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Month: July 2013 Page 1 of 2

Stage 8/9

First 4 oz

First 4 oz (dime for scale)

Since I skipped a day, this is really my 8th Stage on Day 9. First half of the green merino/cashmere is finally finished. Now, onto the second 4 oz.

Le Tour Thus Far

At the 11th hour, I decided to join in on Tour de Fleece. I’m taking it easy. No specific goals aside from just spinning a bit each day. Unfortunately, I’ve already missed a day — Fourth of July. I’ll take that as my rest day and spin on the next official rest day.

I have set my DVR to record Le Tour. I try to stay away from the news and watch the race that evening while spinning along. This has worked fairly well so far. (Can I just say that Corsica is beautiful? It’s going on my travel destination list.) During Stage 5, as the TV was showing the spectacular collision, my drive band shredded.

This isn’t the first time my drive band has shredded. I doubt it will be the last either. This time, instead of the usual knot and cut, I added one more step. No, not the sewn knot that Judith recommends, but a dot of fray check. I took a close look at the point of shredding. It always starts close to the knot. My guess is that the ends started to unravel and worked itself through the knot. We will see if the fray check will wear better.


Again, no train, but we had a boat!

It was too hot and sticky on the boat to pull Kozue out, so I mostly ignored my knitting. But I  started a pair of socks with the sock yarn. Toward the second half of the dive trip, I pulled it out and worked on the socks fairly steadily while I read between dives or watched The Hobbit at night.


When asked, I said that I was too lazy to wash the one pair of socks I brought with me so I needed a new pair to fly home with. (I normally pack a pair of socks in my carry on to wear on the plane for long flights. It’s as necessary as my Bose noise canceling headset, pillow and shawl.)

Okay, it was a joke but it made people laugh…after they gave me “the look” followed by “you know, they have laundry service on the boat…”

I finished the socks at the Bali airport, just before they closed the doors for the first leg of my return.

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