This is my third year in a row heading to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and I got what I wanted and didn’t go too far over my budget. I’m a happy camper. So what did I add to my stash?
My BFF Jess and I went on Sunday and got to the fairgrounds around 9:30am. Our first stop was the Miss Babs booth because last year it was INSANITY to say the least. By 9:45am it was crowded but not insane and I didn’t have to wait in a long line to pay. I picked up these four skeins of Yowza in Spread My Wings, Denim and Rainforest. I really wanted a nice Babs navy blue and this was the last skein of the Denim color so I scooped it up. These three do work well together but don’t bet on them staying together.
I also tossed in a dk weight skein of the Miss Babs 2017 Maryland Sheep and Wool colorway as well. It was too pretty to resist and will pair well with lots of other yarn in my stash.
I was on the lookout for a great skein of fingering weight yarn to pair with my Neighborhood Fiber Company Fells Point yarn for a So Faded sweater. I hit the jackpot with Yankee Dyer Yarns and their Crazy Monkey Love colorway. Also the ladies in their booth were so sweet and funny and loved color as much as I did.
I snapped up a single skein of Studio Worsted (my favorite) from Neighborhood Fiber Co from their Artist collection. This is Basquiat, an orange/rust/peach color that I have an idea for and am hoping it will work out the way I have it planned in my head. After that I was really just looking for some buttons and then…
Knittyandcolor’s Unicorns vs Sharpies caught my eye and I couldn’t walk away. I kept going back to it. And Jessica looked and me and said, “I think that yarn is calling your name.” It was. I kind of want to make a sweater for Jellybean with a matching hat for myself with this color. We shall see what this becomes but no pictures do it just for how vivid and wild it is. I really do love yarn.
And finally I made it to the buttons. The top buttons are from the vintage buttons tent. I have a green cardigan I have wanted to make for a while and these green and white buttons will be PERFECTION on it. And clear buttons are always a good staple. The bottom buttons are from one of my favorites, Melissa Jean buttons that I’ve bought buttons from every year. They’re little works of art in a ceramic button and I think they always make a sweater complete.
Added bonus, I got to hang out with Jess and we saw our friend Kat of Designs by Marsh Farms and got to talk all things crafty goodness. She likes to call us the Crafty Cartel. LOL Oh and I should note I’m wearing my Mountain High sweater, my Find Your Fade Shawl (I got tons of compliments on it) and the Pointilist Hat and Jessica had on the Boothbay sweater I knit that looked better on her than me. It was super cold yesterday but that’s where knitting comes in handy. Did anyone else go? What did you buy?!
I wanted to end this week on a high note with a favorite project from 2016. I’ve got a bunch of my December FO’s to share and this one is just too good to wait any longer. It’s the Christmas sweater I knit for my Mom.
I originally said I was going to make my Mom this two color cardigan using the Miss Babs Yowza in Ghoulish with a Neighborhood Fiber Co. skein of Georgetown that was a bright blue. Then I randomly picked up this insanely bright skein of Periwinkle Sheep Watercolors sock yarn in a gorgeous cobalt thinking maybe one day I’d knit my Mom a pair of socks. And then I saw the pattern for a_simmetrie and it needed dk and fingering weight yarn and I knew I had to make this sweater for my Mom. Also, is she not the cutest? We took these pics on Christmas Eve so she could send out a holiday card.
This pattern was really interesting and the construction was completely different so I took my time to knit this one. It was about 6 weeks of knitting for me because I only ever knit it at home. Since I had my two huge skeins of Miss Babs Yowza I decided to knit the identical front and back pieces two at a time on a really long needle. I didn’t have to add a single ball of yarn, one skein of each was enough for each piece.
The fingering weight yarn (the blue) is what joins the front and back pieces together. I had to really read the instructions a couple of times each to make sure I got it but once you start you realize who clever this pattern really is. You also really have to get gauge on this one or your color stripe will not lay flat. I had a slight bit of buckling on the back panel because of how many stitches I picked up but it worked itself out when I blocked it.
My favorite detail that was a bit of a pain to do was the pop of color on the inside of the arm bands. How great is this little detail? The same detail is also on the bottom hem but it’s a little trickier to do in the round on smaller needles but I just took my time and was patient to make sure it worked out. I also shorted the sleeves just slightly and they turned out to be the perfect bracelet length for my Mom. We’re both short and hate how some sweater sleeves are just too long for us.
This sweater really was great but it just took me longer than my normal project. I can see making one for myself somewhere down the road. Perhaps over the summer so I have it ready for the first chilly days of next fall? I really do love how it drapes and hangs. This was such a creative knit and the color combinations are endless.
But in the end, for me it’s always about making something special for someone I love. And the fact that she loves it as much as I loved making it for her makes this an even better project.
Did any of you do any special knits for the holidays? Share!
It’s the middle of October and I’ve finished 6 projects this month. I’ve still got a little time left this month to probably crank out something else. I love when I’m on a roll. I’ve got a nicely stocked stash of yarn, lots of patterns and the holidays quickly approaching me. I told myself once I hit November I’ll really be in full holiday knitting mode but I’m still hoping to finish a few things for myself in there as well.
When I bought the yarn for my Colorblocked Boyfriend cardigan I just kept staring at it and the combinations I was trying to put together. As much as I love knitting, I also love putting together the yarn and the tiny details. Adding something to a pattern, finding the perfect buttons, finding color combinations that just sing. It’s as good as the actual knitting.
When I went back to get buttons for my cardigan this skein of yarn caught my eye and it’s the perfect mix of colors to go with a skein of Neighborhood Fiber Co in my favorite studio worsted in a gorgeous Kelly green called Clintonville. I bought 2 years ago but just didn’t know what to make with it but that green caught me. So when I saw this yarn, MJ yarns in American Worsted (a light worsted like the studio worsted I love) in the colorway Peacock I knew it would be just what I was looking for to pair with my 400 yard skein of Clintonville. This is my next project I’m working on for myself, a light circular yolk sweater with a bit of swing to it. I think my Flaum cardigan will also stay in hibernation until after the holidays because I just don’t have it in me to do all that stinking ribbing, even though I want that great camel colored cardigan in my wardrobe.
In non-knitting news…how about an update on the dogs. We are definitely still adjusting. Jelly clearly has some issues with my husband – she occasionally pees on just his stuff I know it’s because she believes I am all hers and it doesn’t help that he travels but we’re working on it. We came home on Friday and she had hopped up on the bed and peed on his sweatpants. It doesn’t happen every day but we’re definitely closing off our bedroom door while we’re away. On a more positive note, she’s a total goofball, loves to try to lick Cher (which Cher lets her do for about 30 seconds) and loves playing with toys. Despite peeing on things, we’ll keep her. I do think I’ll have my husband take her to doggy training soon so that maybe the two of them will bond.
And Cher? My sweet older lady is the best. She’s taught Jelly the value of naps and enjoying sunbeams in doorways. She is bossy and let’s Jelly know when it’s time for her to get out of my lap so she can get some snuggles but for the most part, she’s a good big sister.
When we were in New Orleans and I boarded them I was able to catch a screenshot of them sharing a bed together in their room before lights out. At least I know when I’m not around they take care of each other.
Sometimes I look at Cher and I see her slowing down ever so slightly and I get sad but then I remind myself I have to just enjoy whatever time we have because it’s all so sweet. And they’re the best companions when I’m knitting. Cher cuddles in close and Jelly buries herself under every project 🙂 So, life right now is looking pretty good. What’s good with you?