January 2006

In spite of a knitting malaise and frustration so severe that it threatened to end my illustrious knitting career, I have managed to crank out a few things.


This is a Feathers and Fan scarf knit from Brown Sheep’s Handpaint Originals in “Stormy Skies”.

oooooooooh! Lacey.
Same scarf, just held up to the light. I’m happy with this scarf (this feeling doesn’t occur nearly often enough with my knitting efforts, trust me – especially lately). I like the mohair – the wool is shiny and fuzzy at the same time. And the colours are gorgeous. Last Spring I was held down and pummeled by a Feathers and Fan afghan that I seemed to spend more time ripping back than actually knitting forward on. This scarf is, of course, much smaller, but I am thrilled to finally have emerged victorious over such a measly little stitch pattern.


I made this scarf for Mark for Christmas. I wanted to make him something he’d love. Of course, when you are working carefully to match the item to the person, it is usually easiest to start with colour, right? Wrong. My husband is colour-blind. I’m sure he does this just to make me crazy. He goes on and on about inherited defect, not his fault, blah blah, but I know for a fact he is colour blind just to make it harder for me to knit for him. Also? Hates wool. If I had known this about him, I obviously never would have married him. But I did. And I said that in sickness and in health part too, and since not liking wool is a sickness (even if it isn’t an allergy, but only a mistaken belief that wool is itchy), I guess I have to ride this one out.
I was really stuck – what would I make for him? He doesn’t like sweaters that are heavy. Given that he is over 6 feet tall and I would have to make him a sweater from cotton, I would be making him an 11 pound sweater… so no sweater. I don’t love to knit socks. Finally, I decided a scarf would be good – especially for all those hours he spends in a hockey arena.
Next, the search for yarn began. After watching for The Perfect Yarn for months, I came across some Silky Tweed. I chose the grey (004) so that there would nothing he was missing that other people could see.
Then I decided that the focus of this scarf had to be *texture*. And I began swatching. And swatching. And swatching. Finally, I found the stitch patterns I liked and voila. It only took months and pages and pages in my notebook, but there it is. And there is love in every damn stitch.

I’m happy with this project too. It does exactly what I wanted it to do. There is just enough wool in the yarn to be warm and the cotton and silk make it soapy smooth and soft. The texture pops. And, most important, Mark really, really likes it. And that even makes all that swatching worth it ;)

I spent Saturday afternoon sitting in a comfortable chair, knitting. Behind me and to my left was a wall of windows. If I turned slightly in my seat, I saw this:

Not too shabby, eh? To my right, was this:

Cosy, eh? Darn right. The fire place is huge btw. So anyway, I spent a long time knitting, and I ate enough really good food to feed several people, knitted some more, had a 90 minute nap on the floor in front of the fire, ate even more good food, then headed home.
Not a bad way to spend a Saturday, eh?

I think things here are settling in enough that I can get back to my blogging/reading routine. Comments! I might even leave comments! :P

Please stand by. We are experiencing technical difficulties.

Please be patient while we grapple with the new school term, fumble with our knitting, dream of gardening, suffer with post-holiday let-down, and wonder where the heck winter (and the history text book) is.

We will return to our regularly scheduled programming shortly.


There is a game known as ‘6 Degrees of Separation’ (from Kevin Bacon – no relation to the best of my knowledge). The way the game works is to try to connect 2 famous people via 6 associations. We have been watching the blogsphere for the last year or so and believe that nearly all blogging homeschoolers will hear about important news items, etc. within 3 days of the first mention in a HS blog.

This experiment will work as follows:

1- If this is the first blog in which you have seen this post and you would like to contribute to the experiment, copy the entire post and post it in your blog.

2- Modify the post to add a link to your blog which displays the appropriate degree you are from the original in the following list:

{original, first degree, second degree, third degree, fourth degree, fifth degree, sixth degree}

That way, visitors can directly see the chain of communication that ended with this post in your blog.

3- Leave a comment in the blog where you first viewed this post indicating that your blog is among the next degree.

4- If you are a homeschooler or are interested in/considering homeschooling and either do not have a blog, would prefer not to blog this or the sixth degree is already taken, you can still contribute to this experiment by leaving a comment in the blog where you first read it.

5- After 3 days report back how many people read, commented and blogged based on your post to the blog where you first read this. (They only report this blog would receive is from the degree below and this blog will report the total from below and comments here to the degree above.) To illustrate how this would work let’s suppose that in this imaginary example every blog has approximately the same number of readers and that each blog entry for each degree ends up with exactly the same number of comments.

Let’s say that each blog would receive 2 comments where the experiment was posted and 2 comments from non-bloggers. This would produce the following:

original: 2 + 2 = 4
first: ( 2 * 2 ) + 2 = 6
second: ( 2 * 4 ) + 2 = 10
third: ( 2 * 8 ) + 2 = 18
fourth: ( 2 * 16 ) + 2 = 34
fifth: ( 2 * 32 ) + 2 = 66
sixth: ( 2 * 64 ) + 2 = 130

That totals 268. If you change the number of experiment posts to 3, the result is ( 5 + 11 + 29 + 83 + 245 + 731 + 2189 = ) 3293. Consider what the number would be when we average about 60 readers a day. (Welcome to math 101) Let’s allow a week for the reporting to roll back through the earlier degrees.