The first weekend in October is the Fall Fiber Festival and Sheep Dog Trial in Montpelier, Va. Matt and I made it down there on Sunday, in the late afternoon. I ran into a few friends from my knitting group, saw all the vendors, and watched the sheep dog trails. [The only reason Matt goes with me to these things is to make sure that I don’t buy anything yellow, and for the animals.]
I came away with this beauty, 8 oz of Screaming Wild Monkeys from River’s Edge Weaving Studio. It’s 70 Merino/15 Banana Tree/ 15 Seacell impregnated with silver, and oh, it’s so, so pretty. This is high on my to spin list.
The next weekend I went to visit my parents for my birthday. I was told it was to be a ‘working weekend’, so I didn’t bring my shawl to work on, but this pair of socks and yarn to start another pair [I had originally intended Leyburn socks.]
This is how close I was to finishing before I ran out of yarn. A row + kitchener. I had thought to bring scraps in the same kind of yarn, but ran out the door without them.
Then [insert dramatic music here], the yarn I had brought was not compatible with the needles I brought.
No knitting, for the rest of the long weekend.
Victory was had! After a lovely bit of encouragement from Alison, and spending a Wednesday night whinging about the stinkin’ edging on this shawl, I sat down, determined to finish before last weekend.
It was on the floor blocking Friday afternoon, before I spent the evening with a friend, spinning and catching up.
This shawl is huge and pretty, and I will have a detailed post up soon.
I spent Sunday afternoon outside in the lovely autumn weather staining.
I spent this morning taking the above to this:
I’m four screws and a tack short of a wheel. I did this as a favor for a friend, and really enjoyed the process. The smell of wood stain reminds me of the garage of the house I grew up in, and spending weekends refinishing things with my dad.
It’s an Ashford Traveler, double drive, Scotch tension, double treadle. I stained it with two coats of a cherry stain.
And… that wraps up October for me. Only 1 pair of socks finished and another on the needles.
I plan on spending tomorrow morning doing the final tweaking for Dad’s sweater. [No, really, I am this time. Promise!]