These last 5 weeks have been good but exhausting. It is great to be back vending at festivals. We had 4 shows in 5 weeks and the last one, Mid Ohio Fiber Fair, was a bit of a whirlwind for me. I drove about 400 miles to Newark, OH on Friday. Thus year’s festival was modified to a one day show in the location of the farmers market. I showed up at 5:30 am to set up for a 9 am opening time. I was anxious about whether I could pull it off, but I did it! The market hours were 9-5 and then break down. Whew! It was a long and challenging day but worth it. We did pretty well. 😍 I drove home on Sunday and it is good to be home for awhile again. No more traveling until mid August.
Now for some more news I am excited about! I have almost finished the vintage sweater I have been laboring on for months. I only have the collar to knit and buttons to sew on. Oh and I almost forgot about the embroidery. It does look nice as it is so we’ll see on that.
I did the seaming up in a couple sittings. The sleeve setting in is done first. I may need to tweak the sleeve cap height a bit on the pattern since there was a fair bit of easing in required. I kind of like the look of them though so maybe not? 🤔
I found an excellent new use for my Darning-Egg while seaming the sides. I always start at the cuff and hem and work towards the underarm. That ensures everything lines up nicely and makes easing in extra fabric tidy. But it gets tricky to see the seam area towards the end, so that’s where my Darning-Egg came in handy.
I am still trying to decide whether I want the collar to be in garter to match the button band or in 2×2 rib like the cuffs. I think I would like the look of the rib but garter would be easier for the short rows I plan to use to shape it. I will probably try the rib first and see how it goes. Back soon with the result. 🙂
I finished the left front of the vintage sweater and started the first sleeve.
There is a slight problem however. Somehow, even though I thought I was correctly matching the knitting and measurements from the right front, I found this problem after blocking the left front.
Oops! So I will be ripping back a bit and re-knitting the neck shaping. I brought it along with me yesterday to Wooster, OH where I am currently for the Great Lakes Fiber Show.
I am going over to the fairgrounds this morning to get the booth set-up and maybe I can get some knitting time in this evening. I didn’t get too much done last night. I got up pretty early and drive about 9 hours. I was pretty tired and was in bed by 10.
I have completed almost all the knitting for the afghan. I only have 5 more hexagons to make!
Here’s the thing though; I was beginning to be concerned that I would run out of the navy blue yarn. See those 3 balls of blue? That’s all I have left.
There is some good news though. Are you ready for a bit of math? Bear with me for a minute okay? So I weighed the navy blue yarn I had left before I knit the hexagon above with the light gray. I had 44g of the navy at that point. I also estimated based on the number of stripes in each color that the weight of each hexagon was 60% navy and 40% of the other color. When I weighed one I was right on the money. Each one weighs 10g and I know that 6g of that is the blue. Furthermore I know THAT is true because after knitting the above hex, my remaining navy yarn weighs 38g, which means it used up exactly 6g. SOOOO, that means since I have 5 more hexagons x 6g each is 30g, I should have just enough to make it.
I am not sure once I get it all sewn together whether it will need some edging. I had assumed at the start that I could use the navy for that if I decided to do some edging but that won’t be an option. So, we’ll see when I get to that point I guess.
The virtual event was interesting but a bit disappointing in sales and participation. I am so looking forward to getting back to doing “real” in person festivals. I was working on my event calendar today on the website, if you’d like to check it out. I don’t have as many this year as I had scheduled in the past due to cancellations this spring, but I do have 14 for 2021. I normally do 15-20 each year.
See you soon! I’ll probably be sewing this puppy together by the next post. Oh and also I am sorely tempted to make a Wonderful Wallaby now after reading Suziecreamcheeze’s recent post, LOL! As soon as I finish the knitting but maybe not all the sewing, I may just be casting one on. I already have several candidates in the stash. :-)
It’s been quite a crazy couple of weeks since my last post. Where to begin?
On March 3 in the middle of the night, Nashville was hit by tornadoes, as most of you may already know. Our home and family are fine. The biggest effect on our family was that my husband’s workplace, Sysco Food Distribution warehouse was basically ground zero for the touchdown of the tornado that took out John C. Tune Airport and then proceeded to hit Germantown and East Nashville and beyond. Jerry’s truck was hit pretty bad. It’s in the shop and insurance is paying for the repairs fortunately. He is unable to work at his normal job though because the warehouse needs extensive repairs to be back online. We are receiving some lay off pay at the moment but the future is uncertain.
So, in the wake of this I left home on March 11 for Raleigh, NC for the Carolina Fiber Festival, and from there I had two more festivals. By the time I was setting up the booth the following day, both Stitches United and Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival had regrettably announced their cancellations. I was 95% done setting up the booth, when the organizers of CFF had to deliver the devastating news to us all that the show was cancelled. We had to break back down and leave. Since returning home on the 13th I have been notified that Greencastle is also gone. I know this is all old news to a certain extent, but I am still reeling from it all.
I am trying very hard to be optimistic, because it’s my nature. I know we are all in this thing together and it is tough. It may get tougher before it gets better. I am thankful that I know my hope, security, and peace don’t lie in the circumstances of this world although they are admittedly important and impossible to ignore. My peace must remain in my God. No matter how bad it looks and even when we can’t see the purpose in our sufferings, He sees all the ends which we cannot and in the end His will is good. I am not being an escapist here. I am preaching this to myself most of all. Hopefully it will help someone else to be reminded as well. I am praying for my family, my country and the world. Oh, and taking all prudence to keep ourselves and others as safe from illness as possible.
So, we are unexpectedly, along with all of you, finding some time for doing stuff around the house. We have been spending this past week overhauling my “dye studio/work area” . Here are a few progress pictures:
I am picking up some fiber from the mill today, so I will be testing this out soon. It’s at least something to be excited about. We can all use those little boosts now a days more than ever. Stay safe everyone!
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.
Since my last post I have been working through my summer to-do-list while I am home. I talked a bit about my dyeing goals and I am pleased to say it is all done. The new colors are all dyed, the others colors are all restocked, and it is all labeled and boxed in the trailer for the upcoming shows. Whew!
This is just a sampling of all that I got done. I didn’t get any pictures of the labeling and packing but I do have some finished prettier shots of the new colors.
The new colors are all available to order on the website in the yarns above and they will be making their debut at the Natural Fiber Extravaganza in a couple of weeks.
I am hoping to have my Firenze pullover finished in time for Stitches Midwest. I only have about an inch or maybe less to go on the body stockinette section and then the ribbing. After that it’s only the 3/4 length sleeves, and they won’t take too long, right?