Glad to be home

I am so glad to be home for a stretch after a super busy spring show season. I went to 9 shows in 15 weeks and the last 5 were consecutive weeks with only a day or two home between each. To make it more crazy I usually had some production work to do when I was home. I am still working on dyeing more yarn, including 5 new colors. I am fitting that in as I can between home/family stuff. Here’s a few pictures of what I have in the works in that respect.

Fern and Graphite drying on the lines
Emerald (Left) Graphite (Center) Fern (Right)
New color samples for 2019. The one on the left and right of Graphite are as yet unnamed and waiting to be dyed.

So, the dyes are in the process of being mixed when I have an hour or two here and there to spend in my studio. The yarn is finally all here and now I just need a few days of good weather and no other critical tasks that need my attention so that I can get it all done. I had to take one of the guinea pigs to the vet yesterday and I have to take my father to an eye procedure tomorrow. Hopefully that will be it for awhile.

So the other thing I was planning to share was my Firenze sweater progress. I am working on the plain body section now after finishing the cabled yoke and dividing the sleeves. Progress is much faster so I hope to have it done by the next show, but that is in mid July so I’m not sure if that is a realistic goal.

Color is closer to true in this one from last week.
Progress as of today.

I’ll close for now. I’m going to try and get the last bit of color mixing done this afternoon so I can possibly get the dyeing done over the weekend. Talk to you again soon!

It happened again

I know. It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? May has been a blur and no time for blogging. So. I’ll try and catch you up this morning.

I have had three shows and am at another this weekend with one more to go next weekend before I have a break in traveling. I will be home until the end of July. Where am I now? In Atlanta for Stitches United. I drove down and set up the booth yesterday. I didn’t get any pictures last night, so maybe later?

A few new things are in the booth like the finished Debussy . I am sorry for the quality of this picture, which I took last weekend in the booth, but it’s all I have at the moment.

I also managed to dye three new yarn colors which I am just realizing I have forgotten to take any pictures of!?! Sorry. I promise that will be something I will do today while I am at the booth and put them in the next post. Oh, but new colors also means three colors are discontinued, so they will be on Clearance for 50% off. The sale prices will be on the website by next week, if anything is left after these last two shows. No time to do it right now.

Ok, so what I’m knitting now (in my free time :-D) is a sweater for a change. It’s Firenze and I am using my Classic Merino Superwash Sport in Sapphire. I am getting close to being finished with the cabled yoke and I think the progress will pick up after that. It’s stockinette and rib for the body and then the 3/4 sleeves. I love those.

Remember the Holbrook Shawl I knit this winter? Pretty isn’t it? I guess someone else agreed that it was so pretty they needed it more than I did. I was stolen from my booth at Shepherd’s Harvest Festival in Minnesota a few weeks ago. I was very upset to say the least. So, not only do I need to re-knit this sample, I have made necessary changes to discourage this from happening again. This is the second sample I have had stolen in the last year. Six skeins of yarn also disappeared from my booth In Greencastle, IN. From now on I am securing all my samples with multiple zip ties and trying to arrange my booth where I am in sight of as much as possible. It’s really sad that it has come to this, but what else can you do? SMH

So, you will soon see another Holbrook in the same color on my needles. Sigh.

Okay, I have to close for now. I need to drop back by the booth and add some finishing touches before the evening Sneak Preview. Hope to see some of you this weekend or next at Hoosier Hills Fiber Fest!

Kittens and Knitting

I don’t think I mentioned it before but when I returned from Chicago the first week of April, the stray cat that hangs around our house had kittens next to our front porch. This is the mama cat and a picture when they were probably a week or two old.

They are about 4-5 weeks old now and you can see they are getting to be crowded in this space. I figure she will have to move them soon since she can’t really even climb in with them to nurse them anymore. She perches herself above.

I am almost at the end of my two week break from traveling. I am headed off to Minnesota for Shepherd’s Harvest Festival on Wednesday morning. I thought I was going to be dyeing yarn these last two weeks, but alas, my order has not arrived from the mill. I don’t know how I will fit in any restock dyeing at this point (when all my yarn arrives that is) as I have festivals for the next 5 weeks. I have 2-3 days in between each but that doesn’t help a whole lot for the way I work.

On the bright side, I have had much more time and energy for sample knitting. Debussy is coming along quite nicely and I may even have it finished pretty soon. This is how I spent my Sunday afternoon and evening.

Kimani and Greencastle

YarnCon was great! I also had a good visit with my daughter Meredith and her family before heading back to Nashville. I always try to fit in a couple days to see them whenever I am in Chicago, since they are less than an hour east of there.

It’s a bit tricky to get photos of these two busy babies but I managed a couple halfway decent ones. LOL!

So after I got home I finished the Kimani shawl I had been working on and got it blocked yesterday, just in time for The Fiber Event. I am leaving in the morning for that and will be driving home Easter Sunday.

Before I get to the final glamour shot of Kimani, here’s how much yarn was left after the bind off. Yep 6 grams. Pretty close but at least I used most of the two skeins right?

Next to the little ball is the yarn for my new project. It’s a DK weight design by Dee O’Keefe called Debussy. It’s one of my favorite shapes to make lately, a tip to tip triangle. I am using my Classic Merino DK in Sea Oat.

Finally here’s the finished shawl and I am very pleased with it. I am going to close for now to help Jerry in the shop for a bit before we head out for a concert tonight. Never a dull moment!


Holbrook and YarnCon

I will get to Holbrook in a minute but first I want to catch you up since last post. I had a great show in Raleigh and drove home on Sunday. I did some house cleaning on Monday morning and then proceeded to get a relapse of the flu I had before I left home for Pittsburgh a couple weeks ago. Sigh. I spent most of that week home laid up with a fever and cough so the Holbrook I finished is just now getting blocked. I didn’t do any knitting even while I was sick but have gotten some progress done on Kimani this week. That’s it above. I really do like it in this color!

Okay, so here’s the blocking picture of Holbrook. This one shows the color surprisingly better than the ones I took outside today. This one on the blocking tiles was taken in my room last night with poor lighting. I guess the new Galaxy S10+ lives up to the camera reviews.

These however are a little washed out on the color. I was in a hurry I guess since I had a few other tasks to get to this morning.

This one will be with me in Chicago this weekend for YarnCon. I am excited to be able to return this year after missing it last year. I will be on the new vendor area on the Ground Floor near the Dark Matter coffee bar. Hope to see you there!

It’s not looking good

Well, the Holbrook shawl looks good, actually, what I mean is that the chances of being done by Monday so I have time to block it and pack it on the 12th aren’t looking great.

As you can tell, I have started the border edging but I am only about 30% done at this point. I haven’t given up all hope but I am realistic. I have a pretty long list of preparation tasks still and other things keep coming up too. I am trying to keep up and not let anything fall between the cracks. In order to do that I have to keep a handle on prioritizing that at least the most important stuff gets done first. Knitting is important, don’t get me wrong, but unfortunately it’s not at the top of the list.

So that’s my quick update. I have a million things to get to today, so I better get busy. Wish me luck!

I think I can…

I am about 10 days into my Holbrook Shawl and the progress is encouraging. I have only 3 repeats of the main stitch pattern, which means 18 more rows, if I want to end it there and move on to the border. I had entertained the idea of adding two more repeats to make it a bit larger, but I am probably just going to go with the size as written. I would like to have this one finished in time to have it in the booth at Pittsburgh and Raleigh next month.

Speaking of fiber festivals, I have been working through my other show prep lists when I am not knitting or taking care of the household and family tasks. It has been a challenge with all the rain this winter but I did manage to get some yarn dyeing done on Monday. This is about half of it which I put back out on the lines today during a short respite in the wet weather. My next opportunity to get it all dry will be Sunday and Monday.

There are things that can be done on rainy days too. I have some Yarn Boxes I need to wax, yarn labels that need printed, cut apart and color labeled, patterns to be printed, etc. Of course it’s that time of year that we all dread; tax time. I have done my Federal return, first quarter sales tax returns, and local business personal property return, so that’s at least out of the way. Whew! I also need to take my truck to get some scheduled maintenance done before I hit the road again.