Update From Wisconsin

Well, I arrived safely in Wisconsin for the Knit-In on Thursday and spent most of Friday getting the booth ready. The yarn boxes look great if I do say so myself.


Oh, and so does the new still unnamed lace shawl. Yes, I did mange to get it blocked on Wednesday, but just barely. I am so pleased with how it blocked out! I wasn’t sure if the edging would smooth out, and was okay with it if it didn’t, but I had hoped it would. I really love it.

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It’s pretty big. That is a king size bed I am blocking it on and you can see it takes up a good bit of it. I thing it was about 56″ square, IIRC.

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I took this one yesterday morning in the hotel room.

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This is the only way I could figure out to display it in the booth this morning. I think it’s looks pretty good, but maybe I can work out a better way later. I don’t have the pattern ready yet, but I am so pleased with it I thought why not put it out and see if it generates any interest, right?

I did get a bit of knitting done over the last few nights on my little diversion project.

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I do have a small problem though. Last night when I was knitting along, my needle came off the cable half way across the row. Don’t you just hate when that happens?! I managed to get it back on another needle I had with me and then stuck the needle back on the cable. I don’t really trust it to knit with now though. Now, I am at a market where I could buy a new one you would think, but I am knitting on a 3.0mm needle, which is not a popular size and is harder to find. I will look if I get a chance today. If I don’t find one I guess I will have to order from Amazon and have it shipped to my hotel in Connecticut, where I am headed from here on Monday. I probably have at least one more 3.0 mm needle at home but I won’t be back there until the 27th. Alternate idea is find something else to cast on that I do have needles for. I’ll let you know what I decide next post. Better get to work since the market is open now. :-)

Making Progress


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. :-)

Sister Shawls

I am very happy to announce that we have two more gorgeous shawls off the needles and joining our booth display this coming weekend at the Friends and Fiberworks Summer Retreat in Asheville, NC. May I present to you the lovely sister shawls Elizabeth and Liz!

Liz and Elizabeth shawls

I showed you the beginnings of these two back in early May. They are both the design creations of Dee O’Keefe and are both knit from three skeins of our Classic Merino Lace yarn.

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The blue one is Elizabeth and the color we chose to use is Winter Sky.

Elizabeth Shawl

Liz is the stole version and we made it with the Tea Rose.

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I can’t wait to see them on display along with Edwina. I think they compliment each other so wonderfully and I hope they inspire you to make your own versions.

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Both these sister designs are fairly easy for knitters with some lace experience. The stitch patterns are varied and none are very hard to execute. The stole version uses a provisional cast on at the center and is knit to the edges.

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Here’s how they looked fresh off the needles before the wet blocking that I did on them yesterday.

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Here they are while still on the wires.

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It was a stretch to pin them both out at the same time. We just barely had enough t-pins.

Liz Stole blocking

Maybe for my next post I can talk the sister knitters into modeling the sister shawls, LOL! No such luck this morning however.

Oh, I have one more bit of knitting to show you. In my last post I told you I was going to start a project that many have requested; a sized up pattern for Sorrel. I have crunched the numbers and cast on for one of the sizes which I hope will be my size.

Adult size Sorrel in progress

I am not very far along yet as you can see and that is mostly lack of energy on my part. You may remember that I told you that we had sickness in the house starting on Memorial Day weekend with my husband and then my oldest son. Well, we all proceeded to get picked off like flies every day or two. It took three weeks to make the full rounds and my youngest son and I were the last two to get it while I was in Indianapolis for Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival last weekend. This thing would hang on with fever, chills, headaches, upper respiratory and a cough for well over a week. We are FINALLY all better. Still working on getting energy back.

Anyway we will be leaving on Thursday for Asheville. Maybe we will see some of you there!

Quiet Saturday afternoon

This is quite a rarity for me, but I have the house practically to myself for a few hours today. Well, the baby is here, but even he is napping beside me at the moment. Smile Wow, what to do? I mean the house is quiet. I should read or knit in peace right? I did do a little reading before I stopped to write this post, and I’ll probably go back to it after I am finished. I may have to get a bit of lunch too. Oh the luxury. I can just eat whatever I feel like grabbing out of the pantry. I am giddy. Laughing out loud 

Oh, I did do some knitting yesterday and this morning. I actually finished the first clue for the Mystic Midsummer Wreath shawl! Surprised smile  I know! I am shocked too. I was driven to get it done this week and somehow pulled it off. I guess that’s what happens when you actually have an afternoon that you can knit, which yesterday the stars were all in alignment or something, since I was able to get some knitting time in. Anyway here’s how it looks so far.

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Pretty cool, no?

Oh, so wait, I didn’t even explain WHY I have the afternoon with an empty house did I? Silly me. They all went to see The Green Lantern. I couldn’t care less about seeing it and besides who wants to take an 11 month old in a movie? Not me. I am not sure how we’ll work that out next month when Harry Potter comes out. We’ll probably just have to go in shifts so the baby has a sitter. He’s old enough to be left a couple hours I think as long as I feed him before I go.

Okay, I am gonna go read since I only have an hour or two left before they get back. TTYL!