I'm going to continue writing about the vendors I saw at the Madrona Fiber Festival in Tacoma, WA.
RainShadow Yarn, from Kingston, WA carries specially spun yarn and rovings from fiber from their own sheep and wool from other Pacific Northwest farms.
The unspun fiber was just beautiful.
The Artful Ewe, from Port Gamble, WA carries beautiful hand dyed yarns
and fibers for spinning, knitting, and weaving.
Abstract Fiber, from Portland, OR carried handpainted yarns and fibers.
I mean, just look at these colors:
Black Water Abbey Yarns from Aurora, CO bucked the local fiber trend and carried yarns imported from Ireland.
They had a nice selection of patterns to support the yarns. You could see the garments knit up, and even try them on.
I will continue my Madrona posts tomorrow.
On to my own knitting!
I knew I shouldn't have posted that I had gotten the Smaug Socks pattern under control. Somehow, I had reduced the gusset too much, and was short the correct number of stitches in the feet. I have lost quite a bit of weight since last summer, and this has really slimmed down my feet (why can't it affect my waist and big butt as much?), but although I could still get the socks on, they were a bit tight. Because I have sock group deadlines, I was tempted to just keep going, finish them and deal with it all later, but I was afraid that I wouldn't deal with it, and just end up giving the socks away. I really love this pattern and the sock color. I took a big breath and frogged back quite a few rows.
I also started a pair of fingerless mitts. These use the Toast pattern by Leslie Friend. These are for the Quidditch Challenge 3 which is a partner challenge. We have to find a partner, pick a pattern jointly, then both modify the pattern. When I say I am using the Toast pattern, I say that in the loosest way. The pattern is for "fingerless mitts." Really just 2 tubes of knitting. I don't think I am breaking any copyright rules here by saying the pattern states something like, "cast on X stitches, divide over 3 needles, knit in the round for Y inches." I am using some mystery yarn from my stash that I got in a School Charity Auction Basket years and years ago that doesn't quite make the gauge. So my first modification is to cast on extra stitches. Mod #2 is that I am knitting mine in a ribbed pattern (KKP). Mod #3 will be that I plan to make them a bit shorter than the pattern length. I also hope to donate these to charity, and get a Quidditch Charity Bonus. This is perfect brainless knitting so I can do it while watching NCIS with the Doc tomorrow night if I haven't finished them by then. The yarn is pretty, though, and I think they will look very nice when I am done.
Back to the Smaug Socks.
shaping the planet with frogged socks.
|knitting at Madrona|