Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A fiber festival! (without pictures...)

Paul and I went to the Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival at the Washington County Fairgrounds on Saturday. The first snag was that I forgot to bring the camera. Then I realized I could take pictures with my cameral. Yay, problem solved. The second snag was that I didn't know that I had to hit "save" after taking my pictures. So, I only saved pictures of our last stop, the ice cream place. All was not lost - at least you could see that. The final snag was that I couldn't figure out how to send the pictures to myself. Hence, no pictures. Note to self: Remember the gosh-darned camera!

HOWEVER, we did have a really nice time! It was a gorgeous day and there were lots of very nice vendors. I got some sock yarn and a kit with roving and a sock pattern so I can spin my own yarn to knit the socks. How fun will that be????? AND, of course, we ate. Burgers. And yummy french fries - a huge pile served in a bowl that looked like a dog dish! (man am I sorry that picture thing didn't work out...). Cider donuts which were yummy. And then ice cream.

In the meantime, fall is starting to show itself:

Although, you wouldn't know it seeing our petunias continuing to grow and bloom:

(The ones in front of the shop don't look like this, that's for sure....)

And our mum has really taken off:

It was very tiny last year. I can't wait until it blooms!

Take a look at Karen's latest Constant Companion creation, made with the new Ella Rae Sand Art:

How gorgeous is that??? She made some modifications to the pattern to make it more of a chic/mod purse, rather than a big tote. Class coming up October 9 & 23, if this is enticing you!

LOTS of Customer Show and Tell:

Stephanie's cute crocheted spiral hats:

Anita's very pretty blanket, sweater and hat set for a donation:

Sue's adorable hooded baby jacket, made in a class at the shop, with Encore Chunky:

Deirdre's wonderful chunky hooded vest:

Kathy was busy finishing and blocking lots of projects!
Her top down cardigan:

The Mythos made with Periwinkle Sheep Sock Yarn for the Knit-a-long:

Adorable felted purses:
Pretty Noro Leaf Hat:
Cute "Traffic Jam" vest:
And her also-adorable hooded baby jacket made in the class:
Ann had also been busy knitting!
Here is her "Lanesplitter Skirt" (a pattern) made with Noro:
Adorable baby sweater made with Cotton Rich DK:
And a nursing shawl made with Happy Feet sock yarn:

Cathy's gorgeous beaded shawl:
Nancy's wonderful man's scarf made with Debbie Bliss Fez:
Another Nancy's gorgeous woven bag:
Hats made by Carol and Florence!:
Robin's adorable Kiddie Cadet Cap:
Stevie's also-adorable non-biting bed bug!:

Jan's gorgeous Blooming Cotton Scarf made with Cotton Rich DK:

Monday, September 20, 2010

So bad for you it's ridiculous

Paul and I went to the Apple Festival this past weekend. Aside from seeing all the pretty crafts, we did our usual tour-de-food. The ribbon chips were really yummy...

As we were carrying our chips to find a place to sit, Paul saw a guy look at the chips I was carrying and said to his friend how good they looked. Then he also said to his friend, "Those are so bad for you, it's ridiculous." Mmmmmm, but they were GOOD! So were the cider donuts, kettle corn and bread from The Rolling Pin (a local bakery and catering company from Schenectady). Now we're on a health kick.

What's on and off my needles?
I started and finished (in two days!) a pair of Maine Morning Mitts with Peace Love Yarn's organic merino bulky hand-dyed yarn.....

Liz Fiorini, from Peace Love Yarn, came to replenish my stock and said to me, while handing me a skein of yarn, " Do you like purple?" Do I like purple????????? I said yes, and absolutely loved this color and knitting with this chunky yarn. This pattern calls for worsted weight but knitted up just fine with the bulky.
I'm also still working on the Echo Flower shawl for the upcoming knit-a-long and it's coming along nicely. No picture of my progress.... but more info coming soon about the knit-a-long. Anyone game for this one?
I also cast on for the Girasole by Jared Flood, with Pastaza (yummy llama/wool yarn):
A circular blanket, it makes it hard to show you my progress!
AND I cast on for a pillow from the new book Knitting at Home, which is a book full of Ella Rae designs, made with Ella Rae classic, heathers and superwash. LOVE this book - it has so many patterns I'd like to make. And who knew that I'd want to make a pillow? I didn't - but I just loved it. Picture coming as soon as I've made some progress. I'm a little bit stuck on the second section (10 rows in) with the bobbles.
Customer Show and Tell:
Deirdre's beautiful Tappan Zee made with Pima Tencel:

Susan's adorable hat made with Jeanee:
Diane's gorgeous circular shawl made with natural and dyed yarn from Yellow Farm:

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mostly Show and Tell (and a new class addition!)

Check out this great felted bag - The Lucy Bag - (before and after) that Jana made:

The bottom and the handles are made with a solid Ella Rae Classic and the middle is made with the NEW Ella Rae Classic Sand Art -- beautiful color changes! This yarn has been flying out the door since it came in....
Robin's B4 Bag! (made with Cascade 220)
This has been a big hit at the shop with many requests for Robin to have a class with this bag. We scheduled a class at the knit-in last night (October 31, 10-12) and it filled up right away! So, we scheduled another class immediately (November 6, 10-12).
Here is my almost-done Mythos:
The last step is to put the applied i-cord on the front and around the neck. I love how it is coming out and I love the yarn - Happy Feet.
And my finished Undulating Waves Scarf, made with Periwinkle Sheep Sock Dream sock yarn:
This class is coming up on October 14!
Mary Kate in her neckwarmer made out of her Flounce leftovers:
And another creative use of Flounce leftovers:
Bonnie trimmed her sweatshirt hood with it!
How cute are these ideas???
Stevie's adorable baby booties:
Amy's Lizard Ridge Afghan Squares:
She's on a mission to have the afghan done to use this winter!
Sue's felted bowls (made with Lamb's Pride Worstede) that she learned to do in the class last weekend:
Christine's adorable Baby Surprise Jacket and hat, made with Crofter DK:
Jan's pretty Traveling Woman Shawl (made with Periwinkle Sheep sock yarn - one skein!) and her Basic Chunky Hat made with Encore Tweed Chunky:
Lisa's warm and cozy Ribble Scarf, made with Aslan Trends Invernal (which has angora in it!):
Dora's gorgeous Tappan Zee Cardi, made with Queensland Haze:
Karen's very pretty February Lady Sweater, made with Cascade 220 (and very pretty buttons!):

Jane's adorable baby sweater, made with Rialto DK:
Mary Kate's Leaf Hat, made with Cascade 220 Superwash:
This pattern calls for Noro, but looks GREAT in a solid too!
Kathy has been REALLY busy...
Adorable kids vest made with Encore Tweed:
Noro Leaf Scarf:
198 Yards of Heaven scarf, made with Cascade 220:
Cute dishcloths!:
And her very gorgeous Noro Leaf Shawl:
Love the colors!