20 thoughts on “Cherry Saturday 4-29-2017

  1. I have a giant granny square blanket in progress. It’s a fairly random looking blanket with many colors, because I use leftover whole and partial skeins to make it. Sometimes I double up thinner yarns.

    I like how it looks and it’s a nice way to use up leftovers. Plus once it is blanket size and under a duvet on my bed, no one will know. ?

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    1. That’s the purpose of granny squares, or so I’ve always thought, to use up leftover bits of yarn.

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        1. I love those!

          It’s amazing how some people are so gifted at taking the ordinary and turning it into the extraordinary.

          I have been contemplating starting a granny squares throw to use up my stash too. Maybe this’ll help kickstart me. Hmmmmmm….it’s a three-day weekend here, maybe I’ll sort through my stash….

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        2. Granny squares were the only kind of crocheting that I was ever any good at (my edges tended to wander in and out on everything else), but they never looked like that. You’ll have to post your mystical lanterns when it is done!

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    2. I am a by nature a knitter although I have crocheted a bit, especially really adorable baby hats at one point. But I think that I am too linear to really be good at crochet. I can do all kinds of fancy knitting, but crochet tends to just get away from me. I end up with unrecognizable blobs and random chains. The outright art pieces in fiber arts I’ve seen are often made from crochet; I do think the craft lends itself to extraordinary three-dimensional creations.

      In a space opera genre book that I like by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, Fledgling, the young heroine learns to understand space, mathematics and piloting by crocheting what she’s learning into a visual form that helps it to make sense to her.

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      1. A colleague in our math department crochets to understand whatever topic in math he’s pursuing. Also, I think it keeps him sane in faculty meetings, which threaten the sanity of pretty much everyone involved.

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        1. I was never good with anti-anxiety meds, I just don’t have the chemistry for them, so I picked up my old hobby of crochet again. It does wonders. I think it’s the rhythm and the repetition and the freedom of it. You can do damn near anything in crochet.

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    1. I actually had a bit about that in here and deleted it in favor of Kermit. Frogging plays a big part in my crochet life.

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      1. Frogging has been a part of my life, regardless of what craft. Except, of course, beading where you just snip through the threads, and then spend a lot of time sorting beads….

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  2. I have a small pond (about 4′ x 6′ x 4′ deep) in the middle of my garden. Lots of frogs live in it, along with the few goldfish I put in there on purpose and some efts that showed up later. I have to rip the whole thing out this year and have it redone, and I am actually going to have to save the frogs. Go figure.

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    1. Yes! We have real frogs, too, in a corner that makes a pond in the spring.

      We want to plant trees, because deforestation is such a problem right now, but the conservation agency’s policy is to spray RoundUp around each tree, and when I looked it up, there are specific studies about the dangers to frogs, especially in the spring. (Look up POEA and frogs, and you’ll see what I mean.)

      We ended up paying more for mechanical mowing, but it’s worth it to us to save the frogs and keep possible carcinogens away from us.

      By the way, I hate mosquitoes, so I had planned to dry up the pond anyway by planting willow trees, but they suggested we could always dig the pond *deeper* and make it less attractive to mosquitoes and bring in more wildlife. So that’s a thought, too.

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      1. Melissa, please quantify ‘deeper’. We have a man-made pond that is about 50cm deep. Water flows in and out from small springs. I don’t know if it is the depth that works or the flow. I can’t imagine that mosquitoes breed in flowing water, just standing water.

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  3. I used to collect frogs. My favorite is one titled, a frog formerly known as prince. He’s green, wears a gold crown, and sits on a black stone base. Unfortunately he has lost one eye, and sometimes his crown slips, but I think that makes him more mysterious. 😉

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  4. My sister owned a townhouse a couple of years ago that was next to a wetland that was part of a state forest. In the summer, the frogs from the wetland would try to get to another swampy area nearby, which meant crossing a couple of paved roads (with predictable results). Our dogs loved, loved, loooovvvved hunting the frogs, though we would never let the dogs catch the frogs (since we didn’t know what would happen to the dogs if they did).

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