Monday, September 26, 2016

Snapshots from the Adirondacks

We had delightful fall weather this past weekend, so I was happy to be on the road.  Well, I wasn't happy last night when I was on the Pike coming home . . . 25 - 30 mph is slow going.  It seems someone thought Sunday evening was a good time for line painting and road construction.

After a good night's sleep, I've recovered from my travels.  Here's a glimpse into my weekend at the Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival.

Intriguing work with handmade paper by Nanette Miranda.

Even earrings made out of paper.

Sheep shearing with hand shears.

I learned a little about the textile history of the area by going out to dinner.  The old Clark Textile building has been restored and is now used for a restaurant.  I always love a good history lesson.

After that little weekend adventure, it's time to get back to work.  It's Monday, and the dye pots are on.  

Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Preview

Over the summer I added some new colors to the lineup.  A couple have become new favorites, destined to replace old favorites.  Here's another preview.


This color is versatile because it works well with so many other colors. Sort of green with hints of blue.  Malachite can almost be neutral in certain color combinations, and I already have a running of list of combinations that I like.  I'll be knitting with it once the fall fiber frenzy has died down.

I'm a regular at the weekly farmers' market.  The heirloom tomatoes provide a range of colors, sizes and shapes.  And they have such interesting names - Martha Washington, Radiator Charlie, Pink Berkeley Tie-Dye.  I can sense the end of tomato season is near, so before they're gone . . . this week's color inspiration.

Orange Russian.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Just Walk Away

Wednesday, you are quickly qualifying for a do-over.  All morning I've been putting out fires and brainstorming.  The thought of abandoning 
2 or 3 projects under construction has me feeling a bit queasy.  I've started to contemplate Plan B and Plan C.  Since the solution hasn't presented itself just yet, I'm going to take a deep breath and walk away.

There are plenty of other things to keep me occupied.

Like labeling.  

This weekend I'm at the Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival.  New this year . . . the used equipment auction.  If you're planning to attend, you might want to check it out.  

It's time for me to find the tape and get busy.

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Perils of Late Night Knitting

After a busy weekend, Monday came all too quickly.

Two events in two days.

Both events were local so that made things easier.

The weekend was a good opportunity to touch base with some people on my list, and I felt very productive for taking care of business.

On the other hand, I didn't get much knitting done when I was out and about, so I tried to make up for it in the evening.  I will never learn that knitting past midnight is usually not a good idea.  I knit late into the night only to discover in the morning that my stitch count was off. That's the second time for this project.  I'm trying to stay positive.

After ripping and re-knitting, I'm almost to the point where I was before I had to rip.  Forward march . . . 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Knitting Season

Fall is in the air, and knitting season is officially here.  It's a lovely weekend for the Yarn Crawl, and I'm heading to Black Sheep Knitting Co. first thing this morning.

I'll have these multi bundles and other fiber goodies.  Stop by if you're out on the Crawl.

The greater Boston area has plenty of fiber activity this weekend.  In addition to the Yarn Crawl, on Saturday the Harvest & Fiber Festival is happening at Tangerini's Spring Street Farm.  I'll be there with a fun group of vendors - click on the link.  This is an outdoor event, and the weather forecast is favorable.  It's time to start your fall knitting projects.

One corner of our backyard has become overgrown - proof that even in a drought the weeds grow.  I decided to let that corner go, and since so many things didn't grow well this summer, I've come to appreciate the weedy tangle.  This week's color inspiration . . . 

Purply black.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Of Baseball and Socks

I made a good run at summertime activities as August was drawing to a close, but I was missing one thing on my checklist - my annual trek to a Red Sox game.  

After last night, I can cross that off my list.  One daughter found the tickets, so off I went with both girls in tow.  

The Sox lost, but it was a lovely evening to be at Fenway.  The only thing better than September baseball is October baseball.

Of course I had an appropriate knitting project for the outing.

A red sock.  

A simple ribbed leg made for easy baseball knitting.  The pattern is Vector Socks in case you're wondering, and things will get a little more complicated very soon.  I almost finished the leg last night.  Just a few more rounds . . . 

The yarn is Lillian in the new-for-fall colorway Flame . . . a perfect red for this time of year.  It's available at fall events and will be coming soon to the website.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Planning and Counting

After an all-around busy weekend and a delightful day at KnitWit, I'm off to a running start this morning.  The dye pots are going, and I'm taking time for more coffee and some planning.  I've let my planning slide the last couple weeks, and that's really not a good strategy.  It's a lot easier to stay on top of things if I have the details spelled out on paper, so that's what this morning is all about.

I also have to sort out a minor (at least I hope it's minor) mishap with my knitting project.  In a rush to swap projects, a bunch of stitches slid off the needle.  I rescued them as best I could, but now I'm afraid the stitch count is off.  The scene of the accident included a lot of make 1 stitches, and I have a feeling some of them became unmade.  I'm prepared to rip out a row or two.

If you're in the Boston area, just a reminder that the Greater Boston Yarn Crawl is happening later this week.  On Friday I'll be at Black Sheep Knitting Co.  Jump-start your fall knitting and support the local shops.  

Now I'm off to do some counting.  And maybe some ripping.