Ragtag Daily Prompt, Thursday: Countless Branches…

Where else would you find countless branches than at Branch Brook Park in Newark, New Jersey.  And where else would you find countless branches filled with cherry blossoms every April than at the Cherry Blossom festival in Branch Brook Park.

Here’s a little known fact: Branch Brook Park has more cherry trees than Washington D.C. and has more than 2,700 Japanese cherry blossom trees.  Branch Brook Park also holds the distinction of being the first county park in the United States opened to the public.

A few pictures from 2010 and 2018. I really kind of like the lion one best 🙂

 

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Rails…

The rails of the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey train terminal at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Taken from their website:  ‘From 1892 through 1954, the CRRNJ Terminal stood with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island to unfold one of this nation’s most dramatic stories: the immigration of northern, southern and eastern Europeans, among others, into the United States. After being greeted by the Statue of Liberty and processed at Ellis Island, these immigrants purchased tickets and boarded trains at the Terminal that took them to their new homes throughout the United States. Learn more about the CRRNJ’s history, visit the Historic CRRNJ Train Terminal site.  ‘

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Art Unexpected…

Clockwise from upper right:  tree sculpture in PA – easels in windows – statues and metal cows at the Field Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard – sidewalk art – mural in NJ – piano in Greenwich Village, NYC.

My daughter and I are deeply into our genealogy and have been visiting cemeteries where our ancestor are buried.  I’ve always found cemeteries to be interesting places, especially the older ones where grave stones and markers are indeed works of art.  We have several ancestors buried in Mt Pleasant Cemetery in Newark, New Jersey, which is Newark’s oldest cemetery and in my opinion the most beautiful and interesting one.  The cemetery has a special section for the firemen of Newark and that is where my great, great grandfather is buried.  The unexpected art connection to me are the fire hydrants that surround this section.

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Coffee Conversations…

My daughter Deb and I go out for coffee every Saturday, we’ve been doing this for almost 20 years.  Sometimes we stay local, sometimes travel to different state to meet a friend like in the upper right hand corner picture or choose a place in NJ where we can enjoy the NYC skyline.  Sometimes Deb takes her writing along and I bring a crossword puzzle book or a small coloring book with me.  Even though we live together these Saturday morning outings are a special time for us.

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: All In A Row…

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From piano keys on top row right, to telephone poles 3rd row right, to NYC brownstones 4th row right, to seats and sunlight and post office boxes on the bottom row… these are my choices for ‘In A Row’.

 

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Book Review: His Royal Highness

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Let me just start by saying that this book is downright fun. It takes place in a theme park. The heroine plays a princess and the hero is as close to a prince as it might be possible for him to get.

One of my favorite things about R.S. Grey’s work is that she isn’t afraid to write awkward heroine’s, but not in a clumsy-for-no-reason Bella Swan sort of way. They are bodily so ultra-self aware that they can’t help making a spectacle of themselves, and Whitney is no different. She flies through the story, trying to outrun her responsibilty for her own life by focusing on everything outside herself until confronting her relationship with Derek also brings her face to face with what she’s been avoiding. It was a joy to watch her grow and fall in love.

His Royal Highness is available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.


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Indie Design Gift-A-Long 2019

The Indie Design Gift-A-Long, aka GAL2019, is starting a little later this year! It will run Tuesday, November 26th at 8 pm (US-EST) through Tuesday December 31st at midnight (US-EST).

Prizes galore (patterns, books, yarn, and more) will be available. I’ve donated e-books of Beachwalk KnitsWinery Knits, and Hitch: Patterns Inspired by the Films of Alfred Hitchcock; and of course, there will be Ravelry patterns to win as well!

286 indie designers are participating this year. To join in the gift-a-long, simply knit or crochet any of their paid patterns and post all the required info in the appropriate thread in the group here.

From Tuesday November 26th at 8pm (US-EST) through Monday December 2nd at 11:59 pm (US-EST) the participating indie designers will be discounting between 10 – 20 of their patterns 25% for this event. Use coupon code: giftalong2019

I have 19 patterns chosen for the sale — you can get a peek at some of them in this pic:

I’ve focused on shawls and cowls this year for my sale bundle.

But don’t forget — any paid design by any of the participating indie designers are eligible for the GAL, not just the sale patterns!

 

Now Selling Hand – Dyed Yarns!

Wow! It’s been a hot minute, hasn’t it? Life has a way of getting so busy and overwhelming sometimes that it can be difficult to get to do the things you love with any regularity. I decided it was high time to re-prioritize my passions, though, and I’m happy to announce my new Etsy store, Thistle & Sprout.

I’ve been adding hand-dyed sock yarns along with wool felt poinsettia pins for the holidays. As I can, I’ll be adding other yarn weights along with fleeces from the backs of my small flock (maybe even some other little fibery fun!).

Im thrilled to be back on the fiber wagon and to share this journey with you all!

November – Indie Gift Along on Ravelry


It's that time again!

Get your yarn wound and your knitting needles warmed up.
Indie Designers Gift-Along sale is happening next week!
More info here: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/indie-design-gift-a-long

Have a great November!

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Pattern Release: Rincon Cowl

It’s Gansey time!

I wanted to play with this sort of knit-on-the-bias bandanna cowl construction. I chose to address texture, rather than color, in this unisex piece.

Easier to wear than a shawl, just toss it on and go.

This is a fast, fun knit, great for gifts. Enjoy!

One Size

Finished Measurements
Height (from top of cowl to bottom corner): 26” / 66 cm
Circumference: 26” / 66 cm

Yarn
Anzula Katara, 50% Merino Wool / 50% Yak (98 yds / 90 m per 1.76 oz / 50 g), 5 skeins (sample used 450 yds / 411 m), shown in Chiva.

Needles
US 6 / 4 mm (your choice straight or circular), or size to obtain gauge
US 6 / 4 mm DPN for Applied I Cord

Gauge
20 sts and 32 rows over 4” / 10 cm in textured patterns, blocked
Gauge is important. Alterations in gauge will affect yarn requirements and finished size.

Notions
yarn needle
stitchmarkers as desired

Skills
Applied I cord (directions given)
Grafting (only 6 sts), can sew if desired instead
Mattress stitch
Both charts and line by line instructions are provided