Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Last weekend in Rhinebeck (week 39)

With the Annual Sheep and Wool Festival taking place last weekend, there was a lot of hustle and bustle in town

 




Some 40,000 people were expected to attend this year's Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck.  I have not heard yet how many did attend in the end, but I am guessing more rather than less.
It seems that with each year this event is getting a bigger attendance.
And then there are all the vendors and designers and teachers not only from around the US, but also from overseas.  We were lucky to meet some at The Knitting Garage from beginning of the week on.

Here is just a quick "by the way" thought: 
If you attended and added that beautiful skein of yarn to your stash, but don't know yet what to use it for, let us help you at The Knitting Garage to find just the perfect pattern for it.

Speaking of the Knitting Garage:  This year Leah launched our own blend of yarn (Romney, Corriedale and Merino; SO SQUISHY!).  It went down so well with folks that we sold out of three of the four colors during the first two days by Saturday afternoon!!! 















And at The Knitting Garage we held our third annual Yarn and Wine Tasting event on Friday evening.  This was limited to a small group of attendees and sold out very quickly and I must add that it was a lot of fun.



Yummy food, delicious wines and delectable yarns were the perfect recipe for fun!
And everyone walked home with a hand sewn "project/ goodie-bag" filled with surprises.










Unfortunately not all of our regular attendees to this event were able to come this year, but our friends from Maryland did stop by on Sunday :) 


Meanwhile Leah was busy at the fair with her Mom representing not only The Knitting Garage, but also Go Monkey Design and Pig & Company.  I stopped by on Saturday morning and visited their booth and thought to myself "if there was a price to be won for the most creative booth display, Leah and Barbara would win it for sure".  But don't take my word for it, look at these pictures:

 And if you missed stopping at their booth, we still have some sheep at The Knitting Garage which are looking for a permanent home as well as a few project bags.



Thursday, October 16, 2014

What's on my needles (week 38)

More about my road-trip

Some of you may have noticed that I did post a little bit about my week in North Carolina :) and the beautiful beaches and yarn shops there.  After that we spent some time in Georgia (the Golden Coast; St Mary, Jekyll Island etc) where I could not find a single yarn shop!  Nonetheless the area is very beautiful and the weather could not have been better.  
On our drive back to NY we did stop again on the Outer Banks and my favorite yarn shop there.
Normally Jeanne keeps "The Knitting Addiction" in Kitty Hawk closed on Mondays, but she could relate to my need to see her and met me at the shop.

Waiting for Jeanne I noticed my shawl matched her chairs:


It was nice to see Purl (or Pearl ; I am not sure of the spelling), the resident cat, and of course Jeanne again.

 

I will do a show and tell of the yarns I bought in a later post as this is a very busy week with the Sheep and Wool Festival coming up in Rhinebeck NY this weekend.

The Knitting Garage

Which brings me to making sure that you know that The Knitting Garage carries their own line of yarn now!  Check out this and all the other great yarns we carry.  This weekend promises to be a great opportunity to meet with other knitters from all over the world.  Yesterday we already had customers from Pennsylvania, Atlanta, Australia, New Zealand and Norway!



Projects I worked on during my trip

I took a bit of a break from knitting during my trip and read and listened to audio books instead.
I spent some time knitting my husband's socks:

I finished his hat:
 It looks good on both of us! :)

And I finished my son's scarf/hat/pocket "All-In-One"

Please note that you can click on the links for more detailed information about each one of these knitting projects such as which pattern or which yarn I used :)


 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Greetings from North Carolina (week 37)

Hello y'all,



Carolina beaches are beautiful!



And so are the yarn shops in the area.
We have been staying in New Bern for the last week and I was happy to find a great yarn shop right in the historic district of the town across from Tryon Palace.  The Weaver's Webb is a store which has something for everyone.  Marilyn's shop is not only stocked with yarns for your knitting and crochet needs, but also everything you need for weaving and cross stitching and needlepoint.
The second time I walked into the store I heard a lot of laughter and fun going on during a class Marilyn was giving upstairs.


Well, knitters always have such an immediate connection with each other, right?!  I felt that with Peggy, the owner of The Salty Sheep and wish her shop wasn't quite so far away or she could come to the NY State Sheep and Wool Festival (perhaps one day ?!).
Peggy sells a wide variation of yarns in her shop including a yarn from the Hudson Valley by Jill Draper. It's a small world, isn't it?!


 I realize how lucky I am to be living in the Rhinebeck area, not only close to The Knitting Garage and Leah, but even working there and able to go to the country's biggest Sheep and Wool Festival!  :)

Now, what I bought at these stores and what I will be making, will be a story for another time.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

What's on my needles (week 36)

I am not sure yet, if I will continue this blog during my vacationIf I am not posting anything while on the road, you will hear from me again after the Sheep and Wool Festival Thursday October 23.

At The Knitting Garage

After finishing the Windsor Mitt I have not started on a new store sample, but have been busy making some pretty stitch markers.




Those will be one of the goodies which we will give out during the Yarn and Wine Tasting event on Thursday evening October 16 before the Sheep and Wool Festival.
Remember this event is limited to ten people and we already have some sign-ups, so make sure to reserve your spot.  I hope to see you there :)
Here are details about the event:
Please note that this event has been changed to Friday, October 17th 7-9pm.

Join us for night filled with yarn wine and lots of fun!! This is our third year hosting this event before the NY sheep and wool show and it's always a good time. Here a bit of what to expect. We will be tasting five types of wine that pair lovely with some delectable yarns. They will be paired up by various reasons for example color, region, or just because. Tasty snacks will also be provided and a goodie bag with a taste of the yarns shown that evening. 
What to bring? Just yourself! 
When? Thursday October 16th
Time? 7-9pm
You can purchase your tickets to this event right here
http://www.sticklesvariety.com/products/yarn-and-wine-tasting
Please remember to sign up early as this event sells out fast due to the limited number of spaces. The shop will be closed for the private party. 
Thanks so much and we look forward to see you soon and as always Happy Knitting!


At Home

I am getting ready for a road trip with my husband.  The places he picked in South Carolina and in Georgia are supposed to be good fishing spots, but I am sure that I will also manage to find a yarn shop or two.
I know for sure that when we stop at Kill Devil Hills on the OBX I will be able to visit my favorite knitting shop there "Knitting Addiction".

Here are the two projects I will take on the road with me:
The hat  ("Boyfriend's watch cap" by Churchmouse) which I started for a class a couple of weeks ago and a pair of socks in the beautiful Anzula Sebastian which has sea cell in its fiber which is supposed to be really healthy :) I will be doing the FLK heel again since my husband claims they fit him the best.
I want to keep things simple when traveling and I want to avoid shushing my husband while knitting something complicated, so these choices should be perfect.




When I get back I will finish my Chevron Tank Top which only needs a few more repeats of lace in the back, three-needle-bind-off and i-cord edging around the neck  armholes.



I have finished the bookmark.  I think it came out really pretty and I am now on the search for the perfect button.

Here is an update to my bookmark:  I found a nice button yesterday at AL Stickles (where else?!)
It is kind of neat how the two acorn leaves mimic the heart shape in the lace. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

What's on my needles (week 35)

At The Knitting Garage

About sewing seeds

A few ladies who took one of my knitting classes this summer have come back this last week to show me several more projects they knitted up.
This is so exciting to see that I thought to share it with you:

Remember one of the first classes I gave this summer; in May?  A shawl called "summer flies".  Well, here we are in September and summer did fly. Connie, stopped by at the shop and showed me her second summer flies shawl which she just finished.  She used the Cascade Avalon and the shawl came out beautiful.  It looks like there is no stopping her to keep knitting up this pattern.


Toni, who took the class on the Pinwheel Spa Cloth in June, just started her fourth Pinwheel.  She gives them away as presents and uses them as doilies.  Here is the last one she just finished knitted up in  " Lily Sugar'n Cream Cotton".


 Last, but not least Dale knitted up a total of five (!) Market Bags so far after taking the class in July and she is planning on more!  She has doubled the yarn when knitting the handle to make it more sturdy and she has paired colors beautifully :)




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Store sample

My Windsor Mitt is finished and looks gorgeous  if I may say so myself :).  But don't forget that I only knit up one as a store sample, so I only do half the work.
The pattern is disbelievingly easy and letting my mind wander I forgot to pass the slipped stitch over a couple of times only to remember four rows later.  Then there was nothing else to do but to tink (knit backwards), I got quite a bit of practice with tinking which makes me quite a tinker ;)
I wonder how my five students are doing.  I hope they are loving it and are well on their way.


 My next knitting class at the Knitting Garage


At Home

Boyfriend's Watch Cap

As I gave a class on this pattern I also started a hat for Tony (he can always use a good warm hat!).
9.13. I was a little surprised by the cable cast-on (not stretchy), but did it anyway. I did the alternating cable cast on to account for the ribbing. Jennifer who took the class opted for the long-tail cast-on (quicker and a little more stretchy).

I am using the same yarn Julie used for our store sample, the Araucania Panguipulli, but in a different color and am hoping for a less dramatic striping.  I was tempted to alternate rows to eliminate the striping all together, but decided to just keep knitting. The colors are more muted and closer in shade and a little striping would be OK.  This is promising to be a quick knit.

Bookmark 

About two years ago I saw this pattern and helped someone get started on one.  I finally got around to starting one myself.

I had been thinking to use a thin cotton threat to knit this up and then even starch it, but after doing the Season’s Shawl (my gift from heaven shawl), I had some knitpicks Shadow Tonal left-over and decided to use this yarn as it is the one the pattern calls for; I can always use a different yarn next time I make this. Which color to use was difficult since they all look pretty, I decided on the light green “Springtime” color.
I was also thinking to put beads only on the part of the bookmark which will be outside (around the heart) on the book in order to not damage the pages, but when I did find the perfect color beads in my stash (I used to do a lot of beading) , I knew this bead is smaller than the one the pattern calls for (size 11 instead of size 10) and I decided to place them all over after all.
Since the only US #3 needles I own are DPN’s, I put needle stoppers on the ends of two and use them as straights :)
I calculated that I will need to do 18 instead of 25 pattern repeats since the book I am making this for is 7.5” tall and not 10 “tall. So far I have done fourteen repeats.






 

 

 

Chevron Tank Top

I have made progress with my tank top. I finished the front up to the shoulders and will start on the back next.  I do believe that the left and right shoulder for the front are mixed up unless you think of left and right as you look at the piece rather than wear it.  I followed the instructions for left on the right shoulder and right for the left shoulder to get a continuous look of the chevron pattern.  The shoulders seem rather narrow to me (more narrow than in the pictures), but I followed the instructions on stitch count exactly (+1 st); we'll see how it all comes together.