Unraveled Wednesday #9.

Not a lot of unraveling this week, thank FSM. I packed away the worsted squares afghan in order to start some Christmas knitting. (I know. Crazy, right?) I generally do not do Christmas knitting, although for the past couple years I have spent December knitting for the warm clothing drive sponsored by Wisconsin Tourism.

This year, however, I find myself with a quasi-daughter-in-law, hereinafter referred to a QDIL and a couple quasi-grandchildren, QGD1 and QGD2. They are *quasi* because Elder Son and GirlFriend are not married, and they are not married because reasons. I emailed with QDIL last week to determine what QGC1 AND QGD2 might like, and she was most helpful.

QGD1 would love a pair of purple fingerless gloves.


Purple fingerless gloves, check.

QGC2 would love a hat with Stitch of Lilo & Stitch on it. That sounds like an intarsia project to me. Here is the image I found of Stitch:


Anybody know of a good charting program? I know I could download knitting graph paper and chart the image manually, but whenever there is a choice between doing something with pencil and paper vs. doing it digitally, I go for the latter about 99% of the time.

My plan so far is to knit the hat in a neutral fingering weight so that the intarsia Stitch stands out. Yarn preference would be some blend that is not as warm as wool, since they live in New Mexico. After searching both Knit Picks and Webs, however, I have come to the conclusion that the only way I can get the right colors is to go with a major label 75/25 wool/nylon blend, at least for the intarsia. The rest of the hat could be non-wool. I just spent the better part of an hour trying to find machine washable fingering weight yarn in the right colors. It is possible, but not easy: I would have to buy an entire 200- or 400-yard skein of each color in order to get the few yards I need, therefore expensive, no one yarn is available in all the four colors so I would be mixing yarns, yada, yada.

Eventually a light bulb flashed on in my head: dye the yarn myself! The Rit Dye website has color samples for over 500 colors with recipes for each. Using the image above I found more-or-less exact matches for the purple ears and all three shades of blue. I already have about 500 yards of Knit Picks Stroll Bare Fingering so there is no need to buy more yarn. (Yay! You may remember I have been on a yarn fast for several years.)

Please feel free to chime in with your recommendations and comments. I am breaking new ground here for myself. (Not for the intarsia, though. Twenty-five years ago I knit Christmas stockings for the boys that each had an intarsia dancing bear wearing a checked waistcoat. As we all know, if you don’t know something is hard you just do it.)

On the reading front, I finished Beartown by Frederik Backmann last night. What a book! I cannot even describe how good it was. As I was reading I kept thinking to myself that the culture of the town seemed eerily similar to that of the Minnesota Iron Range. People are tough, don’t talk much about themselves; an insular culture that is hard to break into. Perhaps not coincidentally, hockey has always been a big sport on Da Range.

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Twisted knitting.


Behold, the shark that ate your boob.

This is many most all of us, right?

This is definitely us. All of us.

What happens to natural fibers vs. synthetics. via fringeassociation.com

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Shiny links!


Those crazy Finns. (If that link doesn’t work, try this one.)

Why you never wear green on TV. Thanks, gayle!

Don’t mess with little old ladies.

Yeah, maybe don’t use this app.

Good advice.

Back-to-school essentials.

Street art.

Murder vs. assassination, explained.

The Church of Satan, illustrated.

The plot, twisted.

Physics, explained.

Kewl kat. And another.

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Monday answers on a Thursday.

Best news of the weekend is was… I worked in our local party tent at the county fair as I do every year. We got more traffic through the tent this year, I think. People are engaged.

Do you remember Mexican jumping beans? I remember hearing about them, but I never had any.

* Does knitting a shawl sometimes feel like knitting a blanket? Yes, always!

* Have you ever gone under a tipped canoe and had a chat? Nope.

* Did you know horses like to eat peppermints? The list of things I don’t know about horses is very, very long; this one is #17.

* The last thing I was tempted to purchase, but didn’t… Yarn, of course, nearly every time I get an email from Webs or Knit Picks. I have been able to resist for many months.

* Are the new school supplies out yet by you?  How does that make you feel? Yes, they are out now. It always makes me feel like I should buy some and drop them off at the school. I live in a poverty area.

* Give me a detail…any  tiny detail of summer. When I opened the door to let the dogs out yesterday morning I could smell the hanging basket of petunias on the deck. Smells of summer!

*You are getting a box of yarn in the mail two  skeins ….what color/(s) do you want it to be? Two skeins of different whitish worsted; I am running out of those for my afghan (and since the consensus of my commenters the other day was that I need to make it another 10″ longer, I really need that yarn.)

Have you gone so far as to unbuckle your seatbelt and search for a lost hook or needle during a car ride?  (you are the passenger of course)  Of course I have, although since I always knit on circs it is usually a stitch marker or tapestry needle or scissors or ball of yarn that I dropped.

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Unraveled Wednesday #8.


The consensus on afghan length was that bigger is better. As much as I want it to be done, I think the hive mind is absolutely correct. Gale summed it up best: “Go big on the afghan. I’ve never curled up with one and thought it was too much.”

So… lots more knitting ahead.

On the reading front, I am deep into The Crow Trap by Ann Cleves. This is the first in the series of Vera Stanhope mysteries, the character upon whom the British TV series Vera is based. I have only seen a few of those episodes, but any show whose main character is a middle-aged, quirky, independent, dumpy — and very smart — woman is a hit with me. This book is quite long for a mystery — well over 500 pages — and that almost put me off. But I am enjoying it; interesting characters and a good plot.

I bit the bullet and returned a stack of books, unread, to the library. Actually, it wasn’t so much that I bit the bullet but rather that reality bit me in the butt. No way was I going to read those particular books because they were almost all non-fiction; I do better with audio non-fiction than the printed kind.

Now my TBR pile is much less threatening.

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Lotsa yarn, lotsa knitting.


Keep ’em closed.

Winter is coming.

It’s all fun and games

The Tumblr “reblog for …” for us.

NSFW knitting.

Oh, my word.

Australian New Zealand yarnbomb.

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This ‘n’ that on a Sunday.

It’s county fair time!


Display at the entrance to the fairgrounds.



The classic rock station was broadcasting from there, This was a first.

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In other news, I am trying to decide if the afghan needs to be longer how much longer the afghan needs to be.


Either one or three more rows. One because I am ready for it to be done, or three because I dislike afghans that are not generously sized.


I had to evict Milady from the couch before I could take the afghan photo.

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In other knitting news, my friend Colleen came into this nearly completed sweater and the accompanying yarn. Tragically, the pattern was not included.

I volunteered to try to figure out the stitch pattern.


It seems to be a simple knit-purl combination, but I haven’t sat down with it to figure out the details. Any of you recognize it? I haven’t dug out my Barbara Walker yet to look for it. I started a swatch using a US#4 needle and it seems to be the right size, so I am guessing that the yarn, a luscious single-ply wooly tweed, is fingering weight.

The sweater is a v-neck cardigan. The body of the sweater, knit from the hem to the shoulders in one piece, is done except for a button band. One sleeve, knit in the round, is done to the armhole. The second sleeve is only about 3″ long.

Any of you recognize this sweater pattern? I have searched Ravelry using the following search terms:

  • knitting
  • cardigan
  • bottom-up
  • adult
  • v-neck
  • buttonholes
  • fingering- and sport-weight yarn
  • US#3, 4 and 5 needle

…with no finds. (Oddly, there is no Ravelry option to select raglan vs. set-in vs. dolman sleeves. WTF?) It seems to me that it will be difficult challenging to shape the sleeve cap without a pattern, although perhaps any standard fingering-weight set-in sleeve pattern would work. I suggested that she might want to frog the existing sleeves and instead knit them in stockinette; that would relieve us of trying to duplicate that stitch pattern.

Any help will be appreciated 🙂

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I am running out of link photos so I am recycling the original one. Please excuse the repetition.


Jenny made me snort. Repeatedly.

Scientists are crap at naming things.

Cereal sauce.

Do you wear contact lenses?

Mini omelettes look yummy.

Dentist visit from hell.

What to say instead of “You’re a fighter.”


“…ocean-eyed slut man…”

Read the instructions.

I love step 1.

Salad for dinner. With grapesThanks, gayle!

“…it’s also worth asking people …whether they are comfortable taking away fundamental rights these American citizens already have — and if so, what leads them to believe that their own rights, rights they already enjoy, are not also placed in jeopardy by that precedent.”

State tourism ads.

Links from Chris.

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How it was done back in the day.

9 Mile Creek raft.jpg

Photo courtesy of Younger Son.

This is the bike crossing at Nine Mile Creek in the southern suburbs of Minneapolis. Spanning the creek are two ropes which run through eyelets on either side of the raft, thus keeping it in its *lane*. There is also a rope attached to the raft and which runs to both side of the creek. When a rider comes down the steps on the far side of the creek in the photo, they use the rope to pull the raft over, then use it to pull the loaded raft to the near side.

And that is more or less how one got one’s Conestoga wagon across a deep river in the days before bridges.

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Winter Autumn is coming.


Seen this week.  Autumn begins early up here in the Great Frozen North.

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