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2017 Virginia Yarn Crawl

I little over a week ago, the hubby and I made an impromptu trip to the Virginia mountains for a yarn crawl. I had randomly come across the event on Facebook, after being sad that I missed the WNC (Western North Carolina) yarn crawl the week prior. Thankfully my husband is super supportive and was all for it! It helps that our favorite winery, Rockbridge Vineyards is right in the area too. We only made it to a handful of the 11 participating stores, since I had prior commitments for earlier in the weekend. But I bought a ton of yarn, we bought a ton of wine, and we had a blast!

Of course, the bummer, is that I hurt my back right after, so I haven’t been able to knit since we were there!! I think I am on the mend, so hopefully I will have some new projects to share soon. In the meantime, here are some pics of the trip, as well as links to places we visited.

First stop, Rockbridge Vineyard. Seriously, check them out. Their Jeremiah’s is a fave, but nothing is bad.

Next up, Backstitches Yarn Shop in Lynchburg, VA. This is the source of my yarn crawl info. A random Facebook ad from a shop I had forgotten I followed. Lucky for me though! I didn’t take nearly enough pictures, but I scored a gorgeous pink wool yarn and the softest orange cotton. I go for bright colors.

After making a gas stop (and finding wine shots, as my hubby deemed them), we made it to That Yarn Shop in Fishersville, VA. I took more pictures here, but my camera decided I didn’t need them. Its okay though, it saved that terrible picture of me! Each yarn shop had their own yarn for the crawl, along with a pattern to knit with it. So cool!  I bought more pink yarn, of course, as well as a pretty blue cotton.

Last stop was Laughing Sheep Yarns in Charlottesville, VA. I may have lost my mind a bit here. Whoops. I was tired at this point, I blame that. I bought a lot of yarn. At this point I also stopped making up projects I was getting the yarn for. Let’s be serious, I bought it because it is pretty and I want it. So are you ready to see the purchases?

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No idea what I’m making next. But I’ll let you know as soon as I do. Next year, we vow to conquer the whole crawl! In the meantime, I have some stash busting to do. Happy yarns!

Free Pattern Tuesday!

I know. I should do these on Friday. But Friday is supposed to be Finished Object Friday (not that I have been able to post on a Friday yet), so we will just have to figure out a better title together.

Also, I want to take a moment to apologize for my absence. My trip to Asheville really set me behind on my schedule! The hubby and I had a blast though, so totally worth it. Now. On to the good stuff.

Free knitting pattern!!!! Spring time seems to equal baby time, so here is a quick pattern for a color block baby blanket. I emphasize quick. In case you are down to a few days before a gift is required. I’ve been there. This is seriously quick, but feel free to scale down if you need it done even faster.

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Materials:

  • 3 skeins in coordinating colors Caron Simply Soft 100% acrylic (250 yards/141.7g) Yarn weight 4 – Medium
  • U.S. size 11 (8mm) circular needles (for width)
  • Row counter (optional)

Gauge:

12 stitches and 22 rows = 4” (10 cm) in garter stitch

Blanket:

Using first color, cast on 80 stitches, doubling the yarn (pulling from both ends of skein)

 

Knit every row, slipping first stitch purlwise. After knitting 40 rows, switch colors. Continue until all 3 colors have been used. The cast off.

Finishing:

Weave in ends. Final dimensions 25″ square.

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There you have it. A quick baby blanket that is the perfect size for a car seat or stroller. Caron Simply Soft is machine washable and dryable (one of the reasons I absolutely love it), plus you can find more color variety than you can with most baby yarns. It holds up extremely well and has been kid tested. Happy knitting!

 

 

5th Annual Powhatan’s Festival of Fiber (Wrap-up)

Wooo, it was HOT on Saturday. The heat wiped both me and the hubby out for the rest of the day. It probably saved my pocketbook from being completely emptied, but don’t fret, I still bought plenty of gorgeous yarn that I (mostly) have no idea what I am going to do with. I gathered up a group of friends, my mother, and the husband and proceeded to drag everyone from booth to booth while I tried not to sweat on the wool. Don’t worry, there were sno cones, gelato, and chocolate covered cheesecake on a stick to help keep everyone cool. In the interest of keeping my appetite under control, I decided against including food pictures (but it was good)! Now I can’t wait for next year!!

Free Pattern Tuesday!

I know. I couldn’t think up a fancy alliteration title, and I didn’t want to wait until Friday. I just finished up a custom order for a cowl/hood and I thought I would share the love and pass on the pattern to you! I know, it is spring here in the Northern Hemisphere, but you never know when you need a little warmth (or plans for fall projects).

The pattern is from years ago and until someone dug up an old picture and asked if I could make another one, I hadn’t knit this hood for at least 3 or 4 years. But I fell in love with it all over again! This knits up super quick, so it is great if you need something finished fast.

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Materials:

2 Skeins Loops & Threads Charisma (109 yds/100 g) Yarn weight – 5 Bulky

US Size 15 (10 mm) straight needles

Gauge:

10 stitches and 16 rows = 4” (10 cm) in garter stitch

Cowl:

Cast on 38 stitches

Every row: Slip first stitch purl-wise, knit to end

Once piece measures roughly 24″ cast off, leaving long tail

Use tail to sew ends together

Notes:

Finished dimensions are 12″ wide by 12″ tall

I hope you enjoy! Looking for more patterns? Click here to see my patterns, as well as kits that come with the pattern, yarn, knitting needles, and everything else you need to knit up a project. Happy knitting!

 

Knitter’s Block

It hits us all at one time or another. Whether you can’t seem to finish a project before moving on to something else, or you just can’t seem to figure out what to knit, knitter’s block is a nightmare. What’s the last project that I actually finished? This shawl below:

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And while it is great, here is a portion of what I have on the needles currently:

A future shawl, cowl, super scarf (all new patterns), and a washcloth (for when you just need to finish something already). Since these picture were taken, the cowl lost a fight with a magazine in my knitting back (rookie mistake, I know) and has since been frogged all the way back to nothing. Does that even count as frogging? If you remove every stitch? The shawl has reached a point where I am 85% sure I am going to run out of yarn before I finish. The super scarf hasn’t been touched, and I’m about 10 rows further in on the washcloth. You know, that thing that should make you feel better because at least you finished something. Maybe I should have aimed even lower and knitted a coaster. Don’t worry, though, I bought a massive amount of new yarn this weekend. Because even if you can’t stash bust, you can still always add to it!

Back to working on that washcloth. Because I’ll be damned if I am not going to finish something for Finished Object Friday this week!

What do you do when you just can’t seem to see a project through to the end?