January 25, 2015

Grow Your Blog

Hi my name is Dixie. Welcome to my blog! I'd like to thank all of those who are participating in the Grow Your Blog party, and my wonderful, much appreciated, weekly/monthly readers for visiting! And a very special thank you to Vicki for hosting the event.

Originally, I thought I'd use my blog to share some of my writing. ( If you wish, you can click the short story tab to read a story.) However, I soon discovered that a blog post amounts to a published piece of writing, so I decided to expand and share my knitting projects, my love of books, nature pics, my drawings/paintings, and other things that I enjoy, or I am curious about, or that I find interesting.  For me, blogging has been, and continues to be, a great learning experience and a fun journey.  And I've been lucky to meet and share the experience with some wonderful folks!

Do have a look around; feel free to stay as long as you wish, and please visit, again, anytime.

O, yes and there's a  *giveaway.*  It's open to old and new readers.  Actually ~ everyone, anywhere!  To enter see the details at the end of the post.
Two shawls that I finished knitting in 2014.


Also finished in 2014 ~ a Christmas bird painting and my personal favourite ~ a lady slipper drawing.

* To enter the giveaway for the original watercolour card pictured below, please leave a comment
 with your contact information. The winner will be chosen on Feb. 15, 2015.  Only one comment per person, please. 
 ~ The giveaway does not transfer reproduction rights.

 Good luck!   





102 comments:

  1. What a sweet little watercolor bird. I would love a chance to be the winner of this. I am visiting from the blog party and am a new follower. Please come by and visit my blog (section 19) and follow if you would like.

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    1. Thanks so much! Your name is definitely in the draw.

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  2. Good morning, I am visiting from the blog party-so nice to meet you. I love art and creativity-your little bird is so beautiful. I do allot of fiber crafts and other things.
    Have fun at the party
    Kathyinozarks

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    1. Thank you Kathy. It's been a fun blog hop!

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  3. Hi Dixie
    It's lovely to meet you here at the Grow Your Blog party - I love your two shawls - I'm a knitter too, and finished a lovely shawl last year. They're so satisfying to knit aren't they?
    It's going to be a fun day looking around everyone's blogs :)
    Best wishes from Fil Fil’s Place - Old songs and Memories

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    1. Yes, I do love to knit shawls and wear them too. Thanks so much!

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  4. The blog hop is so much fun! It's been lovely to meet you -- you are so talented, I wish I had half your skills. :)

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    1. What a lovely comment! Thank you!

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  5. Good Morning Dixie, I have the honor to officially welcome you to GYB Party, Your knitting is beautiful and your blue bird is so pretty. I am looking forward to the party and meeting people from all over the world. It is my way of traveling. Have fun blog hopping. Shirley@shirleystitches

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    1. It's been a fun party, and what wonderful people I have met/ am meeting.
      Thank you!

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  6. Hi Dixie, Your shawls are just lovely! So nice to meet you!
    Your newest follower.....Terri

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    1. i've been over to visit, but just wanted to leave you a special thank you here, Terri.
      Thank you!

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  7. Hi Dixie, So nice to meet you via the GYB party. You are very talented. A new follower.

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    1. I'm following you, too. It should be fun. Thank you. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  8. Visiting from the Grow Your Blog party. The watercolor bird is simply adorable. I would love a chance to win it and put it in my Spring art journal. afocusedjourney.blogspot.com

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    1. I love birdies! They are so much fun to paint.
      A spring art journal sounds like fun! Thank you.

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  9. Hi Dixie, Lovely work as usual! I love your lady slipper drawing.

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    1. Thanks, Carolyn. Good to "see" you!

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  10. Hi Dixie! It is so nice to meet you. On behalf of Vicki @ 2 Bags Full, welcome to the 2015 Grow Your Blog hop! I absolutely love your shawls and paintings. Your creations are so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing and for the giveaway. Have a lovely day!

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    1. Lovely comments. Thank you, Katie!

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  11. Thank you for the visit. Your work is so nice. This is the year I hope my knitting progresses! I'll be back again.
    Sandi
    VictorianGypsy

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    1. Hi Sandi,
      Good luck with your knitting. If I can help out, do let me know. Are you a member of Raverly? It's filled to the brim with wonderful patterns, etc., and alot of knowledgeable people.
      Thanks!

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  12. Visiting from Grow your Blog... and what a lovely new blog to find! I see you mention Nova Scotia, where I spend a month this last summer -- totally love it there! I look forward to seeing the rest of your blog when I have a moment... glad to find you here today!

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    1. Glad you love N.S. I do, too, but then I am more than biased because I was born there.
      Miss and love the sea, rivers and the land!
      Enjoy Rhonda....and thanks for visiting.

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  13. What a delight to be visiting from the GYB party Dixie! Your work is fabulous and I look forward to following your posts.

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    1. Thank you so much, Debbie.

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  14. Soooooooo nice meeting you, Dixie! I love your work ... that bird looks so real, I'm waiting for him to fly away.

    I've become a Follower and hope you do the same when you visit me over at SuZeQ Creations ... because that's what this party is all about, right?

    Be happy!
    SuZeQ

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    1. The bird is still on my bookcase, so no flight plans so far. I have joined your blog, and I am looking forward to following your posts, Sue.
      Thank you!

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  15. Love your knitted shawl! Visiting from GYB hop.

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    1. The shawls are fun to knit, but I'll admit to having a difficult time trying to teach myself lace knitting. Thank you, Marti.

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  16. Knitting is just wonderful. I also love knitting shawls!

    t_ktl At yahoo.com

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    1. I couldn't agree more. i love to knit, too.
      Thanks for visiting and Happy stitching, Alexis.

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  17. Very nice work! I loved it.

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    1. Love the moon pic. So beautiful.
      Thank you so much!

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  18. Dixie - found and followed you from the gyb party! I love to write as well! hope you'll stop by and visit me as well! have a great week!

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    1. Hi Cristi,
      So nice to meet a kindred writing spirit! Best of luck with your writing!!!

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  19. 'Tis lovely that you visited my blog, Dixie, because that means I have happened upon your lovely blog. I feel we have many things in common; knitting, photography, drawing and of course reading. 'Tis going to be so much fun following you and reading your lovely words of what you are up to!

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    1. O, that's so great that we have so much in common. I be visiting...
      Thanks, Kim.

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  20. Love bluebirds. You are very talented.

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    1. Thank you so much, Kathy. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  21. Your shawls are lovely! What a fun blog hop!

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    1. It's been fun, and I still have places to visit.
      Thank you, Nicole.

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  22. Your work is beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Visiting from St. John's, NL, Canada

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    1. Hi Judy,
      I've been to St John's.. It's beyond unique and beautiful!!!
      Thank you so much for the lovely comment.

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  23. HI Dixie,nice to meet you. Thanks for contacting me and I'll be adding your blog to my Canada blog hop soon. Love your water colours and I'd love to be entered to win the card. If I'm the lucky winner I can be reached at crafty.gardener at yahoo dot ca

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    1. You are definitely entered in the draw; I am so pleased that you like the card. Many thanks.
      Also thanks for adding me to the hop!

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  24. Hello, Dixie. Found your blog from Grow your Blog. It is fun to find new friends. I have become a follower. Your work is so pretty. I love the cards. Please enter me in your drawining.
    joycefrank@sbcglobal.net
    http://joycesloveoflife.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Joyce,
      Thanks for visiting. And I am delighted that you like the watercolour birdie! Thank ypu.
      You are entered in the draw.
      I'll be following your blog, too.

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  25. Your work is gorgeous! I look forward to reading more of your blog. :o)

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    1. O, thanks so much, Pippirose. I do appreciate your kind comments.

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  26. Hello Dixie, nice to meet you and great to find a fellow blogger who writes stories as well. Your little card is so pretty. My, that is a long list this year, it will take me all year to get around to looking at them all.

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    1. I am happy to hear that you enjoy writing, too. Good for you!
      Glad you like the wee biride. Thank you! I enjoyed spending an afternoon painting it.
      Yes, the hop list is long. So great to visit so many talented folks!

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  27. Hello Dixie, so nice to meet you and visit your charming diverse blog. Your art is lovely as well as your knitting - love -love your delightful bird paintings. I look forward to following you.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Erin

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    1. Hi Erin,
      I think I may have said so, but I love your colourful uplifting blog! It makes me smile.
      Thank you for your lovely comments. I definitely do love to paint and knit.
      Enjoy...

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  28. Your little birds are charming! Thank you for inviting us to visit your blog.

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    1. Thank you for visiting. I wish I could offer tea :-)
      I'm delighted you like watercolour birdie. Thanks.

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  29. What a lovely watercolor! It is so generous to offer your work as a prize! My fingers and toes will be firmly crossed!

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    1. Hi Virginia,
      Thank you so much!
      I enjoy stopping by your blog. I love the new scarf you designed! It's gorgeous!

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  30. The shawls are lovely. I just LOVE your watercolours. Beautiful work.

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    1. Thank you, Renee for your lovely comments!
      I've been over for a blog visit. Beautiful work!

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  31. Hi Dixie!
    Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog! Your knitting and your painting are both beautiful! The fuchsia yarn you used for your shawl looks like a watercolor. It is gorgeous!
    Terry

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    1. Hi Terry,

      I enjoyed my visit to your blog, and as a follower will be over to visit again soon.
      Thank you. The fuchsia was fun to knit with, and I noticed that it matched the fall seeds on the Sumac trees.
      Enjoy...

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  32. Hi Dixie. Your sketches are wonderful and I can see that you put a lot of love into them and your knitting. I'll definitely be coming back to see what else you're up to.

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    1. Hi Lorraine,
      I do enjoy both painting and knitting. The time flies when I'm absorbed in the rythum of the stitches. Of course, it makes it even better with tea. Thank you very much.

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  33. Hello Dixie
    It's lovely to meet you at Vicki's GYB party and thank you for visiting my blog!
    Your shawls are beautiful - such exquisite knitting.
    Oh i love little birds and your paintings are delightful Dixie - a generous beautiful giveaway.
    Enjoy the party - I'm now following you and I'll be back to visit again soon!
    Hugs
    Shane


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    1. You have a beautiful blog, Shane.
      Thank you so much for your lovely thoughts!

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  34. Hello Dixie, your birds are lovely and the shawls splendid!

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    1. Thanks so much, Karin! :-)

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  35. Hello Dixie.
    How lovely to meet you. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your kind comment on my GYB party post. I love your style of painting such pretty cards. and your knitted shawls are beautiful. I'm looking forward to coming back and seeing more.I'm just going to your sidebar to click follow you.

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    1. Hi Barbara,
      We've had a chat on another post, but wanted to thank you in writing for your kind comments on this GYB post. I'm delighted you like my wee paintings and shawls!

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  36. Thanks for popping by and saying hello to me.I love your shawls.

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    1. You are more than welcome. Thanks for visting me and leaving such a nice comment!

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  37. What lovely work you do! If I win, I will frame your card for my bedroom, as it's decorated all in birds! sarah@forrussia.org

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    1. Birds are wonderful creatures to be sure!
      Thanks for the nice comment, Sarah.

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  38. Hi Dixie; Thanks for visiting my blog and for your lovely comments. I'm very happy to meet another Canadian blogger and look forward to following your blog to see your knitting and painting as well as read your writing. Have a great time at the party.

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    1. Hi Nan,
      For sure. Not many Canadians on the hop, but I've still got places to visit.
      Thanks again for your lovely comments...
      Enjoy...

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  39. Dixie, thanks for stopping by on your hop around Vicki's GYB party, so nice to meet you and discover yet another talented blogger, knitter and artist. I have been blown away by all the creative women taking part this year.

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    1. Yes, I couldn't agree more. Creativity abounds on this fun hop. It's such a treat.
      Thanks you for the wonderful comments.

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  40. Hi Dixie, I've loved visiting your blog...your knitting projects are so lovely...as are your paintings :-)

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    1. Thanks so much, Maria. I do appreciate your comments.

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  41. Hi Dixie, it is always so nice to meet another sister in art! I love your watercolor painted cards as well as those knitted lace shawls! I have tried and tried my hand at knitting lace and it just doesn't work out for me... always mistakes everywhere! LOL! I guess I am going to foster my experience in crocheting and some of the bazillion other crafty things I play with! :D Thank you for stopping by my blog during Vicki's party and taking the time to leave me a comment!.
    Hugs and off to visit more blogs...
    Beth P
    The Whimsical Dowager

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    1. I've enjoyed visiting your blog. I do know what you mean about knitting lace. I taught myself lace knitting. There were tears. :-)
      Thanks again, Beth.
      Enjoy...

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  42. Your art is lovely Dixie, I adore the blue birdie card Giveaway! I'll enjoy seeing more of your knitting projects, too, since this is something I long to learn to do. Cindy from TheCranesNest.com

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    1. I'm certain I left a comment on your blog, but just wanted to leave a comment on this post to say thank you for your lovely comments.
      My you are talented!
      Love your paintings and your pottery.

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  43. Lovely to meet you Dixie - I'm visiting from the UK
    I love your artwork - especially the blue bird!

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    1. So nice to meet you, too. How are things in the UK? I hope spring is just around the corner!
      Many thanks, Gill!

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  44. Good morning Dixie ~ I'd like to thank you for becoming a follower of my blog. It was nice seeing a new follower.

    Your shawls are really pretty, and your Christmas bird and lady slipper drawing are really nice. I look forward to seeing more of your creations and catching up in here now that I've found you.

    Your bird watercolor card is really lovely and whoever wins will enjoy it I know.

    Have a nice Sunday and a lovely week ~ FlowerLady

    P.S. My contact info is in my profile.

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    1. Hi Lorraine,
      What a beautiful blog you have! I love flowers; they are so remarkable-- A gift from God's to the world.
      Many thanks for your comments.

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  45. Sounds like you are a woman of many talents.
    Nice blog:) I'm following.

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    1. Welcome, Sandra and Thank you so much!

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  46. Hi Dixie - Lovely Blog! I'm your new follower! So happy to meet you:) deborah

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    1. Lovely to meet you, too, Deborah.
      Thanks for visiting and following. I'll be over to visit you too to see what you are up to.
      Enjoy...

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  47. Hey Dixie... well aren't you having fun. I love your ability to bring people together. The shawls are beautiful. Keep on creating. :)

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    1. Yes, it's been fun, for sure. But I can't take credit for bringing everyone together. It's a GYP party and the credit goes to Vicki.

      Thanks, Penny! And you keep creating too.

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  48. Hello Dixie, I'm still trying to make the rounds. Oh my goodness there's a lot of lovely people in our party! I love your birdies. And, oh my goodness, you're so clever to knit like that. Beautiful shawls. x

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    1. Hi Veronica,
      Yes, it is a great hop. Thank you so much for your visit, and your kind words.
      Have a great weekend!

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  49. Hello Dixie, it's nice to meet you! Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog! You have a beautiful happy blog. I love your gorgeous drawings and paintings, they're so sweet and full of joy. And your shawls are beautiful! New follower here :) Wishing you a beautiful day ~ Wendy of Apple and Apricot blogsvanwendy@live.nl

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    1. Hi Wendy,
      You are most welcome. I really enjoyed visiting your blog. It's a true beauty!
      Thank you so much for your kind comments. Creating it so much fun!
      Enjoy...

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  50. visiting via Vicki's GYBP; great shawls! your work is cheerful.

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    1. Knitting and watching a shawl come together is relaxing and a lot of fun.
      Thank you.

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  51. Thanks for visiting during the party. Your knitting is gorgeous, something I don't do. I love the bluebird. I can't wait to see what you do next.

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    1. Hi Marsha,
      Thank you for visiting and for your lovely comments.
      Enjoy Valentine's Day!

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