Thursday, October 30, 2014

MORE KNITTING


I think I may have posted this before but just in case you're new to my blog I thought I would tell everyone about the idea I came up with years ago.  I bought an old wooden iron board with the idea of displaying an old iron and maybe some vintage clothing on it.  Well that never happened but I found out my drum card fit perfect on it.  Clamped onto the back with plenty of room in the from to draw out any fiber you may have.


I think I mention all the great people I meet at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival one of the many is Laura and her husband John.  She bought some yarn from me and came back with these three packages of sliny acrylic to blend when carding my roving.  I can't wait to try it!  Thanks Laura.


I just got my Hudson Bay sock yarn from Jo Dee at Fishknits Custom Dyed Yarns.  I found the idea from one of my favorite knitters and bloggers, Susan B. Anderson.  Of course now you know I'm going to have to actually knit a pair of socks something I didn't do in a long time.  Oh, well there's a long winter ahead.


I finished my second capelet.  This one of the patterns from the Outlander Series.  I found this pattern at NyanPson  Another one of my favorite bloggers.

I sold two of my looms I had listed on Facebook's Pa Fiber Artists and Farmers.  I'm so happy!!!!  They were not being used and it freed up some more space for other things.  I know for they went to a happy home to.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NEW YORK SHEEP AND WOOL - HOME AGAIN


I didn't  have any time so I couldn't add more pictures of the New York Sheep And Wool Festival  It took us forever to take the shop down and pack it into the pickup.  How we did that I'll never know.  We did run out of room and had to leave a lot behind. This picture is part of the display.  Our spaces are 10 X 14 so we have to fit a lot of things into that space.


Another view.  This is the only festival we do and love it! I don't think I've ever met so many wonderful people and not just because a lot buy from me.  The fairgrounds are so clean, of course the whole area is amazingly clean.  The food is so good.



Time to come home and start setting up again.  We left on Thursday and didn't come home until Monday.  We didn't even think about unpacking until Tuesday.  What a job.



Some yarn.  I guess I had better start dyeing again.


But that might wait until I get a shipment of yarn.


I finished a capelet.  I've been trying to do some patterns from the Outlander Pattern Facebook page.  I found this pattern from Jennifer L Jackson on Raverly.  I like her blog too.

Friday, October 10, 2014

NEW BANNER


The New York Sheep And Wool Festival is next weekend.  Why do I have my banner hanging on the wall in my studio?  Good question.  We started packing and couldn't find the one we had for the last couple of years.  So to make sure we had one for the festival I ordered another one.  Well of course you know as soon as you replace some thing you'll find the one you missed placed.

I've upload knitting istructions for two of my shawls on Raverly.  The white one and bullky dark gray.  blofspinner  If anyone is interesting in them.

Monday, October 06, 2014

OUTLANDER


These are some of the shrugs I knit inspired by the Outlander series on Starz.  I've read all the books and loved every one of them.  Claire wore shrugs in a couple of the episodes.  This one is made with a light weight wool blend.  As you can see its simply so many stitches cast one (wish I could remember how many) but that would depend on just how big a person is.At some point I tried it on and when it was long enough to fit me I cast off and sew the sleeves up to my under arms.


This one is knit with a very thick yarn on size 35 needles.  I know I cast on 25 stitches and again knit until it fit me.  Cast off and sew up to my under arms.


I knit this one with my hand spun bulky yarn and size 10 1/2 needles.  I cast on 36 stitches and knit a knit 1 purl 1 rib for 2 inches.  The I started increasing by knitting in the back and front of both the first and last stitches every 6th row until I had 52 stitches.  I then knit for another 22 inches and started decreasing the same way I increased ending with 36 stitches and knit 1 purl 1 ribbing for 2 inches.  Bind off and weave in ends.  Simple.  Also I have to admit I don't know if to many people wear these now but I was in my studio typing this with my ceiling fan on and not heat and it felt so warm on my shoulders.
Check my Raverly page at blofspinner for instructions.  Just click on the picture.


Along with the series Claire wore many other wonderful knit garments as did the other's in the cast.  This is call "The Renters Shawl" for the episode she was helping collect the rents.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

BANANA RECIPE AND WOVEN SCARF


Our daughter is kind enough to come by this afternoon to pick up our old computer, printer, monitor, keyboard and a microwave and take  to the county recycling center in Harrisburg.  So to say thank you I baked her one of her favorite things banana bread.  Now she suppose to share one loaf with her daughter but that's up to her.

BANANA BREAD
3/4 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups of sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup chopped nuts (we like walnuts)
5 large bananas mashed

Cream the first three ingredients together and add vanilla.  Add remaining ingredients and pour into 2 well greased and floured loaf pans.  Bake in a 350 oven for 1 hour.  I have glass loaf pans so I bake mine at 325. 



I finally finished this woven shawl.  Its been off the loom washed and just need to be steamed and the fringe trimed for some time.  But me being me it took quite a while.  I really shouldn't be so darn lazy.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

FALL FLOWERS



I found this little flower under our lilac bush.  I have no idea what it is does any one else?




Last rose of summer.  This is one of our rose hips.  Sad to see them finished for the summer.  They smell so good when they are in bloom.




Orange mum.  We love mums and so far we've been lucky enough to have a couple that have lasted for years.


Another mum we've had for a very long time.  This white/yellow one.  Both the orange one and this one are in the open over winter facing the west and we we get a lot of wind.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

DYE PROJECTS


I've been dyeing.  This is a before and after.  I knit two circular scarves in white and dyed one blue.  I purposely dyed it unevenly.


Some blue two ply sock yarn. 


This is dyed a bright red.  Again two ply sock yarn.
 
 
 
This yarn is dyed a deep orange.  Two ply wool. 
 
I've also been doing a lot of knitting but need some time to take the pictures and when I do I'll post them.  Also a pattern with a shrug I designed.