Manos scarf
Friday September 18th 2009, 5:57 pm
Filed under: "Wrapped in Comfort",Knit,Wildlife

I told Kathryn (sp?) at Knit Night last night it was do or die. Thirty-nine inches later, with many breaks for the hands but with the rest of the evening open, it’ll totally be done.  We see the person I’m knitting it for tomorrow, a former down-the-street neighbor from our New Hampshire days.  Water Turtles stitch pattern, an extra stitch added to each edge, cast on 33, two skeins of Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend merino/silk handdyed (thank you Kathy!) on size 5.5 mm and there you go.

I was a bit late getting to Knit Night.  I glanced out the window before leaving, and, for the first time, there were two baby black squirrels!  And then a third!  The last and largest clearly had some gray squirrel parentage showing, and the three were in dark gray, charcoal, and black, in descending order of size to match their coloring;  I guess they’re all out of the nest now. They tended to keep close to each other.

There’s nothing quite like a baby animal.  I watched one doing the familiar semi-leapwalk squirrels do, except that, just for the sheer joy of it as far as I could tell, this one leaped a bit sideways each step forward, like a bouncing ball with a spin to it, just because it could.

Note to squirrels: you cannot climb windows.  Where there is a will there is NOT a way up.  Sorry. I decided Feederfiller had better make an appearance to discourage coming too close to the house.

One took a flying leap to the center bottom of a tree trunk–and missed!  Oops. It scrambled and grabbed the side of it at the last second–a save on that play! And the crowd goes wild!

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I’m still amazed at how the embiggened pictures are upclose and right atcha. I could almost reach out and touch the softness of that beautiful scarf.

Love the triplets! We don’t have black squirrels here.

Comment by Toni Smoky-Mountains 09.18.09 @ 6:53 pm

Somebody is going have to do some extra tree climbing homework tonight.

Comment by LauraN 09.18.09 @ 7:34 pm

Beautiful scarf & cutie-patootie squirrels!

Comment by TripletMom 09.18.09 @ 7:38 pm

I’ve always said that John Belushi’s approach to the dean’s office in Animal House was strictly “squirrel style”. Two steps left – look around – two steps right.

Comment by Barbara-Kay 09.18.09 @ 8:10 pm

Baby squirrels, baby elephants … I think baby most anything are cute. Even baby humans, though some newborns can apparently be not so cute. Which reminds me of something some fellow figured out what to say when shown a perhaps not-so-cute baby: (With great enthusiasm) “It’s a BABY!”

Other fun:

A maiden at college, Miss Keyes,
Weighted down with BA’s and Lit. D’s, Collapsed from the strain;
Said her doctor, “It’s plain
You’re killing yourself by degrees!”

Comment by Don Meyer 09.18.09 @ 8:21 pm

The scarf is absolutely gorgeous! and I love the squirrel play-by-play — baby animals are such fun to watch 🙂

Comment by Jocelyn 09.19.09 @ 9:04 am

I am enjoying your baby squirrels. The knitting, too, of course.

Comment by sherry in idaho 09.19.09 @ 9:19 am

I have some Manos silk blend in the drawer… I’m hoping it will tell me what it wants to become soon.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 09.19.09 @ 11:25 am

Beautiful – all of them. I’m with you… even pesky squirrels are dear babies.

Comment by Channon 09.20.09 @ 11:42 am

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