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I found a long, pointy knit hat in the living room.

Mom sidled over and plucked a library book from her knitting-sewing-knickknacks table.  She opened to a page titled “Winter Hats for Gnomes.”  

“I knit these for the grandkids,” she said, and produced two more long, pointy gnome hats.  She’d used thick, saturated Malabrigo yarns from Uruguay, dyed in crimson, cobalt and green.  

“Cute,” I said.

Petra had already told Mom to quit knitting for her kids (ages four, four and two), since they were refusing to wear Grandma's slightly itchy creations.

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