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Lifeline Irony...

Good Morning Everyone!!

What can I say? I'm a creature of habit and stubborn is a dominant gene that contributes to my DNA, I accept this. Knitting has been a source of mostly relaxation and creativity for the better part of my life. I will be forever grateful to my Mimi who introduced me to this very fulfilling diversion that continues to give my hands and mind purpose. I laughed when I saw the window sticker of the pulse with the ball of yarn in it, mainly because it spoke loudly to me. I rarely get through a day without knitting a stitch, I at least always touch yarn. That said, as much as knitting is my lifeline, I absolutely refuse to use one, go figure. I've come to the realization that I actually enjoy the challenge of fixing mistakes, it's part of my programming. My Boppa was the same way, he loved to tinker. There was nothing that man couldn't fix, he was the original "outside the box" thinker. He'd devise ways to repair things that most would deem destined for the trash. It was undoubtedly his depression era upbringing paired with his brilliant mind that has been a source of inspiration for me. He always took his time and thought about the best approach which wasn't always a direct line or very obvious, but he always had a solution. I'm also not blessed with much patience except for when it comes to my knitting, another trait inherited from my Bops. You can't rush progress and sometimes it takes a couple of attempts to get it right, but in the end, it's worth the effort.

I finished, blocked and wore my Zeen Top on Saturday for KAL. I was convinced that it was too long, but the ladies informed me that it was the perfect length, phew. It would have been an easy fix being a topdown design, but majority rules and I was happy to agree with them. I've been knitting away on my Schieffelin sweater, IT'S GORGEOUS! I originally selected the main color, Camel, simply because it had been sitting in my shop way too long and I figured I may as well use it. I wasn't overly crazy about the color, it's not green, but boy was I wrong about it. I couldn't appreciate it for it's true beauty until I was past the mosaic yoke and knitting the body. There is so much depth to that color, I'm amazed with just how beautiful my sweater is going to be. I've literally stopped and admired it several times, each time gaining a stronger appreciation for the secret it was hiding hanging as a hank. Malabrigo simply doesn't disappoint. The kettle dying process produces a unique color saturation, when knit up, it creates such a rich palette. I can't wait for you to see my sweater and I certainly can't wait to wear it. I'm almost ready to do the split hem, I've seriously been cruising along on it since Saturday.

Many of you already know what's going to happen tomorrow evening at Stitch and Bitch. Not only do I have a VERY SPECIAL GUEST coming, she's bringing more inspiration than any of you will know what to do with. The fun starts at 5:30 and you seriously WILL NOT WANT TO MISS THIS EVENT. Andra will be here with TONS of samples for you to not only see, but try on, IT'S A TRUNK SHOW!!!! I'm super excited to not only see her, but to touch her beautiful, latest, creations for the upcoming season. I'm not sure how much knitting will get done, but it's going to be lots of fun and I really hope that you will join us.

Just a reminder, I will be traveling to Salida, CO next week to attend the Salida Fiber Festival. I fly out on September 6th and return on the 13th. If you don't receive a newsletter next week, that's why lol....I am super excited for the Fiber Festival, I haven't quite recovered from the news that VT Sheep and Wool isn't happening this year, SO BUMMED!!!!

Make it a great day and I hope to see you soon!


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