I love Mr. Bonnet. I love him because he is kind and generous and handsome and sweet. And because Mr. Bonnet has a sense of adventure! Here Mr. Bonnet is spending good vacation time climbing a tree. Why? Because it's there of course!
I recently scored a skein of yarn that is about as hard to come by
as it is to spot a unicorn! This is the elusive Wollmeise sock yarn
from Germany. I ran across this yarn in my local yarn shop, and this
was the last skein they had, so of course I bought it, since, um
hello!, I'm all about the sock yarn. I love the colors in this skein,
fiery red, deep magenta and black. The name of the colorway is Baba
Jaga... ooh perfect name!
I tried translating the company name Rohrspatz Wollmeise
and I think it may mean something like pipe-sparrow wool-titmouse.
STOP snickering in the back there, a titmouse is a bird! Look it
up... ahem! Anyhow, coupled with the Iron and Woolcraft slogan and
the bird logo, I might be close. Any German speakers out there who
could correct me?
It's an interesting yarn. The label says it's superwash merino and
nylon. But the yarn feels almost like cotton and has very little
elasticity. I looked at the structure of the yarn and it's a 10 ply.
It's very smooth and will probably have great stitch definition.
considering washing the skein before knitting with it because the lack
of elasticity is kind of suspicious to me, like maybe the yarn has been
stretched and blocked and might contract after being knit and then
washed. Which would mean trouble in the fit department.
So, I'm wondering why people love this yarn so much? Is it the smoothness of the 10 plies? The brilliant colors? Or just because it's rarer than a unicorn sighting?
Need a dress for the prom? Or would you rather stay home like a couch potato? Two kinds of innovation, one sweet and endearing, one just wrong, wrong, wrong! LOL. Be sure to check out other Pantalaine items, they're all just as wrong....
Sorry, today's post is going to be a bit on the ranting side...
We just got back from driving 862 miles door to door from our new house in Eugene, OR back to our old house in Los Angeles, CA. That is a heck of a long drive and we did it in one day (14 hours, in case you wanted to know). The drive through Oregon was lovely, and slow because the speed limit in Oregon is slower and they actually enforce it there and there is a lot of road improvement going on which slows you down. However, drivers were polite, the scenery was nice and about every 30 miles (average) there was a beautiful rest stop with scenic park benches and functional toilets just in case you needed them. And a nice area to walk our dogs and stretch our legs to prevent thrombosis from killing us for sitting so many hours in a car.
Once you cross the border into California, speed limits jump to 70 mph, the roads are free of roadwork and drivers turn into jerks who whiz past you at 90 mph on the right hand side and then cut you off trying to squeeze past you before they hit the 18 wheel truck in that lane. It's a little harrowing. But worst of all, the rest stops are now spaced 90 or MORE miles apart, even though you are driving through much more desolate areas than in Oregon where there is little chance of finding a town. They are no longer scenic and 75% of them are CLOSED (meaning you might easily go 300 miles before you find a working rest stop). And even the ones that are open have half or more of the rest stop cordoned off with tape and marked closed. Yo, California! what's up with that? No wonder people drive 90+ mph through the California central valley - they need to pee!
Seriously, is it part of the California budget crisis that is causing all those closed rest stops? One more reason why I love Oregon so much more than California.