Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Yarn Along

I made another Terra Shawl. I just love this pattern. It is so simple and the perfect travel knit. I casted it on before we went to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival and knitted it in the car.  I finished it up after we got home.  I used Cascade Yarns Heritage hand painted sock yarn and I just love the colors of it.

And just for fun here is skirt I just made from a knit I made last year with Miss Bab's yarn.
It used to be a tunic, but I ripped the top out and made it a skirt. It is so comfy!  I've been living in it since I modified it.  I tried to show how flowy it is.
The plant that was behind me had tons of bees on it. It worked out great because the kids were terrified of the bees and I was able to get my pictures of my knits. 
Also I found taking pictures of bees to be addictive.

I've been getting a lot of questions about what I bought at the festival.
I got everything on my list, plus a few extra things.

I got these books- you can read about them in this post.

I got lots of yarn and roving!!! The skein of deep purple on the top right is 400 yards (so a regular sized skein). Does that give you an idea of how large the other ones are!  I scored big on the prime alpaca for my Quill.  I was afraid that this project was going to cost me an arm and a leg, but when I saw Tess Designer Yarns was going to have 667 yard skeins of natural alpaca for only $15.00 each guess where my first stop was.  She only had a few of them and I got just about all of them.  Since the price wasn't advertised at the festival and I knew it from her website I grabbed them and wasn't letting go. You should have seen me arms totally full not letting anyone else have any until I knew exactly what ones I wanted.
yarn for my quill 3735 yards of alpaca (should be more than enough)

I got some roving for spinning.

I started spinning this purple roving and I planned on using it for my Shetland Triangle Shawl, but I decided to use this yarn for something else which is not casted on yet.
I have never used linen before, but I have seen a few cute tops and skirts with linen and I thought I'd give it a try.

I couldn't pass up on an affection set from Miss Bab's.

I got another skein of yarn from Miss Bab's and some toys for the boys.  I saw so many other vendors with so many wonderful yarns and it was so hard not to impulse buy.  One of the best parts of the festival is seeing all the hand knits.  I got so many ideas of things to make. I saw one shawl and it made me gasp.  It was so beautiful.  I couldn't get it out of my head.  After a few days I still couldn't get it out of my head and I wrote to the company that had it at their booth (they were sooooo busy at the festival I couldn't ask anyone about the pattern).  I got the most wonderful message back from them saying that they did the same thing. They saw it and it took her 3 years to find the pattern.  Trust me the pictures on Ravelry do NOT do this pattern any justice.  I am making it my personal mission to knit this shawl up and get some beautiful pictures of it.  I know you want to know the pattern...Lyra.  But trust me the in person is so much better.

I am doing a KAL with The Girl's in Sheep Clothing....and a few boys too.  We are knitting the Shetland Triangle Lace Shawl.  I am using Cascade Heritage sock yarn. I love the color.  This is a great lace shawl project. It has rows of knitting and purling in it. Woo hoo for that.  The pattern is very well written and so easy to follow. I have actually finished the pattern....but you can make it as large as you want by repeating the chart, so I am going to keep going until I run out of yarn.

And just to be crazy I have a second project on my needles. I am more of a one project at a time girl, but I really need some hand knits I can wear in this warmer weather, so I am making a Plivver top.  Right now I am doing the ribbing and it is nice to work on and cuddle on the couch with the boys with.  The Shetland Triangle pattern isn't really hard to keep in my head, but I am finding the ribbing to be a little easier to pick up and put down.  I am using Madelintosh light for this top and I am loving it.  It is so soft and I love the color.

For reading my boys picked out "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein at the library.

And look how official I am! I bought a yarn along bag from Lori.  I love it! I have been taking it everywhere with me and it is just perfect! Thank you Lori!!!  I have said my times if it wasn't for Ginny's Yarn Along I would probably make three hats a year and maybe a shawl. But this Yarn Along motivates me to always have something to share and I get so many great ideas for what everyone else is working on how can I slow down?!  Plus the amazing people I have met on the Yarn Along. That is a huge bonus.

And just in case you missed my pictures of Swag yesterday here is one more.

Joining Ginny's Yarn Along


MarmePurl said...

Love that fun skirt!
linen has a very different texture...especially for one who is used to the lovely softness of alpaca...but it makes for beautiful garments. I will look forward to seeing what becomes of it.
Happy Knitting!

karen said...

wow! you did score some nice stuff at the Maryland Sheep and Wool! Love the skirt and now I'm off to stalk your ravelry page to find it....

Shirley Ann Vels said...

I love your shawl and your Yarn Along bag that you bought! I didn't know Lori made them - so lovely!

Meadow said...

That skirt rocks! Lovely photos.

Lisa @ HappyinDoleValley said...

Gorgeous yarns and knits -- such wonderful finds! And your skirt is just too cute. :)

Jess said...

This is my first visit here, I found you via Yarn Along, but I have found a kindred spirit! I'll definitely be back.
I have a deep and abiding love for Prime Alpaca, that shawl will be so wonderful!

momto5 said...

love the skirt, looks wonderful and the pictures of your bees... fab! love all that yarn and roving you got.

Debbie said...

gorgeous andee....i think the skirt is my favorite!!

i know about bees ;))))

Lori ann said...

love ALL your knits and woolly finds! i have had quill queued forever, it is going to the top now, your colors are so gorgeous for it! so glad you were able to use the bag (and at the festival too!)

Plain and Joyful Living said...

How wonderful to have been able to attend the festival. Your knitting is just beautiful.

Sarah said...

WOW, love your color choices for yarn! Your shawl is just gorgeous; blogs like yours are totally inspiring to me to keep improving and pushing myself to pick bigger and harder projects!

Susan said...

*Loved* this post! Your cowl is gorgeous, and I love your swing-y skirt...and the bee photos, and books, and yarn. Fabulous! : )