Thursday, November 29, 2007

New Year's 2008 Project

Although I still have more unfinished knitting than I care to admit, I just can't let the new year begin without starting something spectacular. This year it's going to be "Lyra" by Herbert Neibling. It is the pattern that really got me interested in knitting lace. I ran across it on Michael Kaprelian's website some years ago. I'm going to knit it in some handpainted yarn by Margaret Pittman that I bought when attending a workshop with Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer. It is 100% Tencel, and the colors are very vibrant - much like silk. And with a beautiful drape. I think it's going to be a good match! Now I just need to finish as much other stuff as possible before the end of the year so I won't feel quite so guilty biting off another meaty project.

"Lyra" - knitted by Michael Kaprelian

100% Tencel, handpainted in the "Tallahatchee Bridge" colorway by Margaret Pittman

Thanksgiving 2007

I actually cooked Thanksgiving dinner for the first time in probably 20+ years! We always went to my grandmother's house when we were kids. Then it was to mom's house. Now it's my turn. The turkey torch has been passed! ;-) After a balmy 80 degree week before, Thanksgiving was wonderfully cold. It's not that I really like winter, but I do like it to be cold for the holiday season. I just can't get into the mood to shop and decorate when I'm in shorts and the a/c is on.

So anyway, I had a wonderful 4 days with kids and grandkids. We did Autorama on Friday, then I babysat while C&S did some shopping on Saturday. Riley helped put up the Christmas tree, and hung all the unbreakable ornaments on the bottom third, while Tucker had a nap. Bailey has been steadily knocking them off with her tail this week, then chewing them up. There may not be much left by the time Santa gets here!

Here are a couple of cute pics from the weekend...

Monday, November 12, 2007

2007 Kid 'n' Ewe & Llamas, too

I think Bailey missed me! Here's the view as I try and get this onto the blog.

We're back from our annual girl's weekend to the Kid 'n' Ewe fiber festival. And once again, it was a rousing success. The festival is growing each year with more and more vendors and demonstrators. This year the cashmere goat association was represented too. I was having too much fun to take very many pictures, but here's a link to the ones I have - festival pics.

Our first stop was Jojoland Yarns. We discovered them last year and couldn't wait to pick up more. The colors are beautiful and I love the laceweight yarns for shawls. They've made the big time by being featured in the current issue of Knitter's Magazine.

On the way in to get to Jojoland, we passed CJ, of Donlee Acres, with her Angora rabbits for sale. Since Roddie and I each have a big bag of angora from our friend Jane's bunnies, we were curious about how to spin it. CJ graciously gave us a great lesson in spinning Angora straight from the bun! (You can see photos in my photo gallery) If you'd like to see more of CJ's bunnies (and other animals), click here.

Since Roddie and I both have a rather extensive yarn/fiber stash, we weren't really doing a lot of impulse buying. Her sister, Debbie, picked out some yarn so Roddie could knit her a gift; and we all bought some alpaca sweaters from Bolivia that were adorable and an absolute steal at $35. I found a few Christmas gifts, too, that I can't mention in case the recipients are reading this. And I bought a smattering of yak and buffalo fibers to spin (that was my big splurge purchase this year) from Buffalo Gold. I think I got enough to do a few luxurious scarves if I spin it laceweight.

We also made a stop at The Old Oaks Ranch booth where I got a guick lesson in weaving. As you can see, it was a lot of fun but I don't have room for another hobby at the moment. But later?

After making the rounds at the festival, we headed to lunch at Boerne Vistro to meet friends for lunch. The food was wonderful and I don't think there was a crumb left on anyone's plate! Now we just needed to walk it off at a craft fair in the Boerne town square (where we found more gifts). I definitely got a good start on my Christmas shopping this year!

The rest of Saturday and Sunday were spent in a whirlwind of shopping in Boerne and Fredericksburg, and eating German food (with the appropriate beer, of course). We were all exhausted by the time we got home, but were already talking about what we are going to do next year!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Fiber Fest Weekend!!

We're off on the annual "girls only weekend" to Boerne, TX for the Kid 'n' Ewe fiber festival! There is so much going on this weekend that it's going to be hard to fit it all in. But we're going to give it our best! Story and pics to follow...

On a gramma note, I was online looking to see if there were any new pictures of the grandkids since Riley has been playing soccer. They sure do start young these days! Anyway, I found the cutest picture of Tucker napping with dad so I had to share. They both look like it's been a LONG day! Note: He's only 11mos old there!