Mistakes to Make You Howl

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Don’t look back on the past year to your knitting mistakes or they will make you howl if you are anything like me. The latest is – have you ever been cooking on a pattern, just flying along because, hey you know this pattern now, no problem. And all of sudden your stitches at the end of the row come up short. Back and forth across the row. Where is it, where is it??? And the light finally dawns (of course after you have counted and re-knitted several times) you forgot that, yes, you have an edging of two stitches, and the first two stitches of the pattern are k2, so you guessed it, just moved right into the pattern counting the edge stitches as pattern. UGH! Should put in edge markers also as well as life lines.


The class will be a shawl, Whisper of Waves. The design is one that was inspired by the pattern the waves leave in the sand. See all about the class by clicking on the quilt festival logo above.

Snow then fog here on the Island has made for an interesting couple of weeks. We went out to the beach this week and found it in a fog bank. This is riding along the short causeway near the beach, Swan Cove on the left and oyster castles on the right. You can barely see the duck blind that is out in water.


KnitXperience 2017

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Our knitting retreat at Graves Mountain is coming up this weekend and we are excited about having Kate Atherley present several workshops. registration has been closed for some time now and we will descend on the Poplar Lodge and transform it into a knitting paradise. Oh what fun!

Every year Dan and I dye a special yarn for just this event and we are getting it done not without some late evenings along the way. Rhinebeck and this retreat came a little too close to each other. We haven’t even settled on a name for this collection. Maybe you can help us out after seeing it.

Here’s a sample of what I’ve come up with putting together one of Kate’s patterns and Stephen West directions on how to fade for one of his patterns. I’m hoping to finish by the retreat. We’ll see.


Rhinebeck YAY!

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Not a bad trip up, got an early start and Dan did all the driving. I finished two pair socks. TaDa! Had dinner at unexpected restaurant find. Lia’s in Pine Plains. Delicious Italian food.

Looking forward to getting everything set up tomorrow and hopefully not discovering anything strategic that I forgot. That would be cause for happy dance. Can’t wait to show off Tides gradient yarns and rest of the Chincoteague Colors. New models for Wave Action scarf using Surf Silk and Smattering of Lace in fingering wt stole width.

Chincoteague Bay was smooth as glass as we left this morning. Cormorants and egrets were about and we spied several black back stilts in the marsh. The beautiful Glaswort plants were ruined by the high tides.

Upcoming NY Sheep & Wool Festival

Posted by Caroline Hershey

We’ll be traveling to Rhinebeck for the festival. Look for us in Bldg. 39, booth spaces 7 & 8.The festival is Oct 21 & 22 and we will have the Chincoteague shop closed all week.  We’ll have lots of Tides Gradient and 6-PAK mini skeins as well as our other Chincoteague Colors yarns.

Don’t forget about our Birthday Girl Sale which ends Saturday night, 14th,  at midnight. Lots of great yarns are still left.

This Great Blue Heron just flew in to chase an egret off this spot.


and settled in to peruse the neighborhood for a meal or maybe nod off after a good meal?




Woe is Me

Posted by Caroline Hershey

How many times have I reminded customers to make sure and use a lifeline? Well, here I am working merrily along on the Reciprocate by Romi, a perfectly lovely shawl, in the Summer Silk yarn. And low and behold, inches in, approaching the end of a row and not enough stitches. I’m looking and looking to find the error. Back and forth searching, taking out, mind has gone into la la land apparently, stitch falling off dropping a couple of rows, anguish! And NO lifeline. What in the world was I thinking. Like this is a simple pattern that you can retrace your steps easily? So…with many sighs I pull it out, all those inches. Have begun again AND there is a lifeline. It is always a hard lesson to learn. Do check out Romi’s pattern. It’s beautiful and the Summer Silk yarn.


Bragging here on our newest additions to the Hersheys. Spent this past week with the family helping out and getting my snuggles in. Welcome JD and Fisher.



Earlier in the week, checking out the beach during all these storms to see the damage, and found this Monarch on the beach. Didn’t know that we could help, but picked it up out of the sand and put it back in the grasses. Hopefully after drying some, getting the sand off its wings, it headed off to southern climes. Dan said that Friday there were tons of Monarchs out there since the winds had diminished.


Call or email if there are colors you want in the Chincoteague Colors that don’t appear on the website as being in stock. Afraid we are holding back for the Rhinebeck show coming up.


Posted by Caroline Hershey

Did you know that you could buy a lighthouse? A good number of the old light houses in the Chesapeake Bay are owned privately. Some have been repaired and serve as weekend retreats for the owners: Baltimore Light


You can actually tour another: Thomas Point Shoal


and some are pretty derelict: Bloody Point



Denise used Melanie Berg’s pattern, Tamdou, to knit this lovely shawl out of three of our Cove Collection colors.

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