May 31, 2006


One of my Dear Readers wrote to me last night to ask what's happened to me. No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth; I've just been suffering from the blogging blahs.

Last week on Thursday Linda K and I met again to walk around Green Lake. Here's a bit of local color:

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I'd seen this man around the Lake, at other times. This time I asked if I could take his picture. He wears his obviously handmade apron that reads 'SPANISH LESSONS' on the front and back. When he has students, they walk along the lake path and speak Spanish. (Since I majored in Philosophy and damn near have a master's degree in the subject and always loved studying the ancient Greeks, I can't help but point out that this peripatetic mode of teaching dates back to Aristotle, who believed in strolling through the gardens with his students.) While I was taking his photo I chatted with him a bit and asked if he gets a lot of students. At first he scoffed, "What's a lot?!" But later he said that he gets "a fair number." And while I was photographing him, a student came up, ready to get on with the Spanish lesson.

The first time I saw him (and that would be a couple of years ago, now), it gave me the idea to make a similar apron, only mine would read 'KNITTING LESSONS.' Do you think I'd get any takers?


Here's a shot of Linda spinning some very colorful roving on her Mongold spindle as we walked around the lake. She had quite a long length of roving that she tucked into a sandalwood bracelet that she wore on her wrist. The sandalwood bracelet is a souvenir from her recent travels in India. So fragrant and so exotic.

While Linda spun, I knitted on a child's gansey that I plan to donate to the Dulaan Project. Around and around and around in stockinette stitch, this was the perfect knitting project for a walk around Green Lake.

Over Memorial Day weekend, we went to our cabin in the San Juan Islands. I went with the intention of practicing my drop spindle spinning for an hour a day, and of reading all of Spinning in the Old Way. Here's a shot of me spinning before the fire, mug of green tea at hand for right mood and right atmosphere:


I practiced my spinning outdoors since the ground is very soft, and generally has a good carpeting of evergreen needles. The cabin, you'll recall, has a cement floor and I didn't want to run the risk of damaging my brand-new Bosworth mini spindle. I was so impressed with Linda on our walk around Green Lake, in that she dropped her spindle only one time. During my practice sessions over the weekend, every time the spinning would start to go well for me and I'd start feeling confident, the fiber would thin out and bam!, the spindle would drop. My intended hour a day lasted only 15 to 30 minutes each day, as that was all the frustration I could tolerate. It can only get better from here, right?

In Two Swans Yarns news: Today I'm working on adding to the website the additional colors of Meilenweit cotton/wool/nylon blend sock yarn that came in yesterday. Of course I got in the chartreuse color -- doesn't everyone need a pair of chartreuse socks? But I'm even more excited about the self-striping version that's turquoise and chartreuse!


Posted by Karen at May 31, 2006 10:37 AM

Oooh. Chartreuse. I'm knitting a pair in the same yarn but in pink. I am going to reward myself by buying the chartreuse and/or the self-striping yarn when I finish my pink pair.

Posted by: Jewel at May 31, 2006 12:26 PM

Let us know what you think of the pink cotton/wool/nylon blend -- Easy to knit? Comfy to wear?

Chartreuse is the bomb!

Posted by: Karen at May 31, 2006 03:47 PM

Just so you know - I get the exact same gauge as with Lorna's Laces Shepherd sock yarn. It knits up very nicely. I am just about to finish the toe on the first sock so obviously I haven't worn them but I have tried it on! It fits like a glove and is very comfy. I think it will be a perfect warm weather sock!

Posted by: Jewel at May 31, 2006 04:49 PM

Phew! Didn't wanna nag but I was starting to wonder where you were!

I've seen that Spanish Lessons guy, too!

Posted by: Ryan at June 1, 2006 08:30 AM

Wow, what a lovely environment you have there. It looks so cool and green. I haven't quite mastered knitting while walking, I'll have to keep practicing.

Posted by: Linda at June 2, 2006 02:16 PM