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What is the Italian Word for “Dog”?

In these tough economic times, everyone is searching for a bargain, knitters included. At last night’s meeting of the Slater Mill Knitting and Crochet Guild meeting I do believe I found one.

The smart ladies (and man – Hi John!) of the Guild devised a wonderful way for us to raise money and share some fiber goodness and yarn love. At each meeting members donate skeins of yarn to the “Buck a Ball” table. Other members peruse the table and can find new yarn delights for merely $1. All the money goes to the Guild. Such a deal!

These “Buck a Ball” donations are special.

You know these yarns. That one skein of colorful sock yarn that you just had to buy because it was on on sale and how on earth could you pass up such a deal?! Who cares if it’s not enough for a pair – you’ll find a use for it. Or how about the freebie ball of lime green fuzzy eyelash yarn with orange speckles that came in a gift bag you were so excited to receive, but upon closer inspection you realize it is  not enough, not the right color, too scratchy, too slippery, too glittery…You know these yarns. Think the Island of Misfit Toys, only yarn.

So what wonderful fibers did I uncover from the Buck a Ball table? Look at these lovlies! (Click for big)

I was especially coveting the mohair on the left. Despite my recent frustrations with Swallowtail, I am still determined to make a floaty, ephemeral lace stole and this forest green lace-weight looked like just the right yarn for the job. The Regia sock yarn on the right was a no-brainer. They don’t call me KnitSox for nothin’ you know. And yes, I realize it is only one ball and not enough for a pair of socks. Be quiet. I know. It was only a buck – you expect me to pass it up?

Tonight, because I am a Ravelry geek, I had to immediately photograph my new yarns and log them into my stash.  As I was lining up the artistic shot in the viewfinder, I looked closely at the label on the hunter green mohair beauties.


It appears that there are two puppies on this label. An Irish Setter and a Poodle. Now I don’t speak Italian, but I’m wondering if “seta” is the Italian word for dog.

I know there are talented people who spin yarn from dog hair, but honestly, I’ve never understood that particular hobby.

I spend endless hours of my life combating the persistent fuzziness of the Max hairs that cover every surface of my home and my clothing. Jeff and I are sometimes lucky enough to travel to far-off lands and we always laugh at the amount of copper-colored Beagle/Boxer hairs we deposit at various stopping points along the way. Max barely leaves the family room, but his hair has covered most of North America, the Caribbean, and parts of western Europe.

Did I just get an amazing deal on two balls of Italian dog hair?? Please say it isn’t so.


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Keep Your Chin Up

Last weekend I finished the Madeira Cascade Scarf. Apologies for the very dark image. And no, I don’t have a giraffe neck. I’m just following the advice of a kind photographer I met once while vacationing in the Dominican Republic.

You know the story. The photographer is hired by the hotel to take pictures of the guests poolside, happy, smiling, and holding umbrella drinks. You feel like a supermodel when the picture is snapped and then you see it on the huge display board in the lobby that evening on your way to the dinner buffet and you’ll pay any price to get it off that wall, because you’re thinking, “Oh My God, is that what I really look like in a bathing suit???”
Anyway, that kind Caribbean photographer told me to always keep my chin up when being photographed. It’s one piece of advice I always follow.
This scarf pattern was enjoyable and fairly easy to memorize after a few repeats. The yarn, Crystal Palace Kid Merino, is pretty, but tempermental and sticky, as mohair can be. Undoing mistakes was annoying. This particluar colorway of purple and green looks nice with my denim jacket. In the end, I’m happy enough with it, but as you maybe can see in my very bad photo, it is a bit floppy, lacking in structure. Next time, a sturdier yarn might be a better choice.

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