Lambtown

I’ve lived mostly in the Bay Area for the last 25 years, but not once have I made it to the local fiber festival known as Lambtown – at least until this past weekend. My secret to attending was a. not being employed on a Sunday, making the whole weekend available for fun, and b. signing up for a class.

I attended just for Saturday because I played with a friend on Sunday, but I managed to have a pretty good time. The signage for the festival was extra good – I never had to ask where something was because the map was good, and the signs even better!

There were two full rooms of vendors with yarn, fiber, tools and accessories. Some don’t go to the “big” events because they cost a lot, so it was fun to see new-to-me folks.


My strategy for the marketplace was to have a strict budget, and not buy any fiber until after the spinning class that I took called Self-Striping yarn- with the amazing Abby Franquemont. I had taken a class on spindling with her several years ago at Rhinebeck, so I knew I’d get a lot out of the class. This is one of her “on the floor” exercises for taking solids and playing with how to make strips.

This is what I bought, ending up under budget this time:

The braid is 100% BFL wood in the Norwegian Gold heather color way from Greenwood. I love the darker natural fiber mixed with the heathered colors! The buttons are from a new-to-me button company from Oregon called Wooly Moss Roots – it was a group of “seconds” (they look fine to me) for only $5.00. They were at Stitches West last year, but won’t be back because they are small and that event is pretty expensive. I love their buttons but didn’t have a reason to buy more.

The yarn is from Invictus Yarns – and oh, I love her hand-dyes. This is the Tenacity yarn, which is an 80/20% superwash merino/silk blend in the Dream Magic Colorway. Such great color sense! This will be part of secret project so mums the word! It wasn’t until I took the photo that I realized how similar the fiber and yarn color ways are.

There wasn’t time to go see the sheep, but one of them did stop by the vendor area and was dressed mighty fine!

All in all, there was more than I could see in the time that I had, and for a $5 fee entrance, this event is really a bargain. The only downside was that there were only three food vendors, so next time I’ll bring some food for lunch and avoid that crush!

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FO: the Simple Cable Cardigan

After illness last week that thwarted my progress in knitting, I have completed my cardigan, and I am pretty darn happy with it!

It fits, it has POCKETS, a shawl collar that turned out well, and nice long sleeves that don’t ride up too much. If you want to know more details, here’s my Ravelry link¬†and this post discusses some of the in progress issues.

A couple of days ago I had posted the sweater bp, that is, before pockets, and it was a pretty good sweater already:

All About the Pockets

I really wanted pockets for this grandpa kind of sweater. The Vogue Knitting book has a nice section on pockets. Here was my method. I outlined the area for the pockets by using a darning needle and contrasting scrap yarn (see the right side as you face the sweater).

Then I snipped a thread and pulled out the yarn to form live stitches on the top and bottom. With the top stitches, I knit a rectangle in coordinating yarn (this was an alpaca/wool blend, worsted weight), and then grafted those stitches to the body of the sweater, and closed up the sides. Here’s the wrong side:

Then I went back to the bottom live stitches and did a row of stockinette, a row of seed stitch, a row of stockinette, and then cast-off.

I like that the pocket front echoes the seed stitch pattern elsewhere, but has a minimal profile. I think it looks sleek! This is only my second set of pockets on a sweater, I think they look good.

Front

I had thought I would put a bunch of buttonholes and funky buttons on the front, since I had some great buttons in the stash:

But the more I thought about how I would really wear this sweater, the more I decided against it. Instead I put one buttonhole at the bustline, and I’m not sure that I’ll put on a button. The sleek look is good, and I rarely need to close up a sweater completely in the mild climate I live in.

Economical Knit

Because I used Cascade’s Ecological Wool, the sweater materials came in at a great price – I used just about 2 skeins of the yarn (I really had about 2.75 because of leftovers), and my guess is that I paid about $20/skein at the time, so somewhere between $40-60 for a lovely sweater. I’ve learned recently that Cascade has some “interesting” points of view, and I haven’t been a fan since they boycotted the industry trade show and set up shop at a hotel nearby. But this yarn was in deep stash, and not knitting it wouldn’t change things for them.

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