The count down has begun for two upcoming fiber festivals that are a “must go to” in the fiber world! First the New York Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY and two weeks later, The Fiber Festival Of New England in Springfield, MA! There has been LOTS of dyeing happening in my life, and of course lots of help! :)
There has also been quite a bit of knitting going on to show you how nicely my yarns knit up. A good friend put together the OM Shawl from my Downeast yarns. We chose Dark Brown, Cherry Red, Peacock and Old Gold. Its such a versatile design that can be worn many different ways!
While Vanessa was working on the OM Shawl, yet another talented knitting friend whipped up this beautiful Feadan Shawl in Southport. Its an asymmetric design, super pretty in warm or cool shades! Thank you Vanessa and Lee!
My BFF Eileen put her own special touches on the Calamus Cowl using NIMBIS Minis … xoxoxo my friend! It’s so beautiful and you are so talented!!
In late August I dove in with determination to make the Putney Mountain Vest in time to wear in NY! I bought the pattern last year at Rhinebeck and when my Farm Blend Summer came back from the Mill I knew it was a perfect match!
I made a few modifications but all in all it took 600 yards of Mahogany Farm Blend and less than 100 yards of Natural, Apricot, and less than 50 yards of Chartreuse, and Paprika. I made the largest size and I did not do the increases and decreases in the body as I like a loose and boxy sweater. It is a little large, but I will happily wear it, but will go down just once size for then next one. I also chose to not attempt the steeking and made it a pullover. I decreased the neckline by 6 rounds and added my own design within the last 10 rounds. I’m so happy with this sweater in this yarn!
I will have many skeins of Farm Blend with me at Rhinebeck and whatever is left will go to The Fiber Festival of New England two weeks later! Farm Blend Summer, Downeast and Southport are also all available on my website and very soon the next run of Farm Bend will be ready! This batch will be rich and dark, and full of surprises!