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Chatter and 2015 Wrap Up

 

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Happy New Year! It’s been a crazy weather January here. We went from warm to being buried in over a foot of snow last week to 65 and sunny yesterday. I spent much of yesterday reorganizing my stash and office area where we have our computers. I did get some knitting time in before and after going out to the barn. I’m trying out a couple of new techniques and working on my first pattern but more about that in February.

My original goal of 2015 was to finish all of my languishing sock projects and frog those I knew I wasn’t going to finish. I didn’t quite manage one of those things. I did frog about five pairs of socks that had been sitting in a basket for years. However I failed to achieve #nosockstanding. I did finish 38 pairs of socks when it was all said and done. I can’t believe it myself. 12 of them were for Desert Vista Dyeworks Monthly KAL. Two pairs were for Desert Vista Dyeworks Cast on the Dead KAL and the rest were socks I finished or started in 2015. That’s a lot of socks. Did I finish the rest of my goals? Nope. I did a heck of a lot of sock knitting and not much else. Do I have any excuses? Not really. Do I still have a lot of socks on the needles? Oh yes! I’m enjoying knitting along on my socks and to me that’s all that matters. There’s no knitting police to tell me I have too many WIPs, or I should be knitting more sweaters. Setting those kind of limits on hobby normally end up backfiring.

I’ve had a lot of hobbies come and go but this is the one I’ve stuck with the longest (not counting horses since it’s a bit complicated) and actually been good at. I’ve had a couple of scares where I thought I had hurt my hands bad enough that I couldn’t knit and wouldn’t be able to for some time, but where there’s a will, there’s a way. Two years ago I managed to knit in the ER while waiting for my hand to looked at. When you’re waiting for three hours and your brioche scarf WIP is in your bag, it’s not going to take long to at least try it. Who knows why but I hadn’t brought a sock project with me and had grabbed the bag with my scarf instead. Little needles may have been too much of a challenge.

I spent most of my day, craving the feel of the needles in my hands. The first thing I do when I get home from work and the barn is pull out my current WIP and get some quiet time in. After full days of hustle and bustle at work, I savior the peaceful minutes I can get from knitting. I’m going to make two goals for 2016. One is to end the year having knit more yarn than I bring into the house. That will be a real challenge. The second is to spend more time knitting in general. I’m not sure how I’m going to make it happen but I’m definitely going to attempt it.

Have a great weekend and I hope you get lots of knitting time in!

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Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Fest

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Last weekend, Mike and I took a trip to the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival. This was the first year that I either was in town, not working, or had money to really enjoy it. We got up nice and early on Saturday and arrived at about 9:30 to get a jump on the crowd. We browsed and talked to vendors our first pass around. I wanted to make sure to see everything and not buy something for the sake of buying it. We found it was very easy to get overwhelmed quickly.

One of my goals for the day was to check out the Fiber Optics booth. I fell down and ended up with a few quality items. She’s got such wonderful colors and I’m looking forward to knitting up the yarn I bought. I’ve already started on one project but more on that later in the week.

My other goal was to find a fleece and we did from Sara at Equinox Farm. I’ve been reading her blog for years and met her a few times. I went out to her farm for Hug a Sheep Day once and I was excited to get the opportunity to buy one of her fleeces at the fiber fest. I ended up with a gorgeous Jacob fleece from a ewe named Casper Belly. This is my first fleece and after talking with Sara I’m going to go ahead and process it myself. I was torn between Petunia (the cute brown sheep up above) and Casper Belly, both were really nice quality fleeces but I know I made the right choice. I still have about 8 oz. from a wether she lost last summer that I need to spin up but I’ve been waiting until I was good enough to spin it evenly.

I spent a long time talking with Laura from The Unique Sheep. She’s got a farm in Lexington and we talked about raising sheep and our plan for the future which will hopefully involve sheep. I ended up purchasing some sock yarn from her and I think I’m going to make another linen stitch scarf out of it. At some point I’m going to have to buy the yarn for Now in a Minute from her.

On Sunday, we spent the late afternoon at the Bluegrass Stockdog Trials. It was interesting to watch the dogs at work and the partnership they have with their owners. It’s impressive when you think about the amount of work that goes into building a team like that.

It was a great weekend and I’m already counting the days until next May. My ultimate goal is to spin/knit all of the yarn/fiber that was purchased this weekend before then but we’ll see. Thanks to the folks who put it on once again and the great vendors that came out. This wasn’t around when I first started knitting and I’m going to try to catch it every year that we live here in Lexington.

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First time for everything

I was digging through my stash this afternoon for Magpie Yarn’s Earth Day swap this weekend and came across a skein I had completely forgotten about. If I had remembered and taken the time to enter it properly on Ravelry I know it would have been knit up as I was hungering to make a pair of socks out of that yarn base a few months back. I remember buying it and I remember Jane asking if I wanted it wound but it got shuffled away not long after I bought it and I forgot about it’s existence. No more! Mountain Colors! Come on down!


The other reason for the stash dive is I’m picking out projects that are going to travel with me this summer. Long plane trips=tons of knitting time and I don’t want to waste any of it. So far I have a couple of lace projects I want to start and finish and a few socks. I really want to get a bunch of projects off the needles and by the end of the year only have about 15 or so on the needles at all times. I seem to fall out of love too easily with a project and I need to push myself to stick with it.

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FO’s and new yarn.

Hello! I added a cute little gallery to the sidebar which is showing my FO’s from this year. I haven’t gotten that far with adding yet so it’s still a work in progress.

Froot Loops So the first FO up is  Froot Loops from Knitty. This was the July sock at Magpie Yarn. It took me so long because making the actual loops hurt my hands so I put it down for awhile. I decided to give them to my mom and her recent visit inspired me to visit them.

Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Thin – Rainbow Sherbet
Needle Size: O’s
Mods: Toe-Up, Piccot bind-off.

Striped Socks for Mom Next up is a simple pair of toe-up socks again for my mom. This was my first time using Lorna’s Laces. I loved the Grumperina colorway and cast on immediately after getting it in the mail. The colors reminded me of a shirt my mom had when I was little so it was a given to give them to her. She loves them and says they’ll fit under her shoes perfectly.

Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Sheppard Sock Multi – Grumperina
Pattern: None. Basic toe-up.
Needles: 0’s

I have more FO’s to show you tomorrow. But now for the part you’ve all been waiting for: The new yarn! I had a Birthday 10 days ago and that led to some major stash enchancement from my parents. First up is the yarn I  got with my gift certificate from The Loopy Ewe that my Dad and stepmother gave me.Birthday Yarn #1 From left to right (Numma Numma Toasty in Baba Ganoush, Fannie’s Fingering in Kaleidscope, Dream In Color Starry in Dusky Aurora, Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Select Semi-Solid in Dove and ShibuiKnits in Wasabi.) Click to embiggen.

Birthday Yarn #2The second group is from the trip I took with my stepfather to Magpie Yarn. The only one he didn’t buy is the purple one (unknown yarn) since my mom purchased that one on a different day. On the left is Mountain Color Bearfoot and the white and purpley is J.Knits in Cincinnati. The rest are fairly self-explanatory.

Okay, moving away from knitting for a second. SAVE CHUCK. I can’t believe this fun show may be going off the air. I didn’t start watching until this season but it’s become a show I’ve highly enjoyed and looked forward to watching every week. I love talking with my Dad about it after he watches (he started watching right from the beginning). Here’s hoping it gets some good rating tonight. Until tomorrow.

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FOs and a great Fourth weekend

This is my first mobile post as I’m technically not home yet. I would like to publically thank a fabulous flight attendent who knew I really needed a drink, It took the edge off my anger and calmed me way down.

The lace ribbon scarf has been finished, blocked and gifted to my wonderful mom. It was a fun project and some brought me dsome gorgeous fingering Alpaca to make another. Her friend purchased a skein of Dream in Color Smooshy in Lipstick Lava so I can make her one. This is the third I’ll be making in DIC and I’m excited to use it again.

I picked up lots of lovely yarns on my trip to San Francisco bay area this past weekend. Some Shibui, Happy Feet, Collinette Jitterbug, Malabrigo. I didn’t knit as much as I normally do and after frogging my Charade, I think I was just a bit frustrated. I’m on the toe now but I need to work on my Dads sweater vest this week.

My trip overall was great and it was nice to spend time with my mom and stepfather. I went with my stepfather to look at the iPhones at the Apple store and left with an iPod Touch! Yay! It’s so pretty. I picked out my favorite type of case, the agent18 and I can’t wait to put some movies on it later today.

Before I forget, I want to give a shout out to a wonderful yarn shop I visited in Lafayette called The Yarn Boutique. This place and the owner were fabulous. She has a great selection of yarn and was so helpful. I wish I lived closer so I could go there often.