hands and notions

by Dorie on September 25, 2008

yarn head tag

First off, I am so glad you guys all like the smocking tutorial! I still have to make the actual pillow out of my smocking, but once I do, I’ll show you. It’s pretty nifty.

This is the yarn I’ve been knitting with. It’s handspun in a really cool overspun-underspun way by Faun of hands + notions. I’ve admired her yarn for a long time, and when I saw these colors, I had to invest. It’s funny to knit with—both entertaining and strange. I think I almost would have left it all wound up and pretty in the hank—it looked so good that way—but what’s the point of that?

Faun draws too. Clearly, I am trying to be the lady on the tag.

It’s High Holy Day Mantis Season, and can I tell you that this is the worst mantis year yet? In past years I’ve kept a tally, but this year I can’t even keep count. They are everywhere. Today I saw one in the alley next to Barnes and Noble. Why? That is not your habitat. It was grayish. I guess that means it’s a concrete-dwelling mantis.


J September 26, 2008 at 8:09 am

What’s wrong with the mantis population? I thought they were usually considered good to have around since they don’t bother people much and eat lots of other insects. Upon looking at Wikipedia, there are about 2000 species of mantises in the world.

kristin September 26, 2008 at 12:09 pm

wait, hold still a second, i think you might have a bit of yarn stuck in your hair. :)

it is beautiful yarn. great colors.

dorie September 27, 2008 at 7:09 am

yeah, you’re right mantises are totally good for the world. I just have a weird phobia. :-)

erin September 28, 2008 at 1:09 pm

that yarn is certainly yummy. can’t wait to see what you are doing with it.

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