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Teresa Rose and Kitchen Update

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On the drive home from south Georgia Monday Joanie finished Teresa Rose but I only just got it blocked last night. We used two skeins of Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn in the color Azure.

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The texture of the twisted knit stitches are the highlight of the piece and that is why we chose to use the firmer twist of the Superwash Sock rather than the Merino Bamboo.

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Those points are striking too aren’t they?

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I am not sure the pictures quite do it justice because it is very lovely in person. It is a good size for wearing around the shoulders or as a scarf.

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In other news, we have made a bit of progress on the kitchen. The upper cabinet doors are done but not attached yet and the upper boxes are all painted too.

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Here are the larger cabinet doors ready for hardware and hanging.

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Here’s the hardware we picked and I am very pleased with how they look on the doors.

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We should be ready to hang these pretty soon. Jerry may get that done this weekend while we are in Yellow Springs, OH for the Wool Gathering.

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Exciting developments

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I am pleased to announce that my newest granddaughter arrived this week. She and her mama are doing well. She was born at home with the assistance of a fabulous midwife and Heather was happy to have managed to have the water birth she always wanted. :-)

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Her big sisters are quite captivated by her as you can see. I wish I could go to Florida again and see them but my schedule for now won’t allow a trip. My hope is that they will decide to make the trip to Nashville for Meredith’s wedding in mid October. (hint hint)

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No knitting pictures today but I do have a different work in progress to show you. If you recall in my last post I told you that we are doing some remodeling. I took a few pictures of the horrendous state of my (original circa 1958) kitchen. I am so excited to see to transformation. Okay, are you ready? Be warned these are not for the feint of heart.

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Yes I have really been living with this for 15 years. The lighting is atrocious too and we are looking into some options right now. We are trying to avoid hiring an electrician to run new wires if we can but we will see when we get further along.

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We are not sure whether we are keeping this cabinet and making new doors like with the others of starting from scratch with a new unit. For sure though we will be making new upper cabinets to install above this area.

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Jerry has begun making the new doors for the cabinets and you can see where we are going with that below. The walls will be a muted pale yellow and all the cabinets will be antique white.

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We picked out new cabinet hardware which I forgot to get a picture of but will show you next time. It is an antique brass finish. I looked them up on Lowe’s website and found their image. :-)

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Before I close I will show you our booth at the Georgia Alpaca Fiberfest this weekend in Columbus, GA.

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Oh and I can’t resist sharing this picture Joanie took of Elijah being Superman in the shirt she gave him. He ALWAYS does this when he is being Superman. LOL!

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In Wisconsin this weekend

Well our break from the road has come and gone with no post from me. Sorry about that. We are currently in Jefferson, WI for the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool festival. My time at home was divided mainly between seeing to family needs like lessons with my younger children, admin tasks for the business and making plans for and beginning on some long overdue home maintenance and improvements.

The home improvements aren’t any major reconstructions but we are planning quite a lot of things like painting, new cabinet doors and some additional units in the kitchen (which Jerry will build), fixing some plumbing issues, etc. We will assess as we go along and revise as needed. We certainly have our work cut out for us but I am eager to see the finished results. Since my time home is in short supply until mid October most of the preparation work will probably fall on Jerry and a couple of the older children. I am fully expecting it to be a long term work in progress but that is okay. I AM a knitter and a mother after all and am fully used t that concept. :-)

So, unfortunately I have very little knitting progress to share today. I did pick up my Mayapple yesterday afternoon after we returned to the hotel from the booth setup and get in about 14 rows on it but it is sadly not much changed by the time spent.

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Cassie has actually made a lot of progress on Glenallen and it is looking very nice indeed. I haven’t seen Joanie’s Teresa Rose for awhile but maybe I can get a picture to share by my next post.  Sorry for the picture quality today. Hotels rooms are not the greatest for lighting and ambiance. :-)

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I hate to cut this so short but I need to get my stuff together and head over to the fairgrounds since the market opens in one and a half hours. See you later!

Home and then gone again

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We had great weather and attendance at the Michigan Fiber Festival last weekend. It is always a fun show that I look forward to. I was very ready to be headed home by Monday though. Nineteen days away was hard on us all.

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It was only a brief respite however since we had to leave again yesterday for Pittsburgh for the first annual Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival. We are excited to be a part of the show which has a wider craft audience than the late winter Knit & Crochet Festival.

We set up this morning and then got some lunch and headed back to the hotel for a few hours break before the market opens tonight for the preview which runs 5-9pm. Market is open 9-5:30 on Saturday. Click through to the site for more details. :-)

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I clicked of some shots of the booth before we left.

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I plan to share some knitting updates in my next post from home. We drive home Sunday and have nine whole days home. See you again soon!

Last day in Chicago

Opening night at Stitches Midwest last week were they only pictures I remembered to take and that with my phone. Here are the excited knitters after the gates were opened on Thursday night. :-)

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Here’s a quick shot of my booth before they arrived.

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After the show and the booth was all loaded back I the trailer Cassie and I had three days with no definite plans. I guess I am a bit of a hermit even when I am on the road because we have just kicked around Schaumburg a bit doing some book and music shopping mostly.

This is a little of what I bought and we when we weren’t shopping we have been just reading, listening to new music, watching videos and a little knitting too. No doubt some would find this a boring way to spend your days off but I rather enjoy having nothing to do but bum around every now and then. :-)

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We are staying in a place with a kitchenette so we went to the Whole Foods and stocked up on good stuff so we haven’t had to eat out for the last 9 day at least. I feel better when I eat healthier.

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Today I went to Kohl’s and found a new hand bag and wallet to replace mine which I have been carrying for a long time and they were looking very worn and tired. What do you think? I love the color!

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We leave for Allegan, Michigan in the morning and will be setting up the booth in the afternoon/evening. Leisure time is over and it’s time to get back to work. Talk to you again from the eastern time zone!

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We arrived safely and uneventfully in Chicago on Wednesday afternoon. We spent the morning and early afternoon on Thursday getting the booth ready. For the rest of the afternoon we went to lunch at Panera and then we went to the Barnes and Noble. Cassie did some shopping and I just got out my Nook and did some reading while sipping on a Green Tea Lemonade. Yummy.

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So now on to some new knitting projects. First up is two that I am working on.

You have seen the up-sized Sorrel but it is around 7” now so here it is again.

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My other project is one of Dee O’Keefe’s new designs called Mayapple. Check my Ravelry profile for the pattern link and details. It is written for a fingering weight yarn and we are planning a second version of it in our Merino Bamboo, but I wanted to see what it looked like in a lighter weight so I am using my Classic Merino Lace in a bold color, Tiger Lily.

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I started it on size 5 needles but I ripped it out and went down to size 4 and like the fabric much better.

Joanie is working on another of Dee’s new designs called Theresa Rose. We are using Classic Merino Superwash Sock in the color Azure. She started on size 5 needles and after taking this picture I decided that the stitch definition required for the twisted stitches was too loose. It needed to be ripped and re-knit on size 4 needles like my Mayapple. Hey, it happens right? So this is the first version and I will show you the restarted one when I get home in mid-August unless I can get here to take one and email it to me.

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Last but not least is Cassie’s project, Glenallen,  which is another Lace weight one in the color Garnet. The color is deeper than this shows. The lace work in this shawl is intricate and lovely. Can’t wait to see it full size.

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More Lace Knitting

Wow! It has been a busy several weeks around here. Between all the yarn dyeing and my trip to Jacksonville I have barely had time for anything else. It is not going to be slowing down any time soon either. We have 11 shows in the next 14 weeks with only brief stops at home between. We will be leaving for Chicago next week and will be away for three weekends with no trips home. I am both excited about the shows and apprehensive about the separation from my family who will be home. Prayers are welcome and appreciated. :-)

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I already showed you Nadira in an earlier post but I didn’t have a picture of the knitter modeling it until today. I like Kyla in purple. :-)

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Cassie and Joanie finished their Ruxton Shawls on July 6th but I am just now getting around to taking the pictures and writing a post.

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The green one above is knit with our Merino Superwash Sock in Green Apple. If you want the full details click over to the Ravelry project page.

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This version is made from our Merino Superwash Sport in French Marigold. Here’s the Ravelry link for it.

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I really love how the edging looks!

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As you can see our Sock weight version came out smaller than our Sport version. That is partly the yarn and partly that we used size 4 needles for the Sock and size 5 needles for the Sport. I wanted to maintain the lovely texture for the lighter version.

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You can better compare their sizes in this shot.

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I have some new knitting to show you but I am saving that for next time which I will aim for getting to in a few days.

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I will share a couple cute shots of my youngest (4 yr. old above) and my grandson (below). :-)

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Nadira

It’s been a long wait for this but here she is!

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Nadira is designed by Dee O’Keefe and knit from three skeins of Classic Merino Lace in one of new colors from last summer, Amethyst.

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We knit our sample according to the main instructions but it is very easily customized both in size and stitch patterns. There many different ways you can knit this shawl to fit your yarn choice, yardage, or personal style.

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The pattern is available on our website of in Dee’s Ravelry store. Have fun with it and design your own shawl. What are you waiting for? I know your fingers are itching to cast one on. :-)

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Summer Projects

I have made a little progress on the adult version of Sorrel. 320 stitches on size 2 needles is pretty slow going though. I have about 3 1/2” knit and need to make the body about 16” before working the cap sleeves and yoke.

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To break up the monotony of all that stockinette, which I don’t mind but sometimes you need a change, I cast on for Mayapple. This is the latest gorgeous crescent shaped shawl by Dee O’Keefe. I just had to start one! It is written for a fingering weight yarn and I do plan to make one in Classic Merino Bamboo as well, but for some reason I was dying to see how it would look in my Classic Merino Lace. I decided to go with the Tiger Lily color even though I was tempted to use Saffron like Dee’s sample. Since my Edwina is yellow it had to be another color for Mayapple. I am using the same needles she used for the fingering weight, size 5, because the lace is very open and also because Cassie is using my AddiTurbo Lace in size 4. I have only completed the first chart at this point and I think the needle choice is going to work fine.

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This is what my Addi Lace size 4’s are being used for. It is Dee’s Ruxton Shawl in fingering weight yarn. It can be worked in sock weight and sport weight yarn so we cast on for both versions. I love the texture of this one! We are using Classic Merino Superwash Sock for this version in Green Apple.

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For our sport weight version we chose French Marigold in Classic Merino Superwash Sport. We are using size 5 needles. It is wonderfully squishy in this yarn! The girls are in a bit of a race to see who will finish this first and it looks like they are making quick progress due to the competition. :-) They both cast on about 10 days ago!

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When we aren’t knitting, we are making preparations for the summer dyeing. The yarn arrived from the mill when we were in Asheville last weekend and the skeining commenced last week. They are a little more than half done and as soon as they are finished I can get the dyes mixed.

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Sister Shawls

I am very happy to announce that we have two more gorgeous shawls off the needles and joining our booth display this coming weekend at the Friends and Fiberworks Summer Retreat in Asheville, NC. May I present to you the lovely sister shawls Elizabeth and Liz!

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I showed you the beginnings of these two back in early May. They are both the design creations of Dee O’Keefe and are both knit from three skeins of our Classic Merino Lace yarn.

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The blue one is Elizabeth and the color we chose to use is Winter Sky.

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Liz is the stole version and we made it with the Tea Rose.

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I can’t wait to see them on display along with Edwina. I think they compliment each other so wonderfully and I hope they inspire you to make your own versions.

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Both these sister designs are fairly easy for knitters with some lace experience. The stitch patterns are varied and none are very hard to execute. The stole version uses a provisional cast on at the center and is knit to the edges.

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Here’s how they looked fresh off the needles before the wet blocking that I did on them yesterday.

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Here they are while still on the wires.

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It was a stretch to pin them both out at the same time. We just barely had enough t-pins.

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Maybe for my next post I can talk the sister knitters into modeling the sister shawls, LOL! No such luck this morning however.

Oh, I have one more bit of knitting to show you. In my last post I told you I was going to start a project that many have requested; a sized up pattern for Sorrel. I have crunched the numbers and cast on for one of the sizes which I hope will be my size.

Adult size Sorrel in progress

I am not very far along yet as you can see and that is mostly lack of energy on my part. You may remember that I told you that we had sickness in the house starting on Memorial Day weekend with my husband and then my oldest son. Well, we all proceeded to get picked off like flies every day or two. It took three weeks to make the full rounds and my youngest son and I were the last two to get it while I was in Indianapolis for Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival last weekend. This thing would hang on with fever, chills, headaches, upper respiratory and a cough for well over a week. We are FINALLY all better. Still working on getting energy back.

Anyway we will be leaving on Thursday for Asheville. Maybe we will see some of you there!

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