My current work in progress:

1. Drachenfels, designed by Melanie Berg, knit from Madelintosh Pashmina in the Black Walnut, Seasalt, and Mineral colorways on a 4 mm (U.S. size 6) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Not All Hogget is Teal Hogget

Witness:

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This is a pale brown roving from a Bond sheep, which is described as a cross of Merino and Lincoln and it is from a hogget fleece. Purchased off eBay. Gotta love those hogget fleeces!

True, I just like saying “hogget,” but this is incredibly soft stuff. I’ve started spinning it.

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I’ve only got 4 ounces of it, but that’s enough for a hat or something.

Rose

No update photo because I’ve made just a wee bit o’ progress.

Truth is, due to circumstances beyond my control, I’ve not done much knitting this week. But thanks for all your extremely nice comments about Rose over the past few days. I’m quite liking her myself!

Marsha asked:
How do you keep your yarn from getting twisted while doing your colorwork? I was taught that you always brought your contrasting color up and under the color on the needles. This results in a tangle of yarn as the row progresses, but unravels during the next row—if this were a perfect world. My colors seem to tangle midway thru the row.

I knit colorwork with both colors in my left hand. While I knit Rose, I keep the cream color on top, and the black on the bottom. I keep the black looped around my left index finger, and I pick up the cream when I need it. Sounds awkward, doesn’t it? But it works for me.

I am doing no weaving on Rose. In the main body pattern, the longest stretch of one color is 5 stitches (and the happens on only one row of the pattern repeat). So there really isn’t any need to strand anyway. Because I keep my colors straight and never twist them, they don’t ever get tangled.

Here’s a pic of the inside of Rose.

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There are some longer stretches on the border pattern, but I still didn’t weave.

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Inside pic:

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In the “Just Because” Department

Here’s proof that I don’t drive very much: a photo of my car’s odometer last Saturday:

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I bought this car in February 2004 — almost two years ago.

And Sandy, I’m still looking up:

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In the “What’s This?” Department

Question: What is this?

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Answer: An extreme close-up of Herself!

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Comments

  1. Wasn’t there once a character on the Andy Griffith show called Hogette? That’s what pops into my head every time I see “hogget.” :)

    The cream hogget is lovely! Is it approximately the same color as Herself, or is that a trick of the camera?

  2. Wasn’t there once a character on the Andy Griffith show called Hogette? That’s what pops into my head every time I see “hogget.” :)

    The cream hogget is lovely! Is it approximately the same color as Herself, or is that a trick of the camera?

  3. OH if the backside of my work could look like that – you are like a machine! Thanks for sharing “both sides now” :)

    As for the mileage….wow! Of course you have mass transit, which we have none here. My 4 1/2 year old car I have 42k on my odometer which isn’t too bad.

  4. OH if the backside of my work could look like that – you are like a machine! Thanks for sharing “both sides now” :)

    As for the mileage….wow! Of course you have mass transit, which we have none here. My 4 1/2 year old car I have 42k on my odometer which isn’t too bad.

  5. Beautiful roving and spinning. Rose…well, your work is beyond fabulous. Someday mine will look somewhat close to that. And I only wish I didn’t put that many miles on my car in a month!

  6. Beautiful roving and spinning. Rose…well, your work is beyond fabulous. Someday mine will look somewhat close to that. And I only wish I didn’t put that many miles on my car in a month!

  7. Wow, I was going to guess an alpaca close-up, not a Lucy close-up!

  8. Wow, I was going to guess an alpaca close-up, not a Lucy close-up!

  9. Oooh, and the skies parted! :)
    By the way, I just like saying HOGGET! :)

  10. Oooh, and the skies parted! :)
    By the way, I just like saying HOGGET! :)

  11. Everytime you say hogget, I think of the farmer from the movie Babe. And, your odometer? And my Dad teases me about my lack of miles! I feel so much better . . . (grin)

  12. Everytime you say hogget, I think of the farmer from the movie Babe. And, your odometer? And my Dad teases me about my lack of miles! I feel so much better . . . (grin)

  13. The extreme close-up looked a little like Muffin’s tummy fur! Hogget. Tee hee! I’m going to try to check out Holly Springs Homespun this weekend when I see my folks for Chinese New Year. “Hold the dumplings, Mom…I have to go check out some fiber.” =)

  14. The extreme close-up looked a little like Muffin’s tummy fur! Hogget. Tee hee! I’m going to try to check out Holly Springs Homespun this weekend when I see my folks for Chinese New Year. “Hold the dumplings, Mom…I have to go check out some fiber.” =)

  15. Ain’t it great that your car’s speedometer goes up to 240?! Okay, so that’s kilometers per hour, but 240! And 145 MPH! Are you driving in this year’s Indy 500 at the Brickyard?

  16. Ain’t it great that your car’s speedometer goes up to 240?! Okay, so that’s kilometers per hour, but 240! And 145 MPH! Are you driving in this year’s Indy 500 at the Brickyard?

  17. If you got hogget roving that totally rocked, it would be Boss Hogget, wouldn’t it?

    Har.

    And thanks for explaining how you do colorwork. I made my first two-color hat (from Bea Ellis knits, which I found from one of your links, BTW) recently, and found that it was just more comfortable to hold both strands in my left hand as I went along, no matter what all the tutorials said about combined knitting. I’m happy to know it can work either way. Now I’ll be more likely to try again soon. :)

  18. If you got hogget roving that totally rocked, it would be Boss Hogget, wouldn’t it?

    Har.

    And thanks for explaining how you do colorwork. I made my first two-color hat (from Bea Ellis knits, which I found from one of your links, BTW) recently, and found that it was just more comfortable to hold both strands in my left hand as I went along, no matter what all the tutorials said about combined knitting. I’m happy to know it can work either way. Now I’ll be more likely to try again soon. :)

  19. Would you consider posting pictures of how you hold the yarn, the weaving you are talking about, etc. etc.? I think I understand what you are doing, but it is hard to visualize. I’m embarking on my first Fair Isle work for the Knitting Olympics and I could use all the help I can get!!

    Rose is really lovely too…maybe someday I’ll be able to do something like that! :)

  20. Would you consider posting pictures of how you hold the yarn, the weaving you are talking about, etc. etc.? I think I understand what you are doing, but it is hard to visualize. I’m embarking on my first Fair Isle work for the Knitting Olympics and I could use all the help I can get!!

    Rose is really lovely too…maybe someday I’ll be able to do something like that! :)

  21. Thanks for explaining your stranding — that method makes perfect sense! Marsha

  22. Thanks for explaining your stranding — that method makes perfect sense! Marsha

  23. Wow you even have me beat on the odometer. I got my car in May 2004 and have 8700 miles on it. And here I thought I was doing good! LOL

  24. Wow you even have me beat on the odometer. I got my car in May 2004 and have 8700 miles on it. And here I thought I was doing good! LOL

  25. Your colourwork is amazing. I loved seeing the backside with the stranding; thanks for posting that.

  26. Your colourwork is amazing. I loved seeing the backside with the stranding; thanks for posting that.

  27. I’ve always ended up with a tangled mess of yarn because I thought it was a requirement that the yarn be twisted to prevent gaps. But you’re work looks perfect. Thanks for showing the back as well; I always wonder what it looks like…and yours is as amazingly neat as the front. No more twisting for me!

  28. I’ve always ended up with a tangled mess of yarn because I thought it was a requirement that the yarn be twisted to prevent gaps. But you’re work looks perfect. Thanks for showing the back as well; I always wonder what it looks like…and yours is as amazingly neat as the front. No more twisting for me!

  29. Hogget makes me think of Hogwarts, and the school song which goes something like “Hogwarts, Hogwarts, Hoggy, Hoggy, Hogwarts…” (I’m reading the first Harry Potter book to my 6 year old.) The tan is nice, but the teal *really* does something for me.

    When I first saw the extreme close-up, I thought maybe you had gotten a very layered haircut! :-D

  30. Hogget makes me think of Hogwarts, and the school song which goes something like “Hogwarts, Hogwarts, Hoggy, Hoggy, Hogwarts…” (I’m reading the first Harry Potter book to my 6 year old.) The tan is nice, but the teal *really* does something for me.

    When I first saw the extreme close-up, I thought maybe you had gotten a very layered haircut! :-D

  31. I didn’t even know you had a car :-)

    We’ve had 2 in the last 8 years. The 1st one we drove over 160,000km (100,000 miles)in 4 years and the current one is just over that after driving 1000km last Saturday to pick up a loom I bought on Ebay last year.

    Ya gotta love country Australia (not). It’s an 80km round trip just to buy groceries…

  32. I didn’t even know you had a car :-)

    We’ve had 2 in the last 8 years. The 1st one we drove over 160,000km (100,000 miles)in 4 years and the current one is just over that after driving 1000km last Saturday to pick up a loom I bought on Ebay last year.

    Ya gotta love country Australia (not). It’s an 80km round trip just to buy groceries…

  33. The odometer…wow that is low mileage! Do they have car sharing in Alexandria? If so, you may want to look into that and ditch the monthly payment, insurance, and maintenance fees. I drive a little bit more than this and currently have just over 18,000 miles on my 2002 model year car. I’ve taken it on road trips a few times, and my parents live out in the “country” (roughly 150 miles round trip each time I visit) which is why the mileage is even that high! I just love public transportation.

  34. The odometer…wow that is low mileage! Do they have car sharing in Alexandria? If so, you may want to look into that and ditch the monthly payment, insurance, and maintenance fees. I drive a little bit more than this and currently have just over 18,000 miles on my 2002 model year car. I’ve taken it on road trips a few times, and my parents live out in the “country” (roughly 150 miles round trip each time I visit) which is why the mileage is even that high! I just love public transportation.

  35. My car’s got almost half a million miles on it. Little thing just won’t die. Never mind that it’s just about as old as I am.
    Isn’t that you only have to twist the yarn around when it’s big blocks of color, like for argyle? Or are there other times whe that’s appropriate? Your colorwork is so fantastic. I think that after I finish my current project, I’ll try and make some mittens or something.

  36. My car’s got almost half a million miles on it. Little thing just won’t die. Never mind that it’s just about as old as I am.
    Isn’t that you only have to twist the yarn around when it’s big blocks of color, like for argyle? Or are there other times whe that’s appropriate? Your colorwork is so fantastic. I think that after I finish my current project, I’ll try and make some mittens or something.