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Here are some of the things I love:


  • Knitting
  • Crazy Color Combinations
  • Superheroes
  • Villains
  • Cool Graphics
  • Smart Writing
  • Nerds
You know what? There’s a blog for that!!!

This week I found Lattes and Llamas. The very first blog post I read was titled, “2015 Geek-A-Long: Dr. Doom” and started off with a photo of an awesome double-knit square featuring, you guessed it . . . Dr. Doom! It just gets better from there. There are LOTS of cool squares, a slew of geeky quotes, backstory on featured characters . . . And the writing made me smile. I might have actually chuckled a time or two on the inside.

From what I can tell, the Geek-A-Long is a year-long knit along. The Lattes and Llamas creators make a new square pattern available each week for 48 weeks—for free! At the end they guide you through putting 24 of the squares together to make a fabulously geeky blanket. They have a Ravelry group you can join to share Geek-A-Long war stories, and it all just strikes me as a ton of fun. I doubt I’ll join in for the full Geek-A-Long, but I’m pretty sure that when it comes to knitting at least a few of these awesome squares, resistance is futile.

In addition to discovering Lattes and Llamas, I did some knitting, finished a book, and had a full-out, avert-your-eyes, gnarly, nasty, skid-marks-on-the-pavement work meltdown.

So . . . the knitting. Here’s my pillow cover blocking. This is the most aggressive blocking I’ve ever done. I’m hoping to use a standard-size pillow core, and my cover is not quite big enough for that. Hopefully, the blocking will give me the extra couple of inches I need.


When I started out, Lola wanted to help:


So did Augie. His specialty is “adjusting” blocking wires.


But then there had to be crazy chasing.


It’s all about priorities in this house.

Have I mentioned the swatching? I think I have. I’m trying to decide which yarn to use for the TKGA Basics course. I might have decided on Lion Brand Fishermen’s wool. It’s the top swatch here:

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It seems to have the best balance of stitch definition and sproing. I’m vacillating, though, and wondering if I should do another swatch with the Cascade 220 using size 6 needles instead of the size 7s I used for these. The original Cascade swatch felt a little “loose,” but maybe if I went down a needle size . . .  Hmmm. . .

And since we haven’t had one in awhile, here’s an action shot. I was on the way to an appointment and was running a little early, so I stopped by the river to knit for a bit. That was good.


Hopefully, I’ll have 28thirty pics soon. And I’m planning to cast on for CeCe any second now, so there should be pics of that to share soon as well. Be well, and happy knitting!

Llamas and Peacocks and Puppies! Oh, My! 2

Happily, llama shearing on Tuesday turned out to be a mostly dry affair. Rain threatened all afternoon but only actually materialized for about ten minutes.

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Nineteen llamas started out sporting a full year’s growth of fiber, and by the time the end of the day rolled around, they were each a pound or two lighter. It’s a fascinating process. I’d had a chance to see alpaca shearing a couple of times, but this was my first time with the llamas. They have an amazing vibe—very calm but tuned in. Rather than being mortified by the experience like the alpacas seemed to be, they were mostly just interested in what was going on.

I’m pretty sure that’s Knickita in the picture below. She’s the gorgeous white llama whose fiber became my Lin-Lin Shawl.

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Most of the llamas stood patiently for the shearing. Mellie, below, decided she didn’t like the shearing cage, but she was so relaxed with our friend Mary Lou nearby that the shearer was able to just let her stand free in the barn while she did her thing.

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Notice the tiny chicken head in the bottom right corner of the picture above. This chicken was awesome. Apparently, she likes to lay her eggs in that particular spot under the hay rack in the barn. She usually has the place all to herself, but with shearing going on, it was chaotic. There were multiple llamas, two shearing stations, all kinds of people, a couple of Pyrenees puppies tromping around the place, and a crazy amount of noise, but she insisted on being in her regular spot. She eventually turned her back on all of us and faced the wall. About half an hour later, she got up, made a bunch of noise, and walked out. I looked down where she’d been and found a perfect little brown egg. Totally cracked me up. I’m pretty sure there’s a life lesson here.

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The sweet face below is one of the puppies. Our friends have two of them who are in the process of learning how to be flock guardians. They’re very, very cute and have already learned that if they want to be petted, they should come up to you and sit.


And this is Sydney, the peacock:

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He made a very serious sounding, loud, piercing call on and off, all day long. I kept wondering if he was just trying to look busy so he didn’t get accused of slacking while everyone else was working so hard.

Bottom line—it was a lot of fun, one more absolutely cool thing I got to do that I’m fairly certain I would have never been part of if we hadn’t left Chicago.

On the knitting front, I’m ready to finish up the body of my 28thirty. It hits about mid hip at this point, so I just need to do the bottom border, and then it’s on to the sleeves. Woohooo!

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I got a little package from Jimmy Beans in the mail with these fun things. The yarn is some cotton I was thinking of trying out for CeCe. I might still do a swatch, but I’m pretty committed to using the Madelinetosh Pashmina if it ever gets here. The project bag just appeared in my cart. No idea how that happened.

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Aaaaand, this is the yarn I’m going to try out for the Basics course in preparation for the Master Knitter program. I’ll do a little swatching with each of these to see which one I like knitting with the most and that produces the best result when I block it. All three are popular options for the program, but I thought it would be good to try them out for myself since I’ll be spending so much time knitting with them. I’m pretty excited about getting started finally.

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That’s it for today. Be well. And happy knitting!