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Maryland Sheep and Wool

I went to Maryland Sheep and Wool on Sunday with my awesome south Philly SnB. It was my very first wool festival and I had the best time ever despite the 80 degree heat. I visited with some sheep and an alpaca, and watched a sheep dog demonstration.  Looked  at wheels, spindles, and roving (one day I will try spinning). Mostly though I was there for the yarn. Lots and lots of yarn. What a glorious sight to behold. I think I did rather well. I have no regrets about skeins left behind or about what I got, even though two skeins are very similar.

From the top:

1. Blue Moon Fiber Arts
Socks that Rock – Lightweight
Color: Siren Song

2. Blue Moon Fiber Arts
Socks that Rock – Lightweight
Color: Valenscummy

3. Blue Ridge Yarns
Footprints
Color: Apple Rose

4. Cherry Tree Hill
Supersock Merino
Color: Summer Sweet

5. Miss Babs
Yummy Superwash Sock and Baby
Color: Beach Glass

6. Miss Babs
Yummy Superwash Sock and Baby
Color: Spring Violets

7. Miss Babs
Yummy Superwash Sock and Baby
Color: Summer Garden

8. Miss Babs
Yummy Superwash Sock and Baby
Color: Terracotta

9. Miss Babs Sample freebies (yes I went by the booth a few times. stop looking at me like that)

It is probably a little obvious, but I had a great time at the Miss Babs booth. This is the start of a beautiful friendship – I’m already contemplating sweaters in the “Yowza what a skein” worsted yarn. For now though I’m going to figure out what to do with all of that beautiful sock yarn.

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Socks and other things

Well its been awhile since I last posted. Mostly I’ve been knitting socks.

Mukluks

Herringbone Rib Socks

Margaritaville (these are a little further along since I took this picture)

I’m really liking the ability to link to projects on Ravelry; its pretty handy.

Other than knitting I’ve been up to other stuff, keeping myself busy. Most recently I went back to Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh for my 10 year reunion. Had a really great time seeing everyone, watching buggy races, and  spent a lot of time at Doc’s, Shady Grove and PHI. Didn’t take a single picture while there, so here are some old pictures instead.

 

Glory days and all that.

This weekend I’m taking off Friday and headed to Maryland Sheep and Wool on Sunday woohoo.  I will try to post next before another two months pass.

NaKniSweMo – extended edition

Here is my completed sweater for NaKniSweMo; only two months overdue.

Pattern: Carnaby Street Pullover

Yarn: Brown Sheep Lanaloft Sportweight; color Scottish hillside

After quite a few cardigans this is the first pullover I have made and I am really happy with it. I think of all the garments I knit this one passes the closest for ‘store bought’. I knit this with an inch negative ease and after washing (the pic was taken prior to washing) it relaxed nicely. The biggest modification I made was to knit the button band for only half of the length on the body that the pattern called for because that look would seriously not be flattering on me. I also lengthened the sleeves to full length while shortening the length of the cuff to work better without being folded over.

Now I’m finally on to the socks. All the snow here has made for excellent knitting time.

Feels like 11

It is lunch time here and I’m trying to decide between eating something here at home (where there is nothing really to eat that goes together and forms a reasonable meal), or go outside and walk a block to pick something up. Should be an easy call, but right now the title of the post is how warm it feels outside and that is really really cold. So until I can decide I figured I would blog  all the random unrelated things going on right now.

– Left the charm bracelet featured at the top of this blog at a lovely little bed and breakfast I went to. They never were able to find it. I’m very sad and have decided I’m just not meant to have a charm bracelet; I can’t take losing another one.

– Still working on the sweater I started for NaKniSweMo. It is all knit and I’m seeming it up now. I will post pictures when its done. I think three months instead of one month for a sweater ain’t so bad.

– I’ve been reading  a lot, most recently Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, which is this year’s pick for one book, one Philadelphia. Its pretty meh; it’s her memoirs and there isn’t a strong narrative tying the story together, it’s just a sequence of  stories from her life. Which is to say it wasn’t really my style. Also recently finished Her Fearful Symmetry by Audry Niffenegger, which I liked, it was dark and moody and a nice change of pace to have a novel in which it is intentional that you don’t like some of the characters but yet its good enough to keep you reading.

– After much on and off occasional watching of Dr Who I finally have hit the good stuff. My recommendation is to just skip straight to the good stuff everyone talks about and also accept that the production values are a touch low and some of the stuff is a little silly. My recommendations are Tooth and Claw, The Girl in the Fireplace, Blink, and Silence in the Library. There are more good episodes than that, but those are my favorites so far.

-2010 for knitting is going to be the year of the sock and the sock yarn. This is all of the sock yarn (not necessarily all meant for socks) and yarn meant for socks (not necessarily sock weight yarn) that I have. For me this is quite a bit.

Some of you out there are laughing your butts off after reading that last sentence, and then seeing that picture.

The stuff I dyed at the bottom of the pile I might not get to because honestly that stuff is going to look really funky knit up. But the yarns on top I have been saving/hoarding for awhile and plan to work through and enjoy.

Tis the Season

I love Christmas decorations, they are my favorite part of the holiday, and of course the tree takes center stage. Now what type of tree to put up is a deeply personal matter and I was raised on Fraser firs so getting any other kind of tree is simply put, doing it wrong. I have very fond memories of going to pick out our Booger Mountain Christmas tree (love the name) as a child and running in and out of the trees around the lot.

Unfortunately with the traveling I do over the holidays I’m not able to keep a tree properly watered and since I don’t want to set my whole place on fire I just put up a fake tree. I miss the fresh pine smell but make up for it with Christmas wreath scented tarts from Yankee Candles, which smell pretty dead on for the real deal. It’s funny how much scent plays a role in memory. I also have some cranberry peppermint  tarts that were a limited edition scent I got a few years ago that smell exactly like a specific box of Christmas decorations my family has. Now up until I got these tarts I would never have said this box of decorations and everything in it had a scent, but they do, and the second I smelled these tarts it was an instantaneous connection in my brain that this was the smell of my childhood Christmas. That smell is so exactly specific to me that just burning the tarts changes it too much – when burning its more of a “clear out your sinuses until they burn” type of peppermint.

Well I can’t write a Christmas post without including a Christmas Vacation quote and don’t have any better way to end this post, so here you go – “How could things get any worse? Look around here Ellen, we’re on the threshold of hell.”

Maybe I should post something for October

I haven’t been much into making things recently. Still have lots of great projects in mind, and love all the yarns and fabrics to make them; it’s just getting from point a to b that isn’t holding my interest as much. NaKniSweMo (national knit a sweater month in november) actually caught my attention so I’ve decided to give it a go. In the meantime I’m working on finishing up my current projects so I can devote the whole month to the sweater. Today I finished up my lace chunky blanket.

Lace Chunky Blanket

This is definitely going to see alot of use this winter. The alpaca is warm and toasty, while the lace pattern keeps it from being heavy and too hot.

Through the looking glass

Saturday the sun was shining and the weather was beautiful so I headed out to the Magic Gardens down on South St – a huge mosaic installation filled with winding paths going up and down and all around. It’s like falling into a dream and I couldn’t have picked a better day to go with the sunlight and shade playing through glass and bouncing off mirrors.  Everywhere you look is a new detail to take in or a glimpse into another pathway. This is hands down my new favorite place in Philly.