Steampunk needles and bluefaced sheep

So, I'm still knitting. I found some great square copper needles that feel very steampunk to me. I can't tell you how much fun it is to click copper needles together while you knit with something yummy like baby alpaca yarn and think about what tragedy is going to befall your poor character next on the road to redemption. And as I type that, I'm not exactly sure what that says about me, but so be it.

As you may have already picked up on - I can't seem to just go to Michael's, pick up some yarn, and knit a scarf. Nooo... I have to research and research and fall in love with a yarn in some super squishy merino wool that moves from midnight to prussian blue in the same skein. And it's always spun by some lady in a little stone cottage in Scotland that sells it at a farmer's market. Or Australia. A lot of my new favorites come Australia.

So I was drooling over Bluefaced Leicester wool - called the poor man's cashmere, but really by "poor" they mean upper middle class with lots of discretionary funds - and Boop walked up and saw the cute little sheep it comes from.

Boop: Oh, I wish we could get one! I think we could get a sheep. We'd just need to go to a special store. We had one once.
Me: No we didn't.
Boop: Yeah we did, you know it ate everything.
Me: That's a goat, and no, we never had one.
Boop: Red said we did. When she was little.
Me: We had a German Shepherd.
Boop: Yeah, that's what I meant.

But I don't think you can make yarn from a German Shepherd.


Anissa said...

The yarn sounds awesome! Sadly, I don't know how to knit. You'll have to post pics of your creations.

July 19, 2010 at 10:21 AM
Robin said...

Goat, German Shepherd, they're all the same right?

Actually you can make yarn from dog hair (and cat hair). I've seen ladies at the county fair spinning it up . . . isn't that gross? If I wanted to wear cat hair I would just roll around on my cat's bed, lol.

July 19, 2010 at 10:29 AM
Kathleen said...


also, great blog look!

July 19, 2010 at 11:08 AM
Melissa Marsh said...

I wish I knew how to knit. It just looks too darn complicated for me. Maybe someday, though...

July 19, 2010 at 2:16 PM
Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Hahahaha! So easy to confuse a German Shepherd with a sheep...too funny.

Wish I knew how to knit. I love knitted things, so I have to pay a fortune for them.

July 21, 2010 at 8:39 AM

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