Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Cast-onitis





I have a serious case of cast-onitis. I'm usually a very monogamous knitter for the most part. A big project (sweater) and maybe a pair of socks for baseball knitting. But now?! I don't know what's happened!!!! I'm out of control.

I am 3/4 of the way through my sweater for Rhinbeck but I just need a little break from it.

And I finished up the cute little baby hat I was making for a friend.

And the new shawl with the cormo...well that one is fun to knit but requires concentration and constant pattern reading.

And then I wanted to make a special gift for my cousin that is getting married this fall.
So yup.....new blanket is on the needles for her and her fiancé. And if I can get that blanket done in time I might try to make a Joji Starting Point shawl for her in her wedding colors. 

Here's the blanket info: Halo Shawl by Jared Flood. Oh how I love Jared Flood. Haven't knitted one of his patterns in a while. I should strictly knit his patterns. They are so much fun and easy to follow.
Brooklyn Tweed is also running a summer lace KAL so I hopped on board. Might as well! Joan is also knitting this blanket as a baby blanket. Her version is in a pretty sage green.

I have all boys and my oldest son has been dating his girlfriend for almost a year. She has been mentioning wanting to learn to knit so this past week I sat with her and helped her start. She picked it up immediately! Made me so happy. She commented to me last night that she was at home knitting on the couch and watching a movie and felt just like me. Hah! 


And I am flying through books. 'Tis the season I suppose. I read a lot more in the summer than the winter. I am reading Lincoln in the Bardo. Sooooo good! Of course as I began the book I was completely confused. If you've read this book you know what I mean. It's written so differently than most books. I guess that's what makes it so genius. Once I got into the flow of the writing, I picked right up on it and I don't want to put it down. 

Here are a few random pictures from the past week off my cell phone.












Hope you're all doing well and knitting and crocheting fabulous things!


Friday, July 7, 2017

On My Needles






Summer knitting is in full force, as it always is. I am a year-round knitter. The hot weather doesn't keep wool out of my lap. No sir. I'm making good progress on my Rhinebeck sweater. I have a sleeve left to go, steek (ahhh!) and then seaming and the collar.  Yarn: O-Wool Worsted Wash Pattern: Super Soul Cardigan by Mary Jane Mucklestone. Ravelry link here

Also knitting a little baby hat for a friend that just found out she is expecting a little girl! After two boys, this will be her first daughter. So exciting and an itty bitty hat is in order. Using the left over sock yarn from my Hermiones Everyday socks. Yarn: Backyard Fiberworks sock (merion/nylon/cashmere) in the Urchin color way.

I started a new shawl. It's the Whiskeyfied shawl by Melanie Berg. I'm using Backyard Fireworks cormo in their fingering weight blend. It's a pretty charcoal color.

I finished up my Hermiones Everyday Socks. I didn't add a heel yet. I might not. They fit perfectly without the heels but I don't know if it will wear well. So for now they are done...unless I change my mind about the heel.

I've read two books in the last week. I highly recommend "White Dresses" by  Mary Pflum Peterson. I also read Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham. If you are a fan of Gilmore Girls (how can you not be?) then you will enjoy this read. It's quick and light and fun.

I am going to start reading Lincoln in the Bardo this weekend. It was recommended by a friend and I'm hoping it's a good one.

Hope you all have a great weekend! Happy knitting!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Yarn Along and Random Pics from my phone






















The end of the school year is nutty time! We have been busy celebrating, attending award ceremonies, playoff baseball games, finishing up baseball seasons, campfires on the weekends, a new favorite beer, chickens bug hunting at dusk, baby alpaca cuteness and of course knitting.

Summer is very close and my kids are ready. Last few days this week and then no more bus stops to rush to and hectic after school schedules. Hoping for a nice summer!

What are you knitting these days?

Knitting link: Super Soul Cardigan



And just a friendly reminder that Liz is offering fun classes at the farm this summer. 
Classes are filling up so don't miss out! 
Click here for more info: Lessons with Liz


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Yarn Along

Yes, I know, the yarn along isn't really a thing anymore, but it's Wednesday...and to me it will always be Yarn Along Day! So here's some fiber goodness to share.

I am making good progress on my sweater that I intend to wear to Rhinebeck. It's the Super-Soul Cardigan by Mary Jane Mucklestone. I am making some modifications to mine. No pockets and knitting it stockinette instead of the pattern.

Ravelry info: Super-Soul

And check out that vintage fiber newspapers! So cool. A member of the fiber guild that my mom and sister Liz belong to was giving them away. I am really enjoying looking through them. This one was printed the year I was born.



Speaking of the fiber guild, my mom and sister joined this group a year ago (or longer?) not sure. They meet in Ocean Township. Everyone in the group has an interest in fiber and every time they meet, they discuss and create together. This week it was at my mom's house and the topic was spinning. I'm not a spinner, but I thought it would be nice to stop over and see what this was all about. I'm so glad I did! The women in the group were wonderful. Some people were missing that evening so I didn't get to meet everyone. Fiber people all together in one room....it's a wonderful place to be.

One of the girls was hand combing this cormo fleece. It was so squishy and pretty! I'm a cormo lover.






The photos are dark, but you get the idea of how the evening went. Wish I could have stayed longer!

Happy Wednesday and I hope you're all having a good week.
What are you creating or reading?


Lessons with Liz!

Many of you have inquired about taking lessons at the farm. So here ya go!!!

Here's a list of the classes that are being offered by Liz. She is offering crochet, beginner and advanced, spinning, felting and more! All classes take place at the farm. If weather is nice, you can sit outside and watch the alpacas while learning a new skill. 

To sign up, please contact Liz at lalvino913@gmail.com
or by phone 732-861-1384



Crochet Lessons


Beginner 1: 1 (2 hour lesson) $40
Learn the basics of crochet! In this class you will learn how to hold a crochet hook, starting a foundation chain, single crochet, counting your stitches, and slip stitches. By the end of 2 hours, you should be well on your way to making your first scarf!
Beginner 1 lesson is $40.00 for first class (2 hours).
Lesson includes skein of yarn, hook and written instructions
($15/hour after that).
June 16st 12-2pm
July 5th 12-2pm
August 3rd 6-8pm

Beginner 2: 1 (2 hour lesson) $30
You have mastered single crochet…. Now what’s next?!
In the Beginner 2 class, you will learn half double crochet, double crochet, triple crochet, and how to weave in your ends. We will also review single crochet, slip stitch, counting your stitches, and any other questions you may have.
Beginner 2 is $30. does not include yarn or a hook. If you did not take beginner 1, you will also receive written instructions.
Prerequisite: must have knowledge of single crochet!
($15/hour after that).
June 30th 12-2pm
July 19th 12-2pm
August 17th 6-8pm
                                


Crochet Project Classes are a fun way to learn in a group environment. Together, we will work on a specific project and the whole group will be there to support one another during the process! If you have been eyeing up a project that you think you might need help with, and you do not see it listed here, let me know, and I will see if we can get a group started!


ALL PROJECT CLASSES REQUIRE A MINIMUM OF 3 STUDENTS, REGISTRATION FOR THESE CLASSES IS REQUIRED.

Beginner Project Classes require you to know the basics of crochet (single crochet, counting stitches, slip stitches). If there are any special stitches in the patterns, I will go over how to do them during class.


Basic Crochet Beanie: (Beginner Class. 2 hours) $30
This is a basic crochet beanie that is crocheted from the top down. You can make this in any size from preemie to adult! In this class, you will learn how to crochet in the round, make a cluster stitch, and crochet in the back loop. You will only need 1 skein of yarn for this project!
Beginner Project Classes require you to know the basics of crochet (single crochet, counting stitches, slip stitches). If there are any special stitches in the patterns, I will go over how to do them during class.
Class sizes are limited to 6 students per class and are on a first come basis with a minimum of 2.  Materials are not included in the cost of this class. A material list will be provided upon registration.
July 5th 3-5pm



Fading Arrows Infinity Scarf: (Beginner Class. 2 hours) $30
This infinity scarf is a variation on a chevron stitch. In this class you will learn how to increase, decrease, half double crochet, and crochet into the back loop. You will only need 1 skein of yarn for this project!
Beginner Project Classes require you to know the basics of crochet (single crochet, counting stitches, slip stitches). If there are any special stitches in the patterns, I will go over how to do them during class.
Class sizes are limited to 6 students per class and are on a first come basis with a minimum of 2. Materials are not included in the cost of this class. A material list will be provided upon registration.
July 19th 3-5pm



Diagonal Pom-Pom Hat: (Beginner class. 2- 2 hour sessions) $60
This is one of my favorite hats to make because the color combos are endless! In this class you will learn how to make a ribbed brim, crochet in the round, applique a single crochet on top of your work, and how to make a pom-pom. We will also discuss how to choose colors that look nice together, and go over a little color theory.
Beginner Project Classes require you to know the basics of crochet (single crochet, counting stitches, slip stitches). If there are any special stitches in the patterns, I will go over how to do them during class.
Class sizes are limited to 6 students per class and are on a first come basis with a minimum of 2. Materials are not included in the cost of this class. A material list will be provided upon registration.
Part1: August 11th 2:30-4:30pm

Part2: August 25th 2:30-4:30pm


Chunky Crochet Basket: (Beginner class. 2 hours) $30
Do you need a new project basket to keep your yarn in now that you are crocheting like crazy?! This chunky basket is perfect for decorating around the house, toting your goods around, or to help contain a gift you might be giving (that new baby blanket that you just made would look really pretty in a basket! And what new mom doesn’t love a basket to keep all of those new baby toys in?)
In this class you will learn to crochet in the round, how to keep the sides of your basket even, and how to make handles.
Beginner Project Classes require you to know the basics of crochet (single crochet, counting stitches, slip stitches). If there are any special stitches in the patterns, I will go over how to do them during class.
Class sizes are limited to 6 students per class and are on a first come basis with a minimum of 2. Materials are not included in the cost of this class. A material list will be provided upon registration.
June 16th 3-5pm



Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Crochet Projects

For the advanced beginner/intermediate classes, you should have a good handle on how to single crochet, double crochet, slip stitch, and be able to count your stitches. If there are any special stitches in the patters, I will go over how to do them during class.

Corner to Corner (C2C) Wrist Warmers: (Intermediate class. 3 hours) $45
This class is an introduction to the Corner to Corner technique also known as C2C. This is a very popular stitch that can be used to make full sized afghans, cowls, and scarves. In this class, we will work on chaining, double crocheting in a cluster, and working on the diagonal.
For the advanced beginner/intermediate classes, you should have a good handle on how to single crochet, double crochet, slip stitch, and be able to count your stitches. If there are any special stitches in the patters, I will go over how to do them during class.
Class sizes are limited to 6 students per class and are on a first come basis with a minimum of 2. Materials are not included in the cost of this class. A material list will be provided upon registration.
June 21st 12-3pm


Snowflake Infinity Scarf: (Intermediate class. 3 hours) $45
You can choose how wide, long, or chunky you want this Infinity scarf to be! Do you like an infinity scarf to just hang loosely one time around your neck, or do you prefer a super chunky scarf that you can wrap 3 times around? This pattern is very easy to make your own! During this class you will learn how to crochet a chainless foundation, make a beautiful shell stitch, and how to edit a pattern to fit your needs.
For the advanced beginner/intermediate classes, you should have a good handle on how to single crochet, double crochet, slip stitch, and be able to count your stitches. If there are any special stitches in the patters, I will go over how to do them during class.
Class sizes are limited to 6 students per class and are on a first come basis with a minimum of 2. Materials are not included in the cost of this class. A material list will be provided upon registration.
June 28th 12-3pm



Stepping Texture Hat and Basket Weave Hat (or cowl!): (Intermediate class. 3 hours) $45
For this class, you can choose to make either the Stepping Texture Hat, or the basket weave hat, or if you’re not a hat person, you can easily make it a cowl! In this class you will learn how to back post double crochet and front post double crochet. You will also be making a ribbed band, crocheting in the round, and making a pom-pom (if you would like to add one to your hat!)
For the advanced beginner/intermediate classes, you should have a good handle on how to single crochet, double crochet, slip stitch, and be able to count your stitches. If there are any special stitches in the patters, I will go over how to do them during class.
Class sizes are limited to 6 students per class and are on a first come basis with a minimum of 2. Materials are not included in the cost of this class. A material list will be provided upon registration.
July 14th 12-3pm


Road Trip Triangle Scarf: (Intermediate class. 2- 2 hour sessions) $60
I love this triangle scarf pattern because it is a great “starter” triangle scarf. Once you learn the basics of how to create this shape, as you advance in technique, you can really make this scarf your own by using different stitches, alternating different stitches between rows, your color choices, and how you embellish it! The designer of this pattern has made many of these which she embellishes with beads, crocheted flowers, and braids. You might even want to add tassels to the corners of yours! In this class you will learn how to create a triangle shawl.
I will encourage you all to be creative and try to change up the stitches in a few of the rows and change colors. Hopefully you will end up with a truly unique scarf! (if you’re not feeling adventurous, no problem! You can stick to the pattern.)
For the advanced beginner/intermediate classes, you should have a good handle on how to single crochet, double crochet, slip stitch, and be able to count your stitches. If there are any special stitches in the patters, I will go over how to do them during class.
Class sizes are limited to 6 students per class and are on a first come basis with a minimum of 2. Materials are not included in the cost of this class. A material list will be provided upon registration.
Part 1: July 18th 6-8pm
Part 2: August 1st 6-8pm


SPINNING CLASSES


Beginner Drop Spindle: (2 hours) $75 *materials included*
Learn how to make your own yarn using a drop spindle… the old fashioned way! Spinning on a drop spindle is a great introduction to spinning yarn. In this class we will discuss different types of fiber, how to handle them, and the basics of spinning yarn. This class is a quick introduction but will require more practice after we finish.
Two hour lesson, includes drop spindle, 4 oz alpaca roving to take home and written instructions.
$15/hour for any follow up spinning lessons.
August 6th 11am-1pm

How to Ply Yarn on a Drop Spindle: (2 hours) $30
Now that you have taken the Beginner Drop Spindle class, and you have been making yarn, the next step is the ply it! We will discuss different techniques used to ply yarn, and the right application for you. We will also go over any questions you had while spinning at home.
$15/hour for any follow up spinning lessons.
No materials will be provided for this class. Please bring your drop spindle, extra roving, and all of the yarn that you have spun!
August 20th 11am-1pm

Private Spinning Wheel Lessons: (2 hours) $30
This class is dependent upon you having your own spinning wheel. Whether you have a wheel and have never used it, or you have been spinning at home and just need some pointers on how to create the yarn you want, I am here to help you. Spinning requires a lot of practice (and patience!) to get started. It’s a lot like riding a bike… it takes a little while to get the hang of it, but once you get going, you’ll be on a roll!
In this class we will go over the basic parts of your spinning wheel, different types of fibers, their preparations, and ways to use them. I will show you how to treadle, draft your fiber, and make beautiful yarn! Don’t be discouraged if your yarn is lumpy and bumpy, it’s a start, and we will get you spinning the yarn of your dreams in no time!
$15/hour for any follow up spinning lessons.
No materials will be provided for this class. Please bring your spinning wheel, roving, and any yarn that you have spun!


How to Ply Yarn on a Spinning Wheel: (2 hours) $30
You’re getting the hang of spinning yarn, but don’t know how to ply it! In this class we will discuss different techniques used to ply yarn, and the right application for you. We will also go over any questions you had while spinning at home.
$15/hour for any follow up spinning lessons.
No materials will be provided for this class. Please bring your current spinning, extra roving, and all of the yarn that you have spun!



WET FELTING CLASSES


Felted Soap: (Beginner class. 2 hours) $25
Prepare to get a little wet and soapy in this class! Learn the basics of wet felting in this fun felted soap class! This class is perfect for ages 5 to 100. You will each get to make 2 felted bars of soap (it’s like a bar of soap and a washcloth all in one!) We will also go over needle felting techniques to add extra details at the end. All materials are included!
Class sizes are limited to 10 students per class and are on a first come basis with a minimum of 2.
All materials are included in this class, but please bring a towel with you that can get ruined (just in case you use dyed fiber that runs!) 
(Group rates available for parties of 6 or more. Fun project for girl scout troops!)
June 10th 12-2pm


Nuno Felted Scarf: (All levels. 3 hours) $55
In this class you will learn how to wet felt fiber onto a silk chiffon scarf. Be as simple or as bold as you would like with your designs! This class is a great introduction to working with raw fiber and how felt happens. No experience necessary! We will get a little wet and soapy in this class, so be prepared!
Class sizes are limited to 6 students per class and are on a first come basis with a minimum of 2.
All materials are included in this class, but please bring a towel with you that can get ruined (just in case you use dyed fiber that runs!)
July 26th 12-3pm


Felted Slippers: (All levels. 10am-4pm) $75
No previous felting experience necessary for this class. In this class you will learn how to wet felt on a resist and make a custom pair of slippers. You will leave this class with a finished pair of felted slippers that fit your feet perfectly!
Prepare to get wet and soapy during this class. This is an all day class with a 1 hour lunch break. Bring a bagged lunch, or run out to grab a quick bite (Wholefoods, Jersey Mikes, Wendy’s, and McDonalds are all within 5 minutes of the farm) and if we have nice weather, we can sit outside and watch the alpacas grazing while we enjoy our lunch. We will begin felting again as soon as lunch is finished!
Class sizes are limited to 6 students per class and are on a first come basis with a minimum of 2.
All materials are included in this class, but please bring a towel with you that can get ruined (just in case you use dyed fiber that runs!)
July 8th 10am-4pm
August 23rd 10am-4pm

MISCELLANEOUS CLASSES


Block Printing on a Canvas Project Bag: (All levels. 2 hours) $30
Learn the basics of block printing and make a useful project bag! You will design, and execute a pattern to print onto a project bag! Have fun, be creative, and leave class with a finished product.
All materials are included in this class. We will be working with acrylic paint that does not come off, so wear something that doesn’t matter if it gets paint on it or bring a smock!
August 2nd 3-5pm

Hammered Metal Earrings: (All levels. 2 hours) $30
In this fun and loud class, we will be hammering different textures onto metal shapes and making earrings! Everyone will leave class with 2 pairs of finished earrings made out of copper, brass, or nickel.
All materials are included in this class, just bring your creativity!
June 22nd 6-8pm
July 11th 6-8pm