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Fair Isle in October

In many ways this has been the most interesting week of my stay. The month began quietly, with just a new Little Bunting. October 2nd, however, was exceptional. 136 more words

Thorny Topics

Fair Isle in September (2)

The weather during my second week on Fair Isle has been more mixed, and in general there have been fewer migrants. Some notable birds have remained throughout ( 79 more words


Stashbusting -- Or Not

A few weeks ago, I knit a hat out of yarn from my stash. It was a great quick project which used up some bits and ends of wool, and I liked the resulting hat a lot. 279 more words

Knitting Etc.

Episode 73 Vacation Knitting

Welcome to Hudson Valley Knits, a podcast straight from the beautiful Hudson Valley of NY.Today I am podcasting at the Senasqua Park in Croton-on-Hudson. I have some WIPS to show you and a few new stash enhancements. 160 more words


Shetland Wool Week 2016

Can you believe it? Shetland Wool Week 2016 began today!!!

Shelves have been filled and the shops as tidy as it will be for the next week!  104 more words

Fair Isle in September

As our first week on Fair Isle draws a close, this seems a suitable point to review what we have seen. In more or less chronological order the scarce or rare species have included: Barred Warbler, Common Rosefinch (at least 2), Short-toed Lark, Red-throated Pipit, Yellow-browed Warbler (peak of 54 on 20 September, of which I saw at least 17), Little Bunting (2), Bluethroat (2), … 54 more words

Thorny Topics

Comfy Fair Isle Hat

I am always looking for new and different ideas to knit for our chemo hat charity that the knitting club supports. I have plenty of great patterns…but you know… I want something…different. 197 more words

Machine Knitting