Ya-ya (yarn along, yarn along)

Yarning along with Ginny while also Keeping Calm and Crafting On with Nicole:

My current project is Oriental Lily in wonderful, wonderful Noro Silk Garden:

Oriental Lily and The Week

As for reading, all attempts to pick up a book and get serious about reading it have resulted in heavy eyelids — even at 11 in the morning!  So I’m sticking with nice, easy, modular reading in The Week.  I’ve said it before in an earlier Yarn Along, but here’s how I feel about this magazine: luff, loaf, lurv it!

I actually have some finished objects to show you — how’s that for excitement?  To quote an episode of I Love Lucy, one is swell, and the other is lousy.  The swell one:

Happy scarf times

I’m very pleased with this scarf — I wanted something like a keffiyeh (but please don’t consider that a political statement–I just like scarves with fringe or tassels and I’m much too shallow to worry about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, although I do care about it when I’m not thinking about my clothes), I wanted it to be a long, narrow triangle with ties long enough for 2 wraps around the neck and definitely tassels.  The shape turned out rather strange

scarf, unfurled

I think it looks a bit like a Dr. Seuss illustration on its own, but I do like it a lot when it’s all wrapped and fixed up around my neck.  And it is a great warmer.  The yarn is a mill end cotton that I picked up at Earth Guild in Asheville 4 years ago.  (Love you, Earth Guild!) I bought 2 massive cones for a total of $16, and I’ve knitted 3 objects from it, with most of one cone still left.  A slouchy hat to wear with the scarf will probably be next.

Here’s the lousy one:

[Note: There is no picture of the poncho yet, because the battery on my camera went dead as I was trying to snap it.  See?  That poncho is cursed.]

Yuckity, yuck, yuck, yuck!  This is the Sheer Poncho, blogged about hereIt is so tight, especially the bind off, even though I did the most elastic bind off I know.  It feels like a straight jacket.  It will soon be frogged, because I cannot stand to let that gorgeous Malabrigo yarn go unworn.  That’ll teach me to knit projects that are created and modeled by tiny 20 year olds. 

Good thing the tasseled scarf turned out so well—it helped ease the “I spent 3 months knitting this piece of *#@*” depression. Hopefully L’Oiseau’s Oriental Lily will continue my positive streak.

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Trying to keep calm and yarn along with the punches

So I want to join in Nicole of Frontier Dreams for her KCCO (Keep Calm, Craft On)  and also Ginney of Small Things for Yarn Along, but at the moment, I can’t use my home computer because a heinous person hacked L’Homme’s e-mail account.  We’re waiting to take the laptop to one of those businesses that can scrub this kind of poison from my beloved little machine.  I’m pretty frazzled, worrying about just how compromised our whole life on the computer could be from that one e-mail hack.

So, no pictures.  But I finished the Sheer Poncho, which I blogged about here, so I will hopefully post some photos as soon as the computer is out of the hospital.

And if you ever received an e-mail claiming that somebody is stuck in Cypress and needs $2,000, don’t believe it.

The Ladies Who Blog

So I was adding to this blog my list of Blogs I Read, and they include:

The Blog Maven

The Yarn Harlot

SouleMama

Frontier Dreams

A Year on the Farm

Now if I could just find blogs called The Kitchen Witch and The Schoolmarm, you would have a picture of 90% of my life through blog names alone.  (I’m intentionally leaving out The T.V. Junkie–my guiltiest pleasure.)

So I got to thinking about these ladies who blog–not just the 3 I named up there, but also Woolly Moss Roots, Bird and Little Bird, Small Things, and many others that I’m only just beginning to discover.  We’re all living and blogging about homesteading or, at the least, a “back to nature” approach to life.

Our subjects are centuries-old pursuits: knitting, sewing, spinning, writing, reading, gardening, farming, child-rearing, housekeeping, cooking.  But we’re talking about these things through this technologically advanced wonder-machine under my fingers.

My thoughts on this dichotomy were put to words well when I met a fellow teacher recently and told her about the blogs I like to read.  “They’re mostly earth-mama, back to the land types,” I said.  “And these people use computers?!!” she exclaimed.  “Yes, and quite well,” I told her.  (She had never even read a blog, so there!)

Our pursuits have been practiced and refined over millennia, but we learn about them and discuss them via a technology that’s just a few decades old.  What advances are ladies (and some men, I know, but primarily ladies) making in these pursuits by having such a fast and easy way to share our work and ideas?

In my home, there are no video games, no MP3 players, no iPods, no iPhones, no blue-ray disc player, no TiVO or other digital video recorder.  We get by just fine without all that fancy electronic gadgetry, but we could never give up this slim little rectangle and the wireless modem that connects it, and me through it, to all of you.

I know there are homesteading, organic-living women out there without even an Internet connection (or maybe even a computer) but I don’t know any of them.  How would I meet them?