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A Hodge Podge Of Stuff

This is a quick post to share some of my favorite things and some brand new things. A while back, Sue from my knitting group made all of us a project bag. I love this bag. It’s perfect for taking my socks (I always have a sock project) with me whenever I can. The fabric is a pretty paisley and it has a drawstring to close. She also made us beautiful stitch markers. 

Next up is a notions bag that Ann, another friend in my knitting group made for us. Such talent! This bag is leather like, feels buttery soft and plush. It has a zipper closure and is full lined. And most importantly, it fits everything a knitter needs. 


And lastly, I ordered some bare yarn from knit picks. I wanted to give dyeing my own yarn a try. I purchased bare Natural Felici (sigh) a Natural Bare stroll sock blank and a Sophia Alpaca Cloud Fingering Yarn. I have kool aid and jacquard dyes. I tried the kool aid method, next up the acid dyes. 

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Long Island Livestock’s 4th Annual Wool Party

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Hello gorgeous!

 

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Lol

 

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Stitch markers

 

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I didn’t get the discount advertised, but I’ll still get some gorgeous socks out of this llama and silk yarn.

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Fleece & fiber

 

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Smooches

imageLong Island Livestock is always a good time. The animals are always in a good mood, people are friendly and the goods are, of course, to die for. Tabbethia offers raw fiber, beautiful yarn, body butters, pillows, bags, stitch markers…so, so much.

She holds several Open House days throughout the year. Follow Long Island Livestock on Facebook and Instagram so as not to miss the next one.

 

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Long Island Fleece And Fiber Fair

This was our third year at this fair.  I picked up some sock ,yarn from Loolimom Fiber Arts and also from Groovy Hues Fibers. As always, Tabbethia of Long Island Livestock was there sharing her knowledge and love of llamas. It’s always a fun time. If you can make it next year, please do. Do a little wine tasting while you’re here and enjoy the beautiful North Fork of Long Island.

Groovy Hues Fibers

 

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Alpaca love

 

 

Llamas

 

Natural dyeing

A little cashmere, a little wool and a little nylon= a great sock!

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My First Fair Isle Project Completed

img_0390I am so happy with the way this tam turned out. The pattern was easy to follow and the video tutorial was a great added bonus. It wasn’t difficult at all. What it required was my attention. I couldn’t listen to an audio book with this project. I like mindless knitting so, not sure if Fair Isle will be my thing. I do, however love the results. Take a look. Also, my beloved Pyrex bowls make an appearance.

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Knit Night At The Library (Not)

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Knit night at the library turned into “There’s a lecture downstairs  on de cluttering your life.Wanna go?” So, that’s what we did on Tuesday.  I began my first Fair Isle project on Wednesday instead. I’m using wool ease and Patons classic wool. The contrast isn’t as great as I would like, however, I wanted to use what I had in my stash. I’m putting what I learned at the lecture to use. So, my tam will be a subdued, heathery Fair Isle.

It’s going well so far. I’m working on chart #1 right now. I’m a continental knitter and using both hands is a little awkward, but I’ll get used to it.

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The Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair

This year the Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair will be on May 14th & 15th. It is held at the Hallockville Museum and Farm in Riverhead N.Y. They have something for everyone who is interested in any fiber related art.

There will be carding and spinning demonstrations, also knitting, sheep shearing and the llama obstacle course. The llamas and alpacas are my favorites. Apart, of course, from the yarn. The Yarn. The main reason I go. This year’s vendors as of today are:

Angora Online
Bay Haven Short Tails
Blind Buck Farm
Bumble Bee Primitives
Cozy Rabbit Farm
Dan Tracy Designs
Groovy Hues Fibers
Hampton Artistic Yarns
Hamptons Yarn
Long Island Livestock Company
Joy Muller-McCoola/ Sandpiper Yarns
Nuna Knits
The Paisley Studio
Nancy Pearl
Rebecky’s Boutique
Barbara Ringewald, Handweaver
Temptress Yarn
Utopia Bath

FOOD VENDORS

Pizza Rita
Nice Buns Food Truck

I  love this fair. It’s close to home and I never tire of seeing where and how the yarn I use comes to be. If you decide to attend the fair, don’t forget you’re also in wine country. Go visit a vineyard or two.

Anyone coming from New York City can take advantage of this organized bus trip.

BUS TRIP FROM NYC! (Saturday, May 14, 2016 only)

Sit back,  relax and work on your craft project while traveling to the North Fork on a luxury coach bus. The bus will depart Manhattan approximately 8:30am,  and arrive to the LI Fleece and Fiber Fair at approximately 11am. A full schedule of activities, demonstrations and shopping opportunities await you at the Fair.

Tickets include:

  • Round-trip transportation to the North Fork on private coach,
  • Fair admission for one adult; Fair includes a full day of demonstrations, hands-on craft opportunities, fiber vendors with a variety of yarns, supplies and finished products, historic museum tours, and the option for local wine tasting. Local food vendors will have lunch items available for purchase.
  • Gift Bag with freebies, wine tasting, coupons and discounts from Gift Bag Sponsors(to be announced soon) and vendors at the Fair.
  • Pickup up from 40th Street @ 3rd Avenue, Manhattan.
  • Group rate: Call Beth at 631-298-5292 for special pricing for your group of 5 or more.
  • Please note: a minimum number of seats need to be sold in order to cover the cost of chartering the bus. If the minimum number of seats are not sold, the trip will be cancelled and refunds will be issued to purchasers.

Visit the Hallockville Farm and Museum website http://www.Hallockville.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Knit Picks Two At Once, Toe up, Magic Loop socks.

imageI attempted to knit two at a time socks on pair #2 of 2016. I had previously knit a skirt two at a time, and thought I could do this again, Well, the skirt was just two rectangles, it was knit flat and I had an instructor and experienced knitters on hand to help. The socks were a different story.

The toes started out fine. The increases presented no problems whatever. Once I got to the foot, as all sock knitters know, I was on easy street.

The heel is where I ran into trouble. I just could not get it to work. I wound up connecting the socks. I did not realize I needed to work one heel at a time. So, I transferred one sock to another set of circulars and finished them up one at a time. I was determined to try again. I found this pattern on the Knit Picks website.

 

I am giving it a go. I plan to use their Capretta yarn. It is a merino/cashmere/nylon blend.The Bittersweet yarn on my Pair #3 post is the same blend and I absolutely loved knitting with it. The socks feel wonderful. Soft and squishy. Just like I like them.

ETA: It is a cold, snowy, wet Sunday in New York. A perfect pajama and knit day.

 

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Knit night at Starbucks

Tonight was knit night at Starbucks ANDimageimageimage…the beginning of beer and wine being served. Oh yeah! I tried a mermaid Pilsner (I think)

from Brooklyn. It was pretty good. It was served with a small dish of spiced pumpkin

seeds. A nice touch. Now let’s get to knitting. I learned to knit in the round on two circular

needles. I normally use the magic loop method when knitting socks or anytime I’m

knitting in the round and the circumference of the item is smaller than the needles. My

knitting buddies kept saying, ” it’s the same as magic loop”. I just wanted to try the two

circular method. They were right. It’s basically the same thing. I now have that technique

under my belt. I needed to try it for myself. We also looked through a book titled, Textured

Knits. Quick and easy step by step projects by Julia Cooper. Beautiful garments, we oohed

and ahhed. The instruction was clear and the diagram were also clear. I am

looking forward to trying a sweater from this book. Next week we will be meeting in the

local library. Starbucks was a little too crowded tonight. Our Starbucks is small to begin

with and I think the beer and wine will make it harder for us to grab a table for a couple of hours.

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Pair #3 in 2016

This pair of socks is the slip stitch basic heel from the book, Socks from the toe up by Wendy D Johnson. I changed the instep and the leg of the sock to a k3p3 rib. I love them. I’m still trying out different heels to see which I like best. This heel had wraps and turns that the gusset basic sock did not have. The way it wears is image

a concern. From what I hear, the slip stitch heel can better withstand the rubbing/friction from the back of a shoe. We shall see. This yarn was glorious to knit with. It is Bittersweet glamour glams HT. Hand dyed superwash sock yarn. Content is merino/cashmere/nylon. Colorway is Avalon. I purchased it at the NYS sheep and wool festival in Rhinebeck, NY.