Monthly Archives: July 2010

loose ends

As in weaving loose ends, tying up loose ends, fiddling with loose ends…

Tomorrow is the beginning of Pennsic and that will take me away until August 15. We’ve been ready to go for some time, especially considering the trailer, which was ready to go a month ago. Our food is bagged, clothes on hangers, bedding washed and folded, miscellaneous items stuffed into any small space it can fit. Everything is just sitting patiently, waiting for us to load it into the car, hop in and drive away! I’m so excited about Pennsic this year. Thanks to unemployment, I get to go for the full two weeks. And being so busy this summer, I’ve made no plans and have no expectations. However, I do have a tunic to finish sewing. I started a white linen undertunic for Rich and have been hand-sewing the edging (hem, cuff, neckline). It made me realize just how much I enjoy hand-stitching. That’s about the only thing I have to do for the entire time! haha!

While I’m away, the Etsy shop will be closed, but I plan to have a big extraordinary sale upon my return. I would like clear out some of my old stock and start fresh this fall. I have a lot of spinning, dyeing, and knitting to do in order to get back into the groove and be ready for the winter rush.

Speaking of knitting and winter, I have finished two pairs of mittens recently. The orange and brown pair, which I blogged about, has been completed for some time. I like the way the waffle check came out across the whole mitt. The blue and brown pair was made using another stitch pattern I picked out from the Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques by Margaret Radcliffe. It is simply “bricks”. The brown from that pair is the same alpaca from the orange pair. And the blue is handdyed/handspun BFL. It’ll probably show up again since I have quite a bit of it left. They are being washed right now!

finished mitts!

Be back in two weeks! Until then.

“multi-purpose room”

For now the wool room will be known as the multi-purpose room, as it has been used for many things in just 1.5 months. First we stuffed all the furniture into it, then boxes on top; later we cleared out some boxes to release the furniture, but the boxes returned. Last week I, with assistance, pulled out all the boxes, rearranged the furniture that was to stay, and began organizing my fiber arts equipment and stash. This week one corner of the room has become a gathering area for Pennsic-going items. I have a feeling this room will continue to have an ever-changing identity as we make ourselves at home here.

wool room

An attempt to organize the wool room. Tools, books, fiber.

To Pennsic!

Our Pennsic gear waiting to be sorted and packed.

still a knitter…

sometimes.

What is it about summer that just sucks away all my fiber enthusiasm? Busy schedule? Heat and humidity? Whatever it is, this summer, like last year, has been utterly devoid of any fiber-related activities. I guess last summer I was planning a wedding and this time Rich and I just moved into a house… are those reasonable excuses? Regardless, it doesn’t mean my customers wouldn’t like new stock. I do have some dyed Falkland top to list, but I haven’t taken pictures of them yet. This house has lots of windows, so I’m hoping I’ll have more options for places to take pictures.

All I’ve really worked on this summer is finishing my short-sleeved sweater and a few pairs of fingerless mitts. I just completed one lingering pair the other night and then decided it was time to start another pair. That’s when I got out a new book in my library, The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques by Margaret Radcliffe. It was one of those Christmas gifts where you and husband are at the book store and you find it when you are supposed to be looking for a gift for someone else and then you say to him, “Hey! This would be really great if you need something to get for me”. And he says, “Well, I don’t really need to get anything else for you, but I will.” And then you say, “I love you.” I thought it wouldn’t hurt to introduce something besides stripes into my colorwork.

I started with the Waffle Check pattern, which is basically the first thing in the book. The yarns are a handspun alpaca and a handdyed recycled wool blend. The red-orange yarn is a little heavier than the alpaca, so I think it ends up standing out more. This stitch pattern is just knit/purl and slip-stitches. It’s manageable and easy to remember. I’m pleased with the way the mitten is coming along.

waffle check

waffle check