I’ve had a really fun week, and I’ve been so busy, I haven’t been able to write about it until now! On Wednesday I released the second pattern in the the Beach Collection. Current is a crescent-shaped shawl featuring a wavy lace pattern reminiscent of the current moving through the water. Although the pattern may seem complicated at first, once you find the rhythm it’s fairly easy and it grows so quickly you’ll be finished before you know it!
This weekend I went with my knitting group to the Smallest Fiber Fest in Arkansas at Knittin on the Corner in Hot Springs. The original Arkansas Fiber Fest was cancelled, but eight of us decided to go anyway, because when you live in a yarn desert, you need all the knitting road trips you can get! The Arkansas knitters were so friendly and welcoming, we all had a wonderful time. We took some fun classes, made lots of new friends, and added to our stash! Here is my haul:
The project bag was made by Heather of the Knotty Acorn, The yarn came from Knittin on the Corner, Knit unto Others, and a new little yarn shop in the Fine Line Supply Co in Ruston, Louisiana, where we stopped on the way. Can you see the Millenium Falcon on the project bag? All of Heather’s bags were beautiful, but Star Wars? I couldn’t pass it up!
I also met Tish of Southern Girl Knits and she interviewed me for her podcast! She was so nice I forgot to be nervous, and my podcast debut was not at all embarrassing. You can watch it here on YouTube and also meet Bea and Claire, the yarn shop owners who made our fun weekend possible.
While my friends were taking one of the classes, I took a walk through downtown Hot Springs and was awed by the beautiful bathhouses from the 1910s and 20s. This is the stained glass ceiling in the Fordyce Bathhouse, which has been restored as a museum and visitor center.
My knitting this weekend was a pair of toe-up two-at-a-time socks (for mindless knitting) and a second sample of one of the shawls from Knitting the Beach. The socks are still on the needles, but I finished the shawl and blocked it when I got home. I really like the way it turned out in this variegated lace weight yarn. It’s huge, but still light and airy. You can find more information about it on my project page.
Whew! That’s enough for now. I hope you had some fun this week too. Thank you for knitting!
September 23, 2015 @ 8:34 am
Sounds like you are having a great time designing. Miss you in Wisconsin. Love the podcast
September 23, 2015 @ 9:36 am
I am! I miss everyone in Wisconsin, but I’ll be back next summer.
September 23, 2015 @ 8:41 am
Hey, Kephren! I’m sitting in the airport in Dallas and just read your post! We have a long layover, so I will be knitting while I wait. I have my Madeline Shawl with me and I had to pull it out to wear on the plane. I may need it again on some of those cool nights I’m looking forward to in NC and NYC! It’s the perfect weight and size for my bag. Have a great week!
September 23, 2015 @ 9:39 am
I don’t know what I would do without knitting while I wait. Have a fun trip!
September 23, 2015 @ 8:56 am
Totally enjoyed reading your blog post! We sure had a wonderful time…I’m thankful every day for you and for the girls in our knitting group! Yarn desert or no – we surely love our knitting! Congratulations on your podcast debut, you did a great job!
September 23, 2015 @ 9:49 am
Thanks Teri! I don’t think I would be where I am now without the support of our group, and it keeps getting better! I am grateful for all of you.
September 23, 2015 @ 9:12 am
I always look forward to your posts. We did have a great weekend! There is always more to learn and I am so happy that I have good knitting buds to learn from! Thanks for always being willing to share what you know with me.
I am busily organizing my knitting for my trip next week. No idea yet about the clothes!
September 23, 2015 @ 9:54 am
Thank you Brenda, we did have a great weekend! I’m so happy we can learn from eachother.
September 23, 2015 @ 3:11 pm
I am glad we had the opportunity to go last weekend. I enjoyed the camaraderie, buying new yarn and goodies, and so happy we were able to share you and your talents with so many people. I hope you had many, many sales and that your name spreads thru knitting circles everywhere!
September 23, 2015 @ 3:14 pm
Thanks Gayle! I felt so special to have my own “pr team” traveling with me! I am lucky to have such good friends.
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