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Good Morning Everyone!

I have so much to say I don't know where to start!!! I think my body is still trying to recalibrate itself to this 35 degree temperature drop. Believe me, I am not complaining, I hate being hot and near 90 degrees in the middle of May sends me straight into panic mode. Holy shit, what is July going to be like?? The only thing that kept my mind from going completely off the deep end was working on my Fleurine sweater. I found some shade and focused on the one thing I could control, my knitting. It was during a very intense session of Intarsia that I figured out another little trick to make my knitting experience even more pleasant. I've already broken the cardinal rule of carrying a color across the back of the design, I tried and failed, sue me...My solution to avoiding more bobbins in the center of the flower was to duplicate stitch the CC by knitting the flowers the solid color, easy enough. It gets better!!! I did successfully duplicate stitch the first 2 flowers, it looks great, but I was instantly reminded why I no longer do counted cross stitch, I CAN'T SEE!!! I was having trouble identifying which stitch to "color" and we all know how accurate my counting is. That said, I decided it would be absolutely brilliant to just knit the centers in the MC that I was carrying across anyway. Then all I need to do is "color" the tan stitches afterwards, BAM!! For those of you who don't think this is a very big discovery, you are wrong of course. Needless to say, I have successfully discovered a way to enjoy Intarsia knitting, it's called, MY WAY, shocking I know.

My plans to go to the New Hampshire Sheep & Wool festival with Kathleen were short lived when I discovered it was the same weekend as Addie's Senior prom. We made alternative plans to go yarning in Bristol at Hermit Thrush Fiber Co and then to West Lebanon to Scratch. I reached out to Ashley and Greyson about another issue, namely if they carried Laine magazine. I thought for some reason they were open on Sundays which they said they were not, but would be happy to open up for us. Last we knew, Scratch was open on Sundays, Kathleen checked and they no longer were. I figured it wasn't worth calling them to see if we could make an appointment since the last time we were there, they seemed completely inconvenienced to have us in the shop (yup, still bitter). We had a fantastic visit at Hermit Thrush, I bought an AWESOME new project bag and 3 skeins of Vermont yarn (Fiber Stash and Quince & Quill) I highly recommend you go down to visit, it's such a welcoming environment! No road trip would be successful without us getting lost, GPS is the absolute worse and even more embarassing, we've been there before, twice lol....

A gentle reminder that KAL is this Saturday, May 21st 9-11:00 I moved it up a week due to Memorial Day weekend, if the weather cooperates, we'll be outside. We enjoyed our first Stitch and Bitch of the season outside last week, the mosquitoes were on steroids, but it sure felt good to knit al fresco. We will be meeting tomorrow evening from 6-7:30, I hope you can join in the fun! Make it a great day and I'll see you soon!



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