Naomi's Birthday Socks

I knitted these socks earlier this year for Naomi's birthday. I love the colors and pattern of these variegated socks. I didn't have my camera cable or sock blockers with me so I was unable to see how the photo turned out until I recently downloaded it. The light green shows up a bit more prominently in the photo than in person. The pattern reminds me of a spring garden.

The photograph also shows the yarn. I like to reserve a small amount in case a snag or other minor repair is required.

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Summer Socks

This summer I knitted 3 pairs of socks: a pair for my niece, my nephew and then a pair for me. I used self striping yarn and had no idea how these would look. My mother declared these the most beautiful color of socks she had seen me knit. I have to agree the pattern was striking and I love the colors.

The colors are even richer in person.

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Poppies

Poppies

Whenever I see red poppies, I am reminded of the poem, "In Flanders Fields", and I am moved to tears. My mother is a war refugee and my father is a retired, career military officer. He recites this poem, from memory, with poignancy and the emotion only a soldier and a doctor can know. I grew up hearing stories of the horrors of war and survival from family members and close family friends.

In Flanders Fields 
Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army Medical Corps

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow 
Between the crosses row on row, 
That mark our place; and in the sky 
The larks, still bravely singing, fly 
Scarce heard amid the guns below. 


We are the Dead. Short days ago 
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, 
Loved and were loved, and now we lie 
In Flanders fields. 


Take up our quarrel with the foe: 
To you from failing hands we throw 
The torch; be yours to hold it high. 
If ye break faith with us who die 
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow 
In Flanders fields.


Photo first published 06/05/2009

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Lavender Sachet

This is an evening's project and a nice hostess or guest gift. You can fill it with scented soap or herbs. It was made from a Heritage Spinning and Weaving kit that came with yarn, pattern and lavender packaged in just the right size to fit a scented sachet or soap bar.

The photo shows the lace sachet knitted in fingering weight cotton (left) and sport weight cotton (right). A scented lavender sachet is shown in the center.

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