Monday, August 5, 2013

Fast Summer

I swear summer has just flown this year.  It may have something to do with our long winter, little to no spring and a delayed summer, but I was so surprised that tomorrow is the first day of school activities.  Anna will get her class schedule tomorrow.  And that will show how our year will unfold for her.  Emily goes for her new orientation in a couple weeks as she transitions to middle school.  So we are busy with school stuff already.

I've set up a few yarn events for me this fall.  I'll be at Needlework Unlimited on September 21 for a free spinning demos.  I'll have some free samples of my handspun.  I really enjoy these spinning demos, I remember when I was thinking about getting a wheel, I would have given a lot to simply talk to someone who knew about spinning and to get to watch someone and ask questions?  Heaven!

In October, I'm heading back to Yarn Harbor on October 19 for a spinning demo there.  Again it will be a great day, I've got a nice group of knitters who enjoy my yarn.  Heading to Duluth for a day of fiber goodness is all good in my book.

And finally, I'm going to be a vendor at the Upper Midwest Fall Fiber Festival.  This is being held in Hopkins, MN on November 2 from 9-4.  It will be my first time as a vendor at this event and I'm looking forward to it. 

I finished a new sample last month, I knit the Biscuit Cowl, it is currently at Yarn Harbor.  It is long enough to double up or leave in a long loop.  Nice options.  It is knit from my handspun, Pink Lady.  It turned out very soft and snugly.  Something that will come in handy come winter.

If you are afraid of knitting lace, this may be the item to dip your toes into the lace pool.  It is a simple lace pattern and after completing it, you get to knit some mindless stockinette and garter stitch.  Lately mindless knitting is a must for me.  This had just enough pattern to entertain me yet not tax the remaining brain cells I have at the moment.
The next thing I decided to tackle is the Color Affection Shawl.  I started with some beautiful brown merino silk yarn I already had spun up.  This soft yarn came from roving I bought at Shepherds Harvest.  It was amazingly easy to spin. But then I needed two more colors.  Dipping into my fiber stash, I came up with a semi solid blue from All For Love of Yarn.  It too has a blend of merino and silk.  Finally add some luscious white silk blend from Shepherds Harvest and I found my Color Affection.  But since I wanted the white at the top, I had to get busy and spin.
 One week later, I spun both the white and blue and started knitting.  I'd like to have it finished in time for all my fall events, so that is the next challenge.  Find enough time to knit without impacting the spinning schedule.  Lovely problem to have. 

Thanks for reading, I know some people are still hanging around. I'll be back!