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Archive for May, 2010

A Bit Squirrelly Around Here

Dear Ellen,

dscn2878.JPGI have been seduced by the “It Takes a Tree” contest at Brooklyn General Store.  Instead of finishing Like Buttah, I spent the last two days making a new friend.  (He has pipe cleaners in his arms and tail for posing!)  My original plan was to make a baby front carrier, baby squirrel, baby squirrel toy, shawl, etc. to fit my creation out as a momma, but I keep getting a vibe off this squirrel that he’s a he and not a she.  I’ve put him up as a project as Squirrel About Town and think he’s going to end up with a top hat and tails instead of the baby paraphenelia.  I’ll let him rest for a few days.  As long as I have him in the mail by next week, he should make the deadline.  (Stay tuned for sex change operations as I figure out his/her actual identity.)

dscn2872.JPGLike Buttah did get some great knitting while I was on travel to California.  I intend to finish it up this week.  It really has been a fast and easy knit.  Very good for long plane flights on which I was struggling with fatigue.  I was able to score dinner with Jeanne and Frank while I was out there.  It was really nice to have a chance to see them — had been way too long!

Yesterday we drove to Pennsylvania to set stakes marking the edges of the house and garage so we could get a better feel for how it will sit on our property.  jan-in-hat-1.JPGIt is really making it all feel very real…so exciting!  We’re tracking towards a late summer ground breaking…fingers crossed!  And when we got back, I had to get out my finest hat so we could go to friends’ 136th Kentucky Derby party.  Neither of us got to see our chosen horses make it into the winner’s circle, but we did enjoy some great barbecue and time with friends.

Short post tonight…spent too much time with my new friend today!

Love, Jan

P.S. I have to adjust the resolution on the new header before I can put it up…will try to get that nailed down this week as well.   Stayed up just a bit later…and got it right on the first try.  Facelift complete…for now.  (I guess it was really just a lid lift.)  Dear Readers, be sure to “Refresh” several times till you get the new look on your screen!

It May be a good month…

…for Dr. Yarn!

Dear Jan,

I recently received this missive from our friend.  He reports that you have been in correspondence with him.


Faithful readers,

The questions are still pouring in; however, this one stood out as puzzling and demanded a quick answer. It is from LT in Massachusetts through JH in Washington D.C.

Q: “I want to learn the Old Norwegian cast-on, but I am having trouble finding
an Old Norwegian to teach me. I have met several possible candidates, but
they always turn out to be Young Norwegians, or Old Swedes, or they are Old
Norwegians but they don’t knit. Or they do knit, but they don’t speak
English. Is there any hope?”

A: Knitting is always built on hope.  The answer requires a look at history, present day football, and cutting-edge computing.

fig-leaf-statue.jpgThe story starts with a Very Old Norwegian.  As you know, Leif Erickson was a knitter. His name was loosely translated into “Leaf”, because the prude knitted lots of stuff as cover-ups for Greek and Roman nude statues.  You can easily see how the “Leaf” came in.

More to the point, this is how the Minnesota Viking football team got into Old Norwegian cast-on. (Most of the players are Norwegian, even though many attended Notre Dame.)  What you must do is sneak into the Viking’s locker room, pilfer some of their Old Norwegian items, and send them to the Wilson G. Software Engineering Company where a computer model of the ONCO will be developed by none other than WG himself.  Recall that he owes you a favor, because you crocheted him some small sweaters for his bishops to wear on cold Minnesota nights.  (I’m not sure what the bishops do actually, but I believe they are used in a game something like checkers or backgammon.)

In layman’s terms, what happens is the item is electronically scanned, then digitally frogged. When the process is reversed, it prints out the technique for Old Norwegian cast-on.

You don’t need to block, copy, and paste this into your knitting file, as it is located in the appendix of Volume Three of my five-volume work, “An Introduction to the History of Knitting.”  The work is out of print now, but Amazon can often find a copy.  Or you might wish to try the old bookstore, “Shop Around the Corner.”  Admittedly, it is a little spendy, but it belongs in every knitter’s library.

Thank you for this great puzzling question.

Dr. Yarn