Monday, November 11, 2019

Diamond Ring Cowl

I've been busy sorting out my schedule and just updated the right sidebar with a couple events in November.  Look for me this Saturday at Another Yarn.  The fun starts at 11:00, and I'm looking forward to hanging out with the knitters at this lovely shop.

I'll have a couple new items with me including this sample.


Diamond Ring Cowl.


The yarn is our new Lillian Singles in Mountain Mist.  This was a pretty quick knit and would make a nice gift for someone on your holiday list. Or maybe make one just for you.  This yarn will be available on Saturday in a variety of colors.  Stop by if you're in the area.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Mitten Weather

It's that time of year when I want to cast on several new projects all at the same time.


This one would be on the needles already, but I'm still debating colors.

It's also the time of year when I realize I'm lacking certain handknits. This morning I was out and about and discovered that what I really need is a new pair of mittens.  Instead I've been lured into this fiddly project that will require some assembly.


I spent an extraordinary amount of time on this and don't have much to show for it.  In all fairness I've ripped it out and changed needle sizes three times.  Lucky for me third time is a charm, but I could probably have the better part of a mitten done by now.  The wind is blustery and cold.  Next on the needles is a new pair of mitts.

This week's color inspiration . . . 


A glimpse at our Day of the Dead celebration.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Routines

I'm slowly settling in to my normal routines . . . dyeing yarn, catching up on email, knitting with friends, shopping for groceries.  I have yet to tackle some of my least favorite tasks (cleaning and paperwork top that list), but I did make time to start a new project.


Around and around with a simple cowl is perfect for the moment.

Monday, November 4, 2019

In Transition

Whew!  The last fiber festival of the fall season is in the books.  Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth.


It's a bittersweet moment.

I'll miss the travel and connections with customers and vendor friends, but now I'll have time to regroup and plan new projects.


I'll also have more time for family.


Today I've already unloaded part of the truck.  The rest can wait for a couple days as I take time to sort and reorganize.  And since I'm in transition, there's extra time for coffee and knitting.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Sprinting

This week has been a sprint to the finish line and Fiber Festival of New England.  The truck is loaded.  I just need to pack my suitcase.


More importantly my knitting is sorted.  Maybe I'll even take a couple minutes to wind the yarn before I hit the road.  If you're headed to FFNE this weekend, stop by and see us in Booth 432 / 33 East.

Earlier this week a leaf made a guest appearance in my photo shoot. This week's color inspiration . . . 


Matchy matchy.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Cheri Chevron Shawl

Fiber Festival of New England is this weekend, and I'll have this new sample on display.


Cheri Chevron Shawl.

Rarely does my sample match the foliage, but I lucked out this time.


This shawl is a combination of Lillian Singles and Shimmer and will be available as a kit.


We'll have several color combinations in stock.  Look for our booth in 432 / 33 East.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Knitting and Beer

I don't know where the day has gone, but I've been playing catch-up since I got out of bed.  Dyeing, shipping, sorting out a yarn emergency, securing a pair of US 15(!) needles for my daughter . . . it all takes time.  

A quick note about my daughter, Estrella.  She learned how to knit when she was quite little (4 or 5), but I can't remember the last time she made anything.  She always helps in the booth at Rhinebeck but has never expressed any interest in knitting.  Until this year.  The lure of yarn and pointy sticks finally got to her.  She bought a skein of hot pink chunky yarn at Rhinebeck.  If it takes big needles to bring her back in the fold, that's fine with me.  I'll do what I can to facilitate.

So here it is almost beer o'clock on a Friday, and I'm finally sitting down at my computer.  All week I've wanted to cast on a new project, but I've been sidetracked.  Today is the day.


First I had to liberate a pair of needles.  I had one project that was several rows shy of a bind off.  Sometimes I need a nudge to cross the finish line.  Now I'm ready to settle in with my new project.  Maybe I'll even crack a beer.

This week's color inspiration . . . 


Rhinebeck and fog.