Michigan Fiber Festival 2016

Quick update from Michigan; I am having a wonderful time in Allegan this weekend for the Michigan Fiber Festival. We got a little wet due to a sudden shower during the booth set up yesterday and some rain is forecast for tomorrow, but we are in a building so it’s okay. The upside to the rain is that it must be ahead of a cool front since the temperature are supposed to fall to low 70’s on Sunday.

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I have made some progress on Mayuri too. I am on the second chart which is 8 rows long and repeats 10 times. I think I have done 3 of those. I took this in my booth this morning and the color is a little washed out.

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Knitting and Dyeing

I have been trying to find an opportunity to write this post for several days. I returned from Chicago last Monday and every day has been full. I won’t bore with all the details but here is a portion of the fruits of my labor.

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Knitting first because it is a knitting blog after all, right? So, I told you I was planning a couple of new lace projects soon and I cast on for the first one a couple days ago. I got the first chart knit. This is one of Dee O’Keefe’s newest releases called Mayuri. I am making it with my Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn in one of my new colors, Peacock. 

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The second newborn sized woolie is completed for Meredith’s little one, so that’s another project done. I haven’t much touched the sock in progress this week so nothing new there.

Now the other work I have been doing that may be of interest to you is some custom dyeing for the New Era Fiber Mill, only this job was hand painting some yarn. This top one was an order for an Ombre in blue. I didn’t technically hand paint this like the other two jobs below; I used a progressive dip immersion process. I am pleased with how they came out, which is good because I was totally making it up as I went. Open-mouthed smile

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Here are the other two jobs:

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I am actually headed out the door to deliver these right now so I will have to close. I am off to Allegan, MI in the morning for the Michigan Fiber Festival so my next post will probably be from there. Never a dull moment. Smile

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Back in Schaumburg

Hey everyone! I am currently in my hotel room having a little bit of down time before I head over to the Renaissance Convention Center for the opening market day at Stitches Midwest 2016.

I drove up and set up the booth on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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I ended up needing to go shoe shopping on Wednesday afternoon after I finished getting the booth ready because the strap on my sandals broke while I was working and it was the only pair of shoes I brought. They were the Crocs I had bought when I was here a couple years ago. I loved those shoes so I went back to the Croc store in Woodfield Mall and got something similar.

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I also went out this morning after breakfast to my favorite place to visit when I am here, the Half-Price Books store, which is just up the way from my hotel. I found a few things that I couldn’t resist. Smile

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I have been knitting a little and have started the second sock and another newborn wool diaper cover.

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I will be started a new lace project or two soon; more on that later. Bye for now!

Mostly Knitting

All the work we did earlier this month in preparation for hitting the road again on Tuesday is paying off now with a bit of time for other things. I have gotten some knitting done this week. I finished the first sock as you can see.

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Rather than casting on for the second right away, I started a little wool diaper cover for the new grand baby coming. Meredith plans to use cloth diapers and requested some of these to use. We seem to have lost the ones I may for Elijah six years ago. I loaned them to a couple of my other daughters and now they are missing in action. They are pretty quick to make though so it’s easily remedied.

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My favorite yarn for these is Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool. Here’s a couple of Elijah wearing one.

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Hard to believe he is six now.

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While we are sort of on the subject of grand babies, I got to see my littlest one the other day and can’t resist showing her off. Pandora is three months old already. Sigh. Smile

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In other news, we have a better late than never arrival for the booth next week. This Mayapple Shawl in Classic Merino Bamboo yarn was begun about two years ago I think. Three of my daughters have labored on it and it is finally complete! It turned out magnificent and I am predicting it will be a hit in the booth.

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The pictures don’t quite capture it as well as it looks in person, so hopefully you can see it in our booth at one of the many festivals where I will be vending this summer and fall.

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Sock Knitting and New Yarn

All the yarn is labeled and loaded in the trailer for the fall show season. I spent a couple days getting the new yarn colors, Paprika and Peacock, on the website and also marking down to 50% off, the discontinued colors, Azure and Pumpkin Spice.  You can find these within the product pages for each yarn base. Sale prices are good while supply lasts!

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Also I am still knitting on my sock. I am quite enjoying it since it has been I have no idea how long since I made a pair of socks.

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I will probably start a new shawl next in one of the new colors. Dee O’Keefe has two new designs I am itching to make, Mayuri and Talise. I also have another grandbaby on the way in the fall who will need some warm knitted things, so that will be in the works soon too.

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I just love how this shawl drapes on the shoulders. It stays in place even without a shawl pin. I am glad I made the petite version which for me is the perfect length for wearing this time of year when a light weight shoulder covering is all that is needed. It took every bit of 100g (2 skeins) of Classic Merino Lace. The larger version calls for a third skein.

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The shaping is unusual and flattering. I doesn’t draw unwanted attention to places where you would rather not draw attention, if you know what I mean. Winking smile

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This shawl was a fun knit once I got past the annoying provisional cast on parts, but that is just me. I dislike doing provisional cast-ons in general as I mentioned when I was starting this shawl. The 713 stitch bind off was a bit of a haul but worth every stitch.

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It was a challenge to block the unusual shape but Anne gave helpful tips in the ebook  that was included in the FIFC (2012) club version. If you don’t have that fuller version, suffice it to say many pins will be used, with the judicious use of blocking wires for the sections between the “corners”. I pinned the top neck edge first, then temporary pins to stretch out the six corner points starting with the two down the back then the two at the top and last the sides. After that I re-adjusted these until maximum extension was reached and then I used wires to pull out the leaf points on the straight sections between corners. Finally I pinned out the rest of the top edging points. More adjusting of pins until I was sick of messing with it and called it good. Smile

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Oh, and here’s my Honey Cowl. I think this will be my “go to” cowl this winter.

Last Dye Day 

Here is the last of the dyeing from Wednesday. We are on to labeling this weekend. I hope to finish it up today.

We got a lot done towards that goal yesterday but still have more than half to go. 

I got my Sonnenblume blocked and also finished my Honey Cowl but will save that for my next post since I haven’t had a chance to edit the pictures yet. 

I had nothing on the needles and didn’t have a plan, which is rare, so I rummaged through the stash last night and pulled out a skein of sock yarn. I can’t remember the last time I knit any socks. I started a plain pair for myself. :-)