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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Birthday Scarves for Girls Completed Before Surgery

Projects for Piper, Ginger and Scout that involved handiwork had to be done before the hand surgery on June 14th. All three are summer babies with birthdays in July and August.

Here are their completed scarves in their chosen colors:

Ginger's

Scout's

Piper's

I'm So Incredibly Moved; Thank You

Celebrating a birthday when you are my age can be a day of quiet reflection.

Here, in LyndaLand, my little coral-colored phone rang all day and into the late evening of the next day. More than fifteen of my cherished ones called. Half a dozen sang. I am blessed beyond words to be so loved. This pile of thank you's went out to show how incredibly grateful I am to everyone who reached out to me this week.



Piper and Ginger stopped by with the most amazing gifts: They wrote letters describing our relationships and how important we are to one another. Full page, hand-written, from deep within their hearts; accompanied by drawings of us. I am touched on a level so intense it's difficult to write about it and keep my emos under control.



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Typing is problematic right now: I had thumb surgery just over a week ago and am immobilized for another month. I have never learned to type with one hand. Have you ?~!



Trapeziectomy for those who want to look it up to see what Dr K did to me. Supposed to relieve the intractable pain I was suffering. We'll see. The first five days post-op were a bitch. It's better now-less painful, still cumbersome.  At this point, the right thumb will not be getting its surgery any time soon.

Since washing the mop of hair was impossible with this thumb situation, I had it cut off by my dear dear Laurel. Now I can wash it and brush it myself. Thanks, Laurel.



Much love and many thanks to all my buds, 

you made my 60th the Best Birthday ever !~!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Most Recent Projects in LyndaLand

Some months back, in a shopgoodwill.com box were ten skeins of a two-tone brown merino wool from Bingo Chinè 50 gms, 80 meters per skein. I used nine of them, holding one in reserve for future repairs or alterations to the garment, to create a long, wide scarf for myself.

I used my largest long loom-48 pegs-and knitted a twisted stockinette piece that wrapped all the way around the loom without connecting so the piece lays flat, one layer only.

Final measurements 16 by 92 inches. It feels so incredibly soft and just puddles when I lay it down !~!




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It has taken months, during which I crocheted a blanket for my friend Jean...


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...and finished a quilt that Scout's great-grandma started before she died in 2012.


Scout Makes a Blanket for Herself

One can never have too many blankets. Especially here in Northern California where it's cold most of the time.

Scout made one for herself the other day:





Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Hi.

These last couple months have been incredibly awakening for me, and I just don't mean like now at 0300 and unable to sleep in anticipation of the daily savagely mendacious Twitter storm from our Incompetent-in-Chief. I mean on a deeper political scale than I have ever before felt it necessary to engage.

Nixon resigned on my way to my high school part-time job. That was the last time I felt this way. (had pencils been discovered yet way back then?)

We are many, the worried. With good reason. Our very varied ways of life and livelihoods are at stake with the Loon-in-Chief and his group of billionaires. Oh yeah, and his family. Nepotism returns in ways we have not witnessed since.... I can't recall. You?

Republican congress members loudly proclaim it's a travesty not to hold confirmation hearings on Gorsuch (for Supreme Court Justice for life) after they pulled their anti-Obama shit for YEARS and blocked Merrick Garland's hearings for double digit months. Ballsy bastards, aren't they?

Not a one of them should be re-elected.

On other topics, I am learning loom knitting and have many hats already to my credit. I started a merino wool blanket this week; 880 yards of a gorgeous brownish-purplish two-tone stunner of a color. Pics to follow when there's a bit to show you.

The girls are growing up so fast: six, seven and eight already and doing such fascinating activities: karate, writing, finger crocheting and learning to loom knit, reading and producing backyard plays, helping take care of the ten-month old who wants to run with the big kids already. He sure enjoyed today's sunshine out in the grass playing with flowers and CatCat.

Scout will be seven this summer.

Here she's a just few months past two. With solidly formed opinions.



I've crocheted a dozen pussy hats: sold a few, donated a few, wear a few. Had labels printed and sew one into each of my unique creations. I love the meme and feel such tremendous pride for the sea of pink, eared headgear I see at every public event these days.

Grab Who? By What ?~! Oh. Please.Try. It.


May that misogynistic abuser get the message and may he see our hats in his disturbed dreams. I hope he's terrified of what he has generated with his loose mouth and looser morals & behavior. I hate that s.o.b. He's ruined so much so quickly....

My favorite sign of the current times won't load, so here:


First they came for the Muslims...
and we said, 
"Not this time, Mother Fuckers!"

Amen.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Thank You, Ms Streep, for Speaking from Your Heart to Mine






Meryl Streep took her opportunity on the world stage to express her sadness and outrage at the actions of the President-elect after he publicly mocked a reporter with a disability.

These are her words:
There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good. There was nothing good about it. But it was effective, and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth. 
It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it. I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.

I have spent much of my life working with people with disabilities, including ones like the reporter appears to have. There is no doubt in my mind that the mocking was intentional and the denial prevarication of the highest order. Denial-we're going to be seeing a lot of that coming up...

Michael J Fox has been publicly mocked for his disability too. Same type of person doing the mocking, remember? Wouldn't want that asshole to be my president either.

Thank you, Ms Streep, for saying in a public forum what so many of us have felt in our hearts.

You have become an even bigger hero of mine.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Cat Blanket Makes it to the Big Bed

The Cat decided that she wasn't so fond of the blanket.

So, Ormond bought six more skeins, I crocheted for several more days and now it's big enough to cover our queen-sized bed. I have slept under it for the last few nights and it is glorious. It breathes due to the extended Single Crochet stitch that I used thruout. It is warm and conforms; fabulously different from the fleece blanket I have been using since 2012.

CatCat's loss is my gain.

Silly kitty.

Wyatt practices with his hammer. I miss you, Little Guy.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Crocheting a New Blanket for CatCat 2.0

First time I have used fuzzy, thick blanket yarn, I am falling in love with how quickly it works up and its softness.

Bernat brand, variegated browns with an olive green accent it is so much the color of the cat that I couldn't do anything with it but make her a blanket for the Pooh couch which she shares with the Littles.

At present she is asleep on the table here in the living room window; I prefer she not get atop the tables but since her couch is being manipulated by me every few hours as I check blanket's size, I guess she can get away with this behavior for now.

Last evening just before sundown I began to crochet.


Here it is completed covering the small couch she likes:




Will she use the new bedding or continue to sleep elsewhere !~!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Want List and Need List

Life contains lots of lists: grocery, chores, guest, monthly budget items...

The want list of holidays as a kid.

The need list of the new mom or freshly minted apartment dweller.

The lists in my life at this moment are empty. There is nothing I need or want. It's an incredibly freeing feeling; one that I want to carry with me for a long, long time.


Peace-Within Our Reach

So much happened these last few months that putting it all into words eludes me.

Moving forward with a hopeful heart remains my only viable course of action.

Small babes with first-time parents look to me for sound advice, comfort and my attitude of cheerful optimism-offering anything less would be a huge disservice to them and their families.

So onward, thru the frogs, we go.

With gleeful abandon the babe loves his little "fort".

Have safe and productive holidays; may each step we take lead the way to Peace.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Lynda Loves a Baby !~!

Into my life since returning from my cross-country drive mid-June have come not one, two, or even three babies. Amazingly, five little individuals between the ages of five and seven months take up my weekdays and keep me enthralled and cheerfully wiped out by day's end. Two little lads and a trio of lassies-such an honor to be entrusted with them.

Thank you, families of woobers, 
I sincerely promise to do right 
by every one of them each time they are with me.

Giggles and slobber and gummy grins are moment-to-moment events in this intimate, cozy world.

Grip strength and accuracy improve as demonstrated by scratch marks and the fistfuls of my hair I disentangle from their flailing, grabby small paws.

Learning to sit uses brain power and the core muscles on which we have worked daily for months.

Passing objects from hand to hand with wonder-filled eyes--theirs and mine--confirms synapses are forming rapidly and correctly.

Eating those amazing foods which grace their family dinner table brings all their caregivers incredible diaper surprises.

I could not be happier.







Have a safe and peaceful December.

As always, thanks for spending a few minutes.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

#OaklandFire #OaklandWarehouseFire

Thoughts and condolences are sent out to all who have been touched by this tragedy in the Oakland Warehouse District Friday night December 2nd, 2016.

Thirty-six people were lost in the fire.

YouCaring.com/OaklandFireRelief is collecting donations for the victims, families and others affected by this horrific event.






Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Hello Again-Been a While-New Hat


Post # 250 !~! Wow.

So much has happened...

So I crocheted a new hat for my newest woober-Pepper !~!

Karen's new birthday bracelet makes an appearance in this pic !~!

Cute but too small for any except Pepper.


Isn't he adorbs ?~! So much personality.





Remember Ginger from a few years ago when she and Piper used to sit on my lap
and crow "Two Babies, Lynda!" This little bubby is her brother.


Ginger is on the right. Can you see the resemblance ?~!