Making Progress

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I am ridiculously excited that this is all I have left on my Honeydew square shawl! I should have it done in another evening or two.

The Yarn Boxes are coming along too. We have started the assembly/glue up this weekend.

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This is only about a third of them so far. The plan is to complete these so I have some to take with my to the Madison Knit-In and Stitches United. Then we will finish the remaining ones when I get back.

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We have started the exterior sanding today and will get the lids sized and sanded. Then they just need the sealer and labeling. Doesn’t sound like a lot but it takes longer than it sounds. :-)

I know, it’s been awhile….

Well, here I am again after a shockingly long hiatus. I saw Needlefingers catch up post yesterday and was inspired to dust off my blog and get back to writing. I like to keep this little record for some of the same reasons Kristi stated. It’s a good way to refresh my memory of what happened when. That gets increasingly helpful at my age, LOL. Also it’s a good way to share with interested parties what’s happening with the business and my knitting. Sure, I can and do use Ravelry to record knitting projects, but sometimes, like now actually, when I am working on a design of my own that I plan to publish the pattern for, I tend to wait until it’s published to post it there.

Which leads nicely into what is on my needles anyway? Well I started this current project around the end of July I think, after I finished my Sprossling in Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn.

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I had this idea to design a Shetland style lace square, but with some modifications on the traditional model. I wanted to make it using my one of my newer colors, Honeydew, in Classic Merino Lace. Time for a picture, yes?

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I picked out a lace pattern from Barbara Walters Treasury and tried swatching from the written directions just to see if I wanted to pursue it. I got about eight rows into a thirty-two row repeat and gave up on that idea. I could see I was never going to make it through the swatch without a chart. So I then spent several hours charting the design and got back to my swatch. I liked it and calculated by gauge how many stitches to cast on and got started. This picture above is taken about a month after I cast on and before I started the border.

What I did that was different from traditional lace squares, AFAIK, is work my center square from one end to the other rather than on the diagonal. I realized after awhile of knitting that I could see the wisdom in the diagonal square for actually producing a square. In order to make the stitch pattern come out even mine is slightly taller than it is wide. I didn’t want to be work mine diagonally because of the pattern direction. I proceeded hoping for the best. :-)

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Finally I reached to point of picking a border design, and went with an Ostrich Plume. By the time I had done one repeat of that I had well over 1000 stitches on the needles I think and decided that was quite enough and time to pick an edging. At this point I and on the final side, having passed the third corner this weekend, and heading to the finish line.

I am not completely sure how big this thing is but I am on the seventh skein of yarn, heh heh. Is anyone going to want to make this? LOL! We shall see, but it is pretty impressive if size counts for anything. This has been my exclusive knitting except for a quick foray into baby sweater knitting around Christmas and New Years for some of the grandbabies.

We are also hard at work in the woodshop this winter/spring making a huge, and I do mean huge, batch of mahogany and walnut boxes. We are finally to the sanding stage. We have to sand all the insides of the box pieces before we do the glue up/assembly, which is to come next.

Oh, I told you back in June how we had gotten a couple guinea pigs, right? Well in September we added a kitten to the mix. Here’s Mimi. :-) She was rescued from someones car engine and we adopted her. She was around 7-9 weeks old I think when we got her which makes her around 7-8 months now.  The top picture is from October 2017 and the bottom one was taken last week.

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Okay, I’ll close for now and see you soon. Thanks for reading!

A Couple New Things

I have no idea what came over me on Tuesday, since I have always been firm on no pets in the house, but here we are with two of them. 

Allow me to introduce you to Leo and Rex. Leo is the light tan one and Rex is the dark one.  This is their play pen for going outdoors and for while their cage is being mucked out, LOL.

Emma is such an animal lover and is 12 now so I guess I felt like she was finally getting old enough to take on the responsibility. I love animals too but my plate is pretty full already with business and family responsibilities and didn’t care for the idea of adding animal ownership to that load. The children are of course very excited and I hope they remain so when the new wears off, LOL. 

In other news, I am in Franklin, IN today and tomorrow for the Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival. I am off to the booth shortly. After I return on Sunday I will have a 8 week or so break in traveling since I didn’t take on any early summer shows. No doubt we will be busy on production and new stuff for the second half of the show season. More on that as that it develops. 


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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Busy as a One Armed Paper Hanger 

I am sure you are tired of hearing how busy I am. We all are, right? Nevertheless it is the truth and I certainly don’t have any knitting progress to show you so this is what I have to talk about or not post at all.  After returning from Yarn Con on April 3rd I have hardly had time to catch my breath. 

There were over a hundred Yarn Swifts awaiting me to apply finish on and put in bags. Then I had to catch up my records and do some quarterly sales taxes. Then after a bit of house cleaning there was dye to prepare for a huge order of yarn arriving soon. Well, arrive it did, and just as I had completed the dye prep. So that has been wearing me out this week. I am on the last day of that right now. The next couple of days will involve labeling all the yarn and loading it in the trailer. 

I will be off to Virginia and then Conneticut starting on Thursday the 20th. I will be returning to a spring show in Virginia that I did as my 3rd show ever in 2007. It is now called the Olde Liberty Fiber Faire. It appears they haven’t updated the vendor list for 2017 but I will be there. I am then going to Stitches United in Hartford, CT. This will be my first time to that area. Hope to see some familiar faces from Stitches East as well as lots of new ones. 

Since a blog post without pictures is boring, here is a few of what I dyed this morning. :-)

Travel and Knitting Update

I am at the moment enjoying my last day of break time between shows. I have a bit of progress on my Sprossling but not as much as I had hoped. I can’t imagine what I was thinking when I thought I might be finished with it by the time I got home. Yeah, not really as much down time happened, which shouldn’t be a surprise really. It’s pretty much working or driving. This week has been the most free time and even then I had to deal with a truck tire repair. Yeah, leaving Pittsburgh on Monday I had a low tire. I figured the safest thing to do was put on my spare and drive to Portage where I could deal with a repair or get a new tire. I ended up plugging the one that had a nail near the inside rim and putting that on my spare rim and switching the good spare to my regular rim so it’s all good now. Theses things happen in three’s right,  so I should be good now. Right? Right. 

So I had a couple days here you visit with Luke, Meredith and Fiona. That has been fun. Baby is a sweetie and starting to roll over and play with toys some. I tried to get a couple good pictures to share. 

I am moving on to my hotel in Chicago tomorrow afternoon and will be setting up the booth on Friday at Yarn Con. Oh here’s a few from my booth in Pittsburgh. The new space there is actually really nice. The lighting is great!