A Little Alpaca Humor

I saw this a few days ago and knew I had to blog it.  I’m still giggling!  Anyone else have fiber funnies?




Learn all you can from the mistakes of others.  You won’t have time to make them all yourself.  Alfred Sheinwold





Up and Running Once More


We lost our internet Tuesday evening and all day yesterday.  Very frustrating.  I’m way more invested in the internet than I thought.  No e-mail, no google, no blog, no nothin’.  I see if I ever decide to go ‘net free, I’ll need to be weaned off, no way I’m going cold turkey!  It comforts me to know, though, that I’m in the same boat with probably a zillion others.  😉  Oh, I almost forget to tell you the reason.  Our neighbor was having fax issues, ATT came out, fixed his fax feed and didn’t bother reconnecting what he had to disconnect.  Jeez.


The alpaca roving that I ordered from Dyeing for Color finally arrived and has exceeded all my expectations.  It’s like spinning a cloud.  I’ve knitted with alpaca yarn but have never actually seen and been able to fondle roving.  I keep petting it.

These babies are staying in their bags until two seconds before I spin so I can continue to marvel at how soft and clean they are!  I’m beginning to feel that their destiny is to be sock yarn.


No knitting to post today.  Oh yeah, it’s out there, lots of WIPs, very few FOs, just not quite camera ready and besides that, I’d have to go through the house, gathering up each room’s project.  Yeah, I work on different projects in different rooms.  Don’t judge me 🙂


When we had that little snafu with the internet, I was in the middle of posting a pottery WIP so I had to postpone until today.  This is a molded bowl and I can’t wait to get it out of the damp box and get it out of the bowl mold.

It still needs some work, as you can tell.  That may be a good project for tomorrow.

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities.  Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.  Gloria Steinem



My Winter Tonic

TRENDING NOW (what’s that mean anyway?)

Any time one of us had the droops or doldrums, especially in winter,  my grandmother always said we needed a tonic.  She never gave us a tonic, just said one was needed, which was probably a good thing since when I hear the word tonic, I think of cod liver or castor oil, both of which are off the scale on the official Disgust-O-Meter.  My own personal winter tonic is this:

Take one cold and cloudy day

Add a nice fire and some knitting

Mix in a couple of grands, chocolate milk and cookies

Monitor closely as not to miss anything


Watch your contentment rise

Repeat as often as necessary


The Papoose Gives the Sprout a Clean Bill of Health


I’ve done very little knitting the last day or so, still working on the second Phloem Sock; I did remember that I promised a quick show and tell of the Metalico yarn that The Yarn Mart ordered for me and it’s more beautiful than I remembered –


Here are the stats:


Blue Sky Alpaca

50% baby Alpaca and 50% raw silk

All natural/No dyes

Gold Dust

This is going to transform into Sarah Smuland’s Etched Rio Wrap and I can’t wait to get started.  The softness and shimmer of this yarn is amazing.  Check out the Blue Sky Alpaca website for a look at the pattern.


What’s your favorite winter tonic?

The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment.  Tony Robbins



The one where she’s been

looking longingly at her newest sock project, but having to work instead.  Why do I make myself miserable like this?  Because hope springs enternal that I’ll get a few minutes free, even if just long enough for a few stitches.  Knitting refreshes me like nothing else.  There’s probably a scientific study about knitting and endorphins but all I know is that it’s a mini-vacation right here in my office.

Here’s a little eye candy –

This beauty is Arequipa, 65% superwash wool, 20% alpaca and 15% nylon.  Strange, no color number or lot.  Never noticed that before.

This picture really doesn’t do this justice, but you get the idea.  It’s a Yarns on Stage Limited Edition Silk Sock, 70% merino superwash, 2o% silk and 10% nylon.  Colorway is Parakeet. 

Tomorrow, we wind.

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.  Booker T. Washington  (1856-1915)