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High Fiber—Beautiful Bears, Bigger Blankets, Beautiful Ballads and Budget Books

Joanie has finished another bear for the Mother Bear Project:

You can just see the petticoat with a picot edge peeking out from under the skirt. (Joanie is a fantastic designer.) These bears go to children who have HIV/AIDS, mostly in African countries. Each one has a tag with the name of the person who made it. Ravelry has a pattern for an in-the-round bear for Mother Bear Project. Whether you get the Ravelry pattern or buy a pattern from the Mother Bear website, the cost is $5, which goes to help offset the shipping costs of the bears.

Common Threads met at Margareth’s lovely new place. She has a wonderful place for her loom. Right now she’s working on a doubleweave blanket:

You can see the two selvedges on the weaver's right (lower part of photo). The finished blanket will turn out to be twice the width using this method. It looks like a 2/2 twill. I can’t wait to see it finished!

Julie is making this knitted dress for her granddaughter. I'm tempted to make one for Daphne.

I’m plugging along on my appliqué. Panel #2 is nearly finished.

The Waffle sweater is also coming along. Dividing my time between projects really slows down the progress.

While working on various projects, I’ve been listening to A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, which I just finished. Very good book, 24 hrs. of listening entertainment, and there’s a sequel, Shadow of Night, which I’ve put on my Audible wish list. I’ve just learned that it’s a trilogy, and Book #3 (as yet unnamed) isn’t out yet, but I plan on spacing these books apart anyway. Book #1 is primarily about the relationship between members of three "non-human" groups: witches, vampires and demons, and the long-standing tensions between them. It seems to be sort of an allegory about racial/cultural prejudices and how those tensions play out when people of various groups get to know each other personally. It’s far more than that, though, with love, adventure, suspense and fantasy. Sort of like grown-up Harry Potter meets grown-up Twilight, but more.

Hiking in the late summer in the mountains around our home is wonderful. We've had a lot of rain lately, but we try to get out as much as possible to give the pups a good run before winter comes.

Another big event this week: Our landline telephone finally went bye-bye. The very last message on our answering machine said, “This is your final notification.” Little did they know! I look forward to naps, stitch counting and quilting without the interruptions from telemarketers.

Daphne's taking dancing lessons. You can tell she really loves it!

She also loves school. She can’t wait to go and doesn’t want to leave at the end of the day.

Finally, we went to the James Taylor/Utah Symphony/Mormon Tabernacle Choir Concert Saturday night. It was awesome. I was so tempted to sing along!

What's on my needles: Waffle sweater and Dogwood Blossoms.

What's on my loom: Warm colorway placemats.

What's on my Featherweight: Waiting to piece the Delectable Mountain block strips, when appliqué is done. The second appliqué panel is almost finished.

What's on my wheel: Still the Full Circle Roving in Caramel, bobbin #2. Making slow progress.

What's on my iPad/iPhone (books): Finished A Discovery of Witches. (See above) Now listening to David Baldacci’s Hell’s Corner from the library through the OverDrive app. Also finished the eBook mystery Stranger in Town by Cheryl Bradshaw on the iBooks app. I purchased the book from BookBub for $.99. I’m looking forward to more by this author. Just started Imperfect Pairings by Jackie Townsend on the Kindle app, also from Book Bub. I believe this one was free. So far, it’s a good read.

What's on my iPad/iPhone (podcasts): Fiber HooliganKnit Picks podcasts.

What's my app of the week: Netflix. I've had it before, but when they separated streaming from the DVDs, DH and I couldn't agree on which to get, so we cancelled. Now we're trying out the streaming version.

What's in my wine glass: Concannon 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. Very nice!

Note: This blog post was produced entirely on the MacBook, using the iPad and iPhone for photos and photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for or cleaned.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on September 13, 2013 at 3:01pm
This is the perfect place to vent!
Comment by Buffy Joseph on September 13, 2013 at 2:54pm

Oh, Angel. I'm so sorry you are going through this again. And your sister sounds terrible! I wish you lived near me (or I lived near you) - I'd be happy to help you out.

It's good to vent. I am listening to you although I don't often post (I've been having a hard time with posting lately - depression-stuff).

Take care. {{{HUGS}}}

Comment by angelkarhu on September 13, 2013 at 1:22pm
Another huge parking fee for xray. And yes sister was a total B*%@&$ about it. I can barely walk how the heck am I supposed to drive. Next time she falls in a drunken stupor she can find her own way to urgent care. Dont mean to interrupt conversation here but I am so so so frustrated. Just need to vent whether you read this or not.

I have far bigger issues than scamming companies and phone companies. We've all had issues with the phone companies and scammers targeting certain populations but there is too much other stuff going on to worry about it. Life is too short to pursue phone scammers. It will continue to go on no matter what is done. I'm signing off, just not worth jt anymore.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on September 13, 2013 at 11:48am
So many calls are made by computer these days.
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on September 13, 2013 at 7:08am

True here too... but these voices were obviously American English. 

Comment by Peggy Stuart on September 13, 2013 at 7:03am

That's the problem. Many of the voices on our answering machine sounded Indian or Pakistani.

Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on September 13, 2013 at 7:01am

Hard to tell... since we have NO idea where the company is...

Comment by Peggy Stuart on September 13, 2013 at 6:56am

Seems like law enforcement should get involved in a case like that, but who has jurisdiction?

Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on September 13, 2013 at 6:40am

Let me clarify.  I got a series of calls... maybe 9 in one day, from local people saying that we had called them and wondering what we wanted.  We had made NO such calls to these total strangers. Finally a lady called and when I told her we had not called her, she went back to her caller ID and checked some of her other calls.  Then the company called her a second time again using our number... she knew then something was wrong. So she called me back... this is when I called the telephone co.  I was given the number to their fraud prevention hot line (finally)... and learned that this is a  very common (but new) trick that companies are using but by law it IS illegal. To complete my report, I needed the name and/or no. of the company... which I could Never get. 


Comment by angelkarhu on September 13, 2013 at 6:32am
Theres nothing but office buildings and hospitals all which require payment for parking. At least I have a parking pass for dialysis as bus services dont run that late. I finish around 10:30 and add in half an hour of walking (slower after dyalyzing) and no bus service back. And my sister wound find it too inconvienant to pick me up. She complained when I asked for help with groceries because she had to walk an extra 5 feet! Neither she or her daughter acknowledge my presence. My sister just wants the extra money. I'm just a check, a source of income. I have to find my own dinner because they never ask me a thing. I'm invisable to them. I might as well be a stranger paying rent maybe then I'd be acknowledged with at keast a hello. All this for better health care. I gave up a lot for this. You'd think they'd at least acknowledge me. I get more respect from strangers.

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