#yarnlovechallenge wrap up

The #yarnlovechallenge was a photo-a-day project hosted by Mary Heather Browne and Christina B of Ravelry.


I loved seeing everyone’s choices for the prompts! I can’t keep up with these type of “challenges” every month, but it’s nice to have prompts every once in awhile to help me post more regularly.

FFNE Recap

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth at this year’s Fiber Festival of New England. We had great crowds both days of the festival and I’m still readjusting to my usual work schedule. Show prep can be a bit hectic and I’m enjoying being able to plan new things and do regular, everyday tasks. Like blogging! Which I am very, very bad about doing regularly. Now that I have a new phone with an excellent camera, I’m hoping to at least keep you apprised of my latest projects. I’m back at the dye pots this week and will photographing and listing new items by Friday.

Last Week Chez Play – Socks!

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I finally finished a pair of socks! Sprightly Socks has a very easy-to-memorize slipped stitch pattern which made KIPing easy. And I successfully turned my second Fish Lips Kiss Heel with only one holey gap while dragging this project to the bus stop everyday. They’re a little snug to get on and I wish I hadn’t gone down a needle size for the ribbing, but they fit! And they’re warm. The yarn is Darkwing Duck, dyed by Shameless Twist for the Tripping Yarn Balls Retro Toons club. I love how variegated yarn works with this pattern.

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We enjoyed our last night at the drive-in for this season. I was able to finish the cuff of my next sock project before it got dark. Shazbat is the free Mystery Sock pattern for this round of the Sock Knitters Anonymous Sock Down. I highly recommend participating in SKA if you love knitting socks OR want to learn to knit socks. Each month’s Sock Down focuses on a different feature or skill such as colorwork, cables, lace, self-striping yarn, using leftovers. And there are prizes from lots of great dyers (like me!) This yarn is Gemini dyed by Tyrannosaurus Knits for the Tripping Yarn Balls Zodiac Club. Minty green like Doublemint gum (get it?)

Last Week Chez Play

Last Week at PAL 7/14/14

Oh, hey! I haven’t blogged since February.

I joined a discussion with some online friends about blogging this morning and I admitted to being a terrible blogger.  I’m just not very wordy! I do post a lot of pictures on my Instagram account so I suggested a weekly photo recap, highlighting what I’d been doing in the studio, and out and about in the past week. That idea went over well so here you go!

My husband was on vacation last week so I took a break from dyeing. We did some work around the house, went to the beach a couple of times, and did some Geocaching. It was a very relaxing mini vacation!

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1. I got some spinning WIPs off the bobbin just in time Tour de Fleece. Right is  4oz, ~150yds two ply Merino/bamboo/silk in Jewels from All for the Love of Yarn. Left is one of my gradients. I had a short 3oz braid of Redleaf on yak/merino top which I turned into ~300yds of fingering weight goodness. I love this fiber blend. This is my favorite handspun so far!

2. I was able to do a bit of thrifting and found these awesome cloth napkins

3. We went to the beach which resulted in this obligatory, dorky beach selfie.

4. I finished a huge bobbin of border leicester cross singles for the Tour! I’m working from clean fleece and flicking locks out as I go. It’s rather time consuming! I need to invest in some combs.

2013 – Life as a Yarnie

2013 was filled with a lot of personal ups and downs Chez Play. But there was always yarn and fiber to wind, dye, and label. Thankfully, I have Instagram to document the daily goings-on of a full-time “yarnie.”

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR, PALers! Here’s to another 12 months of fluffy color and steamy dye pots.

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May Wrap Up – Festivals!

I love small, local fiber festivals. Especially the RI Wool and Fiber Festival at the Coggeshall Farm Museum. The grounds are beautiful, there’s a kids’ craft tent (that my oldest loves), and The Knitaholics always have a sit and knit spot. Plus the spinning guild does a sheep to shawl demo and the Plouffe’s food truck is there with yummy barbeque and baked potatoes that are bigger than your head.

I usually share vending space with my friend Lisa of Autumn Olive and Katy Wescott. This was the first year vending in my own 10’x10′ space! I overestimated how much product I would need to fill the space.

But that meant I had plenty for the next weekend! Though it was a rather hot day, RIWFF was fun and relaxing as usual.

On to the MA Sheep and Woolcraft Fair in Cummington, MA. I was pretty nervous about a two day festival with my kids in tow. Which resulted in me messing up a bunch of little things. I had so much product and display stuff that we needed a larger vehicle to get there. The rental fee for an SUV or van would have been prohibitive. So we rented the largest car we could get and divided the kids and product between the rental and our Saturn. This set up was on the verge of being to small. With some rather puzzle-like packing, we were able fit everything we remembered to bring.

I say remembered because I didn’t make a packing list. And despite leaving them next to all the other things we needed to bring, we forgot to bring the legs for the grid wall pieces. And my sign. Thankfully, I had picked up some clothesline and a bunch of zip ties. I love zip ties! We strapped the grid wall together in a zig zag. My husband tied some loops into the clothes line and we used the zip ties, S-hooks, and ribbon I brought to hang the fiber. I really liked this on-the-fly set up.

The first day was very hot. We drank a lot of water and my kids were very happy that the play area was shaded well. Apparently, this was the first year for the play area. It happened to be just behind our spot which saved my youngest from extreme boredom. He was in and out of there all day!

He was less enthusiastic about it the next day. By the end of day two, the allure of out trip had worn off and the boys were back to bickering and poking at each other constantly. We were all beat and happy to sleep in our own beds that night. And ecstatic that the next day was a work and school-free day. We needed the day of rest!

And it’s taken me this long to wind down enough to make a blog post 😀 I assume, next year will be easier for us. I hope so, since I already booked a spot in Cummington!