do you like my hat?

yah.  it’s been a knitting kind of week.  I stil have lots of quilting to do, but my mind is settling on knitting lately.  So, I cranked out a couple of berets…..

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two berets and a bird hat.

then, I decided to dig through my yarn collection and organize it and found an old blanket I had started….linen/cotton on little tiny sticks…. about 3 and a half feet wide…..I am about a foot into it.  so like only 5 more feet to go!!!!  I started it on a long string of dpns which is a very uncomfortable way to knit a big blanket… luckily my mom picks up knitting needles at garage sales and sends them to me so I had the size I need in a long circular set…. I am going to work on that blanket now until I get into quilting again…

in other news…. the 6th grade did some ikebana……

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I got a drink of the precious mead,

poured from Odrerir.

Then I began to quicken and  be wise,

and to grow and to prosper….

-From the Ancient Poem Runatal… translated from the Norse.



a whole lotta love out there….


gifts from India….

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from tiki tiki/ dahlbat 


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from Ravenhill 

blogging has opened up a great big world for me, the “craft” bloggers out there are just so amazing and inspirational!!!  They send fabulous stuff too.   It feels good.

in knitting news…. I finished a beret and liked it so much that I immediately cast on another one in red…on my new addi turbo needles that my sister sent me for christmas…(again with the love!!!) I got the pattern from Interweave Knits winter 2006 and the inspiration from Moonstitches……

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now I am off to read about linking so that I can link to every one I mentioned today…..


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Sea Cucumbers
A Sea Cucumber

A Sea Cucumber
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Echinodermata
Subphylum: Echinozoa
Class: Holothuroidea
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The sea cucumber is an echinoderm of the class Holothuroidea, with an elongated body and leathery skin, which is found on the sea floor worldwide. It is so named because of its cucumber-like shape. Like all echinoderms, sea cucumbers have an endoskeleton just below the skin, but this can actually be absent in some species.[citation needed]




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Sea cucumber in Fiji

Sea cucumber in Fiji

Sea cucumber in Mahé, Seychelles ejects sticky filaments from the anus in self-defence.

Sea cucumber in Mahé, Seychelles ejects sticky filaments from the anus in self-defence.

Sea cucumbers are generally scavengers, feeding on debris in the benthic zone of the ocean. Exceptions include pelagic cucumbers and the species Rynkatropa pawsoni, which has a commensal relationship with deep-sea anglerfish.[1] The diet of most cucumbers consists of plankton and decaying organic matter found in the sea. Some sea cucumbers position themselves in currents and catch food that flows by with their open tentacles. They also sift through the bottom sediments using their tentacles. Sea Cucumbers live in Tropical Reefs.

Some species of coral-reef sea cucumbers within the order Aspidochirotida can defend themselves by expelling their sticky cuvierian tubules (enlargements of the respiratory tree that float freely in the coelom) to entangle potential predators. When startled, these cucumbers may expel some of them through a tear in the wall of the cloaca in an autotomic process known as evisceration. Replacement tubules grow back in one-and-a-half to five weeks, depending on the species.[2]

They can be found in great numbers on the deep sea floor, where they often make up the majority of the animal biomass.[3] The body of deep water holothurians is made of a tough gelatinous tissue with unique properties that makes the animals able to control their own buoyancy, making it possible for them to either live on the ocean floor or to float over it to move to new locations with a minimum of energy.[4]

In more shallow waters, sea cucumbers can form dense populations. The strawberry sea cucumber (Squamocnus brevidentis) of New Zealand lives on rocky walls around the southern coast of the South Island where populations sometimes reach densities of 1,000 animals per square metre. For this reason, one such area in Fiordland is simply called the strawberry fields.[5]

Sea cucumbers extract oxygen from water in a pair of ‘respiratory trees’ that branch off the cloaca just inside the anus, so that they ‘breathe’ by drawing water in through the anus and then expelling it.[6][7] A variety of fish, most commonly pearl fish, have evolved a commensalistic symbiotic relationship with sea cucumbers in which the pearl fish will live in sea cucumber’s cloaca using it for protection from predation, a source of food (the nutrients passing in and out of the anus from the water), and to develop into their adult stage of life. Many polychaete worms and crabs have also specialized to use the cloacal respiratory trees for protection by living inside the sea cucumber.[8]

Ten percent of the blood cell pigment of the sea cucumber is vanadium. Just as the horseshoe crab has blue blood rather than red blood (colored by iron in hemoglobin) because of copper in the hemocyanin pigment, the blood of the sea cucumber is yellow because of the vanadium in the vanabin pigment[9]. Nonetheless, there is no evidence that vanabins carry oxygen, in contrast to hemoglobin and hemocyanin.

Sea cucumbers reproduce by releasing sperm and ova into the ocean water. Depending on conditions, one organism can produce thousands of gametes.

The largest American species is Holothuria floridana, which abounds just below low-water mark on the Florida reefs.

The most common way to separate the subclasses is by looking at their oral tentacles. Subclass Dendrochirotacea has 8-30 oral tentacles, subclass Aspidochirotacea has 10-30 leaflike or shieldlike oral tentacles, while subclass Apodacea may have up to 25 simple or pinnate oral tentacles and is also characterized by reduced or absent tube feet, as in the order Apodida.[citation needed]


and if you actually read all that, it is really quite interesting.  I still haven’t figured out how to simply link to something, so I just pasted that all in there. 

Isn’t it amazing that there is just all kinds of stuff in the ocean just ripe for the taking!!!!! and it’s FREE , too.

quilt and a little quiz……

we have several nice neighbors and we all kind-of share stuff that we get… sometimes I get a box of vegetables from the mother-in-law and I pass stuff around and sometimes I get stuff for my husband because the neighbor lady knows he will appreciate something that I can’t/won’t/don’t fix.

Last week she brought this over for him to enjoy with his sake.  For those of my loyal readers that don’t live in Japan, why don’t you take a guess as to what exactly it is… and if my loyal in Japan readers would hold off just a bit and offer some help later……..


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this week I started  knitting a beret and my right thumb has split right at the top inner tip.  Does that happen to anyone else in the winter?  It cracks open and gets blood on my knitting. It also hurts like a ____________.   I am knitting a bit to let the tip of my left middle finger heal because as you all know I finished this last week…..


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happy belated valentine’s day to you all.  Kayla and I made brownies and then she and her friends walked around the neighborhood handing out their pretty little bags of homemade treats to the boys that they like.  March 14, the boys in turn will give the girls cookies or treats as a thank-you for the “affection”.

I,  myself,  shared a bottle of wine with my husband as a treat.  He, representing the men of Japan, brought me the same thing he always does…… I will insert a photo below…..

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flowers, chocolates, champagne,lingerie

psst…if he really wanted to impress me he would bring me pizza and yarn.

stick a fork in it baby, ’cause it’s done!!!!!

you know it’s done when you can fold it properly. (and only those who have completed a quilt will know what I mean)  .  It’s done! It’s done!  It’s done!!!!

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the quilt that started on a whim….”hmmm… I wonder what happens when I sew this to this….”  and THEN  totally surround it by RED!!!!!!

done. done and done.  progress on the moon quilt to follow….

In other news… my youngest just turned 7.  Seven years ago, I gave birth. The cake, put together in haste because of “schedules” and “lack of ingredients” turned out fairly well. Also doesn’t hurt to have a FABULOUS present on hand to thrill …..

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bring tea for the tillerman

steak for the sun

wine for the woman who made the rain come

seagulls sing your hearts away

’cause while sinners sin

the children play

oh lord how they play and play

for that happy day

for that happy day.

-cat stevens-



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where is my brother??

I am not my brother’s keeper.

He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.

Oh brother, can you spare a dime.

Ye who shall call his brother a fool shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Brother, where art thou?

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Those are the same stars

and that is the same moon,

that look down upon

your brothers and sisters,

and which they see as they look up to them,

though they are ever so far away from us,

and each other.

Sojourner Truth–


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I wonder where my brother is………..