I just got back from a meeting in Houston. I was in the room with about 30 people from across the country and our focus was on the outcome measurements of homeless programs. I pulled out the sock I was working and started knitting. It is always fun to see and hear the responses. It certainly helps me, an introvert, to come to engage in some conversations of some sort. It's also interesting to watch who is curious and who won't have anything to do with me. How fascinating.
I love it.
I think I mentioned it before, but I had a commission to spin a bus load of samoyed fur into yarn and knit it into an afghan. I've done a multiplied yarn that is a heavy worsted, and am knitting it on 15s to get the right open-ness and drape. It will be very warm, and IT WILL BE DONE BY WEDNESDAY if it kills me. (Actually, I had it almost completed in October, but as I was blocking it, I noticed that one of the samoyed yarns I made, (like 1/4 of the afghan) had been too softly spun (going for soft and fuzzy) and wasn't going to hold up to any wear at all. I had to frog huge sections, and respin the yarn, reset the spin, and reknit it, which I am almost done doing. Then, of course, it has to be rewashed and blocked. The client is pissed, but as my old adopted Jewish grandmother used to say, "May that be the worst thing that happens to you in your WHOLE life!"
Best wishes to the all from the midnightknitter.
PS: Pictures to follow.
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Does anyone have a favorite bulky yarn lace-type shawl pattern? I'd like to knit a shawl for my 87 year old mother in the coming months.