Nothing to say

I have nothing to say, since I haven’t accomplished much in the way of knit/crochet projects this week. However, good news was received: another design acceptance. The project is scheduled for publication in summer 2015 so I’ll have more to say about it then.

Whenever there is “down time” from other priorities, I generally turn to working on charitable donation projects. Stacks of hats are growing, destined for this year’s Snug Hugs for Kids clothing drive.

Hat stack crochet hats for charity stack hats 1

(stacks include Knit Hat (for anyone!)Crochet Hat, Double-Double Crochet Hat, Recedere Hat)

There may also be a few pairs of C.O.O.S. (Choice of Options Socks) and some loom-knit or Bias Scarves completed by the time the Snug Hugs for Kids donation collection rolls around in October/November:

socks 1  socks done north pole socks 4  Heart Sole socks

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Recently I posted on the Designs by KN Facebook page about Warm Up America! patchwork blocks that can be knitted or crocheted for assembly into blankets for those in need.  Using some of the yarn from the latest Goodwill haul (see previous post), I made some blocks with the intention of sending a stack into WUA. Sidetracked by other events, I was only able to produce four blocks. Since they came out a little wonky, I put them together into a pet pad for the Snuggles project instead:

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I have nothing to say other than I’m waiting, waiting for results from design submissions. Some completed projects are in line for publication and some have already been released. The most recent are the Double Triple Cowl in the current issue of Creative Knitting ….

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Photos © Annie’s

… and eight DBKN designs in the 2015 Pattern-a-Day calendars:

Knitting Pattern a Day Calendar 2015

knitting calendar 2015

Crochet Pattern a Day Calendar 2015

crochet calendar 2015

Scheduled for November release is a new DBKN design in the book “Vest Bets: 30 Designs to Knit for Now“:


© Sixth & Spring Books

And that’s all I have to say!


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On a recent two-day getaway to ride the Royal Gorge Route Railroad, we did quite a lot of walking, first along the Arkansas River riverwalk while waiting for the train to pick up passengers for the lunch tour, then later on up and down the streets of Breckenridge where we lodged overnight in a hotel, then the next day a walk around the lake at Keystone Village. Last March, we took our first-ever trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida where we found ourselves walking, walking, walking, at least 10 miles a day. Guess what? We have a second trip to WDW planned and we know we will be walking, walking, walking again. Yesterday I ordered two new pairs of walking shoes in preparation.

The subject of walking set me off on a walk down memory lane through some of the earlier Designs by KN patterns. This week on the DBKN Facebook page I posted a selection of four combo patterns that involve both crochet and knitting in one project, either in the body of the pattern or as a trim. Here they are:

Shortie Combo Cap (crown crocheted, side ribbing knitted)

Shortie Combo Cap top view on C resShortie Combo Cap back view on C res

Drop of Color Shawl (body knitted, edging crocheted)

drop of color shawl 1 Drop of Color Shawl on K arm

Seeded Rib Eyeglass Case (body knitted, edging crocheted)

Seeded Rib Eyeglass Case 5seeded rib eyeglass case 1

Frilled Party Shawl (body knitted, edging crocheted)

frilled party shawl orig Frilled Party Shawl on C crop

Here are some views from our walking tours of the Royal Gorge Route Railroad out of Canon City Station along the Arkansas River, the town of Breckenridge and the lake at Keystone Village:

Royal Gorge Route Railroad out of Canon City, CO

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Breckenridge, CO

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Keystone Village, CO

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The walking continues now that the getaway trip is over … we need to get in shape for the mega-exercise ahead on our next visit to Walt Disney World!

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Knit and crochet projects will be packed for the trip, although it’s doubtful if there will be time to work on them. Still … have knitting and crocheting, will travel! Check out the possibilities on my Ravelry designer page.

Summer String Bag on a road trip

Summer string bag on the road 3Summer string bag on the road 2




Whenever I have a day that involves running errands, I always plan my travel around in a circle. Often my circuitous route means a stop at the bank, P.O., grocery store, gas station, etc. Same is true whenever there’s a visit to DM that generally involves a round-trip to help her run errands. The other day I arranged a visit, planning a route that would take us around from her place to lunch out and wherever else she needed to go. Just by chance we ended up at a local Goodwill store, one of her favorite places to stop to see what discoveries might be found. On this particular trip she was looking at furnishings, so I took the opportunity to scour the shelves on a quest for (what else) … yarn!

It was my lucky day as I found several bags of assorted yarns that eventually will be put to good use in charitable donation projects or to create prototypes of new designs. In one of the bags was a ball of Cascade Yarns ‘Pinwheel’. A few days later when I was in the mood to start a new project it was the first ball I grabbed from the Goodwill haul. It worked out great for this version of the Double Triple Cowl I designed for Creative Knitting magazine (Autumn issue). Here is the finished “Pinwheel Cowl”:

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Those who know me know that I will knit or crochet with anything — doesn’t matter if it’s vintage acrylic or luxe alpaca, a bargain yarn or a beautiful new yarn-company offering chosen to match a design submission. I’m always happy to discover odd assortments of yarn in unexpected places, such as this conglomeration from Goodwill (Patons ‘Classic Wool’, Lion Brand Yarn ‘Wool-Ease Thick & Quick’ and ‘Jiffy Thick & Quick’, Caron ‘Simply Soft’, Red Heart ‘Fiesta’ and ‘Super Saver’, Hobby Lobby ‘I Love This Yarn’ … the hodgepodge will inspire future projects from DBKN:

goodwill haul

Back to the trip around town with DM … DD was able to join us at our chosen lunch spot, which was near a local Michaels store. DD needed to stop in so we followed her there. She headed for the picture-frame aisle, DM went to the flower aisle, and of course you know what aisle I made a beeline for!  In the yarn section I discovered something unbelievable: a fingering weight yarn that I hadn’t seen before, Loops & Threads ‘Woolike’. What shocked me was the yardage in the ball: 678 yards, in one ball!  I chose three lovely fall colors, with a vague idea of a design in mind:


Within a few days I had created a new design submission using a portion of the burgundy ball (see how much is still left?)  The only weird thing about this yarn is that it’s static-clingy and attracts cat hair like a magnet, but I was able to successfully crochet a sample of my idea. Now comes the wait to see if it will be accepted at some point.

On the impromptu visit day with DM and DD, we finished our rounds and returned home. I spent the weekend knitting around on the Double Triple Cowl:

pinwheel cowl 1

Now that it’s complete I think the next project will use the Lion Brand Yarns Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (the total opposite of the fingering yarn shown above!)  It should be just right for a version of  the Tricolor Twig Cowl that appears in the new Knitting Pattern a Day Calendar 2015:


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Round and round the seasons go too (monsoon season has just arrived in Colorado) but soon it will be November. I’m looking forward to the release of the next title that includes one of my designs.

Vest Bets: 30 Designs to Knit for Now
(release date Nov. 4, but a “Look Inside” preview is available on Amazon):


© Sixth & Spring Books

Guess it’s time to go round up some yarn from stash to work with during the heavy-rain days predicted this week. Yesterday’s arrival of monsoon season was preceded by two tornadoes, spinning round and round northeast of here. Let’s hope today is a little less exciting in the weather department!

ETA: Finished two versions of the Tricolor Twig Cowl in one evening (quick to knit in super-bulky yarn on size 15 needles)

Solid color version in Lion Brand Yarn Wool-Ease Thick & Quick

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Multicolor version in Lion Brand Yarn Jiffy Thick & Quick (omitted the lace pattern as it wouldn’t show in this wild colorway)

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Summertime sum-up

5:45 a.m. Lightning, thunder, and a heavy downpour … really? So early in the morning? But it was a gift to the landscape to have everything watered with natural rainfall. By 6:00 a.m. the sun was up and shining brightly. It’s definitely summertime in the Rockies!

As time has passed since the beginning of 2014, one-by-one some of my designs have made it to final publication stage so at this midpoint of the year I thought I would recap what’s been released so far …

January 2014:  Oceanside by Classic Elite Yarns



Photo © Classic Elite Yarns

February 2014: Sunny Day by Classic Elite Yarns





Photos © Classic Elite Yarns

March 2014: Classic Elite Web-letter, Issue 333

Cerro Tote

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Photos © Classic Elite Yarns

April 2014: Craft It Now! 75+ Simple Handmade Projects

Zebra Cowl

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Sock Yarn Sash

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Lace Napkin Ring

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Pretty Little Collar

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Photos © Steven Siedentopf of Luna Root Studio

Creative Knitting, Summer issue

Little Sailor Girl


Little Sailor Boy


Photos © Annie’s

May 2014: A Day at the Beach by Classic Elite Yarns

Lindsay Tank Top


Lindsay Dress


Photos © Classic Elite Yarns

June 2014: Creative Knitting, Autumn issue

Double Triple Cowl

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Photo © Annie’s

July 2014: Knitting Pattern a Day Calendar 2015

Basketweave Boot Toppers

boot toppers on C res

Bottle Beauty Bag


Crazy-Check Belt


Tricolor Twig Cowl


And up next, in August 2014: Crochet Pattern a Day Calendar 2015

Chunky Ruffled Button Cuffs


Diamond Mine Shawl




Tropicana Shawlette


Whew, looking back on the first half of this year, it was a lot of work but I’m looking forward to the second half and more to come!


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Crochet …

… Critters!

Pet Turtle Toy

Turtle 5

Amigurumi Bumblebees

Amigurumi Bumblebee closeup resized


WhaleBoy Toy on sink

Blue Bug Bookmark

blue bug book 4

Happy Crab Pet Toy

Happy Crab inside alone

… Blankets!

New Arrival Baby Set

New arrival complete set best fix

Bunny-Ear Blankie

Bunny Ear blankie pink wool kitchen A

bunny ear blankie green 4

Thinking of You Lapghan

Thinking of you lapghan on rail fix lighter

Garden Path Baby Blanket

Garden Path Baby Blanket Universal Yarn photo

© Universal Yarn/Leisure Arts

Block-Stitch Baby Blanket

Block stitch blanket pink multi fix crop

… Bags!

Fresh Air Bag

fresh air bag done 1

Provence Summer String Bag

CE Provence summer string bag

© Classic Elite Yarns, photo by Meg Myers

Kids’ Rainbow Treasure Bag

Kids Rainbow Treasure Bag A res

Go Green! Lacy Shells Bag

Go Green Lacy Shell Bag 1

Cerro Tote

cerro tote 2

© Classic Elite Yarns

… Shawls!

Cozy Comfort Prayer Shawl

Cozy comfort prayer shawl soft rose 1

Spring Snow Shawl

Spring Snow Shawl on Cec 1 crop fix

Diaphanous Shawl

diaphanous shawl back again 2

Lacy Fans Shawl

Lacy Fans Shawl back on C fix crop

Easy-Crochet Shawl

Easy crochet shawl 1 fix crop

Shortie Shell Capelet

Shortie Shell capelet blue backlit fix

Additional crochet ideas from Designs by KN can be found in the DBKN pattern database, as well as various books and magazines:

Zebra Cowl from “Craft It Now”

zebra cowl 1

© Steven Siedentopf of Luna Root Studio

#23 Mesh Cape from Vogue Knitting Crochet

mesh cape in mag 1

© Vogue Knitting Crochet 2013, photo by Paul Amato for

Four new crochet patterns are included in the upcoming 2015 Crochet Day-to-Day Calendar (release date August 12.)

Even more ideas can be seen on my Ravelry designer page:

#24 Crocheted Sun Hat from Knit Simple


© Knit Simple, photo by Rose Callahan

Ridgeline Kerchief from Classic Elite Yarns Web-letter


© Classic Elite Yarns

Nahara from Classic Elite Yarns booklet “Sunny Day”


© Classic Elite Yarns

Happy summertime crocheting!




The calendar says it’s Friday (another FO Friday) and that we’re halfway through 2014 already. Time flies! Unfortunately my FO this week is one that can’t be revealed yet, as it’s a new design for a magazine to be published next year. Have to wait until spring 2015 for that one.

Speaking of 2015, the winners of the 2015 Pattern-a-Day Calendar contest have been posted as well as the table of contents (scroll down page to see Knitting 2015 TOC, Crochet 2015 TOC.) For the past few years I have contributed designs to both calendars. One early submission, in 2009, ended up winning First Prize–Crochet:

“Crazy Lady” Hat (so named for a “crazy” character in a foreign film wearing a hat which inspired this design)

Crazy Lady Hat double strand 3

This calendar entry was followed in 2011 by a Third Prize–Knit winner:

Ridgewood Beanie

Ridgewood Beanie on C 2 resized small

Since then, I have contributed other designs and am grateful that most of them have been selected for publication. For 2015, eight were chosen. Here’s a sneak peek along with the dates they will appear (the calendars are available for pre-order now):

2015 Knitting Pattern-a-Day Calendar


Basketweave Boot Toppers (Jan. 21)

boot toppers 1 res

Bottle Beauty Bag (Dec. 21)

bottle beauty bag 1

Crazy-Check Belt (Apr. 1)

see saw belt 2

Tricolor Twig Cowl (Feb. 16)

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2015 Crochet Pattern-a-Day Calendar


Chunky Ruffled Button Cuffs (Oct. 12)

Ruffled Cuff 5

Diamond Mine Shawl (Sep. 7)

diamond mine shawl 1

PentaCowl (Oct. 30)

pentacowl 1

Tropicana Shawlette (Mar. 9)

Tropicana Shawlette 2

Even though I’m looking forward to new designs in 2015 (and planning ahead for 2016 calendar submissions) there are still more to come in 2014. The most recent is Double Triple Cowl in the autumn issue of Creative Knitting Magazine (digital version available now, print version on July 8) … “fave” it on Ravelry if you’re so inclined:

Double Triple Cowl

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Photos © Annie’s

In November, another design is scheduled to appear in Vest Bets: 30 Designs to Knit for Now featuring 220 Superwash Aran from Cascade Yarns:


Photo © Sixth & Spring Books

Calendar pages are turning fast — in a couple days they will turn from June to July. That means Christmas is only 6 months away! Perhaps the new designs above will inspire ideas for your holiday gift knitting and crocheting.





What is a cowl? In one sense, it could be described as a cowl-neck sweater … without the sweater part!

Cowls come in all sizes, in bulky or lighter weight yarns, in short or long lengths meant for wearing around the neck. Often knit or crocheted as one continuous circle, they can be wide or narrow, and sometimes long enough to wrap around multiple times. For the past few seasons it seems that rectangular scarf-knitting fever has morphed into circular cowl-knitting fever. As time has passed, more cowl designs have appeared due to the popularity of the style. I began to wonder if the cowl-knitting craze was following the same path as the eyelash scarf-knitting craze that came and went, and was thinking that interest in cowls was declining.

Apparently not! To my surprise, one of my design submissions was accepted and has just been released in the autumn issue of Creative Knitting Magazine (the digital edition is available now and the print edition will be available on July 8.)

If you visit the “In This Issue” page you can see all the designs in the magazine, including my Double Triple Cowl:

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By clicking on the thumbnail photo there, a second view appears:

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Photos © Annie’s

This cowl is knit in Universal Yarn Classic Shades Sequins Lite, a soft, color-changing yarn dappled with sequins throughout. It consists of three sections that incorporate doubling the number of stitches, then reducing them to the original number. It’s long and narrow enough to wear like a necklace or to wrap around several times, as shown in the photos above.

Here’s another view of the Double Triple Cowl before it was sent in for its moment of fame in the fashion photographs:

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Prior to this new design, I did create a few other cowls:

Zebra Cowl in book “Craft It Now

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Photo © Steven Siedentopf of Luna Root Studio

Lazy Afternoon Cowl

lazy afternoon cowl on C 1

Lemon-Twist Cowl

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Lacy Gaiter in book “Knit Noro


© Sixth & Spring Books/Soho Publishing, 2011, photo by Rose Callahan

If you, like me, have been through the eyelash scarf-knitting phase and then a rectangular scarf-knitting phase and are presently in a cowl-knitting phase, it’s good to know they are still in fashion. Hope you enjoy the new design in the new issue of CK!


P.S.: Just learned that two more of my cowl designs will appear in the 2015 pattern-a-day calendars, available for pre-order now:

Tricolor Twig Cowl in Knitting 2015 Day-to-Day Calendar (releasing in July)

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PentaCowl in Crochet 2015 Day-to-Day Calendar (releasing in August)

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I’ve said it before: if you happen to enjoy designing for publication, be prepared for some long waits, possibly up to two years to see your glimmer of an idea eventually appear as a published design. It takes time to select designs for magazine issues and books, time to organize, photograph and tech-edit the finished projects, time to bring the whole package together into a quality publication. Over the past several months, a number of projects were commissioned and are in line for eventual publication. What I’ve been doing since their completion is waiting.

To keep myself occupied, I took a road trip through the national parks of Utah, helped DM get to and from a family reunion, finished a front yard relandscaping project, got the car serviced with new brakes, watched as our neighborhood streets were repaved, took care of pet cats, tended to outdoor wild bird feeders, watched a lot of baseball games and generally enjoyed the transition from winter to spring and now to summer. Except for the commissioned design projects, not much knitting or crocheting has been accomplished (just one sad pair of C.O.O.S., see end of previous post) but always on my mind is the anticipation of seeing new designs in print sometime later this year and into the next.

Here’s what I’m waiting for:

2015 Crochet Day-to-Day Calendar


2015 Knitting Day-to-Day Calendar


Autumn 2014 issue of Creative Knitting magazine

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Photo © Annie’s

Vest Bets: 30 Designs to Knit for Now by Sixth & Spring Books


Photo © Sixth & Spring Books

Spring 2015 issue of Crochet! magazine

Another new title by Sixth & Spring Books

If you too are waiting for something, here are a few summer-y projects to fill in the time, as posted on the Designs by KN Facebook page:

Ridgeline Kerchief

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Photo © Classic Elite Yarns

My Fave Dishcloth

My Fave Dishcloths 5

Yarn Bowl Bags

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Summer String Bag

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Totally Texture Table Mat or Dishcloth/Spa Cloth

Totally Texture Spa Cloth 1

Playing the waiting game right now … but it will all be worth it in the end!



Rocky road

Just returned from a fantastic road trip through several scenic national parks and other colorful-rock areas of  Utah: Moab, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Zion National Park, Escalante Petrified Forest State Park and Capitol Reef National Park. So much design inspiration in sandstone cliffs, arches and canyons of the region, not to mention abundant wildflowers in bloom in May.

Let’s see how some of the images captured on this trip match up with some projects from the DBKN collection:

Arches National Park/C.O.O.S. (Choice of Options Socks)

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Zion National Park/Thinking of You Lapghan

IMG_0432Thinking of you lapghan on rail fix lighter

Arches National Park/Cozy Comfort Shawl

IMG_0127Cozy Comfort Prayer Shawl on upstairs chair 2

Arches National Park/Diaphanous Shawl

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Arches National Park/Lacy Baby Hat

IMG_0130Lacy Baby Hat TLC Amore white flat

Zion National Park/Simple Crocheted Scarf (for Teens & Adults)

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Escalante Petrified Forest State Park/Bucket Bag (or Bucket Hat)

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Capitol Reef National Park/Chunky Stripe Scarf

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Arches National Park/Twisty Lace Basket Trim

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Canyonlands National Park/Royalty Scarves


Arches National Park/Easy-Crochet Poncho

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Zion National Park/Red-Hot Headband

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Arches National Park/Sunscreen Stripes Cap


Project photo © Classic Elite Yarns

Zion National Park/Easy-Crochet Shawl

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Arches National Park/My Fave Dishcloth

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Arches National Park/Ridgeline Kerchief

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Project photo © Classic Elite Yarns

I could go on and on, but you get the idea. Such a wondrous landscape not to be missed. We highly recommend the trip (especially in May, before it gets too hot.) Some of our fave adventures (arranged by reservation through the Moab Adventure Center and Canyonlands by Night & Day) were the sunset bus tour of Arches National Park and the jetboat tour on the Colorado River. They were both awesome!


And what was my travel project for all those miles on the road? I managed to complete one lonely, sad anklet in leftover sock yarn!


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Spring snow

It’s May. It’s spring. In the Colorado Rockies, that means a snowstorm. Here are views of the garden on Saturday, before a Mother’s Day storm dumped at least 7″ of snow in our yard:

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Here are some views after:

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The hummingbirds arrived on May 1. They should have waited to return until May 31.

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One good thing about the snowstorm was an unexpected visitor … a bright orange Bullock’s oriole. We wondered why it was so interested in the hummingbird feeder. After reading about their behavior, we learned that their diet includes insects, berries and nectar so that explains why this one was trying to drink from the feeder:

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Such a beautiful bird …

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Despite the snow, wind and bitter cold overnight, the juice in the feeder didn’t freeze so the hummers were back at it as soon as the snow was cleared away:

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The spring snow and cold set me looking through my Ravelry designer page for an appropriate knit or crochet project. Found the most appropriate of all … the Spring Snow Shawl! Not only is it fun and quick to crochet, it’s perfect wrap up in on a chilly day. The cat thinks so too!

Spring Snow Shawl

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P.S. Not to be outdone by the orange bird, this little yellow goldfinch showed up just as the snowstorm was ending!

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P.P.S. In between bird-watching, I managed to work my way through some stash, combining leftover bulky/chunky/fuzzy/novelty yarns into hats for a charitable cause in these variations on the Cat & the Hat Beanie pattern, using size K/10.5 (6.5 mm) hook:

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