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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

One More Hat and an Early Anna Pigeon Mystery


     One more hat finished for the Hats for Migrants KAL.  I'm glad I have some very prolific hat makers in my Ravelry Resistance Knitters group.  I'm not a fast knitter but some people have produced almost 20 hats for Asylum Seekers in Northeast Asylum Cities.  Total we've almost approached 100 hats.  Every week I have had a contest on Fridays.  So come on by for a fabulous cause and join us!  We will be making hats till October 20th.

     I'm also working on developing a simple cowl pattern for another KAL I'm planning November 1st called "Cowls & Scarves for Asylum Seekers".  This KAL will run till December 7th.  My first cowl prototype might be destined for my neck, I'm not pleased with the roll of edges.  So I'll finish and start again.  I got another idea percolating.

     I'm back with an earlier Anna Pigeon mystery, Nevada Barr's 3rd book "Ill Wind'.  I do like her earlier books, they have a lot of descriptions of the actual National Park they take place in.  Barr is very good at capturing a sense of place and mood.  I've only read her book from last year and that was missing.  But hopefully, most of her books continue as she began.

     This time she's in Mesa Verda National Park and people are dying from something mysterious.  Is it of some ancient curse or human hand?

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Hats for Migrants KAL and "Boar Island"

     Our Hats for Migrants KAL is in full swing in our group Ravelry Resistance Knitters.  Lots of hats are being produced and sent to the head of Suenos Sin Fronteras, who will distribute them to Asylum Seekers in Northeast Asylum Cities.  It's getting chilly up North and these hats will be very appreciated.  Our KAL goes to Oct. 20th, but you can knit a hat for a migrant at any time and connect with us in our group to get a private address to ship your knit creations to.  All winter accessories are welcome.  Any fiber art and any fiber.

     I know, I know you're not supposed to read the Anna Pigeon series out of order.  But, I got "Boar Island" last month for $1.99 and I didn't have an opportunity to get out to a second-hand book shop that I know has at least two of her oldies (maybe tomorrow).  So I skipped ahead.  I had so much wanted to read this last year when my son graduated from College of The Atlantic, an Ecology College right next to Acadia National Park.  I couldn't find it then and with all the graduating Senior's activities, and a trip out in a schooner (a treat from my Dad) I never would have found time to read!  By the way, we are moving just south of Acadia next Spring to where my son and his lovely Mainer girlfriend lives in Belfast, ME!!!  I miss the ocean and my son and my oldest daughter (who's in Upstate New York with her fiance in their new Old house - 1830).  It's hard to leave the mountains of Colorado but I get an ocean and my two kids back!

     I'm over halfway through and I find I like half of the book, the parts about Anna Pigeon and her friends Heath and her teen daughter Elizabeth.  The other chapters are about evil twins that give you a bad case of the willies (I actually skim read some of these parts, I get it, they're BAD!).  So while I like the story unfolding around Anna Pigeon it's not exactly rosie either.  Elizabeth is a Senior in Colorado (just like I have a Senior in High School now in Colorado) and the fictional girl is being cyber stalked.  So not a pleasant subject but as a mother, I think it's a good subject to air out and discuss.  So is it worth reading?  Hum, I don't know.  I'll finish it but I'm more interested in getting back to her older books and I like the ones that get more into the details of the park itself.  This one has fewer descriptions of nature as I like.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Hats, A Coffee Shop Wrap and Anna Pigeon

      The Hats for Migrants KAL is going well.  We have a strong group - RAVELRY RESISTANCE KNITTERS churning out hats.  They are being sent to the head of Suenos Sin Fronteras, an organization that works to help Asylum Seekers in Asylum Cities in the soon to be cold Northeast.  Come join us.  The KAL runs till October 20th, but the need for hats by asylum seekers won't disappear and I'll keep the contact information available also after the KAL for anyone who needs it.  Plus a few more areas' addresses receiving cold-weather gear for migrants.

© Nicole Sabo

Resistance Knitter's Hat:
 © Nicole Sabo

        I've been making my pattern The Simple Hat lately in Lions brand Heartland; a very soft acrylic.  What I love about it, besides that it's easy to work with and it's soft, is all colors are named after National Parks and the colors are so beautiful!.  I just got Olympic (deep blue) and Sequoia, a rich brown.  I already had a russet called Yosemite.  So I'm making hats and then with the rest of the skein working on a large wrap that caught my eye.  The Coffee Shop Wrap is supposed to be done up in a Lions Cotton (also beautiful colors) but I liked the Tea House Wrap also and that was done in the Heartland.  

 © Two of Wands
     © Two of Wands

Grizzly Bear Glacier National Park (Time)

2018 Grizzly Bear Glacier National Park Montana House

     I'm back with a great Nevada Barr book in the Anna Pigeon series.  In "Blood Lure" she is in Glacier National Park in Montana helping research Grizzly bears.  But soon she survives a very vivid encounter with a Grizzly Bear and one of their research team is missing.  A dead body is found and the mystery starts.  This one is intriguing, heart pounding at times and very interesting.  My faith in Nevada Barr's mystery series has returned. 

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Hats for Migrants KAL and "Well Met"

     September 1st our Hats for Migrants KAL started in Ravelry Resistance Knitters!  We will run the KAL from September 1st to Sunday, October 20th with lots of contests along the way.  We have lots of interest and if you come by to Ravelry Resistance Knitters and post on the KAL thread you will be in a contest for a project bag and stitch markers on Friday (please post by noon Friday, PDT).

  I revealed a pattern I worked on for the KAL - The Simple Hat.  But you can use any hat pattern or any fiber art (including crochet) to produce a warm hat for Asylum seekers in the Northeast Asylum Cities.  We have the private address of a member who is the head of Suenos Sin Fronteras and by going to Ravelry Resistance Knitters you can find out how to get it.  All hats will be personally delivered to migrants.

     I just started "Well Met" and it's a delight!  "All's faire in love and war for two sworn enemies who indulge in a harmless flirtation in a laugh-out-loud rom-com from debut author Jen DeLuca." (Amazon).

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