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May 25, 2005

Spinning and knitting and thinking ~ OH MY

Wow! I wrote that I was finally back and then I was gone again.

My Uncle Justin died and I haven't seemed to be interested in much of anything. He was, in many ways, more of a dad to me than mine was. My son Justin was his namesake and he was Godfather to both Jonathan and Justin.

On a brighter note, I found a Spinning Guild in my area! Benny and I attended our first meeting Monday evening. Everyone there was so welcoming. There were spinners and knitters and a husband and wife crochet couple.

Benny doesn't have a lot of interest in doing any fiber crafts. But he enjoys the company. He may take some of his antique radios or clocks to fool with for the two hours.

I spun on a Louet for the first time. REALLY smooth. The one I tried was DT. I don't do well with DT but could see myself with a Louet ST one day.

I'm moving along with Kaity's ballet sweater. Tomorrow should find me sailing off to sleeve island. Since it's out of season, I may wait to sew the pieces together until fall. She may need it to be lengthened by then.

That thought makes me wonder about changing the way I knit kid sweaters. I make most of my sweaters ala Elizabeth Zimmermann. So, they're from the bottom up. I'm thinking of casting on with a provisional cast on or waste yarn, and then immediately knitting the body. After the body is knit, I would pick up the sts and knit the ribbing. Since kids grow faster in length than circumference, when the sweater becomes too short, I could either remove the ribbing and add something between the bottom and the ribbing. Or I could unknit the bind off and make the ribbing longer.

Posted by Angi at May 25, 2005 08:07 PM


I am sorry to read of your loss. You have been missed.

Posted by: Kathleen at May 25, 2005 10:29 PM

So sorry about your loss. Take your time getting back into things, grieving is important.

The spinning guild sounds wonderful. I'm jealous of that.

Posted by: Cassie at May 26, 2005 05:43 PM