Yipes Stripes

Posted by Caroline Hershey

This pattern intrigued me after BJ showed hers at the Margaret Fisher workshops. I kept reworking the colors I was choosing and I still had to modify the sequence I used. But it’s a fun knit, lots to keep your interest from the latvian braids to slip stitches. Enjoyed the process, that is until my adjustable needles came apart on me. Thankfully it was not in the middle of one of the braids ’cause I don’t know how I would ever have picked up the stitches. A nightmare. The pattern is available on Ravelry. I used Misina yarn which is my go-to yarn for patterns calling for DK wt yarn. I think I made 11 hats out of it for Christmas gifts for the family, not quite the 17 needed but close.

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Did I Miss A Month or Two?

Posted by Caroline Hershey

The crowds came this weekend and I thought it was pony penning week.

In cars, trucks, scooters, bikes, skate boards, the back of pick-ups in lounging chairs, motorcycles and last but not least, just walking. This must have been the bounce back from the horrendous winter. This evening we took our dinner to the beach and sat in relative quiet (except for the begging laughing gulls.) Can’t wait to see pods of dolphins going through.

Cathy knitted this scarf called Argosy, a free pattern found on Knitty. She used one of our  Chincoteague Colors Harbor Collection yarns. Turned out soft, and lovely. Thanks Cathy for knitting this for the shop and Happy Birthday to you!argosy

Lovely Sights!

Posted by Caroline Hershey

A trip to the beach yielded these lovelies!

The oyster catcher nesting, nesting piping plover behind wire of course and the sunset across Tom’s Cove. Isn’t it amazing how they can nest on the open beach and have any little birds make it. The sunsets at Tom’s Cove are the inspiration for our colorway, Sunset at Tom’s Cove.

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We Survived!

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Maryland Sheep & Wool

Look at this photo that Kay allowed me to borrow and you’ll understand why I say, we survived!

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Yes, those are people. It was a lovely weekend and folks came out in droves to see yarns, and fibers, and sheep. We love going to see the sheep especially because we do miss having a flock, and we can sink our hands into the fleeces on the sheep and just love it. Oh and those curly locks on the corriedales. Yum!

We did sell out of our new gradient yarn. It was named Tides Collection by two ladies and they have received their prize of a free skein of the new collection. Hope they like them. We will begin dyeing all the yarns soon. Just had to get our feet under us again, try out a few inspirational dyeing things that we saw at MD and start moving on.

 

SoXperience 2015

Posted by Caroline Hershey

With names like Fish Lips Kiss and Sweet Tomato how could we not have an exciting time of it?

Everyone came with their little socks started, whether from toe up or top down, and we first tried Cat Bordhi’s Sweet Tomato Heel. Several wedges later, we understood the process and knew we could try it on regular size socks. And then on to the fishy ones. A similar construction with definite differences – hope that makes sense. But we liked that one too. By the end of Sunday there were two camps – one for the fish and one for tomatoes. Isn’t it wonderful how you can gather these techniques and have them available to draw upon when you are working on your next project. Look at this lovely group and the  great heels coming along:

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Margaret Fisher Weekend

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Margaret Fisher is an incredible teacher.

Our heads were saturated with her information on techniques. We worked on sections of her  book “”Seven Things That Can “Make or Break” a Sweater”” working on increases & decreases, buttonholes, cast-ons to name a few. We were very glad we had taken time to work the homework swatches so that we could knit along with her. Our 3 hour classes flew by. We all will be able to seam with the pros now or least be able to recognize what kind of seam is called for. And I know her buttonhole will be my go to buttonhole forever. And the fear of changing the length of sleeves or sweater is mostly gone now that we tried it ourselves. Wonderful!

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