1. A Verb for Keeping Warm is starting a yarn/fiber club this fall. Each subscriber will receive a quantity of yarn or fiber (your pick) in a specially dyed color as well as a shawl pattern in each shipment. The yarn club designers are Rosemary Hill, Stephen West, Mary-Heather Cogar, and me! I am a big fan of each of the other designers in this club, as well as Verb’s gorgeous, naturally dyed yarn, so I am as excited as can be to be in such company!
2. Yellow Sunniva is almost done! I really can’t wait to finish it up and get the pattern out. I’m so happy with this sweater, and I hope other people love it too.
3. The Kninja household has just added a couple of members, who will be making occasional blog appearances.
These are our new baby dumbo rats, named Rose and Daisy by my kids. Rose is in the foreground and Daisy is behind her above. I love pet rats, but it’s been many years since we had any pets at all. We’ve sorely missed having animals about the place, and it’s such a joy to have them around again. Rats get a bad rap, but let me do a bit of evangelizing and say that they make really excellent pets, as they are smart, clean, social, and small. Pet stores tend to stock rats with the other small rodents, but rats, unlike mice, hamsters, and guinea pigs, are omnivores, and should have a similar diet to humans to stay healthy. Our girls were purchased from a rat breeder, and have been handled since birth, which means they’re really friendly and sweet. Right now the babies need extra protein, so in addition to their usual food they are eating scrambled eggs on a pretty regular basis.