Thursday, April 9, 2015

Happy Spring!!

Spring is in full bloom in South Carolina.  The daffodils are pretty much done and the yellow jessamine is starting to fade already.  My creeping phlox is at it's peak and even the oak and pecan trees are starting to leaf out. 

Another reason to be excited this spring is my upcoming trip to Minnesota.  I will be attending the Shepherd's Harvest Festival in Lake Elmo, MN.  Why would a South Carolina girl travel all the way to Minnesota for a fiber festival?  First, it's a great festival with lots of fiber arts classes, fiber animals and wonderful vendors.  Second, Minnesota in May is pretty great.  Most of all though, I have friends there.  These are people I've known for years as online fiber buddies.  Shepherd's Harvest is special because I get to be with them, face to face, with loads of hugs and "squeeeees".


Treebeard Socks

Yarn--Prime Sock from One Twisted Tree in the Entish Lore colorway
Needles--US size 1, 2.25

First off, the yarn is gorgeous.  It's from a new indie dyer, Danie of One Twisted Tree.  The color is beautifully tonal, with rich color and subtle variation.  The color name is taken from J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.  Ents are characters from the books and are walking, talking trees.  The pattern is inspired by Treebeard, an ent from the same books.
This pattern with this yarn?  Clearly it's the perfect geeky collision.
Yarn-- Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk Paints, in colorway 9806
Needles-- US 4 - 3.5 mm
I have one finished object, my Hitchhiker.  It's getting a bit too warm in my neck of the woods to wear this shawlette, but I'm thinking it might feel pretty good in Minnesota this May. 
The first photo shows the Hitchhiker in progress and captures the color really well.  It's a variegated purple to pink fingering weight.
This is the completed shawlette, photographed just after weaving in ends.  At this point, I haven't blocked it.  I'm not sure if I will before wearing.  It's a garter stitch pattern, so there's no pattern that needs blocking to be revealed, although it could be blocked to a larger size.  I'll let you know if I change my mind.


Podcast Corner

Have you watched Geeky Girls Knit?  If not, get on it!  They are a mother-daughter video podcast from Edinburgh, Scotland, by way of Texas.  C.C. (mom) and Damaris (daughter) are from Texas and are currently living in Scotland while Mr. Geeky (known on the podcast as The Hubs) is going to school. 

C.C. and Damaris are adorable, funny and a joy to watch.  Each week, they share not only their finished projects and works in progress, they talk about their favorite yarny acquisitions, current reads and television/movie obsessions.  It's great fun to hear them geek out about Dr. Who and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 

In addition to a successful weekly podcast, C.C. is a talented designer.  She has a new collection of Dr. Who inspired socks.  I am determined to learn how to knit socks toe-up so I can have a go at all of them! 

Happy spring, everyone!