Monday July 14th 2008, 10:57 pm
Filed under: "Wrapped in Comfort",Knit,Wildlife

There’s a reason redwoods are so tall: they live along the ridgeline of the California coast, between a near-desert climate and the ocean and where heavy fogs roll in at night.  They are designed to pierce the fog with their height, causing water droplets to condense and run down their trunks and water them–which is also why they have very shallow roots. They typically reproduce by having new ones shoot up from the roots, with the new ones joining in to help form a wide underground lattice of roots that supports the whole community of redwoods together.

Which is also why my treedling might actually make it.  There was no depth to the bit of earth it was clinging to when I pulled it out, probably no broken roots.

All that said, I gotta say, “bonsai redwood” to describe it is one of the funniest ideas I have heard in awhile.  Totally nonpsychodegradeable.  Thank you, Carol!

(Oh. Right. The shawl.  Tailor of Gloucestor alert!  Heh.Tailor of Gloucester shawl)

Specs: One skein Casbah from Mary’s stash, size 11 (7mm) needles, Faster-version Julia shawl through the yoke, then I switched to the Michelle pattern for the body, it being a 6+1 lace pattern as well, both of them in “Wrapped in Comfort.”  This did not make a very big shawl, the Casbah being a thinner yarn than the original mohair, but it’s good for a small person.  Lying flat, it’s 19″ long.  It’ll stretch out a bit held up when it’s dry.

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I can’t believe how fast you knit! I thought I was getting faster, and it takes me a week or more to do a scarf.

Lovely shawl, and good luck with the redwood bonsai.

Comment by Wunx~ 07.15.08 @ 12:19 am

Very very pretty :-}

Comment by Diana Troldahl 07.15.08 @ 5:43 am

Very Pretty 🙂 I’m gonna have to get ahold of some of the Casbah yarn I have a friend that could use something soft to either wrap her feet in or around her shoulders. The Casbah sounds like a very soft comforting yarn.

Comment by Danielle from SW MO 07.15.08 @ 5:55 am

What an appropriately named shawl! I suggest you call the bonsai redwood treedling Simpkin to maintain the theme this week. (Skip the OJ part.)

Comment by Lynn 07.15.08 @ 7:15 am

Lovely shawl, and love the idea of a redwood bonsai!

Comment by Channon 07.15.08 @ 7:17 am

So I’m not the only one who thought OJ Simpkin! As for speed, size 7mm needles and 325 m (about 360 yards) just can’t take all that long to do, really.

Comment by AlisonH 07.15.08 @ 8:37 am

Very very pretty.

I did not know that about the Redwood. Thanks for the lesson

Comment by Sonya 07.15.08 @ 11:39 am

Beautiful shawl once again inspiring me. Re the redwooods, we grew our own “forest” of about 75 of them in Los Altos and they do sprout from the thousands of seeds they drop. We got some from the one tree here we’ve found in Western Australia and planted 19 in honor of our corgis and cats in heaven now. We live on a coast and thought they would thrive. Well, they are growing, but not normal 3 feet a year due to being pruned by the kangaroos here. We now have bushy redwoods and will end up having a hedge of them instead of a grove. Bizarre, but a bit of California with an Aussie flair. 🙂

Comment by Tunie 07.15.08 @ 4:07 pm

I love this. The colour is great. I have given up knitting lace for the moment so I get my lace fix from others. Thanks!

Comment by Vicki 07.17.08 @ 3:24 am

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