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Episode 012 (Lalibela, Ethiopia)

Episode 012 (Lalibela, Ethiopia)

Recorded on Saturday, April 2, 2016

Thank Yous

FOs

WIPs

Plotting

  • Vanilla is the New Black by Anneh Fletcher ($4.50 Canadian on Ravelry).  Will knit in Lollipop Yarn GRIPES! (80% superwash merino/20% nylon in Mushroom, Wine Sap, Pumpkin Spice, Amber, Moss)

    Lollipop Yarn and Jan B. Smiley kit
    Lollipop Yarn and Jan B. Smiley kit
  • Rhinebeck Sweater voting: Tau by Melanie Berg has 20 votes and Epistrophy by Kate Davies has 16.

Woolpiggery

  • madelinetosh sock (100% merino fingering in Dr. Zhivago’s Sky colorway, 4 skeins) for Tau by Melanie Berg

    Mad Tosh Sock in Dr. Zhivago's Sky - see how the skein on the left is visibly lighter?
    Mad Tosh Sock in Dr. Zhivago’s Sky – see how the skein on the left is visibly lighter?
  • Plucky Sweater (90% merino/10% nylon DK in Bohemian Blue, 5 skeins) for Epistrophy by Kate Davies, 1 skein Punchy colorway coming
  • Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight (100% merino in Muckity Muck colorway)

    Socks That Rock Lightweight in Muckity Muck
    Socks That Rock Lightweight in Muckity Muck

Design Notebook

    • Listen to the podcast to get a 50%-off coupon code for the Maribou shawl.

      Maribou Shawl
      Maribou Shawl

Spinning

  • Terrible alpaca

    What you don't want in your fleece
    What you don’t want in your fleece
  • February 2016 Into the Whirled Luxe Club: (75% BFL/25% Tussah Silk, 24 1/2th Century colorway). Fractal spin. LOVE IT. High-speed whorl, 14:1 ratio. DSC_0027_medium2

Review

  • Unicorn Baby Beyond Clean – you can request a free sample for the cost of shipping. EXCELLENT experience, both the product and the customer service. Sent me additional free samples for me to try.

    Unicorn Baby Beyond Clean at work
    Unicorn Baby Beyond Clean at work

Ask Me

dogdogduck and ashleynutrition asked about sock heels

Knitting on Safari

Lalibela, Ethiopia

Ringing the rock bell
Ringing the rock bell

Addis Ababa episode

Aksum, Gondar

Hotel Maribela

View from our hotel room
View from our hotel room

 

Sunset from our hotel room
Sunset from our hotel room

 

A difficult life
A difficult life

 

Bet Maryam, carved out of a solid piece of rock (now covered to protect it from the elements)
Bet Maryam, carved out of a solid piece of rock (now covered to protect it from the elements)

 

Stepping in without my shoes... but in handknit socks, of course!
Stepping in without my shoes… but in handknit socks, of course!

 

Carpets and Ethiopian- and Western-style icons
Carpets and Ethiopian- and Western-style icons

 

Tunnels - not a trip for people with mobility issues.
Tunnels – not a trip for people with mobility issues.

 

Wall caves with pilgrims in residence
Wall caves with pilgrims in residence

 

Calling National Geographic! The priest of Bet Meskel with his church's hand cross.
Calling National Geographic! The priest of Bet Meskel with his church’s hand cross.

 

Me standing outside Bet Golgotha (entrance forbidden to women - my husband took the picture from inside). Interesting how the shaft of light is right on my face?
Me standing outside Bet Golgotha (entrance forbidden to women – my husband took the picture from inside). Interesting how the shaft of light is right on my face?

 

Chinese construction equipment building roads
Chinese construction equipment building roads

 

Yimrehane Christos - church in a cave
Yimrehane Christos – church in a cave

 

Lampshade showing a woman spinning
Lampshade showing a woman spinning

 

White woven cotton shawls worn by men and women
White woven cotton shawls worn by men and women

 

Blurry mummy foot
Blurry mummy foot

 

The stone monolith church carved to look like Yimrehanne Christos church.
The stone monolith church carved to look like Yimrehanne Christos church.

 

My son our our guide's shoulders
My son our our guide’s shoulders

 

St. George's from above
St. George’s from above

 

St. George's from above - all carved from a single piece of rock
St. George’s from above – all carved from a single piece of rock

 

 

 

St. George's - does anybody want to dye me this yarn?
St. George’s – does anybody want to dye me this yarn?

 

Na'akuto La'ab monastery, built in a cave
Na’akuto La’ab monastery, built in a cave

 

Receptacles catching holy water from a spring in the cave, Na'akuto La'ab monastery
Receptacles catching holy water from a spring in the cave, Na’akuto La’ab monastery

 

Funeral procession at Na'akuto La'ab monastery
Funeral procession at Na’akuto La’ab monastery

 

Anyone for a game of open-air foosball?
Anyone for a game of open-air foosball?

KAL

  • Graduate Your Stash KAL: use your oldest thing in your stash and help it graduate into a finished object. Fiber or yarn. Spin, knit, crochet, weave, tat, whatever you want to do that’s fibery. WIPs count, as long as it’s your oldest stash. You must finish your project between 1 May and 30 June to be entered for a prize. If you finish your oldest thing and want to move to your next oldest thing, enter that, too. No yardage minimum, but the spirit of the KAL is to use it up, so try to do so. Extra entries for knitting a Kino Knits pattern (bundle). There will be prizes!  Chatter thread open now.

Things I’ve Learned

Where to Find Me

Music

  • “Kassongo” by Orchestra Super Mazembe, used with permission of A.I. Records (Kenya) Ltd
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5 thoughts on “Episode 012 (Lalibela, Ethiopia)”

  • Wow! The pictures are even more amazing!!!! I would never have guessed that was all to be discovered in Ethiopia- thanks for sharing!!!!

  • That alpaca is truly awful. You’re a trooper for getting through it! Maybe you can knit an ugly-on-purpose stuffy out of it. 🙂

    Truly beautiful pictures of Ethiopia. And if anyone dyes that St. George’s yarn for you, they’ll have another buyer, as well!

  • Amazing on safari photos! I love the safari episodes but also your FO’s are great too. I would have chucked that alpaca much earlier but good for you- persistence!

    • Confession: I would have chucked it if I hadn’t said I would card a pound and spin 4 oz for the Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup KAL! This was my OWL.

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