So it has been a long time since I had anything listed in Etsy. However, I just uploaded over 20 skeins of yarn that are up for sale. A couple planned events for this summer fell through which means I have plenty of yarn that is ready for sale!
I thinkthis would be great for fellow Minnesotans....does it read U of MN to you as much as me?
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
It is the Crazed Scandinavian Cowl. I love it!!! I finished it over Mother's Day Weekend. Emily and I binged on the last two Harry Potter movies, Deathly Hallows part 1 and 2 while I grafted the cowl together. Started at 10 pm, grafted the last stitch at 2:12 AM! As I said to a friend, I felt like the Sharon of old, not old Sharon!
I had a booth at Yarnover a couple weeks ago and brought along the cowl still on the needles as I spun up another batch of the same yarn and had it as a kit. Wendy Johnson, the amazing designer of the cowl, gave me permission to have her pattern attached to the yarn. I was very nervous about doing something like this since it was over 2100 yards of handspun yarn. Not an inexpensive project, and my sample wasn't even complete. But do you know the kit sold in the first five minutes of the show! I nearly cried and hugged the poor woman who bought it from me. She probably thought I was as crazy as the cowl! I did make some changes to the yarn for the kit. I spun it at a much finer weight as my original batch was just a wee bit heavier and thicker than the intended yarn. On one hand, my cowl will be able to handily deflect a -30 below Minnesota blizzard perfectly, but may not be the easiest thing to wear on most other days. And to top it off, I had such interest in the cowl I have a few orders for additional kits in the same and different colorways! Talk about happy and excited! So once I'm done with my spring shows, I will get busy at the wheel and work on those orders so they are done before my next stretch of shows this fall!
On the home front, Emily is moving on to high school next year, now that is a big transition on its own, but my girl? Tried out for competition cheer and made the varsity team! Oh boy, here we go again! I may have mentioned this in years past when Anna was a comp cheerleader, how expensive these activities are. So the more Crazed Scandinavian Cowl kits I can sell the better! Because my fabulous sweet amazing Chinese Swedish Minnesotan girl is going to need every extra penny I earn!
If you are coming to Shepherd's Harvest, look for me in Barn C. And if you mention seeing this blog post, it is worth 10% off your purchase! The event is so good for family's with kids, so many things to see and do. See you at the Washington County Fairgrounds, near Lake Elmo, May 14 and 15th!
Thursday, January 28, 2016
The grey neutral is also the wool/linen blend. It is the perfect foil to make the colors glow. The pattern is the Crazed Scandinavian Cowl by Wendy Johnson. What is not to love knitting a huge variety of fair isle patterns? It is a long infinity loop type of cowl. However, as I've been working, I think I'm leaning towards finishing it as a scarf. The pattern calls for fingering weight and my handspun isn't quite that weight, just a bit heavier so I'm not sure if it will lay nicely after being wound a couple times around my neck. Since it is knit as a tube, in the round, it is two layers thick. No howling Minnesota winter wind will penetrate this baby!
I do think it is a great sample for my yarn. I will have it done in time for my fiber festivals this year. Yarnover is fast approaching in April. It will be finished and hanging in my booth so look for it there. I need to keep spinning each night too so I will have plenty of completed skeins for upcoming fiber fests. I'm thinking of spinning more of the same yarn and selling it as a kit for those fiber fests. Considering you need 900 yards each of the two colorways that is both a big time and cost investment. I'm still thinking on it. I don't see a huge down side for me because if the kit doesn't sell I can break it up and simple sell the individual skeins. But I often hear from people they would like to knit with exactly the same yarn as one of my samples so maybe I will put the 8 skeins in a package and see what happens.
As I've worked on it, I fall into the "just one more row" as I see a pattern developing with each row completed. That is the fun part. Then watching how the colors are shifting brings another level of anticipation. Who needs sleep! I'm about half way done now. I started it over the holidays. Hoping to finish it in another month.
This has been the perfect project this week as Emily had her tonsils out last Friday and I've been home with her. Her medicine is every six hours, so I've been up late in the night and then early in the morning. Amazingly, even sleep deprived, I've knit on. With some help. Virginia decided I was going to blow away or something so decided she needed to anchor me down on the couch. She did a mighty fine job. smile...must keep spinning...(or knitting as the case may be)