Friday, September 23, 2016

Beautiful Creations

Here are some fo's made from yarn from the farm, made by a true appreciator of Whispering Pines Soft Shetland Wool:

I am just amazed by her skill and creativity.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Barn Hat Pattern

Was asked on numerous occasions for my barn hat pattern that I make with my homespun, so here it is:

Size 6 circular needle, mine is 16" from one tip to the other.  Cast on 90.
K1P1 for 5 inches if you want a brim, 2.5 inches if you want a skull cap.  I usually use two needles held together for the casting on so that the edge isn't really tight to the head.
Then place marker and switch to stockinette stitch for 4 inches.  Then begin the decreases, *Knit 3 knit 2   together* repeat between ** to end of row. Then knit 2 rows in stockinette.  Then *knit 2 knit 2 together* repeat between ** to end of row.  Then knit 2 more rows in stockinette.  At this point you may want to switch to double pointed needles size 6 still.  Then *knit 1 knit 2 together* repeat between ** to end of row, knit 2 rows stockinette.  Then knit 2 together all the way around, pick up the stitches with a sewing needle, draw it tight and knot it off.
I don't write patterns, so if I used the wrong symbols or something, I apologize.  Enjoy!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Fingerlakes Fiber Festival 2016

Great weekend at Fingerlakes Fiber Festival.  Weather held out for us, forecast for Sunday was thunderstorms all day, but we lucked out. 

I packed up the van on Friday and made the 90 minute drive to the fairgrounds to set up and enter our fleeces in the Fleece Show and Sale.

Here is the booth all ready to go:

Great to see my fiber friends and make a few new ones.  I always enjoy introducing people to our soft, bouncy Shetland wool.  One of my spinning/knitting customers brought in this lovely shawl she made from Frangelico, a fawn kat ewe:

So pretty and wonderfully crafted.

I'll be at WNY Fiberfest next Saturday if the weather is fine, its outdoors at Emery Park, really nice venue.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

WSWF Fleece Competition

Very proud to have been awarded ribbons for our fleeces under judge Letty Klein.  I didn't get to see the judging as I was busy in the vendor stall, but Rich was there and was really happy with her response to our hard work to achieve fleeces with character (her words).  Would love to hear from anyone who took one of our fleeces home, I hope you like them!