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October 28, 2006



Technically, it was a discussion about how set theory can be applied to atonal music, but serialism is close enough. Only a music theorist would care about the distinction. And very few people can follow my explanations, so it was a real pleasure to have an actual conversation about the music I love.

I had a wonderful weekend and can't wait to see you again soon.


Oh, how I wish I could have been there for the music theory conversation!

If you can pull Margaret Stove aside for a few moments, she can teach more about laceweight spinning in a minute than anyone else I know.

Thanks for the detail shots of the shawl. It's always wonderful to see the [mathematical] variety possible within the parameters of Orenburg knitting.


I did that Niagara train crossing a couple of times (with sniffer dogs) and you're right, it's really scary. One time, there had been heavy rain and water started pouring through the roof onto my lap, but they wouldn't let me move seats. Another time, when they put someone off the train, another passenger looked very satisfied and said, 'Well, they shouldn't try to travel without papers,' and I thought, there must have been people like you at Salem. I decided at the time that I would never do it again, but for wool... well, maybe...

Barb Brown

You have done a fine job of reporting, oh Fresh Air Reporter from the Great White North.
I was tempted when I read you were going by train, I thought hmmm...fly to Toronto, take a train...now I am not so sure. Of course, flying into the States is strange too sometimes. We flew down to visit friends and the border guy couldn't seem to grasp the concept that we would go to Idaho from Canada to visit Americans. Why? How'd you meet? When? Where? etc.
I admire your restraint, and I love what you took away with you. Now to see the finished products. Something to look forward to this winter.
Barb B.


Sounds like a great time. Congrats on getting into and out of the USA successfully. What a charming country this has turned into in the last 6 years.

Thanks for the great pics!


It really was wonderful to get to see you, although for far, far too little time.

I made a start tonight on what Franklin calls the Orenburg Barbie Shawl. Managed to get through turning the lower corners and starting the body before my eyes and hands got tired of the 2/28 yarn on size 0 needles. I'm not sure I'll ever be a lace knitter on your scale, but I've got a 1.4kg cone of this yarn (alpaca/cotton used in David's socks), so I should be set for a long time to come.


What a great write-up - and good job showing such restraint! I think it's fantastic when you see someone purchase stuff they really want and will use vs (my school of purchasing, often) where one brings home everything they see.

Still... nice stuff.


What a lovely time you had. Thanks for the detailed report...from one who will probably never get there.


I think the best was getting to meet you in the flesh, finally. Did we have a hot time or what? Mably? For sure!

Heh. I'm still laughing about that.


It was so great meeting you. Thanks a million for the spindling lesson and gift holder (is that the technical name for it?). I immediately made a purchase from Dr. Mel and Golding spindles.

Now I just have to apply what you taught me and be patient with myself. I'm looking forward to a new addiction.


You're welcome. Glad you had a great time!

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