SOLD: Blue Ice Large Scrunchie

Scrunchie Size: 3 1/2 x 3 1/2.

Materials: Large elastic rubber band & Premier Cotton Flare Yarn in blue ice.

These large scrunchies are specially made for thick, longer hair. Scrunchies may be wrapped around more then one time.

Keep your long hair tied back in the hot days of summer, cooking, cleaning, etc with this handmade tropical cloud hair scrunchie.

Soak scrunchie in luke warm water & air dry.

FREE SHIPPING IN THE UNITED STATES & INTERNATIONAL. Your scrunchie will be shipped in a small plush mail envelope.
Meet the owner of Lauren

Christmas 2017 In Troy, New York

Happy Holidays near and far and for those who are no longer with us, the Prock family did a family tradition.  Alternating Christmas with mom’s cousin Deb from her house to our house has been a tradition ever since I can remember.  The last couple of years we’ve spent Christmas with Deb because mom has had a few surgeries and with moving Sow’s Ear Studio back home.  Nice food, conversation, laughter on Christmas.  I love taking pictures of the Christmas trees, Santa Claus, food, and sometimes us.  This lovely Christmas tree was taken in the living room.

Of course no Christmas is complete without some snow.  A beautiful white Christmas.  I personally am sick and tired of snow and would rather be on the beach, but I’m blessed with what I’ve have.  Five inches of snow, and I feel more on the way.  I’m thinking of the fact that this is the first winter without not having to shovel home and the shop.  Further more, I’m looking forward to not having to pay to have the parking lot at the shop plowed.  Just dealing with shoveling at home.  Now that Sow’s Ear Studio is back home for good.  See our new studio come alive at home along with Rosemary’s new Etsy shop.  Sow’s Ear Studio’s Etsy shop won’t be open until after the first of the year.

From the Prock family to yours, MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Bittersweet Day, Moving With The Next Chapter

Today was a bittersweet day for both Rosemary D’Alberto Prock & Lauren Prock of Sow’s Ear Studio. We’ve said our final goodbyes and we’re officially out of 1597 Union Street. With the final move and unpacking at our new studio at home, we’re gonna do a huge mailing after the first of the year. Stay tuned as our new online business comes alive at our home. Rosemary D’Alberto Prock will still be doing painted furniture, accessories, and Lauren Prock will be doing crochet items for the home. It was a sad goodbye today, but we’re looking forward to the next chapter of our business as well as the next chapter of our lives.

SOLD: Peppermint Candy Cane Crochet Hook

CROCHET HOOK SIZE: USI9/5.50mm
Give a peppermint candy cane stocking stuffer for Christmas. Give the gift to a crochet artist in your life. Not only are you giving them a piece of art, but their hand is less likely to feel tired while crocheting long projects.

FREE SHIPPING: Handmade crochet hook will be shipped United States Postal Service 1st Class Mail. For further shipping details, click on the “policies” window next to this description.

OTHER MATERIALS: Susan Bates Crochet Hook, sparkling red polymer clay, sparkling white polymer clay, liquid polymer clay, super glue.

Favorite Christmas Movie: It’s A Wonderful Life Movie Clip Dance Scene


With the holidays on the way, mom and I love watching the 1946 classic, It’s A Wonderful Life. One of the best Christmas movies that teaches all of us that we have a good life no matter what happens. This is my favorite part of the movie when George meets Mary at the dance. For a good laugh, click on the video.

 

SOLD: Vintage Penny Crochet Hook

CROCHET HOOK SIZE:
I9/9-5.50mm
Weathered, vintage, copper pennies is another one of my favorite kind of vintage. Crochet all of your masterpieces with this handmade crochet hook. Not only are you holding a piece of art, but your hands are less likely to feel tired after crocheting for long periods of time.

FREE SHIPPING: Handmade crochet hook will be shipped United States Postal Service 1st Class Mail. For further shipping details, click on the “policies” window next to this description.

Hello Thanksgiving 2017

Dear Friends:
Sorry Sow’s Ear Studio and I haven’t posted in a while, but we’re almost at the end of moving 1597 Union Street to 867 Warner Road. It’s been a long hall with the move and 20+ years of wonderful memories at a wonderful location. Now it’s time to make new memories with our online business back home. For the month of November, the Prock family had two wonderful Thanksgivings. First Thanksgiving was celebrated with the D’Alberto family at Galway Lake, New York. Uncle Larry cooked the most wonderful meal and I brought mashed sweet potatoes and mashed cauliflower with spinach. The original Thanksgiving day was celebrated back home in Niskayuna and Mazzone Hospitality prepared our meal. A perfect meal for 10 people, we had lots of leftovers and enough for a few days. After Thanksgiving, it was time to get back to packing and cleaning up what we brought home. With a little bit of time on my hands, I was able to make the annual Jib Jab video for YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and our blog. Here’s my recipes for my mashed sweet potatoes and mashed cauliflower.

MASHED SWEET POTATOES: by Lauren Prock
3 large sweet potatoes peeled and chopped into small pieces.
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil and sea salt butter.
Cinnamon.
Honey.
Raisins (optional)
Pecans (optional)

In a large saucepan, add a 1/4 stick of butter, honey, and as much cinnamon as you like for taste. Add chopped and peeled sweet potatoes and cover saucepan. Stir occasionally and add 1/3 cup water, the water will help soften the potatoes and mix with the butter and cinnamon. Add a little more honey as needed, this should take approx. 30-40 minutes. I prefer cooking the potatoes this way as oppose to boiling because you’re getting a better taste from browning the potatoes and not boiling the potatoes. After potatoes are done cooking use an electric mixer or masher to mash. After mashing place potatoes in a bowl and add raisins and pecans on the top.

MASHED CAULIFLOWER: by Lauren Prock
1 Cauliflower Head Chopped.
1 Bag Of Spinach.
1 Clove Of Garlic.
Garlic Press.
Pinch Of Pepper.
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive and sea salt butter

In a large saucepan, add butter, pepper, pressed garlic, and chopped cauliflower.  As cauliflower browns, add half of bag of spinach and place lid on pan.  When spinach is cooked down, add the other half of bag of spinach.  When spinach is cooked and translucent, mash spinach and cauliflower together.  Add in a serving bowl.

Stay tuned for our business to be moved back home.  

SOLD: Watercolor Small Hair Scrunchie And Waterscape Small Hair Scrunchie

Scrunchie Size: 4 x 4.
Materials: Small elastic rubber band & Red Heart Soft Yarn in watercolors. Specially made for the artist who loves watercolors. Keep your long hair tied back in the hot days of summer, cooking, cleaning, etc with this handmade watercolor hair scrunchie.  Soak scrunchie in luke warm water & air dry.

FREE SHIPPING IN THE UNITED STATES & INTERNATIONAL. Your scrunchie will be shipped in a small plush mail envelope.

Scrunchie Size: 4 x 4.

Materials: Small elastic rubber band & Red Heart Soft Yarn in waterscape.

Keep your long hair tied back in the hot days of summer, cooking, cleaning, etc with this handmade waterscape hair scrunchie.

Soak scrunchie in luke warm water & air dry.

FREE SHIPPING IN THE UNITED STATES & INTERNATIONAL. Your scrunchie will be shipped in a small plush mail envelope.

 

 

Goodbye Where’s The Yarn, Hello LMProck

Join Me On Facebook

Join me on my  CLOSED group Lauren Prock and share new handmade items, posts from your blog, and much more.  Click on the the group and I’ll confirm. There’s a wide variety of artists ranging from crochet, to knit, to polymer clay artists. I have over 700 artists in my group https://www.facebook.com/groups/417484155082391/

Goodbye Where’sTheYarn?, hello lmprock on my website, my etsy shop, my Facebook fan page, and on my art group. I feel like ever since I’ve been posting all these great things on my blog, my title did not suit me as well as it should. I thought wanted to just focus on knit, crochet, and yarn shops but starting another blog for me felt like more work and readers bouncing back and fourth from a personal blog to a business blog. Not to mention I have a wonderful and creative life and would like to share. See more on my blog and group.

 

UPDATE ON WHERE’S THE YARN? 

Hello October, just to let everyone know, I changed both my blog title and domain to Lauren Prock. With moving our shop on Upper Union Street back home, wanting to talk more about just my knit, crochet, polymer clay, I figured it would be best to change the website/blog to my name.  My Etsy shop will remain as Where’s The Yarn, for that’s my business name and the product I work on. I’ve already been posting all these great things on my blog, I just felt that having my own name would be best.

Amazon Book: People Knitting: A Century Of Photographs

New eBook on amazon.com with old world photographs of knitters, quotes, black and white, vintage postcards, and more. This is a unique book because there’s no how to projects, just photographs.

I think you might like this book – “People Knitting: A Century of Photographs” by Barbara Levine, Paige Ramey.

Start reading it for free: http://a.co/1OSgO4m

Beautiful, But Deadly

Happy September and looking forward to a beautiful Fall. Took pictures of these beautiful, but deadly mushrooms in my backyard at home in Niskayuna New York. Still moving our business from Schenectady back home to Niskayuna. Had more things to move then we thought. Looking forward to bringing the business back to our home studio and being able to focus on our online shopping business. See us move back to our home studio at the end of September. 

Yarn Bombing Book And Blog

I think you might like this book – “Art of Yarn Bombing: No Pattern Required” by Ilianthe Kalloniatis.

Start reading it for free: http://a.co/cEc7oZv

Falling in the with this cool thing called yarn bombing. Various towns decorate telephone poles, mailboxes, bicycles, and much more with yarn knitted or crocheted on these items.

Learning more about yarn bombing and all it’s beauty. Check out this book and blog today. Blog can be found at https://yarn-bombing.com/

Dear Artists Of Sow’s Ear Studio

Dear Artists Of Sow’s Ear Studio,

Just to let you know, we’re almost getting to the end of August for moving our business back home in our home studio in Niskayuna.  With being here for almost 20 years, this is a bittersweet move for us because of all the memories and people we’ve met.

We need help from our artists to have them come and get their items.  I’m asking artists nicely to call Rosemary to have your handmade items picked up because she’s still painting some furniture for some clients, and I’m moving out as many items as I can.  Please give Rosemary a call to have your items picked up from the shop. We’re here Tuesday-Friday 10:00a.m.-5p.m. Saturday 10:00a.m.-4p.m.

Rosemary and would like to out by the end of August and back home to continue to make art for our online studio.  Cards will be mailed to your home to let you know when we’re ready to have custom made furniture and crochet items made.  Rosemary’s Etsy Shop will be open at the end of September 2017, stay tuned.

I think you might like this book – “Art of Yarn Bombing: No Pattern Required” by Ilianthe Kalloniatis.

Start reading it for free: http://a.co/cEc7oZv

Falling in the with this cool thing called yarn bombing. Various towns decorate telephone poles, mailboxes, bicycles, and much more with yarn knitted or crocheted on these items.

Learning more about yarn bombing and all it’s beauty. Check out this book and blog today.

Check This Out On Amazon.com

 

Vintage Style Crochet Projects: 32 Crochet Projects https://www.amazon.com/dp/6059192009/ref=cm_sw_r_other_taa_P1YHzbD35BR9X

As a crochet artist, I’m always looking for ideas and inspiration. Becoming a huge fan of vintage items and loving crochet I said to myself, this is great for my bookshelf. With over 32 different projects for the home and wearing, this will be a great thing to try for my Etsy shop. See some new projects from this book.

 

Sow's Ear Studio And Gallery

Dear Artists Of Sow’s Ear Studio,

Just to let you know, we’re almost getting to the end of August for moving our business back home in our home studio in Niskayuna.  With being here for almost 20 years, this is a bittersweet move for us because of all the memories and people we’ve met.

We need help from our artists to have them come and get their items.  I’m asking artists nicely to call Rosemary to have your handmade items picked up because she’s still painting some furniture for some clients, and I’m moving out as many items as I can.  Please give Rosemary a call to have your items picked up from the shop. We’re here Tuesday-Friday 10:00a.m.-5p.m. Saturday 10:00a.m.-4p.m.

Rosemary and would like to out by the end of August and back home to continue to make art for our online studio.  Cards will be mailed to your…

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Amazon Book: Vintage Style Crochet Projects

Vintage Style Crochet Projects: 32 Crochet Projects https://www.amazon.com/dp/6059192009/ref=cm_sw_r_other_taa_P1YHzbD35BR9X

As a crochet artist, I’m always looking for ideas and inspiration. Becoming a huge fan of vintage items and loving crochet I said to myself, this is great for my bookshelf. With over 32 different projects for the home and wearing, this will be a great thing to try for my Etsy shop. See some new projects from this book.

Make Me A Part Of Your Home 

Friends and fan  Of Sow’s Ear Studio, we’re getting closer to the end of July for our Moving Sale. Grab a nice piece of painted furniture from Rosemary for your home. Painted furniture is 50% off. Stop by and check it out. All of Lauren’s polymer clay and crochet items have been discounted as well. Get while the getting is good.  Before we pack up our business and move back home. This lovely entertainment center is just an example of what we have for sale. Make me a part of your home 🏡 today, I’m 50% off. I measure up to 72×34. Keep your television and dvd’s organized in your family room today.

 

Sow's Ear Studio And Gallery

Friends and fan Of Sow’s Ear Studio, we’re getting closer to the end of July for our Moving Sale. Grab a nice piece of painted furniture from Rosemary for your home. Painted furniture is 50% off. Stop by and check it out. All of Lauren’s polymer clay and crochet items have been discounted as well. Get while the getting is good. Before we pack up our business and move back home. This lovely entertainment center is just an example of what we have for sale.Make me a part of your home 🏡 today, I’m 50% off. I measure up to 72×34. Keep your television and dvd’s organized in your family room today.

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SOLD: Vintage Copper Penny Crochet

CROCHET HOOK SIZE:
USJ10/6.00mm
Weathered, vintage, copper pennies is another one of my favorite kind of vintages. Crochet all of your masterpieces with this handmade crochet hook. Not only are you holding a piece of art, but your hands are less likely to feel tired after crocheting for long periods of time.

FREE SHIPPING: Handmade crochet hook will be shipped United States Postal Service 1st Class Mail. Further shipping details, click on the “policies” window next to this description.

OTHER MATERIALS: Susan Bates Crochet Hook, scrap polymer clay, liquid polymer clay, super glue.

Moving Our Business Back Home To Niskayuna, New York

Dear Facebook friends and fans,
Life is full of passages, and today we are announcing one of our own. After almost twenty years on Upper Union Street, Sow’ s Ear Studio is relocating the business to our home office.  It’s been a wonderful run, but this move is best for us.
We will close officially at the end of July. In the meantime, we are having a moving sale, lots of great deals to be had. We will be here for Strawberry Fest on June 17th and during our regular shop hours as we prepare for the move.
I will still be accepting orders for re -painting your furniture, and will continue to do so even as we transition to our new digs.
We hope you’ll stop by while we are still here to chat and check out our moving sale.
Thanks to all our supporters. Hope to see you soon!
Rosemary and Lauren
With us moving our business to our home studio, we’re having a MOVING SALE.  All of Rosemary’s painted items are discounted up to 50% off, Lauren’s crochet and polymer clay items have been discounted, all other artists items remain at the same price.  This is due to the fact that we have to pay our artists.  Stop by STRAWBERRY FEST 2017 for Upper Union Street’s street wide event and our BIG MOVING SALE.

Sow's Ear Studio And Gallery

Dear Facebook friends and fans,
Life is full of passages, and today we are announcing one of our own. After almost twenty years on Upper Union Street, Sow’ s Ear Studio is relocating the business to our home office.  It’s been a wonderful run, but this move is best for us.  
We will close officially at the end of July. In the meantime, we are having a moving sale, lots of great deals to be had. We will be here for Strawberry Fest on June 17th and during our regular shop hours as we prepare for the move. 
I will still be accepting orders for re -painting your furniture, and will continue to do so even as we transition to our new digs.
We hope you’ll stop by while we are still here to chat and check out our moving sale.
Thanks to all our supporters. Hope to see you…

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Spring Open House 2017 At Victoria Adamo

Normally we’re at Sow’s Ear Studio on Saturday from 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m., but this past Saturday Rosemary and I spent our Saturday at Victoria Adamo Day Spa for their annual Spring House.  Packing up my Jeep with Rosemary’s items and my items and setting up our booth Friday night before made our lives easier, so all we had to do was drive to Rotterdam, New York and promote our handmade items.   Thanks to Victoria Adamo, they provided a six foot table and we were able to bring both Rosemary’s items and my items, some of which were placed on the table, some of which were placed on the shelf we brought.

Not getting our hopes up in making sales, we were more interested in promoting the painted items and crochet items.  Meeting new people and visiting with other friends was fun on Saturday.  By the end of the day Rosemary and I were ready for a long nap.  Rosemary is also working on new product for her Etsy shop and hoping that her shop will be open by the end of June-July.  Rosemary will be selling mostly painted candlesticks, glasses, boxes for the time being.  We’re researching on how to ship the painted furniture and larger items.

Sow's Ear Studio And Gallery

Normally we’re at Sow’s Ear Studio on Saturday from 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m., but this past Saturday Rosemary and I spent our Saturday at Victoria Adamo Day Spa for their annual Spring House.  Packing up my Jeep with Rosemary’s items and my items and setting up our booth Friday night before made our lives easier, so all we had to do was drive to Rotterdam, New York and promote our handmade items.   Thanks to Victoria Adamo, they provided a six foot table and we were able to bring both Rosemary’s items and my items, some of which were placed on the table, some of which were placed on the shelf we brought.

Not getting our hopes up in making sales, we were more interested in promoting the painted items and crochet items.  Meeting new people and visiting with other friends was fun on Saturday.  By the end of the day Rosemary and I…

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Hello Italy

Ever since mom has had her shop in Schenectady, we’ve fell in love with this Italian restaurant named Scotti’s. Scotti’s is a family owned restaurant that makes the best Italian food. The owners are also good friends. Our family enjoys a good Italian meal a couple times a year and every time it’s the best.  I also love Italian food, but some food is not easy to prepare.

I love having someone make something that I’m not good at making so I can have a treat when going out.  This time we went to celebrate a belated birthday for my dad.  Our favorite dishes range from eggplant to seafood, to veal, to chicken.  Most of the time we order eggplant and seafood.  Last night, mom had the spinach ravioli special with a light red sauce, Dad had his favorite seafood with pasta and a Light Red sauce, and I had eggplant rollitini with a light red sauce.

 

 

March Madness


With mother nature fooling us the last two weeks, we’ve had warm weather, and it’s right back to feeling winter with temperatures that are below zero.  Not to complain about Upstate New York, but as I get older, the more I can’t stand winter.  Wanting spring so badly, I wore sandals for a few days.  Now I’m right back to wearing a closed shoe.

With a few more weeks of winter, it’s time to think about spring, flowers, fashion items, and painted items from Sow’s Ear Studio.  Figuring out with doing knit, crochet, or both knit and crochet, I’ve been coming up with some new baby blanket and blanket ideas for the home, along with table runners, rugs, scarves, and shawls.  Cowls will be worked on this summer and will be presented for the fall.

New handmade items are also in the works for both Sow’s Ear Studio and Where’s The Yarn.  Items include painted candle jars with poured candles by Rosemary and Lauren Prock.  Ever since helping out a friend with his daughter’s school, I forgot what it was like to burn candles and the lovely fragrance that comes with burning the candles.  I’m currently doing research on types of candle wax, fragrances, and designs for the outside of the candle jars.  It seems to me that soy and palm waxes are the most popular with candles.  See these candles come alive with Rosemary and Lauren this spring and summer.  Purchase these handmade pieces on Where’s The Yarn’s etsy shop, Sow’s Ear Studio’s etsy shop, and Sow’s Ear Studio shop in Schenectady.

Sow's Ear Studio And Gallery

Back open after our March Madness snow storm. Rosemary and Lauren are so looking forward to spring and some color outside.

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Sale On Etsy And Unique Article

Diaper Drive has ended for the holiday season. Diaper drive will start up again on the day of Strawberry 🍓 Fest. Details will follow.

Unique article on Countdown To Mexico, Knitting In Mexico http://countdowntomexico.com/2011/11/09/vogue-knitting-in-mexico/

Hello February friends! Just to let everyone know, I’m running my annual clean up sale on my Etsy shop. For further details, stop by http://www.etsy.com/shop/lmprock

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Hello 2017

Happy New Year friends of Where’s*The*Yarn? and Sow’s Ear Studio.  With 2016 past and 2017 beginning, I think that 2017 will be a great year filled with new goals, dreams, and turning some of those dreams into reality.  With Rosemary doing painted furniture full time, getting her Etsy shop up and running, recovering from surgery, and looking forward to coming back to Sow’s Ear Studio.

Lauren has been busy as a beaver working on new projects, running the shop, and researching about more decorative crochet items, Lauren will be having some new, handmade items on her Etsy shop within the next couple of weeks.  See the rest of Sow’s Ear Studio come alive with Rosemary out and when Rosemary comes back from recovery.  See more items come to life with Where’sTheYarn?

Photo Of The Day: I-Phone Wallpaper Tropical Getaway

Not a fan of the winter, not a fan of the cold, considering my business is crochet. Crocheting is suppose to warm people up in the winter with scarves, blankets, fingerless gloves, and much more.

This weekend is suppose to be bitter temperature wise. Wanting warm weather in spite of the fact that Upstate New York is not warm year round, I’m working on some new bohemian things that are made for the cold and people who love winter and all it’s glory. I just completed a bohemian blanket for my bed at home and photos of this piece will be revealed this weekend.

I like looking at tropical themed pictures, dreaming of Key West, Florida, and wanting to eventually take a trip to Key West and possibly start a business during the winter. With looking at these photographs, the colors inspire me with my crocheting and polymer clay artwork. See more photos of my work and tropical I-phone photos soon.

Happy Birthday Mom!

Homemade Dunkaccino

Make the classic coffee and hot chocolate combination from Dunkin Donuts in the comfort of your own home with this simple recipe that I created this morning (December 20th, 2016).

1 cup of coffee.

2 tablespoons of instant hot cocoa.

International Delight Cold Stone Creamery, Sweet Cream.

*If you don’t have International Delight, half and half will do.

Pour your cup of coffee in your favorite coffee mug, add two tablespoons of hot cocoa, and add International Delight Sweet Cream.  Mix these ingredients together and enjoy your coffee treat.

Makes a great treat for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

Adirondack Log

Recipes

I love the Bolton Landing and Lake George in the heart of the Adirondacks.  One of my favorite restaurants in the Adirondacks is The Log Jam Restaurant.  This is my all time favorite dessert from the restaurant.  This recipe is easy and requires no cooking.

2 Cooked Brownies.

2 Scoops Of Vanilla Ice Cream.

Hot Fudge On The Top Of The Vanilla Ice Cream.

Whip Cream On Top Of The Hot Fudge.

Cherry On Top.

On a dinner plate, add two cooked brownies, ice cream, hot fudge, whip cream, and cherry on top.  Enjoy anytime after dinner.

Photo Of The Day: I-Phone Wallpaper Beach Scene

Everyone says that winter 2016-2017 in Upstate New York hasn’t been all that bad with snow and messy weather.  Well I’m still not a fan of the cold weather.  Starting my car and letting my car sit for a few minutes to warm up, dressing in layers, and feeling like I want to hibernate in my home for six months.  The Prock family is not a fan of winter and all that comes with it.

For the last week it’s been bitter cold with a few flurries here and there.  The sun has been coming out a little here and there, but to me, it feels gloomy. Here’s yet a second tropical scene photo from an I-phone wallpaper app that I have on my phone.  In realty, I know it’s winter, in the back of my mind, I’d rather be in Key West, Florida.  The idea of not having to dress in layers and wearing a jacket is my kind of weather.  I picked this photograph because it’s filled with color, water, a beach, and a palm tree.  Anything but gloomy, cold weather.

Diaper Drive Benefiting SICM Is Still Taking Place. Drop Off Diapers And Baby Goods At Sow’s Ear Studio.

With Our Lovely Weather And Getting Over A Cold, I’ve Got A Couple Of Words

New Listings On My Etsy Shop

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