I made it through January. We had three shows in three weeks. It was a lot of work but fun at the same time. We met lots of wonderful people and sold lots of patterns and yarn. My job for February is to work on a magazine article and prepare for a workshop I’m doing for my spinning guild. It will be a good change from January. At the same time I’m continuing my re-knitting journey. The cross country skier mittens are some of the first mittens I designed. The original pair has actually felted and shrunk from so much use cross country skiing. They’re a nice warm pair of mittens with long cuffs to keep the snow out of your jacket. I’m knitting them in green and white instead of the original red and white and liking the way they’re coming out.
I have been re-knitting some of my patterns in commercial yarns so that we will be able offer yarn to go with our patterns. After sampling lots of yarns we’ve settled on a yarn from Cestari that’s 100% merino that’s sources in the US. It’s the closest thing to my handspun in weight and character that I’ve found. The photo above is of Annie’s mitten’s being knit in the new yarn. The plan is to have yarn to go with some of our most popular patterns at our next show this weekend. If you’re near Pawtucket RI this weekend we’ll be at Slater Mill Knitting Weekend. Hope to see you there!
Production Knitting. After playing all summer with buckthorn and natural dyeing I’m back to work making finished goods for sale a the fiber festivals and shops we’re a part of. The mittens are handspun shetland fleeces. The dark grey and white are the natural colors of the fleece and the blue is acid dyed. The body of the mittens are knit on our “hacked” brother 910. The thumbs are knit on “sticks”.