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April 17, 2009


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Linda Cunningham

Fibre or beer.


Qivuit or pale swill? Fibre. Rough, matted smelly yak or St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout? Beer....

I can't knit and consume at the same time: even a dishcloth is beyond me past the second jug of beer, as I discovered once at a grad school seminar course. :-)

Deb Robson

I know exactly the yak you are talking about. Seven washes and the tub was still running mud. A physician had brought it back from the Himalayas and commissioned me to make a sweater--insisted on a sweater, despite . . . well, I made the ribbings from Lopi, so perhaps he would be able to actually wear it.

If that were the choice, I'd take the beer, too.

Linda Cunningham

ROFL. Ah, yes, the commission-from-hell.

Nice older gentleman, who sold off his llamas, turning their last shearings into 30 lbs. of laceweight two-ply with all the softness of steel wool.

"I want scarves for our five grandchildren -- oldest 8, youngest 3 -- that will be soft and easy to clean."

Ran them through my I-cord machine and knitted up identical 6"-wide, 36"-long garter-stitch scarves. He loved them, but I'm surprised that no one from Children's Services ever came to arrest me.... ;-)

Deb Robson

The procurer of the yak insisted on no blending. Yak can, of course, be exquisite. My guess is that the people who sold him this stuff didn't figure anyone from the US would actually make anything with it (and, obviously, he had no idea how to evaluate quality) and so, very sensibly, made some money on the stuff they didn't want to use. He was happy, they were happy.

Susan J. Tweit

Another fascinating book review, thanks. Beer or yarn--no contest! Beer or books--same. Yarn or books--that one's difficult. I'm still coming down on the side of books more often. Could be I've just not had the time to even knit any small projects lately. But I did darn another pair of socks on the road trip between Salida and Nucla. (For those who don't know Colorado, one's about midway south-central, while the other is almost off the west edge of the state--so rural most folks never get there, or get away once they do get there!) It was a good trip for highway haiku too, as you know!

Deb Robson

Yes, yarn (or fiber) and books are very tough to choose between. Depends entirely on my mood at the time.


Just when I thought it might be safe to peek at the blog again, here comes another wonderful book to peruse! You've already stretched my imagination with others, now comes one right down the middle of my perennial dilemma! I've finally convinced Himself to leave the "on the go" knitting bag in the truck.

Haven't quite gotten the knitting out of the dojo bag yet,.....

Deb Robson

Kris, you're right. I think you'd have fun with a lot of what's in this one.

Sally HP

I just got this book as well, and love it! I'm doing Ruff Neck for my mom's group to show them an easy holiday gift. Good Luck! I'll be looking back at your site!

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