Final Preparations

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I don’t know who coined the phrase about curiosity killing the cat, but Mimi has got to be the most curious cat I have ever seen. If any thing is going on, at all, she is right in the middle of it, as the above shows so elegantly.  Nothing gets past her, LOL!

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She graciously helped me on my photo shoot for the website a couple days ago. I now have the new stock of Mahogany and Walnut Yarn Boxes available on the website. I will have some of these and some Maple ones as well, in my booths at MKG Knit-In this coming weekend and at Stitches United the following weekend. I am madly doing last minute tasks and packing today, since I am headed out to Wisconsin in the morning.

I had hoped to get my shawl blocked in time but I am not sure that’s gonna happen today. If it does I will be sure and take a shot of it and post it in my next post. I do however have new interim project on the needles before I cast on for another sample. It is Tiriltunge and is going pretty fast so far.

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It will be for one of the new granddaughters, I suppose. Mostly it looked like a fun change of pace and a cute, quick knit. I may end up making two. My oldest daughter had her second baby this past week and my third daughter is due with her second in early May, both girl babies.  Here’s a picture of the latest new little one, Veda. :-)

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This is her very proud big brother, Gabriel. He is so far the lone grandson. :-)

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Okay, I will see you from the frozen north soon.

 

I know, it’s been awhile….

Well, here I am again after a shockingly long hiatus. I saw Needlefingers catch up post yesterday and was inspired to dust off my blog and get back to writing. I like to keep this little record for some of the same reasons Kristi stated. It’s a good way to refresh my memory of what happened when. That gets increasingly helpful at my age, LOL. Also it’s a good way to share with interested parties what’s happening with the business and my knitting. Sure, I can and do use Ravelry to record knitting projects, but sometimes, like now actually, when I am working on a design of my own that I plan to publish the pattern for, I tend to wait until it’s published to post it there.

Which leads nicely into what is on my needles anyway? Well I started this current project around the end of July I think, after I finished my Sprossling in Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn.

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I had this idea to design a Shetland style lace square, but with some modifications on the traditional model. I wanted to make it using my one of my newer colors, Honeydew, in Classic Merino Lace. Time for a picture, yes?

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I picked out a lace pattern from Barbara Walters Treasury and tried swatching from the written directions just to see if I wanted to pursue it. I got about eight rows into a thirty-two row repeat and gave up on that idea. I could see I was never going to make it through the swatch without a chart. So I then spent several hours charting the design and got back to my swatch. I liked it and calculated by gauge how many stitches to cast on and got started. This picture above is taken about a month after I cast on and before I started the border.

What I did that was different from traditional lace squares, AFAIK, is work my center square from one end to the other rather than on the diagonal. I realized after awhile of knitting that I could see the wisdom in the diagonal square for actually producing a square. In order to make the stitch pattern come out even mine is slightly taller than it is wide. I didn’t want to be work mine diagonally because of the pattern direction. I proceeded hoping for the best. :-)

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Finally I reached to point of picking a border design, and went with an Ostrich Plume. By the time I had done one repeat of that I had well over 1000 stitches on the needles I think and decided that was quite enough and time to pick an edging. At this point I and on the final side, having passed the third corner this weekend, and heading to the finish line.

I am not completely sure how big this thing is but I am on the seventh skein of yarn, heh heh. Is anyone going to want to make this? LOL! We shall see, but it is pretty impressive if size counts for anything. This has been my exclusive knitting except for a quick foray into baby sweater knitting around Christmas and New Years for some of the grandbabies.

We are also hard at work in the woodshop this winter/spring making a huge, and I do mean huge, batch of mahogany and walnut boxes. We are finally to the sanding stage. We have to sand all the insides of the box pieces before we do the glue up/assembly, which is to come next.

Oh, I told you back in June how we had gotten a couple guinea pigs, right? Well in September we added a kitten to the mix. Here’s Mimi. :-) She was rescued from someones car engine and we adopted her. She was around 7-9 weeks old I think when we got her which makes her around 7-8 months now.  The top picture is from October 2017 and the bottom one was taken last week.

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Okay, I’ll close for now and see you soon. Thanks for reading!

A Couple New Things

I have no idea what came over me on Tuesday, since I have always been firm on no pets in the house, but here we are with two of them. 

Allow me to introduce you to Leo and Rex. Leo is the light tan one and Rex is the dark one.  This is their play pen for going outdoors and for while their cage is being mucked out, LOL.

Emma is such an animal lover and is 12 now so I guess I felt like she was finally getting old enough to take on the responsibility. I love animals too but my plate is pretty full already with business and family responsibilities and didn’t care for the idea of adding animal ownership to that load. The children are of course very excited and I hope they remain so when the new wears off, LOL. 

In other news, I am in Franklin, IN today and tomorrow for the Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival. I am off to the booth shortly. After I return on Sunday I will have a 8 week or so break in traveling since I didn’t take on any early summer shows. No doubt we will be busy on production and new stuff for the second half of the show season. More on that as that it develops. 


Catching Up

True to my word, I shall proceed to catch you up on some of the goings on around our place.

This time of year has been for several years running the season for home improvements. I am not sure why we tend to follow that pattern but here we are again spending lots of capital to spruce the place up.

So, this was slated the year for new entry doors and windows. We began with the back entry door which used to look like this.

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This was the only old picture (from 2008) I could dredge up of it. I guess you don’t tend to take pictures in front of places that are an eye sore. Open-mouthed smile I didn’t get a chance to take an intentional “before” picture because Jerry changed it out while I was doing a show. Here is the new improved back door.

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We still have work to do on the back windows. They were more complicated to do because the were not built with a standard casement so we have to build that in first before replacement windows can go in.

On to the front entry door. Here is an old picture of the front door inside and out from within the last year or so.

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Notice the ugly hunter green (my least favorite green) and the white porch awning support. Never knew I disliked it until Jerry replaced it with this.

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I adore this red!

Jerry bought a pressure washer and washed the whole house before we started installing the new windows and wow did that make a difference. I bet it had never been done. Our house was built in 1958. We bought it in 1998 from the second owners and I assure you they didn’t do it during their time here. The house was filthy when we moved in. But I digress.

So I do have a few pictures of the front of the house from about 5 years ago versus now. This was taken in May 2011. Notice the cut stone siding in the middle? Also the dark green shutters.

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December 2016:

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We will probably do some sort of planting/landscaping in the front to replace the huge shrubs Jerry cut down. It definitely helps let more light into the living room now. I was quite reluctant about losing my original wood windows and there are some aspects that I miss, but overall the new ones are an improvement with more pros than cons.

We had storm windows on our old windows but they all needed re-glazing and quite a few needed new panes here and there in the sashes. The replacement windows are better sealed and by far easier to open/close and keep clean. I like that a lot. I think they look pretty nice from the outside as well. We installed these ourselves with very little trouble and saved thousands of dollars.

I was planning to write about my knitting today too but this is a pretty long post already and I need to close and serve lunch so I will save that for next time.

Still Here..

Good morning blog. I know it has been ages and once again I beg your pardon. Since my last post from Virginia the end of September, it is now the end of another very hectic month.

I arrived home after the Fall Fiber Festival at Montpelier on October the 3rd and hit the ground running. New Era Fiber Mill has kept me super busy dyeing for them with large orders every week. In addition to that, I had a big batch of new Yarn Boxes in cherry and walnut ready for finish and then to be photographed and added to the website. Some of my yarn inventory also needed replenished (which is a good problem to have Smile) so there was yet more dyeing to be done.

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Now if that isn’t enough for you, we also had the pleasure of hosting my oldest daughter Alicia’s wedding to Aaron Brown at our home. It was outdoors; a small immediate family affair. All of my children and grandchildren were in attendance except for Meredith and Luke, who were sorely missed. It was wonderful to have everyone together again for a brief reunion. My second oldest daughter, Heather, with Garrod and the three little girls stayed at our house. Oh, and Honey, their sweet doggie, came along as well, much to Emma’s delight. I wish I had thought to get some pictures of those two together because Emma enjoyed Honey’s visit very much.

Anyway, it was a thrown together rather last minute, and went off surprisingly well. Open-mouthed smile I am very happy that they came to Nashville so that we could all be a witness to what will surely be a blessed union.

Here’s a few of my favorite pictures that Heather and I took over the weekend.

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I am in Asheville, NC this weekend for SAFF and from here I proceed to Minneapolis, MN for my first Vogue Knitting event. I will make more of an effort to update much sooner next time and fill you in on my travels this week and my recent knitting, not that there has been much of that lately. Open-mouthed smile

Catching Up

I know it’s been awhile since my last post, sorry about that. Since I got back from Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival it has been a busy week and a half with both work and family.

My second oldest daughter flew up for 5 days from Jacksonville with her youngest daughter. We got together here for dinner and visiting almost every day. I don’t get to see her or the children nearly often enough, so we had to squeeze in a lot in only a few days. I didn’t get a lot of pictures but I will share a few of the highlights.

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This is Heather (my 2nd oldest) and her youngest, Lillah.

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Three of my daughters and my two youngest granddaughters. The lone boy here is of course my youngest, Elijah.

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A couple of Pandora who, as babies do, is growing and changing every day. Recognize the sweater?

This week has been so far a time of catching up on household tasks and preparing to do some dyeing. We cleaned the house on Saturday and then set to work on finally getting those last two bedrooms painted that we didn’t get to when we did the whole house about 18 months ago. They look so much better now. I still need to wash all the windows and clean the furniture upholstery if I can get to that. I also need to turn in my end of the year grade reports for the children and order yarn to dye. I am planning a few new colors this year. More on that next post I think.

One more quick update on knitting is called for I think. I am so close to finishing Thurmont. I only have the last chart to knit which is only 12 rows so I should finish up in a day or two. Here’s my progress as of this morning. I did have to go into a third skein of the Classic Merino Superwash DK which I hoped would not be needed. I knew going in that it was a good possibility since the yardage called for was just above my yardage in two skeins.

 

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Travels and A New Pattern

Hello again! I am posting from Lexington, KY this weekend. We are happy to be back at the Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival again this year. We are in the Ag Pavillion as we were in previous years but we have a new location, booth #31.

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I am all settled into my hotel room for the night having a cup of tea. The booth is all finished for the big weekend.

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The Yarn Boxes have been popular this spring. They did very well at DFW and last weekend at the Shepherd’s Harvest Festival in Minnesota.

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I finished the knitting of the medium sized Dora Cardigan in the hotel last weekend in time to put it out for the show. You can see it in the picture there along with the small one in the Superwash Sport above it.

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Here’s a better view of it that I took in the hotel room which is surprisingly not too bad. Smile

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I have the pattern available both on my website and on Ravelry.

I have started a new knitting project but I think I will save that for my next post. How about a couple cute family pictures to close with?

Here’s my cute husband…

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and a new one of my granddaughter Dora from yesterday. She was awake for a while but I stupidly forgot to take any pictures until she fell asleep again. Maybe next time. Smile

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