



  1. Buffy sounds like good people! Perhaps that is who the Marines had in mind when they sent us a reminder that a hurricane is NOT a kegger. Hmm, so in order to obey orders, I stuck with wine.
    Must say, this education in rodents is becoming fascinating. Have you seen you can now buy rabbit fur to knit? πŸ™‚

  2. [Singing, rather badly, but with much gusto.]
    It’s a small world, after all….it’s a small world, after all…
    SO envious you guys got to meet each other. Wish I could have been there, too! πŸ™‚

  3. Maybe we can come up with some fantastic excuse to travel to Europe ….

  4. thanks for the free advertising! πŸ™‚ we enjoyed having you! i’ll try to remember to notify you when Fable is in….

  5. Darn it! I should have a known you’d show up at Angel Hair on the one day I’m NOT there! That’s a bit of a stretch but ya know…”no hubbo, no kids, no job.” πŸ˜‰
    What a relief to see that Buffy’s still the Buffy I’ve always known and loved. Glad to hear all is well with the family and the new house too. Phew.
    Now, about knitting…let’s discuss your love of blocking and finishing. Remember my Tate coat out of Rowan Big Wool? It’s all knitted and lovely, sitting in an AHYC bag just waiting for someone who loves blocking. Since the proverbial grass is always greener, how about one day we Trade Places and I’ll take carpool duty and you can have blocking duty? Think about it.
    I’ve recently been inspired to shrink both yarn and needle sizes. Right now, I’m actually making socks and there’s four skeins of Koigu just begging to be a scarf worked on size 3’s. Partial inspiration actually came from your foray into Birch – which I think turned out beautifully.
    You Do Need To Get Out More! I hope I’m at AHYC the next time you do.
    P.S. Julie M. from USN (if you see this) – Hi!


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