Hi everyone! I recorded a new video. Hope you enjoy!
Here are some links
North Cabin Fiber Crafts but make sure you get the coupon code from Knitting Blooms Ravelry group!
Pacific Knits by Tin Can Knits
Handmade in the UK by Tin Can Knits
Kate Davies Blog
Colours of Shetland by Kate Davies
Rhinebeck Sweater by Ysolda Teague
Crossbones Style by Steve May
Hi everyone, hope you had a great Labor Day weekend! I went down to the River and recorded another video blog! I’m a little gabby in the beginning, sorry about that, but I’m learning. Hope you enjoy it!
Here are some links
Delias Eucharis Socks by Hunter Hammersen
The Craft Stash Rav group has the Dye-Namic Design Dua Along up. I’m signing up for sure. See you there!
See you soon!
I recorded this post on Youtube. So much easier than typing up a post. I would think it is more engaging too. Hope you like it. I will post some links after the video!
Here are some links:
My new Mini spinner!
Bosworth Drop Spindles
This is where I went hiking. Beautiful trails at the Moreau Lake State Park
A Cowl For Jeanne
My Lucksentyre Cardigan
Delias Eucharis Socks
I had such a great time at the shearing event that the Hudson Valley Fiber Farm put on today! They had an open house at their beautiful farm located about 40 minutes from my home. I noticed while walking up the street lined with parked cars, licensees from Conn., Mass, and even Virginia! People were there from all over. It was really neat to see how the shearer handled the sheep. This can not be an easy job! And those sheep held in all sorts of contorted positions! How hilarious! It was great to watch!
They had a pot luck lunch as well and asked people to bring a dish. Let me inform you that I am not a good cook! My husband who is a professional chef does all the cooking in our house. I asked him for some ideas last night of what I could bring and he said, “Honey, if you are going there to make friends maybe you better not cook” LOL! He’s right! But, with his help and guidance, we put together a chicken curry salad that was quite delicious! It seemed to be a big hit, so I was very pleased.
After watching a few of the shearing, I wandered around the beautiful property. It reminds me of upstate where my sister and parents live. There are streams and a pond, chickens running around, a bridge over the running water, beautiful lilac tree and just a serene, relaxing setting.
Perfect for knitting! I worked a lot on my Luskentyre. I was also very flattered to be interviewed by Cat and Eric from Lets Knit 2gether. They were there covering this event and Cat came over and complimented me on my work. It was very nice to meet both of them. I love their video podcasts and admire all the work they do to bring this to the knitting community so when they asked if they could put me on their show, I was honored.
My daughter came with me and was a trooper. Even though it was not her scene, she stayed and didn’t complain. She did take a little nappy in her chair though….
All in all what a great day! A big thank you to Susan and Pat for opening their home to everyone. It was really wonderful! I end it with the most deliciously cute cupcakes I have ever seen
I really wanted to stay home and knit all day. It has been a while since I just relaxed and knit. Problem was it was so beautiful out, that I would be a fool to stay indoors. So, my daughter and I went hiking. I live in the Hudson Valley in NY and there are some great hiking trails. The mountain we went up today is called Anthony’s Nose. The view from the top is breathtaking
The view from Anthony's Nose
and there are some great rocks to sit on and knit 😉
Knitting on Anthony's Nose
My Knit Picks magnetic chart holder was indispensable on the windy mountaintop! I love this tool
Knit Picks magnetic board 4 thumbs up!
And here is what my daughter did when we got to the top
It was a great day all around, but I am very tired now. I took some great shots of my Luskentyre in the sunlight and some of the Alice Starmore yarns I carried up in my back pack also looked so beautiful in the sunlight I just have to share them here.
Pebble Beach just glowed!
Clover is definitely a favorite. Just gorgeous!
Spindrift has an understated elegance to it. A perfect backdrop.
The Limpet showed the most dramatic change in the sunlight. This color would be great for any of Alice’s solid color sweaters.
Here is my daughter and I. I told her I wanted to take one of those facebook pictures that I see on her page all the time. Instead I got this “Mom you are so weird” look. Sigh…..
Mom, you are so weird. Can't we just keep hiking???
I have only been working on this a couple of days so there is not much to look at yet, but I just can’t help putting up a picture of my Luskentyre progress. I love the yarn and the pattern is just starting to show itself. The rich colors are a dream to look at.
I also want to share with you some great tips from the Rainey Sisters Blog about counting rows and increases. Very good ideas and easy peasy! She uses waste yarn as a row counter and puts markers where the sleeve increases start so you can easily track you increases. I love following this blog just to see the beautiful work these 2 sisters do. You should check it out for yourself.
I managed to get some knitting in this weekend. Not as much as I had thought, but a nice amount. I started off by winding all my hanks of yarn from my Luskentyre kit from Virtual Yarns. I was totally loving all the beautiful colors. I thought I would be able to get all the winding done and the swatch, but that was not happening. Took me all night to wind the yarn.
I am sure everyone that has knit with her yarns will say that pictures don’t do her colors justice. They have a luminescence to them. My favorite colors from this kit are Golden Plover and Machair, but they are all stunning. So here is the picture of the swatch done on US2. Only had to go down one size.
I also managed to get a start on Rachael’s Autumn Rose finally. It is now officially on the needles.
Just the beginning
Not much to look at yet. Just had time to get some of the ribbing done, but at least it is started. Once I get this a good way along, I will start something else.
I finished the gauge swatch for the Duxbury Point Pullover. This sweater is for Marc and will take a long time to make but I think I will really enjoy the pattern. I had originally started the swatch knitting continental and found I was knitting very tight so I switched back to English and it ended up much better. I guess I will have to knit the sweater by throwing. I will cast on for it this weekend. This project is very special. It will be the first sweater I make for my husband and it must be perfect!
I also need to cast on Rachael’s Autumn Rose sweater this weekend. I really want to get it moving. This one should be the priority as her birthday comes before Marc’s. I will knit it with the US5’s This is way larger needle size than suggested, but I am using Knit Picks Palette, so it may be due to the different yarn. BTW I love the Palette yarn. Can’t wait to show you some progress on this one.
Alba sweater is still on hold. I am rather forlorn about it. I was really believing I would love the colors. When I get some of my other projects going I will play around with it some more in order to get the right mix of colors. I did get a scan of the original colors that the Rowan pattern used from a friend on Ravelry and that will help when choosing replacement colors if necessary. I may keep the Prussian Blue and just change the Cinnamon and Sandelwood. Hopefully that will do the trick.
I have saved the best for last. I received my package from Virtual Yarns yesterday!!!
What gorgeous colors. I can’t wait to knit this sweater up. It will be so much fun. The yarn was very nicely packaged. When I opened it I was so impressed. I can’t wait to swatch it up tonight. This is the first thing I will do when I get home from work! Well maybe I should clean up the house a bit first…. Nah!