Welcome to December! This is my favorite time of the year – as in, I had the house decorated for Christmas by Black Friday. Here’s some odds’n’ends since September.
Montrose Farms I had a fun time spinning at National Alpaca Day at Montrose Farms. My friend Heather came with and we demonstrated spinning. I about have all my blue singles finished. I’m planning to ply it (two-ply) and then knit a shawl with it and a gray.
Ann Tudor Stitch Markers As a charter member in the Collectors Club I get first access to that month’s set. Above are the September and November sets and I love love love both. Ann is so creative and her work is beautiful. Her website is here.
Needle Case Labels I’ve been collecting a few needle organizers from Erin Lane Bags for the purpose of organizing all of my fixed circular needles. I also wanted to label each pocket so I’d know where needles went, and be able to find them without a needle sizer. So I bought some Avery iron transfer paper on Amazon and made sheets of labels. Then I cut out the labels and ironed them on. I’m very happy with how they turned out and will definitely make more if needed.
Jessica Knits In early November I had a work conference in Scottsdale, Arizona and due to flights, I got in many hours before the conference started. I found online a local yarn shop not too far away from my hotel and headed over there early Sunday afternoon. The local yarn shop is called Jessica Knits and I loved it! They had a good selection of different yarns, including some local yarns. The burgundy and gray skeins above are from Gherkin’s Bucket, a local indie-dyer. So, I was excited to buy some “vacation” yarn. The dark purple is some Malabrigo Rio to go with orange in a hat. I also hung out for a bit to knit with their Sunday afternoon knitting group. What a wonderful group of ladies! They were so welcoming and kind to a stranger.
Sewing Next week I’ll go into detail about my numerous sewing projects. There are a lot of them!