Monday, May 28, 2012

Multnomah Shawl

I started this project earlier this month and am happy to say it is complete. My knitting buddy Loren has a goal of one project per month. I'm trying to do the same. 

Pattern: Multnomah Shawl by Kate aka Hello-Knitty
Yarn:  MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light, Colorway 186 Wellwater
Needles: US Size 4

It was my first time using this yarn and I am in love. It knits up nicely and is so soft and fluffy.

Camp Loopy 2012

 I decided to go to camp this year.  Camp Loopy started yesterday. There will be three projects, one a month for the next three months. The first challenge is to knit a project that has to be at least least 400 yards and it has to be from a pattern designer who is from another country. I've been debating on Wingspan or Hitchhiker. I decided to go with Hitchhiker using the Wollmeise I bought from The Loopy Ewe a few months ago.  I'm in the Brown/Black Canoe Group.This first challenge goes from May 27 to June 27 so I have to get busy knitting if I'm going to make it.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Another Mondo Bag

I made a Mondo Bag for my daughter the matches the Manhattan Bag I gave her for Mother's Day.  This was my 6th Mondo. I think I am done with this pattern.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Few Gifts

Here are a few projects that I managed to get done in time to give as gifts to some family members.

 Gift Bags made from two fat quarters and Quilt Smart Bottle Bag Printed Interfacing.

 Some embroidered towels

Pattern is Manhattan Bag by Pink Sand Beach Designs.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

Well I finally made it to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. I have been wanting to go to this event for years and something else was always happening the first weekend of May when it is held.  I hooked up with Loren, an online buddy, and we went on a bus trip sponsored by Rosie's Yarn Cellar from Philadelphia.

I have to say it was all that I imagined and more.  If I were still spinning, I could have wracked up on roving. One day though!!  All that yarn at the different vendors was really overwhelming. Surprisingly I only bought one skein. That's because the stash is huge and I really need to concentrate on making a dent in it.  However, I did manage to win a give away on the bus, three luscious skeins of Louisa Harding Grace Hand Beaded yarn. I also picked up a pattern, some wonderful deliciously smelling soap, stitch markers and buttons.  Most of my purchases were gifts for two of my quilting buddies who have birthdays coming up. Since they pop over here to visit my blog I can't share those goodies.

I got a kick out of all the sheep. These animals are ultimately responsible for all the wonderful yarns that I enjoy knitting and crocheting with.

I also ran into a lot of fellow Ravelers at the festival. Everywhere you went you saw the Ravelry button on someone.  I have a lot of them to thank for all the great ideas and tips they shared about the festival.
So, now that I know what to expect, next year if I go to the festival, I will be armed with a plan of action on navigating the festival.