Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Dude! Yarn Along

As I talked about in my last post, I bought yarn for my Rhinebeck 2017 sweater during my trip to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. After lots of time spent looking at sweater patterns, I landed on the Knitter's Dude sweater. 

My yarn is O-Wool wash worsted. The main color is Silver Maple. The bands of color are a nice mustard color, Feldspar. The larger motif is in the Wineberry color. After I started the sleeve, my son commented that it looks very Harry Potterish. kind of does. It's also my college colors (Kutztown University). I second guessed my color choices, but I'm sticking with it this time and going to keep on knitting. The color in the photo doesn't show the motif color well. It's a pretty purple/wine color.

I am knitting the sleeves first. It's a nice way to do a swatch and also, I hate sleeves, so this is a good way to start and just get it over with! Now...let's talk about the knitting.
The floats between colors of the motif are LONG. Too long in my opinion. Makes for tricky knitting in the round on a sleeve. I think it will be a little easier once I get into the body of the sweater. Picking up floats as I go is not my favorite thing! And then to do it on double pointed needles is even harder. But, it is knitting up nicely and I have hopes of having it done in time for Rhinebeck next year.

What are you knitting?

Monday, May 8, 2017

Maryland Sheep & Wool 2017

YOU GUYS!!!!!!!! I just got back from the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.
I will forever remember this trip as the one that I laughed so hard it hurt. What a great time!

This year our group was my mom, sister Liz and Paige from Frame & Fiber. We left early Saturday morning and headed right to the festival.

We had a blast. Laughed a lot, bought LOTS of yarn and great goodies. We met awesome vendors...some new to us, some returning. Tops on my list were the new vendor Backyard Fiberworks, the tried and true O-Wool and we loved the guy working at The Fold booth. 
The weather was cold and windy, a bit gray and some rain, but it made it perfect for wearing hand knits. I don't ever remember being cold at Maryland so it was nice! 

Stayed at Turf Valley and had a  delicious dinner...celebrated my birthday a few days early (and it was our waitress's birthday too!)

It was wonderful!!!!!! I could write more, but I think the pictures tell the story.

Yarn purchases:
O-Wool (will be my Knitter's Dude Sweater) for Rhinebeck

Backyard Fiberworks (the white speckle, purple, apple green) will be the Goldfish Memory Shawl

Backyard Fiberworks (pink/white speckles) will be Apple Blossom socks

Backyard Fireworks (American wool CORMO!!! dark gray) will be the Whiskyfied Shawl

The coral color will be knitted into a gift for my sister, Liz

Mustard colored Peace Fleece (mittens???)

I also picked up some beautiful earrings and a cotton woven shawl with birthday money from my parents. 

Thank you to my mom for treating us to the hotel and dinner. I'm so happy we got to spend quality time together. My family and I all live so close together but we're always on the go and usually with a bunch of kids in tow. So to have some fun grown up fiber, food and drink time is extra special!!