Yarn Along or Come Along to Maryland Sheep & Wool

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Happy Wednesday!  Once again I’ll be linking up with Ginny of Small Things for her weekly, Yarn-Along.

I’m now on the last clue of Fiddleknits Designs Earth MKAL.  I discussed the MKAL at length in my last Yarn Along post.  I really think the construction of this shawl was genius.  So genius, I’m not even sure I can explain it – mind boggling!  It started at the point of one of the shawl, knitting the body, and half of the first band of edging stitches at the same time.  When you finished the body of the shawl, you had half the first band of edging stitches knit, so in order to knit the second half, there was this short row maneuver to turn the work, and begin knitting the small cabled edging from the bottom center, to the end point.  Then, when at the end point, 25 stitches were cast on, and that’s the edging I’m working on now – which is joined to the body with an SSK.

Whatever I said, it looks awesome, right?

There are 50 repeats of the lace edge, and I think I’m on the 12th, so I’ve still got a bit to go, but I can definitely see and feel that light at the end of the tunnel.  It’s not going to be done in time for Mother’s Day, but that’s ok – because I think I gave my mom a shawl last year . . . and the year before . . . and the year before.  So, this year, it’ll be something else, and I guess I’ll just have to keep this one for myself.  Darn!

And, as I’ve mentioned a gazillion times, and I talked about in this video, this past Saturday was high holy day of East Coast knitters, the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.  My friend, Christina, aka Knitty D, and I have been going every year for longer than we care to remember – a looong time.   This year, I was pretty much Instagramming the whole time – which was awesome!  I really loved sharing in real time.

So, in case you weren’t following me on instagram (I’m TeaWithLemon on Instagram if you do want to follow), I shared sheep – of course!

And our purchases:

 Look – that skein I’m waving excitedly in the first photo – the ever elusive Wollmeise Twin.  There was one basket of Wollmeise at the entire festival – and of course, we found it, clever girls that we are!  After purchasing it, I spent some time with it, and frankly, I don’t know what the big deal is – but I’ll hold off my final judgement until I actually knit with it.  The next photo is me clutching my Miss Babs – 3 skeins of Yowza, a big ol’ skein (560 yds) of worsted, for this sweater.   And, I do mean clutching – no one was going to snatch my yarn – that yarn was flying off the shelves – all of those folks in the bottom middle photo – that’s Miss Babs’ booth – and the line stretched out the back of the barn, all the way down to the fence you can see in the bottom left photo.  The gentlement with the mandolin was kind enough to entertain us while we waited . . . and waited.  But, we won – we got our yarn, all that matters.  In the side middle photo, you can see my next purchase, fingering weight Shetland for this sweater.

One of my favorite vendors at Sheep & Wool is basically a junk store – lots of old printer’s trays, spoons and forks bent and prodded into cellphone holders and napkin rings, old spools, bottles, knitty noddies. So much fun stuff!  The felted R2D2 was not part of the junk shop.  Can I just tell you – felt was HUGE this year.  Needle felted gnomes, ornaments, Star Wars figures – you name it, it was felted.  Also big this year, wool applique and wool based art quilting.

And, not only are there Sheep at Sheep & Wool, we can’t forget about the goats:

Oh, what the heck, and a few more sheep:

Can’t have too many sheep, right?  Livestock is only a once a year thing for me, at least.  And, don’t be fooled by the lazy sheep photos, some of the sheep are working, taking orders from a showing off sheep dog:

As always, the dogs were impressive.

And, after all of the purchasing and sheep petting was done, we ended the day the only way you should in Maryland, with crabs:

Can it get better than this?

And, reading?  Hmmmm . . . books, I remember them.  No time for reading this week – there was yarn to be had, dammit!  I have decided that I am abandoning A Little Life.  I really really wanted to like it because Anne Kingman, from my favorite books podcast, Books on the Nightstand, recommended it so highly – so highly in fact, that she devoted and entire episode to it.  But, I just don’t like it . . . at all.  So, life is too short to continue on with a 700+ page book you don’t like – by next week, I’ll let you know what I’m reading next.  Perhaps this or this.

Thanks for stopping by!

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9 Comments

  • Alisa

    May 6, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    I love your shawl…….so beautiful and different! I enjoyed Maryland last weekend too! It was a great weekend!!

  • Donna

    May 6, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    OK – I just made the connection….. Call me slow! I used to listen to your podcast years ago and loved it. I watched the video and it was great. I miss you guys! Thanks for the MD Sheep review. I am hoping to get down there one of these days. The Miss Babs line at Rhinebeck is crazy too! That shawl is gorgeous. I was so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing.

  • J.S. Oxford— The House of Muses

    May 6, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Yay, sheep! The man in the hat playing the uke looks uncannily like George R. R. Martin, at least from here. 🙂 The yarn haul is great! And I’m a sucker for any kind of botanically inspired pattern. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  • Laura Smith

    May 6, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous knitting! And I am a sucker for sheep photos. So cute!

  • Melody

    May 6, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Beautiful shawl! I love the pictures, too. Sheep are too cute. 🙂

  • Zena

    May 7, 2015 at 2:27 am

    The shawl is exquisite. Such lovely intricate detailing in there. Oh the Maryland show looked like so much fun. Cute sheep, beautiful yarn and great food is a knitters dream:)

  • Lilly’s Mom

    May 7, 2015 at 2:39 am

    This is a stunningly beautiful shawl you are creating. I love the pattern and colorway of the yarn. You are a very skilled knitter. I maybe will give it a try….My best to you 🙂

  • karen

    May 7, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    you look so happy! I’d be happy too if I went to a festival 🙂 Glad you had fun and bought lots of stuff. I continue to enjoy seeing your shawl progress.

  • Elizabeth

    May 7, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    The festival looks great! The shawl is absolutely amazing. Having seen your recommendation last week I have signed up for “water.”

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