Linen Stitch Scarf WIP

I have a lot of fingering weight yarn left over from different projects, and they really don’t go together, with the exception of a linen stitch scarf.  Here’s the yarn I’m working with.

See?  Not really a matching set.  The purple/blue is from Allie’s dress, the brown is from a pair of socks I knit for a friend, and the multi-ball is from a pair of socks that I knit for myself. 

But, when they come together, the effect is quite interesting. 

It’s sort of pretty.  You make the fringe as you go along, so you don’t have any ends to weave in.  Interested in the pattern?  It’s available for $5.00 on Ravelry.  Is it worth $5.00?  I’m not sure, but I don’t mind supporting a knitting pattern designer.

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The Kutztown Folk Festival 2013

Last year I went to the Kutztown Folk Festival with Joan, and I went back this year today!  It was a nice way to spend the Fourth of July.  My DH came along, too, which surprised me.  He mostly came for the food, and that’s fine!  There”s a lot of good food there.  It was mostly the same stuff as last year, but it was nice to revisit the vendors that I enjoyed then, though. 

I didn’t take The Beast (my DSLR camera), but rather just my point and shoot.  It was too hot to lug a big camera around, plus I figured it would be the same pictures again.  Still, here are a few shots of the day.

 Naturally dyed wool.  I love this yarn, but it was really expensive, so I passed.
 Freshly made hand-cut potato chips.  My DH and split them and they were delicious!
 There was a petting zoo again!  I think the goats are my favorite.
I guess the straw inside the pen wasn’t good enough for these three freshly sheared sheep.
 
 This kid was absolutely too cute not to take a photo of.

Ah!  Now for my purchases.  I bought some roving and yarn from the same vendor as last year.  The stand is owned by two women who work as a cooperative.  The roving is from Karakul sheep from The Wool Garden.  The yarn (I have a thing for black and pink lately for some reason) is from The Wool Garden as well.

The Kutztown Folk Festival runs until July 7, 2013.  If you are in the area or in eastern PA, I suggest you check it out.

Yarn Mill Ends

I have discovered yarn mill ends.  I often walked by them at A.C. Moore and passed them apprehensively.  It wasn’t until I saw that a fellow crafter had bought a bag of really cool fancy red yarn for really cheap did I become interested in it.

I bought some on Sunday. I got two one pound bags of yarn.  They were each $6.99.  Seriously, that cheap?!  Just because this stuff came at the end of a dye lot or the manufacturer had more than the order?  Some ball of yarn cost that much or more! Granted sometimes the quality is rarely not a nice, my online research reveals, but yarn ends usually are just as good as the non-mill ends, also according to said research.

I knit a scarf for my DH in the gray multi.  I think it’s a wool blend, at least that’s what the bag hints at.  It’s really pretty and you wouldn’t have known it was bargain yarn.

The orange stuff is a thick/think type yarn.  Very cool, and I’m excited to see how it knits up.

Mill ends are also great for charity knitting or for teaching someone how to knit or crochet.  Think about it, you get a lot of yarn for cheap, and you’re not making a huge investment. 

Next you you pass those bags screaming FASHION PLUS MILL ENDS on them, take a look.  There may be some cheap and interesting stuff in there. 

Handspun Hat

I finally put some of the handspun I made on my drop spindle to good use.  I knit myself a hat, of course.

I used the three skeins that I have acquired through spinning of the natural wool roving I had been working with.I love the natural rustic colors with the unevenness of the yarn.  It’s cool, I like it, and it’s mine.

Here’s the nitty gritty on Ravelry, if you are interested.

If you are a spinner, what have you created from your own handspun?

Views from SAFONA

 The Fifth Annual SAFONA Fiber Festival was quite lovely!  It was a tad smaller than it was last year, but there were some familiar faces and new people to strike up a conversation with.

 What was remarkable about this year’s SAFONA festival was that my DH VOLUNTARILY…I repeat…VOLUNTARILY came along.  His reasoning?  He was wanted to show more of an interest in what it is that I do, and I appreciate that. I think he had fun, too.

 I have a strategy when I go to events like this.  I first make my lap, see what there is and what’s available, and then make my purchasing decisions.  I did not buy any yarn, but I did buy some lovely roving to work with on my drop spindle. 

I love seeing the bunnies there.  Once again, there was a lady sitting and spinning directly from the angora rabbit sitting on her lap.  This bunny here was waiting his turn.  The DH and I got to pet him.

Very nice festival!  It’s not big, but there is a lot of stuff there.  I was in fiber heaven.

Want more information?  Here are some links.

Yarn is not a dog toy.

We made it to the Outer Banks!  It’s beautiful here.  We had a good trip down, and are getting ready to settle in for the evening meal. 

This is also my first experience knitting with a dog around.  Alfred is my aunt and uncle’s dog, and is on vacation with us.  He was quite curious when I got some ruffle yarn out to start knitting, and the proceeded to stick his head in my knitting bag and got out the most expensive ball of yarn in the bag, of course.  It’s a ball of Malabrigo Worsted Merino wool yarn.  Gorgeous stuff.  Luckily, I got it away from him before any damage can be done.  Alfred is a golden retriever and has a soft mouth characteristic of bird dogs.  He also has the sweetest personality and disposition.  I am going to have to be careful when knitting around him, or when he’s more comfortable and less curious about what I’m doing.  In the meantime, everything’s going to be sealed plastic bags and in a zipped tote.

Now, YOU win something!

Ludicraft is coming up on it’s 150th post!  To celebrate, I thought I’d have a quick contest/giveaway.  Interested?  If you are, leave me a comment below.  Here’s the awesome stuff you could win!

  1. A skein/ball/hank of NICE new yarn.
  2. A small knit item by yours truly.
  3. Some coffee or tea (specify which in your comment)
  4. A signed 4×6 print of the sunflower photo, without the watermark, of course. 

Sound good?  Great!  Leave me a comment below with your e-mail or Ravelry account name, and tell me if you like coffee or tea.  Follow me via the Google button on the right or on Facebook for another entry each!  Just be sure to leave a  separate comment to tell me you did so.  That’s three chances to enter!  Please, only one comment, “Like,” and Follow per person.  The winner will be decided through a random number generator.   The contest ends on Sunday, September 16th at 11:59 PM EST.