Well, Buffy bid a hale ‘n’ hearty farewell, taking her kids, her sixteen binders of schoolteacher stuff, and the Buffy Pantry which goes with her wherever she travels. The Pantry is a cardboard box containing all the necessities of life. Let’s just say: the likelihood that she would run out of Carnation Instant Breakfast while visiting me = zero point zero.
As MobileCom Buffy faded in the distance, I prepared the shack for our next visitors, Landy of Scotland. Landy and her twins arrived ready to soak up the atmosphere of Monteagle, and I was proud of the way her children instantly embraced the Snack Shop here, which is known mostly as Breakfast for Children If Candy Is What You Feed Your Children for Breakfast. Landy, who steadfastly refuses to knit despite the overwhelming knittiness of Scotland, brought me a present she rescued from North Berwick’s charity shop:
“Excuse me, ma’am, but will you marry me?”
“Hey, Gloria, my subscription to Ms Magazine is about to expire!”
Now. We haven’t had a contest in a long time, so here’s a little Midsummer’s Caption Contest. What are these men saying?
Leave a comment with your entry, and include an email address. Deadline for entries is Friday, July 27, 6 pm, Central Daylight Time. I’ll announce the winner that night.
Two skeins of merino/tencel hand-dyed, HANDSPUN yarn from Lynne Vogel. The only reason I can bear to offer these skeins as a prize is that I know exactly where to get more . . .
A Visit from Lynne Vogel
Lynne came by the other day and brought me two treats: the flowers above and a copy of her new book. I can’t believe she just showed up at the door. Very cool. Her Twisted Sisters Sock Book is pretty much a classic. Now, she takes on the subject that challenges us all: fit. The Twisted Sisters Knit Sweaters: A Knit-to-Fit Workshop is really juicy and filled with diagrams and how-to and colorful photos. Ann Budd was one of her editors on this book, so you know it’s going to be solid.
Lynne is so consumed by fit that she just published a separate website on creating fitted sweaters, Fit Central. She just couldn’t wait to put it in another book. She’s fit crazy, that one.
A Free Pattern for You, Dear Knitter
I finished scarf number 3 for Blue Monarch, the organization here that helps women in need.
We were given yarn to use for these scarves: you’re looking at Lion Brand Color Waves, colorway Wow What a Very Blue Shade of Blue–I Mean, That is Blue.
If you’re looking for an easy scarf pattern for the the Orphan Foundation’s Red Scarf Project, here you go. This ruffly scarf can be as long as you like–just remember that by the end, you have four times the number of stitches you started with. It’s all garter, all the time.
Using bulky yarn and a size 13 (9mm) 24″ circular needle, cast on 100 stitches. Knit 3 rows. On Row 4, knit in the front and back of each stitch. (200 stitches) Knit 3 rows. On Row 8, knit front and back of each stitch. (400 stitches) Knit 3 rows. Cast off.
My last day in Monteagle is Friday–we’re heading for a fambly gathering next week. I can hear the Grundy County High School marching band practicing already. Could there be a more poignant sound?