Finally precipitation that I don’t have to shovel!

Things are starting to get busier.  Since the weather has been so nice I’ve been busy doing yard work.  I can only to a little at a time, but it shows. And I even got the bare spots raked out and reseeded.  Now if it would rain, gently!

I’ve also been busy dyeing yarn at the studio with my sister, Cindy.  Last week we dyed about 90 skeins of rayon, rayon/bamboo and cotton yarns.

We are getting ready for the Andover Crafts in the Park on Mother’s Day.  We are so hoping it’s a nice day for Mother’s Day.  We’ve had everything from a hurricane to perfect 80F sunny weather.

I have also been knitting up a storm.  I finished a pair of socks finally.  The pattern is Spiral Eyelet Sock Pattern from Ravelry.  I don’t remember the yarn but it was in my stash.

I have another pair of plain socks started too.  I always need a pair of socks on the needles.  It’s my go to project.  These are just my plain go to socks.  I am knitting them out of the Wildfoote in Forget Me Not marled blues that I got in the Spa Swap.  They are knitting up fast and will be so pretty.

I also recently finished a shawl that I knit for one of my god daughters, who is getting married in October.  Her gown is a strapless ivory gown so I thought a shawl would be appropriate.  This too was a ravelry pattern that I increased the number of repeats to make it bigger.  It was knit with a natural merino/silk blend yarn from my stash.

Pattern:  Percy

This is an intermediate lace pattern, and I am so happy with the way it turned out.  I almost tossed it in the trash unfinished a few times.  The Frost Flower pattern in the middle goes in both directions so I really had to concentrate and focus on it while knitting.  Definitely NOT a social project.

I have also been trying to come up with simple patterns of my own for some knitting kits that include my hand dyed yarns.

This one is very a very simple garter stitch shawlette

On top of all of the dyeing and knitting.  I’ve also been spinning a bit, but haven’t had a chance to take any pics of the new handspun yarns.

I am going to be teaching two Learn to Spindle classes.  One on Sunday May, 22nd from 2:30pm until 4:30pm at The Woolpack in Acton, MA, the other class will be on Wednesday evening, June 1st, at the Tyngsboro Library from 6:30 until 8:30pm.  I am sure there are places still open so if you are interesting check it out.

I am also going to be working temporarily at the American Textile Museum for two days as a Colonial woman demonstrating spinning and ‘teaching’ weaving on small table looms for a gaggle of 5th graders.  This should be interesting and fun.

Oh! and there are going to be some changes at the studio coming in June. The lease is up and I really wanted to stay but my sister is leaving, and so is my friend Alicia.  I really couldn’t justify carrying the studio all by myself so Rachel and I have decided to team up and she will be moving down from the 5th floor into Studio 206!  YAY!  It will be fun to have another fiber person sharing the space.  Now I need to get busy and do some major Spring Cleaning to make room for Rachel and all her lovely yarns, hand knits and fibers.

Don’t forget the Studio is Open on the first Saturday of every month.  And the next one coming up is on Saturday, May 7th.  Hope to see you there!

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3 responses to “Finally precipitation that I don’t have to shovel!

  1. I did a spinning demonstration and weaving workshop at my daughter’s school when she was in 5th grade. That is a fantastic age to work with for things like that, because they have the manual dexterity to do it but it is still before they are too cool to be seen doing such a thing. :)

  2. Oh, I’m so happy you found a studiomate!

    The new yarns look amazing. Good luck on Mother’s day. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for good weather.

  3. Ohhh! That shawl came out just beautifully! Nice work.

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