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 am so glad to be home for a stretch after a super busy spring show season. I went to 9 shows in 15 weeks and the last 5 were consecutive weeks with only a day or two home between each. To make it more crazy I usually had some production work to do when I was home. I am still working on dyeing more yarn, including 5 new colors. I am fitting that in as I can between home/family stuff. Here’s a few pictures of what I have in the works in that respect.

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Emerald (Left) Graphite (Center) Fern (Right)
New color samples for 2019. The one on the left and right of Graphite are as yet unnamed and waiting to be dyed.

So, the dyes are in the process of being mixed when I have an hour or two here and there to spend in my studio. The yarn is finally all here and now I just need a few days of good weather and no other critical tasks that need my attention so that I can get it all done. I had to take one of the guinea pigs to the vet yesterday and I have to take my father to an eye procedure tomorrow. Hopefully that will be it for awhile.

So the other thing I was planning to share was my Firenze sweater progress. I am working on the plain body section now after finishing the cabled yoke and dividing the sleeves. Progress is much faster so I hope to have it done by the next show, but that is in mid July so I’m not sure if that is a realistic goal.

Color is closer to true in this one from last week.
Progress as of today.

I’ll close for now. I’m going to try and get the last bit of color mixing done this afternoon so I can possibly get the dyeing done over the weekend. Talk to you again soon!

It happened again

I know. It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? May has been a blur and no time for blogging. So. I’ll try and catch you up this morning.

I have had three shows and am at another this weekend with one more to go next weekend before I have a break in traveling. I will be home until the end of July. Where am I now? In Atlanta for Stitches United. I drove down and set up the booth yesterday. I didn’t get any pictures last night, so maybe later?

A few new things are in the booth like the finished Debussy . I am sorry for the quality of this picture, which I took last weekend in the booth, but it’s all I have at the moment.

I also managed to dye three new yarn colors which I am just realizing I have forgotten to take any pictures of!?! Sorry. I promise that will be something I will do today while I am at the booth and put them in the next post. Oh, but new colors also means three colors are discontinued, so they will be on Clearance for 50% off. The sale prices will be on the website by next week, if anything is left after these last two shows. No time to do it right now.

Ok, so what I’m knitting now (in my free time :-D) is a sweater for a change. It’s Firenze and I am using my Classic Merino Superwash Sport in Sapphire. I am getting close to being finished with the cabled yoke and I think the progress will pick up after that. It’s stockinette and rib for the body and then the 3/4 sleeves. I love those.

Remember the Holbrook Shawl I knit this winter? Pretty isn’t it? I guess someone else agreed that it was so pretty they needed it more than I did. I was stolen from my booth at Shepherd’s Harvest Festival in Minnesota a few weeks ago. I was very upset to say the least. So, not only do I need to re-knit this sample, I have made necessary changes to discourage this from happening again. This is the second sample I have had stolen in the last year. Six skeins of yarn also disappeared from my booth In Greencastle, IN. From now on I am securing all my samples with multiple zip ties and trying to arrange my booth where I am in sight of as much as possible. It’s really sad that it has come to this, but what else can you do? SMH

So, you will soon see another Holbrook in the same color on my needles. Sigh.

Okay, I have to close for now. I need to drop back by the booth and add some finishing touches before the evening Sneak Preview. Hope to see some of you this weekend or next at Hoosier Hills Fiber Fest!

Kittens and Knitting

I don’t think I mentioned it before but when I returned from Chicago the first week of April, the stray cat that hangs around our house had kittens next to our front porch. This is the mama cat and a picture when they were probably a week or two old.

They are about 4-5 weeks old now and you can see they are getting to be crowded in this space. I figure she will have to move them soon since she can’t really even climb in with them to nurse them anymore. She perches herself above.

I am almost at the end of my two week break from traveling. I am headed off to Minnesota for Shepherd’s Harvest Festival on Wednesday morning. I thought I was going to be dyeing yarn these last two weeks, but alas, my order has not arrived from the mill. I don’t know how I will fit in any restock dyeing at this point (when all my yarn arrives that is) as I have festivals for the next 5 weeks. I have 2-3 days in between each but that doesn’t help a whole lot for the way I work.

On the bright side, I have had much more time and energy for sample knitting. Debussy is coming along quite nicely and I may even have it finished pretty soon. This is how I spent my Sunday afternoon and evening.

Knitting and Music

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I don’t have a whole lot to write about today, but since I had a small block of time this morning I thought I would show you my progress on Katania.  I am on the final chart before the bind off and started the second skein of yarn a few days ago. It looks like I will use around half of the second skein of Classic Merino Bamboo.  I should have this all done in a few days if I get any knitting time in the next few days that is.

I mainly knit in the evening and sometimes it just doesn’t work for various reasons. On the weekends Jerry and I have been going out for dinner and drinks a lot more than we used to and we have had concerts to attend lately too. We saw two this month and have another in a couple weeks. We saw Haken and Leprous last night at the Exit In. It was every bit as excellent as I expected it would be. We were quite glad they made it actually since Winter Storm Bruce gave them much troubles coming from Salt Lake City through to Denver and Kansas. The warm up band, Bent Knee, did have an accident and missed a couple shows but made it in time for the Nashville show. They were very good and I was surprised how much I liked their set since I don’t normally care for a band with a female vocalist.

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This is a shot of Haken, which is the band I most wanted to see. We were pretty close to the stage as it’s a pretty small venue. I didn’t do any editing of zoom. It was a very fun night and I am looking forward to seeing Steven Wilson again next month. :-)

 

New Pattern and More

I have a few things today. First I finally got that pattern written up and published for the little Cables and Lace Baby Blanket.  I included a couple additional sizes as suggestions to the one I knit up, with the caveat that they are estimates as to actual finished sizes and yardage requirements.  It is a charted only pattern since when I wrote up the stitch pattern itself, I made it as a hand written chart on graph paper and I didn’t want to take the time to write it out. The chart is pretty straight forward and easy to follow and since there isn’t even any shaping, I think that even a knitter new to charts should be able to use it and hopefully realize that charts are your friend. ;-) I have it listed on Ravelry and my website for $5 and the yarns can be found on my website as well. I used the Organic Cotton Sport but the Classic Merino Superwash Sport would be perfect too.

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The next thing is that I am very close to finishing Tendrilly. I finished the last body section row last night and since I have some free time today after getting most of my booth set up done yesterday, I hope to get the edging done today. It’s only 13 rows. I love how it is coming out and it’s possible I could get it steam blocked to bring in the booth for the weekend’s event, Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF) .

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You may remember that I said I may modify the size, and I did decide to do that. The main reason for that was because I needed a 3rd skein of the Classic Merino DK to complete even the smaller version but I would have only used about a fourth of it. I hate to waste yarn so I thought a altered version would probably use up most of the third skein. Now I am just hoping it is plenty for the 13 rows remaining and the bind off. I think I have plenty so I am not too worried. All my modification notes are in the Ravelry link above for my project page if you are interested in that. I won’t bore you with it here for those who aren’t. :-)

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The last thing newsworthy is that, as mentioned above I am in Asheville, NC for my 13th year (!) at SAFF. This show is special to me and one of my favorites for many reasons. This was the first show I attended as a vendor back in 2006, and it changed many things about our business model. It’s also such a nice area to visit, although I don’t get much time for sight seeing. I do have some time to myself today but I will probably just use it to knit and maybe take a break about lunch time for a stroll and some food in a mall near my hotel. 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!