Thursday, January 28, 2016
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
I didn't knit much this year for gifts. I did make a hat for my sister,
Susan B. Anderson pattern) and changed it up by using my variegated handspun. I think MK will like it. It is very her.
I'm also making a hat for her husband, Steve, but that had a bit of an issue. I decided last Friday to make it for him. Not a problem, plenty of time to make it before Christmas Day. I had the perfect charcoal grey yarn I spun from Shetland fiber. I found a simple pattern and whipped it up in 24 hours. However, when I tried it on, I decided I needed to add a couple inches to it so it will securely cover his ears. They live in the northern wilds of Wisconsin and shoveling and snow blowing is a big past time (most winters) so having all of your ears covered is a must! This morning I unpicked the woven in end at the top and ripped it back past the decreases, got it back on my needles and started knitting again. I'll finish it tonight and it will be better with the additional length to it.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
As far as my spinning and yarn, I've been blessed this year to continue working with my stores. I am scheduled to head to Yarn Harbor in Duluth, MN on October 10. I'll be bringing lots of yarn for Kathy to select from and spend the day spinning with my many friends there. I can't wait to see Kathy's new location.
Fall Fiber Festival held in Hopkins on November 7th. That is a great venue. Each year there are more and more vendors and I'm really looking forward to heading there again this year. The last two years it has been such a challenge for me as Anna had a Cheer competition that same day right down the road, but this year that is no longer an issue. Although if Emily has anything to say about it that will change next year. But I'll enjoy this year as a bit calmer.
Finally, I will be at Needlework Unlimited on November 21 for a spinning day as well as bringing in new stock for Karen. Whew! As you can see my next 3 months are busy ones. But with all the stress this year, I've found solace in my spinning. I may not have spun quite as much as in years past, I still have some absolutely beautiful yarns in my basket ready for stores or fiber fests.
And before I forget, one more store is stocking my yarn, head to Double Ewe in Circle Pines. Kelly started stocking my yarn and picked out some really pretty selections. And she has several of my samples to show how things will work up.
I just noticed something, apparently I only work with yarn shops that have owners with names that start with K! Even Lila and Claudines follows the trend with Kirsten. Makes me smile.
Well that is enough for now. hopefully a few people are still reading this, maybe mention it at an event I'm at, I'd love to chat with you. But for now, must keep spinning!
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
When I started spinning I went out and tried a bunch if different spinning wheels before settling on my Louet wheel, a Julia. I've been very happy with her. I never really had much desire for what I call a Rumpelstiltskin type wheel. Until recently that is. May I introduce you to my new old beautiful wheel.
Isn't she beautiful. She is signed underneath the table with this inscription. Made of Mt. Ash by E. H. Jacobson. Little Marais Minnesota. I love her. I'm trying to find out any info I can on Mr. Jacobson. Little Marais is a very small town along the North Shore of Lake Superior so maybe I will be able to learn more...like what year he made her in. But for now I'm happy just to have her!
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
My weekend was not just filled with Yarnover, nope, we had my whole family staying at our house over the weekend. That meant we had 6 adults and 2 little girls under two tucked in with the four of us. It was a house filled to the brim with love. While it isn't something I would want to do on a regular basis, it was fabulous to have all of us under one roof. We had not all been together in several years. It was amazing.
Now I have some breathing room. I've pushed so hard for 4 months, getting ready for DFW Fiber Fest, Yarnover 3 weeks after that, one sale to my local yarn shop in between and having my family here that I'm beyond exhausted. I've spun over 60 skeins of yarn in those 4 months. That is a lot. I have time now before my next scheduled events in late summer/early fall. I finally have a chance to knit again. I have a chance to possibly teach a couple classes in knitting and I'm working up what I think will work. Stay tuned, it is a new adventure for me.