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My blues period is ending…

Dear Jan,

17.jpg19.jpg18.jpgHere are some scenes from my house tonight.

Details at 11.

Love,

Ellen

Rhythm…and blues…

12.jpgI woke up this morning,

Got me right outa bed.

‘Cause that darn little sweater

Was so stuck in my head.

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I got the Rhythm&Blues blues, sis.

I got those blues oh, so bad.

Gonna get that thing knit now.

‘Cause it’s drivin’ me mad.

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My brain must’ve gone missing.

Why not knit in the round?

Dozens of ends to weave in, dear.

‘Nuff till I’m dead in the ground.

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I got the Rhythm&Blues blues, sis.

I got those blues oh, so bad.

Gonna get that thing knit now.

‘Cause it’s drivin’ me mad.

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And the trim is so wicked.

Wicked bad not wicked good.

Rowan’s one row and a bind-off,

Ain’t doing all that it should.

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22.jpgBut the fabric’s so supple,

And the color makes me high.

Gonna keep at this sweater.

It’s end (or mine)must be nigh.

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I got the Rhythm&Blues blues, sis.

I got those blues oh, so bad.

Gonna get that thing knit now.

‘Cause it’s drivin’ me mad.

Warm Heads, Warm Hearts

Dear Jan,

I know you were as astonished and concerned as I when post-hurricane reports started coming in from friends in Vermont and upstate New York.  Hearing personal accounts of how entire villages were isolated by bridges washing out, rivers running through ground floor apartments, and waves lapping at front porches made the impact very real. I doubled my usual Red Cross donation, but now we have a chance to make our impact very real, too.

India has close family who were hit.  In addition to providing a new home for one family member, she is starting a new knitting effort to provide  tangible evidence of our concern and warmth for the winter that is coming very soon to many people who just lost their lifetime collection of gloves and hats.  Details at the bottom of the post for those who would like to join in.

21.jpgI’m sending along a baby sweater that I just finished up last night (EZ’s February Baby Sweater, Berroco Lullaby on size 7 needles), and I believe I’ll be casting on a hat tonight.

11.jpgI’ll do some spinning first.  After all of those rare breeds in natural colors, I was aching for color.  While I have some of Erica’s subtle rovings in my stash, I needed more of a lightning bolt after months of brown and grey, so Abstract Fibers merino/silk in colorway Shady Glade it is.  Put some electric green next to some cobalt blue and my heart is happy.

And when I cast on that hat, it will be warm.

Love,

Ellen

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 WARM HATS, WARM HEARTS

Seeking donations of handknits for Vermont and New York flood survivors.

What’s needed:

Hats * Scarves * Mittens/gloves * Sweaters * Socks * Blankets * Baby items * Knitted toys

Please included a note stating the size of the garment if appropriate, the fiber content, and washing instructions. Please use machine washable materials whenever possible but especially for baby and children’s items. Washing instructions are particularly important if you use yarn that requires hand washing or dry cleaning.

Feel free to include any personal notes for the eventual recipient.

Please send your handknit donations to:

Warm Hats, Warm Hearts
c/o India Tresselt
251 Huntley Road
Westford, VT 05494

There is no deadline for donations, but I hope to have some to distribute with the onset of cold weather, beginning in mid September. If I receive more items than are need for flood relief, I will donate the rest to other appropriate charitable organizations in Vermont and New York. If you have any other questions, please email me at warmhearts2@gmail.com

Thank you!

WARM HATS, WARM HEARTS

On August 28, Hurricane Irene visited Vermont. Although my town was spared the worst, many towns throughout the state suffered devastating flooding. My husband’s brother, sister, and mother narrowly escaped the rising waters of the Mad River, which inundated their home and their village, soaking everything in its path, taking out roads and bridges, and leaving behind inches of muck and piles of debris.
My family was lucky. Many of their things, including their clothing, are salvageable. But many others are not so fortunate. Though it is still quite warm here, we all know that soon the weather will turn much colder, and people will reach for that favorite sweater or scarf, only to remember that it’s gone.

I’m collecting donations of handknit hats, scarves, mittens, sweaters, socks, blankets, baby items, and knitted toys, items for anyone from babies through adults, to distribute to flood survivors in Vermont and upstate New York. If you would like to ply your needles for people in need, please contact me, India Tresselt, at warmhearts2@gmail.com. Thank you!

Mail Call!

Dear Jan,

2.jpg1.jpgLookee what was brought to my front door yesterday?  Two big bags full of carded roving!

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I have to split the tawny grey Romney with a friend, but since that is 5.5 lbs of fiber you are looking at, I don’t mind.  With 6 lbs of the Columbia I may be looking for a friend to share.

3.jpgI know someone who would be happy to get into the box with it, now that I think about it.

Cheers,

Ellen