Showing posts from June, 2016

Looking rad in red

Dear Diary,
Jesse:  It was about time that I knitted something for Adam.  I bought a pattern on Etsy for this reversible cardigan.  Interestingly, I had knitted this pattern in a size for babies as well as for the 8" Hitty doll.  I am well acquainted with it.

For you knitters, I'll give the run-down details.  This was knitted with a 5-ply knitting wool.  Ordinarily, that size wouldn't be my choice because 5-ply is slow to knit with; extreme care and attention must be paid to avoid splitting the strands. I had a skein of this wool and I didn't want to waste it.  I have several more skeins in different colours so there's more to come.

I used 2.75 mm needles for the ribbing and 3.50 mm needles for the body.  These needles gave me the exact gauge (28 stitches/10 cm) in the final blocked garment.  I did learn that I need new eye glasses, however!

The pattern has a couple of issues which I want to point out. They are not errors but funny things that I think could be improve…

True colors are beautiful

Dear Diary,
Jesse: We are in pain at the suffering inflicted on the people at the Pulse in Orlando.  The majority of those who were shot were LGBT - members of my own tribe.  Let there be no mistake: this was a hate crime against gay people.
I can't stop the song True Colors, sung by Cyndi Lauper, which keeps running through my head.  I want to share the lyrics here.

You with the sad eyes
Don't be discouraged Oh I realize Its hard to take courage In a world full of people You can lose sight of it all And the darkness inside you Can make you feel so small
But I see your true colors Shining through I see your true colors And that's why I love you So don't be afraid to let them show Your true colors True colors are beautiful, Like a rainbow

Show me a smile then, Don't be unhappy, can't remember When I last saw you laughing If this world makes you crazy And you've taken all you can bear You call me up Because you know I'll be there
And I'll see your true colors Shining through I s…

New letter - minneapolis mail call

Dear Diary,
Adam: Yeah!  Another letter from the USA!  We enjoy hearing from our friends.
Dear Angelo & Adam – When we read your blog, one of the things we notice is how helpful you guys are to your papa.  You are such thoughtful boys!  You’re always busy collecting eggs, picking vegetables and berries, and tending the goats.  Being urban dolls, many of these chores are unfamiliar to us.  However we do try to help Steve around the house whenever we can.  We pick up our clothes and books and generally tidy up. 
 One of our favorite jobs is getting the daily mail.  Every afternoon when we hear the clank of the mail slot, we know it's time to go collect all of the fun and exciting things that we have received.
Of course some things are more interesting than others. We get a fair number of bills.  We save these for Steve and he does something with them – we’re not exactly sure what.
We also receive quite a few magazines and catalogs.  Steve’s husband is a big Doctor Who fan, and we like…