Unsung Heroes

I felt compelled at the start of a new year to praise some Ohioan unsung heroes.

As you know daughter no 1 lives in rural Ohio with my grandson and I visit as often as I can – next trip already planned!

Since returning to Ohio after a spell in Rhode Island daughter no 1 decided to volunteer 3 mornings a week at the Knox County Animal Shelter while my grandson was in school. Since January 2013 she has got almost 200 dogs freed from animal shelters to go to rescues!

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What I have discovered is there are many unrecognised heroes in the community who work relentlessly to get dogs who otherwise have no chance of adoption on the road to their “furever” home. There is a vast network of people, some affiliated to rescues, who give tirelessly of their time to get these dogs on the road to freedom, the transporting of these dogs to rescues alone is a logistical nightmare!

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How does this fit in with my knitting you may be wondering?

Well daughter no 1 has started working with a local shelter and funds are needed to help subsidise the pull fees and give them some comfort while they are in the shelters (many shelters still euthanize dogs because they have no room) and her friend has set up a Facebook page – Little Apple Dumplings https://www.facebook.com/LittleAppleDumplings?ref=br_tf to help raise money to support their work.

She contacted me to make some items that could be used as she knows only too well that I like to knit!

So I am knitting as fast as I can little items to donate –

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I needed some yarn for the purpose so I asked the guys at my Guilty Knitters group if they had anything in their stash they would give me to make items – Jane messaged me immediately and I picked up – what an amazing donation!

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So some of my WIPs are on hold while I knit cowls, mittens,and other quick items

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So here’s to all those unsung heroes (I can’t name them all but this is for them) making a difference to those abandoned and abused four legged friends, keeping them safe and finding them their “furever” homes!!

Time Flies

It’s months since my last blog but I’m up for it now. I spent 6 weeks with Daughter No1 and Grandson in Ohio in August and September returning the first week of October! And I crammed a lot into those weeks apart from playing with Thomas trains, Duplo blocks and reading stories.

I drove to Hudson OH so my husband could get a Pea Coat – evidently it’s some sort of special coat worn by the Forces and we had to go to a store 2 hours drive away – don’t worry he said its not far it’s in Ohio – Ohio is bigger than the UK and that’s all I’m saying.

We went to a Livestock market in Danville and procured 5 more chickens for Daughter No 1’s flock – 8 eggs a day now.

We trained the rooster (Neville) to eat cracked corn out of our hands. Why Neville you say? Grandson named them all after characters in Peppa Pig! Some of the  new ones have more original names – Brownie, Road Runner and Mrs Rock.

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Knitting what about the knitting – yes there was some-

Another Big Wool Hoodie for Mindy – Daughter No 1’s friend

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The Wide Neck Sweater – Blackberry Ridge 4 ply

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More about this sweater later

Two Sweaters for the Grandson – Debbie Bliss Luxury Donegal Tweed Aran

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and Jojoland Splatter Dash

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–  not quite finished before I returned but since sent to him. Both patterns sourced on Ravelry.

And part of Iron Maiden Shawl – Ella Rae Lace – on the flight

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Some Phydeaux yarn was waiting for me

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plus a yarn bowl from Blue Room Pottery

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and some stitch markers from Lavender Hill Knits

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But NO I did not visit a single yarn shop in those six weeks I couldn’t find one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Transatlantic Sweater

As soon as I arrived in March to visit Daughter no 1 and Grandson she handed me a Webs catalogue ( Webs is one of the largest online yarn stores in the United States and I have bought quite a lot of yarn from them ). Look she said they have this great sweater “I really like it” which is her way of saying “will you make it for me?”

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We looked at the yarn while I was there but didn’t promise to make it, I thought I would do it as a surprise. The colour she chose was Shore which is a dusty pink. So after I got back and was at my monthly knitting club Woolly Women at John Lewis – Bluewater I purchased the yarn using the discount they give us.

At this point I ought to tell you that knitting with yarn that is Aran or thicker is not my favourite pastime but that’s what she wanted.

The pattern is by Marie Wallin and it looked straightforward with a clear chart. Great I thought this will be a doddle!

Rib complete I started on the pattern and Oh Boy was it tricky!! The pattern row was done on the wrong side! And did I struggle!!

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If I had thought about it I would have adapted it but no I knitted the front and the back working the chart from left to right!!

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Then came the sleeves, a completely different pattern but this one was worked on both rows! I have had some conversations about the sleeve pattern on Ravelry with someone struggling to get it right.

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At last it was finished and sewn up – Daughter No 2’s friend modelled it for the pictures.

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I was really pleased with it when it was finished and the stitch definition looked great!

I packed it up in a box, with of course books, one about a pirate and underpants, another about a robot who loses his bottom and a soft toy of the witch from Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson for Grandson.

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Here it is ready for the Post Office.

It winged it’s way across the Atlantic to Ohio.

And this is what came on my phone

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“I love it Mum”

Truly a Transatlantic Sweater!!

Knitting Mishap at the Airport

I can’t believe how fast that month went and it was quite eventful!!

Firstly there was the trip getting there Heathrow to Boston and then on to Columbus Ohio. The plane was delayed out of Heathrow but that was no problem because for the first time I had knitting in my carry on! So I cast on the Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn Clark with my Ella Rae lace yarn.

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Knitting on the plane was great and soon I had done about 8″ worth.

We landed late in Boston because there had been a bad snow storm and it looked like I would miss my connection. Daughter No1 was frantic “Get to the gate the Columbus flight has been delayed”. So I hared across the walkway from Terminal E to Terminal A went through security again and ran barefoot to the gate (not a pleasant sight – an older woman running barefoot)!! I got to the gate only to discover no one knew when the flight would go out and it quickly became apparent that no one knew if we would get out of Boston – all the previous fights had been cancelled and the last flight after the one I was trying to get had been cancelled too. This was the view out of the window….

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Oh well I thought I’d just do some more knitting while I waited – I looked in my bag and to my SHOCK and  HORROR the little knitting bag was gone lost somewhere between the two terminals!!!

I did make it to Columbus 3 hours late on the only flight that left Boston that day to Columbus. A very relieved  Daughter No 1 and Grandson met me as I disembarked.

The knitting never turned up despite numerous phone calls to the airline and airport lost and found but at least I was there!

Knitting bag had to be replaced so I ordered one via Etsy from Julie at Lavender Hill Knits and this is what came look at the beautiful packaging.

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What did I do while I was there – well the baking of course

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A lot of playing and of course some knitting!

Pole by Joji Locatelli which I completed today and is being blocked on the garden table in Dream In Colour Classy in Deep Sea Flower

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And a pair of socks for Daughter No1 in Phydeaux Chaussette using the Thelonious Sock pattern

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Oh and of course I did buy a few skeins of yarn LOL

Purrrrrrrrrfect!!

It was relatively quiet at the Sunday Knitting Club – Guilty Knitters, we had settled down with our coffee and projects just chit chatting about mundane things when Sue arrived. Sue always has very interesting knitting projects – the Rose fairisle sweater, the Cocoon scarf for a work colleague. She settled down and lifted out a small knitting bag and from it brought a new project! Just look at these she said and we all looked up even daughter No2 from her Harry Potter cross stitch.

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“Wow” “Amazing” I love them” were the comments! They were a pair of mittens – but with Kitties on them and a fishbone and a paw print! – http://susancrowe.co.uk/2013/03/03/kitten-mittens/

We are all cat lovers in the group and as you know we recently went from three to six in our household!!

“Make me some Mum” urged daughter No 2 “I want some” So armed with the pattern I ordered 2 balls of Artesano 100% Alpaca and started knitting –IMG_0443

They were a lovely knit and soon I had one mitten finished!

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Then the race was on I had to get the second one finished before Friday! It would be too late and probably too warm to wear them if I finished them when I came back from visiting daughter No1  and Grandson!

So I battled on and despite having to undo a few rows where I had gone wrong in my haste they were finished!!

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They fit perfectly and now daughter’s friend wants some!

Finished in time I’ve packed my bag and am ready – this is what I’m going to –

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Oh well I’ll take my UGG boots and earmuffs

The Kitty Mittens are PURRRRRRRRRFECT it’s a shame they are staying here!!

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