Sunday, August 23, 2009
Look at the fun we had....
So nice to see Sherrin again.
Tamara, aka Lady Bean and her eldest daughter
Hello Veronica, nice seeing you again!
Grillmaster Ian outdid himself again this year; great ribs!
Hey Sahara, Great to see you again!
My girl Chante, check out the new KnttaQue T-Shirt, I can't wait to get mines, better late than never. See Dawn Brown in the background in the blue shirt along with Christina, really nice meeting you both.
Me and Karen, look how she has grown, Wow! 18 months already!
Here is Tess, Ian's niece; not a crafter yet, we will be working on that! Smile
Michelle's Beautiful Quilt, what an accomplished artist she is, it is stunning!
Here is a picture of the opposite side of the quilt with Christina taking her own photo of Michelle's masterpiece!
Isn't she just adorable, look at those cheeks?
Here is Dawn handspinning, I just love her Ashland Bay top Whorl, way cute!
Look how Jamaal has grown, Wow!
Shs is such a cutie!
Here's Will, Chante's No. 1 Hey!
Lady Bean, knitting a sock, Chante spinning some fiber and Christina packing up!
We had a lovely day, lots of good food, great conversations and children's laughter amid the knitting and spinning and quilting; it was really great seeing everyone again and thanks to GOD for allowing us to have a wonderful day before the rain began, see the picture below to see how our day ended!
Can you see the rainbow, now that was a perfect ending to this years KnittaQue, wouldn't you say? Chow for now
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Its been a dogs age since I have updated my blog; my computer is dead and now I am using my laptop to update everything and what not, I have a lot of catching up to do so bear with me. The annual BBQ was Great as usual, met some new folks and the weather was lovely. I brought my Fricke I just purchased this year, so excited about that, learning how to spin on my Frickenstien is what I call it and its slow but I am coming along; its just coordinating the feet and the hands that's the problem,I will let you know how that is coming along from time to time but for now here are some pictures to oogle at
Mommy & Son
Ian & Will
This years BBQ we expected quite a bit more knitters to show up but things happen and we had a small group which worked out well, so much food to be taken home not to mention the newest little knitter finally arrived, check her out below
some of my favorite knitters were there, take a look!
I will have to post the picture of my Fricke later, I managed not to add it to my picture folder and now I have to go find which camera I took a photo of it with, not that I have that many but there are three of them, two digital, looking at a third digital now but still just looking. (LOL)
I have lots of photos of all the items I have worked on and the ones that I am still working on, so much yarn and so little time. Oh yeah Rhinebeck was a whole lot of fun for me this year, I will tell you about it later but soon
Chow for now, enjoy the photos
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Hey there my fellow knitting enthusiast's, I am back after taking some time to tend to my garden and knitting one of my most favorite projects....socks. Saturday we had our second annual SistahKnit BBQ and it was awesome, this years crowd was bigger than last years and the variety of food and sweets were exceptional. I met some really lovely ladies who are very talented and gifted in so many other areas.
I have a few pictures of the event and the chefs on hand to feed the group of happy knitters, above is my Girl Harlem Purl; my Guru you can't what she is doing right now because I was too busy knitting myself but she had her spinning wheel with her and she was spinning up a storm with some roving from Moon Mountain Farms, I am not sure I said that right but if you Google it I am sure you will find it. Right now I am just anxious to post something, it has been quite some time since I have done so and I have a few things I want to share with you all.
Here is Marvalousknits and Granddaughter Ami, Marva I hope I got this right, I am not ashamed to say that I have been so busy with my garden and knitting my socks that I have not visited many sites to check up on my fellow sistah's progress even though I see two of them everyday. Priorities are like that at times when you are on a mission like the one I am on. 'O)
Here is Tawana with Saunielle, I hope I spelled it right my friends, It was such a delight seeing you again and meeting Saunielle, it seems that the only way I will get to see any of you is to attend the annual BBQ, that will have to change; we have to make some kind of arrangement to get together at least once every three months or so just to keep up with one another and I could be more diligent with my b-log so that you can see what I have been up to too. Congrats again on you know what! (Smile)
Here is the photo I mentioned earlier that I thought I didn't have, its of Harlem Purl spinning like the pro she is, you go girl; I can't wait to get my Majacraft little Gem, too excited
Here is Sahara of Knitty City with one of her lovely works of art, I think she said that it was a stole; I just love the colors, you should see the sweater she is working on it is awesome, she essentially went through her stash and took about 3 or 4 different spools of wool thread and added some I think she said Alpaca or merino to it before she gave it all a soft twist using some gizmo she mentioned which I have to find out what the exact name of it is because I want one and she came up with the most beautiful mix of colors and the sweater is being made as we speak, can't wait to see the end product, I am sure it will be lovely Sahara is extremely talented.
Below is my friend Will, the best corn griller I know next to Ian, let me tell you that corn was so delicious and sweet and crunchy all at the same time, yes it is possible. That is one of the best way to cook corn, you must try it some time. (Shuck that corn Will) 'O)
Here is Njoya, I hope I spelled it right and Iris' daughter, sorry I couldn't remember names as I was so absorbed in what I was doing...knitting socks. Njoya teaches knitting and crocheting in Harlem I apologize again for not remembering the Library you teach from, I gave the flyer you gave me to Vivian so that she could attend your classes so look for her. I will check Sahara' site and get the correct affiliation you have with the Library and edit my post accordingly. ;O) It was so lovely meeting you and I can't wait to see that shrug and hat set you were working on with straights, wow; you are brave, I would just die if my stitches fell of those straights. (LOL)
Above are the Koigu socks I was finishing up on at the BBQ, the stitch which you probably can't see clearly is the Double Andalusian stitch from the 365 Perpetual Day Calendar, its just wonderful for stitch pattern ideas. I really enjoyed making them and look forward to making some more socks using the Koigu, its just delicious!
Here are some socks I made out of some acrylic yarn from Moda Dea called Sassy Stripes, it was fun making them but I am having a difficult time deciding on how to bind off on the 2x2 ribbing pattern that runs throughout the sock, if you have any suggestions I sure would appreciate it, I have fairly large calves and I need the room, I can't stand anything binding me at all so bring on your suggestions. I thought about a picot edging type bind off, we will see.
Below is a Baclava that I am working on in Patons Merion wool yarn, I am still at the ribbing stage, I have a few morn inches of ribbing to go before I start the hat portion.
I have at least three more pairs of socks to show you, one in Lorna's Laces, the pattern is scrolls and the other is Lisa Souza's Mahogany and I can't off hand remember the stitch pattern yet because I sat it aside to start the Sassy Stripes and the Koigu and I am also working on some Socks That Rock, Chanticleer, I think that is spelled right, anyway it is heavy weight and I deliberately didin't left it in stockinette because it is so thick that a pattern would be lost on it so I decided to place a pattern on the cuff somewhere maybe.
For now I will get back to my kniitting and when I am close to done which I am just about there I will post again.
Chow for now and don't forget I welcome comments on how to bind off in ribbing 2x2 and any other type of constructive criticism or critiquing, ;O)
Friday, June 22, 2007
I mixed some soil and some Sphaghnum moss and prepared my Earthboxes for their new tenants:
Watch as I begin preparing the beds for my green babies ------>
Below is a prepared bed with a strip of vegetable fertilizer to help the little babies grow up strong and healthy and produce an abundance of peppers, squash, tomatoes or squash, etc.
Below I place the cover over the Earthbox and mark the layout for the incisions to be made so that I can insert the little ones so they can begin their growth cycle.
Once I have made my cuts into the cover, I can place the corn, two at a time so that the can support each other as they grow up, I will show you a before and after photo as the corn has grown since it was planted.
Wow, look at the corn; its even taller than this now, soon I will have to cut a hole into the netting I placed around this portion of the deck to protect my green children from the critters. Did I tell you about he bat that got caught in the net some time in the night, the photo isn't very clear but I took some other photos with my 35mm camera and as soon as I get the film developed I will show it to you; I freed it and it flew away, it was so cute with its little teeth and long wings, look at it caught in the netting:
Granted the photo is not very clear but I can tell you it was the cutest little thing I have ever seen, you should have heard it screeching as I lifted it up so it could free its wings, he had fangs and everything, way cute! :o)
To the left are my pumpkin babies, I had way too many and I am not certain if they will all grow only because I placed all of them in 5'sq box, not nearly enough room for them to grow properly, I just didn't want them to die and I had nowhere else to place them at the time.
My peppermint before and after, its a perennial and it comes back every year, Thank God; fresh peppermint tea is really delicious.
I will submit more photos and the garden progresses, for now I will leave you to absorb the wonders of nature taking its course; so cool!
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Oh my goodness the weather was perfect and the vendors were plenty, a good time was had by all even my husband had fun. Here are a few of the photos I took of the sites that I have seen. Look at the beautiful Llama isn't she gorgeous?
Here is a wonderful selection of felted items from RJ Club Lambs, the vendor was very helpful and in the middle of applying needle felting to a sweater she knitted, it was awesome.
These lovely items are from a friend of RJ Club Lambs, Shadyside Studio Wools, Ms. Arbuckle's small mill really produces some wonderful quality yarn, as soon as I read up on how to attach her site I will; look how colorful everything is. Way Cool!
Here are some more of the items from RJ Club Lambs, look at all the lovely, rich earthy colors... Look at the variety of colors in these hanks below which I didn't check to see if they were for sale but probably were. I just refuse to purchase yarn in any quantity for that matter that I can dye on my own unless it is extra special and speaks to me to be something...
Pinned baby Alpaca's they are just so adorable aren't they almost like overgrown dogs but I am sure they are much more sensitive to their surroundings and like I said before they are always in pairs, I will have to find out why that is and when I do I will let you know.
Below is a live auction for the sheep to the bottom left of this photo, wow it was so cool; my first auction, boy did he speak fast, I could barely hear what he was saying once the bidding began. Sorry for the darkness of the photo, I will have to go back into Adobe and fix it and reinsert it into this b-log be patient.
Here are some sheep that were auctioned off and waiting for their trip to their new homes, I met one of the sellers and she had to contain her emotions having raised them from babies, I will have to look up the actual term for baby sheep which I am sure there is one; I will let you know what that is.
Now for the bidding on the goats that provide us with the extra,extra fine fibers Cashmere, and the first goat to be auctioned has entered the bidding circle below... Isn't he gorgeous?
Now here are the other goats that were being auctioned off. I heard that they do not like to walk much and had to physically be dragged out to the center of the floor for showing, it was too funny seeing them put up a fuss while being dragged across the floor. What do you call a bunch of goats, a flock or is that just for sheep, does anyone know?
Look at the bunny rabbits, I didn't get a shot of the note above the cages they were housed in but I think it said that they get silk and something else from them, I can't remember what it said; I will have to do some research on it and get back to you on it.
Here is another photo of the rest of the rabbits on display, they are so fluffy and cute..
I am going to have to check into this because I would like to see what the actual fibers look like when they are gathered and then worked into roving if that is what its worked into. I will post photos later. I found out what it was, Angora. 11/14
Look at Marvelous Marva at the Little Barn where she cleaned up on some great yarn, they had a fairly large selection of yarn and roving on sale in quantity and the line was long, I didn't want to wait but Marva shared. Way cool!
Here are some lovely, colorful items from some of the multitude of vendors on display in one of the lofts of a barn, I didn't get a chance to get any of the names it was so crowded and we were being shuffled along like cattle so I just shuffled along.
Here is another one...
Look at all the colorful yarn in the background of this picture, check out this ladies felted hat, it is really beautiful as all the items were.
The structure below was very interesting and gave me some ideas for my backyard especially since I have a whole lot of trees not to mention all the surrounding trees in the area that have fallen. I will let you know what I decide to do with this photo of a natural enclosure, lots of possiblities.
Now what you have been waiting for, I bet you thought I went out of control...(lol) I didn't. Here are the items I purchased, I must admit I was very good, no exceptionally good check it out...
My very first needle felting kit to the left and below some roving for needle felting...take a look at the colors.
Now for some fancy type roving for needle felting, look at the colors...
Here is another view of this cool curly roving...
Now for some of the yarn I got at the best price in town and yes, it is wool..
The piece in front is a huge swatch I knitted to see how it felts and its felting but I have to send it through the cycle one or two more times before it gets to where I want it to be. You won't believe how much I paid for each hank, give up.....$2.00 a hank; I know, unbelievable. I will be prepared for next years festival that's for sure (LOL)
Now here is some wool I purchased in Roving as well as some already spun and it is beautiful, can't wait to work with it; I am thinking about a hat, gloves and a scarf and maybe some socks...hey.
Here is one of my most favorite purchases, yarn made from a Samoan dogs hair, the lady said that one skein would make a hat that she had on display and she even gave me the pattern, I will test it and post the results and the pattern if anyone requests it. Here is another view... Yes it is as soft as it looks.
Now you know I could not resist this when I saw it, I will be placing it on top of my plates real soon; baby its cold outside. Brrrrr...
It is so cool don't you think?
I picked this up at one of the vendors booths that was selling shearling slippers and inserts, its my little snake; very soft.
Finally, a farewell to all the furry animals that made it possible for us to be creative in a multitude of ways.
Bye little sheep, give me a big hug and I will see you next year...
So this is the great time I had at the 34th Annual NYS Sheep & Wool Festival and Family Fun Day, can't wait until next year; I most definitely will be prepared to visit all the other vendors I missed this year. We all managed to enjoy ourselves tremendously and the weather held out nicely. To my fellow knitting sisters and brothers (chuckle) (it's all good) (Smile) that I didn't get a chance to see, enjoy my experience at the festival through my photos and I hope to catch up to you next year, until then...
Chow for now