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Clara
queen bee

USA
4404 Posts

Posted - 12/05/2012 :  8:50:17 PM  Show Profile  Visit Clara's Homepage Send Clara a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This week's newsletter was a very special one.

It explains a yarn project I've been working on for months and months, something that's a culmination of all my work to this point.

You know I love yarn. I'm obsessed with twist and ply, with fibers and blends, with how yarns behave on the needles and in fabric. I've swatched... oh boy. I can't even count.

Over the years I've also become equally intrigued with the back story, where the fibers come from and all the people whose hands they passed through on their way to yours. And I've met some truly amazing people.

Earlier this spring, I was offered a chance to buy a very special 676-pound bale of Saxon Merino wool from Eugene Wyatt in New York. He doesn't do this often, but he trusts me, and I couldn't possibly say no.

This new yarn project of mine? It's an adventure that you and I are going to take together. It was born out of KR and is its own, entirely separate being.

I'm hugely excited, a little wobbly with butterflies, but very, very proud to share it with you.

Meet: The Great White Bale.

Clara
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tempeh
New Pal

USA
11 Posts

Posted - 12/06/2012 :  12:54:56 AM  Show Profile  Visit tempeh's Homepage Send tempeh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am so excited by this! I joined to be an armchair member, but then my tech skills totally failed. I couldn't register, and when I went to contact to send a note for help, I tried many times and couldn't get a CAPTCHA either. 2:30 a.m. isn't my best operating time, clearly. But I still can't wait for the story to begin.
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emmyc
Chatty Knitter

USA
196 Posts

Posted - 12/06/2012 :  05:05:49 AM  Show Profile Send emmyc a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you Clara! This is the most exciting yarn adventure ever! couldn't join fast enough.

emmyc
winchester ma
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dothead
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
542 Posts

Posted - 12/06/2012 :  05:34:38 AM  Show Profile Send dothead a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This is such an amazing journey. I signed up to be an armchair traveller (budget wouldn't let me go for the full package). Best of luck and I look forward to each adventure.

Vicki, the Constant Lurker(who sometimes stops lurking and actually posts)
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Lanea
Permanent Resident

USA
5192 Posts

Posted - 12/06/2012 :  06:25:08 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Clara, I'm so excited! I can't wait!

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BlueStocking
Sustaining Member

USA
945 Posts

Posted - 12/06/2012 :  06:27:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit BlueStocking's Homepage Send BlueStocking a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Clara, this is so fabulous! I cannot wait to feel all these awesome yarns and travel along on this adventure with you. What a unique and special project!

Jennifer

"What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?"

Yarns and Rare Spinning Fibers from Spirit Trail Fiberworks: http://www.spirit-trail.net
Blog: http://TheSpiritTrail.blogspot.com
"SpiritTrail" on Flickr and Ravelry

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Luann
Permanent Resident

USA
2671 Posts

Posted - 12/06/2012 :  09:11:17 AM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
So very excited! It's my Christmas gift to myself... and birthday too, since I already bought my Christmas gift to myself from Spirit Trail...


Knit and let knit!
http://www.luannocracy.blogspot.com
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marfa
Permanent Resident

USA
2044 Posts

Posted - 12/06/2012 :  09:32:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit marfa's Homepage Send marfa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How do & woo hoo!

This is truly an exciting adventure & I look forward to every detail!

Martha

http://marfasmewsings.blogspot.com
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BlueStocking
Sustaining Member

USA
945 Posts

Posted - 12/06/2012 :  11:10:08 AM  Show Profile  Visit BlueStocking's Homepage Send BlueStocking a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Luann, what a great Christmas present for yourself (not to mention ::cough:: the Spirit Trail purchase ;-D ).

Jennifer

"What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?"

Yarns and Rare Spinning Fibers from Spirit Trail Fiberworks: http://www.spirit-trail.net
Blog: http://TheSpiritTrail.blogspot.com
"SpiritTrail" on Flickr and Ravelry

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purlewe
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1921 Posts

Posted - 12/06/2012 :  1:13:27 PM  Show Profile  Visit purlewe's Homepage Send purlewe a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Add another christmas/bday present to myself in the pile! YAY! I can't wait to see what happens to the Great White Bale!

Life is not a having and a getting, but a being and a becoming. ~Myrna Loy
http://purlewe.typepad.com/
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jaymeKnits
Permanent Resident

USA
1350 Posts

Posted - 12/06/2012 :  8:09:40 PM  Show Profile  Send jaymeKnits a Yahoo! Message Send jaymeKnits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I can't wait for it to start. I signed up as soon as I could. Merry Christmas to me!

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Check out my patterns:
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/jayme-stahl
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One Stitch at a Time
Chatty Knitter

297 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2012 :  04:19:01 AM  Show Profile Send One Stitch at a Time a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm signed up and ready for the adventure to begin. Haven't been this excited about something since.......the KR Retreat?

Nanci

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Kipster
Seriously Hooked

738 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2012 :  08:27:43 AM  Show Profile  Visit Kipster's Homepage Send Kipster a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Signed up. Merry Christmas from me to me!

Mary
http://snitnknit.blogspot.com/

Ravelry: McMary
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NutmegOwl
Gabber Extraordinaire

581 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2012 :  8:35:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit NutmegOwl's Homepage Send NutmegOwl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yep, put Owl on the "I so deserve this" train, too. I won't even try to attach it to a holiday. Those who know me understand ...

More importantly: Clara, you've never failed to deliver on a worthy exploration no matter what new path I've followed you down. For you, I will put on a blindfold and let you lead because I know it's going to be a great Adventure! I would never miss this trip.

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Nutmeg Owl
Quaecumque sunt vera
http://www.owlwaysknitting.wordpress.com
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Amarula
Chatty Knitter

215 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2012 :  11:37:46 AM  Show Profile Send Amarula a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm not bothering to label it a Christmas or birthday present either! And I'm not going to obsess over the fact that I already have way too much yarn in my house! I'm just going to enjoy it!
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terryknits2
New Pal

39 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2012 :  5:30:37 PM  Show Profile Send terryknits2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Never hesitated a second deciding on this adventure. I am so looking forward to seeing how this plays out and hoping I get to attend one of the activities during the year, somewhere, anywhere. AND, there's yarn coming my way on top of all of the fun!!! Wow. Thanks, Clara!!
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jaymeKnits
Permanent Resident

USA
1350 Posts

Posted - 12/09/2012 :  07:19:03 AM  Show Profile  Send jaymeKnits a Yahoo! Message Send jaymeKnits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ok, now I'm chomping at the bit wanting it to start. I'm a very impatient person.

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Check out my patterns:
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/jayme-stahl
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Rwats2
Chatty Knitter

USA
234 Posts

Posted - 12/09/2012 :  7:18:43 PM  Show Profile Send Rwats2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I tossed and turned the whole night after I first saw this... just call me another Armchair Traveller..
I cannot wait to see what everyone is in store for.
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Rwats2
Chatty Knitter

USA
234 Posts

Posted - 12/09/2012 :  7:21:38 PM  Show Profile Send Rwats2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I would love to see a real picture of this complete bale of wool before it is parelled out. I have never actually seen one in the flesh so to speak
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Jane
SustaYning Member

USA
4390 Posts

Posted - 12/10/2012 :  12:20:05 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jane's Homepage Send Jane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi everyone -- can I tell you how wonderful it's been to see familiar names pop up in my Bale emails, and how excited everyone is to be a part of Clara's excellent adventure? This is going to be the greatest thing since the invention of the ball winder, and I'm so pleased to be helping Clara steer the boat!

Jane

Betty deserves everything and more: Make a Donation
Blog: Not Plain Jane
Photos: Flickr Album
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Rwats2
Chatty Knitter

USA
234 Posts

Posted - 12/23/2012 :  09:26:30 AM  Show Profile Send Rwats2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have just recieved my envelope Fri. morning... And am saving it to open on Tues. I cannot wait..
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