Family, fiber festivals, Knitting

Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival 2017

Yesterday was as close to a perfect day as I am likely to get! 😊🍁🍂

The weather was beautiful and it was Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival day in Berryville, Virginia; and I got to go with my sister-in-law, Annelies and my two-year-old niece, Vera!

We met up in Harrisonburg to carpool to the festival; and truly, the brilliant smiles with which they greeted me totally made my whole week! 🙂

Well stocked with fabulous company and good coffee, the 1.5 hour drive flashed right on by and before we knew it, we had arrived at the festival just in time to get a prime parking spot! (An unusual occurrence for me! 😂)

I showed Vera how to politely examine the soft and luxurious yarns on display in the vendor booths. Not only was this fun, but it helped re-direct the two-year-old urge to pull all brightly colored skeins off of the shelves and hooks! 😂💗

But of course, the biggest hit of the day, by far, was the animals: Alpacas, sheep, and angora goats!

These adorable alpacas were so friendly and calm!

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The white one is named “Fenway”, and the brown is “Carpe Diem.”

 

They were just chillin’ and people-watching, and socializing with whomever came by to say hi!

Vera took a couple of minutes to warm up to the alpacas since this was her first time seeing them up close! Watching another child petting them certainly helped. 🙂

 

Once she had a chance to get to know them a bit, she absolutely loved them!

 

I swear she was having lots of fun – right up until we asked her to smile for a photo!

 

Fenway was very cooperative and photogenic! 🙂

Later on, the sheep really wanted to share a popcorn snack!

 

And across the isle, a super nice girl brought her goat right up close so Vera could pet it!

 

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In addition to enjoying the wonderful animals, I was also excited to snag a great book…

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…some gorgeous yarn…

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100% alpaca and SO soft! 😄

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…and a blending board!

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My plan for the blending board is to use it to blend my Angora Rabbit’s wool with Alpaca wool so that I’ll have enough to knit something special once it’s all spun up!

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Annelies was on a mission to find the perfect yarn to crochet a hat for Vera to match her new Winter coat! Here’s the yarn!

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And here’s the hat!

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By mid-afternoon, Someone was completely worn out from so much fun, and took a very good nap all the way home!

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A hand-knit shawl does make an excellent car-seat blanket, don’t you think?! 😉

Do you go to fiber festivals? Do you have a favorite? Got plans to visit any this season? We’d love to hear all about it!

I’m excited to be heading to the Fall Fiber Festival @ Montpelier this coming weekend! Stay tuned for updates! 😊

Family, Hats, Knitting

Most Loved Project

The topic for Day 3 of the Yarn Love Challenge this month was “Most Loved Project.” This threw me off for a few days as I have difficulty determining which of my projects I love most! 😉

But then it occurred to me that looking at this question from a Handknit Recipient’s perspective might be interesting. So now I’ve got a slightly sarcastic but humorous take on “Most Loved Project” to share with you! 😄

…Not long after we were married, I wanted to knit something practical for Hubby that he would enjoy wearing. Naturally, a hat came to mind!

When asked what kind of hat I should make for him that he would actually wear, Hubby said: “Black, and plain. No cables, no patterns, no colors; just black and plain.”

Of course, I thought: ” BORING!!” But I wanted to knit him something he would like, so I tried my best to knit him the black, plain, BORING hat! But…

I couldn’t resist adding a red angora lining! “Angora is so soft, and no one will see it on the inside,” I thought…

Hubby was dubious, but he did bravely wear the hat – all of one time, to a family gathering (my family of course)! Unfortunately, a bit of red fuzz from the angora lining emerged and remained mingled with his facial hair. It wasn’t glaring, so I didn’t notice it, and probably no one else did either. But Hubby was SO mortified when he noticed it in the mirror that night, that he refused to ever wear the hat again!

So the infamous black, plain, not-so-boring hat became mine and has been well loved and much worn despite the fact that it is too big for me! 😉😂😂😂

Do you have a fun “Most Loved Project” or Handmade Gifting story to share? We’d love to hear it!

Happy Knitting!

baby, Family, Knitting

Almost Finished…!

First of all, I want to wish each of you a very Happy I LOVE YARN DAY!!


I’m going to celebrate by spending the whole afternoon – the ENTIRE afternoon, folks! – knitting and organizing my yarn stash! Are you doing something fun today?

So, what am I knitting? I’m working on this Striped Chevron Baby Blanket (by Jess DoomCrafter) for my little niece-on-the-way…


It’s had to stay on the down-low for the last while because it was a surprise!


Though it’s definitely been growing steadily, it wasn’t quite finished in time for sister Hannah’s second baby shower last weekend…


I really wanted to have it all finished and ready in time, but life happened and it just didn’t work out that way.

So I wrapped it up, multiple balls of yarn, needles, and all, in a cute gift bag, and gave it to her “almost finished” as it was.

She loved it! And she didn’t mind at all that it wasn’t quite finished or that I had to take it back temporarily in order to finish it. (Sister Hannah is a fabulous human being who deserves lovely warm hand knits forever!)

I’m really close to finishing the blanket now – I just have a couple more rows of yellow before I can start the final long gray section; and then the garter stitch border! It’ll be finished in time to help keep Little Niece warm when she arrives! And that makes me really happy!

Have you ever had to give someone their hand knit gift before it was quite finished? How did it go? How did you feel about it?

Knitting, outdoors

A Woodsy Walk in February

This afternoon, I went for a walk in the woods…

You might find yourself wondering, as I did, “What could possibly be alive and beautiful outdoors in February?…”

I found myself pleasantly surprised and profoundly inspired by the abundance of life and beauty I found all around me…

I love mosses and lichens… I find them fascinating and gorgeous…

They are just so incredibly delicate yet tenacious…

Their beauty is subtle, yet endlessly varied…, so that no matter what time of year it is, there will be some variety of moss or lichen about to delight and inspire anyone who looks closely.

When I got to Wolf Run (creek), the water was running too high for me to cross without getting wet, so that was as far up the trail as I got today…

Next time, I’ll bring my waders and I’ll look forward to making it across Wolf Run and up to the rocks! Then we’ll see how far up Wolf Ridge I get…

The walk back was just as beautiful as the walk out…

You could hear Wolf Run roaring over the rocks the entire way!

I just love the variety of colors and textures exhibited by mosses and lichens…

Back home now, curled cozily in the corner of the couch, I realize suddenly that the colors of the socks I’m knitting for my Father-in-Law are very reminiscent of those I was enjoying while out on my walk in the forest!

I’m thinking of re-naming these the “Mossy Socks…,” because now whenever I see them I’ll be thinking of all the lovely mosses and lichens I saw today!

Have you been on any outdoor excursions recently? What beautiful things are lifting your spirits lately? Does your knitting ever end up corresponding in some way to what you’re seeing/enjoying in the world outdoors?

 

Blogs I love, Knitting

A big welcome to my guest blogger Sarah

I was super excited to have the wonderful opportunity to write a guest post for a blog that I truly love – knittinginfrance! Bogga writes about her life, knitting and hand-dying, in Normandy, France; and her small business selling her hand-made treasures on Etsy! You can check out my guest post here, and while you’re at it, I encourage you to check out Bogga’s lovely blog and the gorgeous items in her Etsy shop!

Welcome to Knitting in France

Hi there, today I’m super excited to introduce you to one of my followers, Sarah Inskeep, which is also a blogger like myself. A while back I posted about the idea of having guest posts on my blog as an added fun for all of us and Sarah was quick to contact me and offer to do a post. And now I have received her post and I’m very happy to share it with you all:)

Sarah lives in the United States and she blogs about her life and love of knitting and spinning. You can visit her blog Sarahinskeep – Life, love and happiness by clicking here

Now before I share her post, I’d just like to reiterate my offer for guest posting. If you like writing, if you have a blog yourself, if you love knitting/crochet/spinning/felting, if you enjoy sharing your passion and would like to do a…

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