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I should learn to knit, really

Wool. One of the side-effects of having sheep fields on three sides of us; bits of this stuff constantly drift surreally across the lawn.

You know, I’m looking out the skylight…it’s 9:30 and there’s still light in the sky. Uncle B recently read in a gardening book that in some parts of the UK (the Northernmost, one assumes) the hours of daylight are as short as seven in Winter and as long as seventeen in Summer.

I wonder if I’ll ever really get used to the rhythms here.

Anyhow, it has finally warmed up a little, so we’ve been out doing gardeny things. Hence posting lameness, as I unplug from the news/politics channel and plug into the weed/prune channel for a while.

I’ve decided to use my awesome plant-murdering powers for good.


Comment from Allen
Time: May 18, 2010, 10:12 pm

Here are some used spinning wheels to get you started.

It’s a positively bucolic picture, Uncle B the keen gardener and Auntie Weasel the keen yarnmaker. Wait a minute don’t you have a thatched roof? Perfect.


Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: May 18, 2010, 10:21 pm

First you’d have to learn to card and spin. . .probably best to let it go on drifting. No doubt some bird will be glad of it for nesting material, or something. Or it could go in the compost heap, of course.

Comment from Enas Yorl
Time: May 18, 2010, 10:25 pm

Learning to knit is easy and fun! But yeah, buy your wool yarns from someone else.

Comment from Can\’t hark my cry
Time: May 18, 2010, 10:39 pm

Wait a minute. Am I hallucinating? Aren’t there some past Weasel-posts about Weasel-knitted objects? Or were those OTHER people’s really odd yarn sculptures?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 18, 2010, 11:10 pm

Yup, Can’t hark — that was stuff from other sites. I can’t knit.

If you look back far enough, you’ll find a hat my big brother knitted me.

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: May 18, 2010, 11:11 pm

I know people would collect every tuft and save it up to spin.

I’m not one of those people, but can’t help but admire those who are.

Comment from Allen
Time: May 18, 2010, 11:13 pm

And here I had some nice used spinners all picked out, but Akismet snapped them up.


Comment from Steve
Time: May 18, 2010, 11:21 pm

HA HA! Thanks for posting – I really like your blog!!

Common Cents

ps. Link Exchange??

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 18, 2010, 11:28 pm

Always happy to give links, Steve. You’ll have to wait until I get at my blogroll, though. Sooper genius that I am, I built my blogroll so it’s a total pain in the ass to get to. I can’t add to it through my WordPress dashboard, I have to go in through my Bluehost dashboard and wade through a bunch of…well, nobody wants to hear me whine.

Next time I’m in there.

Comment from EZnSF
Time: May 18, 2010, 11:40 pm

Um… Dame Stoat?
Um..could I go off topic and ask you a HUGE favor? It’s draw ‘Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!’ in a couple of days. And um… would you draw us a Zombie Mohammed? I know it’s short notice, but I want to enter it as my own on the facebook page (of the same name) hint hint. I hear they are giving prizes and I need a new camel brush.

(you can delete this if it’s really TOO stupid)

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 19, 2010, 12:10 am

Zombie Mohammed! That’s an excellent idea, EZ! I was actually going to skip it, on account of I couldn’t come up with any good picture ideas.

I might not have enough time, dammit. I’ve got a kind of a full dance card this week. I’ll poke around Google images tomorrow and see what I can find. If I can find a good classical starting image of Mohammed, that makes it much easier. Then I only have to do the Zombie part.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: May 19, 2010, 1:34 am

Well, until then, Stoatie, you COULD do Zombie Islamic Rage boy. 😉

P.S. I just heard that Hamas has issued a Fatwa against our Islamic Miss USA, Rima ‘I Love Hamas, Hezzbollah and Sha’ria law’ Fakih for being seen on TV in a bikini…

Comment from EW1(SG)
Time: May 19, 2010, 1:48 am

Ooooh…ZIRBy! With a pancake on his head, of course! Terrific idea, Scubafreak!

When it comes to that whole winter/summer sun thing, I think Juneau was the worst in the winter…because even when the weather was good, twilight seemed to last as long as daylight…which was awful damn short because Juneau sits in the crack of some mountain range’s ass.

Comment from Schlippy’s Schadenfreude
Time: May 19, 2010, 3:27 am

In other news, I await the return of Teh Sphincter.

Meanwhile, Prop 100, the tax increase for Arizona to bailout our idioticly led public education system for the N-teenth-time appears to be carrying traction with 450-odd votes for (the tax increase) to 150-odd against. I will keep my fingers crossed. To give those of Blighty persuasion some perspective, there have been special ‘bond’ elections to give Tucson Unified School District, among others, hundreds of millions of dollars beyond their normally approprated funds over the past few years, and still, magically, they remain bankrupt. But, it’s all “for the children,” so we’ll see if people finally pull their heads out of their ass and realize, the more money you give them the more they’ll spend. This is the reason we need a school voucher system. I still don’t understand where the money is going, as I know two public school teachers, and they’re paid krap. Private schools run on a quarter the budget and turn out much more highly educated students, more college applicants and pay their teachers more. It is an enigma! Throwing more money to them sure as hell isn’t the answer.


Release the kraken!

Comment from Schlippy\’s Schadenfreude
Time: May 19, 2010, 3:37 am

PS on the Tucson Prop 100 those counts are from “2% of precincts reporting” so there is hope…. I imagine a total of 20-40k votes in all. I’m sure the lib turnout around the U of Arizona is skewing it at the moment.

Comment from Bill (still the .00358% of your traffic that’s from Iraq) T
Time: May 19, 2010, 6:54 am

It never gets really *dark* here because there’s about fifty flares burning off the crapthane gas from the oil wells, and there’s usually so much dust in the air that the light’s scattered pretty well.

Some nights it’s bright enough to read a newspaper outdoors All. Night. Long.

Which, in turn, keeps the birds awake and complaining All. Night. Long.

Comment from Pablo
Time: May 19, 2010, 11:32 am

Stoaty, forget Google images. If you’re looking for a base pic for Zombie Mohammed, where else would you go but Zombie’s Mohammad Image Archive?


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 19, 2010, 12:16 pm

Oh, that’s where I looked first, Pablo. But I think I’m going to go with a later “generic man in turban” to start. Some images are just more photoshoppable than others.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: May 19, 2010, 9:41 pm

I used to live in Yorkshire. You could read outside until 10.30 pm or so during midsummer. End of June, early July, the sky never got truly dark but instead was what they call ‘nautical twilight’. If the moon was out you could quite clearly see your way, even on unlit country roads (thank God – I had to walk 15 miles home one night after getting marooned at a pub.)

The flipside, of course, was that for the whole of December and January you went to work in the dark and went home in the dark.

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