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Beltane ~ here I come!!!!!!

My clan is hosting a Beltane celebration in Northern Michigan to raise funds for a local Woman's shelter. All clan members are required to wear red so that they don't mix in with the general population. Well, I decided to knit a red sweater, but had some requirements. Since I will be entertaining the crowd with handstands, somersaults, leg splits, etc, the sweater can't be so loose or boxy that it would slip over my head. I didn't want anything plain or girly either. Heck, I wanted a flattering design. I found a design that I like, but had to make some changes to it - I had to elimate a lot of stiches to make the sweater hug my torso, and to make the sleeves narrower. I also redid the collor for comfort. And I used cotton yarn for next the skin comfort. I finally finished the sweater Sunday ~ so, what do you guys think?

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A Spinning Wheel

The uinverse moves in strange ways.
I've been thinking about buying a spinning wheel, and I had my eyes on a castle wheel by Ashford. It is a cute model, and it seems versatile enough to meet my knitting needs. So, yesterday, I placed an order for that wheel.
Today, I saved that same (but an older and discontinued model) wheel from a neglected and uncertain fate. A co-worker brought in her wheel ~ all covered in cobwebs with dead bugs and bits of dried leaves. I gave her $75 for the wheel, brought it home, washed the muck off, oiled the moving parts (and other parts that were rusted), fixed the maidens and the flyer, grabbed some merino fleece and gave it go! The fleece spun beautifully into a fine and soft thread! The wheel works like a charm and there is nothing wrong with it except for issues caused by neglect. I am going to name this wheel "Orla", which means "golden woman".
Tomorrow, I am going to stop at the hardware store to get a can of Watco Danish Oil in the hope that it will help Orla since she is so dry.

8 March 2007

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