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Remember that king who thought he was wearing clothing and everyone else knew he wasn’t but were too polite to tell? That’s how I feel with the photo that was SUPPOSED to be in my last post. Honestly, I am still on that darned learning curve. Sorry about that! Let’s see if I can get that photo up now of my son Jerod wearing Ålvros. Well, that’s more like it! I spent my birthday in St. Paul and Minneapolis at an amazing event called Yarnover. This year was its 21st year. It is a smooth running operation, offering many classes, a yummy lunch, and perhaps 20 vendors. Annie Modesitt was the keynote speaker this year. I taught two three-hour classes and really enjoyed the students. I was lucky to arrange to meet up with my friend Charlotte who thoughtfully brought along her collection of ch’ullus. I have been trying to photograph them for several years but it never worked out. I’ll share a few of the images with you. These wonderful hats are knitted by the men in certain areas of Peru. They loop the yarns around their necks (as the Greeks do) and use both of their thumbs like shuttles to throw the yarn. The most amazing part of this is that their designs, which are so intricate, are worked from the purl side. I love the colors and the motifs—especially the ones representing animals. The women do all the spinning and I think all the weaving too—although I am not as sure about that. They use backstrap looms. Are they not AWESOME? As I pondered creating this blog, a wonderful title came to me…. Knitting Around. Isn’t it catchy? Sounds great! It was not until a few days later that I realized why it sounded so comfortable—it’s the title of one of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s books. DUH! After talking to Meg about it, who of course is ever the gracious woman, I am still on the fence about it. So I may change it, or go the way of apathy and be lazy. I really like it… On another note, I finally sent my computer in to be fixed, since the DVD/CD drive never worked well. I was very proud to say to the computer person that yes, I had backed everything up. (I had bought an external drive, even!) And so of course, you can guess the rest—I didn’t back up quite everything. Fortunately my photos of knitting in Scandinavia and my music were saved. I lost all my addresses and email addresses from everyone I had entered into my data base. So if you want me to know of your existence in computer-land, please enter your email and name on my website where it says click here for email newsletter, or just email it to me. My email list (The Knitting Traditions Hotline) will receive regional notices of my workshops within the surrounding states. I’ll go into the Finer Details of knitting on the road here in my blog. Take your knitting outside and enjoy the lovely Spring season!