Sunday, September 18, 2016

Mermaid Tail

Kya is pictured abovet modeling the finished project.  You can not really see that there are "scales" all over the body of the garment....but how cute the tail turned out was a very pleasant surprise.

Mia said she didn't care about having a mermaid tail.  She is just as happy having a blanket made out of her part of the yarn.  So I spent the trip to yellow springs making Mia a blanket from the old fashioned dishcloth pattern.  I just continued to yarn over and make the "dishcloth" bigger until I had a child's sized blanket and then did the knit two together and yarn over until finished.

I have to admit that I was very excited when Mia did not want to have a mermaid tail of her own.  It was fun making the first one, but I prefer something a bit faster to make next.  I'll add the blanket to the blog post when I finish it this week.

Fiber Festival in Yellow Springs, Ohio

I told my buddies that I wasn't going to blog about our trip to Yellow Springs, Ohio because of my being embarrassed by my having purchased MORE yarn on this jaunt!  However, we had so much fun that I can NOT totally ignore the event as I journal my knitting life!

Sally drove us to Yellow Springs in her WONDERFUL motor home on Friday.  Friday evening found us sharing cheese and crackers, a bit of wine, Mitzi's wonderful chili that made a great taco salad with the added ingredients that Dar had brought.  It was topped off with Sally's cobbler that "was to die for"!  And, of course, the featured event of the evening was our knitting!  And discussing the plan for the next morning's shopping event.

We agreed that we would leave the motor coach in time to "hit" the tents that housed the vendors when they opened their doors at 9.  And we had agreed that we would go to the vendors that were the most popular last year first.  So our first purchases were at Wolle's and at Fiber Optics.

I will add to this post as I find time.  But I have to add that Sally is a wonderful driver and that I would ride with her ANYWHERE!  Great trip!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Betsy's Poncho

Betsy shared the recently finished poncho in beautiful shades of purple today at the Wild Ramp.  Betsy graciously allowed me to put information on my blogsite so that I could recreate something similar from my stash.

It is knit as a large rectangle and then sewn together to create a poncho.  Betsy made her rectangle 28 inches by 56 inches.  She cast on 85 stitches and knit with a size 10 and1/2 needle.  It requires 1000 yards of yarn.  Below is a close up of the stitches:

This week Betsy brought two more ponchos that she had knitted.  One is black and the other has three colors of mohair knitted in stripes.

She shared the pattern that she used with us.  I have filed it as Betsy's Poncho in Using Stash in the kitchen knitting file.  This pattern calls for 700 yards and size 15 needles