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(rebloged post) Have You Heard of Stitch Fiddle?

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If you have NOT heard of Stitch Fiddle and you like to create your own designs that involve a graph you NEED to check this out. This is a free utility that you will need to sign up for to be able to save your designs. There is also a premium plan available but I didn’t look into that so I’m not sure what the cost is.  ~ Tanglewood Knots

Tanglewood Knots

As many of you may already know – if I follow your blog I will read EVERY post you make and I frequently comment. I do this for a few reasons:

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Monarch birthplace research

U of G Researchers Identify Monarch Butterfly Birthplaces to Help Conserve Species

University of Guelph researchers have pinpointed the North American birthplaces of migratory monarch butterflies that overwinter in Mexico, vital information that will help conserve the dwindling species.

The researchers analyzed “chemical fingerprints” in the wings of butterflies collected as far back as the mid-1970s to learn where monarchs migrate within North America each autumn.

FULL story: http://news.uoguelph.ca/2017/01/u-g-researchers-identify-monarch-butterfly-birthplaces-help-conserve-species/

All About Blocking — Post by: B.hooked Crochet

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Blocking: The Secret To Professional Looking Crochet So many people ask me “Brittany, how do you get your crochet to look so neat?” Well my friends, I’m about to share my secret. Blocking. Many of you have probably heard of the term blocking and for you, this post will be a nice refresher. For the…

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Saving the Monarch #gotmilkweed

Saving the monarch butterfly

The monarch butterfly is threatened with extinction. Here’s what you can do to help save it.

By: David Suzuki and Jode Roberts Published on Sat Apr 16 2016 published on TheStar.com 

Three years ago, the eastern monarch butterfly population plummeted to 35 million, a drop of more than 95 per cent since the 1990s. More than a billion milkweed plants, which monarchs depend on for survival, had been lost to urbanization and weed killers throughout the butterfly’s migratory range — from overwintering sites in Mexico to their summer habitat in Canada.

We needed more milkweed in the ground, quickly. But many provinces and states listed the plant as “noxious, and few nurseries and garden centres carried local “weeds.”

A lot has changed in three years. The David Suzuki Foundation launched its #gotmilkweed campaign in April 2013 to encourage Toronto residents to plant milkweed in yards and on balconies. Foundation volunteer Homegrown Park Rangers also planted milkweed in local parks and schoolyards. The Ontario government pulled the plant from its naughty list and media stories about the monarchs’ plight took flight.

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Monarch at Rock Point Provincial Park, Ontario Canada

Why should I plant milkweed? (source: GotMilkWeed? )

Monarch butterflies depend on milkweed to survive. It’s the only plant on which monarch mothers lay their eggs and food source for monarch caterpillars. Over the past few decades, more than one billion milkweed plants have been lost across North America, largely due to widespread use of the herbicide glyphosate (Roundup) on millions of hectares of agricultural land. Planting milkweed throughout the monarchs’ migratory range is the single most important thing we can do to help them.

 

 

Monarch population rebounds (rebloged post)

Monarch population rebounds in Mexico

 

Posted by in Wildlife on Monday, February 29, 2016

North America’s monarch butterfly population has more than tripled in Mexico this winter, despite reaching dangerously low numbers in the past.

 

This season, the monarchs covered the area so densely they had to be counted by the area they covered instead of individually. An estimated 150 million insects made the trip this year, compared to only 35 million in 2013.

the rest of Amely Coulombe’s article can be found ~~  http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/blog/posting.asp?ID=1865

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Niagara Butterfly’s flight tracked to Mexico

http://blog.niagaraparks.com/news/niagara-parks-tagged-monarch-butterfly-reaches-mexico/

Niagara Parks Tagged Monarch Butterfly Reaches Mexico

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The annual migration of the Monarch Butterfly from southern Canada and the Northern United States to Mexico is one of nature’s most profound and mysterious phenomena. The scientific community still hasn’t quite figured out how these tiny, fragile creatures complete such an intimidating journey and arrive at their overwintering locations, but each year millions arrive just the same.

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Baymax Amigurumi Pattern

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K Hook Creations has done an amazing job. I’m so happy they’ve shared how to make Baymax !!

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K Hook Creations

PDF version available: here

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Materials:
Size G hook
white yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver)
black embroidery thread
9mm safety eyes
fiberfill
scissors
yarn needle

Abbreviations:
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
inc: increase
dec: invisible decrease
BLO: back loops only

Face:

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r1: ch 6, inc in 2nd ch from hook, 3 sc, inc,
now working on other side of chains, inc, 3 sc, inc (14)
r2: inc, 4 sc, 2 inc, 5 sc, inc (18)
r3-6: sc around (18)
r7: dec, 4 sc, dec, sc, dec, 5 sc, dec (14)
Fasten off leaving a long tail.

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Place eyes between rows 5-6 with three stitches in between.
Use embroidery thread to run a line between the eyes.
Stuff with fiberfill.

Body:

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r1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
r2: 6 inc (12)
r3: [sc, inc] x 6 (18)
r4: [2 sc, inc] x 6 (24)
r5: [3 sc, inc] x…

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