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The Consuming Passion: Yarn [Feb. 3rd, 2012|10:43 am]
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A friend who lives in Washington State and visits Our Lady of the Rock monastery every year mentioned to me that they raise Cotswold sheep and spin  it into yarn sold in their gift shop.   I now have in my hands (well...beside me as I type this...)  one pound of this gorgeous stuff: a beautiful colored-sheep color, sort of taupe, and it feels wonderful.  

Right now my double-pointed-needles are full of SockOne, but I'm going to have to knit up at least a square of this to see how it works.   And find more double-pointed needles. 

[User Picture]From: teriegarrison
2012-02-03 04:50 pm (UTC)
Is it disrespectful to the nuns that, in context of all your posts here and in your NG about socks, I first read the name of the monastery as 'Our Lady of the Sock'? Of course, it can possibly also be attributed to having exhausted eyes after a ridiculous work week.

Edited at 2012-02-03 04:51 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-02-03 05:21 pm (UTC)
Naah. It's funny, is what it is.
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[User Picture]From: wood_dragon
2012-02-03 04:57 pm (UTC)
I so wish I wasn't allergic to wool.

One of these days I'll learn to knit on 4 needles. Cables, I can do. Circular needles, I can use. I really want to try knitting socks.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-02-03 06:54 pm (UTC)
Expect it to feel awkward and next door to impossible for the first few times. I'm now a week into it, and still (see previous post) making ridiculous mistakes. The biggest problem, for me, is remembering not to just knit the obvious needles (adjacent on the triangle) but to insert the empty needle and knit onto that one. If you don't, you end up as I did last night, in a ridiculous mess (easy to fix, though, by slipping stitches off the overloaded needle onto another one--which you have, because you didn't use it when you should've.)

But I still haven't figured out the best (for me) way to hold all those needles at once, though I'm less clumsy with them than a week ago (understand that I haven't been knitting an hour a day...I've been knitting in breaks from doing revisions.) I'm glad I finally broke the spell (Mother knitted socks; I knit scarves) and started the sock...despite the mistakes I've made, I'm looking forward to ending up with a sock-like object, whether it's actually a wearable sock that fits me or not.

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[User Picture]From: knittingwoman
2012-02-03 05:51 pm (UTC)
gorgeous yarn!!!!
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[User Picture]From: hugh_mannity
2012-02-03 06:08 pm (UTC)
Oh I am *so* jealous! Cotswold is a lovely, lovely breed. Nice long staple fleece, spins up beautifully and is wonderful to knit.

Right now I don't have time or budget for any more yarn *sigh*
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2012-02-05 12:09 am (UTC)
That is gorgeous, I love the colour.
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[User Picture]From: 90sbondgirl
2012-02-05 09:31 pm (UTC)
I don't knit, and this is gorgeous yarn!

BTW did you hear about the lady in her 80s who knitted over 200 scarves to hand out to volunteers at the SuperBowl this week? WOW.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-02-06 12:12 am (UTC)
No, I hadn't heard about the scarf-knitter. I am in awe.
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