Last year I gave myself a challenge to knit as many hats from my Ravelry queue as I could during the month of March. this year. I have to say it was the fastest I have ever burned thorough items in my queue and my stash. I have hopes of doing it again this year, but have picked 8 patterns that I want to knit. I think that this goal is definitely doable, but think that it might be a stretch because there are a bunch of hats that must be knit using a fingering weight yarn.
I really subscribe to the school of “under promise and over deliver” so for me to say that this is possible to knit is really increasing the amount of pressure for me because it is a bit out of my comfort zone. I have a my “Shabby Chic” granny stripe blanket which I can’t stop working on because it is so much fun (to be honest I find myself winding up skeins of fingering yarn just to add a single stripe).
I need to get back the topic at hand.. the hats…. I am hoping that I can make a dent in some of my handspun stash and work down some of the partial skeins I have on hand for the colorwork hats. I also will be happy to make a Crofthouse hat as that is one of my goals for the knits I want to take to Scotland with me this fall.
For the last three years I migrate down to the Hotel Murano in Tacoma Washington to attend Madrona Fiber Arts Festival. It was the 1st year I signed up for a class and I was really excited. It was a total fluke I got in but I had put my name on the waitlist and was able to get in to Catherine Lowe’s “The WOW Factor class” I was really excited because the level of detail she has in her sample garments is amazing.
Catherine is extremely detail oriented, and while that level of detail may not be for everyone, I was excited to better learn things that contribute increasing the quality and look of a hand knitted garment. I learned a lot. It was pretty jam packed and it was a day long class and kept my mind engaged, which made for a long day.
The marketplace was nice as always and I picked up a fair amount of spinning fiber. This event features a lot more spinning fiber, weaving and other fiber arts. It was really great toes people bring their beautiful wheels to the hotel and spin in public…… Not sure when my new fiber will get spun up but is sure was pretty.
My favorite thing about the festival has to be the people and getting together with friends…. While I had thought I would bring my knitting I ended up working on my granny stripe blanket… I had a moment to measure it and the width of each row is 92 inches (WOAH!). I think it will be really nice when it done, right now it is the width of a belt.
Oh and cool things in the marketplace? These were a few of my favorites:
Carolina Handspun’s booth had the spinner’s version of a mini yarn sampler. With a sample of 4 colors of fiber.
Tuft Woolen’s lotion bars/body balm… This has to be the best one on the market that I have seen. It absorbs quickly and there is no lotion residue left on your hands when you apply it to your hands… The other thing I like is that it is small.. The small size makes it easy to add to your project bag and not take up a lot of space or add weight.
Abundant Earth’s booth was really nice and while they don’t sell retail, the owner did mention that their place of business on Whidbey Island is available for tours and you can buy yarn if you stop by.
CORMO! CORMO! CORMO! I tried to empty and grab every 2 ounce package of the roving that was available ion Sincere Sheep’s booth.
Just looking at Instagram gets me into trouble. I see lots of project people make and “oooh” and “ahhh” throughout the day. I actually have pretty good restraint on casting on new projects I usually just put them in my “Favorites” in Ravelry or add it to my “Queue” so when I noticed people starting to post pictures of granny square stripe blankets I got a little worried…. they were really cute, but how many lap blankets does one person really need…
Fast forward to last week when I saw this beautiful Shabby Chic themed version and all sense of self control literally went out the window…. I decided to make mine bigger because well I want something bigger to snuggle in. I chained 452 and have gone through a couple of false starts. While I understood the structure of the granny square I need to reacclimatize myself to how I would do a the stripped granny blanket. The first row is long… If you are doing it and actually creating a foundation row, you will essentially be working all of the crochet stitches 3 times ( chain them, single crochet and3 time double crochet into each row).
I have no illusions that this is going to bw a quick project, in fact I am giving myself permission for this to take at least 3 years…. I mean these rows are really long.
Earlier this week a snowstorm hit Seattle. It was kind of the perfect snow day because it was the monday following the Super Bowl and an excellent reason to stay all day in a pair of flannel pajamas. While I was working from home I managed to snap a few pictures.
While I have been dodging an “news” or “current events” I have had a noticeable uptick in the amount of energy, which has been really nice and I was able to crank up some music the other day during my commute to work and sing along to Coldplay. I can’t lie while have been blissfully unaware everything going on outside of my house and work environment… I had a good re-entry in to reality when I got a delivery of fiber (cough… cough.. 2 packages)…
In between Netflix and knitting I had the sudden realization that this would be the first of many packages coming to the house (Ooops!) The parade of packages will be beginning next week when my Eileen Fisher sweaters arrive… I think I am relatively good for a while… the rest were custom were orders… I should be able to knit or sing down fiber before more arrives… Here is what coming…
5 skeins from Gregoria Fibers
8 skeins of Woolenboon
20 skeins of the Plucky Knitter
4 skeins from La Bien Aimee
I think that is about it…. umm. I am being honest.. I don’t think there is anything out there other than my fiber club subscription nest month. LOL
There is a lot of things going on in the world and my personal live things have just been busy….. I have been doing a lot of retail therapy……. sounds like fun but I recognize what it is and I need to put and end to the “crazy” so I have decided to:
Stop watching the news( my fingers seem to have an “add to cart” reflex everytime I do)
Focus on my test knit…. I have miles of stockinette that needs to get done.
Do my homework for Madrona ( I am a slacker)
STOP BUYING CRAP….
Try to blog more….. I feel that I should be more expressive..