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Archive for January, 2017

Arsenic Chimera

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Outlaw’s Bohemia Sport is soft and fluffy like angora, but less inclined to shed and more plush. I had some qualms about it for Chimera, but as it turns out, it seems perfect. Look at that stitch definition! And yet it is light, soft, and refined. The color is Arsenic. That seems wrong. It seems […]

Arsenic and Lambspun

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

So what yarn knits up at the right gauge for the Chimera cardi? Outlaw Bohemia Sport. It’s 45% Polwarth, which is sheepswool of a special kind, 45% alpaca, and 10% possum fur. This is the Australian possum, which has fur rather like a polar bear. The color is Arsenic, just to add an element of […]

Order and Liberty

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

When I was younger, I often experienced a tension between order and liberty. Some say order and chaos in this context. Either way, we have healthy habits, productive work routines, and a well thought out housekeeping schedule on one side, and doing whatever we feel like on the other. People live longer, happier, healthier lives […]

The Next Sweater

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Here’s Lady Gansey with Jasmine serving as a twinset, more or less. Jasmine (an Elisabeth Lavold sweater I made out of Luna Endless Summer, colorway Silken Damask, back in 2006). The big question: what should I make next? I was going to make Chimera with the special silk and wool yarn I bought in Colorado […]

Faure Requiem

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

La Bella and I went back to Master Chorale. We’re sing the Faure Requiem, and gorgeous piece. There were “oohs” and “ahhhs” during the Agnus Dei. Singing in groups is good for the blood pressure, and we park far away enough from the rehearsal to get a nice walk and a few flights of stairs. […]

Going to a Wedding

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

#1 daughter and I attended my DIL’s sister’s wedding yesterday. #1 son and DIL were in the wedding party, as were their children, but #1daughter and I sat in front of a trio of relatives of the bride. They were talking about Donald Trump. He has a mouth, they conceded, and acts like a child […]

Swatching Fail

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

True confessions: I’m a swatching slacker. My typical swatching looks like the swatch below: two square inches repeated on different sizes of needles until I get gauge for whatever I’ve decided to make. I bought the lovely pink hand-dyed silk and wool specifically to knit the Chimera cardigan, so I just kept using larger needles […]

Lady Gansey

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Lady Gansey from Wanderlust knitted in KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in Mai Tai Heather. Being blocked. I still have to weave in the ends and make decisions about the bands. Buttons? If so, which and how many and where exactly. Maybe a frog at the neckband only? Grosgrain ribbon behind the button bands to […]


Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Yogurt is a dairy product and therefore in the Evil 6. I haven’t eaten it for years. In fact, if I’m going to eat something dairy, it is going to be cheese. Possibly on pizza. Maybe ice cream or a cream pie. Anything evil has to be a real treat, right? But I have recently […]

Sitting Up and Taking Nourishment

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

I’m much better than I was. I can breathe, for example, though my chest rattles when I do. I’m coughing less — maybe 10% of waking time. I’m sleeping less than 10 hours a night. This is the point in the illness when the ailment becomes irritating. I’m bored, tired of being ill, and miserable. […]

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