Monday, October 12, 2015

Counting the Inches

I'm trying to finish up another booth sample.  Maybe today.

North Lyme.  This has been my on-the-go project the last couple days. The 4-row repeat is almost mindless, and the stitch pattern creates a textured fabric.  

This project is just the beginning.  Hat season is here, and I already know which one I'm going to make next.

To those of you north of the border, Happy Thanksgiving.  Enjoy the festivities.

Friday, October 9, 2015

This Week in the Dye Pots

A new yarn base.

Bertha Sport.  70% Superwash Merino, 15% Cashmere, 15% Nylon.

It's my new favorite.

These colors and more will hit the booth at Rhinebeck.

Sometimes the fall color changes happen too quickly.  The other day my daughter sent me a picture of one of our favorite trees . . . a tree the kids and I would watch shift from green to brilliant red every fall. The tree is almost naked already, and I missed most of the color.  

This week's color inspiration is an attempt to savor some of the fall colors.  As a bonus it matches the yarn above.

Sunshine spreading over the mountains of Vermont.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Between this.

And this.

There's never a dull moment the week before Rhinebeck.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Snapshots from Vermont

I'm off and running after a beautiful weekend in Vermont.  Going into the weekend there was so much conversation about the weather and Joaquin moving up the coast.  Early predictions were for a wet weekend in Vermont, but in the end we had glorious, dry fall weather.

Take a look.

This skirt has a story.

Marcy walked into my booth, and I commented on her lovely skirt. She proceeded to tell me that she came up with the skirt idea to use leftover sock yarn.  Of course one thing led to another and along the way she bought more yarn to finish the project.

Marcy had a gored skirt that she liked, and she used that as her template.  She took one of the gores from that skirt and did the math to figure out the increases for her knitted gores.  The gores are knit with the linen stitch.  Her original skirt had 18 gores, but the knitted ones were a little more elastic so she needed only 16.

Then Marcy crocheted the gores together.  I asked her if it was tedious to assemble them all, and she said not really because she had slipped the first stitch of every row and had a nice clean edge. Everything matched perfectly.  The cool thing about this skirt is it's reversible.  On one side there's a seam ridge with a little bit of texture. On the other side there's a smooth seam line.  Marcy can wear it either way.

Marcy completed her outfit with this jacket that she happened to find at a shop.  Not pictured is the hat made out of this yarn - the original project that got the whole thing started.  She tied it all together with burnt orange socks.  This skirt was such a success that she's already planning another one.

Detailed needle felting.  I can't imagine how many hours it took to make this.

Vermont in the fall . . . always a treat.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Knitting Emergency

I'm heading to Vermont today.  I'm really looking forward to the trip, but I already have to deal with an emergency and I haven't even left the house yet.

Last night I sat down to start a new project, and this is all I've got to show for my efforts.

Not one stitch was knit because apparently I don't have the right needle.  Well, I do have the right needle - just not on a 16" cable. Once upon a time I had a full range of 16" needles.  Last night I discovered a few were missing, including the one I need.

As I drifted off to sleep last night, I tried to sort it out.  Maybe I would remember a secret needle stash.  Or one more bag that I hadn't checked.  When I woke up, I decided the most efficient solution would be to stop and buy needles on my way out of town.  That will probably take less time than continued searching.

This guy was kind enough to pose for me last weekend and is my color inspiration for this week.  He even matches the yarn that is patiently waiting for needles.

Soft shades of gray.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Rainy Day

I'm going to keep today's post short and sweet.  This morning the skies opened and dumped sheets and sheets of rain.  Wonderful! It's been so dry.  I did have to deal with a minor inconvenience.  The power was out for a while.  It came back on but has been flickering. I've braced myself for the possibility of another outage and am taking care of the most crucial things that require power.  I'm just glad I don't have to contend with flooding.

I have plenty to keep me occupied on this rainy day.

A new yarn base arrived, and it's time to get busy.

Monday, September 28, 2015

A Silver Lining

Monday, thank goodness you arrived as scheduled.  This weekend I was caught in a crazy loop of mishaps, so today I'm grateful to be out of the tangle.  On Friday I traveled to the Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival.  When I left, everything was on track.  Somewhere between here and there the traffic turned ridiculously horrible.  I deal with a lot of traffic on a regular basis and usually have a pretty good assessment, but even this was more than I had anticipated.  I would have been happy to be a passenger quietly knitting away, but, alas, I was the driver.  

Due to the traffic on Friday, I missed the time slot for booth setup. That left no option but to do it all Saturday morning before the show. Saturday morning dawned and setup was going smoothly until I realized I didn't have extension cords for the lights.  I must have left them behind.  No problem.  I took a deep breath and made a quick run to the hardware store for a random assortment of cords.  At this point in the morning I still wasn't sufficiently caffeinated and my quick cord calculations were a bit off, but we made do and shuffled the booth around.

The rest of the weekend progressed slightly out of sorts.  Maybe it was the different booth configuration.  After the show on Sunday we hit the road only to discover the traffic was equally unbearable with numerous cars pulled over on the shoulder.  I'm blaming it all on the supermoon.  

I did find a silver lining in a weekend that was oddly out of sync.

The perfect buttons for a project that's almost off the needles.  Usually I'm scrambling for buttons at the last minute.  This time they're ready and waiting.