Gansey and Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival 2022

It has been a challenging weekend in some ways but I am grateful to be here. All is going pretty good despite said challenges.

When I arrived to set up on Friday morning the wind was very strong. We managed to get the tents set up and it took nearly every bungee cord in my arsenal to get everything strapped down.

The wind was too strong to risk putting out my products, so around 1 pm I went to get checked in at the hotel, eat lunch and reassess in the afternoon. I headed back around 3 pm and decided the wind had calmed enough to put out the stuff. I covered everything and clipped down the covers and zipped up the tents for the night.

Yesterday was hot, but at least it was less windy. There was a breeze which helped with the upper 80s temperature, but it was ok. Storms did roll in in the late afternoon, necessitating an hour early shutdown of the festival so we could batten down the hatches again for the night before they hit.

I packed up all the knit samples and stuff on the tables and covered the yarn displays in plastic and shut it up for the night. I am on the way over soon to set back up for today. There is a chance of rain today too but without so much wind I think. I’m sure it will be no problem and I’m looking forward to another good market day. Yesterday was great as far as attendees go until later in the day when it got hotter and storms were threatening.

I hung the gansey in the booth even though I haven’t had time to work on the pattern yet.

I also tried to get a couple modeled shots in the hotel room this morning. Forgive the goofy model, I have never been very photogenic unless caught unaware. It’s kind of hard to do that with a self portrait though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Home At Last

I returned from Minnesota last Tuesday. I have been trying to squeeze in time to get my gansey blocked and write a post. I have been working hard to get my website rebuilt plus other stuff. So I am happy to report that the website is done. I will probably do some more tweaking but it’s functional and I am pleased with it so far. My blog is now part of my shop which I have wanted to do for a long time.

So now on to my gansey and current knitting. I have the gansey blocking at the moment. I blocked it out quite a bit so that when it relaxes it will be closer to the finished dimensions I was planning for.

I only got one project started. It’s another Gridiron sock.

I really enjoy this pattern. It’s just interesting enough to be entertaining but not enough to be distracting if you are watching videos or something like that. They are also comfortable to wear. My last pair are my favorite socks.

Ok gotta go for now. I am going to be going to Lexington, KY on Friday for the Kentucky Sheep and Wool Festival. I don’t know if I will have time to post again before that. We’ll see. Have a great week!

Post from Minnesota

We had a wonderful first show in St. Louis this past weekend at the Midwest Fiber Festival. We will definitely be there next year.

I drove up to St. Paul, MN on Monday and have a few days before I will be setting up the booth again at Shepherd’s Harvest Festival. While I am waiting I plan to do some work on my website as well as some knitting and reading. My website is experiencing some issues with credit card processing. The PayPal option works and we always welcome checks but the credit card issue is a problem that needs fixed, so I am looking at my options.

Anyway, I finished my gansey last night. I hate to post an unblocked sweater picture but I don’t want to wait until next week to show you so here it is. Now keep in mind that it will look even better after its had a proper soak and block.

I now have nothing on the needles but I have several yarns picked out and I brought my swift and winder. I’ll fill you in later on what I am doing when I have the yarn wound.

Mid-break update

I was home this weekend but that is the last one for awhile. I have festivals booked every weekend through mid June except for the third weekend in May. So lots of traveling coming up soon. I am leaving Friday for a brand new festival in St. Louis, Missouri called Midwest Fiber Festival. I am excited about it ๐Ÿค—.

I am working on my gansey as much as I can and if I don’t finish it before I leave, I am confident I will while I am gone. I am going straight on to Minnesota for the Shepherd’s Harvest Festival to save on gas and road time. I will have a couple free days there to knit and/or catch up on other work. I may be overhauling my Knitting Notions website soon. I am also planning another knitting project to take along and will share that when I have it picked. I know the pattern but haven’t decided on yarn yet so more on that later.

First sleeve done

I am actually a little farther down that second sleeve than I was when I took this picture. I just finished the definition ridge last night which is that band of garter at the elbow point.

Jerry has been hard at work on some new Shawl-Hair-Sticks and they are finished and thay are ready for packaging. He has also been preparing some slabs for turning blanks. These will be mostly Darning-Eggs and Nostepinnes.

While we are waiting for the wood to dry some more, it’s also garden starting time. We have a plow attachment for his lawn tractor but we needed a Tiller to break up the beds a bit more. We bought this one yesterday and here he is trying it out.

Another Festival and a Sleeve

I was at a festival last weekend and am at one this weekend too. I am in Greencastle, IN for The Fiber Event. I have done this festival since 2007 with a few missed years and I was sad to get the news in the vendor packet yesterday that this will be the final year. ๐Ÿ˜ข

I also want to show you my progress on my gansey. I am almost finished with the first sleeve already. Sorry the color is a bit off here. I took it in my hotel room this morning before heading out for the day at the show.

Gansey Progress

I had a very successful show this past weekend in Raleigh, NC at the Carolina Fiber Festival. It was very exhausting too and I am glad to be back home for a bit.

I thought I would share these two photos of the booth because they show my newest samples which you watched the progress of recently.

So that brings me to the current state of my gansey. It is looking great. I am to the point where I am beginning the underarm gusset. I am annoyed however that, as usual for me, swatches lie. My gauge was 22 stitches in 4 inches in the swatch and is currently 25 stitches in 4 inches. To be fair the sweater is not washed and blocked so we will see. I thought it was looking a bit small. It will be fine regardless as far as the pattern since I can just change that, but it’s not gonna fit me comfortably at its current dimensions. Sigh.

November knitting

I know it has been a few weeks, but I am now done with traveling for the season and settling in for the next several months. We have lots of productive work planned. We have already purchased lots of yarn and lumber to get ready for next year’s festival season. More on that next post I think. For today I will share my knitting progress.

Bramwell

First up is my Classic Merino Superwash DK project, Bramwell . The top picture shows the stich pattern a little better and the bottom is more accurate for the color, which is Pewter.

I have completed the first two charts and it is bigger than the picture implies because it is a bit scrunched up on a 24″ needle at the moment.

Simple Gifts

Next up is Simple Gifts in Classic Merino Superwash Sport in Emerald. I have completed three charts for this one.

Adelita

Last, but not least, is Adelita in Classic Merino Superwash Sock in Jade. I have completed the second patterned chart. I had no problems with the lace in the second chart even though it contains lace knitting on both right and wrong side rows. It only involves a simple yarn over next to a decrease and a simple 8 count every time between repeats except for the beginning and end of the rows.

I have one more in-person show this coming weekend in Murfreesboro, TN. It is a Saturday only event called Fiber in the Boro. The website is down unfortunately but you can find details on their Facebook group or you can comment here and I can answer your questions.

Flagstaff Shawl and More

I finished the Flagstaff Shawl last week in Virginia. It was Thursday night and the following day I drove to the hotel in Orange, VA and spent most of the afternoon setting up the booth for the Fall Fiber Festival. We had a very busy show and I didn’t really have time or energy left to start a new project.

I drove home, finally, on Monday. I was pretty glad to be home. The festivals have been great this fall but I need a break and time to catch up around here. It took a few days to get to blocking the shawl and picking out my next knits.

Here’s what I started first. It’s Simple Gifts and I am using Classic Merino Superwash Sport in Emerald. The pattern calls for DK weight but I want to use Sport. I am still using the size 6 needles in the pattern and I like the fabric. I didn’t check my gauge but will modify the size if necessary. I set aside 3 skeins just in case.

I wound the yarn for two more projects. I’ll give details on these when I have cast on for them. I think going almost a week without any knitting has made me want to have several knits lined up. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Vintage Diamonds Cardigan

I have finally published my Vintage Diamonds Cardigan pattern. You can purchase it on Ravelry or on my website for $7.

The grey one is the first one I knit, of course. Just to refresh your memory, it is the medium size, about 18 months. I used 600 yards of Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn in Graphite.

The red one is the smallest size which is about 6 months. I used about 400 yards of Classic Merino Bamboo yarn in Crimson. As you can see I opted to leave off the embroidery for this one. I like it both ways so it seemed like a nice idea to have each option visually available in the blog.

I will have these on display this weekend at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival. I am leaving on Wednesday for the show. I hope to get some more progress on my shawl during down time.

Thursday updates

Titles are hard! Some days it’s just difficult to come up with a relevant one and this is what you get. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I am getting extremely close to finishing up the Wonderful Wallaby . I am 1″ away from the last bit of top shaping on the hood and that’s it.

I have added to the hood length since I took these photos.

In other news, I am nearly finished with the pattern for the Vintage Diamonds Cardigan. It’s been slow going to include the 4 other sizes in the directions. Lots of math. I have only two more sleeve cap sizes, the collar and the embroidery details to add and it’s ready for some other sizes to be test knit. I mostly need the smallest one done so I can have the range of yardage required. I made the size in the middle and have a volunteer for the largest. Anyone game?

I am really enjoying the sunflowers we planted this year. I can see them out the kitchen window and they are so cheerful!

The show this past weekend was great. Much better than I had hoped actually, since it was pretty slow the previous time we were there in 2019. It is nice to be able to go home every night too. ๐Ÿ™‚