I finished one sleeve – after several rips and reknits. Still, I don’t like the fabric. It isn’t drapey enough – I think the yarn is too heavy. I love this yarn but I think I have another one in the stash that I bought from Norma last year that will work better for the faux J.Jill sweater.
So guess what I’m trying with the Jazz now?
I think it might work for Kepler. Do you think the color variation in the yarn obscures the braid? If the light hits it just so, I think it works.
October is always a bear for me. Between Expo, offspring birthday, making sure the furnace works, digging out the winter clothes, coming up with Halloween costumes, our anniversary (7 years) well, things just get a little hectic. And Abby is going to be a flower girl in a friend’s wedding, and I have to make the dress. And we got a new kitty. We adopted a grown kitty who had been at the shelter since August. Found with a collar on and in very good condition, I can’t believe nobody claimed her, but we were very happy to add her to our little family. Abby named her Katrina. I don’t know if she was influenced by all the news or came up with it on her own. She’s almost five, but I’m a little surprised at her choice.
I played hooky the other day and took a trip out to the Hill Country. Bamberger Ranch is one of my favorite escapes. It’s not open to the public except for tours and workshops, but I volunteer for them, so they let me come and explore sometimes. It was a perfect cool day after a rain. The American beautyberries were in full fruit and we got to go in the Chiroptorium, I had never been inside before. We didn’t go much deeper than the entrance since there are still 3-6,000 bats still in there and it would disturb them if we went any deeper. Disturbing roosting bats is not good. Not because they are dangerous, they aren’t, but because it upsets their metabolism. This bat (Brazillian free-tail, Tadarida brasiliensis) I spied near the entrance clinging to a muddauber nest. Unfortunately, this bat is deceased. Yes, they can die and remain in that position. Because the Chiroptorium is a fairly new construction (yes, a man-made bat cave), and the bats have not been in residence very long, there is a lack of dermestid beetles in the cave. These beetles are the clean-up crew of bat caves. They are carnivorous and feed on the dead and injured bats whose misfortune is to come within their reach. This bat left hanging on the walls to decompose is evidence of the the absence of the beetles, but hey, the bats weren’t even there the first few years so, we expect the beetles will eventually show up.
I also got to visit the Dino Pavillion and here is a print – it’s over a foot long in length and is believed for be an acrocanthasaurus. The ranch protects these specimens with a roof, short stone wall and fence because once prints are exposed, they erode quickly because of the softness of the Edwards limestone. The pavilion is used as an exhibit for the educational tours of bus-loads of school children that come to the ranch every year.
So much for the first half of my month of October. The sweater machine needs to start chugging to life because it looks like it will be a cold winter. I’ll post my experiment with the alternate wool for the Project sweater soon.