Quick One from Schaumburg

Hey there! I am just getting in a quick update for you before the show opens this morning. It will be brief because I am posting from the Android app which is more tedious to me than the desktop version. I am in Schaumburg this weekend for Stitches Midwest, which is one of my favorite venues.

I brought along my knitting today to get in a bit of work on the edging when I have time.

Here’s a few of the booth that I took at the market preview last night.

Okay that’s all for now. Gotta get ready for the opening which is in a half hour.

It’s not looking good

Well, the Holbrook shawl looks good, actually, what I mean is that the chances of being done by Monday so I have time to block it and pack it on the 12th aren’t looking great.

As you can tell, I have started the border edging but I am only about 30% done at this point. I haven’t given up all hope but I am realistic. I have a pretty long list of preparation tasks still and other things keep coming up too. I am trying to keep up and not let anything fall between the cracks. In order to do that I have to keep a handle on prioritizing that at least the most important stuff gets done first. Knitting is important, don’t get me wrong, but unfortunately it’s not at the top of the list.

So that’s my quick update. I have a million things to get to today, so I better get busy. Wish me luck!

What’s Next?

I am finished with my Dowland shawl and have begun my next project. I actually have quite a few in the queue, but have selected and wound the yarn for the next two projects. The darker one is Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn in color Slate which is the yarn I am using for a new Holbrook shawl in the photo below. The light green is Classic Merino Superwash Sport yarn in color Honeydew which I will be using for a new Kimani shawl. I need to knit new samples of both of these due to inventory changes.

Holbrook Shawl beginning

Holbrook should be a quick knit even if I decide to enlarge the original size a bit. It is an easily memorized lace and I remember it being very fast the first time I made it.

Dowland on the blocking mat

So, I was blocking Dowland yesterday and to my annoyance I realized I still need more blocking mats. I thought 18 should be plenty but if I had just ONE more I wouldn’t have had to come up with the work around you see below for that ONE point I couldn’t pin down. Sigh. It worked for this time but I will be buying some more before I block the next shawl, just in case. Of course I won’t need them then, right? :-D

Looks like I still need more blocking mats. :-)

I am quite pleased with how it came out and hope it will inspire many knitters in the booth this year. I can’t believe it’s only about a month until festival season begins again for me. First up is the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival and the next weekend I am happy to be going back to the Carolina Fiber Festival.

Usonian Shawl
Katania Shawl
Dowland Shawl

I hope to have the Holbrook finished to add to these three new samples. I think it is too much to expect that I can have the Kimani finished before I leave but I should have it on the needles to work on in my down time while I am traveling.


It’s almost time

I predict it won’t be too much longer before Usonian will be complete and I am actually looking forward to blocking for a change. Why you ask? I have been meaning to try out some new to me blocking tools. Maybe you have heard of them? They are called Knit Blockers. My friend Dee O’Keefe uses these and seems to like them a lot so I decided to order a set and give them a try. I ordered mine from Amazon along with a set of blocking mats. I have been using my bed to block on and that can be a bit limiting when it’s only empty for about a fourth of the day since my husband works second shift. ;-) Now I should have some flexibility and not have to wait until afternoon to block out a shawl. Blocking wires work fine and I will probably still find them useful, but I am looking forward to seeing if these work better for most things.

I have progressed on the shawl to chart 18 out of 20. Chart 18 is 40 rows in all and I am on row 14 so it’s one of the larger sections but it’s pretty fast and uncomplicated so I still hope to be ready to block it out within the next week or two.

Since it’s the start of the year there are lots of end of the year bookkeeping tasks breathing down my neck which cuts into knitting time I am afraid. Add to that, school time with my 8 year old and housekeeping, but I am a woman capable of powering through a to-do list. ;-) Never fear!

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 Project

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I have made a bit more progress since I took this photo but the weather and dreary today so taking a new one is not gonna happen right now. This new shawl is the same construction as my last one, a triangle knit tip to tip with all the increases on one side only. I really enjoy making these. This shawl is another of Dee O’Keefe’s recent designs called Katania. I have chosen my Classic Merino Bamboo yarn to make it from in the color Marigold. This is going to be one of those lace projects that don’t look quite as spectacular until they are finished and blocked out. The pattern stitches are simple with lots of stockinette which will smooth out, open up and look so much better after a soak and stretch.  So just bear with me. It will be worth the wait.

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Between my last two shows for this year, SAFF and Fiber in the Boro, I got Tendrilly properly blocked so she would look her best in the booth.

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So that’s my knitting update for the week. I am off the road until spring. I am enjoying the slightly slower pace of the business stuff being a bit more on the back burner and just focusing on my home and family life for a time. Even the mill dyeing is on stand by at the moment. I think they took in a lot of fiber at SAFF but it will take some time to process and get to the batches that need dyed.

I am looking forward to three concerts in the next 4 weeks which are here in Nashville so no traveling necessary. We also already have tickets for two in the new year, also here.

Gotta close for now. Take care and thanks for reading!

Post From Virginia

Hi again! The Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival was great with wonderful weather and lots of attendees.

I have been enjoying a few days off while waiting for my next show set up on Friday for the Fall Fiber Festival of Virginia . I have mostly spent my time catching up on my reading and knitting, but I did go out on Tuesday to visit Luray Caverns. I had a nice time and have a few pictures, though not great ones I am afraid.

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I have been re-reading the Cormoran Strike novels before starting the newest one that was released last week; Lethal White. It’s not a genre I read often but I can’t resist anything written by J.K.Rowling. These are both interesting as far as the mystery goes, and, even better to me, they are also character driven stories. I have loved getting to know the main characters Cormoran and Robin as the series has grown. It’s what she does so well. I am almost finished with The Silkworm already.

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In knitting progress news; I have gotten to the last chart on Tendrilly which repeats 4x or 6x but I may be doing a hybrid size and repeat it 5x. If I do 4x it will leave about 3/4 of the 3rd skein but doing 6x will require a 4th skein. I am hoping to use just about 3 full skeins with my modification. I will know more as I approach that stage.

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When I get a chance I like to sample local micro-brews, and this was my find here in Virginia to enjoy on my little vacation. Cheers!