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I haven’t finished my Jaywalker socks (one done, one still a glint in its mother’s eye), and I have another secret project on the go that can’t be revealed until it is on its way to its new owner, so I thought I would share an “old” project:

Lantern Moons + Zara = DNA

Pattern: DNA Scarf by June Oshiro
Yarn: Zara by Filatura di Crosa
Needles: Lantern Moon 3.5 mm

This pattern was the perfect choice for a scarf for my daughter, who was studying and working in the field of genetics when I made it.

Unfortunately, my choice of yarns was not very good. Zara is a lovely yarn, but does not have enough body to hold up well in this type of scarf, so it curls when worn. But it is beautiful to look at.

DNA Scarf 2 2007

I’ve decided that I will make Jess another DNA scarf out of a sturdier yarn that will hold its shape. Now I have to get the old one back to recycle that beautiful Zara.

Wait… would it be bad Karma to destroy DNA? Even if I’m going to recreate it?



Baby Elliott, of course!

Blankie 3

The infamous (because the yarn drove me crazy) baby blankie to match Elliott’s cute hooded sweater was finally completed and sent to Ontario to be cuddled by my adorable nephew.

Someone here wanted me to keep it.

Miette with Elliott's blankie


Before you read this next bit, I swear that I have never done a chain letter or forwarded one of those “delete this at your peril” emails, even if they would cure some ailing nun. Just sayin’.

Jennifer sent this to me:

Aw-w-w. That made me feel good. Especially because her blog makes my day!

She also tagged me for the for the 7 Random Things meme.

“Here are the rules, and they must be posted to your blog. Link to the person’s blog who tagged you. List seven random and/or weird facts about yourself. Tag seven random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs. Let each person know that they have been tagged by posting a comment on their blog and also so they can look at your blog and not tag the same people all over again!”

Here are my random things, in random order:

1. I once rode a horse on a beach on South Padre Island in Texas.
2. I know how to catch frogs. And keep them alive.
3. I climbed Mt. Katahdin in Maine, and crossed between the peaks on Knife’s Edge.
4. I won’t do that again.
5. I can remember the scientific names for plants and bones, but not the names of people I met five minutes ago.
6. Most of the time, my hair is wet underneath. Including on my wedding day.
7. Drumroll… I accidentally stabbed the Minister of Justice all the way through his hand with a knitting needle. True story. And he didn’t swear.

Now, I need to pass on the award and the meme, and since many people have already received these, I’m just going to choose a few people who have blogs that meant a great deal to me for some random reason, and have therefore made my day!

1. Skrilla Knits – because she works at WEBS , and mentions WEBS, and I love WEBS. So it makes me happy.
2. String or Nothing – because a long time ago, she mentioned that her family was playing Killer Bunnies , and it intrigued me enough that I bought the game. It rekindled a family love for board games, and we’ve had many happy hours of playing Killer Bunnies since, and have expanded to other games.
3. Angry Chicken – because she makes everything look so beautiful that I want to live in the Angry Chicken house.
4. Fat Free Vegan – because she has been a lifesaver for a family that includes a vegan, a non-dairy person, and a vegetarian. And I bet she knits.
5. Adam Knits! – just because I love his energy & awesome photos.

A quick update to tell you that I have indeed been knitting, albeit in stolen moments here and there. As a result, I am coming along nicely with my February socks: the ubiquitous Jaywalker socks by Grumperina.

Jaywalker 1

When Jess and I were at WEBS in Northampton last year, we stopped dead upon entering their warehouse and seeing a bin of Regia yarn on sale for a ridiculously low price. We knew that the short stripe pattern would be perfect for Jaywalkers, and we snapped up a few balls.

Jaywalker 3

Today we had yet another snowstorm. I must confess that I love the snow, and so does the dog. Here she is, perched on the back of the couch and staring out the window (trust me, that blob of fur really is our dog):


And here is what she is looking at so intently:


Hungry birds, and our winter wonderland.


February 7 is a big day in our family. See this young couple?

Ben Ida Marie and Heather - 1961

This is my Mom and Dad, Ida and Ben. They are pictured here in 1961 with my sister Marie (right) and me. Marie was born on their second wedding anniversary, on February 7.

Today, Mom and Dad are in Portugal celebrating their anniversary, as they have done for the past several years, and Marie is in Ottawa marking her birthday.

Marie and I were partners in crime in our early childhood, and managed to share many escapades even after the arrival of our two younger sisters. Catching frogs at the cottage, shivering as we walked through the forest path to our early morning swimming lessons (carrying flashlights to shine in the bears’ eyes…such protection!), divvying up the comic books given to us every weekend by our elderly neighbours, preening in our Easter hats and white gloves and trying to stay clean for church, trudging off to piano lessons, playing “scrub” with the neighbourhood kids…all of my early memories have Marie in them, right by my side.

And always, always, our Mom and Dad were there… with hand-knit Barbie doll clothes (including socks!), frog boxes embellished with chicken wire and tire tubes, pans of steaming cinnamon buns, Sunday drives, root beer at Percy’s on the way to the lake, and admonitions to line up the seedlings in straight rows and to do something right if you were going to bother to do it at all.

We were lucky then, and we’re lucky now.

Happy Birthday, Marie.  Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad. 

Dream in Color Cloud Jungle 1
Dream in Color Smooshy, in colourway Cloud Jungle

First, let me assure my eagle-eyed readers that the beautiful new yarn pictured in this post does not constitute a breach in my aforementioned resolve to knit only from my existing yarn stash in 2008. That’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it.

This week I received a shipment of gorgeous hand-dyed yarn from The Loopy Ewe, purveyors extraordinaire of the best in sock yarns. I ordered it for my daughter (a prolific sock knitter), who doesn’t have a ball winder and swift with her at university, so of course I had it shipped to me so that I could wind it for her. What else could I do? It wasn’t because I wanted to pet it. Really.

So, I spent an enjoyable half hour caressing …er, winding the yarn into tidy balls. Which are not round, I know, but we knitters don’t care about such semantics. These “balls” stack nicely, and most importantly, the yarn pulls from the centre, so the whole thing doesn’t end up in a knotted mass.

Many years ago, our friend Niels made a lovely pine bench for us, and it just might be the most well-used piece of furniture in our house. I think he should market it to knitters, because just look at how perfectly the swift and ball winder clamp on its ends:

Swift & ball winder Feb 2008

Swift Dream in Color November MuseBall winder Dream in Color November Muse

And there you go: perfect centre-pull balls. You may have noted that they are not the same size, despite my best efforts to weigh the yarn while winding and make them equal. Apparently I am appallingly bad at this.

Dream in Color November Muse
Dream in Color Smooshy, in colourway November Muse

But still, aren’t they beautiful, all snuggled up together ready to be shipped to Jess? Lucky, lucky Jess.

Dream In Color Smooshy Nov. Muse & Cloud Jungle

Umm, and in the interest of full disclosure, there may have been a couple more skeins that accidentally made it into my shipment, but we won’t speak of that now. I need time to figure out an excuse explanation.

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