Yarn Along

2014-05-20 10.10.31

Here’s the completed neckband for Palm Desert Winter Sweater #2. It’s a dark green – kind of a pine color – with stripes in a light green that we’ll call, I don’t know, “caterpillar”? That’s a really strange name for a yarn color, and yes I do realize that caterpillars come in many different colors, but when I look at the color, the first thing I think of is this kind of caterpillar:

polyphemus caterpillar

Back when I taught in a Montessori school, I made several aborted attempts to give one of these little guys a suitable habitat in which to become a moth. These attempts all ended in a little lesson on mortality and impermanence – but what can you do? I still think of these caterpillars every time I see something in this shade of green.

I really am reading Anna Karenina this time – no games, no sly distractions. It’s wonderful, of course, and on this read-through I’m noticing how similar it is to Middlemarch. Sometime soon I will do some research on this question – on whether Eliot and Tolstoy read each other’s work or corresponded with one another, etc. All kinds of interesting.

Yarn Along is hosted once again by Ginny on her blog, Small Things.

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6 Responses to Yarn Along

  1. I have really enjoyed that book on 2 occasions and would certainly recommend it.

  2. mistea says:

    Your caterpillar is very green
    Lovely beginnings, or maybe you’re nearly at the end? The greens look perfect together.
    Enjoy your reading (and musing).

    • bedstrom says:

      Haha – no, I’m definitely at the beginning of this sweater. I’ll post a picture of more of it next week if all goes well. Thanks for commenting!

  3. a atkinson says:

    Unfortunately I think your caterpillar is actually a tomato horn worm. Not a friendly being to those of us who have backyard vegetable gardens (tomato plants). Sorry! Pretty color but we have to usher them out the “back door”!

    • bedstrom says:

      Actually, I’m pretty sure the caterpillar is a Polyphemus caterpillar. It’s named after Polyphemus in the Odyssey (otherwise known as the Cyclops) because the moth it becomes has one eye-shaped marking on its wing. I am definitely not an expert on gardening, but in this case I am quite sure. However, I did find this photo via a google search for “polyphemus caterpillar,” so if someone misidentified it on their own site, it could have come up in my search.

      Thanks for visiting our site!

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