Almost…

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? πŸ€”

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. πŸ™‚

Oops!

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.

See you soon! 😊

Vintage Knitting Project Start

Before I get to the new project I am working on, here’s a quick update on the Wonderful Wallaby. As you can tell I have the pocket done and it is taking a break.

I was too excited to get knitting on the vintage baby sweater so I picked a color and cast on for the back. I decided to go with a neutral color, Graphite, in Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn. I think it may take some of a second skein since this is around a 12 month size. I thought that would be a good starting point and can work other sizes from there.

I know it’s not too exciting yet, because the back is plain, but it will go pretty fast even at such a small gauge. The fronts and sleeves will be a bit more decorative. 😊

One last thing to share. I made home made spaghetti sauce and rolls for dinner today. It was all yummy. I forget to get a picture of the meal but here’s the bread for you to drool over. 🀀

Swatch Done

Before I get to the new design progress, I did get around casting on the body of my Wonderful Wallaby yesterday. I only have 3-4 more rounds of ribbing to go.

So I mentioned in my last post that I am working on a vintage inspired sweater. It is primarily a baby cardigan but I can see potential for making multiple sizes up through children’s and possibly adults too. I love the pieced format, and while it’s not the popular choice, I may just keep it. There are several reasons for this. One, I like the smaller pieces on the needles. I also like the stability it gives the garment against stretching out. And third, I think it’s a classic look.

This is the right front of year sweater. It’s about a 12 month size to me. This size will be about 23″ or so chest circumference and around 12″ in length from the shoulder. The gauge is 8 st. Γ— 10.5 r. per inch on 2.75mm needles. It’s very light and has lovely stitch definition at this gauge. I steam blocked the sample.

I won’t be knitting the whole sample from this color, though I will be using the same yarn, Classic Merino Superwash Sock. The ball I used here was a remnant from another booth sample and I don’t have more in this dye lot. I am thinking I would like to use a neutral like Pewter, Earl Grey, or Graphite and then use remnants for the embroidery.

Here’s a couple embroidery ideas I have tried. I like the five petal lazy daisy better of the two. I also am surprised that I like the double crosses maybe better still. They are simpler to execute and have a wider gender appeal, don’t you think? Maybe I could just include both as options in the pattern?

Spring stuff

I know it doesn’t look like much yet but I am excited about my little garden spot Jerry dug for me this past weekend.

A few tomato, peppers, and herbs

We put in a tomato, a red bell pepper and a jalapeΓ±o pepper. Also some of the herbs I use most often in the kitchen; parsley, thyme, oregano, basil, and lemon balm.

An update on my knitting; I have completed both sleeves on the Wonderful Wallaby. I haven’t cast on for the body yet since I began work on one of my design ideas. More on that in a moment.

Now more on my new project. I have in mind to do maybe a series of designs, mainly baby and children’s stuff based on vintage designs. I want them to look like vintage, think WWII era, but with updated pattern directions and possibly construction. Usually older patterns are knit in pieces and sewn. I do like working that way and there are good reasons to do so, but for baby stuff seamless can make sense. Still not decided on that aspect so we’ll see.

So here’s the first swatch for a little cardigan. See the slip stitch diamonds? There will be two above those and one on the top. Then there will be some embroidery probably inside the diamonds. I am thinking lazy daisies but will try a few ideas out. The colors in the bowl are some scraps I will experiment with.

I have charted out the slip stitch diamonds after I knit this and will be testing that as I continue the swatch. I knit what you see without aid of my chart since I needed it knit in order to work out the chart. I should have some more to show pretty soon. 😍

Knitting and Festival Preparations

First up on today’s post is my progress on my Wonderful Wallaby. I have completed one sleeve and started number two.

We are hopeful that the late spring festivals we have on the schedule will happen. The first on up is the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival on May 15-16. It’s going to be a little different this year, in that it will be all outdoor vending. So, we needed some tents for that.

I wanted to see how I will do setting it up solo.

It wasn’t too hard really. It would be a bit smoother and faster with one other person for this step, but I did manage it myself just fine. I’m sure I will get faster with practice too.

We also changed my truck’s oil, got new tires for the trailer, and did some reloading of the trailer to fit in the tents.

We worked them in between the two columns of storage totes on the right.

Ok see you next time. 😊

Monday Knitting and Dyeing

The blanket is all done! I love it! So glad to be done with the sewing and back to knitting.

What is on the needles now? A Wonderful Wallaby. I have some design ideas floating around in my head but this will do for some easy knitting while I plan.

Some lovely blue Cascade 220 that has been marinating in the stash for some time.

This morning, while I would love to be knitting all day, work must take priority I guess πŸ˜‰. I am back at the dye pots. I have about 12.5 lbs. of fiber to dye for the mill.

What are you doing today?

Sewing has begun

I have finished the knitting and begun the sewing. And let me note that I am trying to be good and stay on task, because sewing is not knitting. By that I mean, I like to knit but sewing together knitting is less fun. πŸ˜‰

I have joined the strips of 5 of the 8 colors. So 3 more strips to make then just sew those strips together. Oh and guess how close I came to losing at yarn chicken πŸ”. 2 g. Yep, I should have had 8 g but for some reason I squeaked by with 2 g left. Whew!

I like how it is coming out. Because I want to see it complete I am trying very hard to hold off casting on a new project until this is completely done. Wish me luck. πŸ˜‰

So Close

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. :-)

One thing done

I am finished with the scarf I was knitting for my son. It’s all blocked and ready to pass on to him when I get a chance.

I am back at the afghan and will show you some more progress on that next time.

I am busy this week setting up my “booth” for the Carolina Fiber Festival Virtual event. It’s happening on March 12-14 and I will be online from 9 to 6 all three days. I’ll post a link to my booth page when it’s ready.