I haven't really been sitting here doing nothing for over a month, but obviously I haven't gotten over here to the blog. There's lots of finished and in-process knitting to document, and a State Fair report.
I spent most of the last month in Las Vegas taking care of the Princess. She was hospitalized and when she came out, had a medication that she couldn't tolerate very well, so I ended up going back to help her again and stayed to attend follow-up doctor's appointments with her. So, I had lots of knitting time but not a lot of documentation capability. She's doing much better now, and I finally have a chance to catch up.
I entered some items in the State Fair again this year, as usual. Last year I won a beautiful rosette in addition to some blue ribbons, so this year I wanted to get another. Unfortunately, I didn't have a really impressive project.....it seems like my ideas and my execution didn't really match up this year. I had started a Pi shawl out of Wollmeise and that was going to be a showstopper! Unfortunately, I waited until the last minute to start and managed to mess the pattern up when I was almost at the finish line. And not just a small mistake - I had been fixing those all along - no, I managed to somehow turn the chart upside down and knit a couple of rows before realizing it. And this was when there were 576 stitches on the needles, knitting in the round. Laceweight yarn...no lifeline...impossible to figure out how to fix when you have to be done that day.
My other impressive project, the Sock Yarn Blankie, also isn't finished. Somehow it got wider than I thought it was going to be, so there's a bunch of length to finish before I call it quits on that.
So, I collected some spinning, some knitting, some knitting with handspun yarn, and entered some things anyway. I received all blue ribbons, except for one red on a skein of handspun yarn. Good results, but I was hoping for more (I know, I sound like one of those whining mothers and/or kids on Toddlers and Tiaras (a TLC show that I'm embarassed to admit that I watch now and then). "I got Queen but I really wanted Grand Supreme"). Here's what I entered:
My Cassidy cardigan:
My Summer Mystery Shawlette from Wendyknits:
My Boneyard out of handspun Tempted fiber made during the Spinalong the Knitgirllls did:
My Pogona out of handspun Juliespins fiber:
My Juerga cowl out of handspun fiber I blended myself from merino, alpaca, and our little rabbit's fur:
The two skeins of handspun yarn I entered aren't pictured. The colors are a bit washed out today due to cloudy weather which has returned to the Northwest with a vengeance.
Enough for today; I'll update my finished projects soon!