I Gotz Yarn

Look at this beautiful Tunis yarn I got from Tarheelbilly Farm. It’s from the sheep Hollis. I think I might dye it. I have 1000 yards. What shall I make? It is a Shave’Em to Save’Em yarn! If you are participating, get it while it lasts!

Here’s my turmeric dyed Cotswold. I fixed the color with vinegar and relanolized the yarn. Much better. The color no longer comes off on my hands and it’s softer. What shall I make?

Tread

I’m secretly knitting a Tread hat for my son Henry for Christmas. He doesn’t read my blog. JoJo is modeling my progress, but does not want. This wool yarn is so soft. It is Woolfolk Far. If Henry can wear this hat then I’ve found the yarn for his sweater.

We are watching Love Actually and snacking on cheese and crackers while we wait for dinner. All I can think about is pumpkin pie!

You can see we already have our Christmas decorations up. I was in the mood early this year. I got a new stained glass star topper for our little live tree.

My boys are with their Dad today. We alternate holidays. Today I’m so thankful for Bob and his kids. We are having a fun day. I don’t think I am someone who could be alone on holidays. ❤️ Happy Thanksgiving!

Wobbly Wednesday

I’m still trying to get over the fatigue of this flu. I’m hoping this is my last day spent mostly in bed. I took a couple of days off work to rest.

Sarah sent me my project bag for completing The Weekender. Isn’t it wonderful? And she included a treasured skein of precious Garden Wool and Dye yarn. Thank you!

I finished my slippers and have felted them. They are blocking and drying now. They are looking pretty lumpy and I’m not thrilled with how I can still see the stitch work. But they fit and I’m sure at some point they’ll need a wash and felt up a bit more.

Today I’m thankful Bob is the cook and I don’t have to worry about Thanksgiving dinner. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving if you are celebrating!

All in for Shetland

When I was at my LYS a week or two ago I lunged at this yarn in colorway mossbank. I bought 10 hanks. At first I thought I might make yet another sweater but now I think I might knit up a throw blanket. This is the first yarn I’ve purchased in a long time without a pattern in mind. I was thinking maybe a gansey patterned throw but this yarn is so pretty I might stick with something simple. Maybe this Hip to be Square blanket?

I am feeling a little better but I tire easily.

Who wants to go on a knitters trip to Shetland?

2020 might be ambitious, but maybe 2021?

The View From Here

I have been fighting the crud all week and I finally fell sick on Friday. I’m feeling better now, and this has been my view for most of the weekend. I’m knitting on my slippers and they are working up fast. JoJo and Bob have been my constant companions.

This yarn is Germantown from Kelbourne Woolens and the color is Persian Red. The pattern is Women’s Felted Slippers by Monique Rae. It’s been a long time since I’ve made felted slippers and I love that these are knitted in one piece before felting.

See You on the Weekender!

I have an idea! What if we- this online knitting community – met up for a knitting holiday somewhere! We could plan and save and in a couple of years go on one of these Stitchtopia Knitting Holidays! Or some other one. It doesn’t have to be theirs. What do you think? Doable? Or worst idea ever?

Also, mildlygranola, I want my project bag. 😁

My Silly Knitting Quiz

1. Share an image of a knitting pattern you love but would probably never knit.

2. What is your favorite knitting technique?

3. Yarn: wool, alpaca, cotton, linen, hemp, silk, or acrylic?

4. Needles: wood, bamboo, metal, plastic, or casein?

5. Would you go on a knitting vacation? If yes, which country’s yarn shops would you like to visit?

6. Lace, fingering, sport, DK, worsted, or bulky? (If you had to choose just one)

7. Do you eat while knitting? If so, what?

8. Speckled yarn: yes or no?

9. Favorite knitting slang word?

10. Can you do anything else while knitting? Watching or listening to something doesn’t count.

11. Favorite knitting pattern designer?

12. Favorite yarn brand?

13. Intentional felting: yes or no?

14. Who taught you to knit?

15. What’s your next knit?

Here are my answers:

1. Share an image of a knitting pattern you love but would probably never knit.

Also there is a pattern for his long underwear.

2. What is your favorite knitting technique?

2-color stranded

3. Yarn: wool, alpaca, cotton, linen, hemp, silk, or acrylic?

Wool, of course

4. Needles: wood, bamboo, metal, plastic, or casein?

Wood when I can find them

5. Would you go on a knitting vacation? If yes, which country’s yarn shops would you like to visit?

Yes, please! Probably Shetland is my number 1 but I would also love to go on a Finnish knitting holiday, if there is one. Iceland would be on the short list as well, along with any Scandinavian country.

6. Lace, fingering, sport, DK, worsted, or bulky? (If you had to choose just one)

DK

7. Do you eat while knitting? If so, what?

Rarely because I don’t want to get food on my knitting, but occasionally chocolate

8. Speckled yarn: yes or no?

Hell no

9. Favorite knitting slang word?

Knitty Litter: The knitting related detritus that collects all over the home when one knits (I tend to scatter much knitty litter when I’m deep into a project)

10. Can you do anything else while knitting? Watching or listening to something doesn’t count.

For some time I have been on a mission to learn to read a real book while knitting, but I am not coordinated enough, apparently. I would also like to knit while walking, but same problem. I think someone should teach a knitting yoga class. There’s cat yoga, and even goat yoga. There should be knitting yoga!

11. Favorite knitting pattern designer?

It’s still Kate Davies. There is something about her simple precision and elegance that appeals to me, with just a little quirky fun.

12. Favorite yarn brand?

I have to say, Scout by Kelbourne Woolens is becoming my favorite yarn. But Peace Fleece will probably always be my favorite brand because of their mission. I would love a sweater quantity of Peace Fleece yarn for Christmas.

13. Intentional felting: yes or no?

Slippers yes, but anything else, no. I like drape.

14. Who taught you to knit?

A friend but it didn’t “take” so I took a class a couple of years later. I’m mostly self-taught

15. What’s your next knit?

These slippers for myself in raspberry red

Please answer on your blog, and let us know in the comments if you’re playing along!

Saturdee Yarns

Shave’em to Save’em yarn. This is Cotswold from Phoenix Farm Fibers. It’s my second sticker for my passport. It’s sport. I’m thinking hat and mitts. I’m tempted to dye it.

These are my two yarns for Halvis. Problem is…

Might not be a good choice after all.

I keep missing Thankful Thursday so I’ve decided to post random bits of thankfulness. I have so much to be thankful for, I never know where to start.

I’m thankful for this sweet kitty who keeps my lap warm when I work. I’m also thankful for sweet potato tots. Have you tried them? They are even good cold.

Today I’m going to my first Central Ohio Weaving and Fiber Arts Guild Meeting in a long time. I’m thankful for that, too!

Thankful Thursday… on Friday

Well my week got away from me and I missed my Thankful Thursday post. I am thankful for so much in my life. I am truly lucky.

But today I’d like to express my gratitude for this online knitting community. It has really meant so much to me to get to know each of you via your blog. And there have been some days when it has kept me knitting and making, which brings me joy. So thank you.

I went to my LYS today for an hour or so of Open Stitch. It was well-attended by a lovely group of regulars. I am hoping I might become a regular, too.

Do you have a regular knitting group you attend? I would love to hear about it.

Vogue Knitting Live in CBus

I have to thank my local yarn shops for posting about this event. I didn’t know it was happening until a week ahead, and in the past when I’ve seen social media posts, I always thought it was a show for the industry, like TNNA. But it’s for everyone!

I really enjoyed the workshops I signed up for. They were educational and entertaining.

Designer Xandy Peters presented on sketching. My big takeaways were sketching is not drawing, sketches should be informative, and sketching is a way to work out designs and motifs before swatching.

Charis Walker of Tarheelbilly Farm presented on Heirloom Wool Production. She talked about her Tunis sheep and raising them for wool. I found her candor and humor delightful. If you are participating in Shave’Em to Save’Em, she is an official producer of Tunis fleece, roving, and millspun yarn. You have to get on a waiting list for yarn, though (which I plan to do.) I’m also planning to find out what other breeds are in my local fibershed.

And now for what you really want to hear about, my haul!

They had a “yarn tasting” table set up, and I did try out a couple of the yarns. I liked the Modeknit yarn so much I ended up buying three skeins. I have also met Annie Modesitt before (a long time ago at a Knitter’s Review retreat) so it made me happy to buy some of her yarn.

This is called “All the Lovely Things.” I am planning to use this for half of Halvis. I’m hoping the Forbidden Fibers yarn in charcoal I received as part of my first FibreShare package will work for the other half, only I can’t remember if it is sport or fingering. Oops! Well, if it doesn’t work, I will still use this fabulous yarn for something fabulous.

This is Magpie Fibers Solstice DK in Masquerade. I like that it is a mostly domestic yarn (except for the inclusion of some silk.) I plan to make a Sixty Years sweater with it. It’s a beautiful teal color and so soft. Funnel neck here I come!

There were booths and booths of hand-dyed. Everywhere I looked it was variegated, fades, and sets of mini skeins. The color was glorious, and I’m happy to tell you that speckles seem to be on the way out. But I had rather a time finding a solid Aran weight for a Farmhouse Cardigan. (Mildlygranola is knitting one and I want to do everything she does.) I ended up with this Blue Sky Fibers Extra in Java.

I remember when they were called Blue Sky Alpaca. I found these on the Yarn Byrd’s truck, where I enjoyed shopping in what felt like a shop version of a tiny house. I think it will be perfect for this cardigan. I wanted something rustic and cozy. I also love that it’s called “Extra” because that’s a word my step daughter uses to describe someone whose behavior is a little over the top. I try to work it into my own conversation whenever I can, and now I can say I’m knitting my Extra Farmhouse Cardi. It’s so Extra. (And it really is considering it makes sweater number seven in my queue.)

Here’s my new project bag from Daisy Bags. There were a lot of great bags to choose from in the marketplace, but the quote on this one clinched it for me.

I think this is a Hermione quote. (ETA: Nope, Ginny talking about growing up with Fred and George.)

I picked up this Vogue Knitting reference for a steal. They were having a show sale.

Well that’s my yarn allowance for 2020 blown, which is fine as I have seven sweaters to knit.

I also picked up this prefelt to experiment with for my 2021 show. I had ordered from Felted Sky on Etsy so it was nice to meet them in person.

What else can I share about Vogue Knitting Live? I only went to two lectures, but they were so good, I think next time I would sign up for more. I recommend going to one of these if you have the opportunity. I think the best thing that happened to me is I reconnected with the Central Ohio Weaving and Fiber Arts Guild. I hope to start attending meetings again and rejoin.

I didn’t finish my Weekender, but here’s my progress.

There’s a good chance I could be on sleeve island tomorrow. I wore my lilac heather cumulus blouse instead, and no one commented on it (because it looked that professional, I’m sure).

I have started writing my first episode of The Just Craft. (I really need to get a post up!) My son is working on a theme song for me. I hope to get it all recorded this week. It’s probably more difficult than I think it is, but I refer you to the Ginny Weasley quote above.