Friday, April 27, 2007

This Week

I was able to squeeze in a little spinning. I'm working with a mystery wool that Amy gave me. It's different than anything I've spun before: full of lanolin (but very clean) and a bit stretchy. I think I have the hang of drafting it now, though it took a little time to figure it out. I'm trying to spin it thick enough for a two-ply worsted weight.

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This was an emotional day for the whole town. The historic part of Needville High School was completely destroyed by a fire. This building was 60 years old and was the center of the school. It was a beautiful old structure that had been maintained well over the years. It was all wood construction down to the polished hardwood floors and that contributed to it's total destruction. It housed the school administrative offices, the computer labs and several classrooms. All records were burned, even the recently taken TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) tests that were waiting for mail pick up. Students will have to take them over.

Some families in Needville have had three generations attend school in that building. Everyone was sad about losing it, but thankful that no one was injured. The fire started in the early morning hours when no one was around. Sadness turned to anger when it was determined that arson was the cause. No one has been caught yet, but I'm confident they will find out who did it.

John went to see the damage on Monday evening. I didn't have the heart to go. He said it was very emotional. Lots of people were there, but it was quiet. The mood was somber and filled with sadness. The two large oak trees in front that were planted when the school was built are still standing though scorched from the fire. I think that's how everyone was feeling: emotionally scorched.

John and I drove to Edmond, Oklahoma to help Matt move out of the dorm and haul his stuff home for the summer. It was a long drive (9 hours). It was overcast all day with rain off and on. There were tornado warnings and bad weather all around. We arrived safely, but exhausted. I think we were drained from the day before.

After Matt took his last final exam, we loaded a few things in the truck. He was wiped out from staying up late to study, so while he napped, we drove over to Guthrie. Stopped in at S.W.A.K. and bought some yarn for summer socks.

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Panda Wool, Crystal Palace Yarns
46% Bamboo, 43% Wool, 11% Nylon

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Jawoll Cotton Superwash, Lang Yarns
49% Wool, 35% Cotton, 16% Nylon

Loaded the rest of Matt's things. While Matt was getting officially checked out of the dorm, John took Matt's vehicle down to have the tire checked. It was soft. Not good for driving on. It took about two hours at the tire store. While we waited, I knitted on a pair of socks that's been on my needles since January. I really need to finish these before I start a new pair. One lady, also waiting for her car to be fixed, came over to talk to me. She's a knitter and likes to make socks too. She even commented on the hand knit socks I was wearing. Finally got on the road after lunch and arrived home at 10:00 last night.

I had hoped to go some place special today for a photo shoot of my hand spun scarf, but the weather is not cooperating. One day there will be pictures, but I'm not making promises about when.


  1. You've had an emotional roller coaster of a week. Enjoy knitting the new summer socks and I hope the weather improves!

  2. Oh and of course the spinning you've done is very nice! What's it slated to be?

  3. It sounds like you had a rough week. The sock yarn is pretty, and the spinning too. Boy do I not miss moving out of the dorms!

  4. Anonymous2:55 PM

    I like the sock yarn...just finished a pair with the Lang's thinner than I'm used to but it makes a realy nice sock!

  5. I am so sorry to hear about the high school. My high school is really old but made of stone. I would hate to think of it not being there when we go back for our reunions. I sure hope they find who set the fire.

    I see you too have been doing your part to help support sheep herders everywhere! I am sure they are glad you did!

  6. So sorry to hear about the school building. I really hope the find the person who did that. And thankfully nobody was hurt. Buildings can be replaced.

    How fun to have another knitter speak to you about your socks! It's one of those little moments that makes you realize the world isn't all that big or full of strangers. :)

  7. I hope they catch whoever set that fire. Why anyone would do such a thing is beyond me.

  8. Oh, how terrible! But it's amazing that no one was hurt.

    The handspun looks wonderful!

  9. I'm sorry to hear of the loss to your community. I hope the coming together of the community brings healing as it did when our home burned when I was a child.

    It sounds like a very emotional time, with the fire and having a child at University with all that has been happening. Enjoy having your son home for the summer :)

  10. What a terrible thing to have happened! Sorry to hear it's been "one of those kinds" of weeks! Your fiber is lovely and it's always a good feeling to have your son home I'm sure! Looking forward to seeing how your scarf came out:~)

  11. Well, whenever something dies, something new is born in its place. I hope something new will be built and help salve the wounds of this horrible event.

    Sounds like you've had a very busy time lately. I hope things settle down soon!

  12. So sad about the high school. The year after I graduated from Dana College in Blair, Nebraska, their "Old Main" burned to the ground in the 1980s. You can't replace historic buildings like that, and it must make the town feel worse to know that is was arson.

    I love the pink sock yarn. Have you knit with bamboo before? I haven't tried it.

  13. How sad and sadder that it appears that someone set the fire. I don't understand people sometimes :(



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