I'm so happy to tell you I found a new (to me) yarn shop & knitting group. It's about an hour from our house, but then, everything is about an hour from our house. The shop is by a pretty little lake out in the country -- on the edge of a neighboring town. The owners are helpful and friendly, and they have a very nice yarn selection -- including a lot of gorgeous Madeleine Tosh. They also have spinning supplies -- wheels, spindles, roving -- and a very nice friend of the shop offers spinning lessons if you're interested. I'm interested. So, last week, I drove over and had a spinning lesson. It wasn't nearly as scary as I expected, and I managed to spin a little yarn on a spindle, then I graduated to a wheel for a while. My teacher was lovely and patient, and we had plenty to chat about -- we're about the same age, same phase of life -- so to speak -- and she had lived in my hometown years ago. Anyhoo, the time passed quickly, and when my lesson was over, I bought a drop spindle and some roving, so I'll practice at home until I can get to the shop for another lesson. I also sat in with the knitting group for an hour or so. They were all so friendly and welcoming -- kindred spirits -- and I can't wait to go back.
In the meantime, I've been knitting socks for my granddaughters (I know, shocking ;), and I've cast on and frogged 4 shawls -- hrummph. Either the yarn was wrong, I didn't like the way the lace looked, or something, so I started over, again and again. Casting on 400+ stitches over and over can get tiresome -- to say the least. Anyway, I finally settled (I think) on the Torshavn Shawl which promises to be an authentic Faroese shawl (my present obsession) with the shoulder shaping that keeps it from sliding off your shoulders every time you move. I'm still not sure the yarn is right, but I'm determined to knit from my stash, so it will just have to do.
More soon ❤️✨
P. S. See, I told you I'd be back ^v^