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Another lightning-quick project designed by the talented Anna at Mochimochiland!  Grass was started Friday, finished and presented Saturday.

Peekaboo!

Peekaboo!

Little cousin Mary found it quite hilarious.

Before it went off to its new home, Grass toured the yard, visited the lake

Grass at the lake

Grass at the lake

 stared down a foe

Grass meets an old enemy

Grass meets an old enemy

and rested in the shade of the rhubarb patch.
Grass, resting

Grass, resting

Have a great life, Grass! And be sure to take the time to smell the roses.

Grass and roses

Grass and roses

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This is not a hat

This is not a hat

The Grass is coming along nicely.  Little cousin Mary arrives at 5pm today, and I think I might be able to get it done.  But first I have to to a little yard work.  Yes, I have to  . . . cut the grass.

For a moment there, a few minutes, in fact, I thought I had too much yarn.  Let me explain.

A tiny cousin, not the tiniest, but now the middle of three recent additions to the family, is coming over for dinner with her parents tomorrow, and it’s just past her first birthday.  I has a vision yesterday of quickly knitting up a Grass to give her to go with her Bob, and I knew just what yarn would work, a rich green woolen singles I had dyed some time ago. 

But where was it?  Not in the bag of odds and ends. Not in the basket of yarns that need more yarn spun to go with before starting a baby sweater. Not downstairs in the boxes of  mostly weaving yarns, sorted by color. Not in the closet with fiber, estate sale yarn, and other folks’ destash yarn. Not in the Damselfly stockpile, or the heap of Damselfly test runs, or the boxes of Damselfly base yarns. Not  . . . anywhere. Anywhere that I could think of.  Did I have more places to stash yarn than my brain could keep track of? I knew I had seen it fairly recently, could picture the round greenness of it, the feltable texture, the sturdy weight . . . but where was it?

I searched again, this time looking deeper in the baskets, boxes, bags, peeking at the bookshelf that has, umm, some more yarn, but surely it couldn’t be there.  It was, I felt sure, in a flexible container, not a stiff boxy one, but which one, where? 

Making another loop through the house, I remembered another basket, the one I take to Seaview Weavers meetings, the one I keep not four feet from the computer.  And there it was, taken to the meeting where we tried out Nantucket rug-hooking, nestled comfortably on a hooped-up piece of canvas.

Found

Found

 So I don’t have too much yarn, and can put my hands on just what I’m looking for in a few minutes. And that’s a relief.

And the nice thing about touring the stash while looking for something is that you refind things you’ve kind of forgotten about.  I’ve got a small bag of suri alpaca to spin, what a surprise!

What have I been doing?  Well, there’s been some knitting, some dyeing, some shipping of yarn to my yarn club (6 members — whee!), some weeding (but never enough), and the usual day-to-day stuff, but the big preoccupation the past few weeks has now gone live, available at an internet tube near you.

My husband, writer Greg Bear, has a new book coming out in August, City at the End of Time.  We decided to plunge into an internet-based viral marketing sort of thing to help get the word out about the book, publishers not always doing such a good job of that these days. So click over to Cityattheendoftime.com and wander around.  With the able technical assistance of amazing web-guru Terran McCanna, who also does fabulous beadwork, we’ve created a series of interlinking webpages that gives a taste of the book, offers a couple of opportunities for reader-created content to be posted, and we hope  piques interest and drives the multitudes to the bookstores or your favorite online bookseller.  One such, The Signed Page, is doing pre-orders for personalized signed copies, even as we speak. Publication date is August 5th.

We’ll be at the San Diego ComicCon and the 2008 WorldCon, Denvention 3, passing out buttons, t-shirts, and very cool MOO mini-cards, so if you are there too, please say hi!

Oh, you wanted to have more fiber-related content?  Here’s a picture of the June yarn for the yarn club, called Blushing Apricot:

Ripe and ready to knit

Ripe and ready to knit

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