Same story; different place

This week finds me again killing a couple hours waiting to go get my booth set up for the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival. This is my 10th year at this show and it is always interesting. It is cold this morning but is supposed to reach 50 degrees today and the rest of the weekend even milder temperatures. There is a chance of showers but at least it’s not cold. I’ll take what I can get. :-)

I had a bit of a distressing experience on Tuesday while I was laying over on the way between here and Wisconsin. I arrived Monday evening and unhitched my truck from my trailer because I needed to do some shopping for supplies the next day. I was driving on to Pittsburgh on Wednesday morning. So, I parked my truck side by side Monday night. Tuesday I did my shopping and towards evening it was supposed to rain so I went out my truck (next to the trailer still) to get stuff from the back, when I looked over and saw the back door of my trailer standing ajar and the padlock lying on the ground! Thank the Lord I went out at that point and saw it before the rain damaged my inventory. Also fortunately my contents have no street value so they didn’t steal or vandalize any of my stuff.

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However, they did damage my trailer to this extent and I was in quandary how to fix it with virtually no tools. The hotel manager was willing to help out but the maintenance man was gone for the night. My husband saved the day by suggesting I look for a trailer sales/repair place near by. Thank the Lord, there was one less than 3 miles from where I was! There were open the next morning at 9 am which was fine, I only had a short 170 miles to go to get to Pittsburgh so I could leave as late as check out time, 12pm, and be fine. God bless those guys at Wiliams Trailer Sales  , they fixed me up in less than half an hour and I was on my way. They installed a new lock hasp and I decided it was a good time to upgrade my security while I was at it. :-)

I have worked on my Sprossling some but don’t have a new picture at the moment. I will update that and show you my booth here when I get back. Later!

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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Checking in from Minneapolis

Good morning all! I have about an hour until I must leave for the convention center for the first market day at Vogue Knitting Live Minneapolis, so it seemed like a good time to catch you up on my last trip for this year.

Booth set up went pretty well on Wednesday afternoon. I am fortunate that I am able to park my trailer at the convention center in the loading area. I can also park my truck back there each day when I arrive. This relieves much stress with finding parking each day. On the other hand I am paying dearly for that privilege. I won’t even say how much because it is rather sickening but it seems I probably wouldn’t have saved much, if anything, by parking off site since the lots charge $4-$8 and hour or something. Sheesh! But anyway, the facility is nice with good lighting. Here’s a couple pictures I took before I left Wednesday.

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I had some free time on Thursday, as I had hoped, to go check out the Mall of America. Holy cow! Does that thing have it’s own zip code? I didn’t really know what to expect so I went with no specific plans. I just wandered around for a couple hours trying not to get lost. Open-mouthed smile The only purchase I made was a vinyl record cleaning kit I picked up in Barnes & Noble. I have been meaning to get one, so when I spotted one, I grabbed it.

The rest of the day I hung out in my room watching concert DVD’s and knitting. I also started watching Stranger Things on Netflix. One of my sons-in-law recommended it to me because I read Stephen King and he thought I might like it. It is pretty good actually. I got that whole chart 3 done on the Talise shawl, which means only one chart to go. That works out to 32 rows though so there is still a fair bit of knitting left.

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Okay I better close and get my gear ready for the day. See you later.

Still Here..

Good morning blog. I know it has been ages and once again I beg your pardon. Since my last post from Virginia the end of September, it is now the end of another very hectic month.

I arrived home after the Fall Fiber Festival at Montpelier on October the 3rd and hit the ground running. New Era Fiber Mill has kept me super busy dyeing for them with large orders every week. In addition to that, I had a big batch of new Yarn Boxes in cherry and walnut ready for finish and then to be photographed and added to the website. Some of my yarn inventory also needed replenished (which is a good problem to have Smile) so there was yet more dyeing to be done.

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Now if that isn’t enough for you, we also had the pleasure of hosting my oldest daughter Alicia’s wedding to Aaron Brown at our home. It was outdoors; a small immediate family affair. All of my children and grandchildren were in attendance except for Meredith and Luke, who were sorely missed. It was wonderful to have everyone together again for a brief reunion. My second oldest daughter, Heather, with Garrod and the three little girls stayed at our house. Oh, and Honey, their sweet doggie, came along as well, much to Emma’s delight. I wish I had thought to get some pictures of those two together because Emma enjoyed Honey’s visit very much.

Anyway, it was a thrown together rather last minute, and went off surprisingly well. Open-mouthed smile I am very happy that they came to Nashville so that we could all be a witness to what will surely be a blessed union.

Here’s a few of my favorite pictures that Heather and I took over the weekend.

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I am in Asheville, NC this weekend for SAFF and from here I proceed to Minneapolis, MN for my first Vogue Knitting event. I will make more of an effort to update much sooner next time and fill you in on my travels this week and my recent knitting, not that there has been much of that lately. Open-mouthed smile

Back in Virginia

I am enjoying a few days of well earned rest this week after quite a busy month. After returning from Ohio I had two days to dye a large order for the mill and then I left home for northwest Virginia for two shows, Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival and the Fall Fiber Festival of Virginia

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The SVFF was awesome as usual and the weather was great! It’s looking a bit wet for FFF but the tents went up on Tuesday before the rain started and the festival committee is on top of making sure all things are the best they can be this year. It is currently raining here in Winchester so I am hanging out in the room and doing some knitting today.

I had four days lay over here in Winchester, VA. On Monday I went to the mall and visited the music store and then went to see a movie (Snowden, which was very interesting). On Tuesday, since it was the last day forecast to be sunny and nice, I decided to take a little trip down to Front Royal and then to the Shenandoah River State Park. I just walked about the city square in Front Royal seeing a few historical sites (no pictures of that unfortunately). Then I went to check out the State Park and find a spot to eat my lunch. I had been to the National Park a few times before and since I didn’t plan on staying long enough to get my $20 admission worth, I opted for the less expensive SP. Winking smile

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This view was worth the $4 admission.

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Here is where I had my lunch break. I would have done a bit of hiking possibly except that I stupidly wore my sandals. I thought about going on down to Luray Caverns but didn’t in the end. I opted to head back towards the hotel and do some grocery shopping for supplies for the coming weekend.

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Yesterday was wet like today so I just hung out at the hotel, mostly knitting, reading, and watching 11.22.63 (also pretty good), which I bought on Monday at the music store.

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So, I finished the pair of socks I started, in what, June? Then I cast on for a new shawl in my new color Paprika using my Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn. This is the second of Dee O’Keefe’s recent crescent shawls, Talise. This is probably what I will be working on today but tomorrow it’s back to work. I will leave for Orange, VA in the morning and set up the booth at Montpelier. See you again soon!

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Mayuri

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I completed Mayuri on Friday in Wisconsin. I took the picture below right off the needles to demonstrate the difference blocking makes. The color is very difficult to get right too. The one down at the bottom is the closest to what it really looks like.

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I got the blocking done last night, so sorry for such terrible lighting on this picture. It was almost 8:00 last night so I had to turn on the light. I wanted you to see the weird way I had to block it though. It’s a very long crescent so the ends want to curl up. Looks kind of like a manta ray or something. Smile

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Kyla was good enough to model it for you. I was outside dyeing up an order for the mill and was not fit to be seen. Open-mouthed smile

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We tried to show the curls here. I may wear this one at the Woolgathering this coming weekend if it’s not too warm out. I will be leaving on Friday for that festival. If you will be there come on in and say “Hi” and see Mayuri in person. I will have the pattern and yarn in the booth. 

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