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29. September 2010 08:24
by Jobo
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Wanted: An Honest Simple Knit.

29. September 2010 08:24 by Jobo | 3 Comments

Sometimes, we all just need a simple knit...

A knit where no strenuous thinking is required. 

You won't need a pattern with this knit. 

If the phone rings during your knitting time, you just answer and talk along while you knit this knit.

You won't need adequate lighting, because your fingers already I what they are doing. 

You will be able to watch movies with subtitles while you knit. 

Your husband can ask you questions involving numbers while working on this knit, because you don't have to count anything, you will be able to answer the exact balance of your savings account and not worry that you will lose your place. 

There will be no swearing required during this knit. No Frogging or Tinking either.

At the end of the evening when you put this knit down and get ready for bed, there will be no grumbling and complaining about how the stitch count wasn't working out, or how you know you will need to frog everything in the morning.

The only sighs expressed during this knit, are sighs of joy and contentment.

When people compliment this finished knit... they will tell you how beautiful and wonderful it is, and you will smile because you know that when you answer "Aw, it was easy, a total no-brainer" you won't be lying this time.

This knit will be wonderful...

Now Darnnit!  What is it?  Where do I find it?  How soon can I cast on?  sigh....

28. September 2010 08:03
by Jobo
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A Favorite Hiding Place...

28. September 2010 08:03 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Before I had a Rabbit as a pet... I often thought that a caged pet would be boring and do nothing but poop and eat and stay inside a cage most of the time.  Well, I'm sure if you left a rabbit in it's cage all the time, this could be the absolute truth.  In our family's case though, having Ruttiger come out and hang out with the rest of the gang has been a staggering success.

Before we got him (he was 4 months old on Sept 10, in case you were following)  I read a whole lot of forums and articles about "house rabbits" to try and get a feel for what I should do with the little guy when he arrived home.  I remember one article that suggested just getting down to the rabbits' level and just do what you normally do, and their curiosity will win out and the rabbit will come and see what you're up to.  The article suggested that if you normally come home and open the mail... just do exactly that.  Come home, open the cage, sit on the floor and open the mail - chances are the Bun Bun will come and see what you are doing.

I've tried to incorporate this philosophy into my Rabbit Care regime.  As a bonding activity, I make sure to take 15 minutes around feeding time morning and evening to sit right on the floor with Ruttiger, and feed him the first handful of his pellets while sitting on my knee and nibbling the kibbles out of the palm of my hand.  In the beginning I would have to coax him over... Now, he's on top of me before I have both buttcheeks firmly planted on the floor.  He curls right up and relaxes with me for the first handful or so, and then eats the rest happily from his bowl inside his cage.  For me, this activity has been a very rewarding and connecting one - My one-on-one time with my Furry little Bun-Child.

The bonding process seems to be going well... now the little guy follows me wherever I go.  If I'm gathering laundry in the bedroom, he's right there sniffing around and running under the bed.  If I'm cooking supper, he is flopped at my feet vegging out.  If I sit down, he comes over and walks all over me and checks me out thoroughly.  he will gladly hop into my lap, and doesn't run away when I try and pick him up as often.  I think he believes me now that I'm not going to Eat him!  though I might hug him and tease him a bunch!

Here he is following Momma into his favorite room... if he is out playing and suddenly disappears you can bed he's flopped on the cool tile floor.  We had a friend visit the other day.... who asked if he could use our other bathroom... since this one was "occupied" already lol ;)

27. September 2010 11:02
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Handspun Merino laceweight

27. September 2010 11:02 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Leftover from a dyeing experiment... I had a small amount of rich brown and charcoal merino top sitting around the studio.  In a fit of "startitis" I decided I needed to spin something new... but something that wouldn't take forever to finish.  I have enough epic projects going on these days it seems.

bog in the hand

It's hard to describe the color exactly of the finished yarn... it kind of reminds me of the brownish black color of peat moss, which is why I'm calling it my "Peat Bog" yarn. 

I spun it as fine as I could manage on my Ashford Traveler... using a new-to-me technique of wrapping the fine single around one of the hooks an extra time to slow the uptake onto the bobbin.  I was surprised that even that one wrap made a big difference in the fineness of the single I could make.  I know that some spinners have added extra hooks to the back of the flyer so they can cross lace a fine single... and I can totally see how useful this would be.  I guess I will have to keep my eyes open for some small hooks I can install.  I was hesitant to just add the regular Ashford replacement ones in case I might split the flyer wood, but maybe a teeny weeny hook or two would be ok.  I can definitely see the appeal to this kind of spinning.

bog skeined 2 

The final yardage count is around 200 yards, and the yarn falls somewhere around light fingering.  The yarn has been whispering to me that it wants to be a scarflette or small shawl, but I haven't completely made up my mind on this.  I have an idea for a bit of a franken-shawl... perhaps a few patterns morphed into one?  All I know is I want it to be lacy, and it will likely start out as a stockinette triangle something like "Ishbel" (Ysolda Teague) or "Little Shells" (Holly Griffin-Weidner)

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