Ethereal Diamonds – a free lace scarf pattern, introducing “Erle”

Mmmmmmmmmm nom nom nom,it looks positively yummyM

Two Strands

mohair silk wool yarn Dale Garn’s new “Erle”, a heavenly kid mohair / silk / wool blend.

I had lost count of all the projects on my needles.  Sanity warned “Don’t you dare cast on one more stitch until 2015!” But, if you could just hold one soft, little cloud of Dale Garn’s new “Erle” in your hands, you’d understand why I couldn’t resist adding an Erle project to my epic list.

Erle yarn Mohair, silk and wool work magic together in Dale Garn’s new Erle yarn. It’s amazingly light and soft, yet surprisingly warm and stury. A delightful new luxury knitting experience!

Actually, from what I’ve seen, no one just holds Erle – they smoosh it, they pet it, they caress it.  Erle is an incredibly soft, featherweight blend of kid mohair, silk and wool.  Thanks to its diaphanous nature, just one 50g / 1 3/4 oz ball of Erle gives you a…

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Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Public Transportation Needs

Spot on!!

Peg-o-Leg's Ramblings

Behavioral scientists use Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as a model to explain just about everything in life.  The theory goes something like this: a person’s most basic needs must be met (food and shelter) before they can afford the luxury of contemplating higher matters (does a career in actuarial science really satisfy their soul.)  This theory is handily summarized by a layered triangle image.  The most basic or minimal need is on the bottom tier, ranging to the most complex or optimal at the top.

Let’s apply the model to public transportation.

Riding a bus or train is a crap-shoot.  As anyone who takes public transportation regularly will tell you, the rider’s misery level is dependent on the seating options.

maslow5May all your journeys be at the top of the pyramid.

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Wovember Words: branks, yokes, pokes or bjoags?


Last week TEAM WOVEMBER featured sheep bells in Wovember Words. This prompted Louise to look into something touched on in Stella Sutherland’s poem (also last week) with the Shetland Ewe wearing her “hard triangle of sticks”. 

As a small child I was often surrounded by sheep on our croft on Bressay and was quite familiar with their comings and goings, dipping and clipping, what they looked like in the park and on the plate, and so on. At around age 10, I was astonished to see a sheep wearing a wooden collar. Thinking she was surely in some predicament I asked my granny to help it only to be told the collar kept her in the park, rather than going through fences.
Over the years I have seen quite a few sheep wearing these collars, but I never really wondered what they were called until I posted Stella’s poem….what was that…

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Sally Antill: Evolution of the Soft Fell sheep #2


In week one of WOVEMBER we met Sally Antill who discussed the unique fleeces of the Soft Fell sheep that she and her husband, Michael, breed and their involvement in a fantastic community ‘sheep to shawl’ event, in Northumberland. Today Sally is here again to discuss the evolution of the breed, one which produces a meat for supermarket buyers and also yields a fleece popular with hand-spinners.

Back in the day, when himself was a whippersnapper learning to farm alongside his dad, this farm – along with most other hill farms in the area – bred Blackies (Hexhamshire Blackface) and produced a crop of North of England Mule ewe lambs, as well as Blackie ewe lambs and their own replacements.

Michael got into breeding in a big way and started to breed his own crossing Blue-faced Leicesters. A crossing BFL needs to produce good North of England Mules, with well-marked…

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Day #3 Hat #3

So far,so good!!


This may be my favorite hat so far……

Yarn: Blackberry Ridge Sport Weight/ Colors: Cream and Charcoal
Gauge: 24sts and 28rnds = 4″
Size: Adult Large

I designed this color pattern as a mitten pattern a long time ago. I still haven’t knit the mittens but I might now.

I decreased the top by using a SSK at the end of each pattern repeat every third round. Wow! What a surprise! This morning, it was so hard to put it down and go to Pilates and run errands when I was only halfway through the shaping.

On to the next hat! I’m thinking about using Hat #1 and #2 as jumping off points for two more hats. Let’s see how that works out.

10% of the way there……

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The board game.


Gruff received a board game for his birthday. The games consoles were swiftly dumped and the three of them have been playing it all afternoon. It’s such a lovely change and nice to see a game that has peaked their interest.
I think Gruff however still needs a bit of work on his losing skills but he’s come a long way from the sheer devastation he showed last year when he lost at happy families…
the board game

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Wovember Words: Waulking



Here at WOVEMBER we have already looked at some of the actions and words which have historically been associated with shepherding. Here we have another action associated with wool working, which has it’s own unique method and measure.

waulking in Harris

The ends of a length of newly woven cloth are sewn together to make a circle, and the cloth is then placed on a large trestle table and soaked in hot urine*. An even number of women sit at the table, say 12 with six-a-side, and the cloth is passed around sunwise, to the left in kneeding motion. They reach to the right and clutch the cloth, draw in, pass to the left, push out and free the hands to grasp again to the right. One, two, three, four slowly the rhythm emerges.

Ethnomusicologist Margaret Fay Shaw described the practice of waulking the cloth -the process of washing, beating…

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