Classes & Workshops

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Schedule set for Jan & Feb

Classes and workshops are listed below. Please email or call the shop for more information.

Special Class in the Linen Stitch: Jan. 26th, 10-1. make a bookmark, embellish with beads or leave plain to show off the stitch. $25

KnitXperience Lite: March 8-10th – Information/registration.

Washcloth Pizazz! Jan 16th, 11-12
    We know you’ve done washcloths but have you tried a variety of patterns? It’s an excellent way to increase your skills. We’ll make one a month until October when we’ll have a soap making class so that we can bundle all the washcloths into gifts. Fee for washcloth class each month: $5 + supplies

Beginning Knitting – Jan. 17, 24, 31, 1-3
Learn how to cast on and bind off, knit and purl by making several items.
Fee: $35 + supplies

Owl Hat – Jan 11, 18th , 1-3
Knit an owl hat perfect for little ones and also that adult who still enjoys whimsical things. Fee: $20 + supplies

Beginning Sock Knitting – Jan. 25th, Feb. 1st, 8th, 1-3
Introduction to knitting socks with the magic loop. Make a miniature sock and then you’re ready for the real thing. Fee: $35+ supplies

This month we are having Bermuda Shawl KAL at 5pm every Thursday evening.

Yarn Bombing

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On Chincoteague Island!

Starting off small scale with my sign:

We went to Longwood Gardens to see their decorations and what did we find? A little yarn bombing going on there in the children’s part. The turtle and fish sported scarves and the hawk had earmuffs.

Hats, Hats and More Hats

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Once upon a time

I have a large pile of skeins of yarn that I test dyed for colors or fibres and rejected them for one reason or another. Many are lovely colors and I had the grand illusion of knitting a hat for each of our eight grandchildren from these for Christmas. Well…ask me how far I have gotten. To be honest I have exactly two done. Glad it wasn’t a large part of the presents. Hopefully you have made better progress on knitting gifts than I have.

So many things kept getting in the way. Friends kept having babies, one grandbaby turned the magic age of one so I have been knitting hats, just not the planned ones.

I loved this hat and little tube socks that I did two at a time by  magic loop method.

This little frog hat was perfect for the baby of friends who chose not to know whether it would be a boy or girl. What do you make then?

A little frog hat of course with a crocheted flower which can be left on for a little girl or removed if it’s a boy.

Why do we make hats for babies anyway? You know the first thing they do is rip them off. Our baby Elise was no exception with the little princess crown hat I knitted. It did stay on about 2 seconds.

The two hats knitted so far from our reject skeins are plain hats with ribbing to turn up and decrease swirl top. I even knitted two of those at the same time until they got so big I had to ask myself if this was really going faster at this point. So, birthdays are coming.

I would make greater speed if I didn’t keep getting distracted by other knitting. After Jackie has shown us so many Bermuda shawls that she has knitted, our Knit Knight group can’t wait to knit the Bermuda shawl so we are having a KAL beginning in January. Not one to let them get ahead of me, I started knitting one in Gina (which is heavier than those used in the pattern.) I love knitting but this shawl is the most fun I’ve had knitting in a long time. The “waves” back and forth using short rows and the color changes in the yarn make it one that’s hard to put down. Maybe that’s why I only have two hats so far!

They’re coming today to clear more fallen trees due to Sandy from the back of our property so perhaps that will be an excuse to pull out the knitting and knit a hat, knit a shawl, which one and watch them climbing and cutting with the chain saw. Oh, maybe I don’t want to watch!

What’s New at Carodan Farm?

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Developing Chincoteague Colors!

We did not know it would be so much fun to dye yarns. But developing the Chincoteague Colors has been a labor of love. So many times Dan and I would drive across the causeway onto the Island, and I would say, just look at those colors – the greens, blues of the water the sky. Just incredible. It took me a while to realize that I could actual capture the colors in our yarns.

And of course the colors are not as vivid in this photo as in real life. Each colorway represents a place, flower, bird, something on either Assateague or Chincoteague Island.

In the photo above, starting at 3 o’clock, there is Conch Beauty, Trumpet Flower, Marsh Rose, Low Tide Flats, Cattails, Reed Grass, Chincoteague Waters, Dragonfly, Island Bluets, Assateague Shadow, Queens Sound, Storm at Sunset. And actually there are some colors not pictured. We are dyeing them in the fingering wt and DK wt with all of it being 100% merino superwash.

We have several shawl patterns being published soon on Ravelry. So keep an eye out for the first one, Echoes of Chincoteague.

Dyeing Yarns, Matching Colors

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What are your primary colors?

Trying to match colors on the Island with my yarns is a challenge. I was trying to match colors with a trumpet vine flower which grows wild (very wild) here on the Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. I asked Dan if he thought the one orange I had with the mauve might do it and he looked at it and said, “In my book, there are three main colors – red, white and blue.” Do you think I’m in trouble here? At least he’s not color blind. What a good laugh for the afternoon.

Black Skimmers

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Dan and I went out to Assateague to check on our nesting Oyster Catchers and got there just as she was off the nest stretching her legs. We discovered three eggs in the nest and they are huge. We were glad to see that the whole area was roped off because it is only a few feet from the road.

The neatest thing from our trip yesterday was to find a flock of skimmers taking a break also. If you are fortunate to see a flock of Skimmers move across the surface of the water, you will be struck by how perfectly they are created with their lower beak longer than the top so it can skim the surface of the water scooping up little fish. They are fast movers, swooping across the water and a photo of them with beaks in the water was not gonna happen.

The flock we discovered taking a morning siesta was talking in little yips continuously to each other.

We couldn’t find their eyes so had to come back and check out the bird book and found them just in the black on their face.

Then there was the one who resembled your dog stretched out with his beak tucked into the sand. Looking for a serious nap.

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