“The fact is that camels are far more intelligent than dolphins. They are so much brighter that they soon realized that the most prudent thing any intelligent animal can do, if it would prefer its descendants not to spend a lot of time on a slab with electrodes clamped to their brains or sticking mines on the bottom of ships or being patronized rigid by zoologists, is to make bloody certain humans don’t find out about it. So they long ago plumped for a lifestyle that, in return for a certain amount of porterage and being prodded with sticks, allowed them adequate food and grooming and the chance to spit in a human’s eye and get away with it.
And this particular camel, the result of millions of years of selective evolution to produce a creature that could count the grains of sand it was walking over, and close its nostrils at will, and survive under the broiling sun for many days without water, was called You Bastard.
And he was, in fact, the greatest mathematician in the world.”
–Terry Pratchett, from Pyramids. (I think this is a good place to start with the Discworld books–more or less standalone in the story arcs, and not too many in-jokes)
I have been knitting this baby camel scarf for two hours while watching Tin Man (so far, vaguely interesting, but not compelling) and, as I predicted in my post from a couple of hours ago, the Karabella Camissimo yarn is horrible to work with. The needle gets caught in the boucle fluff and keeps the yarn from sliding. The polyamide core of the yarn is not stretchy at all, so all this tugging against both the nonstretchy core and the stuck fluff kind of makes my hands hurt.
Therefore, I am dubbing this scarf, 27 sts of mistake-rib on size 10 1/2 needles, the You Bastard scarf, because
1) it involves a lot of camel (32%),
2) I am desperately hoping it will go faster with much application of pointy sticks
and, of course,
3) it is a total bastard, and hates me.