Monday, October 27, 2008

Crochet is fast

Originally uploaded by chaimann
At least, crochet is fast when you use big yarn, a big hook, and a lacy pattern. I spent less than two weeks on this, counting a couple of false starts and a time-consuming error correction. The yarn is the pretty but annoying Lion Brand Homespun from my stash.

This is probably going to be kept close to my desk for those times when it is a little chilly. Like now. The temperature outside is right at freezing, and it's headed downward tonight. We have crossed the divide from late summer into early winter.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Mantis Movie!

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis
Originally uploaded by chaimann
We've been seeing more praying mantises this year. This one was in our driveway this afternoon. T tells me it is a side effect of climate change. They were thick at the dealership where we bought our car. The salesman said parents were bringing their children out to see them.

Despite their peaceable name, they are wickedly carnivorous little rascals who will even pounce on nesting birds.

I should warn the Finches.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

We interrupt our lack of knitting

Rook Hat
Originally uploaded by chaimann
When I saw the Rook Hat on Lime & Violet's Daily Chum, I realized I had some yarn that would work for it, and that a crocheted hat would be the fastest project EVER.

It took me two nights, but it could easily be done in one night of TV watching.