Halloween at the PA Renaissance Faire

My friend Joan and I went to the PA Renaissance Faire on their last weekend of the year, Saturday the 29th.  We had a great time!  The wickerman above greeted us as we entered the faire grounds.  The entire property at Mount Hope was PACKED.

We saw a few interesting shows, like the one about falconry.  Below, a handler holds a kestrel, who obviously wants to fly, and they did let her do her thing.

Falconry at the PRF

We also go to see a bit of one of Tartanic‘s shows.  They are a fantastic group featuring two traditional drummers and two bagpipers.  Very cool!  Here, their vendor wench, Annika, does some belly dance moves while balancing a sword on her head.

Tartanic at the PRF

After Tartanic finished their show, and I looked over to my right, and there was a girl knitting a huge green shawl!  Wow!  I have never seen knitters at the PRF.  I mean, I’ve bought yarn there, such as the skein of alpaca yarn I acquired below from one vendor.

Alpaca yarn from the PRF.

I had to talk to her and ask her about her project.  She was knitting a shawl, indeed, in garter stitch with very simple yarn over increases.  I figured, I can do that!  So I started one myself.

PRF Shawl WIP

The funny thing about noticing one person knitting is that within fifteen minutes of seeing the initial knitter, I saw another, and then another!  How cool is that?!

So, you want to know how to make that shawl?  It’s easy, and here’s how I figured the pattern out.  It’s by NO MEANS an original pattern by me, just one I worked out and decided to share with you.  Here it is.

PA Renaissance Faire Shawl

Use the yarn and needles of your choice.  There is no gauge requirement.  My mine, I’m using fingering weight yarn on US 4 needles.

Cast on three stitches.

Row 1:  K1, kfb, K1.  You should now have four stitches.

Row 2:  K2, yo, k to end of row.

Repeat Row 2 until you have the shawl the size you want it.

Cast off loosely.

So, that’s was my PRF experience!  Joan and I had great time, and it was awesome to see some fellow knitters there, too.

 

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Experimenting with Chevron Stripes

First off, sorry about the blurry photo….it’s all I got today.

I’m experimenting with a chevron pattern and stripes right now on a scarf.  Strangely, it’s something I’ve always to play with, but never really did, until I came across Benjamin Matthews’ Chevron Study Scarf pattern (It’s free on Ravelry.).  I’m not following the pattern exactly, but rather using it as a guide for my own experiment with a chevron knit pattern and stripes.

I’m using small-ish (US5) needles and DK/almost sport type wool yarns on this one.  It makes for a slower go than I usually like, but sometimes it’s good to slow down and do a pattern in finer yarn.  I’m sure it will look fantastic when it’s done and blocked.

This is a good play with color and patterning.  I recommend it to an advanced beginner knitter who wants a challenge or and intermediate knitter who is curious about stepping up their game with a new idea.

 

Felting Fun

I am still knitting bags, and I just completed the one above!

I even wrote up a pattern for these square bags along with felting instructions.  It’s a paid pattern, but I wrote it with beginners in mind.  If you are interested in checking it out, hop on over to the Basic Square Felted Bag pattern page on Ravelry.

I am starting to embellish these bags, too.  I decided to add a needle felted flower.  It was originally going to be a multi-colored star, but I couldn’t get the points on the star even.  So, I took the cookie cutter that I was using as a template, rotated it, and added the red.  Viola!  A flower!  I added a leaf and stem, and I was then complete.

I really like knitting these bags.  You can felt them if you wish, or not, especially if you don’t have pure wool yarn.

It’s been refreshing to knit something new, and to be able to add a little flair to my work, too.