Saturday, February 21, 2015

Memory Lane

There seems to be a time in everyone's life when all the pieces fall into place. Today I was reminded of that time. I had brunch with a group of incredible women with whom I worked at The High Desert Museum. There was a special magic at the Museum then - we were all there because we believed in the mission. The Museum was growing to become a showcase of the Great Basin culture and natural history. It truly was an honor to be part of that team.

Our lives were mostly in a good place then. My children were young (The Nurse was born while I worked there) and life was hectic, fun, full of new things. My co-workers were an incredible group - professional, dedicated, fun - a very supportive family of friends. I miss them and that time in my life. The Founder of the Museum recently passed away and we will all gather soon to remember his legacy. I will again see lots of old friends and remember with great fondness a wonderful time.

Today we celebrated a wedding and a birthday! We always found excuses to celebrate, today was special. One is enjoying another trip around the sun and another is embarking on a totally new life - good for her! The brunch was hosted by a woman who I will never be able to explain what a wonderful influence she had on my life - and she brought me back to knitting almost 30 years ago!! Her humor, grace, compassion, honesty and love for us all was an honor to be part of.

I had a great time today!

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Redo, Recycle, Reuse

I started Woodbine in December 2013. Ripped it out once because it was way too big, went down a size and it was still too big. Put it away for other projects including the marathon Christmas knitting. Picked it up again and got to the sleeves and finally decided it wasn't going to work for me. Bummer.

Out comes my favorite and most appreciated knitting tool - my swift and ball winder. Wound onto the swift directly from the uncompleted sweater.

Tried to feel for the joins - missed one huge one so ended up with 3 regular skeins and one huge one!!

Soaked well in warm water and hung to dry with a weight to pull out the kinks.

Worked great!! Now I have beautiful yarn already again for the next project - Edin. After a few stupid errors in getting the back neck piece correct - I'm on a roll.

Still need to figure out where to put some extra length in the back using short rows. My sweaters all seem to ride up in the back. One tutorial said to put them before the end of the yoke - starting just before the front raglan - more investigation is needed. 

Happy Super Bowl Sunday - Go Hawks!