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On Monday I took a picture of what I started to work on, therefore, that is my Wednesday work in progress presented on Monday.     Trying to keep this blog consistant, I DO have lots of WIP in my head, so I thought I would share them. 

Kathy B (whose blog I follow http://irisheyesknitters.blogspot.com/) suggested these Ginny Socks (found for free at Ravelry)as a lovely starter cable sock  when I shared that I want to have a cable adventure.

What a lovely simple looking cable.  I just LOVE the look of cables and I LOVE all things Celtic – so I need to master this cable thingy so I can make lots of Celtic looking socks!!! 

The next project in my head is hedgehog related.   You are going to just melt when you see them!    Ready?

They are for children, but I hope I can make them large enough for the adult child that lives in me!!!!!    These are called Poky Hedgehog Mittens and can also be found on Ravelry. 

Summer seems to be flying right by – and here I sit at work.  The heat is reported to be coming back to visit us on Friday and Saturday – thinking of ways to stay cool and what I want to sip on the deck! 

I posted this picture on one of the forums I am in (Socks with Sandals) on Ravelry and shared my maiden voyage of my toeless/flip flop socks.

It was cool and rainy yesterday.  Took them off by the end of the day because the sun came out and warmed/dried things up.

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JUST ANOTHER MANIC MONDAY

Spent the weekend with my folks – my Dad’s birthday was yesterday and he turned 87.  It was good to be home with them,  but it was also good to come back to my home.   The weather was perfect and I was able to help my folks.

I am trying to finish up little projects I have going.  I also checked my paperwork and see the deadline to enter the State Fair is July 9th.  I have four things I am going to enter, and before I take them in I will do a blog entry on them with photos.   I am getting a late start on this last project:  Dumpling Bag by Sharon Dreifuss.

THIS IS NOT MY BAG – THIS IS THE PHOTO FROM THE PATTERN!!!!

This is my bag:

I just started it last night.  It is going to be a quick knit, and depending on how it looks I will make a decision on the emblishment I am going to do on the outside.   It is felted, so I won’t know until that whole process is done……..  I love felting.  It can hide mistakes and it can be molded and shaped etc. after the process is done and before it dries.

After my darling Raina got out on me last week, we purchased collars and tags with their names and our phone number on it.  At least if they get out again someone who finds them can let us know they have them!   ( I guess there is ONE good reason to like winter – not so much going in and out the door like in the summer months so the chance of  them getting out is greatly reduced!)   After the initial shock of having something around their necks that jingle, they have adjusted well to the collars.   Whew!

After I get these State Fair projects done and entered, I would like to practice learning how to knit cables (either “real ones” or the “fake ones” – lol) and then try a pair of socks with cables.   If you can recommend an easy sock pattern with a simple cable let me know.

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My Raina got out of the house last night just as it was starting to get dark.  I spent all night looking/calling/praying for her return.   I sat out on my back deck wrapped in a blanket calling her name, singing her songs and shaking her dry food bucket.   At 3am she slinked up the deck stairs and came to me.

God answered my plea to bring her home safe.  She is such a flaky girl!

So, instead of Knitting quote Thursday – it is going to be Cat Quote Thursday just this week.   In rejoicing that my Raina is home safe with her sister Misha.

I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul. – Jean Cocteau

No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch. – Leo Dworken

The naming of cats is a difficult matter. It isn’t just one of your holiday games. You may think at first I’m mad as a hatter. When I tell you a cat must have three different names… – T.S. Eliot

After scolding one’s cat one looks into its face and is seized by the ugly suspicion that it understood every word. And has filed it for reference.”- Charlotte Gray

And my last quote:

As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows, cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human mind.” – Cleveland Amory

I am glad you are home Raina.  Please don’t do it again.  My heart hurt terrible!

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This blog is named for the two hedgehogs I own, and yet, it seems I always feature my Russian Blue girls Misha and Raina.    Thought this entry should be my usual WIP Wednesday PLUS some hedgehog “stuff”.

The business at hand first – WIP.   While in Michigan my co-worker went to a fiber fest near her home.   I knew I was going to miss it and I was terribly upset.  She found two things for me and instead of buying them and giving them to me as a present – she was so excited she could hardly wait for me to return to give them to me!   That was sooooo sweet!

Aren’t they just the cutest things you have ever seen?   I squeeled and then squeeled again then gave her a big hug!   I added these thing to my quickly growing hedgehog collection.

In my sewing room is this shelf that is filled with 1/8th of my total collection.

(Ignore the goat on the shelf – he goes back to when we were married 25 years ago and I just never found him a different home!  lol)

There is my hedgehog portion of my entry for today.

My WIP is next.   After Lisa was so sweet to get me that hedgehog stuff I decided to make her soon to be one year old baby girl Lily some socks/slippers.  I got this book out of the library:

and this is the project I am making for Lily:

I don’t think the wool she used for the “quills” of the hedgehog really express the true nature of the hedgehog.  I am replacing the pom-pom wool with a mixture of Paton classic wool and fun fur that will stick up like quills.  Also, my hedgehogs are not dark, so I found wool closer to their true color.   I am making great progress and will have them done this weekend.  They are to be felted when I am all done, so don’t be alarmed because they look so big!

They went so quickly that I might make something else as well.  She spent a lot of money on me at the fiber fest and she is a single mom.

HOT.  HOT.  HOT.  Guess the whole country is in a heat wave.  Knitting in my cooled livingroom sounds like a good idea tonight.  No air conditioning, just good old fashioned fans and pulled shades to keep the sun out!  (Which is such a shame because in the winter I BEG for sunshine!)

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You already know from my previous entries that my Dad is in a nursing home, and while he still knows who I am, the father I knew is all but gone.  I still ADORE him and plan on going home next weekend to visit him as his birthday is the 24th of June.  He will be 87 years old!  I love you Dad!

My husband got the honors today.  Whatever dinner he wanted, a funny card, presents from our two daughters etc.  He did mow the lawn, but afterwards we sat under our huge maple tree with a Tom Collins and enjoyed the sun, breeze and beautiful time together.

They are telling us that we are going to have a heat wave in the middle of this week.  But for today, it was a perfect summer day!  None of us felt very ambious after getting home from church and that included one of my darling cats – Raina.

I sat down for a minute to knit a few rows on my sock (more on that later) and she jumped on my lap and turned into a lounge lizard!!!   I belive that she really missed me terrible while we were in Michigan.   I pushed her off on to her blanket and I headed outside to do a few chores.

I love to put this old kitchen chair on my little side porch with some flowers for a splash of color.  The poor thing needed to be scraped and painted so I hauled it out into the way back yard and gave it a new coat of fire engine red paint.   Here it is in the driveway for the final baking in the sun.

When it was dried enough on to the porch it went with the final look for the summer.

This side porch gets blazing sun in the morning and then by 2pm total shade.  I have tried having real flowers in that pot but they either get burned up in the sun or they drowned in the rain and shade.   I was hoping I had some not so fallish flowers in my barn, but that is what I had.  If I feel inclined I might pick up some summerish looking flowers at Walmart  and save these for fall.

I thought I would take a walk around the yard and take a couple pictures of flowers that are blooming just to make my blog look pretty.

These are about on their way out – clematis climbing on the trellis on the walkway to our “real” front door/porch.

Around the corner is my rose bush that the girls gave me when they were tiny.   I keep forgetting that they are up here and so they bloom and I don’t catch them!!!  I would love some wool in this shade of pink, peach…….

(Sorry that it is a little out of focus.)

Then up in my garden along the fence was a wonderful surprise for my felines.  Do you know what this is?

No, not pot.   It is catnip!   And look who loves it!   Misha!

So, that was my outside adventure.  Now this blog is suppose to be about knitting so I will end my entry with a picture of the progress on my sock.  I wish it was going faster….. I started this on the way home on my road trip and I expected it to be done the second day I got there!  It seemed like all I did was knit!!!

I am not sure I like the huge strip pattern.  The bands are too big.  Oh well, too late now. And everyone who sees it says they love the colors.

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers and husbands etc. in your lives.

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SUMMER DAY SATURDAY

It promises to be a wonderful and somewhat hot summer weekend.   I got up early to get a beat on the heat and get my housework done.  My oldest  daughter Jessica is going to a college friend’s wedding at the end of this month and she is putting together this lovely little kitchen type present with lots of kitchen things in a basket.

She made recipe cards from my scrapbooking supplies, and she asked me to make my famous crocheted scrubby and the ever popular easy garter square dishcloth.  I must have made a hundred of those scrubbys and dishcloth one year for a Christmas present for everyone who had a kitchen counter and sink!!!!  lol

After getting my housework done, I sat quietly in the coolest part of the house and made the scrubby and dishcloth in a little under two hours.  It was refreshing, but I was determined not to make a big production about this because I have socks that need knitting!!!!

The beginings of the scrubby.  In the left corner you see the workings of the dish cloth.

Now, watch how the scrubby unfolds into this most darling thing!

Side one.

And there you have it!  Ta da!  It is a fun little mindless thing to do, but like I said  – I am hot to trot about socks and I wanted this done and out of the way!  lol   She has ANOTHER  wedding that she wants me to do the same thing – I will worry about that later!!!  That is in late September.

Off to do a little shopping in the city and have my Joanne’s and AC Moore 50% in hand.  I keep telling myself that I don’t need anything after I spent so much money on my Addi turbo needles……  a knitter NEVER says “I don’t need anything!”

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The weather is perfect here in Cental NY.  I hate to be sitting here at work, but keep telling myself that I have to work to pay for my terrible knitting addiction! 

Still trying to get caught up with home, work and life after our little adventure.   Both my husband and I have passed out in our chairs at 8pm the last couple nights – I think the trip has finally caught up with us.  

I am heading  down the foot to the toe on sock one of two in the pair that I was working on  called my road trip socks.  I should have sock #1 done this weekend.   I have decided to help cure my SSS (second sock syndrome) I will only have one pair of socks going at a time.   I have my next sock picked out, but by the time I am ready to start that could be all changed!! 

Last night, while waiting for others to arrive at church, I decided that it would be good for my body AND my soul to go for a walk along the Erie Canal that runs through the village of Canastota, NY.

I snapped some pictures with my cell phone (because I forgot my camera) so you will have to take that into consideration when looking at them!

The algae on the canal is the thickest I have seen in years.  It almost looked like you could walk across the canal on the top of it – it was that thick!  But from the looks of this picture, this lovely little family didn’t have any trouble!

Disgusting looking yuck isn’t it? 

I was rewarded with wild flowers of all kinds along the tow path – some I knew, and others  I did not.

These almost look like sweet peas!

The canal system ran from east to west through the entire state of NY and was the way we got things done in NY (along with the railroads).  Now the canal has been changed into almost a NY state park, and there is a tow path that follows the canal almost it’s entire length.   Some things/buildings along the canal  were  abandoned and never torn down.  It makes for an ugly sight.

It was a pleasant walk, showing me that I am totally out of shape.  Later I went home and passed out in my chair from the “overwork” I gave my legs!!!!

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