Monthly Archives: December 2010

Erstwhile Future Goat-herder?

Cute pygora goat from http://www.pansplace.com/

For my birthday a few close relatives threatened to purchase a goat, a pygora goat, for me. No, I’m not kidding about  this ( no pun intended). To my husband’s relief and indeed my own, they were persuaded not to buy me a goat. Well I can think of a few very, very good reasons:

  1. Our yard is not outfitted yet for a goat. Our fences haven’t been reinforced, nor are our gates fixed up to prevent a goat prison break… Also, we haven’t removed plants that are not healthy for goats to nosh on… I just recently discovered that Rhododendrons ( a staple in Pacific Northwest gardens) are very toxic to our little bearded friends.
  2. We do not have a shelter or goat house fit to make the goat comfortable.
  3. I’m not sure what the neighbors would think.
  4. I’m not sure I’m up for the commitment yet of having to milk a female goat daily.
  5. MOST importantly  of all… I cannot be with the goat 24-7. Goats are herd animals and need constant companionship. While other humans could provide somewhat of a substitute as a companion… I don’t think me or the other residents including my husband & the four legged ones, in our household would appreciate having a goaty friend running a round. Not to mention… I’m not so sure one can housebreak a goat. Not sure I want to find out if that’s possible as well.  If we were to have goats, we would need at least a pair.

Livestock of any sort is quite a commitment.

While, I would love, no adore, having a lovely little pair of goats. I have to be fairly realistic and decline the offer… at least for now. As mentioned earlier, I did get a few informative books on goat herding for my birthday. One titled: “Barnyarn in your Backyard.” I love that the Urban Farm has made sort of a resurgence. Looks like a number of people today are attempting to live the life of self-sufficiency that Tom and Barbara Good did in the TV Series I mentioned a number of podcasts back called the Good Life. But I have to say… I worry about people doing these types of experiments and then having to figure out what to do with their animals later when things don’t work out. But maybe that’s me an my city girl inexperience talking.

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#knitchat 12/30 – Coping with the After X-mas

Now that Christmas is over, many knitters can hopefully breathe a sigh of relief. Are you ready to start knitting for yourself again? This #knitchat will be a chance to share your gifting stories as well as share what is up for your knitting in the New Year.

Q1) Did you knit this year for X-mas gifts? Tell us a little about what you made. Successes? Horror stories?
Q2) The month after X-mas is known as selfish knitting month. What do you want to knit now that Christmas is over? #knitchat
Q3) Any new fantasy projects you want to tackle this year? New skills you want to master? #knitchat

DETAILS… DETAILS…

  • Where: Twitter (follow the #knitchat hashtag)
  • When: December 30th. 5 PM PST/8 PM EST (1 hour)
  • Who: Me you and other Twitter Knitters/Crocheters & Fibercrafters
  • How: Need a primer on Twitter Chat… check this out: What does this Twitter chat thing look like?

Image from the Morguefile

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Come Chat about Knitting in Public at #knitchat

If I didn’t knit in public, I’d never get anything done. I revel every time I see a fellow knitter or crocheter on the train. Unburden yourself of your public knitting desires and stories in this #knitchat. Look forward to seeing you there 🙂

#knitchat Questions:

Introductions – who are you? Ravelry ID? Located where? Website/Blog?

Q1) Do you knit in public? Where do you usually knit in public? If not that’s okay too. Any place you’re afraid to knit in public?

Q2) If people ask you about your knitting? How do you usually respond?

Q3) Any places you think are taboo for public knitting?

Q4) What’s the strangest, most unusual place you’ve ever knit in public? Anyone have a cool knit-in-public story?

DETAILS… DETAILS…

  • Where: Twitter (follow the #knitchat hashtag)
  • When: December 16th. 5 PM PST/8 PM EST (1 hour)
  • Who: Me you and other Twitter Knitters/Crocheters & Fibercrafters
  • How: Need a primer on Twitter Chat… check this out: What does this Twitter chat thing look like?

Got balls? Knit.

Photo from the Morguefile.

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#knitchat 12/9 Topic: Busting that Stash

Now I’m going to take that old piece of advice that you stick to in polite convesations… whatever the subject… do not mention “Size.” Thus we will not be talking about the “size”…of our stashes ;).  Instead, the aim of this discussion is to help us all come up with ideas for using excess yarn. It’s always fun to gab about yarn isn’t it?

Questions for 12/9’s #knitchat:

Q1) Introductions: Who are you? Where do you hail from? Ravelry ID?

Q2) Tell us your favorite stashbusting story? Did you get rid of excess yarn or repurpose yarn for another project? Did you donate it?

Q3) Do you have an suggestions for what to do with tiny bits? >25 yards? Excess sock yarn?

Q4) What is your favorite regular stashbusting project?  Is there a pattern?

Q5) Any non-knitting or crochet related things we can do with yarn? Both real and imaginative/fanciful answers are okay?

Q6) Ideas for upcoming #knitchat topics?

#knitchat logistics:

Where: Twitter (follow the #knitchat hashtag)

When: December 9nd. 5 PM PST/8 PM EST (1 hour)

Who: Me you and other Twitter Knitters/Crocheters & Fibercrafters

How: Need a primer on Twitter Chat… check this out: What does this Twitter chat thing look like?

Notice I added an extra question and that’s what are some topics you’d be interested in learning more about (or maybe venting like say about complicated lace or just lace in general)?  Its nice to have the discussion partially generated by the community and I’m sure you all have a lot to talk about… when it comes to fiber.

Some ideas for topics I’ve come up with are:

  • All about gauge and weight
  • Needles (what works for you & what doesn’t, etc., kinds of needles)
  • What’s the strangest thing you’ve done while knitting?
  • More Ravelry use tips and discussion

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Transcript for 12/2 #knitchat

Here it is in all it’s glory

12/2 Transcript #knitchat -Knitting and Technology

More people during this chat. Welcome and thank you to everyone who participated and indeed to everyone who just lurked and watched. We did a lot of chatting about electronic tools and how to use Ravelry. Ravelry how to tips in itself might be a whole other conversation for the future. Also, I’m open for other ideas for discussion topics. You can post your ideas here in the comments.

Next week’s chat topic = Stash Busting!

More to come… and the questions will be posted soon.  Also, as time permits I’ll also be posting more tips on how to use Twitter for chatting here in the blog.

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