Dear Sun Spots: Literacy Volunteers-Androscoggin, in partnership with Auburn Adult Education and Edward Little High School, has a unique opportunity available for three teen parents who are residents of Auburn. Teen parents who are age 19 or younger, live in Auburn, have a desire to complete their high school diploma, and wish to learn more about child development and parenting are eligible. This nontraditional, educational opportunity does not require attendance at day classes, and includes one-on-one, home-based, as well as in-school tutoring. The program also includes home-based activities for parent and child, led by a professional teacher, and monthly story times and activities at the Auburn Public Library.

This free program is a great way for teen parents to work on their high school diploma credits and gain the skills they need to become their child’s first teacher. For information phone Literacy Volunteers at 753-1772. – Tahlia Chamberlain, Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: When I need help, I always think of Sun Spots! You are great.

I’m looking for a pattern to make a delicate ladies’ scarf. I hope someone will have a pattern, knitted or crocheted, to loan me or tell me where I can obtain one.

In addition, I have two pair of new work socks, Red hill, with instructions that I’d like someone to have. I may be reached at 786-3397. – Mary Prue, Lewiston.

In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots located the following pattern using Kid Merino wool and the photograph on the Web site,, appeared delicate and lacy looking to Sun Spots:

Kid Merino Cat’s Paw Lace Scarf. Uses one ball of Kid Merino and the pattern is designed and by S. Jo Morohashi:

Materials: One 25 gr. ball Kid Merino, Crystal Palace Bamboo or Daisy needles, US #10 straight needles. Cat’s paw lace multiples of 12 sts + 1. Gauge: 8 sts and 10 rows in 2″ (gauge is not critical). Finished size: 6″ x 38″

Instructions: CO 25 sts using single strand

Rows 1-4: Knit

Row 5: K2, * K2tog, yo, rep from * to last 3 sts, K3

Rows 6, 8, 10: Knit

Row 7: Knit

Row 9: K2, K2tog, yo, Knit to last 4 sts, yo, K2tog, K2

Row 11 & 12: Knit

Cat’s Paw Pattern:

Row 13: K2, K2tog, yo, K6, K2tog, yo, K1, yo, K2tog, K6, yo, K2tog, K2

Row 14 and all even rows: Knit

Row 15: K9, K2tog, yo, K3, yo, K2tog, K9

Row 17: K2, K2tog, yo, K7, K2tog, yo, K8, yo, K2tog, K2

Row 19: Knit

Row 21: K2, K2tog, yo, Knit to last 4 sts, yo, K2tog, K2

Row 23: Knit

Row 25: K2, K2tog, yo, Knit to last 4 sts, yo, K2tog, K2

Row 27: Knit

Repeat rows 13 through 28 eleven times (12 paw prints total)

To end : Next Row: K2, * K2tog, yo, rep from * to last 3 sts, K3

Last 5 Rows: Knit

Bind Off loosely and weave in ends.

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