Posts tagged ‘knitting’

The Wrong Kind of White Fluff

We have snow.

Now, this isn’t entirely unusual (it IS January), but I’m having a hard time mustering any excitement about it.

So I’m trying to concentrate on indoor pursuits!

Especially those that serve to promote toastiness.

For example,

Cobblestone, beginning to look like it might be a sweater!


It’s really hard to take good true-to-life colors in photos of really dark colored objects, and that’s about all I could manage for now. But I have started one of the sleeves as well-


You’ll have to trust me when I tell you that the charcoal-y grey blend of Chone and Spike is much more appealing in person.

And I’ve been spending a little quality time with Hank, my Pirtle wheel, spinning nice soft cushy singles-


Aren’t they fun? No idea what they want to be yet.
But I’m ok with that.

(see last post ) 🙂

January 16, 2012 at 8:42 pm 4 comments

Why Knit?

Today I was browsing around in the Ravelry forums (as I am wont to do), and I happened upon a discussion topic about a survey on Gender and Knitting.

A sociology student at Occidental College is doing it as part of her senior thesis on Knitting as  gendered activity.

So, I said, what the heck, I’ll go and see what it’s all about.

And it was all pretty straightforward…….. but question number 4 still has me thinking:

“Why do you knit?”

Seems like a very simple question, doesn’t it?

You’d think that, with as much as I knit, that I would have a fairly clear idea of why I do it.

But, after I read the question, I just kind of sat there for a minute, while a flood of possible responses sprang to mind.

I think I answered “To use up all the yarn  that I spin.”

But there’s more to it than that, isn’t there?

Reasons I Knit:

  • Because I can.
  • Because I love making beautiful, warm, soft objects from scratch.
  • Because I enjoy the challenge of learning new techniques and
  • appreciate the beauty of creative garment constructions.
  • Because wool is the most excellent raw material ever, and
  • knitting is a great way to show off it’s special qualities.
  • Because sheep are at least as cool as the wool that they grow, and
  • making things out of my own sheeps’ fleeces is very grounding.

It is really beautiful and simple and true.


And because it is going to be lovely.

Why do you knit?

October 9, 2011 at 8:38 pm 7 comments

Scenes from a sunny (!) weekend-

Finally got the tomatoes in.


This year we’re going almost exclusively with cherry tomato varieties (with the exception of one Cougar Red plant) as these are the only ones that ripen up reliably during our short summers.

We’re trying out a new thing this year-  red plastic mulch. Hoping it will keep weeds down, and the yield up. Everywhere around here seems to be sold out of the red plastic tomato greenhouses (a perforated plastic bag that slips over the tomato cages), but we’ve got some of those on order too.

Also did some tractor-ing. High on the project list this summer is re-furbishing the north end of the sheep shed and turning it into hay storage.



Tractors are might good for cleaning out sheds, and digging post holes!

Love the tractor.


(yes it’s only supposed to be that tall)  🙂

It was pretty hot here by PNW-in-June standards- about 80, I think.

Here is Sadie cooling her jets in the sheeps’ water-


And here she is after exploring the pond (no action shot on that one… she knew not to try it while I was watching)


The poor goldfish are probably terribly traumatized.

And finally, once the lawn is mowed and I’ve washed all the pond out of Sadie’s hair, I find some time to sit and work on the sweater.


I love happy endings.

June 5, 2011 at 9:19 pm 4 comments

This is a Wool blog.

Who? Denise

Where? Skagit County, Washington

Why: To share my spinning and knitting adventures with other wool loving folk.


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