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Modelling the new scarf on a dog walk today

Modelling the new scarf on a dog walk today

A busy week has come to an end… I spent yesterday teaching a statistics class, so poor Mr Snail got neglected and had to stay home and do chores (I couldn’t persuade him to come along and learn how to analyse simple comparative experiments using the t-test – I’ve no idea why!). But I was able to make up for it a little by finally being able to present him with his local, organic wool scarf. I’m rather pleased with the result and it’s done just in time for the weather to warm up.

It was the end of another project this week as the raffle that I organised to raise funds for Denmark Farm Conservation Centre finally came to an end and the draw was made on Thursday. A list of winners can be found here on the first blog post that I wrote today (now you know why this one is later than usual). Many thanks to all of you who bought tickets… I just wish you could all have won. I have now retired from my work as a trustee of Denmark Farm, and this was my last big contribution to their work for the time being.

A bouquet of scrunchies

A bouquet of scrunchies

So, what with one thing and another, I’ve not had time for many big creative projects and, instead, I have been enjoying making scrunchies from oddments of sock wool and other yarn ends. The collection is growing and will make a good display on a stall I think. I love making these because I don’t have a pattern – I just do whatever I feel like and so each one is unique.

The coming week is set to be less frantic, although Max is going to be groomed on Thursday and that can be a bit of an event (he’s not keen and I have to accompany him to deal with the temper tantrums). So, hopefully I will get to work on the water dragon destined for Ms Pauline. I might even manage to do some work on the long-neglected sofa covers. Plus, now that spring is in the air there are more seeds to plant… one of my all-time favourite occupations… happy days!

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  1. My goodness, those scrunchies are scrumptious! 🙂 Love the white daisy one particularly, that will be popular is my prediction! ‘Scrumptious Scrunchies’ could be your tagline for them. You’re welcome!

    So excited about my water dragon! No rush, but you know that already. I hope Mr Snail will be kind enough to give us a model shot of his lovely scarf – I really like the pattern of that. Sorry about the season change – most inappropriate of it!

    I have to say the tiniest shiver goes up my neck whenever you mention ‘statistics’ and that sentence… No clue what you are on about! You are a woman with brains as well as feeling and creativity – way to go!! 🙂

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  2. Mr Snail is looking exceptionally smart and cosy, good work that woman! You have my undying admiration for your work with figures, which I find ever-harder to wrap my slightly lame brain around these days. I have an arithmetic job coming up soon, calculating how much fabric I need for a quilt I’m planning, and I’m putting it off as long as I can… It’s that bad!

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    • I like a bit of maths… as long as I’m not under pressure in an exam! And I love statistics… although perhaps not so much when I have to teach it on a Saturday!!

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  3. ” simple comparative experiments using the t-test” – we’ve been tea-testing all weekend at Chez Snail,, trying to find a good cuppa – Yunnan or something unspellable. Both good!

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  4. T Tests. Thereby hangs a tail (or two!)

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  5. What a varied life–from stats to scrunchies to scarves! And soon–to seeds! Woohoo!

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  6. How lovely the Mr Snail will walk the dogs for you when you are out teaching. If it has to do with numbers, it gets scrambled in my brain. It would be so handy for so many thing if it didn’t. 🙂 Loved the scrunchies. Just cut my hair for the summer so won’t be needing those for awhile. What a great way to use up yarn.

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  7. That is one lush looking scarf there Ms Snail. Mr Snail is most lucky to be rocking it when walking the dogs. Hopefully no-one mugs him and pinches it. Bring on the statistics. I will just fall asleep like I usually do whenever anyone hints at a mathematical eventuality. Can’t wait to see Ms Pauline’s water dragon. My little fellow has been hibernating in the craft room as the weather cooled down right about the time he arrived. I am going to make sure that I NEVER lose him if he brings cool weather with him! Good to see that life is generating lots of happy business and busyness in equal measure. Just made some absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS crochet baby shoe Mary-Jane’s that would rock your stall and that take only minutes to make. Let me know if you would like the ‘recipe’. I made them for a friend who’s mum just had a new baby. I crocheted them in lovely bright spring colours as pretty soon we are going to forget what pretty spring colours look like when everything goes dull green and damp looking.

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  8. That scarf is a triumph. I love the pattern.

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