Tuesday, May 15, 2007

These goats are made for knitting

The knitting continues apace. Above is my second scarf. I have learned to do ribbing, and to make stripes, and the whole thing casts a spell over me. I don't get tired. I just want to see my scarf grow. (Alexandra is having a similar experience right now.) It puts me in mind of when I took a woodcut class in art school -- it's the same kind of soothing repetitive motion that puts you into a kind of trance and makes time fall away. And, like with woodcut, it's good because it only uses a little sliver of your mind (when you're doing to basic kind of knitting I am doing, anyway) and leaves the rest of it free to watch movies! Woodcutting for me will be forever inextricably intertwined with The X Files, because Jim and I were newly living together when I took that class, and I had never watched X Files before, and he had tape after tape full of episodes, and so for a whole weekend when I was working on a big wood block, I watched dozens of episodes. And whoa did I have weird dreams that weekend!

I don't have a whole lot of time right now to slip into a knitting trance. I have a new Laini's Ladies line I'm working on, plus writing Silksinger, so it's only at the very end of the day when my head is tired of thinking, that I let myself knit. Last night caught the end of a documentary on Alexander Hamilton, reminding me again how little I know or remember of US history. Had the same feeling watching the John & Abigail Adams doc last year. It feels so wrong to have forgotten what these men did for us!

But enough of that. Back to knitting. Here is my first scarf, all rolled up:

That one was Manos del Uruguay wool, lovely stuff. And this is my current scarf:

It's mostly Debbie Bliss "Alpaca silk" -- which will have to be the subject of a new "Earth's Greatest Hits" -- I never knew alpacas went into chrysalis! Wow! [snort! just kidding!]. But whatever alpaca silk is, it's really soft. Then there's a skein of cashmere in there, the poppy red color, which I just had to have, and then saw the price tag and realized it was cashmere. Ulp. By the way, quiz: Where does cashmere come from? Do you know? It's one of those things I wasn't sure I knew. Sheep? Um, bunny rabbit (not really). Here's the cutie:
{wait for it}

(He's the one on top!) The Kashmir goat! Did you totally know that already? Am I the only one who was fuzzy on that? (no pun intended.)

Ooh! P.S. Publisher's Weekly review! Click here and scroll about halfway down. Yippee!!


Colorsonmymind said...

:( the link to publishers weekly didn't go through for some reason.

So amazed at all teh knitting you are getting done-at night. Great looking scarves by the way.

I also remember little about US history. This post makes me want to take up knitting and watching the history channel.

Alexandra S said...

My yarn comes from a wooly mammoth herd located in Los Angeles. In case you are interested, the company's name is Las Woolies. Your scarf looks SOOOOO GOOD! wow! Leave it at your house Thursday and I will finish it up for you (& then remove it from your dwelling altogether). I can't believe you have now conquered the knitting universe on top of all else. Whats next? the rodeo? You have to keep upping your personal crafting ante so how about trying to knit your next scarf while a ram is trying to buck you off its back?

L. Cumming said...

I love it! Gorgeous colors!

Anonymous said...

Your scarf looks gorgeous! You have the magic touch (and the PW review is really good...congratulations!)

Sustenance Scout said...

"Engaging escapism"...your book sounds like a winner, Laini, especially for your target age group. Kudos on the great review...and your beautiful scarf. Enjoy! K.

ceanandjen said...

Fabulous scarves!

And no, you are certainly not the only person who did not know where the cashmere came from.I would not have been able to answer that question either. :-) I adore the picture that you found to share that information with us though. So.darn.cute.

Happy writing, creating and knitting!

Amber said...

LOl at that goat pic! I love little goats. I have always loved them, Am I strange?(okay, never mind). They are so cute! I want one as a pet/lawn mower.Kory keeps saying no. pft.

You and Alexandra are really inspiring me!


Kate's Typewriter said...

hey there! love the blog, and love the title section at the top. brilliantly creative! cheers from a fellow writer. :)

liz elayne said...

so fantanstic! love these colors...next time i visit, we must go to a yarn shop! i love that blue :)

and publisher's weekly - bravo!

Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

You're going to love wearing that scarf with the cashmere next to your face. So soft. Do you know how they get hair from the goat for spinning?
I read that during molting season in the spring, the goats have their fine underdown hairs combed and separated from the coarse outer hairs in China and Mongolia (the animals are sheared in Iran, Afghanistan, New Zealand and Australia). Can you imagine having to comb all the goats every morning to get their fine hair? M-m-m-m, might be interesting.

Do you know where Mohair comes from? No not from a Mo. Hehe,one of my granddaughters asked me what a Mo was. It's also a wonderfully soft fleece from a goat. The Angora goat. Who knew.

deirdre said...

The scarf looks so cozy - just the right thing for next winter. And the review! This is getting all so exciting.

I wonder if the goat is the pony's companion animal? It's so sweet, in an anthropomorphic way, that horses need companions and that a goat is a good choice for that.

Ali la Loca said...

Love the scarf. You make me want to pull out the knitting again and go to town.

Speaking of Alexander Hamilton, I have a fun trivia fact for you.

My great, great, great, great uncle is the man that shot Mr. Hamilton in that famous duel. My relative was Aaron Burr. We still share the same last name to this day.

(and please don't call him (or me!) a traitor before reading Gore Vidal's book "Burr".) :)

Anonymous said...

cool and no i didnt no that!!!

Marilyn said...

I'm here to catch up...I've missed reading here (and everywhere!) I did not know about the Kashmir goat...it sure is cute. re Alexander Hamilton...we'd already left our V.I. home before I learned that he had grown up on St. Croix. Oh, how little I know of U.S. history and its figures...