W and X are for…

Willow

Willow

In my garden there are many trees.  One of the most interesting is this corkscrew willow tree.  Unfortunately, as you can see, back in May when this photo was taken, much of this tree was dying.  This last week the tree was chopped down and became and X-willow:

X-Willow tree

X-Willow tree

I am sad to lose this tree.  The garden looks different, rather bare:

Back garden sans willow

Back garden sans willow

And I will no longer have the opportunity for pictures like this one:

Iced Tree Feb 2007

Iced Tree Feb 2007

At least I don’t have to worry about branches falling on the fence and damaging my neighbors’ property:

Tree last month

Tree last month

I hope to get 3 -4 apple trees and a flowering cherry to fill along the back fence.  That should make up for the loss of the willow tree.

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U is for…

Uncle Stan 1931 - 2007

Uncle Stan 1931 - 2007

It could also be for untimely as I posted by V before my U.  I do know my alphabet, it just took me some to find a picture for my U.  For some reason I do not have many digital images of my Uncle.

I is for …

Immigration

I became an American citizen this morning. Conveniently time for I as part of my abcalong project. Also convenient was the fact that I just finished these washcloths:

Start Washcloths

Short of knitting something more patriotic, which I am not sure I would want any way, I thought stars on blue was very appropriate for the occasion*.

I also think it was appropriate that I became American on May Day, which is also International Workers Day or Labour Day. Since I grew up in England, I learnt to do strange dances around a pole on May Day. Phew, escaped from such weirdnesses by becoming American. Now I can adopt, if I so chose, American celebrations such as the National Day of Prayer and I can singing, with impunity, great songs such as “This Land is Your Land” – all verses of it:

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND

words and music by Woody Guthrie

Chorus:
This land is your land, this land is my land
From California, to the New York Island
From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me

As I was walking a ribbon of highway
I saw above me an endless skyway
I saw below me a golden valley
This land was made for you and me

Chorus

I’ve roamed and rambled and I’ve followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
And all around me a voice was sounding
This land was made for you and me

Chorus

The sun comes shining as I was strolling
The wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
The fog was lifting a voice come chanting
This land was made for you and me

Chorus

As I was walkin’ – I saw a sign there
And that sign said – no tress passin’
But on the other side …. it didn’t say nothin!
Now that side was made for you and me!

Chorus

In the squares of the city – In the shadow of the steeple
Near the relief office – I see my people
And some are grumblin’ and some are wonderin’
If this land’s still made for you and me.

Chorus (2x)

©1956 (renewed 1984), 1958 (renewed 1986) and 1970 TRO-Ludlow Music, Inc.(BMI)

*Additionally, these washcloths mean that this post is also FO Friday. These NunuYaya’s are very additive. I did change the pattern slightly for the white one. Instead of decreasing at the edges I decreased in the middle, using “slip 2 tog, k1, pass both slipped stitches together over knitted stitch”, this gives that nice ridge in the middle. The red is in Cliche** and the white is 2nd time cotton. Cliche is a dream to knit with, with no splitting of the yarn while I was knitting. This has been a problem with the other cottons I have used. The final wash cloth was very soft washcloth and will be good for using on your face. 2nd time cotton produced a rougher washcloth which would really defoliate well. Their gauges came out similar, the white cloth was knitted for more rounds, additionally its row gauge may be slightly bigger than Cliche’s.

I am enjoying this pattern so much that I also started on one as a swatch with 8 petals using Classic Elite Cotton Bam Boo. I need to sew in the yarn ends and then I can show it you.

**The JCA Craft and Reynolds website who create Artful Yarns is under construction.


D is for…

Just when you thought I wasn’t going to get to “D” in time:
daffodil in bud

I was hoping that this forced daffodil would be flowering by today, but it was not to be. Here is one from last year:

Bunch of Daffodils

Here is another symbol to represent what I am using for my D:

Leek

I know it is a Leek. Leeks and/or daffodils are worn by the Welsh on March 1st to celebrate St David‘s Day. He is the patron saint of Wales, of which I loosely descended (it explains the “e” in my last name) and of Vegetarians, of which I am also one. St David was a pretty cool dude who founded the Christian church in South Wales. I have visited the cathedral dedicated to him, which is in the smallest city in Great Britain, since city status there is dependent on where there is a cathedral.

Happy St David’s Day!