Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Liebster Award

Thank you to the CraftyExPat for nomating me for the Liebster award! (Read more about it here.) Here are the questions I will try to answer in a way that makes me sound somewhat interesting (hopefully)! Recipients of this award … Continue reading

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Knitting-Related Birthday Gifts

Thor’s birthday gifts to me took my breath away. Package No. 1:  This is the newest addition to my essential knitting supplies – purchased at REI.  This head lamp (the Cosmo) by Black Diamond allows me to knit in all … Continue reading

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Embracing the Fiber Universe

In 2000, Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam published Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community.  In Bowling Alone, he explores the effect of the decline (collapse) of “social intercourse” or “social capital” on civic engagement and democracy.  (The title … Continue reading

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Valentine Day Memories

To-morrow is Saint Valentine’s day All in the morning betime, And I am a maid at your window, To be your Valentine. The day before Valentine’s Day (VD), I am busy knitting a beautiful red and black silk shawl/wrap.  Very … Continue reading

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The Little Ones, Part 2: Chinchillas

Have you knit with chinchilla?  I have not, but it’s something I will have to try.  Creature Comforts has some knit kits ready to go. Chinchillas are rodents native to the Andes, and their pelts long clothed the Chincha people of … Continue reading

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The Little Ones, Part 1: Rabbits

If you’ve ever gone to wool growers events (e.g., the annual Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, Oregon), you will meet people who raise Angora rabbits and from which we get angora fiber. (In an earlier post I explained that Angora … Continue reading

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