Sunday, December 11, 2011

Cashmere is not a carcinogen

Knitting and spinning aren't happening too much for me much these days. Thank *goodness* I have the Cricket loom!

Some manly gingham, in Jade Sapphire 2-ply cashmere.

I started this scarf a while ago, shortly after I finished my Five Projects and for some reason, it never got finished. I had a frustrating week because, let's face it, if I can't play with yarn, I'm pretty awful less delightful to spend time with. It's like being around a smoker who can't get out to get a cigarette, if you've ever been around one.

[Once upon a time, I was knitting at a Starbucks, and I was accosted approached by a woman who used to knit when she was in college, and after she was done talking at to me at the speed of light, she declared that if she didn't have a cigarette RIGHT NOW she was liable to choke me.]

While smoking and knitting *can* alienate some people, wool isn't a carcinogen, so just pass me my knitting and I'll stop twitching.

I'm also getting larger. We're at 33 weeks (and change), and sitting at the table is becoming a bit ... iffy. The Cricket is great, because you can weave anywhere without a huge space (or seating) commitment for a loom. It's also not a million dollars.

[Side note: I wish LYSes would do a trade-up deal with Crickets; learn on a Cricket, trade it up for a Flip if when you decide that weaving is TOTALLY AWESOME. Truth be told, you'll have to pry my Cricket from my cold, dead hands, regardless of the presence of any other looms in the house.]

It's amazing how inspiring making fabric is; I have SO many ideas about things I want to weave, and things I want to learn how to do. Yesterday, I also BRIEFLY considered doing a whole whack of weaving for Christmas. Which is 14 days away. Fortunately, I came to my senses quickly, and didn't share this particular bit of crazy with Mom.

For now, I'm going to finish this scarf. Because the next project beckons.


  1. I just bought my daughter a Cricket for Christmas along with a beginning weaving class. I was wondering if you have a weaving book that you recommend? I am a regular listener of your podcast and have learned sooooo much about knitting from you and your mother. Congratulations on the baby to be! You are going to be a fantastic mom!

  2. I'm thinking of getting a Cricket to knock out the scarves I'm so desperate to weave. Then I can get the 20" Flip I covet and play with the Weaver's Idea Book and make placemats, while handing down the Cricket to my 5-year-old (he is currently weaving on a little loom we made of cardboard and loving it) and occasionally re-claiming it to make some projects from Sara Lamb' Woven Treasures.


  3. Oh, that is gorgeous! So stylish. It must really suck not to be able to knit, though.


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