Sunday, April 15, 2012

Still Knitting

Things are about to become a bit more tight for knitting pleasure.

In fact, it will be tight from now until March 2013. I'm starting an internship in the evenings and weekends, while working a full-time gig during the week. And since a girl's gotta keep the kibble money rolling in while finishing off her master's degree, there's no quitting the daytime gig. No worries about the Tank, she's going to be spoiled rotten by the Child O'Mine and the CoM's other half while I'm cranking out the work.

So, while I'm still knitting, it's not as much as before...although it's not as if I knit like I'm on fire and what I'm knitting would extinguish the flames. Case in point: the swirl hat should be done in a matter of one-two days. Not so much for me...some notes and tracked progress here.

Meanwhile, a couple of things have amused and astonished me.

First, Pandora. I love music. It's more important to me than television and movies for media entertainment. (There are limitations to my appreciation of some genres: speed metal, acid metal, most C&W music, gangsta rap. Maybe if I was younger, I could appreciate the styles, but I left that kind of thing behind in my 20's many moons ago.) When my brilliant faux nephew hooked me up with this internet radio, I've been listening to it all the time I'm home. I no longer listen to commercial radio at home. For $36 a year, I get ad free music, and access to music I didn't even know existed. It's a great deal if you can afford it.

Second, vicuna yarn. As I've said before, I'm a yarn snob. It's not as though I don't find the merits of using acrylics and acrylic blends, as well as the beloved wool for many projects. Yet, I adore cashmere, qiviut, alpaca, bison, mink, yak, guanaco, and camel yarns.

However, I have yet to see, touch or knit with vicuna yarn. Why? Go look and then we'll discuss. Go ahead, I'll wait.

Yes, you read that correctly. Just 217 yds of yarn for $300. If I were to create the cardigan I have in my pattern list out of this yarn, it would cost me nearly $2,000. I would never wear it outside of my home. I would have to invent a new way for it to be safe from being the world's most expensive pest smorgasbord. I understand that the animal is rare due to excessive hunting and now a protected species, and expected it to be expensive. Just not DeBeers diamonds expensive.

And now, a little groovy music to finish out the post and remove the thought of too expensive yarn from our minds...