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Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 68

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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Just a little crocus - 6 petals. Much, much easier to make than it looks.

Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 68

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Needle-nosed pliers make the finishing step easier.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
I love this color, but, of course, you could use any color you like.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
I didn't stretch the petals as much as I did the leaves on the shamrock, but you can block your piece however you like.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
A bobby pin can secure the crocus in your hair, or a safety pin could put attach it to a lapel.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
The little wires sticking up may look intimidating to muggles, but that just adds to your mystique.

Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 68

This week, I dedicate a knit crocus pattern to my friend, Jessica Nathanson, and conclude my chat with Annie Modesitt, known as modeknit on Ravelry.

Crocus for Jessica

This week's pattern is based on the same knit shapes as the Anti-Pinch Shamrock Pin I made for St. Patrick's Day, but it celebrates spring flowers and a bright light that has gone out too soon.

I'm sorry to blubber, but I just can't help it.

Jessica was many wonderful things to many people, including a wife, a mom, a knitter, a dancer, the director of the Women's Resource Center at Augsburg College, and the best friend anyone could want. She was a force for good in the world. She is missed very much.

When she first went into treatment, I made her a Lorna's Laces Easy Pie Wedge Shawl, which is a free pattern on labels of two of their yarns. Well, it was a shawl on me, but on her gorgeous 6-foot-tall frame, it became a scarf. She liked it anyway, I think. It's a great pattern and a lovely yarn. I used Helen's Lace.

If you do knit a crocus (or if you just want to), please consider donating a little bit to your favorite charity or to Stand Up to Cancer.

Conversation, Part 2

Annie Modesitt and I ranged far and wide, from knitting, to politics, to money, to knitting, to knitting for pay, to photography...

When I had edited it all, it was still an hour and 45 minutes long. So, I've cut it into two parts. You'll get a little less than half this week. I'm putting all of the links to what we talked about on both show notes, though, just in case you want them all at once.

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