Special Project Accomplished

Hello everyone!

Well, as I mentioned last time we talked I was working on a special project that I wasn’t ready to tell you about yet.  Well, the special project is now finished.

I think I have mentioned before that teach knitting at the library twice a month.  A few months ago, one of the libraries I teach at asked if I would be willing to do a knitting workshop for the holidays.  I was honored and agreed. As many of my students are beginners I decided to go with a wash cloth, something easy they could get started in the workshop and confidently finish in their own time. And a wash cloth is something they can keep for themselves or give away as a holiday gift. I had 6 students show up to my class, 3 had never knit before. The 3 beginners caught on beautifully and I’m excited to see how their washcloth is going.  The other 3 students are regulars in my class and were very helpful to the beginners.  That is what I love about knitting. I have never met a mean knitter or a knitter who was unwilling to help another knitter learn.  I have also seen 2 of the students i class and their progress and I am thrilled!  I love teaching. It makes me feel so good that I am helping other people learn and get excited about something I love.

Some examples of my wash cloths while they were blocking.
Some examples of my wash cloths while they were blocking.

Now that my special project is over and the holiday’s are quickly approaching. I am busily working on my holiday gift knitting. I won’t mention what I am working on  but I really do hope to get it done by Christmas this time.

I also wanted to show you something else this quite special. I forgot to tell you that when I was in Colorado I went the LYS there, Tangle on Main Street in Grand Junction, Colorado. They are a combo yarn store and fabric store and everyone is so nice.  I of course had to restrain myself but I couldn’t help purchasing a few skeins. One Skein, the bright pink is from Bludamsel Fiber Works and is handspun in the Grand Junction area.  I’m not sure if she has an Etsy store or not, but I am excited to turn this yarn into something fabulous. The green and grey skeins are from Luna Grey Fiber Arts, click for their Etsy shop and are hand dyed in Grand Junction. Again, so excited to knit these into something. They are each 400 yards fingering weight so that should be easy finding something perfect.

Colorado Yarn.
Colorado Yarn.

Also at the Wine festival there was a booth from Shooting Star Ranch Alpacas. An Alpaca ranch in Palisade, Colorado. I had to buy a few skeins.  (the white one in the picture) My aunt sent me a few skeins for Christmas one year and they are not my favorite mittens.

Ok, that is all for today.  Its supposed to snow so I am going to get a new cup of coffee and watch it come down.

3 Projects and Some Gardening

Hello Everyone! I have three projects to tell you about today and some gardening.

I finished the Maryse Cowl last week, but Suki was sleeping and I didn’t want to disturb her last weekend, so it is blocking on her bed now. I will have a picture up for you soon.  I felt that since it was Mother’s Day, she could share the bed a little bit and let me block a shawl. The weekend before I had the Bailey’s Minty Irish Cream blocking.  After it dried, I neatly folded it up and have yet to pick it up again to finish it.  I still need to make the collar and button band and sew up the sleeves.  If you know me at all. I hate doing this finishing stuff.  As far as I’m concerned, once the project is blocked, it is done!  But no, I still need finish this cardigan. It is so pretty and I really can’t wait to wear it, although it might not be for a few months as summer is rapidly approaching.  Even though, there may be a few chilly nights.  Maybe I will pick up this week or next weekend.

Bailey's Minty Irish Cream Cardigan

Now I am working on pair socks. Yes, from Socks from the Toe Up by Wendy D. Johnson, as I work my way through this book, I am now on the Gansey Sock section, my first Ganesy sock are the Diamond Gansey Socks, I am in the middle of turning the first heel and am knitting them out of a beautiful pink skein of yarn I purchased last year at Maryland Sheep and Wool.  It is hand-dyed and natural dyed yarn by Juanita Breidenbaugh.  It is One of a Kind Natural Dyed yarn in 100% Merino Wool.  Being natural dyed, this particular skein was dyed using Cochneal and Madder. Yes, bugs and plants.  It is beautiful and the super wash 2ply yarn knits up beautifully.  I tried looking up Juanita on Ravelry and the web and all I found was that she is an instructor at The Mannings Handweaving School & Supply Center.

Cochneal & Madder Yarn by Juanita Breidenbaugh
Cochneal & Madder Yarn by Juanita Breidenbaugh

As I mentioned, the weather has been turning into summer very quickly, I planted my garden last week and yesterday, picked my first basil harvest. Bob even build me a wonderful 4 tiered herb planter, I love it.

My Garden and Herb Tower

Before I go, I would like to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mother’s out there, whether your children have 2 legs or 4, whether you birthed them or not, there is someone you care for, and you are appreciated on this day for all you do!

Ok, I must go and finished that heel of my Diamond Gansey Sock, I will talk to you all soon.

Happy Knitting,

-Alexis