Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Epic Failures (but I'm not too ruffled about it)

Ravelympics Spinning
Singles so far from CVM fleece...and lots more to spin!

I have been sitting in that chair in my crafting corner for days; and I'm beginning to feel a little like Dorothy Gale. There may be too much gray in my little part of the world, with fleece inside and snow outside. I'm pretty sure I'm going to let the team down in the Ravelympics quest for the gold and the glory, but that's just the way it goes sometimes, I guess. In the meantime I'm going to have some lovely yarn ready for spring and that's really what counts in the end.

In other news the Every Way Wrap was not a success in my handspun Corriedale. The color was wonderful and the yarn worked up delightfully in the ribbed section, but it was a total fail in the cable and moss stitch section. Just not enough stitch definition. So I frogged the whole thing while we were recording the podcast this morning and am planning to use the yarn in the Oatmeal Cardigan by Amy King that appeared in the Winter 2009 edition of Spin-Off. First I really want to get as much of this fleece spun up as I can, plus finish the black angora special order. And some mittens for a terrific uncle, plus maybe a few more odds and end patterns. There's always something out there waiting to be discovered.

We're planning our first knit-a-long with the Knitting in the Round podcast, and we're aiming for an Easter finish for the Old Shale Shawl by Evelyn Clark that appears in the lovely Interweave Press Knitting Traditions that just came out. The pattern can also be found in the Jan-Feb 2005 edition of Piecework magazine, or on the designer's web site. I'm planning to knit this shawl in a lovely hand dyed cotton yarn I just got in at the shop.

The Shelor Book
The Shelor Book

On major project that I did finish successfully is up and running at the Shelor Family Genealogy web site. It's early days for the site and I plan to add lots more information and pictures, but in the meantime we've just issued a second edition of The Hills Touch Heaven, compiled by me, with corrections and some additional information and pictures. So if you're a Shelor or a member of one of the many connecting families, or if you're interested in local history and great stories about ordinary people, head on over and check the book out. We received a sample copy of the book, which can be ordered on-line, from the publisher and the quality is excellent. We also plan to revise and reissue the genealogies of the descendants of Lawrence Shelor.

Tomorrow I'm heading out to West Virginia to attend a fiber retreat at Hawk's Nest State Park. Natalie is following me on Friday and we're hoping to interview some spinners and knitters as well as enjoy the lovely setting and visiting with like-minded fiber folk. I'm talking along some fiber for sale from our local vendors and I understand that there are several other vendors who will be attending. So if you need a fiber fix drop me a note and I'll keep an eye out for fluff for you!


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