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    Hi Terri,
    We have many critters in this neighborhood it is protected for wildlife. There are geese, squirrels, , possums, snakes and all kinds of beautiful birds. The other day there was a huge turtle in the yard digging with its back feet to make a nest for her eggs (she messed up my flower beds but she has to do what she has to do). Some critters I don't mind as long as they leave me alone I will leave them alone. The squirrels are the most trouble. They chew the wood on my house they make a mess with chewing the tree branches killing them and dropping them in the yard for us to clean up. They steal the bird food so I am not a fan of them. I do agree with you that deer are beautiful and they do get killed when cars cannot see them in the dark. They freeze in the car headlights and it is hard for the driver to not hit them. With more and more building and branching out to rural areas there is no place for these animals to go it is a shame.

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    HI Spoula

    We don't have many squirrels here. At least where I live. I used to see a red one. They are much smaller than the gray ones but I don't see him any more. He used to knock all the pine cones off the trees, I suppose he used the inside seeds for food, and the pine cones would be all over the place. In Jersey where I grew up, there were tons of squirrels on our farm. But not here. I am surprised. But the deer are so beautiful to see. Especially when they have a fawn with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spoula View Post
    Hello everyone,
    I have not been on this forum for awhile but hopefully not forgotten. I have been trying to keep busy and learning new knit stitches and some cables. I have been playing with different stitches while trying to make that darn Ken doll some clothes for my little one. I don't know what I am doing as I have tried many different yarns, different hook sizes and still the sweaters look too big. I thought it would be easier to make a knit sweater and I found some interesting stitches and made a little swatch and it was so cute. But I don't know how to decrease the rows and keep the stitch designs.
    If there are any knitters out there I could use some help in how to do that.

    The other day I was sitting at my kitchen table and saw a shadow out the window. It was a large animal but I could not see it clearly as there are hedges outside and the animal was behind the hedges. I called to my husband to see what kind of animal is outside. It turned out to be a big deer and he was beautiful. I could not tell it was a deer because he had his head down and I only saw his back. It was a wonder as I live in a neighborhood with lots of houses and kids so to see a sight like that was a happy one. The only thing that I did not like so much is that he just ate some of the flowers we just planted. He also likes to shred my azaleas. Oh well he has to eat too.

    I hope all of you are safe and happy.
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    Hi Spoula,
    You can always ask on here:Knitting Digest

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    Oh nice on the deer! The are magnificent creatures. They do like azaleas though. They do a lot of destruction in the vegetable gardens. Here, in Central New York, where the deer are VERY abundant, many put pie pans on strings around their gardens. But my 14 year old grandson who is very proud of his vegetable gardens, read that putting long white tube socks on fence height poles (around 4 feet high) keep the deer away. It seems that they think it is other deer running away from something. Now I don't know if you want pole of tube socks around your azaleas but it worked for him LOL
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    Hi Jean Marie,
    Thanks for the link.
    I know there are some folks on this forum that also knit and they have helped me before. I figured it out and posted the picture today of the knit sweater I made.
    I am thinking about doing an eyelet knit sweater so maybe I will need some help with that one. Someday I am going to learn how to knit. (ha ha).
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    Hi Teri,
    I don't think I want tube socks around my flowers Ha. Guess what last week there was a red fox on my back deck. I told my husband to come look. He or she was beautiful but kind of big. It got scared and ran to our back fence and jumped the 6 foot fence it was amazing that he could do that. We also had a raccoon up a huge tree in our front yard. I didn't know they could climb a tree. We seem to have a lot of critters this year. Geese, turtles, wild animals and many birds. Must be the change in climate.

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    So nice for you to see them...don't be afraid, they will run when they see or smell you. We have a porcupine who lives in the cornfield across the road. There is also a creek that runs through there, so I am assuming his home is around the creek edge. He is huge and moves so slowly. But I love seeing him. As soon as he hears my door he runs for shelter among the corn stalks. We had a watermelon last week that went a little soft so my daughter and I cut it up and put it in the midst of the corn stalks for him to eat. Sure enough it is totally gone. The deer love water melon too. So I am assuming they enjoyed some of it too.
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    Hi Teri,
    Ha, I am not afraid of the animals but it is strange for them to come into the neighborhood where I live. There is a lot of activity around here with lots of kids and noise so it is surprising to see so many wildlife in my yard. We have been told to be on the look out for coyotes too as one neighbor lost his little dog to one.

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    Yes coyotes can be disturbing. While living in NJ and having lots of chickens we always had coyotes on our farm. Several times we actually witnessed one carrying off a chicken. Horrible site especially for the kids to see. Here in Central NY the coyotes are much bigger than NJ. We have seen them and thought they were wolves, when we first moved here. But were told that wolves no longer reside in the mountains here only coyotes that are close to the size of wolves. They are a problem with lambs and baby goats here in spring. I have been told that farmers have lost calves to them. We no longer have goats or chickens as we did in NJ. Too much work LOL. so we are in the clear.
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