November 3, 2010
October 27, 2010
This is the Gift Basket the girls brought me. A Spinsanity Spindle and Fiber by Em (check out their Etsy sitehttp://www.etsy.com/shop/Spinsanity) Wool, cotton, sock yarn and an awesome hat pattern. Guess I’ll have to learn to knit socks and use DPN’s :)
After a restful Friday we all piled into the ZPDK Bus and my neighbor Bev’s van and headed to Fletcher, NC. Apparently there was a tractor show near-by as we were greeted by this… It was pretty funny. Guess ya had to be there.
We found a parking place, picked up a map and headed in.
WOW! Over One Hundred vendors! All selling yarn and hooks, yarn and needles, yarn and books, yarn and patterns, yarn and buttons, yarn and fiber, yarn and fleeces, yarn and hand made soap, yarn and beads, yarn and well you get it.
The place was loaded with beautiful fiber ……….
and Alpaca Bean Coffee??
Have you ever seen Alpaca Beans? Yea. Don’t think I want to be pouring hot water over them and then drinking THAT! Eww.
We wandered and drooled and groped fiber for hours. We brought home quite a haul.
Lots of spinning fiber and yarn of every color and Shannon bought a small loom!
Me? Oh I got some spinning fiber and a couple patterns and a shawl pin….
Oh yea. And a spinning wheel:)
Isn’t it beautiful?! ELPH and Shannon put it together. It’s a Kromski Fantasia. My first wheel. I’m too excited!
Stay tuned for the rest of the story…..
April 29, 2009
Yes, I said Knits. Not well but I wanted to have another go at it. My Mom tried to teach me when I was maybe 8 or 10. Knitting frustrated me, my gauge was too tight, so tight I couldn’t get the needle under the stitches. It made me crazy! So Mom taught me to Crochet and the rest is history.
Last week at Knit Nite, one of the ladies asked me what I was making. When I said I was just practicing she suggested I practice making dishcloths. Genius! Why waste my knitting? So I went pattern hunting on Ravelry . Lots and lots of patterns to chose from there. Since I live 15 miles from Clemson University and I had the Orange cotton yarn I figure why not knit a Clemson Tiger Paw? Can you see it?…
A while back my Mother-in-Law gave me her stash of knitting needles and a 1979 Reader’s Digest “Complete Guide to Needlework” which showedreminded me how to cast-on and the difference between knit and purl. I frogged the dishcloth a couple times before I got the hang of it but it didn’t turn out too bad IMHO. The tension is consistent and I only dropped 3 stitches (and Tally promised to teach me to unknit my mistakes!). Otherwise it’s a perfectly serviceable dishcloth!
Before I left for Stitches South I checked my stash. Can you believe it? I I didn’t NEED any yarn. That doesn’t mean I didn’t BUY any yarn! Silly, silly people. Of course I bought yarn! It is not possible for me to spend 5 hours at the Car Show of Yarn Shows and not buy ANYTHING! I bought five skeins of Brooks Farm Yarn Solo 100% Fine Wool in an almost jewel tone blue-green.
I’ve tried since Saturday to get a picture of this yarn in the right light that showed the true color. This still isn’t right, it’s more emerald green than this but still in the blue family.
My plan is to crochet this sweater with it.
Astrid Pullover by Kathy Merrick from Interweave Crochet.
And because I just couldn’t help myself I bought two skeins of Lornas Laces Shepherd Worsted Super-wash in Mineshaft colorway.
No clue what I’m going to do with 450 yards of this but I just loved the brown-gray-blue colors. Isn’t it awesome? Pattern suggestions?
April 28, 2009
So Saturday my friend Robyn and I went to the Galleria Center. As I mentioned there was a big sign as we entered the Fibery Goodness Room stating “No Photographs. Offenders will be removed from the premises.”
Well, SOMEBODY took pictures! And I totally stole these pics from Flickr.com.
I figure these ladies, (none of which I know) were either venders or they were class attendees who had the run of the place access to the Market Room of Fibery Goodness on Friday before everyone else.
I did see Knit Witch, that’s her seated in the white. I had to stop and say Hi and thank you. She has done some wonder how to knitting videos. I used one to learn to bind off my first knitting project.
Look at the size of these needles! This woman was knitting wall hangings, scarves and rugs like the one at her feet, with these broomstick sized needles and at least four strands of yarn. She was lovely and very sweet!
It was a a great day shopping for fiber! So glad someone ignored the “No Photos” sign!