Whew!  I really haven’t been gone all this time, just not blogging.  Busy, preoccupied, not in a bloggy mood.  The thought of doing all the picture resizing needed to start on the WorldCon report is more than I want to do today, so I’ll start off small.

First, the baby birds flew away while we were in Denver, leaving us with

Empty nest

Empty nest

yes, an empty nest. A precursor to our status this September, when our daughter goes off to college.

I’m participating in an interesting phenomenon, the “doing something nice for someone you’ve never met in person” thing that the Internet has made so easy to organize.  An independant dyer on Ravelry has had liver surgery and others are organising a knitted blanket made up of squares  knitted by Ravelers and friends around the world.  Here’s my first square.

Pinned!

Pinned!

The requirements are: any washable fiber, green, 8 x 8 inches.  I’m taking this as an opportunity to explore some of the stitch patterns in  my new Barbara Walker Knitting Treasuries.   This is Halved Diamond, from volume one.  The yarn is Lamb’s Pride Superwash, color Midnight Pine.  Although I’ve never met the recipient, and haven’t chatted with her that much in the dyers’  forums, it’s nice to do something that will bring cozy joy to someone recovering from major surgery.
Now, off to the dyepots!  I’m dyeing the last yarn for the summer yarn club. No peeking . . .
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