row 25, giant microbes, secrets of slithering, and more

Maplewing row 25

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Still enjoyable, still a little slow, still not something I can work on while gabbing too much or at meetings…

Plush giant microbes

OMG, these Plush giant microbes are hilarious. You can get ebola, HIV, giardia, fat cells, yeast, heartworm, mange, toxic mold… something for everyone! I can’t decide which are my favorites, and I’m trying to think of who I know that may have a new baby or is expecting one that would be amused by these. It’ll have to be a special person who wouldn’t be offended that I give their child some germ.

And check out the link at that site on the left to the Monty Python paraphrenalia, including several versions of that viscious rabbit, as slippers, a puppet, a stapler…

In case you’ve forgotten, here’s the rabbit,

Clearly Tim isn’t a biologist, as he names the rabbit a rodent. Oh well. “The most foul, cruel and bad tempered lagomorph you ever set your eyes on” just wouldn’t have been as funny. But you can get yourself a Tim hat where you get the rabbit slippers.

Secrets of slithering

You’ll have to go to the NPR Secrets of Slithering page, because I can’t figure out how to embed that video. They used a hand knit ‘sock’ or ‘sweater’ to help figure out some of the snake slithering secrets, oh, and jello too. Interesting, and amusing, to me anyhow.


Yet another pair of maine morning mitts using bargain bin remnants from Friends Folly Farm. And a tiny amount of my handspun leftover of the same fiber for one of the thumbs. Have I said how much I love these?

I love how the fiber shifts colors. This is the effect you’d get if you spun up some of the fiber, moreso than if you purchased the yarn. I think I make these a tad snugger than the pattern calls for, and I like the way the ribs feel on. Soft, soothing, and warm on my hands. If you like your colors more predictable, the dyed yarn would be good, and it’d feel the same. Pogo and Marcia use half mohair from their angora goats and half wool… makes a soft and luscious fiber!

I think I’m going to make a full mitten using this pattern as a jump off point. I figure my MIL might like them as mittens. She has noted in the past that it is very difficult to find mittens, and I’ve made some for her, but the last was 2 years ago, time for more!


This happens pretty early around here, and it isn’t even the longest day of the year yet!

Officially it is at 4:54. Here’s what 5:05 looked like two or three days ago, on a gray and rainy day,
Pretty freakin’ identical to what it looks like out there right now, another gray and rainy day, at 10:30 am.

We’re pretty far north and east, and there was talk a few years back about putting us in the Atlantic Time Zone, same as the Canadian Maritimes. Which, because it would make sense, didn’t happen.

Here’s some other eastern places to compare sunrise times for June 14:

Presque Isle, ME 4:37
Lubec and Calais, ME 4:41
Augusta, ME 4:54
Montreal, Quebec 5:05
Montpelier, VT 5:06
Boston, MA 5:07
Syracuse, NY 5:25
Halifax, Nova Scotia (Atlantic Time Zone, one hour ahead of us) 5:28
Toronto, Ontario 5:35
Washington, DC 5:42
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 5:44
Columbus, OH 6:03
Atlanta, GA 6:27
Miami, FL 6:29
Naples, FL 6:35

We have a bedspread (one of those Indian ones from, oh, 1980?) on our bedroom window… I’m thinking of putting up a blanket for the next month or so. The window faces east… Maybe this is why I’m waking up around 4:30 lately?

11 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Brenda said,

    June 14, 2009 @ 10:33 am

    Yeah, Atlantic time zone would make more sense. At least we’re far enough north that we still get to enjoy the light into the evening. But wouldn’t it be great if the sun set after 9 pm!
    I bought a bunch of those giant microbes a few years ago as stocking stuffers. It was fun figuring out which one to give which person. We have a giant rhinovirus on our desk at the pediatric office (and the germy kids touch it and spread their viruses!).

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    Chris said,

    June 14, 2009 @ 10:51 am

    Yikes – I would have blackout shades. I am SO sensitive to light.

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    kmkat said,

    June 14, 2009 @ 12:56 pm

    You might want to look into buying or making a window quilt (I just discovered these, so I am really excited about them.) You can google “window quilt” and find sites that sell them and sites that tell you how to make them. Their primary function is to prevent heat loss at night in the winter, but they also keep out the hot sun in the summer. In the meantime, a blanket over the window sounds like a great idea.

    I sent the link to the plush microbe to Elder Son, who just finished year #1 of med school and passed microbiology (praise Jebus!)

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    Sue said,

    June 14, 2009 @ 5:26 pm

    I got a MRSA giant microbe for Dave after he got it in his foot and had to have surgery! Writing from honeymoon, btw – MRSA brings people together, I guess? Check out my FB for pictures :)

  5. 5

    Molly Bee said,

    June 14, 2009 @ 10:53 pm

    OMG I have to collect all of those microbes for my kids!

  6. 6

    Julie said,

    June 15, 2009 @ 10:23 am

    Those microbes are hysterical!

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    Emily said,

    June 15, 2009 @ 11:38 am

    I love how MRSA wears a cape! I can’t imagine what life would be like with a sunrise that early. I really feel for you.

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    Lucia said,

    June 15, 2009 @ 3:13 pm

    I love “because it made sense, didn’t happen.” Your government at work!

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    Miss T said,

    June 16, 2009 @ 10:44 am

    Oooooh, Maplewing! Beautiful.

    I think I need the cough microbe.

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    Blogless Carrie said,

    June 17, 2009 @ 7:32 pm

    Ok – that is geekdom gone mad, surely. Almost makes me want to get pregnant so I can also get chlamydia. Did I really say that?

    Mitts look cool – I need to knit something like that so I can knit in our cold “TV room” this winter. Back to trying to figure out gauge for my orange sweater.

    Love the sunrise photos – it has been light of late, hasn’t it? (That is, when it hasn’t been raining…) Looking forward to seeing you soon –

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    Andra said,

    June 25, 2009 @ 11:05 am

    June 24, Syracuse, NY, first bird sang at 4:20. Must not have been able to sleep. The true bird chorus began 15 minutes later at 4:35. Even if you block the light, how will you stop the birds? It’s the bird songs that wake me (but then they are a lullaby that quickly sings me back to sleep)!

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