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Opportunity Knocks

Is it just me or does anyone else feel a bit like a blind man in the famed fable, The Blind Men and the Elephant when it comes to the Mars landers? A whole lot of speculations and assumptions are being made about Mars based on a very limited amount of information.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking the science, but I just think we need to be a little more cautious before making these assumptions.

Back to regular programming. I finished the first sleeve, except for ribbing, of the V-necked raglan. I’m getting pretty excited now that I’m so close to finishing it. I forgot to pick up some black yarn on my way back to the office from a morning seminar. One more sleeve, and a few more inches on the body, and I’ll be done. I was down to the last 2 skeins of the yarn and decided to finish the sleeves first, and use the remainder on the body, for as long as it lasts. I should have more than enough. Even then, I still want to finish it out with a solid colored ribbing (black).


As I said, I’m suffering from short attention span. Here’s a sampling of what I’ve been working on during the past couple of weeks.


Clockwise from the upper-left:

  1. “designer yarn”: thick & thin, lightly spun hand painted merino, plied with finely spun silk (same colorway)
  2. woven samples made with new Hazel Rose Looms. Pink square is kool-aid dyed wool (see KA Experiment #2). Brown is one ply llama and one ply wool.
  3. glove/wrist warmer with the primary colored hand painted wool; handspun singles. I haven’t decided if these will be plain wrist warmers or fingerless gloves.
  4. Hemingway. This is the little sweetheart that gave us a heart attack last week. Doesn’t he look adorable here? He’s doing much better now, thank you. Tons of energy and constantly in our faces to get lap time.
  5. spinning samples of wool from Carolina Homespun, and knitted swatches. On the right is an eggplant merino/tencel blend. The grey brown are her special blend. Top of the middle piece is the same as the one on the left, all light brown wool. The bottom of the middle piece is the dark brown wool. The middle section of the middle piece (redundant, eh?) is one ply of each.
  6. V-neck raglan of my own handspun (see bobbin. I’m thinking of edging this with commercial blank yarn.
  7. Cul-de-sac. This has been stalled since I put it down in the Christmas knitting finishing marathon. I need to set aside some focus time to figure out where I left off.

Hopefully, I’ll find the wherewithal to finish these sometime this century.


Sorry I haven’t been able to post any pictures lately. I just haven’t had the day light hours to take any pictures. Not that I really had anything to show. I’ve only had the attention span to knit couple of rows here and there. I’m still working on the raglan, knitted top down, using my own handspun. I’ve also started a fingerless glove with the primary colored singles that used to be the Klein Bottle hat.

But I did notice that there’s a Rogue knit-a-long brewing at Amber’s. I haven’t been much for knit-a-longs, but this is one beautiful hoodie. I just love the way the cable is worked around the neckline. I may just end up signing up for it. But that will be right in the middle of the move (2nd one in 6 months — I’m going to shoot myself), and I’ll be at the Gig Harbor Winter Retreat in mid-February. I don’t know whether I’ll be able to have time to find the yarn. Although I’m thinking Cascade Paztaza would work well. I think I can get the right gauge if I change to size 8 needles. Although the Peruvian Collection Wool at Elann would be nice too. What’s everyone using for this sweater?

Oh! Look what Martin bought me! It’s the Quilt Weaver’s Set from Hazel Rose Looms in Australian Lacewood.

See? Attention span of a gnat.

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