So here is my third attempt at hand spindling:

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I’m still very awkward. I think predrafting is going to be the key to my next bend around the learning curve. I showed it to “Chris”:http://www.chrisknits.blog-city.com/ and she said she saw a lot of consistency, so that is good news. I cannot *_WAIT_* for the Greencastle “Fleece Fair!”:http://www.fleecefair.com This will be my first fiber festival and I am *SO* excited! “Kim’s”:http://dkunruh.com/peanuts husband was able to cash in some traveller points and get us a free motel room nearby, so Kim, “Mom,”:http://livinglakeside.com “Sister,”:http://www.havingaballknitting.com and I will be going up Friday. Hopefully we will be able to get away early enough to check out the vendors for the evening session, but if not, at least we will be there bright and early for opening at 9 a.m. on Saturday!
Fleece, more than yarn, is at the top of my shopping list, but checking out spindles and wheels, for future dreams, will be another of my goals. I’ll also be checking out fiber-bearing animals for possible near-future adoption.

And now for an FO, the Karaoke Clapotis is officially off the needles and gifted to my dear “Mom”:http://livinglakeside.com just in time, before the weather warms up too much. She wore it to knitting last night up on the North side for everyone’s _ooh’s and ahhhh’s_. I was really impacted by the softness of this yarn after finishing a secret pal project out of 100% cotton. And need I mention how LOVERLY the colors are?

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Pattern: “Clapotis, from Knitty,”:http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATTclapotis.html by “Kate Gilbert”:http://www.kategilbert.com/blog/
Yarn: SouthWestTradingCo. Karaoke – 50% soysilk, 50% wool – just into the 4th (50g) ball.
Needles – Size 8 Denise needles
Notes – I did only half of the increase repeats, and I’m not sure how many of the straight rows, I’ll try and figure it out the next time I’m in it’s presence.

Mom and I drove the bro to St. Louis to fly back to California, and Mom and I stopped on the way back for a mini-photo-shoot of the St.Louis Arch. It was cool and COLD. Here’s one shot I captured:

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I’ll share more of the St.Louis photos later, when I get the chance to _play_ with them in Photoshop.

So, the boy and the man are headed to Patoka Lake for the boy’s first bass fishing tournament. I am so incredibly proud and excited for him! The girls and I are heading up for the weigh-in on Saturday.

I have almost finished the back of that that adorable bolero. for “Princess Kamryn”:http://www.kamrynlily.com Then to work on getting another item or two of those old UFO(UnFinishedObjects)’s off of the needles. I’ll need to cast-on another pair of socks for April soon, and the girls are poking at Mom and I for their Weasley sweaters. Someday, I’ll make myself a sweater. Someday.