Knit Intentions

My first fiber festival

Hi Knitting friends,

Last weekend I attended my first fiber festival– Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival. It was a spur of the moment trip and I was lucky to go with a friend. I enjoyed the cooler weather of high 60s. I sported my vintage Old Navy feather vest. This trip was very significant because I have never seen a live goat, alpaca, sheep, or camel. I dodged a ‘sneezing bullet’ as the alpaca let one loose.

I had so much fun because I ran into a local dyers. I was on my best behavior. One skein managed to make it home with me. I bought new stitch markers for socks.

Wandering Wool
Marigold colorway

Next purchase is BFL Extralong sidewalk chalk



Team Knit Gratitude

Hi Knitting Friends,

I have been very busy these past few weeks, but wanted to drop in to give an update. I made a ‘executive decision’ to halt my weekly blog knitting updates. Although the journey to knit things is very rewarding, I found myself stressing out whenever I missed a week. I promised myself last year that I would become the type of knitter that made things as a stress reliever and not as a ‘mandatory’ experience.

September finished

I ripped the second sock to the gusset. I modified the pattern to knit through back loop (ktbl) instead of using regular knit stitch. An old friend named Gauge shook it’s ugly head at me. The pattern was fine, it just reminded me that having a knitting book might be a good investment for future sock patterns.

My daily commute has begun to cause me angst. I am thankful to my LYS Thursday evening group who are always there to greet me when I walk through the door. It is nice to see the regular faces and continue conversations from previous weeks. I ended the night with hand-winding a ball of yarn with a knitting friend outside the store because the time got away from me.

Thursday_LYS pranks

I am very thankful that my Thursday evening knit group allows me to be an observer, a prankster, and attentive listener. I am naturally introverted with the exception to my hysterical facial expressions. I am working on a new project, Baa-ble hat for Shetland Wool Week KAL. In a rushed attempt to make sheep via fairisle, I created a ‘Siamese’ sheep motif. It gave me and the gang tonight a giggle. I will say that I even took to Instagram to share my newfound invention.

Siamese Sheep