Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sheep and Wool 2012!

The colors and the yarn!  It was all like a dream!  I look forward to this day all year long and I was not disappointed at all.  I was more discriminating in my search for yarn, I have to say, I searched and held back, and touched and felt, and thought before I finally bought this luscious yarn, the hand-dyed mohair was such a beautiful color, that I couldn't decide between that and the merino in the same aqua so I opted for both.  I am not unhappy about it, I bought them both from the nicest older couple from Michigan.  I had met them at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival when I bought pink mohair yarn from their booth. That day was very hot, it was about 95 degrees.  When I visited their booth they had shared their iced tea with me!

Anyway, I walked out of their booth into the sun, feeling very good and happy about  my purchase and there was another booth called Good Karma Farm. The yarn was all hanging from a tree that was all carved and smoothed and polished, it was so inviting that people were all around feeling the yarn!  (that is what yarn lovers do)  The colors were so different and irresistible that I had to buy 5 skeins of variegated dark purple , you can see it in the photo.  the yarn is a blend of wool and alpaca and is very smooth and soft.  I had to start knitting it right away to see how it worked up so I bought bamboo needles, too and knitted in the car on the way home..

This is how stunning the day was, the trees were absolutely on fire.  It could not have been a more beautiful day.
AND we got to see the sheep
And the alpaca!
Now all I need is a little quiet time to knit.  

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Many Good Things!

Oh! Oh no!  It has been so long since I wrote, so many things have happened!

Lindsay had a beautiful wedding in Chicago, all of our family was together for the event, it was gorgeous!  Part of the fun was creating the place cards for each guest.

We also learned that our family is going to expand even a bit more, Nathalie and Michael will be having a little baby boy in January!
Well, that means, of course, that I had to begin knitting immediately!!
This is called entrelac, and it looks like it is woven, so it is very interesting to look at and to knit!
I am also working on a "sweater" or sort of a lacy cardigan top, I bought the yarn at a fun little store in Manhattan called Downtown Yarns.  My  knitting group, "The ladies" and I went on a field trip to Manhattan and stumbled upon this shop.  The entire small space was filled with sample pieces that the owner had knitted so you could see what you  might like to make and then purchase the yarn and pattern!  It was so great, I chose this pattern and bought the yarn.  The yarn is flax so it is almost stringy, and I completely finished the entire piece and discovered that it was WAY too big.  I ripped it all out and started al over,  That is how much I love the way it is going to look!