Monday, May 31, 2010

Fiber Nest

I took over part of the unfinished basement this weekend and made it into a "Fiber Nest." I plan on getting a couch and once it's there, I might just move in. :)

No more stacks of knitting totes. (Do not count them Jessi!) lol
(at 80% off - - gotta love Ross), Lorenz-Cannon Gallery, Sedalia and others.

I unrolled the carpets we purchased overseas and pulled the woven Turkish pillows to the basement too. The LeClerc warping board will be hung (once I figure out how to drive a nail into cement) and the Dorothy is warped is waiting.

I brought down a cat bed in the hopes that Libby will use it instead of napping on my shoulders
as I sit at the computer (though it is kind cute - - or was when she was a kitten).

It's not fancy, but I do like my getaway. :)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

WIPs 'n Chains

Well, just WIPs ("Works in Progress" for the muggle reader/relative).

Shore Parkway Wrap. It's huge and it'll be warm.
Herringbone Neckwarmer. I'm making a bunch of these for Andie's Color Guard team in their school colors.

Reversible Fingerless Gloves. One down, one to go. I'm knitting the gloves with
The Hill yarn in "Cherry Red." The photograph doesn't do the yarn justice.

And I've got a dozen other things lined up! :)

Monday, May 24, 2010

So much fun it was probably illegal in several states!

Sedalia Spring Fiber Festival 5 took place on May 15th, 2010. It was a sight to see and I had an absolute ball that weekend. For starters, Dianne, aka Dynaknit,'s husband rented the "guest house" at Hurricane Hill for us and for the weekend. Then, Julie, aka "Noolie," and Marianne, aka "Ms. Knotminding," arrived from Maine and Oklahoma. Marianne arrived on time and her travel was a breeze. Julie, on the other hand, was delayed at the outset, missed her connecting flight and arrived in Roanoke at 4:00 a.m.

Hurricane Hill view

We spent Friday morning and afternoon setting up for the festival. Friday night was spent trying out Havala's masterpiece, the "Purltini." Ingredients: One bottle of Pearl Pomegranate vodka, pineapple juice, cranberry juice and lime zest. End Result:

Ripped and reaching for chocolate.
Strangely enough, I woke up feeling great (or had to much to do to admit feeling badly) and we trekked on to the festival.

Julie & Marianne at Greenberry House (Dianne is on the microphone in the background).

49 vendors, a warm, sunny day, amazing raffles and the best of friends made the day completely fun, thrilling, amazing and wonderful. It really was "too good to be true." Marianne and Julie, on top of traveling to assorted U.S. cities to get to Sedalia, helping to set up and all of their other hard work on festival day, also gave these lovely souvenirs. Their company was the best gift of all, it truly was, but these were nice surprises.

The light blue yarn is from Sereknity in Maine; Julie brought that with her. The Zauberball was bought at the festival and Marianne gave me the beautiful lavender and sage colorway yarn. Needless to say, I'm "jones-ing" to make socks now.

Dianne gave each of us an autographed copy of Ann McCauley's books, The Pleasures of Knitting and Together or Separate, and Julie brought each of us a copy of "Dreamscape," by her friend and author, Gina House, aka Sleepy Eyes Knitting.

A BEAUTIFUL Nantucket Bagg. I love these colors - - I look at the tote and I think of apple pie. Even the cat admires the bag and has, in fact, tried to 1. ) get in it and 2.) sleep on it.

I treated myself to Woven Gems and David Simpson's Green Dragon yarn. The fiber on the left is 100% alpaca and I'm going to make several pairs of fingerless gloves with it. The Green Dragon colorway is "Ruby Tuesday" and I haven't decided what I want to do with it yet. For now, I'm content to pet it and admire the colorwork.

And finally, Briana will be getting a little embroidered alpaca hat for winter.

Dianne, Marianne, Julie & Linda - - THANK YOU for the greatest weekend of all! XOXOXO
Julie - - I pirated some of your pictures; I hope you don't mind. :)