Random Knitting

I can’t seem to fit in writing a blog post except during brief down times at shows. I have been home since a couple days before Halloween, but have not been able to make enough time to write a post since I got here. So, finally here I am with a couple updates for you.

I finished my finger less mitts while I was in Asheville. I wore them over the weekend. I haven’t gotten around to writing up a pattern for them yet though. I needed something to knit while I was there, so I made a quick decision based on what I had with me, and cast on another Usonian. This time I am using my Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn in a more subtle color combination.

After this is finished I have a few ideas kicking around in my head on what I will be working on next. I’ll share more once I start a few swatches.

I have one more festival this year and some dyeing when I get back from that. The festival is a newer one which I have not been to before. It’s the East Texas Fiber Festival in Canton, TX. If you are in the DFW area, I hope you can make out to the show. It’s been a few years since I have been to a festival in Texas and I am looking forward to it. :-)

I will try and write more frequently once I am home for the winter. Thanks for reading!

It’s Feeling Like Fall

I prefer summer but this one has been pretty intense, especially in September, so I have to admit that even I was ready for a change.

I had most of a skein of Classic Merino Superwash Sport yarn leftover from my Firenze sweater and I had planned to make some fingerless mitts with it. So, after finishing the Delmare shawl and since I had nothing else in the immediate queue, I decided it was time. Plus, I have been dying to use my Signature Needles DPNs I got at stitches Midwest. :-)

I have all but the thumb done on the second one. I’ll probably do that later today so I can wear them over the weekend. I’ll probably need them. :-)

I designed these myself and may write up the pattern. I like long cuff mitts since I wear short sleeve t-shirts year round and it gives me a bit of extra warmth under my jacket or sweater when it’s cold out. I rarely need a coat and don’t even own one. I just use light layers on the occasions when it’s too cold for just a hoodie.

I am currently killing time in my hotel’s lobby waiting for my room to be ready. That’s where I took the second picture. I arrived in Asheville in time for booth set up which was supposed to happen about noon. With the last minute changes needed at SAFF in order for the show to go on, it’s not surprising that there were a couple of hang ups. The McGough Arena, where we have had to re-locate for this year, wasn’t ready for us to move in when I got there. They should be ready in a few hours, hopefully. I figured I would just drop my luggage and eat lunch while I am waiting. So, here I am also writing a blog post. Never a wasted moment, right?

Glad to be Home

I returned to Nashville this Monday after two wonderful festivals in Virginia. I am glad to be home for a couple of weeks before the last three shows of this year.

The weather turned cooler finally for the Fall Fiber Festival of Virginia and even here in Nashville the heat has finally broken.

I bound off Delmare on Sunday night. I drove all day Monday and have had a couple of busy days putting my house back in order after my absence for almost 2 weeks, so I just got around to blocking my shawl yesterday.

Rare self modeled picture

The link above is for my project page on Ravelry where you can purchase the pattern. If you are inclined to use our yarn to make one for yourself or some lucky recipient, you can find that on our website. I used about 366 yards of the main color (Earl Grey), 237 yards of the Fern and 138 of the Midnight Blue. Thanks!

A Bit of Lace

It’s my last day in Winchester, VA. The Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival was great. I am heading to Orange,VA tomorrow to set up for the Fall Fiber Festival of Virginia.

I have been working on Delmare a lot while enjoying some down time between shows this week. I only have one more lacy section in the green and then the border in grey and it will be finished. I am really pleased with these colors together.

My next post will be either from my next show or home, depending on whether I get time to post again before I leave.

Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival and Delmare update

I’ll open with a quick picture of my progress on Delmare which is designed for my Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn.

I traveled on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday for my annual trek to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. I am currently vending at the Shenandoah Valley fiber Festival . I will be staying the week after the festival and then making my way to near Charlottesville for the Fall Fiber Festival of Virginia.

I set up the booth yesterday and got in some knitting for the rest of the afternoon and evening. That’s the Richland shawl in the front in the picture below. Looks nice if I do say so myself.

Better close for now. The booth is getting busy!

Richland and Delmare

I have finished my Richland Shawl since my previous post and have cast on for my next project. Before I show you the pictures of Richland, here is the yarn I am using for what’s on my needles at the moment.

Fern, Midnight Blue, Earl Grey

I am using the Earl Grey (greyer in person than in this picture) as the Color A, Fern as color B and Midnight Blue as color C. The pattern is one of Dee O’Keefe’s latest releases, Delmare, in which she used my Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn as the base yarn. It should be a pretty quick project since the lace work is minimal. I am not a big fan of making these garter shawls which are all the rage because I prefer complexity, but the color changes help keep it interesting. :-)

Lavender, Damson Plum, Berry

These are the original colors Dee used for her sample. I usually like to select different colors for several reasons, but in this case I had two main reasons. First I discontinued the Berry this year (heh, sorry about that); and second I was itching to use some of my new colors from this year. (Fern and Earl Grey)

Okay, so on to the finished shawl you are waiting to see. I really love it! These DK weight asymmetrical triangles are pretty fun to knit and get a lot of admiration in the booth. :-) The are quick and easy but still interesting enough to not get tedious.

last progress shot to see the texture before blocking
Quite a difference!
Just look at those texture stitches!

This lovely shawl will be making it’s debut this coming weekend in Yellow Springs, OH at the 24th annual Woolgathering Festival at Young’s Jersey Dairy. Hope to see some of you there!

Holbrook #3 and Other News

I completed my Holbrook last week and am finally getting around to updating the blog. Hopefully this one will be staying in the booth longer than the last one did.

Here’s my new project on the needles. It’s another of my favorite styles to make lately out of my Classic Merino Superwash DK yarn, called Richland, by Dee O’Keefe. These have really been popular in the booth and I am excited to have a chance to knit with one of this year’s new colors for it.

Since my last post I returned from Schaumburg and Jerry and I took a short little road trip to the Smoky Mountains for two nights alone. We have been happily married for 31 years this year but have only away alone like this 5 times, including this one. We had a lot of fun just exploring and hanging out together. Must do it again! Anyway here’s a few pictures.

Hike up to Clingman’s Dome
At the visitor’s center in Kodak, TN near our hotel

We saw two caves and I think this is from The Lost Sea

View from Clingman’s Dome

So the weekend after this I was in Allegan, MI for the Michigan Fiber Festival and had a great time there in my new space in the nice new Expo building. I think the booth looked especially nice with the better lighting and more room.

Before I close I will throw in a final couple shots of Holbrook which will be back in the booth next weekend in Wisconsin at the Sheep & Wool Festival.