twisted tree


I quite like the effect of the Twisted Tree pattern that I’m knitting into my brown cardigan. Both fronts will have a tree, just above the bottom ribbing. I left out the seed stitch base so that the ribbing would flow smoothly into the trunk.

It adds a bit of interest, both in the knitting and the wearing. It’s rather amusing that the yarn colour is called “twiggy”! I had to lighten up the photo considerably so you could see the detail.

The book that this pattern came from was (I think) a Readers Digest book, 300 Stitch Patterns or something like that. Sorry to be vague, but it’s gone back to the library now.

The blue cardigan now has a partial sleeve. I’ve had to get out my second set of Denise interchangeable cables, as I had one break on me the other day and I need to fiddle around with the length as the sleeve diameter decreases.

As far as other news is concerned, Thursday was my busiest day last week. I started out by getting up at 6.30am so I could be at the SPCA by 8am. I was given two cute little dogs on leashes to load into the SPCA truck, plus one cat in a travel crate, to take to two different vets (for neutering – it’s a no-kill shelter). Driving the Ford pickup truck took some getting used to. I do have two Fords, and one is a manual/stick shift, so that was OK, but could I find the parking brake (handbrake)? Not at first. I searched around for it, and eventually found it down near my left foot – a pedal to apply it and a handle to pull to release it. New to me!

I had time to go home again and have lunch before going back out to a coffee shop to meet a friend (who I originally met at Taekwondo) and after that went over to another friend’s  home – the mum of my friend Anne who died last year.

In the evening Tai Chi Man and I had a book study meeting. That’s 4 commitments in one day – I used to think one a day was a lot!

Friday, it was so nice to be able to spend the day at home. I actually knitted on both cardigans, made my weekly meal plan and shopping list, and did some math with the boys. It’s good to have some balance.

I’ll leave you with a quote from Bill Hicks that one of my sons has attached to his bedroom wall……

The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down, around and around, it has thrills and chills, and it’s very brightly colored, and it’s very loud, and it’s fun for a while. Many people have been on the ride a long time, and they begin to wonder, “Hey, is this real, or is this just a ride?” And other people have remembered, and they come back to us and say, “Hey, don’t worry; don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.” And we kill those people. “Shut him up! I’ve got a lot invested in this ride, shut him up! Look at my furrows of worry, look at my big bank account, and my family. This has to be real.” It’s just a ride. But we always kill the good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok. But it doesn’t matter, because it’s just a ride. And we can change it any time we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here’s what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace. – Bill Hicks


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