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Water, Water Everywhere

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(Image from a Village Soup story.)

We've had a lot of rain lately. This has created local flooding, which is quite unusual and kind of scary, actually. The Megunticook River, which flows into Camden Harbor via a normally very picturesque little waterfall, has become a raging torrent with a completely different personality. A couple of days ago the torrent was so wild it actually caused the harbor floats to break free -- they had to be retrieved and secured again.

Here's a quote from a local news website story:

"The force of water surging over the Megunticook River waterfall, which includes water from Megunticook Lake and many tributaries on the surrounding mountains, caused a number of floats to break apart and/or slide along the harbor bottom, threatening nearby boats.

Pixley [the Camden Harbormaster] said that a one-ton block holding a series of floats was dragged 100 feet from its original position in the harbor, testament to the force of the rushing water from inland."

(Read the whole story here .)

You can see what the waterfall normally looks like by visiting my Camden Harbor Photo Album.


Still Here

I'm still here. Just don't have much to say. I have a lot to do that seems to be sucking up ALL my time.

I am, however, nearly done a sweater that is destined to be a store model, knit in luscious "Rio de la Plata" yarn from Bolivia. This yarn is actually hand spun (actually, the arrangement with the hand spinners is very similar to my arrangement with my knitters in producing sweaters for the store.) The yarn is also kettle dyed by hand, giving it an ombre effect, very beautiful.

This thick & thin yarn is soft and wonderful to knit with. It's a pretty quick knit at 4 sts/in. on a US9. It's best, I'd say, in simple projects, using just stockinette stitch or garter stitch, where you can let the yarn do all the talking. I did start out using it for an aran-style cabled hat, but the cables just got lost in the texture and color variation (what was I thinking?! but cables are more fun to knit....).

I'm doing a simple hooded tunic with a one-button placket opening at the neck (the pattern is available at Unique One: it's a Knitting Pure & Simple design).I only have half a sleeve and the hood left to do:

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Here's the sweater.

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Close view of the yarn and stitches.

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And Nick, my little helper. :)


New Mexico

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Went to New Mexico, had a great time except for getting really sick the second day I was there and staying quite ill the rest of the week. Thought I would die.

But I didn't, and made it home alive from my "vacation" after all. I think I'll quit taking them.

Excellent Mexican food in New Mexico, by the way.

Didn't find any wool/fiber/spinning/knitting shops. Well, there was one little place called "La Placitas Spinning - Weaving" in Lincoln, but it was closed. I guess the fiber shops are mostly in the northern part of the state.

You can see some photos from my trip here.


Quantum Entanglement Knitting

I've been using A9 as my search engine of choice lately; I like how it brings up images as well as web links related to my search terms. So every now and then I just type in "knitting" to see what'll come up. Today, this image popped up:
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When I clicked on it, it took me to a page whose intriguing title was "Quantum Entanglement Knitting". Hmm. Interesting. The first paragraph, actually the first sentence, only had about 3 words in it I could even define, interspersed around "Rabi oscillations" and "photons" and "atom-cavity". But the last sentence said "They provide us with elementary stitches to knit complex entangled states."

Well, entangled states I know very well. Elementary stitches, even, I can do. But believe me, none of the rest of the page made any sense whatsoever. Guess I'm not a physicist! (Although, one of my employee's father is.) I just thought it was cool that "knitting" and "quantum" anything have any connection.