August 28, 2010

This knitting project is also a gift for a friend, but since she currently is in computer Hell, there is little chance of her logging on to see it before she is gifted with it. So, I will share with the world and she still probably will be surprised. This is the “Peaceful” kerchief from Cathy Carron’s “Hattitude” book.

If the yarn looks familiar, then you have been a faithful reader of this blog! Or just more attentive. This is the “Spring Irises” handspun from the Cormo roving that followed me home from the Maryland Sheep and Wool Show.

There is a nifty edging that reminded me of how you finish the edge of a piecrust. It is really a half cable of 6 over 6 stitches:

The pattern is very much like a triangular shawl on a small scale, and with long strings for tying:

The pattern called for the piecrust edging all around, but I was afraid this would be too heavy. Instead, I opted for a picot edging.

This was the first time I had done the picot edging and was pleased with the results. Of course, my first try I picked up too many stitches and so the border on one side is a bit fuller than the other. A learning experience for next time!


Arden Fair

August 25, 2010

Saturday, September 4 is the 103rd Arden Fair in Arden, Delaware. Arden is an interesting community, being founded as a sort of utopian artist’s society with a premise of a single-tax. This means you are taxed only for the value of your land, not the improvements thereon. For someone from New Jersey, where they suck you dry of every last cent of property tax, the single-tax concept is indeed utopian.

The Arden Fair is a once-a-year, end of summer get together with a good sized group of craftspeople, an antiques show, live entertainment and a Beer Garden the size of Woodstock. It is generally mobbed and I understand that if you come as a patron, you probably park a long distance off and come in by shuttle bus.

I typically arrive early in the AM, set up my tent and my wheel and start spinning.

Many of the handspun yarns featured throughout the year on this blog will be available. Also some handknitted items, but this is primarily a yarn venue. There will be spinning fiber this year.

Stop by and introduce yourself. Share your Ravelry name. Let me know who you are.

You can learn more about the Arden Fair at:

Fingerless Fingers

August 18, 2010

My knitting friends keep asking me why I don’t show more knitting projects, since I am always knitting when they see me. This is because I generally am in a place that I cannot take my wheel along for spinning. Also, if I am knitting, I am generally knitting things intended to be presents for friends.

In the off moments I get from knitting and spinning, I am reading the short stories of Damon Runyon. For those who may not know, Damon Runyon is the newspaperman-become-short-story-writer whose works became the basis for the Broadway musical, “Guys and Dolls.” Reading Runyon makes one begin to think and even talk in the lingo of the “citizens” of the Broadway of the 30s and 40s. This is not a detriment, unless one minds sounding like Sheldon Leonard.

In honor of Runyon and his very specific style, I offer the following post of a recent knitting project, as Runyon may have explained:

“These  gloves for which there are no fingers have been knitted most particular for a special individual. Yet this individual has a doll who, being an academic sort of doll, gets onto things very quickly and may spill the beans to the individual for whom they are intended, should she get wind of said gloves. Therefore, should this doll happen to read this post, it would go most agreeable should she see fit to not mention to said individual that these gloves have so been knitted. ”

Yarn is a single strand of Finn Sheep wool, spun from a spotted Finn sheep fleece acquired at the old Salem County, New Jersey, Sheep and Wool Show. The pattern was found on the internet but was modified tremendously, the original being sized more for a paw rather than a hand (sorry, but it had the gusset starting at the row just above the ribbing, among other idiosyncrasies). My husband was so happy with the results, and because he acted as fit model, suggested that he should also have a pair.

I think every male I know will get a pair this fall.

But, should you be that academic sort of doll who can read this and know in a flash bigger than Diamond Jim’s stickpin what the meaning is, please keep it under your academic hat!

In the Greenwood I

August 11, 2010

This was another roving dyed with Greener Shades dyes. The Amazon Green dye is extremely potent; a little goes a long way. Consequently, by the end of the dye session, I still had quite a lot of it mixed up. Using roving from The Sheep Shed Studio, I applied it at full strength, then started watering it down. A dash of this and that left-over color and here is the resulting roving:

Spun up, it had quite a variety of color:

Plying blended it all together nicely:

A closer view:

Once again proving that dyeing must be almost fool-proof, as I’m really just winging it but happy with the results!

Melon Patch

August 9, 2010

This is a corriedale roving that I dyed with Wilton’s Icing Colors food dyes:

This is the resulting double-ply yarn:

I would have liked a little more of the cantaloupe color, but am pleased with the results, just the same. Not being an expert dyer of any degree, I’m always happy that the experiment worked at all!  🙂

Spring Irises in Summer!

August 4, 2010

Many blog posts ago, I showed off all the wonderful rovings that followed me home from the Maryland Sheep and Wool Show. This cormo roving reminded me of irises:

It never ceases to amaze me that you never really can tell what the finished product with look like. This is how my iris roving looks as double-ply:

Pretty! And purple! I bet I know who will be looking at this with longing eyes!