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Sunday, May 14, 2006

some scraps

The Sheep & Wool festival was _great_ but amazingly crowded. I was in the fairgrounds when they announced the opening (9am) and I was surprised so many people were there already. I had wanted to get the 2006 t-shirt, but the line was too long. That's okay because I can get it online.

There is a wonderful array of yarns available at S&W. Not just wool, but other yarns that various yarn shops from over the US bring - believe it or not, I only bought _4_ skeins of yarn, 2 were Bernat's Baby Coordinates and 2 I forget the brand name - one is a royal blue with bits of different colors in the yarn & the other one is a daffodil yellow, again with bits of different colors. Now there was a _lot_ more I could have purchased but I didn't.*

Interweave Press was there, giving free kits and infor on spinning yarn. I was going to pick up a kit, but the lady before me took the last two. Oh well. I probably wouldn't spin yarn anyway. Yarn Barn of Kansas , Wild Meadow Angora and the Horse Brooch folks were there, along with a ton of other people. I honestly don't go to watch them shear the sheep, but you can't help seeing (and hearing) the sheep. There were angora bunnies, alpacas and of course, sheep for sale.

But what did I spend my money on, if not yarn? Good question. I find the S&W vendors will often have a book for sale before it shows up at the local bookstore or Amazon. I don't know why or how they do it, but they do. I got a book about the buillion stitch (sp?) by Prudence Mapstone. I am quite happy with it, haven't done anything besides look at it yet, but still quite cool. I also bought a pair of earrings that had pewter balls of yarn as the charm.

The baby afghan was a big hit, tho the younger folks called it "psychdelic". More "op art", I think but my neice was quite happy with it, so I was happy. I made a blue & white turtle to go with the afghan for the new baby and mad a blue & green turtle for Payton (her first child). I really liked the 12 point ripple and it really worked up fast. Here's the website for the pattern, in case I forgot to mention it before

It's very much like the kit in the Mary Maxim catalog. I had considered buying the kit, but I really just wanted the pattern.

Currently I am working on lion filet curtains for my dining room. It will just be 2 panels. I plan to alternate working on the panels, 10 rows on one, than 10 on the other - I think it will be easier for me that way. The total height of the panel is (I think) 51 rows. Since it will be used as a tier, it should work out well. I intend to crochet an edge around it. I havent's decided what type of edge yet. I am using the picture from the book, it's just a chart and no instructions are given. I am using sports weight white acrylic. It won't achieve the lacy effect that thread would have , but my wrist protests when I work with thread. I think it will be pretty cool when it's finished, but why wouldn't I? It's my project.

After I finish the panels, I plan on making the world's ugliest sox. I have the yarn - a Red Heart sport weight that probably should be used for a kilt. The colors clash (okay, they fight violently) so I think it will be neat to do a pair of sox with it. It will probaly make my eyes tear up - oh wait, that's just allergies. I've made 1 pair of sox before, with the Lion Brand Thick and Quick. I painted that fabric paint on it, let it dry thoroughly and gave it to my older sister as a pair of bootie sox. She really liked them because she's diabetic, has big feet and it's hard for her to find something like that in her size.

That's it for today.

* The day before, I had found and tossed a box of yucky yarn in my shed. It was entirely my fault the yarn went moldy. It was on top of a tote, not covered with anything and apparently the shed is not watertight. The yarn in the plastic totes was fine.


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