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?

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.

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!

Woe is Meee Tra La La

I wore my Cumulus Blouse yesterday and it is pilling a little. I’m going to use my sweater shaver on it. Maybe once I wash it a few times it will settle down.

On a happier note…

My last orchid flower is hanging on for dear life. Let go, beautiful blossom! Fall is here and it’s time to rest!

Summer lasted so long this tomato thinks it’s a pumpkin. I helped it along with a sharpie. You do you, little pumpkin tomato!

My older children think it’s funny to close their eyes in photos. I might have taught them that. This was from family movie night when we watched Great Pumpkin and Hocus Pocus. Snuggly.

Selfie of the week. My hair is growing and I went back to my old skin care regimen. My skin won’t tolerate anything else.

Today I’m going to cast on my Weekender! I had planned to do it last night but I didn’t realize I was going to need three different needle sizes and scrap yarn. I went to the studio twice to collect things yesterday and still didn’t have everything I needed, and finally gave up. Today is the day!

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.

Shimmering Silver Lady

Mildlygranola has me convinced to make a Weekender by Andrea Mowry with her. I admit to flirting with the idea of this pattern, but I never committed. I am ready.

Do you remember this yarn? It’s Scout by Kelbourne Woolens. The gauge is spot on for me for Weekender since I’m a loose knitter. And I have almost enough of the green to make it! I only need one skein. I do have enough of the silver, and I do love me a silver sweater which matches my silvery hair making me swan about like a shimmering silver lady (hence the title of this blog.)

But greeeeeen… deep verdant earthy evergreen.

I only need one skein. I’m going to go to my local yarn shop tomorrow to see if she has one more skein of this. If she doesn’t, I’ll probably cry. But maybe I’ll find it on the internet.

I considered waiting until our trip to Nova Scotia in case there was some special yarn there I would like to buy, but realized I don’t want to lug home a sweater quantity of yarn. Maybe one or two skeins of something special!

I’m still waiting on the new zipper for my jeans. Today I serged the edges on all the pieces and did some top stitching. I’m taking great care with these as I want them to fit well, and I’d like to be able to take them in and let them out as needed.

I lost another 5 pounds, making it 18 pounds total. My old jeans fit more comfortably now and I’m ready to take the larger sizes down to the basement. I save my old jeans since my weight fluctuates so much.

I’m almost finished with Lilac Heather Cumulus Blouse.

How is your Sunday going? I cleaned the bathroom, the stove, and my car interior today, but I’m still having a good day. 😁