Knitting and Festival Preparations

First up on today’s post is my progress on my Wonderful Wallaby. I have completed one sleeve and started number two.

We are hopeful that the late spring festivals we have on the schedule will happen. The first on up is the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival on May 15-16. It’s going to be a little different this year, in that it will be all outdoor vending. So, we needed some tents for that.

I wanted to see how I will do setting it up solo.

It wasn’t too hard really. It would be a bit smoother and faster with one other person for this step, but I did manage it myself just fine. I’m sure I will get faster with practice too.

We also changed my truck’s oil, got new tires for the trailer, and did some reloading of the trailer to fit in the tents.

We worked them in between the two columns of storage totes on the right.

Ok see you next time. 😊

Carolina Fiber Festival Virtual event

Today is the day. I’ve been working on my virtual booth and it’s all set for the event. I plan to be available for live video chat during all the market hours, 9-6 ET, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here’s a link to my virtual booth.

Yesterday I would have been setting up my full booth in Raleigh, NC for an in person event. Instead I spent some time setting up a smaller version here at home. I wanted to have my products near to hand if anyone needed a demo, or whatever.

Bowls, yarn Boxes, Nostepinnes, Darning-Eggs, Shawl-Hair-Stick, and sock-keepers.
Hand dyed yarn, organic cotton yarn and some baby stuff patterns.
Knitted samples.
Yarn Swifts and ball winders.
Other side of my yarn display.

See you there!

One thing done

I am finished with the scarf I was knitting for my son. It’s all blocked and ready to pass on to him when I get a chance.

I am back at the afghan and will show you some more progress on that next time.

I am busy this week setting up my “booth” for the Carolina Fiber Festival Virtual event. It’s happening on March 12-14 and I will be online from 9 to 6 all three days. I’ll post a link to my booth page when it’s ready.

This Week’s Progress

I am getting sooooo close to the finish on this project. I am about halfway through with the final side. I got a fair bit of this knitting done last weekend when Jerry and I took a short overnight trip to visit my mother-in-law. It’s the most knitting time I have had in awhile, which explains the slow progress I guess.

On our trip home after an overnight in Evansville, we took a slight detour and spent about half a day checking out the Land Between the Lakes park. Jerry has wanted to try some off road trail driving in his truck and we discovered that they have some there. We tried that out and while it was a fun adventure we weren’t too impressed with their trail markings and didn’t want to get lost in there, so we didn’t go very far in. LOL! It was a fun experiment though. I got only one picture of the Bison. There are also Elk but we didn’t go on the drive where you can see them. I think it was still closed anyway.

Since we are on the subject of nature; here’s our yucca plant in full bloom this week. :-)

On the business side; I got all the Nostepinnes and Darning Eggs added to the website last week, and since I told you I would update you on that, consider yourself updated. :-)

We are working on a few ideas for new products at the moment that we are getting very excited about. More on that when I have something to show you. :-)

The One About New Yarn

I have knit a little on my shawl but not enough to see a difference so I will talk about something else today. It involves yarn and a bit of history so if you are interested in either or both read on.

When we started Knitting Notions in 2005, we sold online only. We started with just Yarn Swifts and hand dyed yarn. We added Shawl Pins in 2006 and vended at our first fiber festival (SAFF) that fall. After that we decided that we wanted to expand and add lots of shows for 2007. We did about 10 or so that year and since 2008 we have regularly scheduled 16-20 festivals each year.

Jerry designed and built all our displays for that first full year (2007). This is the yarn displays he made. The size was pretty carefully determined based on average booth dimensions and to allow for room for shoppers while maximizing display space. The number of dowels for the yarn to hang on was based on even spacing along the bars. It happened to be a total of 26 so that has been my maximum color palette per yarn base for all these years.

This year, since I have been wanting to add some more colors and we had time to do it, we decided the time had come to increase the hanging space. We expanded the number of dowels from 26 to 32. All we needed to do was make eight new central bars where the dowels are attached with 16 holes on each rather than 13. I have those 6 new colors I formulated and dyed, and they are now listed on the website.

While I was getting this all loaded in the trailer this week, I decided to work out the placements on the new displays so I could box them appropriately for quick booth set up when we get to do that again. While I had all the yarn out anyway, I set up a yarn display rack on the patio near my trailer and the work shop.

Here’s the line up with the new colors worked in. I am pleased with it, but it took a bit of experimenting to get it where I liked it. It was good to do the head scratching when I wasn’t pressed for time during a real booth set up.

My trailer is pretty full now with the extra yarn. I am going to have to pack carefully to get the other new Bowls, Darning Eggs, and Nostepinnes in there. :-)

Still Plugging Along

Wow, it’s March? How did that happen? Not that I am complaining mind you? The days are getting longer and it’s almost spring. Anyone who knows me, knows I am not a friend of winter. It has been a gray and wet winter here in Nashville, but at least no frozen stuff to speak of, so that’s good.

I have progressed to the inner border on my fingering weight re-knit of my Honeydew Lace Square pattern. I am halfway through that and making edits to the charts to update that pattern when I am finished. I just added the third skein so I may be able to complete the whole thing with only four skeins. That is what I hope for anyway.

The festival season will be starting back up for me in just 10 more days. I have three shows lined up for the second half of March. I will be at the Carolina Fiber Fest on March 13-14; from there I will be in Pittsburgh for the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival on March 20-22; and then it’s on to Hartford, CT for Stitches United on March 26-29. It’s a two drive home from there. I am working through my preparation list and have completed most of the tasks. I am mostly just focusing on that and trying not to think too much about being away from my loved ones for almost three weeks. :-( I enjoy what I do but that is the hard part.

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!