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Wode Dyed Wool

do any of you know of a place that sells hand dyed wool using Wode? (It's an old stinky weed that used to be used for dying and making an amazing blue) - if you do, please let me know; I want to buy some and check it out - I hear a lot about it - it keeps creeping up in back episodes of "Cast-On" and I remember in an episode of "Dirty Jobs" they showed the guy who did the Wode dyeing centuries ago - apparantly it's REALLY stinky!

Thanks for any help or info guys!

Kyle

How I spent my Easter break. . .

We won't go into the fact that Political Correctness had me working friday (Heck! I used to work for a Jewish guy that always gave us Good Friday off) and then for some bizarre reason gave us monday off instead though most of our clients were off friday and open monday. But since the parish priest decided "it wasn't worth it" to have evening services I missed out on Good Friday services - which I *do* miss.

My folks were out for Easter - which is nice considering they are both getting up there (87 (next month) for Mom and 90 for Dad) and we had phone calls from various sibs and nieces and nephews - Gave an Easter basket to my two great-nieces on Sunday; and for a change, the singing at church was good. The current priest was a lawyer before she was ordained - and there are a lot of things I *don't* like about her as a priest - but she can really do an incredible descant - and the Easter hymns hgave her plenty of oppurtunity.

Finished my KYOAMPI that I started last january - still have to block it, but managed to get a "before" picture - hopefully will have an "after" picture by the end of the week and can post both. KYOAMPI was "Khoose your own adventure mystery Pi" - and each of the 4 clues each week had a garden based theme. You could select one theme and knit it, or mix and match, or mix current and old clues. I think we figured that the one set of instructions allowed something like 1024 "basic" variations and 20,000 plus other variations, not counting differences in yarn and needle size. phew! This will be going to a cousin's daughter who got married last summer.

It's Official!

We're moving to Napa!

We've found a house (bigger than the one in Seattle), I've found a gym and, more importantly, I found a great LYS!

I walked in to Yarns on First in Downtown Napa last week. There were 5 women sitting at a table right up front. I sat down, pulled out my Irish Hiking Scarf and started knitting. Had a blast!

My partner has already started his job. I plan to join him in June...as soon as I figure out what to do with a basement full of yarn!

Happy Easter

It's going to be a big one for me this year as when I look back at all the eggs I have laid over the past year there is a lot to hide and a whole lot I want to keep hidden.

And guess what? It has been lightly snowing here in Dallas all day so far! That should make them easy to find.

Y'all have a good one,

Chris

Website for design-your-own patterns: Spincraft Patterns

Hello Gentlemen, and greetings from (argh) snowy Washington DC.

I've been combing the web looking for men's patterns, and really, it is amazing what a dearth exists. I was looking for a simple (free!) vest pattern, and after several google searches, found maybe 2 or 3, but nothing I really wanted to knit.

Then I found www.spincraftpatterns.com, a unique website that offers affordable (most around $4.00 US) downloadable patterns that are written out using ONLY calculations and percentages, so you can use any yarn, any size needles, any stitch pattern, etc. As long as you know the gauge and the measurements of the finished product, and don't mind sitting down before you start knitting with a gauge sample, a measuring tape, and a calculator, you're good to go. What really caught my eye is the uniqueness of the patterns: side to side sweaters and vests, entrelac hats, two needle socks, as well as some more common ones.

A word of warning: not only am I not associated with this website, I haven't even finished the side to side vest I'm working on, so I can't vouch for the patterns - but I'll let you know when I do finish!

Off to glaze and load the kiln. By the way, I've been listening to Linda Dayne's podcast Cast-On in the studio these days. If you haven't heard it yet, it's a hoot!

PEACE!

Working on the Knitting For Peace Messenger Bag. Almost done. Easy as PIE! Hope to have it finished by next week....and then post a photo. Would actually like to know if anyone else has done the bag also, but has done any alterations to the pattern (thinking of adding pockets, buttons to keep it shut).

Swatch finished:

I test knit a doily that I intend to use as the center for a shawl. Finished it today, it took about a week of "coffee hour" knitting to do the piece.

The attached picture is from the original instructions - hopefully I will have a photo of my finished piece by tomorrow.

OT: what is it about those cherry blossoms?

This morning, bright and early, I drove the Best Beloved down to the surgeon's office where he got his plaster cast removed (tra la!) and a removable pneumatic cast put on. His right leg now looks like something out of Star Wars. Since we were in downtown DC, we celebrated this by driving down to see the cherry blossoms.

Now, I am not really all that romantic, but as we turned towards the Tidal Basin, the blue sky reflecting in the water which is rimmed as far as the eye can see by the flowering cherry trees, my eyes just brimmed. So amazing. Clear blue water, cloudless blue sky, pink blossoms. It's really quite something. Almost like a dream world.

My best to all of you!

Jonathan in DC