Monday, June 16, 2008
I really do things lately....
Galax Leaf 'n String Festival 2008
...it just seems that there's never any time to talk about what's going on! The shop has been busy, and I put up yarn and fiber all weekend. Then I sheared several rabbits to get them more comfortable with the warmer weather and met with a fellow from the Invisible Fence Brand company to talk about a way to keep TJ safe and exercised more. Then I finally got my car back, and fences, invisible or otherwise, got pushed aside for the moment with more busy times.
Over the weekend I traveled to Galax, Virginia, just up the road, really. The directors of the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, a new project in Southwest Virginia, had asked me to teach a crochet class over the weekend. So I went up on Friday and Saturday morning to demonstrate. Odd not to be spinning! I had two lovely students, very bright and quick to catch on, and we had a terrific afternoon. I didn't see much of the festival but I heard some awesome music through the weekend.
Morning Surf Scarf
And the Morning Surf scarf is coming along. I think I'll do it again, maybe not right away, but in some sort of soft, finely spun yarn. I like the Maizy's crispness for this but I also think I'd like a version with some softer drape.
Country Cotton Shawl
I finally finished Violet Beauregard, that wild purple skirt. No picture yet because it needs blocking, and because I forgot to do one last night when I had the camera out. I have to have a crochet project going, so I started this shawl yesterday. Have to love the way crochet zooms along; twelve rows of crochet is half what you see here and twelve rows of knitting is about an inch in the Morning Surf pattern. Not that I'm knocking Morning Surf. That's the fun of having so many different projects going. Some can go quickly to fulfill the need for immediate finishing gratification! The shawl is made from some funky Regia Design sock yarn that I bought down in Charleston, along with a more refined colored skein of the same brand. The pattern calls for two strands. I'm not sure I would have loved the brighter colors alone!