Friday, October 30, 2015

Those Kacha Questions

Ordinarily I think of travel as a pleasure and privilege, but, astonishing to relate, not only is there such a thing as too much travel, there has been entirely too much of too much roundabout Exit 151. I'm exhausted, but am throwing down this post in order to avoid some gotcha questions of the sort that make one very tired indeed.

At least while traveling I started another sock, Cranberry Biscotti by Elizabeth Sullivan, worked in Spud & Chloë Fine, colors Clementine, Bumble Bee, and Popcorn. It's for October Sockdown, so I have 'til the end of November to finish.

Cranberry Biscotti wip

Which meant somewhat less progress than hoped-for on my airplane Owl Sock's. I hope to finish the pair by tomorrow to qualify for September Sockdown.

Owls Sock's mismatch

Despite using a Kacha-Kacha, the socks don't match. My Kacha-Kacha has always been reliable before. It's as if... as if... as if Obi-Wan Kenobi didn't help. Oh the enormity!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Airplane Knitting

Been on airplanes, knitting Owl Sock's by Coral Bale using Classic Elite Yarns Alpaca Sox for September Sockdown. Those are amethysts (sorta) that are their eyes.

Owl Sock's wip

It's a fun pattern, lovely yarn, although may I say that greengrocer's apostrophe makes me cringe. Can't help it. More in a bit.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Lei Aloha

It will not have escaped the notice of gentle readers that lately much of the traveling done from casa Jersey Knitter has been hurried and for reasons that go unblogged. Sad to relate, those reasons include serious illnesses and deaths in my family. There have been long blank patches of blog disruption corresponding to long sad watches as health and life ebb away. There has been sickroom knitting of variable gauge and other imperfections (sigh). There has been funereal crafting as well, such as these Basic One Straw Round Lei (the plural of lei is lei).

Lei aloha

These simple yarn lei emulate the appearance of lei hulu, Hawaiian featherwork lei. They were made by weaving a weft of novelty yarns around a warp of grosgrain ribbons on a straw loom. The original feather lei were symbols of wealth and power and were reserved for royalty. Nowadays their yarn counterparts are given as gifts of aloha on both happy and sad occasions – alas! the latter for these.

As an eco-conscious blogger I must add: While the image of casting lei into the ocean as a sign of farewell or mourning is a popular one, the custom originated with tourists of the steamship era and was not part of old Hawaiian culture. The practice is discouraged, because non-biodegradable lei strings pose a threat to sealife.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Cookies Compliance

European Union readers: Can you see the automatically generated banner at the top of this blog stating how my bloghost, Blogger (owned by Google) uses cookies? It's supposed to appear to E.U. readers. I'd like this blog to be E.U. compliant, but as I am not located outside the U.S., I can't verify that the statement appears unless I visit a mirror site, which seems rather besides the point given I want to verify this site. Please feel free to comment.


Thanks, and sorry about the fuss. If you use Firefox as your browser, you can add Lightbeam to track the trackers, which only seems fair.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Piries, Not Peeries

I'm travelling at the moment. As a result, I missed the conclusion of the Tour de Fleece and also blogging time is scarce. There are compensations, though. Here's my current view.


Which occasionally is obstructed.

View obstructed

It may be a little hard to tell from these photos, but ordinarily the view would not be quite so misty – the normally placid South Shore surf was unusually rough for July. Inexperienced beach-goers on sheltered beaches were knocked down, and even experienced swimmers got into trouble in the rougher spots. The old adage is so true: Never turn your back on the sea.

Meanwhile, my landlady keeps giving me mangoes. Perhaps appropriate for a knitter, they're golden Pirie mangoes rather than the more usual purple-green-skinned Haden mangoes.

Pirie mangoes

Although I'm working on yet another pair of socks, alas, I have no Peeries to show off. That will have to wait until I get back to Casa Jersey Knitter.