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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Busy, Busy, Busy

My grandson was here with his mommy for a short visit last week and since the weather was so nice we decided to take Moose for a walk through Five Rivers Environmental Center, our local wildlife park, to see if we could find a real moose! LOL! We started out on the easy trail that is handicap-accessible so Moose could walk around by himself. He was our "trail guide".
This way Mommy and DeeDee! Notice his backpack "George". We wouldn't want to let him get too far ahead.
In the field house are some animals that were found injured in the wild and could no longer survive in the natural world, so they live inside now. Moose and a new friend were checking out Aries the owl. An accident caused him to lose a wing. Moose was fascinated by the fish swimming in his dinner bowl and the dead freeze-dried mouse sitting on the dinnerplate.
There were snakes and snapping turtles and painted turtles. Moose didn't know where to look first.
Moose was having fun examining all the items on the "Please Touch Table" when he came across an antler which he so willingly showed me how it was worn.
Oh! This is the way it goes!
It was such a long day at Five Rivers that Moose couldn't even walk back to the car by himself. He almost fell asleep on my back.
When we got home Uncle Drew gave him a belated birthday gift.
It's a Thomas the Train set! My favorite!
Moose didn't waste any time writing a nice thank you note to Uncle Drew. Moose is back home now and he calls me regularly to tell me about his swim lessons and his basketball lessons.
This week with the Chicks started out with show and tell. Kathleen finished another Guernsey sweater which she is showing to Barbara and Sheila.
Karin, of Perwinkle Sheep ( made a baby hat and finished the one on the needles during our afternoon session.
Maureen is back among the living after the last few months of tax season. She is finally getting to work on the Chulo hat she started sometime around January.
Joyce is working on a pinwheel baby blanket from the 8 hour blanket book from Plymouth.
Speaking of Joyce, she is the subject of this week's interview. Joyce is a retired kindergarten teacher with a very bubbly personality. She keeps the evening group in stitches,literally and figuratively.
Interviewer: At what age did you learn to knit?
Joyce: I was 57 years old, it was shortly before I joined the Chicks.
Interviewer: Who taught you to knit?
Joyce: My daughter, Alli, gave me a Christmas gift of lessons through Joann's Fabric Store with Pat Comiskey. After that I took classes at my local high school through the continuing education courses.
Iterviewer: What was the first item you completed and for whom did you make it?
Joyce: I made a scarf for Alli using the eyelash novelty yarns.
Interviewer: What was your favorite item to knit?
Joyce: That had to be the 8 hour blanket from Plymouth that I made for my granddaughter, Ellie. I used my favorite cream color Encore and a square block pattern.
Interviewer: What was your most challenging project?
Joyce: THOSE D*#!%N RED MITTENS using "Knitting for Dummies"!
Interviewer: What took you the longest to knit?
Joyce: THOSE D*#!%N RED MITTENS! They took a good 2 or 3 months!
Interviewer: What do you like to knit now?
Joyce: My favorite items to knit would be the Feather and Fan blanket and the Blocks blanket from the 8 hour blankets book.
Interviewer: What is your favorite fiber to knit?
Joyce: I love baby alpaca and most natural fibers. My favorite colors to knit are the creams and whites, soft pastels. The most recent blanket I'm knitting is yarn I purchased online thinking I was getting the soft celery green, but as you can see in the photo above, it is bright lime! It's almost putting me over the edge!
Interviewer: Where is your favorite place to knit?
Joyce: I knit when I'm anxious, so I would have to say in a doctor's waiting room or some other stress inducing environment.
Interviewer: Where is the most unusual place you ever knitted?
Joyce: In the hospital.
That was a small glimpse into Joyce's knitting life. Thanks Joyce. We Chicks look forward to a long relationship with you.
This weekend the Chicks are going on a field trip to WEBS ( the knitting mecca of the Northeast. We can't wait! There will be photos coming soon. Until then, keep those needles clicking!

1 comment:

AlisonH said...

For a split-second there, I thought Moose was tied to that pole and thought of all the times I would have been tempted, too, when my kids were little.

I hope someday when I have grandchildren they'll live close enough that I actually get to see them growing up!