A place for me to share photos, trips and projects with my friends, mostly about knitting,kayaking, and quilting.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Well Trained Human

Do you think that some felines KNOW that when Mom's in the kitchen, treats are likely to ensue? Only Baby Kitty is absent - she's a bit too proud to beg.


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Vanity and a Surprise

Call me vain. I just couldn't let the previous hat photos stand. I had David take pictures today - they're better, at least of me. And of the top of the hat, too.
In the meantime, I've been looking through the photo album and find that I DID manage to get some shots of our local fiber festival in October! That was a nice surprise (but it doesn't say much about my short term memory these days).

Here are Susan (sitting) and Cynthia, Sheri and Treva (standing l to r) in front of the fashion gallery.

Jan, our needle felting artist extraordinaire.

Maria and Betty helping at one of the booths.

Members of the Kindred Spirits spinning guild.
And Judy Robinson demonstrating bobbin lace (there's going to be bobbin lace in my future!).
The exhibitors and demonstrators provided an informative, fun day for all who attended. Can't wait to do it again next year!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Hither and Yon and a New Hat

I've been out and about and when I looked at the date of my last post, I couldn't believe how long it's been!

The stealth sweater was completed and made a debut in the first ever Crossville Fiber Festival. A fun, small hometown event. It seemed to be well received, and we had a lot of fun. I got to meet many of the local spinners, a really nice, fun group of ladies. And I had a chance to try bobbin lace - more on that in the future, for certain!

Tomorrow will begin the second workshops for the rib warmer vests, the first sessions were last week. Before that, I attended a workshop at the John C. Campbell Folk School with Hazel Tindall from Shetland (can you imagine - the world's fastest knitter?? - Google her name - I'm not kidding)! Not a speed knitting workshop, though. It was "experimenting with color in Fair Isle knitting." I visited Denise. She and Nancy and I went to the Southeast Animal Fiber Fair in Asheville, NC. I headed toward a visit with my brother, again stopping for a visit with Denise for hiking and knitting. Brother visit postponed when it was learned that his grand child #3 was imminent.

And my little camera was either temporarily mis-laid or forgotten during most of this. However, the Fair Isle project from my class at the Folk School is nearing completion.

I used this much yarn:

To make these many swatches:

To produce this hat:

I'm attempting to tame the somewhat ruffled brim. It's still a work in progress.

When I've decided it's done, I'll post another photo.

This workshop was really wonderful. Very much a self directed exploration, with Hazel on hand to guide, explain, assist, and generally share her wonderful wealth of knowledge accumulated over a lifetime of knitting in Shetland.

Edited later: photo of the hat on me. It feels too big, but not sure what, if anything, I'll do about that. It's exactly right in terms of what I intended it to look like. I'm thinking of giving it away, too. It's on the shelf for now while I churn through the options in my mind.

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