Those Important Little Insignificant Words

This morning while listening to Justice read from his second grade reader, I noticed that he would leave out some of the  little words in a sentence . I, of course, stopped him and gave him a lecture about the importance of those words and how they change the meaning of the story.

Wouldn’t you know not eight hours later, I found myself working on a shrug that my granddaughter, Kylie, asked me to knit for her.  I had completed the three inches of ribbing and was ready to begin on the “knotted openwork stitch pattern” of this bright pink shrug.  The directions are printed as “k3, with left needle lift and pass the 1st of the 3 stitches just knitted over the last two.”  Now, I worked and worked trying to understand how on earth I could knit the 1st AND 3rd stitches over the last two.  There really just wasn’t any way to do this.  I even read all the comments at the end of the pattern and I could tell no one else had had a problem with this shrug pattern.  Finally, just when I had decided that I was going to have to ask for help at Yarns, I realized my mistake!  How simple it was to pass the 1st of the 3 stitches rather than 1st and 3rd stitches!  Oh, the power of those little words!

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So Many Choices!

mom photopersonal photo 3I really think I could tell you which of my knitting and crocheting friends have made any given project model at Yarns Sold and Told.  I really think that I could guess just by looking at the project chosen, the yarn chosen and the difficulty of the scarf, hat, sweater, etc.     (pictured here – Marilyn and Nancy)

If it is a luxurious yarn in deep and rich brown tones with difficulty in pattern, Pam McIntyre made it.  If it is a sock of ANY kind, everyone knows Connie Jo Jensen made it.  If it is for a little girl in primary grades knit in bright purple, pink or yellow, BJ Splichal made it.  Everyone knows I lean toward baby items.  Marilyn Parker will choose bright, bright colors every time.PHoto 3connie jopersonal photo 1

Although, we all choose such different projects, yarns and colors, isn’t it fun that we can all love each other’s work?  Isn’t it fun that we have so many patterns and yarns in which to choose!

Pictured here – Connie Jo and Pam

Pictured here  – BJ

“Oh, Look, We Have Yellow Yarn”

It is standard procedure at Yarns Sold and Told when any yellow yarn arrives at our store to set some aside for BJ Splichal.  We all know without a shadow of a doubt that this particular partner of ours will be knitting something from this new yellow yarn for her little granddaughter, Natalie.  While I usually find a pattern and then find the yarn that I want to use, BJ does just the opposite.  She knows that anytime a yellow yarn or even a yarn with yellow in it arrives, this darling four year old child will love it regardless of the project.  How fun for Nana to know that someone in her family will love whatever she knits just because it is her favorite color.

Actually, it does make sense.  Yellow is such a fun, sunshine color.  Having met this delightful little girl, I can say yellow fits Natalie perfectly!

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The Little Lost Piggy Hat

Once upon a time, in a far away land, was the most wonderful little pink piggy hat that had ever been made.  It was made with love from pink Encore Yarn by Alden’s grandmother, Cynthia.  Oh, how little Alden loved her little pink piggy hat.  She wore it around the house, she wore it around town – she even wore it to bed!  But, alas, as in many fairy tales, something horrible happened to this wonderful little pink piggy hat.  Alden lost it!  Oh, what a fateful day.  As in most fairy tales, however, help was on the way.  Alden’s wonderful Daddy called his mother and told her of this horrible news.  Alden’s  fairy godmother  (actually, it was her grandmother, Cynthia) went to the kingdom known as Yarns Sold and Told  and purchased more yarn and made another wonderful little pink piggy hat that little Alden loved just as much as the first one.  Don’t you just love a happy ending?pig hat2