MOTHERPIGEON AT UNION SQUARE

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Meet Tina Piña Trachtenburg, street performance artist and animal advocate.

Laura and I walked down to Union Square to the Holiday Market.  It would have been hard to maneuver the popular market on a Saturday afternoon even without the stroller. What a crowd! The weather felt like a warm Spring day.

At the entrance point, we saw this flock of pigeons on the steps and I placed a bill in the open suitcase and asked to photograph the creator of the felt birds.  Then I asked if I might blog her photo and she agreed.   She directed me to the bright green fact sheet under the donations.

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HANDYED Yarn in BERLIN at Die Wollnerin

Meet Sabine Bornemann.

Hand Dyer of gorgeous yarn and yarn shop owner in the Schoenberg Neighborhood –Die Wollnerin .Very close to Winterfeld Platz.

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Handcrafted little zipper bags for notions,  stitched by another woman (whose name I will add when I get it)

42608A5F-9241-40DE-B9A0-B509734CD410AB43D938-8889-4D52-8CA1-64969D125B6BMy first trip I bought a single skein of this lucious Alpaca Silk Cashmere and then made a second trip to buy another skein.  My last day in Berlin I bought the hand dyed sock yarn of the loveliest merino and a bit of nylon for endurance.  On my final day, I took Sabine’s photo as I said I would for the People at Work Series. Thank you Sabine. Your shop is wonderfully inspiring to me.

Looking  forward to my return visit in the Spring.

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The Return of the Quilted Mug Rug

Five years ago I received unexpected mail from quilter Colleen. Today I found it in my cloth napkin basket and pulled it out to set my hot lemonade and honey mug on top. Feeling festive! Added a couple of Nurnberger Lebkuchen. A hot drink helps when the temperature drops to single digits.

Thanks Colleen.

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Sea Glass -Guest Blog

Remember Joanne sent the beach glass yarn the other day? She contributed the Nova Scotia posts this past week, the Loonies and Toonies Store in Lunenburg.

She wrote and mailed some photos below after I asked her about the glass she finds on the beach in Florida.

Joanne says 

1. I walk the beach almost every day, and I’m always on the lookout for sea glass – this was a lucky day because often there is none to be found. Most common   colors are clear, green, and brown. Least common colors are cobalt blue, red and purple.

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2. Here’s my collection of shells and sea glass. The tiny colorful glass in the lower right hand shell on the table comes from a beach in Spain (collected by my sister). And the tiny glass in the upper right hand shell on the table comes from a beach in Nova Scotia. All the rest from the beach here on the Atlantic Ocean side of Florida. 

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3. My friend Celia separates her sea glass treasures by color and displays them on her kitchen counter.

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4. Since Hurricane Matthew, Celia and I find lots of large shards of glass, bottles, and lightbulbs among the debris on the beach. Celia collects this for a future art project she calls “Hurricane Glass”.  img_0842

 Link below to Jessica Blaney’s ETSY Shop below if you need handcrafted sea glass jewelry

Sea Glass Jewelry Created ByBlaney in Cornwall UK  

Each Color Has a Number

Embroidery Floss. 

You can see the faded  old labels and the new labels with the bar codes. 

I’m smocking again. Each color has a Number

There are 454 solid colors in this brand. 

Thought I’d organize them in the little plastic box with bobbins, labeling each number in the corresponding color 

Not exactly sure why-


An old musical box pillow I made when Laura was small. You know the tune it plays. 

Handmade Lace and Toile du Juoy

Thursday afternoon, my friend Barbara showed me a pretty pillow she had made at Alterations Express.  She used fabric from her mother. her grandmother’s handmade lace and her special pillow.

When I saw the fabric I said,”Oh, my friend Joanne gave me a knitting bag made of something similar and it’s French and has pastoral scenes.” but I couldn’t remember the term and had to look it up-

  Toile du Jouy

(and here is a link to a blogpost about the history of toile)

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Barbara went and got a box with beautiful pieces of lace, created by her grandmother, Josephine Cinquegranni DiGalbo (b. 1890) Notice the blue edge on the lace.

I looked at the lace with admiration. Such expert craftsmanship and beauty. I asked Barbara is she had a photograph of her grandmother.

IMG_5774Barbara’s Grandparents, Angelo and Josephine, on their wedding day.

Her grandmother’s town of origin was Castlebuono, Sicily. The photograph was  taken on Butler Street in Lawrenceville, a Pittsburgh neighborhood.

And here is a photo of their daughter, Mary Ann, Barbara’s mother. I had the pleasure of knowing her and remember her for her kindness to my children.

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And here are some of the lace specimens, her grandmother’s pattern books and crochet hook were in the box, too.

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A note in Barbara’s mother’s hand about the lace.

It’s Pumpkin (Hat Knitting) Season Again

I’m in the doghouse tonight for missing National Dog Day and my DIL sent a photo of Henry (the Airedale) and the new Airedale puppy, Josie coming home to their house next week. Her plan was I could make up for my omission of the family dogs on the blog today. Laura sent me a photo of Penny (the goldendoodle) on the couch looking glum cause I didn’t feature them on the blog for National Dog Day.  Who knew?  On to what I was planning to blog…..even thought it’s still August for a few more days.

People, including Fallon Tonight,  have tweeted and posted their opinions on the early reappearance of Pumpkin spice flavored drinks at that great big coffee chain.

I bemoaned the early August Halloween decorations in stores and just yesterday I saw bins of Candy Corn for sale. Ugh. Seems Summer barely had a chance.  But now I’m jumping in with knitting pumpkin hats.

Last year I knit five baby pumpkin hats.  You can only knit so fast.  This year I looked at the list of babies I know (including new grands) and thought I’d better get knitting. Asked for head circumference measurements. Turns out I can make one hat in a day (probably about 5 hours).  I did 3 loads of laundry and changed the bed, checked email periodically and watched a few of The Chef’s Table  documentaries while I knit.  And this time I’m making notes to remember what I did which unfortunately I did not do last year.

Could have saved a lot of time checking gauge if I had done so.

Cast on 70 stitches on bamboo needles and

cast on 80 stitches on the metal needles.  I still can’t decide which material I prefer.

Each has good points.(no pun intended)

I’m a relaxed knitter so had to go down a needle size from the recommendation on the pattern which was found on Ravelry.  Weighed the hat on the food scale and I should be able to make two more hats from one skein. (I  bought two skeins but that will be a lot of hats)  one skein of green is plenty and there will be leftover. The stem is I-cord stitch. I’m skipping the leaf for now.

The pattern in Punkin Head by Tara Thomsen available for free download.

Knit on size 5 circular needles (16") with worsted weight yarn
Knit on size 5 circular needles (16″) with worsted (4)weight yarn. Of course it looks much cuter with a baby wearing it! Stay tuned. 

Here Comes the Bride Doll – Vintage Crochet

Do you have a doll with crocheted clothes, right on its body?

Marlene’s cousin made many of these bride dolls and I photographed hers when we were in Hardy. Virginia,

There is a 1951 pattern available for $1.49

Would like to make a gallery of vintage crochet dolls and their clothes if you want to share a pic or two.

Joanne, i know you have that poodle!  Are people still creating these? Share your photos.

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Look what just arrived from Omaha!   Joanne sent her Poodle crocheted by Aunt Angie

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Back home from Thanksgiving holiday break and thinking about being out of the traffic and home, safe, keeping warm.

Getting ready to start a new school week and wondering how it got to be December already.

If you have a doily or a piece of fine crochet, openwork, mounting it on a pillow is a good way to display it.

I thought this was a good  follow-on to my post of my grandmother’s afghan and quilt yesterday.

Downstairs, I have some samplers she made which I’ll post another time.

I sewed this antimacassar onto the pillow top with tiny stitches all around. Click on the word to read about the origin.

Photographed at my sister’s place in NYC.  I don’t  remember but it looks like we used extra upholstery fabric to make the pillow itself.

If you want to read a new crochet blog, my blogging friend Stef just started it (you read her comments on this blog perhaps) Click the link

This may be an example of tapestry crochet but I am sure a reader will set me straight.
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