A while back I wrote a post on how to make pumpkins. One of the pumpkins I posted had a little leaf alongside its stem. At that time I didn’t discuss the leaf because I wove it on a homemade fine sett loom. Since then Wunderwag Industries has released the 1″ square loom, so you can get a really cute, tiny leaf for the 2″ pumpkin. I used that and my fine sett or 2″ loom to make leaves for the other sizes.

L to R: 2″, 3″, and 4″ pumpkins (with leaves)
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…or, How I Became Both a Swimmer AND an Open Water Swimmer in My Late 50s

A friend recently asked me how I got started as a swimmer. She probably really meant, as an old person swimmer. She also asked a number of questions I thought other beginning swimmers might want answered.

Finishing my swim in Strawberry Reservoir with butterfly stroke. The yellow float is a New Wave swim buoy, used to make an open water swimmer more visible to boats.
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