Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Could it really be a scarf? Yes, I am on my way! I was tooling along adding rows, knit one row, purl another when a funny row showed up. Know I have a random purled row about 15 rows in, so I will have to add more and it may look like I did it on purpose. Aw, the mother of invention. Mistakes made while knitting over a glass of wine!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Here are my very first rows of knitting and then later some purling and later yet some knit 2, purl 2, though you really can't see it. I have a great deal of difficulty with "practice" and want to jump right in and make a complete project. I can see that won't happen with knitting. Note all the little holes, missed stitches, etc. I did actually start a "REAL" scarf over the weekend, though. This white piece here will be my practice skein that I can keep messing with. The Knitting for Dummies book says that you have to keep doing practice swatches. Dumb, but okay, I will try.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
So Cerise has gone to a knitting group since moving to the Pacific northwest. She just finished a gorgeous sweater which I hope she posts a photo of soon. She invited me to go and since they meet at a wine bar i was game. Of course someone had some extra yarn and someone else some extra needles and there I was learning how to knit. Three weeks later I learned to purl and now I am dreaming of a nice sweater. It may be awhile. I just cracked open "Knitting for Dummies." yes, it may be awhile. I think it is a good motion to continue helping healing my arm break a few months back.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Apparently domesticating silkworms, er, silkcaterpillars, is a lot like domesticating chicken and turkeys. The selection for big and the many generations of being raised in captivity has made the silkworm dependent on humans for all movements. The caterpillars never get out to feed. The little guys at the caterpillar stage no longer see and the wings of the adult moths are stunted and practically useless. Color is gone in the domesticated n attendants, who carry the worms to the feeding places and supply them with food. The Bombyx mori, the domestic silkworm, is white or cream-colored, whereas the wild varieties vary widely in color. Very exotic. You gotta wonder if we are a slave to the moth or it to us.