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Posts in ‘2010’

Of onions and audio cables

(I keep forgetting to post this.) Every so often my webpage is linked by something completely unexpected. A few years ago my braiding page was linked in a page about audio cables, and the author was kind enough to let me know, while asking a question. This time, it’s something equally unstringy: Karbyn emailed me […]

Okay then

I’m coming to the conclusion that there is no possible way to accomplish everything that I need to do. I thought I might get to take a couple days off in late April or early May, but if I do that then I won’t have enough vacation hours to manage later days that I’m already […]


I was over at a friend’s house last night, for food and drink and conversation. I always take a project since I get fidgetty without something to occupy my hands. Last night it was spinning, since I still hadn’t done anything with the spindle I brought back from the Netherlands. I didn’t take enough wool […]

Final product

And here’s the sock yarn after completely drying and reskeining. Looks different, doesn’t it? Today begins my fourth year of blogging. I’ve published 394 posts since 5 May 2007. No idea how many words and photos that is, though I’m sure there’s a way to find out. Amazing, isn’t it?

Pretty colors

Believe it or not, the title doesn’t refer to tulips. Shocking, I know. This is supposed to be a string blog, more or less, and once in a while I get the urge to actually write about string. Honestly, I get the urge a lot, but the followthrough has been somewhat lacking – I have […]


At long last: That photo shows the most accurate color, but this isn’t bad. And I do like the lighting in this third shot. The black tulips are lovely but hard to photograph well. For images, the white tulips stole the show. I didn’t do a whole lot this weekend. The cold I’d been fighting […]


Everyone wants to see the black tulips, but they refuse to open. Soon, I hope, but the sub-freezing nights have kept them from developing. It’s supposed to warm up considerably over the next few days. I’ll keep you posted. The black tulips are a mix of Queen of Night (single) and Black Hero (double). They’re […]

Tulip update

My mom called me to ask about the tulips. I said I’d post more photos, and that was a week ago… So I took some more yesterday. The early tulips are long gone, and the mid-season flowers are winding down. The late season tulips are just starting. We’ve had a string of cold days, so […]

It’s a…

…sheep? …pig? …woolpig! Sheep-pig! Something! I thought it was a Photoshop exercise at first, but the Mangalitsa is a heritage breed of pig developed in Hungary in the 19th century. The breed is a “lard pig” developed for high fat content and prized for sausage. No word on whether the wool is spinnable. Bonus: dog […]

It’s green out there

I spent the week in southern Pennsylvania training field staff from all over the US in plant identification. We had plenty of eager onlookers. After two consecutive weeks of travel, I’m happy to be home again until mid-May. This last photo was an accident, but I kind of like it.