New Project Underway

I have finished my Kassiani shawl! I bound off the edge on Tuesday evening, but since I was leaving for Michigan Fiber Festival very early on Wednesday morning, I won’t be able to get it blocked until I return home next week. Here is a pre-blocking picture I took fresh off the needles.

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I think it looks pretty good even before it’s blocked so it should really shine once it’s finished properly. :-)

After I arrived at my hotel last night I got a start on the new design I have planned in my Organic Cotton Sport weight yarn. I measured my swatch and decided on a size to aim for, 30×35; did some math and cast on. I thought about going with a fancier border like a rib or something but then decided that a simpler garter border would be better suited to the busy cable, lace, rib stitch pattern. I am doing a slightly wide edge to square up the edges since the stitch pattern would naturally create a wavy edge. Here’s my start.

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I had the privilege of spending two days with my daughter Meredith and her family after I left Chicago before going home. She lives near Lake Michigan so I took a quick visit there but spent most of my time visiting. Here’s a few pictures of the grandbabies. :-)

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Still Plugging Along

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I am closing in on the finish line on my Kassiani but didn’t quite make it in time for Stitches Midwest this weekend. I am already in Schaumburg and will be setting up the booth in a few hours. If you are coming to the show you can find me in booths 319-321. :-)

I have two charts to go on the shawl, which is 32 rows I think, so I should be finished soon and ready to start that new design I showed you the swatch for in my previous post.

I have some more computer tasks to work on in my time remaining this morning so I will close for now. Thanks for reading!

Quick Knitting Update

I have made some progress on Kassiani since my last post. I am in the final sections now and while the rows are almost at their largest, it is going pretty quickly. I am hoping to have it finished and blocked in time for Stitches Midwest in a few weeks.

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I have am cooking up a new design based on a stitch pattern I saw online somewhere. I can’t remember where I saw it, probably Facebook or Instagram, but I saved the picture and began looking through my stitch dictionaries for it. I never came across it so I decided to try and re-create it just by looking at the picture and knitting it as best I could. I surprised myself by finding I could do it, and charted it as I went. Here is the resulting swatch and my hand written charts which I will use to make a digital chart later.

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I swatched it in my Organic Cotton Sport weight yarn because I am thinking to do a baby blanket and I may even do a sweater set to go with it. More on that later. I am trying to finish Kassiani before I start this new project.

Okay that’s all I have time for right now. I have a big to-do-list today including delivering an order of dyed fiber to the mill today that I did last week.

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Carolan and Other Updates

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I didn’t mean to let a month go by without posting to the blog. I tried several times to post from Estes Park, but the wifi and even my phone’s internet were not great in the mountains. Uploading pictures was just not happening. Then after I got home life kept getting in the way, but here I am with a few pictures, a finished shawl and a new one shawl on the needles.

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I finished Carolan about 10 days ago I think but just got around to blocking it yesterday. I really love this shape shawl. It is pretty easy to block and wear.

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Quite a transformation as you can see in these before and after blocking shots.

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So here’s what I have going now. It’s a semi circle, using the Elizabeth Zimmerman pi shawl formula. I really think this shape is great fun to knit. I enjoyed the last one I did which Dee designed using my Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn a few years ago. Here’s the Ravelry link to it; Culpeper. This new one is called Kassiani which I am making using my Classic Merino Bamboo yarn in one of my newer colors from last summer, Cerise.

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I had a great time in Estes Park. It was my first trip to Colorado. EstesPark2018 (20)

This was taken on the little highway going into Estes Park. It was quite magnificent but as you can imagine can also be tedious when there is a lot of traffic. Which there was. Apparently June is high tourist season in Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park is right at the entrance.  I stayed in an adorable little cabin just outside of the strip and about a mile from the park entrance.

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I liked the quiet and was amazed that you really don’t need air conditioning. I left my windows open the whole week and it was actually quite chilly in the morning, getting down into the mid to upper forties at night.

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This river was running through the property and was as close as I got to hiking. I started several times to go into the Park, but I kept getting turned off by the prospect of sitting in traffic for hours which is how it seems to be this time of year.  I really didn’t mind just hanging out and reading and knitting.

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One thing I did just have to do was go drive by the Stanley Hotel, when I realized it was right there in Estes Park just up the road from where I bought my groceries. For any Stephen King fans, you probably know that this is the hotel which inspired the story The Shining. I didn’t want to pay for parking so this was as close as I could get to it, LOL!

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Unfortunately, I won’t be able to vend at the Wool Market next year since the date falls on the same weekend as another Festival I am already signed up for, but it was a fun experiment. It was a bit too far and expensive for what I made as well, and that’s just how it goes sometimes. You don’t know if you don’t take a shot though. By the time it was all over I was very happy to get home and stay here for awhile. After 5 shows in 5 weeks, it was high time for some home time. I am here until July 31, when I will be off to Chicago for Stitches Midwest.

 

 

In the Home Stretch

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I have begun the edging on my Carolan Shawl, so it shouldn’t be long now. I like a shawl with a knitted on edging since it eliminates that long bind off at the end. This particular edging is pretty memorable so only brief glances at the chart are called for, which makes for faster progress. I think this one is going to be very popular in the booth, as are the others of this construction. The color is a bit hard to photograph without a light box though. I took this one in my hotel room a night or two ago, so it’s a bit off.

Yes, I am in a hotel again. This is the eighth hotel this month and I have a few more before I am home for about 6 weeks. I like what I do, but I am also conflicted when I leave my family, especially for longer stretches like this last one will be. I am going from Indianapolis tomorrow to Estes Park, CO, for the festival there next weekend. It will be two days of driving to get there, but I am excited to be able to get a booth and venture into a new market. It is our first time in this area. I am also a bit anxious about fitting my booth into a single 10×10 since that was all I was able to get in order to secure a spot this year. I normally take a double space. It will work somehow. I am a firm believer in the phrase “where there’s a will there’s a way”.

I am writing this post right before the market opens at the Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival this morning, and customers are arriving so I had better close for now. Next time will probably be from my cottage in Colorado. :-)

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Back to Lace Knitting

As promised, here is the Onesie I finished last week, blocked but still without buttons. I did buy some, they just needed sewing on. All 10 of them. Ugh. I don’t like sewing on buttons, so it’s a good thing this turned out cute enough to make that worthwhile. :-)

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I have moved Carolan onto a longer needle and and on the next to the last repeat of the main body stitch pattern. Here’s the most recent picture but I have knitted on it a bit more since.  It’s a pleasant knit so far. The lace is just interesting enough but memorable so just a glance at the chart is plenty. I dislike having to look at the chart constantly.

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I am in Lexington, KY for the Kentucky Fiber Festival this weekend. It’s a nice show, and so close to home for a change. It’s nice to only have to be away for three nights and to be home early on Monday. I have a few days home again before my next festival. Anyway, here’s a shot I took of the booth this morning before the market opened.

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Okay, I lied, it’s two. :-)

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Update From Minnesota

Hey there blog!

I am happy to report that we got all the yarn labeled before I left for my mini vacation. I was pleased to be able to meet that goal and relax and enjoy the trip.

I had a fantastic time in Chicago, where we went for the concert and then visiting one of my daughters. Steven Wilson and the band were awesome as usual and Jerry and I had a lot of fun alone time. We saw the show both nights at the Vic Theater and did some exploring around the area.

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We stayed at the hotel just around the corner and saw the band’s gear being unloaded into the venue on the afternoon we arrived. I tried to play it cool and not look like a fangirl but I was totally losing it inside, LOL!

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We bought the tickets for the first night’s show as a last minute idea so we were in the balcony that night. I didn’t take any pictures from that show but I am so glad we went since the setlist was slightly different both nights and we would have missed out on one of the songs we were most waiting to hear if we had only seen the second show. I had bought the tickets for the second show when they went on fan pre-sale so we were in the second row for that. I did take a couple pictures but restrained myself from taking more since they asked for no filming the first night.

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This was pretty much how close we were when they came to the front of the stage. I only cropped these pictures a bit, no zoom was used. It was amazing!

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On the day between shows Jerry and I walked down to the lake front park and puttered around for awhile before lunch.

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We went to visit Meredith and Luke the next day and had a great visit with them, but I forgot to take any pictures. Oops! We also missed the new baby by a day and a half. She was born the day after we got home. They named her Samantha Claire and she looks very much like her beautiful mother did as a baby.

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Speaking of babies, I did finish that onesie I was knitting on the night before I left for Minnesota. I didn’t get a chance to take a picture before I left so I will do that on my return. In the mean time here’s a knitting progress shot of Carolan, which I have gone back to work on. I was able to find my place without much trouble and have knit quite a bit on it in my down time at the hotel last night and the night before last.

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I am headed over to the fairgrounds to set up my booth shortly for the Shepherd’s Harvest Festival tomorrow. Here’s a shot of my truck and trailer I took Tuesday before I left Nashville. As you can see we are in full spring/summer mode there, but not so much here in Minnesota today. It’s only mid 40’s today, but I see the forecast for Saturday and Sunday look sunny and warm. Hope it’s good turnout! See you again soon.

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