Solid Gold Sunday

Yesterday I got really excited about dyeing my Cotswold with turmeric, and I did it. I followed these instructions. It was simple and I love the color. It is still a little damp. I made a mistake by dyeing it at first while still twisted in a loose hank, so I untwisted and dyed it again, resulting in the beautiful gradient. So be like me and make a mistake and love the outcome. I don’t think I would like it as well if it were all the same color.

The dyeing process blew out the lanolin so I ordered some and I’m going to give it another rinse with lanolin. I had someone tell me recently that you don’t want lanolin left in your wool. Well, maybe they don’t. But I sure do. Especially in the Cotswold which got toothier after dyeing. The lanolin makes it softer and also moisture repellent. Why wouldn’t I want that?

With only 10 minutes to spare and my hands still yellow and smelling of turmeric, I rushed to the COWFG meeting. I got lost and was 15 minutes late, but still enjoyed most of the presentation by the owners of Oak Knoll Farm.

I knit on my Weekender and listened to wonderful stories about a sheep named Charlotte who goes into a trance when she gets sheared, and another one who wags its tail and follows you around like a puppy. Yes, I now want a hobby sheep farm when I retire. I want protective dogs and sweet Shetlands.

I purchased some of their fiber. You know they love their sheep when they include their photos on the product.

I also purchased this.

Do you know what this is? I’ll bet HighlandHeffalump does. I am going to take a class today and then I will share with you all about the mystery of this beautiful tool.

Random Thankfulness: Today I am thankful for our immigrant and refugee communities who bring their amazing food to our area, like baby bananas.

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!

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.

All The Things – A List

  1. Vogue Knitting Live is in Columbus this weekend, and I signed up for two lectures on Saturday. I was impressed by my own restraint. I signed up for Sketch to Knit and Heirloom Wool Production. These seem right down my alley. I did not sign up for any classes as I think I already know it all, and as we already know, I don’t. But there was nothing on the class list I felt compelled to spend three hours of my time on. I do plan to spend three hours in the marketplace shopping.
  2. I’m not sure if I told you this, but I also registered for Midwest Craft Con. It happens in late February, hopefully not while I’m in Kenya for work, which I think will happen in early February.
  3. When I returned from vacation, after catching up on work email etc, I turned around and traveled to Indy for work. It was a good and productive trip, but I’m knackered and I took today off since I worked events on Saturday and Monday. I’m a little under the weather, which always happens when I get stressed out, and one of these days I guess I’ll learn I can’t do all the things. I haven’t learned it yet, though.
  4. I love my handmade PJ pants so much, I want to sew some flannel ones for winter. This should be an easy thing to do, except I don’t have any flannel fabric. Where do I buy ethically made flannel fabric? I will try Sew to Speak today. I might also try Dabble and Stitch. Or maybe I will buy this unicorn fabric and call it a day? Done. That was way too easy.
  5. img_6679Here is my Weekender progress. Do you think I can finish this in time to wear to Vogue Knitting Live on Saturday? Unlikely, but it might be worth a go.
  6. img_6681My yarn arrived from Canada. (I had to ship it to myself as we only carried on one bag each.) I want to get started on these before my inspiration wanes. I think the merino bulky is too soft for thrummed mittens. I really like yarn for my mittens and gloves to have some tooth. Maybe I will knit a cowl? It’s super soft.
  7. I am currently listening to How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran on Audible. Not only is it hilariously written, it is also hysterically read by the author. I highly recommend. It is slightly filthy, so if you don’t love English potty mouth, as I do, then it might not be for you. Also, she does not mince words. I love this.
  8. I have my microphone and I have Audacity. It is time to record my first episode of The Just Craft.
  9. I am back down to my pre-vacation weight!

Hey! Check it Out! Wednesday!

Do you think I can make Hey! Check it Out! Wednesday! a thing? Just kidding. It will never catch on like Wednesday WIPs.

But hey, check it out!

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I finished my Lilac Heather Cumulus Blouse. It’s mostly great. This yarn is wonderful and it has great stitch definition. It fits well and is comfortable, and I love the color. The neckline… well, I saw this coming but carried on knitting anyway. I thought hopefully that the i-cord cast off was going to take up more space. I will have to wear a shirt under it. I’m sure the culprit is my yarn choice, but I love the yarn so I wouldn’t have changed it. I guess I should pay more attention to row gauge? But considering I only knit a 2 inch swatch, I got what I deserved. Pattern is Cumulus Blouse and yarn is Cestari Ash Lawn DK in Lilac Heather. Still happy.

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Check out my new to me shoes! They are Baabuk and made in Portugal with local wool. I have terrible problem feet, and I go through a lot of shoes looking for “the one” pair that will make my feet happy. So far these are ticking all my boxes: wool, renewable resource, sustainably and ethically made, and I got them used (practically new) on Poshmark. They are super comfortable and like these so much I may purchase a pair of boots at some undetermined point in time in the future.

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Check this out! I joined Seamwork (unlimited) at a special half off rate and got this style workshop. I really need it. When I was younger I didn’t have any problems knowing what I liked to wear or what looked good on me, and I changed my style frequently. Now that I’m older, I need a little help. I’ve already downloaded several patterns, but I’m making myself finish the workbook before I buy any fabric. First on my list to sew is Ace.

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I have wanted a funnel neck ever since I saw Amelie, so that was probably 20 years ago!

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I would love to have this done in time to take to Nova Scotia (1 week away!) but I would have to find a fabric I love locally. I will head over to Sew to Speak at some point just to see if she has any wool jersey or sweater fabric.

I also decided to make a Chip Jacket and Dexter Pants, and by that time I realized I just needed to join. I didn’t renew Ottobre, so that’s my rationalization.

I still need to finish my jeans, but I do have my zipper now. Maybe this weekend?

Unfortunately I’ve been feeling under the weather since Sunday. Today I finally accepted that I need to rest and get over whatever this is so I can have fun in Canada! My brain wants to go go go but my body is saying no no no.

Sock It To Me Monday

Here’s my paltry progress on my toe up sock. I’m worried it’s too wide.

I went to my local fabric store to get some interfacing for my jeans’ waistband. (She sold me horsehair. How cool is that?)

I wanted a floral fabric to make a top out of to work with my collection palette. There were many lovely floral fabrics, but most were very bright or a large print. I kept remembering to myself “wearable” “something I would be comfortable in” “something with some green or saffron” “roses” “must work with denim”. I think I did pretty well. I need a pattern, though.

ETA: Found a vintage pattern on Etsy!

Artist Date Sunday

Today I took myself on an artist date to a couple of galleries in the Short North, an arts district in Columbus. It was a special day – Sunday Bazaar- when artists are working or talking about their work in the galleries and shops.

At Studios on High, an artists’ cooperative, I met Jennifer Jolley Brown, a printmaker. She was trying a new medium for her, woodcut.

We enjoyed chatting about art and life, and I love this image she is working on. She gave me some woodcutting tips in case I should ever try it. I must look like a serial enthusiast. (Is it that obvious?)

Then I came back to my studio and stewed in my juices a bit. After a long leisurely stare out the window, I opened my new planner/journal.

I had this binder made on Zazzle. This is a Carl Larsson painting. The knitting on the table and the textile on the chair, which must be Karin’s, inspire me. Really, the whole thing inspires me. It’s a home scene but so light and colorful — how I would like for my home to be.

I worked a little in my wardrobe planner. My aspirations are so modest here. Surely this is possible!

I was inspired enough to trace and cut out the Ottobre jeans.

The plaid is for the pocket bags.

I missed a few days blogging, but I did catch up on your blogs today!

Accountability

Here it is: the start of my i-cord bind off. I started it last night, even though I had an event to attend.

Last night I was thrilled to be included in The Big Table discussion on the State of Craft in Columbus. It was a productive discussion, and I think there were some ideas worth pursuing. Who will pursue them? I’m not sure, but I think it would be great if someone would start a Church of Craft here. No, that wasn’t part of the discussion. Yes, I would join.

I set a date for my solo show! September 2021! What am I making? I don’t know yet! Fiber art!

Sunflower Shuffle

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Several times during my work day I try to get out and go for what Bob and I call a “shuffle.” It’s a short walk around the block. It’s great for moving my body and clearing my head. One of our neighbors has a yard full of flowers, and a fence lined with sunflowers, my favorite flower. I think these are Mexican Red Sunflowers.

I am ready to start the i-cord bind off on Lilac Heather Cumulus Blouse. I’m going to do that tonight and update you tomorrow. Accountability!

Also, I asked the art gallery owner who hosted us for our Mother Artists at Work show this summer if he would be interested in me having a solo show there in a year or two. And he said YES! I just have to reach out and set a date!