Beth Brown Reinsel

Beth Brown Reinsel

Wow! A day with Beth was truly amazing. It started out bright and early with Beth teaching us Swedish Cast-ons. Who knew there were so many different ways to cast-on? I learned 4 new cast-on’s and made swatches of each. Then we cast-on to work our twined knitting swatch. Now, twined knitting is the english translation of Tvaandsstickning – or knitting with 2 ends of the yarn. I learned about yarn dominance and “S” and “Z” plied yarns. It was an awesome day. I knit a “Twined Wrister” to practice the twined knitting stitches.

As you can see, the stitch pattern is interesting. I loved this knitting technique.. I cast off a bit to tightly, so next time I will go up a needle size or two when I bind off. I purchased some patterns from Beth – from Twined Mittens and Socks (these are truly amazing…) to Swedish Lovikka Mittens – which are knitted and “fulled” (Beth corrected us on our felting terms) to Norwegian Mittens to Scottish Sanquhar gloves, and of course I could not resist a top down Aran sweater pattern. The best treat of all was that Beth came to SnB at Friends of Wool that evening. She was working on her Latvian mittens – she humbled me to no end, she was knitting away without looking at the pattern! We laughed and I felt so honored to be in the company of this amazing group of women, knitting, talking, sharing – it was a great evening of fellowship. I was re-energized in my resolution to learn something new. My brain was spinning with all the new things I learned and how I could use those things to expand my knitting skills.

Taking a day off made for an insane Friday – I was sad not to be able to take Beth’s cardigan class on Friday – but with all I had going on, I could not be out of work one more day. I spent the day digging out and all this while the phone was ringing off the hook. I am glad the weekend is here!

On Friday I arrived home to find a package from Sunshine Yarn – my next installment of her Sock Club yarn had arrived. It is so gorgeous – she calls it “Fresh” –

It is so soft and the colors are truly amazing – and yes, it so reminds me of the glorious colors found at the Farmer’s Market! Dani, this yarn is so beautiful!!

I hinted at some news I needed to share – as most of you are aware, I have been having marital strife for the past few months. My husband moved out unexpectedly last July, he moved back home for a few weeks in November and abruptly left again in December. Well, last week he moved away – as in to another state – to Kentucky. Honestly, it was as if a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I had heard from him numerous times each week since his departure in early December that he could not “focus on our relationship” and how “overwhelmed” he was. It was draining for me and I was struggling with guilt that I could not “fix” what was wrong. At one time, I loved my husband so deeply – I believed in him unfailingly. It became harder and harder to love him through all this. On the evening that I was having dinner with some friends and his parents came up to me to tell me what a failure I was – it ended for me. I called him and asked that his parents respect my privacy. My husband runs away from problems, he does not solve them. So, it is the end of a chapter – and I am looking at a new page. I can look back on the errors I made in our relationship – hindsight gives one 20-20 vision. I am going to try and avoid those errors… as best as I can.

So, now that I have put a downer on your Sunday – don’t be sad for me, please. I feel so unburdened these past days – it is a very good thing. Spring is knocking on the door, the sun has been shining. The dirty snow is all melting, soon the spring flowers will be growing again. I feel like my life is moving like spring, the things I have been struggling with are melting away, like the snow and new life is emerging in it’s place.

Have a very blessed Sunday. Thanks for letting me share.

Baby it's cold outside!

Well, we woke up this morning to zero outside… all I could think was I hope it is going up from here! BRRRRRR! Evidently we have some more snow coming as well, 3-6 more inches! It seems that winter does just not want to give up! With a December and January that had virtually no snow, February certainly made up for it with a vengeance!

Not much knitting content, I am sorry to say. I have been so busy at work – so busy I worked on Saturday morning for a few hours and Sunday afternoon for a few more!

I had dinner with a friend last night – it was a nice break. She is one of my knitting buddies from SnB at my LYS. I am taking a day off this week – Beth Brown Reinsel is coming to Friends of Wool to teach a couple of classes. I am taking the Swedish Cast On and Twined Knitting classes on Thursday. A whole day and night of knitting – this sure sounds heavenly to me!

I have some news on the homefront, but I am not ready to share yet. Have a great Tuesday everyone – stay warm!!

It's a very Special Day!

It's a very Special Day!

Hello everyone – I came home from work yesterday to find a box on my doorstep. It was my Special Swap package from Kim and did she send me some goodies!


The box was filled with some amazing things! A bottle of her favorite wine, Clos Du Bois – which is right now chilling in my fridge for later! A box of chocolates – mmmmm! Some adorable heart shaped stitch markers – how awesome since the theme was “Hearts and Roses”! Also a great row counter – in pastel pink! A book on Aromatherapy recipes – just what this girl needs in her stress filled life! A beautiful note Rose note pad and pen, which are already in my purse! And, last but not least – 3 skeins of Khroma yarn – a 50/50 blend of Alpaca and Merino – can you say soft and yummy!! It is in 2 coordinating shades, Winesap and Pomegranate. Kim, I love everything you sent! What an awesome package!!

I have so enjoyed reading Kim’s blog – she and I have several things in common, but what struck me first off was that we both have Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Kim is off this weekend showing her puppy – I have been thinking good thoughts for a HUGE win for her!!

And, a huge thanks goes out to our lovely hostess, Lynne for inviting me to be part of this very special group and for giving me such a great partner! I am really looking forward to the next 2 months in which we receive a NEW partner – mine is Lucia – and I am thinking about where I can “send” her on a fabulous knitting vacation.

Hope you are all staying warm and dry – the March Lion just keeps on roaring here. We have had snow and blowing all weekend. I am ready for spring.

I am heading out tonight to an AMBUCS benefit. It is a “Casino Night” – wish me luck! LOL

Have a great weekend all!

It's a white frosted world….

It's a white frosted world….

…and my 100th post! Yesterday morning we woke up to a clean white blanketed world. Roads were not too bad – we got about 4 inches of snow over night. It appears that we have some more on the way this week. Here are some pictures of our snowy white world…

Frosted and white – all the dirty snow has been covered up. A beautiful start to the week.

I have been judiciously using my shoulder – there are just some things that you need to use both arms for, and work is one of them. While I can knit – I have been coming home and resting my shoulder so the healing process continues to take place. The doctor told me to do some very gentle range of motion exercises – so I am trying to do them diligently. Teyani sent me the names of some of the holistic things that her husband took and did to work towards recovery of his injured shoulder. I have been out to my local health food stores to pick up some of them. I also have been using a heating pad intermittently during the night – this is helping tremendously. I think it keeps my shoulder from “tightening” up at night.

It is exam week – so it is study central here. This is one thing I do not miss from my school days. Exams really stressed me out – I am glad that my kids, for the most part, are not stressing too much over the exams.

I sent out my packages for my Special Swap partner, Kim, yesterday. Thanks to Lynne for organizing this great swap!! I am looking forward to our travel theme for the next two months. I have been toying with some ideas. I think I have narrowed it down, but I need to do a little research to finalize my decision!

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

You can't keep a good knitter down!

Or a so – so knitter either! I went out to SnB last night – it was the last Thursday of the month and that is the night that we are all working on our “block a month” squares – this is the afgan I am knitting for DD#1 to take with her when she heads off to the University of Michigan in the fall. So, rather than sit home and feel sorry for my disgustingly pitiful self, I determined that I would at least go to Friends for the evening. Before long, I had my knitting needles out and found that I could knit a bit. Nothing dramatic now – just simple stockinette on some bed socks I am working up. Who could use bed socks more than the most pitiful person in West Michigan – me! Are you about ready to smack me yet? I know I sure am!! So, as long as it is not complicated – and I don’t move my arm too much. I CAN KNIT!!

This is a very good thing because I am feeling much less sorry for myself.

I want to take a moment to thank all you amazing blogging friends out there for all your words of encouragement and support. It means more than you can ever know to have read all the comments you have all left for me. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart… it feels good to have so many friends – in so many places!

On top of everything that happened this week, of course work suddenly got busy. Go figure, right? I have enlisted my darling daughter #2 to go in tomorrow to help me put the VOLUME of paper work in order and get things in over night packages to go down to processing…. thank goodness for children! It will only cost me a new pair of jeans!! A good trade off!

Tomorrow night, some friends of mine are having a “Tapa’s” party. I am not quite sure what I am bringing – but it will be a nice evening. Good friends, great conversation, music, food, and yes, a glass of wine or two. I am really looking forward to this! The last get together they had was one I attended with my husband – I had a great time, he did not. I am going to relish the fact that no one will be nagging me to leave…. ahhh, the simple things in life.

We have another storm rolling in – what is it with this? This week in the 40’s – sunshine and meltingness – now another 6 – 12 inches of snow are on their way. I am sending “Grace” away for the winter!! LOL

Have a great weekend all – you are all the best!! Oh – and I will have my package out for my Special Swap tomorrow – my wrapping helper is home!!

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