Thanks to Instagram, I am now documenting everything down to the last insignificant moment of my day. I baked muffins? Photo! New shoes? Photo! Cute kitty pose? Photo! Project in the house? Photo! Spinning yarn? Photo! It may get a little dull sometimes, but the up side is that when I am in the midst of a knitting project, there are many more process shots.
I finally finished the Age of Brass & Steam Kerchief using approximately 250 yards of handspun Shetland wool and size 8 needles. For each section I used a different color of yarn. The pattern was so easy and quick. Although my measurements didn’t come out quite as the pattern suggested, it’s much wider than any other shawl/kerchief I’ve made. I didn’t make any adjustments, just followed the instructions as is.
Despite the weather, I had a nice time at the Winter Market last weekend held at the B&O Station in Youngstown. I’ve been purposely building up my home base and it seems to be working! Along those lines, I will be setting up this weekend at the Good Life Fest at the Calvin Center, just down the street. In addition to what you see below, I’m going to bring more of the “yarn show” inventory, such as spindles, Eucalan, etc.
Remember that lovely, natural, spindle-spun Shetland I blogged about a few weeks ago? I finally got around to knitting it! I started it last Sunday while I was at the Winter Market. All afternoon I would knit a bit, count, and realize I had messed up. It’s actually a very easy pattern, but I was distracted by shoppers and the constant picking up and putting down of it. Once I had the opportunity to focus a bit, I made a lot of progress and now it’s almost done!
I am super excited about the new GE logo tote bags that arrived last week! I’ve wanted to have a nice thank-you gift for my big spenders, plus I have to admit a bit of envy when I see shoppers carrying around logo bags for other businesses. After shopping around a bit, I ended up having these done by VistaPrint since I could get all the colors instead of just one. They are $10 each, but if you spend $75 or more, you will get one for free! They are not available for purchase in my Etsy shop because I’m not sure if I am “allowed” to sell them there or not. Do they even have rules anymore? However, if you really want one and will not be at any of my shows, please send me an email and I will get one out to you!
Speaking of Etsy, if you feel the desire to make a purchase in my shop this month, use the coupon code YarnSchool to get free shipping. I decided it was time for some continuing education (and inspiration), so I signed up to attend Yarn School in Harveyville, KS at the end of April. I was worried that it might be just beginner stuff, but then I was reading on the Ravelry group about how many people go back again and again. It can’t be too dull/easy/basic then, right? I’m excited to get out of my corner of Ohio and see a new state! I’ll be flying out there alone, which is an adventure all on its own. And I’ll have to be friendly all weekend. I think that is scarier than flying! I tend to get weird and distant in situations like that (roommates, group lunches, chatty classes, socializing with strangers). Let’s just hope I can keep my mouth shut and learn something new!
I’ve been sitting on this yarn for at least two years. No wait, I got the fiber on our first visit to Rhinebeck in 2008. Good heavens!
It was all spun using my drop spindle. Initially I thought it would be perfect for a shawl. However, at the time I had never made one and perhaps felt intimidated or that I wouldn’t wear it? Now I’ve made two, so I think I can handle it (and I know I like triangle over half-circle). There should be around 6 ounces all together, though I’m not sure on the yardage. I went through my Ravelry queue to see what patterns I had saved the last time I got shawl fever. I came across the Age of Brass & Steam Kerchief. It has three sections, so I thought that would work well. Now I just need to get it on the ball winder! And then cast on, of course. It’s time to do some stash busting!
Finished something else! A simple garter stitch shawl using:
Actually, it has been for a week. And I just didn’t get around to letting you know until now. I washed and blocked it last weekend. I used the blocking mat and T-pins from KnitPicks. The puzzle pieces worked really well. I just made a shape that matched the shawl!
It looks pretty large, but it isn’t. And so I’m not entirely sure how to wear it. Considering I don’t have anything like this in my wardrobe already, I have no prior experience. It doesn’t really wrap around, so I think it’s just going to sit on my shoulders as shawls tend to do.
This new year, I’m starting off with knitting something I’ve never tried knitting before. As you are aware, I’m generally not a huge fan of light-weight yarns. I don’t spin them, I don’t buy them, and I don’t use them. But I’ve been trying to spin all ranges and that leaves me with some lighter weight yarns. One of those I spun this fall while I was at the Volant Pumpkin Festival. It is made from handdyed Bluefaced Leicester and named Kaleidoscope because of all the colors. Originally I intended to sell it, but my friend Johanna saw it and suggested I make something for myself.
The yarn is DK weight and I have about 300 yards, so I wanted to knit something light and drapey with it. Plus, Cosy is always making lovely little shawls, and after seeing her work on one while wearing one, I just had to try it for myself. The hardest part was deciding on the pattern. I searched Ravelry and looked through my pattern books. Eventually I decided on Floe by Hannah Ingalls [rav link]. The most awkward part was starting, since I’d never tried anything like it before. In the instructions she has “mark center stitch” which confused me, so I put markers on either side of the center stitch. Unless that’s what she meant… Regardless, I’m happy with the progress and it’s growing quickly, although there is still a long way to go!