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Friday, October 16, 2009

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amy batchelor

I literally hadn’t touched a knitting needle in more than 20 years before this summer in Keystone. I had such a nice retreat time up there, writing and hiking and knitting while listening to NPR almost every evening. I’m so well-informed now I can hardly stand myself, or the news, really; but it made for nice knitting time. I’m still not quite able to knit a complicated pattern while watching television. I’m working on a diamond brocade pattern scarf as a gift for a friend, which actually requires some counting and paying attention. I’m also doing a baby blanket in acrylic/wool blend, which I must say is just not as nice as working with natural fibers like alpaca. The people at the Frisco yarn store were so helpful and encouraging – and I’ve been to Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins a couple of times here in Boulder. I’ve vowed not to buy any more yarn until I use the stuff I have – wish me luck with that..

Nanette Beall

Tom forwarded this to me. Had no idea you were a knitter, let alone that your dad taught you. If ever you decide sweaters are next, there's a wonderfully written book, Knitting Without Tears, by Elizabeth Zimmerman in which she takes you through knitting sweaters without having to follow a pattern. Liberating! I'd be happy to loan my copy.

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