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May 11, 2010


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Unfortunately at times the fastest route is via the detour. Glad you found a solution to the problem and happy knitting, spinning etc.

L.M. Cunningham

If adding four stitches is all it takes to solve the problems with the cables, I think that's the decision I would have taken too.

Wouldn't it be nice to solve everything that easily?

A fibre friend in Minnesota posted the most wonderful line on FB that made me instantly think of you "if handspinning were universal, war would not be!"


I think it's amazing how a stalled out piece of knitting can really rattle me..I know just how you feel. (or stalled spinning, weaving, or writing...) You have expressed all this in a far better way than I could have. I'm waiting for one ball of "rescue" yarn which is being sent from Tokyo to help bail me out as I finish a sweater. Some things really knock a woman off her game. I think I'll go to my basement and sort raw wool now to keep myself calm!

Deb Robson

Thanks, Laura! Detours often work.

Linda, yup, simply adding four stitches (and subsequently reknitting the entire body to the armholes) is enough to fix the problem. I should be back at the armholes, ready to join to the sleeves although appropriately, in a week or so.

You are doing good work in the basement, Joanne. I hope your Japanese yarn comes soon!


Glad you were able to find an easy solution. And it means this project will provide you with even more knitting than you expected, which is a good thing. Right? :)

Deb Robson

Absolutely right, Kit. I have no objection to the additional knitting. The problems are the time I lost in figuring out the problem and the ripping out of the first body, which will also be non-knitting and non-creative time (although Ill probably do it when Im on the phone).

Susan J Tweit

"Sometimes the slow road is the fastest way to move forward." So true, Deb. Thank you for that observation!

Sarah JS

"Sometimes the slow road is the fastest way to move forward."

It may just be my mind, but this reminds me of a saying garnered from my parents-in-law: "You can't save money on something you don't want."

Living with the "2 stitches/cabling problem" would have been a painful compromise. Who needs that?

Looking forward to seeing the "Vivian Body: part #2."


What kind of wheel do you use for spinning. I am currently looking for a better wheel for spinning fine and lace weights. I have a Joy and it is great to start with, but I need something faster.

Deb Robson

Oh, wow, there are so many good choices of wheels! For this project, I needed (and was able to borrow) a wheel with extremely broad capacities that I could also pack in the car and take with me everywhere. Its a Lendrum folding wheel, and it capably handled all but one of the fibers that I spun (I had to shift to a supported takli for the vicuna). I hope to have time to talk more about this in a future blog post.

The best thing to do is try out wheels. You have lots of good options available to you!

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