Monday, September 14, 2015


 Tip: If you want to cycle on flat land, we have lots of it here in the Midwest.   I prefer flat lands.  I loved Nebraska.
 Tip: Put your buns on the crockpot to warm them up before you take out the italian beef, or sloppy joes.
 Tip: All yarn must now be hidden. Even the yarn on the highest bookshelf.
Tip: Alpaca makes great fingerless but don't go looking for even stitch definition.  Tip to self: Use two strands for hats.

Fireman had a question at the Yarn Barn during the Fair.
Why 595 yards not 600 in a skein? 
I dunno.  I guess the alpaca don't do math. 
Do you know why? 


Katherine said...

Oh no, has super-kitty become a yarn warrior? Occasionally Max decides a particular skein of yarn is not worthy of my yarn basket. When that happens I spend an hour cleaning up yarn from some very interesting places.

Great idea with the buns! We had Italian beef yesterday at a family dinner. There were three crockpots sitting around. Wish I had thought of that.

Kim in Oregon said...

Re the yardage: it could be that the weight (in either ounces or grams) is what they were going for when they skeined it up?

Caffeine Girl said...

Kitties and yarn! I have to be very careful, too!
As for weird yardage, I have no idea but I like your theory that alpaca can't count.
Not all of the Midwest was flattened by a glacier. I'm reminded of this everytime I bike home!

Judy S. said...

Interesting, my skein of alpaca has 695 yds. Maybe it's standard with alpaca? BTW, we have lots of hills here, so many that the early settlers totally flattened some! What were they thinking?

Wanderingcatstudio said...

I can answer the yardage question - skeins are measured out by weight, not yardage, at the mill. So that 595 is just the closest approximation of what the yardage should be, according to the weight of the skein. For instance, our 100 gram skeins of fingering, are listed to have 464 yards according to our supplier (though we say they have 460).

Araignee said...

I had to get bags that zip to keep my projects safe from my kitties. They get into anything yarny.

Tired Teacher said...

I prefer to bike on flat land, too, but it's pretty hilly around here; thus, My bike doesn't see much use. ;o(

Oh no, in your future do I see baskets with lids or plastic tubs with lids to stash your yarn?

Dee said...

I know ALL ABOUT tip #3! Everything must be put away behind closed cupboard doors. Otherwise, it becomes a cat toy.

Fezzik is SUCH a handsome boy.

Teresa Kasner said...

Love Fezzik.. did you read about my orange tabby stray we've adopted? We're in charge of the boys this week while my son and dil are off vacationing for the 9th anniv. Wish us luck. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

karen said...

I'm guessing so that if fits into the weight of the wool??? otherwise who knows! I love flat walking too. I hate the huge hill I live on and have to walk up when my walk is done :/

Barbara Vidock said...

Before your pictures came up I pictured you sitting on the crockpot - warming your buns :)

Pammy Sue said...

Now that is a smart tip! Why didn't I think of that? Italian beef sounds great. I haven't made it in a long time. That's a super-cute bunny in your last post (which I missed). I bet he's so soft!

Nancy Kay said...

Very good tips today! I especially like the bun-warming trick.

I'm not sold on living in the flat-lands...but biking them...yes, that's the ticket!

Mereknits said...

Great tips, and Fireman is right why 595?

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