New Projects


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.


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!


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My Thurmont Shawl is all done! I really like it too. Easy and fun knit which I am looking forward to wearing this fall. Right now, no way. DK weight Merino wool is not for use in the south in the height of summer heat. Winking smile It should be just right by October though.

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I ended up using 225-230g of yarn for mine, so I have enough left of the third skein for fingerless mitts or a small hat.

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I haven’t started a new knitting project yet. I still have my Honey Cowl on the needles so I will piddle with that for a day or two and probably call it done. After that I have an idea about what to knit next. I  am thinking about finally making my Sonnenblume which I still have the yarn for in my knitting bag. I was the dyer for Anne’s FIFC club in 2012 and I saved myself a skein to make this. Honestly I hate doing a provisional cast on and I think that caused my procrastination. It’s quite silly, I know.

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I will leave you with a picture of my work for the last two days for the mill. The two colors in front are to be spun separately and then plied together; the same for the two colors on the middle table. I wish I could see the yarn when they are done because I bet they will look cool. Smile

What’s Up This Week?

So sorry for the recent neglect of the blog. Last week was a whirlwind of driving, hauling gear, schlepping in and out of hotels and venue, and visiting with lots of knitters. In case you forget what I mean, I was in Pittsburgh for the 12th annual Knit & Crochet Festival.

We were in the new downtown location this year; the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. It is a lovely facility and has much more space. The plans are ongoing for next year’s event with a new date of March 24-26, 2017.

I took a few pictures of the booth but they weren’t too great due to lighting which I poorly planned for. Next year I think I am going to have to get some booth lighting. Anyway here a couple of the better ones. 

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I arrived home on Monday and got right to work on a dye order for the fiber mill. It was one bump of alpaca to be dyed Tomato Red and twenty-nine skeins of yarn to be hand painted in a color way specified in a small swatch which I was to match.

Here’s the fiber:


And here’s the yarn. I am really happy with how this batch came out. The blue here is actually a turquoise and the colors are all richer and more saturated in person.





While I was in Pittsburgh, Jerry was hard at work here finishing up a batch of new Yarn Boxes in Walnut wood. I just love Walnut! Isn’t it lovely? I should have the finish on them and have them on the website by early next week. Here’s a preview shot I took on Tuesday when I was out working in the dye/finish studio. Smile

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Nearing the Finish Line

We had a smattering of snow again yesterday but thankfully it is only a dusting and roads are still clear. It’s pretty chilly out today so I think I will wait until the afternoon for grocery shopping, which is why I have time to write this post this morning.

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What you see here is the results of Friday’s dyeing. About half is a minor restock of my inventory and the rest is for the Bocce Shawl Kit.

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This week I got to work on the winding of the mini skeins for the kit. I have one color all done and four more to go. I have the cover sheet for the pattern ready and the only detail to be finalized is how to package the kits.

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Most importantly, to me anyway, is that I am sooo close to finishing the knitting of the booth sample Bocce Shawl! I am finished with the color sections and only have the border to knit. That’s only 12 rows and the bind off, so not much at all. I just love how it’s coming out and can’t wait to see it after it’s blocked.

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I took this shot of Elijah on Friday when I was out working when he came out to play and observe wearing his big sister’s boots. It was so precious I couldn’t resist a picture. Smile

Well, blocked shawl pictures and more details on the kit will most likely be in the next post. Stay warm, spring is coming soon! Right?

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Feast or Famine

I have wanted to write a new post so many times in the last week but was too busy in the morning to do it before starting my day and by the end of it, had too little energy to spare. I am now writing to you while my breakfast is cooking, before heading back out for a day at the dye pots once again. In February you waste a sunny pleasant day at your peril when work is to be done outside. We have been fortunate to have most of this week but there is potential nasty winter weather forecast for Monday and Tuesday. fiber-dyeing-02-04-16 (4)

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So last week I started getting the dyes mixed for some yarn to restock my inventory for the coming festival season and to dye for the Bocce Shawl kit I told you I am putting together. As soon as I had completed that and the yarn arrived from the mill and I was prepared to get to work dyeing it all up when I received word from the mill I dye for that they had some business for me. Their order took precedence (from my perspective) so I got right on it. I picked it up on Friday and started dyeing up samples on Saturday. Monday was spent mixing stock. Tuesday I mixed the colors. Wednesday and Thursday I dyed up the whole order. On top of that there is always meals to cook, laundry to do, errands to run, school work to oversee, you can see why my lack of energy at the end of the day for blogging. Oh and I almost forgot that our hot water heater sprang a leak and needed replaced during all this too. It is all I can do to put on the kettle for a cup of Earl Grey and listen to some music to unwind. Smile

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So one more day out at the pots today should be all I need to get my yarn done. Possibly pictures will be forth coming.

I have managed to squeeze in a bit of knitting as well on the Bocce Shawl and it is really looking nice if I do say so myself. I love these colors together broken up by the natural color. I have three more colors to go and the border.


Back Home

The year is drawing to an end and so has the show season, at least for me. I am getting back into the routine of daily life without travel interruptions. There has been much housekeeping and bookkeeping to get caught and last week took care of most of it. I still need to get the oil changed in my truck and renew the tags. I plan to take care of those items this week. I also will be back to work at my dyepots I think. New Era Fiber Mill has already sent some jobs my way which I did late last week. I expect to pick up some more when I drop off the finished goods tomorrow.

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Here are the samples I worked up on Wednesday and the whole lot below which I did on Thursday.

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On the knitting front, after I finished Lilyanna, I cast on a new project for a new designer I will be retailing for next year. I have some of Nancy Whitman’s patterns already on the website. Her work is also available on Ravelry. The first one of her lovely designs that I picked to knit is the Bermuda Shawl. I am using my Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn in Atlantic and Midnight Blue on size US 6 needles. I wouldn’t normally use that size needles with this yarn in stockinette, but since the yarn is comparable in yardage to the Madelinetosh Merino Light and she used a US 7, I went for it. The idea is to have drape and a lighter fabric, I assume.

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It is going pretty fast. I am a bit past the halfway point already. It is a perfect movie knitting. I am still working my way through the X-Files for the third time, and I am sadly down to the last two episodes of the last season. I hope the new episodes in January will be good. I remain a bit skeptical that they can pull it off.

Wednesday’s Work


The weather has been great here for the last several days. Sunny and low humidity with highs only in the low eighties so yesterday was perfect weather for getting the custom dye job done.


These two colors are a bit off in this picture, unfortunately. The blue one is more turquoise and looks much more saturated.


These are the two colors that I adjusted a bit from the sample colors and I am quite happy with how they came out. I am delivering the fiber this afternoon.


I have gotten past the short row sections on the body now on the Chance of Showers cardigan, so it is easier to see the shaping now. The back is longer than the front because of the short rows. I have a set of plain stockinette rows to work and then I think is the edging. Maybe I will have it done before I leave for Wisconsin on the September 9th. Smile