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Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Bird Count- Saxtons River VT

I joined the Christmas Bird Count here in Saxtons River on Saturday. It was a cold day, about 15 people headed off in various directions to cover the most territory. The highlight for me was a flock of 10 snow buntings. My team had a total of 29 species and 540 birds. The total for Saxtons River was 58 species and 5827 birds. Also notable was a long-eared owl, heard but not seen. This is the 110th Christmas Bird Count but only my first but I'll be doing it again next year. Totally fun!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Easy last minute scarf with button

This is a really easy scarf to knit and it uses yarn leftover from your knitting projects! I made it for my sister with yarn from a sweater I made for her. You use big needles, size 15 and double strands of bulky yarn. I made it in a few hours
Email me for the pattern.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

knitted hat

My niece emailed a picture of a hat she wanted me to knit. So I came up with one that highly resembles the picture. She tried it on today and it fits perfectly, it's exactly what she wanted! yippee!
I'll be glad to share the pattern if anyone wants it!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

black scoter

I am a birder and here's something we usually don't see swimming in a little pond in Newfane, Vermont. Black scoters are coastal ducks that breed in the subarctic and migrate south so you can see flocks occasionally along the CT river but this spot is unusual.
There are some great pictures on another birder's blog.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


Last winter I needed a pair of really warm mittens to wear on my early morning runs. So I shrank a few wool sweaters, made a pattern and sewed my first pair of felted wool mittens lined with fleece. I made another pair for Gerry and more for xmas presents. Soon I was going to thrift stores finding more and more sweaters, asking friends to send me sweaters and I was off on a new tangent...... a new business adventure. All year long I've been sewing mittens, I did a couple local craft shows and they sold very well.
Here's pictures of some of my recent mittens.

Friday, November 6, 2009

drycleaner plastic bag wreath

My interview with Joe Laur (www.greenopolis.com) went well yesterday, I talked him thru the process of making my cosmetic bag out of plastic shopping bags. He took lots of pictures so we'll see how his blog turns out. I'll post it when it does.
Doing the demo reminded me of making a xmas wreath for my mother in the late 60s or early 70s from dry cleaning plastic bags! You use a wire coat hanger to form a circle for the wreath and tie lots of strips of plastic bags to fill it out. I think I remember adding glitter to it but I can't recall how we did it. I found directions on ruffledblog.com.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

recycling plastic bags demonstration

Joe Laur from greenopolis.com is coming this afternoon to do a 'step by step in pictures' for making durable bags out of those plastic shopping bags we all have too many of. It'll be posted on the site www.greenopolis.com.
I've started crocheting with plastic grocery bags this year, teaching a few classes and making bags for gifts. It's a very time consuming endeavor; one bag does not go a long way. We saw a TV spot months ago about a Vermont woman who's been teaching crocheting with plastic bags for 18 years! I remember making wreaths out of dry cleaning plastic bags when I was in grade school. It's nothing new but seems to be re-surging along with everything green and it's about time!