Post From Virginia

Hi again! The Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival was great with wonderful weather and lots of attendees.

I have been enjoying a few days off while waiting for my next show set up on Friday for the Fall Fiber Festival of Virginia . I have mostly spent my time catching up on my reading and knitting, but I did go out on Tuesday to visit Luray Caverns. I had a nice time and have a few pictures, though not great ones I am afraid.

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I have been re-reading the Cormoran Strike novels before starting the newest one that was released last week; Lethal White. It’s not a genre I read often but I can’t resist anything written by J.K.Rowling. These are both interesting as far as the mystery goes, and, even better to me, they are also character driven stories. I have loved getting to know the main characters Cormoran and Robin as the series has grown. It’s what she does so well. I am almost finished with The Silkworm already.

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In knitting progress news; I have gotten to the last chart on Tendrilly which repeats 4x or 6x but I may be doing a hybrid size and repeat it 5x. If I do 4x it will leave about 3/4 of the 3rd skein but doing 6x will require a 4th skein. I am hoping to use just about 3 full skeins with my modification. I will know more as I approach that stage.

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When I get a chance I like to sample local micro-brews, and this was my find here in Virginia to enjoy on my little vacation. Cheers!

Late Again..

I know it’s been a couple weeks since my last post, and I have no excuse. I had shows back to back and last week I was home for 8 days in a row and didn’t have a million things to do for a change, so I took a break. It was great. I just spent time with my people and got some knitting, cleaning, reading, etc.. done.

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I did finish my new cable and lace baby blanket and worked up the chart for the pattern. I don’t have it all written up yet, but it shouldn’t take too long once I get to it. I may do that next week while I am here in Virginia between shows.

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I also started a new sample for the booth on Wednesday night in my Classic Merino DK yarn using one of my new colors from this year; Quartzite. The design is one of Dee O’Keefe’s newest patterns called Tendrilly. It’s more cabley, lacey goodness in one of my new favorite styles, a triangle knit from the tip. That link takes you to my project page where you can also link to the pattern, and IIRC Dee is having a BOGO sale through the 5th of October. ;-)

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As I mentioned above I am in Virginia at the moment and will be here for two shows on consecutive weekends. The one that I set up for today is the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival in Berryville, VA. It rained on me all the way from East Tennessee yesterday, but the sun is finally out today. The weekend weather forecast looks great too!

I am not sure how I will spend my 4 days off except for one thing. I have been meaning to visit Luray Caverns since I starting coming up here and I think this is the year. Will let you know!

Cables and Lace

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I am making pretty quick progress on the cable and lace baby blanket. I have 5 repeats of the chart completed and it is 14″ including the border. The border is 1 1/4″ so that is 2 1/2″ for both edges; each repeat is just under 2 1/2″ so I should need about 13 repeats to end up with about 35″ for the length. There will probably be multiple sizes in the pattern if I can figure yardage requirements for the other sizes without knitting them. ;-)

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As promised I have some nicer pictures of Kassiani in it’s final glory. As always Dee’s pattern is perfect and fun to make. You can find the pattern in that Ravelry link and if you are interested, the Classic Merino Bamboo yarn I used is on my website.

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This shawl will be making it’s debut at my next fiber festival which is Wisconsin Sheep & Wool in Jefferson, WI next weekend.

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New Project Underway

I have finished my Kassiani shawl! I bound off the edge on Tuesday evening, but since I was leaving for Michigan Fiber Festival very early on Wednesday morning, I won’t be able to get it blocked until I return home next week. Here is a pre-blocking picture I took fresh off the needles.

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I think it looks pretty good even before it’s blocked so it should really shine once it’s finished properly. :-)

After I arrived at my hotel last night I got a start on the new design I have planned in my Organic Cotton Sport weight yarn. I measured my swatch and decided on a size to aim for, 30×35; did some math and cast on. I thought about going with a fancier border like a rib or something but then decided that a simpler garter border would be better suited to the busy cable, lace, rib stitch pattern. I am doing a slightly wide edge to square up the edges since the stitch pattern would naturally create a wavy edge. Here’s my start.

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I had the privilege of spending two days with my daughter Meredith and her family after I left Chicago before going home. She lives near Lake Michigan so I took a quick visit there but spent most of my time visiting. Here’s a few pictures of the grandbabies. :-)

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Still Plugging Along

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I am closing in on the finish line on my Kassiani but didn’t quite make it in time for Stitches Midwest this weekend. I am already in Schaumburg and will be setting up the booth in a few hours. If you are coming to the show you can find me in booths 319-321. :-)

I have two charts to go on the shawl, which is 32 rows I think, so I should be finished soon and ready to start that new design I showed you the swatch for in my previous post.

I have some more computer tasks to work on in my time remaining this morning so I will close for now. Thanks for reading!

Carolan and Other Updates

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I didn’t mean to let a month go by without posting to the blog. I tried several times to post from Estes Park, but the wifi and even my phone’s internet were not great in the mountains. Uploading pictures was just not happening. Then after I got home life kept getting in the way, but here I am with a few pictures, a finished shawl and a new one shawl on the needles.

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I finished Carolan about 10 days ago I think but just got around to blocking it yesterday. I really love this shape shawl. It is pretty easy to block and wear.

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Quite a transformation as you can see in these before and after blocking shots.

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So here’s what I have going now. It’s a semi circle, using the Elizabeth Zimmerman pi shawl formula. I really think this shape is great fun to knit. I enjoyed the last one I did which Dee designed using my Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn a few years ago. Here’s the Ravelry link to it; Culpeper. This new one is called Kassiani which I am making using my Classic Merino Bamboo yarn in one of my newer colors from last summer, Cerise.

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I had a great time in Estes Park. It was my first trip to Colorado. EstesPark2018 (20)

This was taken on the little highway going into Estes Park. It was quite magnificent but as you can imagine can also be tedious when there is a lot of traffic. Which there was. Apparently June is high tourist season in Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park is right at the entrance.  I stayed in an adorable little cabin just outside of the strip and about a mile from the park entrance.

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I liked the quiet and was amazed that you really don’t need air conditioning. I left my windows open the whole week and it was actually quite chilly in the morning, getting down into the mid to upper forties at night.

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This river was running through the property and was as close as I got to hiking. I started several times to go into the Park, but I kept getting turned off by the prospect of sitting in traffic for hours which is how it seems to be this time of year.  I really didn’t mind just hanging out and reading and knitting.

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One thing I did just have to do was go drive by the Stanley Hotel, when I realized it was right there in Estes Park just up the road from where I bought my groceries. For any Stephen King fans, you probably know that this is the hotel which inspired the story The Shining. I didn’t want to pay for parking so this was as close as I could get to it, LOL!

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Unfortunately, I won’t be able to vend at the Wool Market next year since the date falls on the same weekend as another Festival I am already signed up for, but it was a fun experiment. It was a bit too far and expensive for what I made as well, and that’s just how it goes sometimes. You don’t know if you don’t take a shot though. By the time it was all over I was very happy to get home and stay here for awhile. After 5 shows in 5 weeks, it was high time for some home time. I am here until July 31, when I will be off to Chicago for Stitches Midwest.

 

 

In the Home Stretch

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I have begun the edging on my Carolan Shawl, so it shouldn’t be long now. I like a shawl with a knitted on edging since it eliminates that long bind off at the end. This particular edging is pretty memorable so only brief glances at the chart are called for, which makes for faster progress. I think this one is going to be very popular in the booth, as are the others of this construction. The color is a bit hard to photograph without a light box though. I took this one in my hotel room a night or two ago, so it’s a bit off.

Yes, I am in a hotel again. This is the eighth hotel this month and I have a few more before I am home for about 6 weeks. I like what I do, but I am also conflicted when I leave my family, especially for longer stretches like this last one will be. I am going from Indianapolis tomorrow to Estes Park, CO, for the festival there next weekend. It will be two days of driving to get there, but I am excited to be able to get a booth and venture into a new market. It is our first time in this area. I am also a bit anxious about fitting my booth into a single 10×10 since that was all I was able to get in order to secure a spot this year. I normally take a double space. It will work somehow. I am a firm believer in the phrase “where there’s a will there’s a way”.

I am writing this post right before the market opens at the Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival this morning, and customers are arriving so I had better close for now. Next time will probably be from my cottage in Colorado. :-)

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