A very happy holiday was had here by all, one of the nicest in recent memory, to be truthful – as a matter of fact, the most difficult thing I had to endure was being partnered with Megan for euchre, and having her repeatedly trump my aces.  (Meg’s a brilliant girl, and there seems to be no end to the wonders that she can learn and do, but trying to get her up to speed on Euchre is like trying to teach a horse to play cards. Let’s start with the fact that she says things like "I might remember that spades were trump if we called them shovels. Can we all just call them shovels?")  We got through it, and she’s way better at Signal, which is the game that we eventually switched to when Sam (who plays Euchre better than anybody) was finally moved to hysteria when we were calling spades shovels and clubs clovers and Meg still couldn’t keep track of trump or even why it mattered.

We played cards, watched movies, played 20 Questions with Hank – a wonderful time,  and one of the best parts was that I had a ton of carding/spinning time, and managed to get a massive chunk of the Jacob shawl  project spun.  I washed all the locks, separated them by colour, and then got out the drum carder to card them all up – and encountered my first and only trouble.  My drum carder wasn’t working.  No matter what I did or how I tried, all of the fibre was going on to the "licker-in" which is the smaller of the two drums, and that’s not helpful, or productive. I swore, cursed and then did the only clever thing I could think of.  I called Judith MacKenzie and asked her what to do. 
"Take it apart" she said – and so I did.  I felt crazy doing it, I mean – that drum carder is probably the most expensive fibre equipment I own, and I sort of love it.  I worried that if I took it apart I wouldn’t get it back together – but when I said that to Judith, she just told me that everything that comes apart goes back together – which frankly, isn’t my experience, but who am I to argue with Judith?  She told me to disassemble it, then call her back, which is just what I did, except for a small break to take this picture and freak out.

I called her back, she talked me through checking the thing, a single screw was tightened, and bingo, the thing works like a treat again. There was a few tense minutes when I couldn’t get the side back on because the gears wouldn’t engage right, but I got it.  Judith and I were both really impressed with the gears inside, and how clean they were after years of use. (Judith expected there to be a belt inside, and was delighted it was longer wearing gears.  I didn’t expect to find anything inside so I was just glad she was happy. That thing could have been run by tiny monkeys for all I know.)   I expected to find all sorts of dirt/fibre/VM in it, but nope. Louet makes a pretty spiffy carder.   Judith thinks that tightening the screw fixed it, but I think it was scared straight by the disemboweling at the hands of an amateur.

Once that was up and running, I got all the colours carded, then sat down to spin.

Aren’t they pretty? Each little skein is only about 50m. (Some a little more, some a little less.  It depended on how much of that colour the sheep had.) After a crazy amount of consideration (and extremely helpful suggestions from the lot of you) I’ve chosen Damask as the pattern, so now I’ll cast on with the darkest colour, and start working towards the white. 

The pattern says I’ll need about 440m, and that’s only about 350m of yarn – so I’ll definitely need to spin more white – but not today.
Today – I knit. I’m really excited.

171 thoughts on “Assembly

  1. So glad you had a wonderful holiday. The colors look great and I can’t wait to see the work in progess!

  2. Euchre can be challenging. I used to play it in college, but I don’t think I could remember the rules now.
    I’m glad you were able to fix your carder and get gett the fleece spun. It is gorgeous. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished piece.

  3. My only exposure to Euchre was in college. The guys who shared our floor of the dorm would play in their lounge in their underwear. Don’t know if that helped them play better or what, but turned me off the game for life.

  4. Not only do you knit fast you spin and ply fast too. Can’t wait to see the finished project. It’s going to be beautiful.

  5. lovely, lovely – I’ve started damask as well – I best get working on the jacob fleece I have now that I have seen 2 people do wonderful things with theirs.
    looking forward to shawl updates!

  6. Just beautiful yarn. I’m a sucker for undyed colours and it’s going to be gorgeous in the pattern you’ve chosen. But, sometime, just for your readers, will you model your shawls (maybe even get some help from your girls)? Much as I love shawls, it’s not easy to figure out just how to wear them!

  7. Brave of you to take apart the carder 0-:) Your skeins look lovely all lined up like that. The shawl will be beautiful! I’ve been blending all my jacobs’ fleece together, but several of them are “freckled” so they are pretty much gray anyway. One has distinct black and white patches. So maybe I could try this. Something to look forward too.

  8. That looks gorgeous, Stephanie, and should knit up beautifully. Our daughter spins, but I’ve never dared try it. Perhaps I should before I’m too old to learn

  9. I learned pinochle at college instead of Euchre, but I still remember my mother’s fury when, with her as my partner, it was revealed I still had meld and hadn’t thrown it to her. “Anarchist’s pinochle” was the kindest thing she called it (We always kept our points to ourselves, since you never knew when someone would have a class or decidee they couldn’t put off that paper any longer.)

  10. Don’t expect me to get excited about this particular grey fleece that you’ve washed, carded, spun, plied, washed, and skeined. My heart remains true to the poor, unloved gansey wool.

  11. I don’t play Euchre, but I play bridge, wist and spades. I used to play pinochle, but I didn’t have enough practice and so am horribly rusty. In none of those times did I forget what trump is or why it matters. I might not be a stellar player, but I cannot fathom forgetting that. It’s funny, because cards are what I like to play most. Shouldn’t be surprising at all!

  12. I do love the colors in Jacob fleece.
    Mechanically speaking “everything that comes apart goes back together”. The rest of life, no so much.

  13. Love Eucre. It’s how I got my bus money in college, playing it in the coffeehouse before coffee was “cool.”
    Lovely lovely wool. Can’t wait to see how it knits up.

  14. Unlike Presbytera, I am excited about the grey fleece and think it will make a lovely shawl. I do however have much sympathy for the *poor* unloved gansey fleece. Not to mention poor cold Joe. Sigh.

  15. You lot are awfully intellectual about your holiday games. We, by contrast, played lots of Guitar Hero. I can feel myself getting dumber by the minute. Hope I can hold on long enough to see how that shawl turns out. I’m predicting “breathtaking”, but it could end up better than that…

  16. I took a class last year at SOAR with Judith, and she is a lovely lady.
    So lovely, in fact, that I feel certain she won’t mind *cough* if you were to publish her number on your blog so that the rest of us can also call our fairy spin-mother whenever our drum carder misbehaves.
    Right, Judith???? LOL.

  17. It took me a moment to realize that the first picture of the spun skeins was in colour and not in black and white…eventhough I knew the wool was various shades of gray

  18. When I lived in Scotland and played cards in the local pub, we called spades something that sounded like “shoovels” and clubs were “currrrrlies” with a long rolling sound!
    Nice spinning, love the color gradation. It’ll be beautiful.

  19. Those are so gorgeous – well done, you!
    And many congratulations on the tear-down & rebuild. Remind Joe of that if he ever again says you aren’t handy. (I’m really impressed you had the nerve to do it; this is one of those things for me that would fit in the be-afraid-of category!)

  20. Shovels and Clovers!? I am ROTFLOL! That’s exactly what we did with my boys when they were learning how to play forty-five… talk about a fun game! So glad you had a nice holiday.

  21. I’m amazed! I thought euchre was pretty unknown except in the mid-west USA. Most people give me a blank look when I say anything about it. I was really thrilled to find an Android app for it.

  22. I love Euchre.
    I miss being around people who play cards (I’m convinced the skill comes from living in a climate with long cold winters.)

  23. According to my Grandpa, clubs are “puppy-toes”.
    Our main game was Spades. Good times.

  24. I am more and more in love with naturally colored things. Those hanks are gorgeous. And you are a braver woman than I with that carder repair!

  25. SO lovely! And, I feel compelled to add, I’ve knit Damask, and you are in for a treat. It is a lovely, lovely pattern, really pleasant and a gorgeous finished project. Kitman is a genius!

  26. I’ve heard of Euchre & I thought it was a card game of some sort, but that’s it. Maybe Meg & I can play together.

  27. Beautiful! I love your handspuns…can’t wait to see the shawl. will it be done like..tomorrow? speedy gonzales?

  28. I’m just tickled that when you have a fibre problem you call up Judith Mckenzie McCuin. It’s like having Einstein available when you come up against some tricky mathematics…

  29. You mean to tell me that there aren’t little tiny monkeys inside all those complicated machines I can’t figure out! Ususally to fix things, I just leave it alone and let it rest for a bit. Even monkeys get tired and need a break now and then.

  30. Saw a whitish grey mixed breed dog with dark spots at the Farmers’ Market on Saturday and my first thought was “He must have some Jacob in him.”
    Then I remembered what sort of critter I was looking at, and that if he did have some Jacob in him, it was because his dogfood included lamb.

  31. Tiny monkeys in your Louet? Are you mad, woman?
    Everybody knows that tiny monkeys live in cars and make the wheels go round.

  32. it took me weeks of steady play before I finally grasped the concept of “trump.” I may still be blushing with embarassment at the discovery of my error.
    I’m looking forward to seeing the shawl (and the pile of spun yarn!) grow. It looks like a tremendous treat of a project!

  33. I enjoy euchre, but adore pinochle! It sounds like Meg has pinochle tendencies because you do have to play up on any card on the table 😉

  34. Ooooo….pretty. Rams must be pleased. Good job getting the drum carder back together. I would have been reduced to a gibbering mess of jelly if I’d tried that with mine.

  35. That’s so beautiful that I would have a hard time knitting it up. I would just pull it out of my stash and pat it once in a while. (I do that with some lovely Estonian yarn my husband brought me. He doesn’t get it.)

  36. I like the tiny monkey idea – was there anywhere they could have been hiding while the carder was disassembled?

  37. Well, if you can play Euchre, I hereby challenge you to Sheepshead. It’s the game all Eucher players aspire to. And it requires a beer in hand. And people get to call each other Mauerers.
    Congrats on getting the carder working. That little exercise is how I spent most of my childhood; except I pulled things apart for fun and then my dad told me I couldn’t come to dinner until I put it all back together. Engineer from the get go, me.

  38. Oh, I just called Judith??!!!! Charmed life. The Jacob colors are so wonderful the photos almost loks like a B&W one. Good luck with the knitting!

  39. When I was in high school, we played a card game similar to Euchre called “Hoss”…not sure what the difference is, but we still have annual family card parties even with trophies for both the highest and lowest scores for the men and ladies.
    Good for you for being brave enough to take the carder apart AND put it back together so well that it works.
    Also, on Easter Sunday, my oldest son and his son came to our place – we didn’t have any eggs but we did have a chocolate bunny with some birthday cake for my husband aka “Grandad”.

  40. Oh lovely choice in shawls! That will be beautiful in a gradiant colorway.
    About kids & games, my little guy got hungry hungry hippos this weekend and has been asking me to play with “Mom, the hippos are starving. We need to feed them soon.” Kids are something else.

  41. YARN! SPINNING! the sun is out here and I MUST spin. My Kromski polonaise is lonely and must be oiled, dusted and put to good use. I will not be able to do much buying of new fleece, so the old will be combed, spun and knit into a blanket!

  42. Shovels…that cracks me up! I love Euchre but I originally had trouble grasping the concept of right and left bowers…

  43. Beautiful yarn, beautiful project! I love love LOVE to play euchre, but living in the Southwest, unless they’re a transplant from the Midwest or Canada, nobody knows what I’m talking about. When I venture home, someone on the family invariably throws a progressive euchre party, which is always tons of fun. I’ve been known to trump more than my share of aces…I attribute it to not getting to play enough. 🙂

  44. MmMmMmMmMm…that is going to be one beautiful shawl…canNOT wait ’til you’re done!!! I read the euchre story outloud to my husband who split his side laughing…he feels your pain…’cause I don’t ‘get’ euchre either…only cribbage & knitting…LOL (:

  45. I love that all of those beautiful colors came from one little sheepie! Weren’t you clever to separate them out so nicely?!and get them so clean. I truly thought you were going to make yourself a yellow and brown shawl when you first showed us that fleece.

  46. LOL! The difference between a shovel and a spade! Shovels are flat across the front and are used to move things like coal. They look like rectangles. Spades have a pointy end and are used to dig holes in the ground.

  47. I laugh at Meg’s card playing. And, aren’t you happy you can call JUDITH for a spinning question?

  48. Hummm, I kind of liked the idea of it being run by tiny monkeys. Much better than tiny zombies (which would probably not be a good thing to have in your drum carder).
    Seriously impressed you took it apart and put it back together again!

  49. I would have had more trouble calling Judith than I would taking that sucker apart. That phone call (heck, having that number) would have made me want to go lie down. You’re probably over that though, eh?

  50. We played Uno. And had disagreements on the rules. I think Euchre might be a bit beyond me. My family used to play pinocle when I was a kid; my parents were very very patient.

  51. Gorgeous! That is the most beautiful thing I have seen all day! I am very excited about your project.

  52. Those little skeins and the pattern you’ve picked out for them are terrific.

  53. I’m in awe. Is there any thing you can’t do? And seriously, I can’t believe you just called up Judith Mackenzie for help. Who does that?!

  54. Lovely yarn! And I have to ask – did you feed the locks through the carder sideways???? (Remembering an old blog entry.)

  55. I just performed a similar operation on my clothes dryer, which was not working at all. After a major de-linting which included clearing 8 feet of vent hose that was essentially a lint sausage, things work much better. Good job.

  56. Stephanie, you said “That thing could have been run by tiny monkeys for all I know.”……….isn’t that how all things work?

  57. Your yarn is beautiful! I can’t believe you carded and spun all that over the weekend. Is it 2-ply or 3-ply?

  58. I totally agree about shovels and clover, but I do it by remembering that spades generally have a point (to dig with), and clubs tend to be round, the better to hit someone. It’s not easy with cards. Your yarn looks cool.

  59. I’m so excited for you! It must be wonderful to knit from your own handspun (and hand-everything else). I have so much handspun to knit from. I just need to pick a pattern and sit down and knit it. Have fun! 🙂

  60. megan & euchre sounds like when my parents tried to teach me to play pinochle…trump & meld what???

  61. I just love the whole process of creating from “scratch”…especially when it works out the way it did in your head!
    Meg, you really need to learn how to play Euchre…very popular card game at schools and work places at lunch.

  62. I took a watch apart once when I was a teenager. I wanted to see how it worked. As soon as I took the back off, a tiny spring went sproing! It did not go back together.

  63. I love hearing about Megan playing Euchre. It reminds me of playing with my 9 year old brother. (I’m over 30 – quite the gap.) I live in Texas now where no one has even heard of Euchre. It drives me a bit batty. Wish I could have played with you all.

  64. Oh my goodness! They are so pretty! You did such a lovely job. I have to admit, Damask made it on to my favourites list after reading the comments the other day.
    And Meg, you really need to stop trumping your Mum’s ace. It’s not helpful.

  65. I think Damask is the best choice–those stitches look like good fun.
    Megan reminds me of my dear college friend, who wondered why she couldn’t just draw extra boxes on the crossword puzzle.
    Every time you spin, I think about the Gansey. I’m sure you do, too.

  66. Can’t wait to see how the colors will stripe on the Damask shawl. What a beauty. I seem to remember you writing about ripping your dishwasher ? apart when it wouldn’t run. I believe you struck out that time. Of course the carder is more important because, if push came to shove, one of the girls could have done the dishes by hand, right?

  67. Yay for Meg! My family allows extra boxes outward from the Scrabble board edges. We don’t keep score either, and the endgame plan is to use up all the leftover letters in real words, no matter who had them originally. The closest I ever got to Euchre was a simplified form of Tarocco, where you never have to worry about what is trump because it’s a suit of its own.

  68. The clubs are called “puppy feet” in my world. Lovely yarn. I hope it is as soft as it looks.

  69. MAKE MORE THAN 440 YDS OF YARN!!!!!!
    I notoriously use much less yarn than called for and, in knitting Damask, I have run out of a one-off dyed colour with 18 ROWS TO GO!!!!!!
    My day has been very upsetting.

  70. That’s just awesome that you can call up Judith like that. I’ve spent time with her voice in my head from her videos & then reading one of her books this week & she’s been a great help to me too.

  71. I love seeing gradient projects. So fun. I really miss playing euchre. We played it all the time where I grew up in Indiana, but people on the East Coast have never heard of it.

  72. We love Euchre!!! My husband grew up in Michigan this is the card game of choice. We finally taught our Son and DIL who does the same thing ‘shovels, clovers” and it is kind of crazy but way more fun than “Oh Hell”
    Glad you were able to fix your carder. It is kind of scary to do things like that out of the blue.

  73. Love the yarn and the shawl pattern. And not to be all judgy here, but I’m betting that at least some of those people nagging you about the gansey have a well-aged partly completed knitting project of their own. Because let’s face it, we all do.

  74. We’re a game playing family – at all the holidays and any other time we get together. I too have a brilliant sister who is inept at Euchre and Rook (a vaguely related card game).
    I’m sorry to tell Sam that there’s not much hope of it getting better. I used to think if my sister just triiied, if she just would concentrate . . . Now, I’ve accepted that she will never know trump, never keep track of what’s been played, and always say maddening things like ‘oh, wait, I do have one of those’ (a trick too late).

  75. Rock on Meg! I’m crap at cards too. The only part I was ever good at was working the nifty battery powered card shuffler machine my grandparent had when I was a kid.
    Lovely, lovely, spin Stephanie! Can’t tell from the photo – how did you ply it? Can’t wait to see the knitting.

  76. Thanks Stephanie for choosing Damask. =)
    I am so excited about it and I hope you will have fun making it. Aaah… very very excited!

  77. So glad you had a wonderful holiday and that you were able to fix your drum carder, and get some spinning done.
    The yarn looks simply stunning, can’t wait to see the finished shawl!

  78. I can join Meg on the Euchre front. I could never keep those darn bowers straight. When I learned to play bridge, I secretly called them shovels and shamrocks-I also HATED bridge. Come to think of it, I dislike cards intensely.
    I just saw an almost completed Damask at the LYS this afternoon. It was lovely, but heartbreaking. The poor girl was 18 rows from finishing and had run out of yarn. It was a one off skein from Viola yarns and there was no more to be had. She had inquired. Desperate times! You at least have all the fleece you need even if it is not yet yarn.

  79. Looking back, I just noticed that Hideous Andrea posted about her dilemma before I did. See, I wasn’t even exaggerating.

  80. Being from Michigan, it’s considered a real handicap, but I can tell you that I have been taught to play Euchre at least 30 times. That’s a conservative guess. I still have NO idea how to play. I’m always so relieved when there are four players without me, and I can sit and chat, read, knit, or eat my own hair rather than play. Although I always loved the score-keeping cards…

  81. Damask is in my queue, and I have a lot of patterns faved, but relatively few in my queue, so I also feel it’s a gorgeous pattern. I look forward to seeing it knit up in this equally gorgeous wool!

  82. I’m trying to decide if calling Judith for advice was cheating, or just really, really smart. Probably both.

  83. So, what needle size will you use? I love Damask. It looks a little complicated for me, but I might give it a go after I finish a clapotis I started. I’ve never knit clapotis, so should be fun.
    You do seem to have a lot of energy. Want to share your secret? Vitamins? Genes? Morning green drinks? Thanks for sharing your time!!

  84. i am always excited to start a new knitting project too. You have inspired me to ge tmy sock knitting going! Thanks!

  85. It’s unfortunate I don’t play games as much as I used to..but I have to say I love the skeins of yarn, I also love how you will create color gradation in your garment. Fabulous idea!

  86. Amazing yarns – love them! Very excited to see how the shawl turns out. Glad I’m not the only one who has issues with Clubs and Spades! Have to *really* concentrate when playing cards if I need to call out what suit they are! Bit like having to say “turn left” or “turn right” if I’m navigator. How on Earth did I manage to get to work this morning?! 😉

  87. I can never remember them either. Clubs are called “puppy feet” in our house.

  88. I can never remember trump at euchre either. I have to write it down on a pad of paper. It doesn’t help that I only play it once a year at husband’s family reunion, at a lakeside cottage on the US side of Lake Ontario where we can see the CN tower in Toronto. Also, the libations flow freely at these reunions, so, yeah, need to write it down.

  89. For half a second, I thought those last two pictures were actual black-and-white photography, and I thought, “Ooh! Artsy! That looks beautiful!” And then I realized it’s grey and white yarn on a black background. (Still artsy and beautiful, though)
    Way to mess with my head on a Wednesday. 🙂 Can’t wait to see that shawl in progress, it’s really going to be lovely!

  90. Ahhh…another euchre player. I had to laugh over your game though. I remember when I would play with my parents. It was not my forte in the beginning. Beautiful job on the fleece. A screwdriver and a little intestional fortitude solves a lot of problems. Great job on the carder.

  91. Your yarn is so beautiful! Looking forward to seeing it knitted up in that lovely pattern!

  92. Oh, it’s shades of grey on purpose!!! lol
    I thought for a minute that you had decided to go with black and white photos for a change.

  93. Ooooh, good job on the yarn! And Damask is loverly! We all look forward to pictures!

  94. I *love* that you called Judith for drumcarder technical support, and that she effectively told you to give it a hard re-start.
    Also, beautiful spinning. It makes me think I should get moving on my little Jacob fleece.

  95. Yeah… I went through all of the comments that day and threw Damask into my faves. I kept looking at others, but kept going back to that one. It’s simply lovely.
    And I also LOVE that you just called Judith MacKenzie for help. I don’t know why, but that just made my day. I mean, if you have the access, why not use it, right? And I also feel super happy that you have a blog and you share these things with us. ^_^

  96. Boy I wish I could call Judith MacKenzie when am in a jam. Great! I look forward to seeing that shawl- what a nice pattern.

  97. “…but I think it was scared straight by the disemboweling at the hands of an amateur” – You crack me up!

  98. That is going to be one lovely shawl.
    As someone who is somewhat mechanically inclined, I am quite happy for you and your drum carder adventure. Just think of it as another thing to put together, like sewing a sweater together, only it’s metal and plastic or whatnot. See? You did it, which proves that you can do it again.

  99. There is a life lesson in there somewhere “if it comes apart, it goes back together”…I can get flummoxed in the middle and waste time in the worry. The colors are sooo earthy, I just want to skoosh the skeins.

  100. I’m really looking forward to the shawwl.
    And as to euchre, I think I’m with Meg, here. I just followed that link and I can’t figure out the game at ALL. 🙂
    Try Fluxx. It has its own deck, and the rules keep changing … but the rule changes are right there on the table for all to see.

  101. Oooooohhhhh – good choice. It’s going to be just lovely – and won’t it look good with your knitted skirt! It must be a wonderful fibre – it even looks soft in the photos.

  102. WOW! Been waiting for the spun Jacob to make an appearance. Totally had me thinking the photo was black and white, had to do a double take. Very beautiful.
    You’re making me want to spin.
    Good job on the drum carder. Nice friend to phone when you’re in a jam. 🙂

  103. I have that same carder, and have now given it a stern lecture about the sort of horrific things that can happen should it ever decide to misbehave. That should take care of things for a while.
    As for the shawl/gansey controversy…I say go with the shawl! Presenting your darling man with an oh-so-warm sweater just as the hottest part of the year is lying in wait would only be cruel. Surely, Christmas would be better?

  104. I played Bridge in college and when I was a kid in Texas, Canasta was the game of choice. I don’t think I’ve ever met any Euchre players.
    The shawl is beautiful–it can’t help but be a good choice.

  105. I’m jealous. I can spin and knit and weave with the best, and i can’t call Judith MacKenzey
    I can call Gord Lendrum tho he tends to yell at me rather than be helpful.

  106. You brought back funny memories of when my sister and I were learning to play cards including Euchre! We too called them shovels and clovers!! The only time I get to play Euchre now is when I visit family in the Midwest!
    Love the yarn colors and the drum carder repair! Can’t wait to see the knitted outcome!

  107. Wow! The wool is beautiful. It’s going to make a great shawl. And tell Meg not to fret. We are teaching he kids at work backgammon. Some of them just don’t get it too.

  108. Wow! The wool is beautiful. It’s going to make a great shawl. And tell Meg not to fret. We are teaching he kids at work backgammon. Some of them just don’t get it either.

  109. I’m glad you had such a great holiday! The yarn looks wonderful, and the pattern is really pretty. I look forward to reading about your progress (and process). I knit but don’t spin, but relate to your “tiny monkeys” statement. I feel that way about lots and lots of things. Who knows how microwaves work? How can it take something frozen and turn it into my lunch in 3 minutes? My best guess is that it is filled with tiny people with laser guns.

  110. We’ve decided in our Euchre crowd that “this one’s MINE!” is an acceptable level of table talk. It makes it more fun for the next player if he gets to say “oh no it’s NOT!” when he overtrumps your partner AND your ace.

  111. You are, indeed, A brave woman! The fact that you got the carder back together is awesome! But to get it back together with out any spare parts leftover is righteous!
    Yes, I have had that experience… but the appliance still runs well & still have the leftover parts. (Afraid if I pitch them the magic will stop & I’ll really need them again).

  112. Me again, I didn’t mean it in a bad way, it’s not a scarf if it’s a bigger triangle, I misunderstood, I’m sorry.

  113. I’ve never known anyone who knew how to play euchre who didn’t grow up in Indiana, Kentucky, or Michigan!

  114. Oooohhhh, lovely little skeins. They look positively squishable. To bad we STILL don’t have touchsceen that would enable long distance yarn petting. Very curious to see the shawl in progress (and thanks for helping me discover yet another great designer).

  115. “everything that comes apart goes back together”
    I SWEAR I heard her voice when I read that (I’m sure it’s from watching her videos too much…I find them calming LOL)
    Your shawl is going to be loooovely. I adore projects that use natural colors and make color changes.

  116. That handspun is awesome, and I love the individual hanks. 🙂
    Damask is a beautiful pattern, and very few are out there in more than color, so yours will definitely be an original. Can’t wait to see it!
    Oh, and p.s. – I am so no good at playing cards. I had no trouble with the suits, but am really bad at remembering what everyone has already played/discarded. 🙂

  117. When people play euchre with me, I make them take the eights out so there’s a pile next to me with the top card showing trump and staring me in the face.
    Still don’t know the names of the cards, but at least I can play to trump……

  118. Try teaching Meg Spades. I couldn’t grasp Euchre until someone taught me Spades. (The fact that trump stays the same seemed to help.)
    I also hate it when someone (ahem, Husband) trumps my Ace-especially when he’s last. Throw off darnit!!

  119. To this day (and my babies are now 30 and 28) we play with “puppy tracks” and “shovels” not “clubs” and “spades”. We play crib, spite and malice, pinochle, canasta… etc etc. We are looking forward to the first Grand Child to be a smitch older so we can deal her in.

  120. Damask is a gorgeous pattern and I can’t wait to see your progress on it with your handspun yarn. I expect to be seriously inspired.

  121. Why do I always comment after there’s 500 comments posted already?
    Keep us posted on Damask, please. It’s a beautiful pattern and I really want to start it, but I’m riding high on a great bout of Finishitupitis (two weeks running and no sign of stopping!!) and I don’t want to get better. I still really want to start it though. I think it saysy a lot about my case of Finishitupitis that I want to start it, but I’m not going to.
    The yarn is beautiful and I love your description/explanation of you and Sam playing Euchre. Shovels indeed.

  122. I have been looking in archives and wondered where to go to get the yarn and pattern for the beautiful shawl in July 2010.
    Harumi in 100 % silk and the color is copperline.

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