Every year when the first leaves turn, especially the ones that turn red, I get the autumnal equivalent of Spring Fever. It only lasts for the warm days with low sunshine and a certain dryness to the air. Then one day it rains, and it’s all over. Leaves are wet on the ground, the sky is overcast and socks become a necessity. This year I turned that energy into trying to spin the colors which inspired me the most. Today I finished plying almost 800 yards of this yarn. I loved the art of creating this. I think I will knit it up in a panel of all seed stitch once the twist has been set. What do you think?
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October 14, 2013
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It’s been a busy week for everyone. No sooner was the recent customer projects blog posted, than more new finished projects came through the door. Jamie finished her first skein of handspun last night with 180 yards from four ounces of roving–very impressive. I discovered I need to dye one more ounce of solid roving before I can finish the Spinning Autumn project. Suzy is knitting for Ellie–dogs need to stay warm, too! Cheryl learned Judy’s magic cast on and how to make a hexapuff (bee keepers quilt) which means she can now make a toe up sock or top down mittens! Bev and I are beginning the Accumulate Shawl–wanted to do that for awhile now. Photos below!
xx M.E. And Summit Yarn
October 5, 2013
Everyone has been busy, in just about every fiber media. Catherine adopted a Great Wheel and wants to figure out the how of it. Cheryl is knitting scarves and cowls and baby things. Maggie is designing a cowl from Bright Charcoal Calligraphy (Collinette). Jan has finally conquered knitting in the round and magic loop to her satisfaction. Gayle is hooked on Jitterbug scarves in just about every color made. Rikki is making an afghan for her sons dorm room with a beautiful yarn from Kraemer Textiles (the company is right here in PA). Kathy is working on two scarves, each from Handspun she found here at Summit Yarn. Jamie has a secret project, a blanket in progress (too hot right now), and is spinning her heart out, with almost one full bobbin ready. Martha is working on socks as far as I know. Suzy is on striped sweaters of every kind and churning them out right and left. Robin has begun her first hat of the season. Tola is making hexipuffs faster than I can keep up with her. Devon is crocheting hats that are adorable on kids (donkey, sheep, cow–photos below). I am hunting Kool Aid packets–specifically dark cherry, lemonade, and any greens that can be found. I have a shawl to finish this weekend and then I would like to go back and finish the Amy Detjen shawl I began this summer — at the halfway point but got distracted– SQUIRREL! The Pat and Carol show came by yesterday. Carol wants to make a blanket and the Lilia Hyrna shawl. Pat has a cowl pattern she is still hunting for the right yarn and a number of other ideas she stocked up to complete. Like I said, everyone is into it and that pleases my soul no end! Photos below.
October 5, 2013
October 3, 2013
As you know, I have been carding and spinning and sometimes knitting the roving that has chosen not to leave Summit Yarn. There wasn’t much, but it has been an adventure. Today I took apart the one ounce packages of pencil roving from Pagewood Farms. Now I have eight ounces of rolags waiting to become a self-striping yarn. See photo if fluffy stuff below.
This morning finished binding off the Sunrise Shawlette. It has given me a new idea/concept for a yoke sweater. The other task this morning was to weigh out roving to blend with 100% Yak–some in cream and some in brown. So that still needs to be blended…but I am all blended out for today.
Now for a little quality spinning time before it’s time to go home for the day!
xx M.E. And Summit Yarn
September 10, 2013
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This summer we, as a family, enlarged our circle of comfort and learned how to do some new things. I returned to my golf game…but now instead of just huz giving advice, son has jumped on the bandwagon as well. Still can’t hit a drive beyond 50 feet but I can putt better than both of them. Brian graduated from State Trooper Camp Cadet and gave one of the commencement speeches. VERY PROUD MOMENT. While there he learned to fire a .22 rifle. So we joined the Factoryville Sportsmens Club and are learning marksmanship. We also attended the US OPEN (tennis) where because of rain we got to watch about 17 minutes of tennis. We managed to lose Gary and son was convinced we would never find him. I replied: it’s been 24 years, and I haven’t lost him yet, not even in Disney World. We could not call his cell because he left it with Brian (don’t ask). Then we couldn’t stay in our seats where he left us because of bad weather (Rule Number One: stay put). So we exited the stadium and I sat down to gather my thoughts. It occurred to me I could have him paged over the p.a. System and was trying to think up something funny to have them say. As I tilted my head, deep in evil thought, there he was over by the Polo store…right across from us. On the way home, we met Huz’s dad at the Tick Tock Diner in NJ for dinner.
Most of the roving at the studio has sold for spinning although I have a great supply of roving from Martha Wells. There is plain wool and some blended with Llama (soooo soft).
The lonely roving I have been spinning up into yarn. Some I have plied and some is either DK or lace weight singles. The ones that are ready for sale I did in self-striping sequences. There is one skein still drying that will be variegated.
NEWS FLASH: There are Opal sample sock pairs for sale in time for your holiday gift giving ($35 a pair). I also acquired an antique circular sock knitting machine so soon you will be able to order socks to fit you in yarns of your choosing. More on that soon.
While assembling the work bench for the sock machine, I came up with three bad nuts. I dare you to find a way to tell someone you need three new nuts without them laughing at you. Jamie was along for that adventure and yes, she found my nuts.
August 20, 2013
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The last two days I have been working on this mitten, as you know. The cuff went fine and fast. I began the hand in the evening, fussing with my cat about where the chart could lay…not on my lap. Once we got that settled I dug in. Then I looked and thought I had made a mistake. I didn’t but my eyes had started reading the chart on a higher line. So I dropped sts down and picked up to fix the nonexistent mistake. Ten minutes later I saw my real error but I liked the transposition of sections in the chart and it wasn’t a real catastrophe so I kept on. There is another error–see if you can find it in the photos below!
However, I finished the mitten this morning and it fits like I want it to–so pleased.
Hope your fiber arts are taking you happy places!
xx M.E. and Summit Yarn
August 15, 2013
Today I began the final pattern handout from attending Meg Swansen’s Knitting Camp back in June. The pattern was written by her mother, and is called “Norwegian Mittens”. Meg described as looking like a snow laden pine tree. I went non-traditional and chose a pale green for the tree and shocking pink as the background–looks very retro and gives a very old pattern a modern look. I extended the cuff and may have gotten carried away, but I have long arms and I was really enjoying the cuff patterns. Decide for yourself what you would do differently with the photo below. I am just starting the hand portion and will learn something EZ is calling the THUMB TRICK in the hand out. More to follow tomorrow.
For anyone who is interested, I have some sample socks knit in Opal yarn (matching pairs) for sale, $35 a pair. They will fit a ladies size 9 or larger.
Take care and Knit On!
M.E. and Summit Yarn