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  • You have a gorgeous collection of UFOs. My most recent UFO looks like a dead animal of some sort! Keep up the good work.

  • There is NO WAY I’m joining you in the confessional.Allan would have me committed !
    What the heck.I’m having fun. :0)
    The real talent is in knowing when to give up,ditch and dump !

  • Kay–OK, when I proposed this little stash exercise, I didn’t realize you have EIGHTEEN PROJECKS on the go. Good lord, woman, you must knit as fast as you type. If I’d known this sort of quantity was afoot, I’d have suggested an outline format, or bullets, or shorthand.
    I love seeing all your stuff. Here are my impressions:
    1. Variety! So many yarns, so not stuck on one size needle. Very ecumenical, very impressive.
    2. Excellent color all over the place.
    3. Stay with your square fixation. I love your squares, all of ’em, especially the zillions of Handknit DK Cotton. (You know I’m on a color binge right now, so I envy this one.) I think your denim squares are intriguing–can’t figure out how you did that. Sorry it’s too wobbly; smaller needles, maybe? Make a cushion out of it and fuggetaboudit?
    4. Salt Lake City. Freakin’ awesome. I think you hit a wall on the exact row I gently put down my cable-heavy Pearl and said, “Someday soon, dear. Not now.” We could have a nagalong next year and try to at least get to the armhole shaping.
    5. Inside-out Dolman. Very cool. Finish that one right up, y’hear?
    6. Charity auction knitting-for-hire: PuhLEASE make this your last effort in this department. These women have no clue. Tadpoles before swine! Feh!
    7. David is touched and moved that you are knitting up some finger knitting. He said, “Hey–she’s knitting like mine!”
    Must go konk out, but I have to tell you, I am awed by your prodigious output. Who knew?

  • Thanks Ann. As always, you are kind and I feel better. I’m glad you like the squares assortment because squares just have a special pull for me. I have a couple of other squares projects at an off-site storage facility. One that is intriguing is 6 x 6 Manos squares, knit real tight with doubled yarn, that I’m planning to felt very lightly after crocheting into a rug. I’m trying not to get all Type A and plan the colors, and not to worry if I have to mix 2 colors in one square–they’re all leftovers and I’m resisting the urge to buy yarn especially for this project. The other is the Maysville Rug Filler (aka Mop Yarn) squares, that flash in the pan from late spring. They will rise again. And I confess I didn’t have the heart to drag out Deco….but you knew about Deco….
    Love, your oversharing pal

  • Thanks for sharing … I don’t know how many UFO’s I have, but I do know that it’s going to take more than an afternoon to haul them all out to photograph! I love that Trinity top… did I have tea with you the day that you bought the wool? Yvonne and Sue were here too.

  • Dear Kay, I miss you anyway, never mind that we’ve never met.

  • Kay: Well, I can freely confess to 15 wips but I don’t have the fortitude to put them in one place and face them all at the same time! Brava! Seriously though, you’ve got a lot of fun, creative stuff going there.
    I really chuckled over the scarves-off-to-the-craft-table. I went into a burst of knitted “smalls” (scarves, hats, mittens) early this year, thinking I would be so clever come Christmastime when aha! I would have lovely gifts for the kids’ teachers, etc., and now I have a stack of knitted smalls and no idea who on earth I will give them to. (The fog of enthusiasm lifted and I realized the teachers would rather have Borders and Starbucks gift cards.) I strongly suspect the smalls will get tired of waiting (especially now that winter seems to have decided it is time to make an appearance) and migrate of their own volition into the hat/mitten/scarf drawer in the front hall, with bus seats, sidewalks, and lost & found bins their ultimate destination…

  • Stephanie (apologies for lack of accent)– My Becassine photo was snapped in my dermatologist’s office. Yes, Elle Who Must Be Obeyed(Because She Is Holding a Laser) is French.
    I have loved Becassine for many years. We have a Becassine doll that was famously forgotten on an airplane until after the friend who was bringing her as a gift was already in the Immigration area–a kind stewardess rescued poor Becassine and her parapluie. It was just the kind of thing that would happen to Becassine, don’t you think?
    Here at Mason-Dixon, we leave no object unblabbed. You can always read about the provenance of our found objects, by clicking on the dates at the bottom of that column. It is up to our individual readers to decide whether they have had enough blabbing already, or can tolerate a smidgeon more.
    Congrats on your newborn blog, by the way!!! Kay

  • Dear Stephanie–
    I never knew this about Becassine. Bretons understandably resent the stereotype, even if it is a stereotype from a long time ago. Since my own Grandma Mabel left the countryside to work for people in the Big City (Omaha, not Paris!) during the Depression, I am even fonder of Becassine now.
    Fun fact: If you take off her clothes (which my daughter has done many times), she looks just like Olive Oyl (Popeye’s wife)–another cartoon character who reminds me of Grandma Mabel (Olive Oyl’s shoes are Vintage Grandma Mabel–she kept that 1930s vibe going well into the 1980s!).
    Sorry for touching any sore spots, Kay

  • Oh Kay – you are a woman after my own heart clearly ! An impressive array of UFO’s indicating an advanced stage of “starteritis” – I strongly recommend the 12 step programme Lis and I are both working on … doesn’t cure you but sure gives you a good excuse ! Yeah, like you needed one …

  • Kay, I am in awe. What a beautiful lot of unfinished stuff! Salt Lake City is unbelievable! Look at all them knots. It’s all gorgeous.
    Also, glad to see the Courthouse Steps over in the fos. Hope you’re having a fantastic Turkey Day.

  • I left my comments about UFO’s under the velvet revolution. I still have a lot to learn about this writing in someone else’s journal. Thanks, Mary