Finally an update

I have finally got a bit of time when I am not at the end of a long day of work to catch up on my blog.

After returning from Greencastle, I had to get straight to work at my dyepots. As I may have mentioned earlier, I had quite a large amount of fiber to dye for the mill, about 130#, plus I ordered 450# of yarn to dye for my own inventory. That is pretty much all that has been happening here.

I got the fiber done first so I could get their stuff back to them asap. My yarn order arrived on the same day i finished to fiber so no rest for the weary, yet. This week I dyed the yarn and was so happy to put up my pots for awhile on Friday. I started labeling yesterday.

I have needless to say made zero progress on my knitting since I couldn’t even manage to get much reading done at the end of the day, much less do anything that required muscle movements. I do however have a couple pictures of where I was when I last touched them two weeks ago.

My Carolan above, and I am afraid I will have to do some investigating when I return to it since I have no clue where I left off in the chart.

The onesie is nearing completion with only the bottom shaping on one side and the sleeves to go.

I also took a few of my dyeing this week. I dyed almost 1500 skeins in 3 days, so this is only a small sampling. I don’t want to bore you. 😉

These are the reds I did on Friday and below is what I could get in the frame of the buckets of already dried yarn. There are many more that are not shown.

I will try to get back to posting more when this is all done and I start traveling again. My next event is Shepherd’s Harvest in Minnesota on Mother’s Day weekend.

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you that I am going to Chicago with Jerry this coming Tuesday for a mini vacation. We have only done this maybe three times in our 30 years of marriage and I am looking forward to it very much. We are going two nights to a concert and then to spend a night at my third daughter’s. Their new baby is due soon and it would be a nice bonus if baby was born by then.

I will try to get in at least one update while I am on my much needed break. Take care!

Busy as a One Armed Paper Hanger 

I am sure you are tired of hearing how busy I am. We all are, right? Nevertheless it is the truth and I certainly don’t have any knitting progress to show you so this is what I have to talk about or not post at all.  After returning from Yarn Con on April 3rd I have hardly had time to catch my breath. 

There were over a hundred Yarn Swifts awaiting me to apply finish on and put in bags. Then I had to catch up my records and do some quarterly sales taxes. Then after a bit of house cleaning there was dye to prepare for a huge order of yarn arriving soon. Well, arrive it did, and just as I had completed the dye prep. So that has been wearing me out this week. I am on the last day of that right now. The next couple of days will involve labeling all the yarn and loading it in the trailer. 

I will be off to Virginia and then Conneticut starting on Thursday the 20th. I will be returning to a spring show in Virginia that I did as my 3rd show ever in 2007. It is now called the Olde Liberty Fiber Faire. It appears they haven’t updated the vendor list for 2017 but I will be there. I am then going to Stitches United in Hartford, CT. This will be my first time to that area. Hope to see some familiar faces from Stitches East as well as lots of new ones. 

Since a blog post without pictures is boring, here is a few of what I dyed this morning. :-)

Dye day surprise 

I have a small window of time to write a quick update for you while I am waiting for my dyepots to cook some alpaca fiber today. It is an order for New Era Fiber. Here’s a fun detail about this order; see the blue pot there on your left? 

You will never guess who owns that fleece. Go on try. Ok do you give up? John Carter Cash. Yes, Johnny Cash’s son! How cool is it to live in Nashville?  ;-) 

Since I still have 20 more minutes before I have to get the stuff out of the pot I will share a knitting update too. Here’s a picture of the Fallston shawl progress. It will get more exciting when I start the border but I do love theses colors together. 

Okay I need to get back to work. See you soon. 

 

Back to lace knitting

I can’t remember if I showed you my finished gloves so here they are just in case.

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I did some dyeing this past week to do a little restocking of my inventory and while I was at it I dyed up a 30 skein lot of Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn in a new color I call Robin Egg. I may be adding this color to all my bases later this year if it does well but for now I have it only in the Sock.

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I have also cast on for a new shawl design by the lovely Dee O’Keefe called Fallston. Dee designed this beauty in my Superwash Sock yarn (linked above) this past fall and I was trying to decide what colors I wanted to use for mine. When I dyed the Robin Egg I finally knew. This.

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This is my Garnet paired with the Robin Egg. I love it! So here is the start of the shawl which has grown some since I took this picture yesterday but it will do for now.

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More to come soon!

Partly Sunny

After a week of nothing but gray weather, I was very happy to see the sun peeking over the horizon this morning. It’s at best only partly sunny but headed for a high temperature of 64, so it’s an improvement that I will appreciate.

I have a small order from the fiber mill that I think I will take advantage of the break in the weather to dye up this morning. Here’s my samples I worked up first since I was not sure what I was going to use to achieve maroon and mossy green on this very dark fleece. The bottom is the original color. This was the darkest colors I could get. I have them in the pot now.

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If you recall in my last post I needed to knit the right front of the sweater, which I did. I started the collar/button bands yesterday. I have knit almost half of it not so a finished sweater is very near. I just have to set in the sleeves and sew up the side seams. I guess I had better make a trip to Joann’s today for buttons. :-)

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Oh and here’s the current status of my gloves. I ripped out and cast on with fewer stitches and also went down from the 2.5mm needles to 2.25mm ones. I am currently second guessing the needle change. Sigh.

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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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New Projects

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Well I survived not only one but two provisional cast on incidents in the process of starting the knitting of Sonnenblume. It nearly killed me a few times and more than a few un-lady-like words were uttered but it is smooth sailing now.

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I have also been making preparations for dyeing a bunch of yarn to restock for the late summer and fall festivals. I mentioned I am going to add a couple new colors and here are the sample skeins as a sneak preview. I am calling them Paprika and Peacock. Both are a bit more muted in person than what I see on my screen. They will be replacing Azure and Pumpkin Spice which are colors I have had in my line from the beginning, so ten years. I will have all the yarn in my inventory in those colors on clearance price very soon. More on that later.

Okay I am going to get some knitting done. See you soon!