Sign of the Times

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MacArthur Elementary School, Binghamton, New York 3-23-17.

Last night, when driving home after Zen meditation, I saw the message on the MacArthur Elementary School digital sign.  It made me chuckle.  I think it speaks volumes.  ‘Nough said.

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The TGV Scarf

The TGV (Tricot Grande Vitesse – high speed knitting) scarf, designed by Susan Ashcroft, is one of my favorite scarves to make, especially with self-striping yarn that has long spans of each color.  I have made three of them.  Although it looks like it might be complicated, it is very easy and quick to knit.  Basically, the first half is garter stitch and the last half is just K2P2 rib.  It is also a great way to use up sock yarn which is way too pretty to use for socks that will be hidden in your shoes.  Another thing, if you don’t want to use skinny yarn, you can use heavier yarn.  According to the pattern instructions, you can use up to bulky yarn with this pattern.

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Wisdom Yarns Poems Sock, Color #968/ Narnia.

I am using Wisdom Yarns Poems Sock yarn.  It is a superwash wool/nylon (75/25%) blend.  The colorway I used this time is #968, Narnia; 100 g/3.5 oz; 420 m/459 yds.  I bought the yarn in December 2016 at The Glitter Ninja, in Kirkwood, NY.

I have four more skeins of this yarn in other colorways.  I have plans for them, that’s for sure.

I started the scarf late Monday night.  All I wanted to do was get it started.

Sc-01, TVG scarf, as of 3-20-17.

Sc-01, TGV scarf, as of 3-20-17.

I am using Clover bamboo circular needles, 48″, size US 6/4.0 mm.  If you can’t find these needles locally, you can order them directly from Clover, which is where I bought mine.

You may be wondering what those green stitch markers are for.  I use them for two reasons.  1) I put them on  the “right side” or in this case, the odd-numbered row side; and 2) to see my progress. At the start of each day I work on the scarf, I place a marker on the last row worked.  Then, by the end of the day, I can see how far I’ve gotten.  As the scarf gets longer and wider, this helps me realize how much I have knitted on it.

Sc-01, TGV scarf, as of 3-21-17.

Sc-01, TGV scarf, as of 3-21-17.

I worked on the scarf again last night.  This scarf is great to work on while watching television or a movie.  I guess I’ve made a bit of progress.

Unlike other colorways of Poems Sock, this colorway has more subtle color changes than some other colorways, but they still are noticeable.  I like how it is working out.

This is another cold sheep project.  Thanks for stopping by.


Cold Sheeping – Start – The Long-Forgotten Cardigan

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Cardigan C-01

Sometimes projects just have to completely ripen before they are finished.  This sweater was started in January 2013 but lay around, stuffed in a knitting bag for four years.  It was finally finished in January of this year.  It is fitting that I start my yarn stash decreasing with this sweater.

I included this sweater as my first cold sheep project for 2017.  I considered any project that is completed and wearable in 2017 as part of this year’s finished projects.

As I mentioned above, this sweater was started in January of 2013.  Due to real life getting in the way, I never completely finished it.  I had finished the body in stocking stitch,  button bands, pockets, and neck ribbing.  I just never did the finishing.  This poor sweater would be moved from my office to the bedroom and back numerous times until I finally took a good look at it and realized it was almost done.

After two evenings of finishing work, which included mattress stitching the button bands on, weaving in all stray ends, and attaching buttons, I finally washed and blocked it.

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Yarn for cardigan C-01 and socks S-01

When I wore it for the first time, I realized that it is one of the most comfortable sweaters I have knit.  I am wearing it now as I write this entry.

Now for the interesting part.  I bought all 8 skeins of this yarn from Rose Spring Farm at Rhinebeck (also known as the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival) in 2007 or 2008.  It sat, ripening and aging nicely in my stash until Early 2013.  It is a blend of border leceister, finn, and mohair.  It knits up easily.  The yarn is a worsted weight.  Each 4 ounce skein contains 218 yards.  I used US 7 (4.5 mm) needles to get 5 stitches per inch.  The color is called Hot Nights.

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Socks S-01

After completing the sweater, I still had 3+ skeins of yarn.  That meant I had enough for a pair of matching socks.  I love to have socks match my sweaters.  I normally buy enough yarn so I can make a pair of matching socks once the sweater is completed.

The socks were knitted from the toe up using my standard K2P2 rib toe-up sock pattern.  I used size US 3 (3.25 mm) needles.  Once the toe was completed, I had 44 stitches on the needles.  The socks were started on January 6th and finished on January 8th.  Worsted weight socks work up very quickly, that’s for sure.

Total yards used for both cardigan (1241 yards) and socks (218 yards) is 1449 yards

Thanks for reading and more cold sheep projects are coming.


Winter Snowstorm of March 14,2017 – Update

WooHoo!  It’s finally over.  According to the National Weather Service (NSW), Binghamton, NY received 31″ (78.7 cm) of snow.  That is a lot.  Fortunately, not that much fell at my house.  The final tally is 23″ (58.4 cm).  Why the discrepancy, you ask?  First, the NSW is at the Broome County Airport, which is on top of one of the highest points in the county.  Second, I do not live anywhere the airport.  In fact, I live at the diagonally opposite end of the county.  It’s all location, location, location.

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Snowfall:  23″ as measured on the trunk of my car.

So, here are the results.  23″ (58.4 cm) of snow landed at my house.  I couldn’t use my gas grill to measure the amount of snow because the wind started blowing and blew off that wonderful cone of snow that was growing.  I had to measure the snow depth on the trunk of my car.  The car was not visible this morning.  It was just a mound of white.  It took a while to excavate my car, but I finally found it under that mound of snow.

The barn was totally surrounded by a nice drift that wasn’t there yesterday.

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The barn adrift in snow.

My bird feeder was more like an igloo than the all seed bird buffet.

All seed bird buffet.

All seed bird buffet.

Squirrel …oops… bird feeder in summer.

Last photo in the series will also provide a good perspective of the amount of snow that fell.  The bridge is a small footbridge that is over a ditch that diverts water from the hill above.

Snow buried bridge.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my record of the Blizzard of 2017.


Winter Snowstorm of March 14, 2017

After a winter with wild temperature fluctuations, why shouldn’t winter end with a blizzard.  Winter is making up for last year when hardly any snow fell.  I guess all those students wishing for a snow day  put multiple pairs of socks on inside out before going to bed last night.  I guess they got their wish.

As I do with most major snowstorms, I like to keep track of how it progresses.  So, here goes.

First of all, the snow didn’t start until around 1:00am this morning.  Don’t ask me how I know other than I was up then.

When I took the dog out this morning at about 8:20am, it was obvious that a significant amount of snow had fallen, 11″ (28 cm) to be exact.  My dog,  Mindy, was not happy about it at all.  Three hours later, when I went back out at 11:30am, another 5.5″ (14 cm) had fallen.  The snowfall rate was 1.83″/hr (6.5 cm/hr).  I would agree that would be considered and significant snowfall rate.

11" (28 cm) snow

11″ (28 cm) at 8:23am as measured on my grill.

16.5" (41.9 cm) snow

16.5″ (41.9 cm) of snow at 11:30am.









My car under 16.5" of snow.

My car under 16.5″ (41.9 cm) of snow. View from porch.

My car is somewhere under 16.5″ of snow.  You can make out the left front wheel, left side view mirror, and left tail light.  I was standing on my porch when I took this photo.





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18.75″ (47.6 cm) of snow at 1:10pm

At about 1:10pm I went back out for another measurement.  I had to use an old-fashioned yardstick because my 18″ steel ruler was just a bit too short.  In less than two hours, another 2.75″ (7 cm) piled up for at total of 18.75″ (47.6″).

Bird feeder on my porch.

… And the snow keeps





My car under 18.75″ (47.6 cm) of snow.



Less and less of my car is visible.  Pretty soon it will be nothing but a snow-encrusted blob.



Latest snowfall check at about 5:40pm. 21″ (53.3 cm) of snow has falling and it has no intention of slowing down.   I actually thought it was slowing up a bit.  It’s started up again.  The wind has picked up as well.  Oh, well.  Sigh.  Let the blizzard continue.

21″ and still falling.


My car under 21″ of snow. Not much visible.









Moose Metal

Today, on a road trip to Ithaca, New York with a friend, I saw these two metal moose on the side of the road on NY Rte 96 in Candor, New York.  On the way back home, we stopped and I was able to photograph these guys.

These metal moose are actually made of iron sheet metal.  There is one on each side of the driveway.  They just made me chuckle.

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Heavy Metal Moose

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Hey George!  Wanna go first?

All photographs are copyright 2017, Barbara M. Harris, all rights reserved.  Please do not copy, use, nor share these photos without my explicit permission.  Thanks, Barbara.