Love My Charlotte’s Web!

Dear Snow,

I love the fact that people like my color choices for the Charlotte’s Web Shawl that you knitted for me.  I really didn’t think the colors would go together that well as they were just random skeins of Koigu that I had in my stash.  I remember laying them all out and trying to figure out which way they should go.  Apparently, it was the right way as I think it’s beautiful.  I will send you a picture of me wearing the shawl when I am dressed more appropriately.  As you know, the things I wear around the house would not accent the shawl at all.  On this gloomy day, it’s an old T-shirt and Yoga pants.  Thanks again for knitting the shawl for it.  It’s my favorite shawl!

What’s on my needles, you say?  That would be my second pair of socks for this month.  I finished a pair for Larry, my first pair of “man socks”.  Thankfully, he doesn’t have huge feet. The yarn is an old skein of On Your Toes with Aloe Vera.
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The second pair is for Andrea and is from a very, very old Opal that you gave me when you cleaned out your stash a few years back. It’s knitting up very nicely, but I know you don’t like pink.  I’m not doing the ASK pattern of the month as it is too lacey for Andrea.  Hope I get them finished by the end of the month.  I only have this cuff and half the other sock cuff to finish.
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This Memorial Day is rainy and gloomy. The family was here yesterday for a cook out to celebrate Dana’s birthday. We had fun, as usual, and Reese had two other little dogs to play with – Dana’s Chichihua and Andrea’s “little white dog”, Lexie. Reese was totally worn out last night and that can be a good thing.

Glad we are back on our blog. When you have time, let me know what you are up to.

Hugs, Royce

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Charlotte’s Web

Dear Royce:

Today I received an intra-Raverly compliment regarding your Charlotte’s Web shawl. People like your color choices. 🙂

Carole's Charlotte's Web

Every once and a while I think about unearthing the Koigu stash and getting mine made. I might need to send you the yarn so you can select the 5 choices and the sequence order.

Do you remember the fun we had ordering and then trying out the arrangement? Do you know it’s been 5 years? (I’m not really sure – I think it’s been longer.) And I think now you wouldn’t hesitate to knit that shawl yourself.

What’s on your needles?



PS. Why don’t I have a picture of you properly wearing it?

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Knitter’s Review: Unshrinkit

Dear Royce:

Clara Parkes, the owner/author/publisher of Knitter’s Review dot com, has just published her review of a new product called Unshrinkit.

I keep casting on things lately. Socks mostly.

  1. First sock completed for a test knit due at the end of October. Suffering from SSS.
  2. First sock completed for a test knit due after the first of the year.  Suffering from SSS as well.
  3. First sock about 25% using Miss Babs yarn. Toe-up.
  4. First sock at about 25% using Vesper in a stripey colorway.
  5. Two socks at a time about 25% using Vesper in a 5 stripe colorway called Bride of Socktober Spooktacular.
  6. A just completed crocheted Foxy baby hat.
  7. Itching to start a Walking Dead sock-a-long on Sunday!

That’s about all for now. Take care!


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I Like the Yellow Knife, Too

Dear Snow,

I also thought the yellow knife was cool.  You know how I am about knives.  I’m still using the wonderful knife you left here for me.  Love it and thank you again.  I have this really great knife for slicing tomatoes.  I think it was one of those Seen on TV things.  I can’t say it cuts up other things, but for tomatoes, it’s perfect!

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So glad you liked your birthday yarn and your socks are so pretty! I’m knitting Rainy Days and Wooly Dogs socks again. I think this is my last skein of her yarn. How sad is that! It’s called “The Colors of Autumn”. Looks more like the colors of bumblebees. What do you think?

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Hugs, Royce

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How Do You Get to the Mango Fruit?

Dear Royce:

You shared this video. If just one of these methods truly works, it’s worth the few minutes watching the video.

Though I do think I might need that knife he/she is using in the video.



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Joy Birthday Socks

Dear Royce:

I really wanted to use the yarn you sent for my birthday on a small shawlette but could not find something that worked, at least not anything very lacy. So I made socks. Toe-up, Crazy Hoes & Teals. The yarn is very, very soft! I started these Up North  over 10 days ago and finally finished sock #2 yesterday.


Thank you again for the yarn! I love it.


Hugs, Snow




Yarn is Manos del Uruguay Alegría in colorway 9102 Colibri. 75% Merino, 25% Nylon. It almost feels and looks like there is a bit of silk in the blend. Alegría means “joy” in Spanish.

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Surprise Yarn in the Mail!

Dear Royce and Attentive Readers:

Thank you for your very kind words on my Aidez sweater. (The yarn is Cascade’s Ecological Wool.)

I love your Opal Handpaint socks! Those socks rock! I still like Opal yarn for socks and have been impressed how well socks made with it stand up to YEARS of use (and abuse). And yep, I did make the Opal 6-ply socks at the same time you started those Handpaints. Have you worn them yet? I’m sure you have.

The moebius cowl I’ve been knitting (yep, still knitting it a row at a time…) is a true moebius. Lots of stitches and takes a while to knit a round because it’s fingering weight yarn.

I am so glad you like your recipe “scrapbooks” and keep them so organized. I’m going to send my book and pile of mostly disorganized printed recipes to you to organize. Just kidding! Wait, I’m going to send it.

How did you like the Nutribullet Cheesecake? I’m sure you wrote to the Fruits to share the news, but you know…..I get behind on my FB emails.

I had a good birthday. It was a major holiday, so we did have some of the family together for traditional feast of the ham and all the sides. It was the most beautiful day we’ve had in about 6 months. We sat outside–and didn’t have to wear coats and boots. One of my sisters got SUNBURNED.

It’s been cold and yucky and rainy. I swear it actually sleeted for a few minutes this afternoon, pelting the window in my office with sleety bits. It’s not really cold enough to snow, but it still made an attempt.

I went out just a bit ago to retrieve a package that came in the mail and was handed two packages. Surprise!!! Thank you so very much! It’s just so gorgeous! I cannot wait to try out this Manos del Uruguay sock yarn. I must finish the 2nd sock I have going so I can start a new pair! [Do you think it’s too gorgeous/fancy for socks?]


The yarn treat is shown adorning my partially-decorated Spring/Easter tree. It’s in transition. Aren’t the colors beautiful? My snapshot does not do it justice!

How is your Polish shawl? What else are you working on? What are you reading? What else is going on in the ‘Boro?

Thanks again for the Yarn Treat, the birthday cake, the card, and the birthday post greeting!

Have to get back to work! Hugs from Up North!



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