Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

Gorgeous yarn colors at Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival was a super fun time! Held at the Howard County Fairgrounds, near Frederick, Maryland, it's a huge, free, annual festival put on by the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association. It's like a big county fair crossed with a huge yarn market crossed with a showcase of hundreds of sheep breeds. The sheepdog trials were one of my favorite things I saw all weekend. It was so fascinating to watch these dogs work, only going on hand signals or whistles from their Continue Reading

Chesapeake Bay Ishbel

An image of me wearing the Ishbel shawl, taken from behind with my hair pinned up

When I was at Stitches East 2008 I bought a wonderful skein of Spirit Trail Fiberworks Orihime sock yarn. It's a blend of 80% merino and 20% cashmere and just too nice for socks. I've been saving it ever since for the right project. It's a gorgeous variegated yarn in colors from light aqua to midnight blue-green. A million people on Ravelry have made the Ishbel shawl, and I'd had my eye on it for a while. I had just enough yarn so I decided to make it up! It was a really quick knit Continue Reading

Butter & Honey Cowl

cowl

More finished knitting to show off - this time it's the Honey Cowl pattern by Madelinetosh. Everyone and their mom has been knitting this, and I really loved the texture so I figured I'd join in! My friend Genevieve and I met up for a visit in Charlottesville near Christmas and she bought me two skeins of Tosh Vintage, which was a joy to work with. It's so squishy! Stockinette is drapey and all, but honestly I love a good textured knit which is one reason I was drawn to this pattern. Continue Reading

Whisky Cowl

Image of me wearing my purple cowl and army green jacket

Shocker - I'm posting new knitting! It's been a good long while since I've written about anything remotely crafty here. I took some time off from crafting when I quit my corporate job, I think for a couple reasons. One, I was feeling more fulfilled at work and didn't need quite so many creative pursuits outside my job. And two, I was so darn busy trying to figure out the whole self-employment thing! I'm happy to report that I am back to knitting with a passion, and I also am working on my Continue Reading