Daily chuckle.

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From Michael Perry’s latest book.

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O, what a tangled web skein we weave detangle.


How not to get Dorito dust on your knitting.

Is this a great scarf or what?

Yarn storage.


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Because I am nothing if not late to the party.

Have you seen all the Carbeths on Instagram and Ravelry and on blogs?

Many are a solid (or solid tweed) color.


Others are a bit more colorful.


Even pets get into the Carbeth act.


I have resisted this KAL for several reasons:

  • I don’t need another sweater.
  • I already have too many projects OTN.
  • A sweater of double-stranded worsted weight yarn would be way too warm for me.
  • It would require buying yarn, something I have sworn not to do until I have knitted down my stash a lot more than I have to date.
  • I am having some trouble knitting with this sore shoulder (more on that another day).


That being said, today I ordered the yarn to make a Carbeth.

Earlier last week I remembered Berroco Vintage worsted — only 40% wool, so perhaps I would be able to wear the sweater all winter, not just on days when the high temp is -30˚F. I have used that yarn before and liked it. Over at Webs, I picked out a lovely heathery green and put 10 skeins* into my cart.

Berroco vintage green

I don’t have a green sweater, and I need a green sweater. And I love this green. So there.

But I emptied my cart and swore to myself and the world that I was not going to Bang Our A Carbeth. Nope, not me. Not happening. See list above.

Then I remembered the lovely effect one gets by double-stranding two barely different colors of yarn. Hmmm. Back to yarn.com.

I pondered over a number of possible combinations.

Nope, I recently bought a couple blue sweaters. No need to knit another.


Oooh, these would make a lovely, subtle, neutral combination. But Webs has only 1 skein of the one on the left. Darn.


Nice, but do I want to knit an entire sweater out of dark yarn? My LED lamp makes it easier, but… Besides, I recently bought a dark blue cardigan. No need to knit another dark blue sweater, no matter how tempting the colors.


Oh, boy, this one is sooo tempting. I have been thinking that I might need a purple sweater, and these two would make such a nice combination. Hmmm


Back to the green. Yep, that’s the one.


So I ordered the two green yarns. And an hour later, after looking at the Carbeths with colored edgings, I went back to Webs and ordered a skein of Sage for a contrast edging on the cuffs and ribbing.


Okay, now I am really done ordering yarn. Yep. Fer sure


* This may be more than I actually need, but I want to lengthen the sweater — cropped would look ridiculous on me — and I don’t want to run out.

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Griddy links.


Unsettling but fabulous.

Heroes you never think about.

Maps! Thanks, gayle!

More maps! via martinimade.com

Hell’s motivational posters. A few more.

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Cooking tip from a knitter.

I learned this from someone else on the internet, don’t remember who. But I have several of these metal needle gauges that I do not use because I much prefer the sturdy plastic ones from Knit Picks. They now have a purpose in life (besides cluttering up my knitting tools basket).

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Kitteh tales on a Thursday.

Kitteh tales in bullet form:

  • About a month ago Smokey gave me a bouquet of tulips. I put them in a vase and set it on my desk. Fast forward: the cats decided that tulip leaves, stems, and blossoms were yummy.

    A very dead and chewed tulip blossom.


  • Act 2: Last week Smokey gave me some potted tulips, which I put on the windowsill next to my desk. Fast forward: kittehs decide that tulip leaves are their favorite.IMG_1626.jpg
  • Act 3: I moved the pot to the window sill above the kitchen sink. So far, so good…

    Notice the  pink bud emerging in the right-hand photo.

  • Speaking of kittehs, Thelma, the kitteh with the viral URI, has been rechristened Gurgles because that’s how she sounds. She has been through three (four? can’t even remember) courses of antibiotics, which we all knew would do nothing for the viral thing but did clear up the green snot.
  • By “cleared up” I mean the green snot became clear-ish, not that snot went away.
  • We still have to clean up her nose at least once a day, plus brush the dried snot out of her fur. I will spare you a photo of her nose, before and after booger removal.
  • We have gotten mixed advice from two of the vets at our clinic. The younger, recently-graduated one recommended Lysine for the viral ailment, the older one commented that he was dubious but willing to try it. Research on its efficacy is mixed to unproven.
  • I like to think this Lysine treatment is one of those things that may only work on some cats, perhaps given their individual DNA, strain of feline herpesvirus-1, phase of the moon, etc., etc., etc.
  • Smokey got Lysine in capsule form. We sprinkled it on some canned cat food, and Gurgles had zero interest. I even tried giving her a little butter, thinking that if she licked that up I could mix some with the Lysine and administer it that way. Once again, zero interest.
  • We attributed this lack of interest to her difficulty breathing and, presumably, smelling.
  • At last vet appointment (with older vet, whom we like very much for the loving care he has given all our animals for the past 20-ish years) he prescribed a Lysine gel that comes in a squirt-top can and smells of fish.
  • Gurgles hated having it administered forcefully, but last weekend I had a brainstorm after seeing her persistently licking her nose and chin after forceful administration. Instead of holding her by the nape of the neck with one hand and squirting the gel into the corner of her mouth — I got really, really good at this method what with the three (four?) courses of liquid antibiotics — I squirted it onto my fingertip and let her sniff it, meanwhile hoping against hope that the fishy smell would penetrate her stuffy nose.
  • Success! She daintily licked my fingertip clean!
  • We are on Day Four of this treatment, probably too soon to see results, but I am hopeful. This is a much easier regimen, too; I keep the squirt-top can next to my bed, and when Gurgles has settled in to snuggle while I read, I stick my gel-covered fingertip under her nose. Works every time.
  • Even though the virus is highly contagious, Louise has not contracted it from her step-sister. Yay!



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Non-hiatus knitting links.


…pardon me while I invade your home, wrap myself in your property, and snarl at people like a highly invasive species of lizard.

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Ok, I couldn’t stand it. Here are some links.


Llama vs alpaca.

On removing To Kill a Mockingbird from the curriculum.

Another view of minimalism. More here.

Imma watch Babylon Berlin.

A lovely song and video.

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yarn heart.jpg

Look out, Cupid’s got a gun!

Cat feet.


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Primary colored links.


We have all been there.

Sorry, nope.

How to make your mittens extra-special warm.


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