Monday, May 21, 2018

Perseverance

After a whirlwind weekend that included graduation festivities and shows on Saturday and Sunday, I woke up this morning feeling a bit groggy.  I'm not sure coffee can save me today.


Congratulations, Luz!  It was a long road with some bumps along the way, but you made it.  Perseverance will serve you well in life.

There are so many things that need my attention this week, but today I'm going to catch my breath.


And I'm going to give this sock on FlexiFlips some attention.  I'm determined to feel more comfortable with these needles.  Practice and perseverance . . . important life lessons.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Aeque

I have so many sample ideas swirling around these days, so it's encouraging when another one comes off the needles.


Aeque.  This bandana shaped cowl is a fun, entertaining project, and it's easy to wear.  The pattern is designed to be knit with five small amounts of yarn, and I've created mini gradient bundles with several color options.  

I'll have the sample and bundles at Inman Eats and Crafts this Sunday. If you're in the area, check out this celebration of Inman Sq.

Also on the weekend schedule . . . on Saturday I'll be at Coggeshall Farm for the Rhode Island Fiber Festival.  Follow the link for details.

This week's color inspiration . . . 


Lilacs in stages.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Constant Companion

After last weekend it took me a couple days to pick up the pace on my knitting, but today I'm off and running.


Right now I'm fixated on these mini gradients, and I have a couple projects lined up.  To add to the fun, my deadline is tight.  These little balls will be with me wherever I go.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Catching my Breath

I'm easing into the week after a busy weekend in New Hampshire.  I love vending outside because the light is great even on a cloudy day. This time Mother Nature served up a bit of rain and steady wind - all very manageable.

On Sunday I had the luxury of roaming the grounds for a bit while another vendor watched my booth.  First stop was the John Crane exhibit of various sheep breeds from around the world.  It was truly fascinating.

Next stop was Green Mountain Spinnery.  John partnered with Green Mountain to create five limited edition yarns based on his research.


These yarns are truly unique.  Each blend is a combination of different breeds, and the label includes a list of the breeds.  If you're interested in this project and the yarn, Green Mountain will have these yarns listed on their website.  

As always it was great fun to see familiar faces and make new connections.


Special thanks to those who stopped by with projects for show and tell. And now I'm off . . . more coffee and planning for the coming week.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Not a Cloud . . .

I made a run to New Hampshire this morning and got my booth situated.


It's like camping . . . sort of.  And yes, the sky was that blue.

If you're looking for me this weekend, the booth is in the grassy triangle between the Fleece Barn and Commercial Building 2.  It's also directly across from the bathrooms.  We have a little rain in the forecast for Saturday but that won't matter.  It's going to be a fun weekend.

This week's color inspiration is all about water.


Blue and gray.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Lovella

Another project off the needles and blocked.


Lovella.

This project has plenty of variety.


Garter stripes with a bit of lace.  Interesting shaping with increases and decreases.  Never a dull moment.  The only modification I made was a yarn over after the first stitch on every row.  Then at the end of the row I dropped the yarn over to create an elastic edge.


The yarn is a DK blend - Wineberry and March Sky.  The finished shawl is substantial but easy to wear.


Look for it this weekend at New Hampshire Sheep and Wool.

Monday, May 7, 2018

First Things First

After a productive, balanced weekend with time for both family and work, I thought I had found the right mix.  Apparently it was just a reprieve because Monday is turning into a juggling act.

First things first.  I thought I had a relaxing morning ahead of me, so I started the day with a few rows of lace.  What could be the harm in that?


This is a long term project with no immediate rush, and it felt productive to establish the lace pattern.  While I was knitting, I thought of a couple more things I need to do today.  Suddenly my relaxed schedule is out of whack.  Time to pick up the pencil and create a master list.