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Meeting others

I had the joy of meeting one of the members on this website this Sunday.
He just happened to be in my neck of the woods and asked to meet with me. I was very flattered about it.
He was a very creative man and very kind and warm to talk to. We must have talked about knitting(him sharing one of his patterns with me) and my travels to the Netherlands last year.

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Midwest Fall Men's Retreat review

I am just winding down from the retreat this past weekend. It normally takes a few days to come back to "earth" so to say.
The Midwest Fall Men's Retreat is not one of your glorified ones of workshops etc. Its very relaxed. Primary interest is a great group of men who share their love for the craft.

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Summer projects or Summer therapy.

This summer has been busy for me. First adjusting to the the lifestyle of semi-retirement. Part of this semi-retirement comes with more time, and to fill this time I started a few projects.
My problem is if I go on Raverly, pick up latest "Knitting Traditions" I feel as if I HAVE to try that pattern out. I end up with 5 or 6 started projects but no ends.

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Steven West Samen

Hi guys. I am starting Steven West "Samen" I am using lace weight . The pattern calls for holding two strands of yarn together.
So far I am doing well. However the pattern is divided into wedges. 1-5 .I've finished the first wedge, however I am confused on the directions. When do I start on the other side of the center?

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Working with 100% silk fingering weight

Hey guys. I am working on a khata for spiritual director of mine. I bought some 100% silk for it. I have had trouble from winding up to the knitting. Has anyone else on here had issues with it. Its not a tight spin on the yarn. Its very loose, however its only white I could find.

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Socks , Socks, Socks....

I am afraid I have a new addiction! My sock drawer is now filled with socks. I have no regret either.And I am still knitting some from old stashes. Right now it is -9 with wind chill of -20. I have been wearing a pair of chunky socks I made from old stash they are great! I wear them when working out in the snow shoveling etc. Sometimes for a couple of hours.

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Help with duponti silk

I was going through some old stash of yarns and found a ball of duponti silk. I have no idea what yardage it is. I had made a really nice scarf from it a year or so ago. Its a medium size ball. my guess its worsted weight yarn too. Any suggestions?

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Monastery Knitting

This weekend I went on a retreat at Saint Gregory's monastery in Three Rivers MI... I actually knitted in public at the guesthouse.

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Midwest Fall Men's Retreat

Just got back from my FIRST men's knitting retreat. It was one of the best functions I've been with. Such a group of creative and caring men! And the food was to dye for! I ate WAY too much. Also bought more yarn than I needed so lots of projects to do. I plan on attending more!

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My Trip to Netherlands

Been awhile since I have written and thought I just update you all. I am three days back from my vacation to Amsterdam. And it met all my expectations. Only I didn't have much time to look for knitting stores. I did happen to find one in the city of Hoorn. And they were having a sale on yarn! Of course what could I do!!! I bought a skein of llama and two of finger weight merino wool.

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