WARNING: April Yarn Club Spoiler photo at the bottom of this post.
Another month gone by. Posting spoiler photos at least gets me posting once a month, anyway!
I've had a rather productive month. Aside from lots of work getting ready for the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on May 1-2, I've managed to fit in some knitting, stained glass, a little more knitting (I finished my Olympic sweater in mid-March, almost exactly one month since starting it, but I need someone else to photograph it and keep forgetting to do it) ...
The above is progress on La Novia by Anne Hanson. I'm knitting this for a sample for my booth, out of Spirit Trail Si Ling, 100% bombyx silk single-ply, sort of heavy fingering weight. The color is actually "Loch Ness," which is a blend of deep blues, teals, sky blues and hints of royal blues. But silk is pretty darn difficult to photograph because of the sheen, plus my camera is on the fritz so this photo was taken with my cell phone camera. So, not so great. You can see the pattern anyway. This pattern is great, because even though I'm knitting it in a lighter gauge yarn it still works well, just a bit airier than the pattern photograph looks. I have about 13 inches knitted, and just started it on Saturday. Nice.
My latest stained glass project:
This started out as me going through the glass recycle bin at the stained glass studio. There are always great little and not-so-little pieces of glass in there, and this time there were some triangles, squares and rectangles. I started pulling them out and playing around, and thinking of doing something along the lines of Mondrian. Definitely a departure for me.
Then as I continued to play, and look at colors, it sort of dawned on me that what I was doing looked like entrelac. Like Kathryn's entrelac, to be exact. Lots of color, shapes, different directions.
So, this window became an ode to Wild Entrelac. And since Kathryn is a friend, I sent it to her, where it really belongs (and she likes it, happily!). I've started layout on my next project, which is a window for another friend. I have this plan to make stained glass windows for all my friends ... we'll see how long it takes me!
It's definitely Spring here in Virginia, and the baby animals are everywhere. My DD LOVES the baby goats at our local dairy, and had a great time romping with them for a little while this past Saturday:
They are both so cute, but we are totally loving the polka-dotted goat!
Last but not least, a spoiler photo of the April Yarn Club Shipment. This yarn is Helen, 100% superwash merino, three-ply light sportweight. I dyed it in shades of soft, rather muted dusty plum, sage green and gray, with alot of blending between colors (again, my apologies for the lack of a great photo):
April's Spinning Club shipment is dyed, dried and ready to be braided, labelled and shipped out. Hope to have it out by the end of this week.
Back to work on yarns for MDSW! I'm excited ~ I have at least three (possibly four if the last one gets here in time) new yarns debuting at MD. In addition, I've opened an account with Anne Hanson to sell her patterns, because I think they are so awesome. So, I'll have lots of Anne's patterns, with some of them knit up as display samples (some samples for MDSW, alot more for NYSW). Plus one or two new Spirit Trail patterns using Atropos (100% bombyx silk lace) and lots of new rare breed fibers!
Hope to see you at Maryland!