Last Post of 2019

Here is the progress on my current project. In case you forgot, since it’s been a few weeks, I am knitting a new sample of Ode to the Butterfly shawl in my Classic Merino Bamboo yarn. I am only six rows from finishing this so my next post should be of the completed shawl.

It’s hard to tell what this will look like while it’s on the needles but it is a beautiful design and I can’t wait to see it blocked out in this yarn. That keeps me motivated to get this done. Also I need to get the re-knit of my Honeydew Lace Square on the needles. I don’t know how long it will take to knit and I am probably going to have to edit the pattern with new numbers for the fingering weight version so it won’t be too humongous. My ambitious goal is to have it done for the spring festivals.

Hope your holiday celebrations were wonderful and that many blessings come your way in the new year.

December Update

Wow, where to start? I knew it had been a bit long since my last post, but I didn’t realize until I looked it up today that it has been over a month. Here we are at the end of 2019 almost. Why are we always surprised by this? Anyway, we got the tree up yesterday, and Mimi is having fun driving me crazy bonking the ornaments and climbing on the presents.

So I’ll catch you up on my knitting since last month. First, I finished the Usonian II in my Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn. This is the second one I have made and it’s just a really fun shawl to make. People are drawn to it too. It’s gets lots of attention in the booth.

So the next thing I did was to swatch for a reknit and possible rewrite/edit of my Honeydew Lace Square design from last year. The yarn that I used for this was my lace weight base which I had to discontinue this year due to the mill not producing it any longer. I decided the thing to do would be to try it with one of fingering weight yarns. Here are the swatches in my Classic Merino Superwash Sock from the above shawl.

Top sample is the Merino Superwash Sock yarn and the bottom is the original Merino Lace
Both samples in Merino Superwash Sock with different needle sizes

In the bottom picture I tested first my default lace needle size in fingering weight yarn, which is a US 5 (the blue yarn). I then tried a US 4 to see if I liked the definition and fabric better. It was a bit preferred, but I was surprised that the size/gauge of the overall swatch was almost identical. I will probably go with the US 4’s but haven’t decided what color I want to use.

So in the meantime I have another design that I used as a sample in my lace weight. It is a pattern one of my daughters wrote about 10 years ago called Ode to the Butterfly. I am re-knitting it in my Classic Merino Bamboo, which is a fingering weight. I am using my US 5 needles on this even though the pattern calls for a US 7. I have a Ravelry project page here.

Okay, so that’s enough catching up for now. Hope you are enjoying getting ready for the holidays!

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.

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.