Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Not-So-Big Camelids: Part 1

Llamas, alpacas, guanacos, and vicuñas are in the Camelidae family but are not true camels.  Early Spanish explorers/invaders called them “Peruvian Sheep!”  They are all native to the high, dry, mountainous regions of South America.  Not surprising given their (cold) … Continue reading

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Childhood Christmas Memories

As I disclosed in earlier blogs, my Norwegian immigrant mother, baptized and raised a Lutheran, converted and became a Jehovah’s Witness (JW) in the U.S. a few years after I was born. Many know JWs do not celebrate the usual … Continue reading

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Steve Parsons’s Woolblog is always so informative. In this one I first heard of “mulesing” sheep! (He also commented on something I have long lamented: squares of polyester sold in craft shops as “felt.”)

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Scissors and Baby Blankets Don’t Mix

Here are two pictures of the baby blanket I knit four years ago in anticipation of the arrival of my granddaughter F. I used a Norwegian pattern and Dale’s “Baby Ull” (50g/165m), knitting 32 stitches over 4 inches/10 centimeters. I … Continue reading

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Niddy Noddy, an Old English Tune and Christ

A niddy noddy (pictures of mine at right) is, simply, a hand reel for yarn.  The name?  Merriam Webster suggests it may come from an obsolete word meaning to nod to and fro unsteadily.  According to the Oxford English Dictionary, … Continue reading

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Why I Love the Knitting Community

Why I Love the Knitting Community. This is written by the young lady who is now the very happy possessor of half of my stash.  It looks like she’s been busy sorting!  I am so happy that my stash has … Continue reading

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Culling the Stash

I did something I thought I would (or could) never do:  I reduced my considerable fiber stash by about one-half.  Yikes. I couldn’t have done it without my daughter’s help.  She made it a fun experience, and I shed no … Continue reading

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