I was planning to skip knitting anything for the quilters' and the guild's gift exchange. The quilters had talked about exchanging Arne and Carlos birds, which have a bit of a learning curve. So I checked Ravelry for free bird ornament patterns and found several cute ones. I'll whip out a few of these with stash yarn for the two exchanges.
One project I don't plan on finishing, at least for this Xmas, is the crocodile scale tree.
After trying to make the scales again and again, I finally learned there is a video on the website. It did help, and I think I'm making them right, but somehow instead of going from 16 scales on the first round down to 15 on the second round, I ended up with 17, :-p. Life's too short.
My niece and her husband in Vermont had a baby girl last week. I'm hoping to see pics of her wearing her stripey sweater and wrapped in her blanky!
This month's Boston knitting guild meeting ended its silver anniversary year with a silver and gray fashion show and display of members' projects.
Also, it was a literal treat to hear a presentation by the enterprising young woman who started the Kitchen Millie cookie business. She brought samples for our refreshment, and packaged cookies to buy.
Fellow Moms member and author Terry Schimmel had a booth at the RI Authors Expo. She autographed two of her books for me:
Browsing the aisles I happened upon the man who stopped by our house last spring to photograph our outhouse for his second volume of outhouses in RI. After it was published a few months ago he sent out order forms if we wanted to purchase the book, which I did, but in my typical fashion I procrastinated. I'm glad he was at the expo so I could buy the book and be done with it.
I joined the Social Media Team for RI Moms Demand Action. The team leader showed me how to post pertinent articles onto our public Facebook page. We try to post 3 items daily, and only have to do it every 5 weeks in rotation.
Many Moms, survivors, and others concerned about gun violence attended the 5th annual vigil in Providence for survivors of gun violence. It was a moving service. It's hard to believe that on December 14 it will have been 5 years since the Sandy Hook massacre. And in all that time, the US Congress has not passed one law that will reduce gun violence. Instead, they continue to kneel to the NRA and seek to weaken existing laws (i.e. Trump overturning a law that prevented mentally ill veterans from possessing firearms), and gut proposed sensible legislation such as the Fix NICS Act by attaching the idiotic and contrary Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. Several of us Moms have had letters to the editor published on this latter issue; mine can be found here.