Shop Work

I have made good progress on my knitting projects which I will share next time. Today, I am going to talk about our production we have planned during the off season to prepare for next year.

We have bought lots and lots of lumber and yarn.

These slabs of cherry, walnut, maple, and Osage orange will be for turning. It will be mostly darning eggs and Nostepinnes and possibly some bowls.

We have also been culling out the property of brush and trees. Some of this Osage orange and maple will also be for turning when they have cured for awhile. Jerry is painting the ends to help reduced cracks while it dries

This is about 140 board feet of walnut waiting to be dimensioned for Yarn Swifts.

This was 210 board feet of cherry which will soon be yarn swifts also.

This is 400 pounds of undyed yarn. I am still waiting on a other 40 pounds of the Merino Bamboo which was back ordered. So, in the mean time, I am mixing up dye stocks and then mixing my colors so we are ready to get this all dyed up in the coming weeks.

We will be working our way through it as the weather permits. I can dye in inclement weather because I am under cover now, but I do still rely on outdoor lines for drying. With 1900 skeins to process that is the biggest problem this time of year. The good news is that we have plenty of time at the moment πŸ˜€.

Okay that’s it for today. Next time, knitting updates.

November knitting

I know it has been a few weeks, but I am now done with traveling for the season and settling in for the next several months. We have lots of productive work planned. We have already purchased lots of yarn and lumber to get ready for next year’s festival season. More on that next post I think. For today I will share my knitting progress.

Bramwell

First up is my Classic Merino Superwash DK project, Bramwell . The top picture shows the stich pattern a little better and the bottom is more accurate for the color, which is Pewter.

I have completed the first two charts and it is bigger than the picture implies because it is a bit scrunched up on a 24″ needle at the moment.

Simple Gifts

Next up is Simple Gifts in Classic Merino Superwash Sport in Emerald. I have completed three charts for this one.

Adelita

Last, but not least, is Adelita in Classic Merino Superwash Sock in Jade. I have completed the second patterned chart. I had no problems with the lace in the second chart even though it contains lace knitting on both right and wrong side rows. It only involves a simple yarn over next to a decrease and a simple 8 count every time between repeats except for the beginning and end of the rows.

I have one more in-person show this coming weekend in Murfreesboro, TN. It is a Saturday only event called Fiber in the Boro. The website is down unfortunately but you can find details on their Facebook group or you can comment here and I can answer your questions.

New on the Needles

So, I did get all three shawls cast on since my last post. I am using three different yarn weights on these and they all have different shapes so I can jump around between them as the mood suits me.

I already showed you Simple Gifts last time and I have only added a few rows so it looks pretty much the same. Simple Gifts is a triangle that starts the knitting at the point. The increases are on one side only which makes the diagonal edge of the triangle. You then bind off the shortest edge. I like making this style. I completed chart 1 and a few rows of chart 2.

The next thing I cast on was Bramwell using my Classic Merino Superwash DK in Pewter. It is a traditional triangle shape with the center rib and the point at the bottom. What makes it nice is the thicker, cushy yarn. It’s fast to make and looks modern, especially in this neutral color. I got the first chart done and moved to the next shawl to cast on.

My third shawl in progress is Adelita using my Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn in Jade. This one is a semi-circle style where you do increases across the row every time the row count doubles. These are fun to make too. They also look so pretty and I find they knit fast even in thin yarn.

I worked through all the increase sections that are plain knit and then through the first pattern chart. It’s very addictive. 😊

Flagstaff Shawl and More

I finished the Flagstaff Shawl last week in Virginia. It was Thursday night and the following day I drove to the hotel in Orange, VA and spent most of the afternoon setting up the booth for the Fall Fiber Festival. We had a very busy show and I didn’t really have time or energy left to start a new project.

I drove home, finally, on Monday. I was pretty glad to be home. The festivals have been great this fall but I need a break and time to catch up around here. It took a few days to get to blocking the shawl and picking out my next knits.

Here’s what I started first. It’s Simple Gifts and I am using Classic Merino Superwash Sport in Emerald. The pattern calls for DK weight but I want to use Sport. I am still using the size 6 needles in the pattern and I like the fabric. I didn’t check my gauge but will modify the size if necessary. I set aside 3 skeins just in case.

I wound the yarn for two more projects. I’ll give details on these when I have cast on for them. I think going almost a week without any knitting has made me want to have several knits lined up. πŸ˜‰

Lots to Catch Up On

Hi everyone, well I know there are at least a few of you out there. LOL! Sorry for the couple of weeks with no updates. Life just got a bit hectic and no time for blogging. So I’ll briefly bring you up to date.

A couple days after my last post I traveled up to Jefferson, WI for the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. The festival was wonderful! I did however have a slight mishap on the drive up. A deer came out of nowhere while I was driving through north central Illinois and I had hit the poor thing before I even knew it was there. It was just in front of me and I had no time or way to swerve. It could have been much worse, I know. I have no idea what happened to the deer either, I’m afraid. I drove on a mile or two with my heart pounding and thought I had better pull over on the side of the road and assess the damage. The deer was several miles back by then. Fortunately my truck was able to continue, but it looked a bit sad. :-(

I contacted my insurance company and they processed my claim within a couple days so I could have the body shop order the parts as soon as I got home. The problem was going to be getting the work done within the time I had at home. I needed my truck to pull the trailer to shows, which I had every weekend this month and into the first week of October. They called me the Thursday after I gave them the estimate and said my parts were in. I needed the truck that weekend to go to Yellow Springs, OH for the Wool Gathering so the repairs had to wait until my return the following Monday. Surprisingly the headlight and blinker still worked even if they were wonky, so it was not too bad having to drive it that way.

So off I went again, and the show was again great but you know how things happen in three’s? Yep, had a few more inconveniences while there. It is a tent show and it was pretty hot, but at least it wasn’t rainy. Looking on the bright side here, LOL. There were yellow jackets and flies everywhere and I got stung on the face Saturday morning. I wasn’t too bad at first and I hoped it would just be better by Sunday morning. Nope. It was worse.

It was more annoying than anything as it made it hard to see because my glasses sat funny, but as you can see I’m fine now. The swelling didn’t go completely away for about 5-6 days though. Oh, and the third annoying thing which I swore I would keep to myself but here I am sharing, was that I somehow forgot to pack underwear. LOL! I have never done that and it was a mistake that I will be forever diligent not to repeat. No guest laundry at the hotel either. I will spare you further details. LOL!

I hurried home on that Monday after Wool Gathering and dropped off the truck for repairs. I reminded them, since they had assured me they would work with me to make sure I had my truck when I needed it, that I had to have it back by Wednesday afternoon. I needed to leave again early Thursday morning for Virginia for the two festivals I had there the next two consecutive weekends. They come through for me! I was so happy to have it back all pretty again. :-)

Which brings me up to the present. The Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival was this past weekend and it was perfect. The weather has been beautiful so far and attendance was great! I will be staying here at this hotel until Friday and then moving down to Orange, VA for the Fall Fiber Festival . I don’t have much plans other than maybe doing some reading and knitting. I’m boring, I know, but it’s honestly what I love most to do when I have time to myself. I do miss my family and feel a bit home sick this morning. It just isn’t worth the long drive home and back up in three days, so it makes more sense to stay through.

Okay, before I close I’ll show you the progress I have made on my Flagstaff shawl. It’s a fun one and I may very well finish it while I am here. I am almost done with chart 6 out of 7. See you soon!

Vintage Diamonds Cardigan

I have finally published my Vintage Diamonds Cardigan pattern. You can purchase it on Ravelry or on my website for $7.

The grey one is the first one I knit, of course. Just to refresh your memory, it is the medium size, about 18 months. I used 600 yards of Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn in Graphite.

The red one is the smallest size which is about 6 months. I used about 400 yards of Classic Merino Bamboo yarn in Crimson. As you can see I opted to leave off the embroidery for this one. I like it both ways so it seemed like a nice idea to have each option visually available in the blog.

I will have these on display this weekend at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival. I am leaving on Wednesday for the show. I hope to get some more progress on my shawl during down time.

New Lacy Knitting

I have a new project on the needles to show you this morning. I finished the Vintage Diamonds Cardigan but I am saving that for another post when I have the pattern ready for release.

I have been itching to start this new lace shawl and it is a fun one. This is a design of Dee O’Keefe called Flagstaff that I just love! I have been waiting for the perfect design to use one of my favorite new colors from last year, Glacier. I am using my Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn for this.

I am still one the first chart that you repeat seven times, but I am on the fifth repeat so I’ll soon be moving on to a new lace section.

See you soon 😊.

It’s Seaming Time

After two festivals in a row and only two days at home between them, I’m glad to be home for a bit. I was busy with knitting as often as I could manage, so I completed all the pieces for the small size Vintage Diamonds Cardigan.

Here they are being blocked yesterday morning. It’s time to get it seamed so I can knit the collar.

I got to work on that last night. I got the shoulders seamed and the sleeves set in. It was reading time when I got to that point so I’ll be doing the side seams tonight. Hopefully that can be done in just one more evening.

The other ball of yarn sitting there in the background is what I wound yesterday to motivate me to get the seaming finished. It’s for my next project. I’m in the mood for something lacy. More on that next time. πŸ˜‰

Next Up

First up is the Confection Shawl in its ready to wear condition. I will enjoy wearing this in the booth this month I think. 😊

As I may have mentioned last time, I used a total of 913 yards of my Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn for this. It’s a pretty generous sized crescent shaped shawl. If I wanted to used only two skeins in two colors I would use the Classic Merino Bamboo since those have 490yds./100g.

I believe this was probably the quickest shawl knitting I have ever done. I completed it in about two weeks, which is crazy for the size of it. Gotta love that!

Which brings me to my next project on the needles, my small Vintage Diamonds Cardigan. I started it on Sunday night in the Classic Merino Bamboo in Crimson. I think this will be a nice alternative yarn to the Superwash Sock I used on the original. It’s light fabric is even more flexible for warmer climates and layering.

This color is challenging to photograph because it tends to look less saturated and warmer than it is in person. I think it will pair well in the booth with the medium grey of the Graphite sample.

I hope to have the back and at least one sleeve done in a few days. I should be able to estimate the yardage for the whole sweater by that. Since Kristi is kindly test knitting the largest size, I may be able to publish the pattern soon. πŸ˜€

One Down, One to Go

I have finished with the test knit shawl.

This is how it looked before a soak and block.

Kristi used one color for the garter sections and one color for the lace sections. I had lots of remnant skeins I wanted to use up so that is why mine uses five colors. You may recognize that color in the bottom lace border from my Vindage Diamonds Cardigan. You may also notice that I reused the orange at the very bottom edge and the bind off. I like the effect actually and I wish I could claim it was the plan all along but I would be lying. When I was down to the last 4 rows/2 garter ridges I had 2g of the Graphite left. No way that would have made it. Since I had 24g left of the Paprika that seemed like an easy solution and I think it works well. Easier than dyeing more Graphite or going into a full skein.

I’ll have some better pictures later of how it turned out after I took it off the blocking pins. I’ll also link you to the pattern later. Kristi is still waiting on a few other test knitters to report before publishing. Same here on mine. I have cast on for the small size of my design and will show you that next time.