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.

More Test Knitting

I’m knitting as fast as I can to finish the test knit I started right before my last post. It is going very quick which is good because I am itching to start my small size test knit of my Vintage Diamonds Cardigan. More on that next time I hope.

I am on the last section which is all lace. It is a wider band than the first three. I may have to improvise on the last 4-6 rows if my calculations are correct on yardage. I thought I had enough but we’ll see. I can always dye a bit more but I may just use a left over of the lighter gray instead.

In other news, we have a new batch of Nostepinnes and Darning Eggs up on the website this week. We had some Spalted Maple from a tree we cut down in our yard last year that was finally ready to turn. These are limited quantities, so if you want a really special and unique gift or treat for yourself, don’t miss out. πŸ˜‰ Carpe diem.

Wonderful Wallaby

I am happy to report that the Wonderful Wallaby is done. I am very pleased with how it came out. I really like how it fits too. I think this one will be getting lots of wear when it isn’t hotter than you know where outside. πŸ˜‹

I still need to get a few buttons for it. They’ll probably be mostly ornamental because I doubt I’ll need them very often, but there are button holes so there should be buttons, right? Well eventually anyway.

I guess I am going to need to test knit the smallest size of my Vintage Diamonds Cardigan soon. I think I’ll use the Classic Merino Bamboo for that one. It’ll be starting that as soon as I finish a test knit for a friend. It’s a lovely little shawl and I’ll link you up after I check with her, but here’s a sneak peek.

I am using some leftover partial skeins of my Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn to make this and taking notes of my yardage for each section. It’s going pretty fast. I just started on Friday and I am to the third of four garter sections. There will be one more narrow lace section and a wider one at the bottom. Short and sweet. 😊

Thursday updates

Titles are hard! Some days it’s just difficult to come up with a relevant one and this is what you get. 😊

I am getting extremely close to finishing up the Wonderful Wallaby . I am 1″ away from the last bit of top shaping on the hood and that’s it.

I have added to the hood length since I took these photos.

In other news, I am nearly finished with the pattern for the Vintage Diamonds Cardigan. It’s been slow going to include the 4 other sizes in the directions. Lots of math. I have only two more sleeve cap sizes, the collar and the embroidery details to add and it’s ready for some other sizes to be test knit. I mostly need the smallest one done so I can have the range of yardage required. I made the size in the middle and have a volunteer for the largest. Anyone game?

I am really enjoying the sunflowers we planted this year. I can see them out the kitchen window and they are so cheerful!

The show this past weekend was great. Much better than I had hoped actually, since it was pretty slow the previous time we were there in 2019. It is nice to be able to go home every night too. πŸ™‚

Lots to Catch Up

I’m sorry it’s been a little while since my last post. I have been working a lot lately. I will try to catch you up on a few things.

The Vintage Diamonds Cardigan is finished but I haven’t quite got the pattern ready yet. Hopefully in the next couple weeks I can devote some more time to that. I really love it though. πŸ˜€

I also have gotten back to the Wonderful Wallaby and am working on the top yoke section.

We have been busy most days working on products for the remaining festivals this year. We are working on new Shawl and Hair Sticks, Nostepinnes and Darning Eggs, plus lots of dyeing.

Here’s just a tiny bit of that.

We are going to be vending this weekend in Lebanon, TN at the Natural Fiber Extravaganza. So, if you are in the Nashville area come check it out.