How is it already the end of May?

Yikes! Where did the spring go? How can it already be Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer? I guess time flies when you are busy (and old, LOL). I knew it had been awhile since I posted but I didn’t realize my last post was April 25th. Sorry about that.

I have been traveling much and basically checking in at home long enough to do the grocery shopping, launder my clothes and throw them back in my suitcase. :-) I have a bit of knitting progress on my Sprossling but it’s still not a sweater yet. I have the back almost finished.  Forgive the lighting please; it’s in my hotel room.

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When I AM home I have been enjoying the wildlife feeders we have in our yard. We see all kinds of critters and birds at the feeding stations. Here’s a feeder Jerry made for the squirrels (in hopes they will stay out of the bird feeder, LOL). Check out the one on the ground eating what the other one drops. :-D

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I am in Wooster, OH at the moment for the Great Lakes Fiber Show.  I hope to see some of you who are regulars to the festival. I am in my usual spot, for those of you who may be new to the show, that is Bldg. 39 booths 31-33.

I have always thought that the drive through Cincinnati is an interesting one. The way the city skyline appears coming in from the south on I-71/I-75.  I decided to try to snap a quick shot on Thursday. I was kind of rainy, but still looks pretty cool.

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The top image is the raw shot and the second is cropped to zoom in the perspective.

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Well, I guess that will do for today. I hope I don’t leave you hanging for a month again. No promises, but I will try. There’s a new grand baby due in a couple weeks so at the very least you will probably hear from me then if not sooner. Thanks for hanging in there. :-)

Finally some knitting…

I missed writing a post while I was in Virginia. The Olde Liberty Fibre Faire was a bit of a wash unfortunately, literally. It rained most of Saturday and the attendance was sparse. I felt for the vendors in tents. I was at least in the barn, but the rain kept blowing in on my side. By 2:00 the wind and rain really picked up and since there weren’t any shoppers by that point we all began packing up. It is such a beautiful place, and the host farm was very good to us vendors. They even had snacks, coffee, water, etc.. for us. Maybe next year will have better weather.

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I left on Sunday and spent two nights in Hagerstown, MD since I wasn’t able to change my hotel reservation in Connecticut to go straight there. I had made my booking there before I knew I was doing the show in Virginia. I figured it would be a good idea to have a shorter drive into Connecticut than I would have had leaving from Lynchburg, VA since I was driving through NYC. Actually after checking out the tolls for my truck/trailer (4 axles) especially the George Washington Bridge, that it was best to re-route if possible. If what I saw online was correct the bridge alone would be about $30. Yikes! I went around the west bypass (I-287) and went over the Tappan-Zee Bridge instead. Anyway, so I am here and resting up for my booth set up tomorrow morning at Stitches United. 

I did get some knitting done since my last post. I finished the second sleeve on my Sprossling and started the back. Sorry for the darkish picture but it’s taken in my hotel room and it’s still raining out. Hope the weather clears soon. I am rather sick of rain just now. :-)

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In Like a Lion

Quite a bit has changed since my last post, hasn’t it? Winter has decided to make a last ditch effort at reminding us of its existence. Just a couple days after I wrote how we had the windows open and it even was in the low 80’s, cold weather blasted in and hasn’t quite given up yet. To make matters worse, for me at least, I am considerably farther north for next two weeks and a couple days.

As I told you last time, my first festival of the year, is the Madison Knitter’s Guild annual winter Knit-In. I arrived on Thursday afternoon and spent most of Friday setting up and restocking the booth. There was an evening preview last night as well, from 8-9:30, so it was a long day. It is good to be back out doing what I love but at the same time my heart is back home in Nashville missing my people, but I am trying to keep my mind on my work so I can keep it together and not be a teary eyed mess for the customers. :-)

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Here’s my work station I took last night, where I am writing this post from this morning too actually. Here’s hoping for a busy day in the market, which is opening momentarily so I had better close.

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Before I go though, here’s a quick shot of the first sleeve on my Sprossling , I finished before I left home. It’s the only knitting I brought with me so I may even finish it before I get home.

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Fallston

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Fallston is now ready for her debut next weekend in Wisconsin at the Knit-In.

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We have had mostly mild weather in Nashville this winter. I have been enjoying my new windows because we have been able to open them so much and enjoy airing out the house. I have had the open open quite a lot actually. They are open today since it’s about 70 degrees and clear skies. I am prepared for the fact I am heading into “winter” next week but hoping it won’t be too bad.

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Besides Wisconsin, I am headed to Pittsburgh for the Knit and Crochet Festival, and then on to Chicago for Yarn Con. I have been watching the weather conditions on an app on my phone for these locations so I know how to pack for the weather.

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It’s getting pretty green here in Nashville. Our peach trees are blooming, well one of them is. The trees are starting to form leaf buds and the Bradford Pears and Crabapple are flowering.

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I thought you might like to see a blocking shot. Below is the piles of freshly washed and blocked booth samples. I got the tags replaced and re-boxed them to put back in the trailer yesterday.

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Robin Egg Blue #2

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I haven’t had a chance to block it yet, but Fallston is done! I have been washing and re-blocking all my shop samples and boy do I have a lot of them. Today I got the last of them blocking so the plan is to block Fallston tomorrow.

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This is what it looks like right now. It looks like a gigantic short sleeve doesn’t it? LOL! I do like seeing the transformation when lace is blocked out the first time even if I do dislike the process itself.

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This is my next project which you will be seeing for awhile. I have been planning to make a second Sprossling (that link takes you to my first one on Ravelry). I have wanted to try it in a fingering weight, which is what it is written for, and now is the time. Remember when I showed you those four skeins of Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn in Robin Egg?

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I actually did a couple swatches on Sunday to see which needles to use and settled on the US 4’s. The fabric is open and lacey but still has some spring. The US 5’s were close to the same for stitch gauge but the row gauge was a bit large and also I felt like the fabric was a bit too loose. What you see here is not the swatches however, I dutifully washed, and measured them and then cast on for a sleeve. I prefer to start with a sleeve and make sure I am happy with the gauge before making the larger pieces.

Blocked Fallston pictures will be coming up in a couple days!

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!