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March 24, 2010


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Susan J Tweit

I love that last line, about practicing being shaped like an evergreen so you can drop burdens easily and bounce back into shape. Your deciduous trees can do it too, they just look more hunched under this kind of sticky, wet snow. Keep breathing, keep making progress....

Deborah Robson

Our deciduous trees often lose limbs in snows like this. Not very neat pruning! But maybe pruning that was needed. . . . I'm watching my neighbor's cottonwood branches bend into our yard at awkward angles and being glad that I mended the loppers yesterday. I think I'll need them.


I love the evergreen image - nothing beats dropping the burden and springing back to life! Good luck with all the stuff...

Kris Paige

What a fantastic image you've shared, Deb--of the evergreen! As for the loppers, if you need a pair, I've got extra. Will even come merrily lop!
We lost the top of one of the cottonwoods down by the non-stream in last year's March storm--I've been amazed at it's strength of recovery.


I would like to order a Romeldale bred for that lovely blue in the complex set, please.


I'm astonished by what you're plowing through for that book. When can I order my copy?

Deborah Robson

Marcia, aren't those Romeldales gorgeous?

And Ted, the book will be out this fall. It doesn't have an official title yet, although it will need one in the next few weeks. . . .

L.M. Cunningham

"Everything you ever wanted to know about spinning wool from sheep, but were afraid to ask."


Deb Robson

Linda: and a few other things, too. . . . It's not a technique book, though. And sheep was what I thought it was about. Which is not to say it isn't about sheep.


Any chance you might consider sharing the paste-up of charts? I have one big sweater project to finish before thinking about it, but have been pretty intimidated by the pattern for Vivian because of the nightmare of wading through text without a clear graphic guide and would probably have to do the same for myself, thus wasting precious knitting time. Could you devise a test, so we can prove we've purchased the pattern, before sharing? Someone once did that for a Hanne Falkenberg sweater, we had to answer a question by email that you would only know by having acquired the actual pattern before sending.

Deb Robson

Interesting idea, Lynn, especially with the question about having purchased the pattern (without which I would not do it--Im also aware that one cannot make the sweater, even in the size I selected, from the portions of my chart that I showed).

I have charted only one size. Regardless, my process might expedite yours. Precious knitting time, indeed! My thought as I was doing it {wry grin}.

Diana Troldahl

What a lovely image! And lucky me, I am pretty much shaped like an evergreen. A 5'3" evergreen anyway :-}


Well, then. I thought that the color was the major factor in making a Romeldale a CVM so now I need to go back and do some more research since you say Romeldales are being bred for color.

Deb Robson

Beth, that was true a decade ago--that color was the major distinction between Romeldale and CVM. Having been in this sheepy world a while myself, this shift was one of the surprises that Ive come across. And you can either do the research (fun in itself, for those of that inclination) or wait for what Ive written up.

There have been MANY puzzles in this endeavor, which is why its taken so much more effort and energy than was predicted when I signed the contract! I have learned so much cool stuff. Which I get to write about!

The scary part is that sheep are so complicated that there are also bound to be things Ive missed. I want the book to be perfect, and of course it wont be. Itll just be as close as I can get it in the available time.

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