Randomly on a Monday

1. I finished the scarf.

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2. I sort of made a hat to go with.

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(Loosely based on Le Slouch, but not slouchy and with more stitches to account for the different gauge.)

3. Me, Rachel H and Denny went to the Royal Winter Fair. Denny plied on the streetcar. (Being able to ply on the streetcar is one way that spindles have it over wheels for productivity.)

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Nobody made direct eye contact.

5. We went to the fleece auction to not buy fleeces.

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6. That didn’t go very well.

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We bought 4. (I am sharing them with Denny and Rachel H, so it’s not like that’s really 4. It’s like… 1.3, and besides we sent them away with the Wellington people to be processed so it’s not like we have them, so they don’t count.)

7. We were not the only ones.

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(Our group seen here making the spinners gang sign. We invented it last year.)

8. We saw the world’s largest rutabaga.

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The best cows.

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Ate the best apple dumpling.

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Saw the best butter sculptures.

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8. Rachel made friends.

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9. We got advice.

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10. Then the cows went home.

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So we went home too.

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(Sort of.)

I just love the Royal.

(Ps. Idon’tthinkIcanstopwiththescarves.)

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155 thoughts on “Randomly on a Monday

  1. Wow! am I first? I haven’t been to the Royal for years; looks like fun; I’m impressed with the fleece. the scarves are beautiful!

  2. Man, I wish we had an event like this that I could ride public transit to! Sounds like a very full, very fun day. And that apple dumpling is making me hungry.

  3. I like coloured fleece. You’ve got to get it when you see it, really you have, because it’s not like you can pick it up at the store. Do you want me to go on because I can if you want?
    “Then the cows went home” – my favorite.

  4. i would have killed to go too. maybe next year.
    the rhinebeck fleece just arrived, and i guess i need to get that sorted out.. and there might be some cormo hidden away, and did i mention the targhee?.. the merino that mandie sent me? the…
    oh crap.

  5. I need to go to a fiber fair at some point. The spinning bug has just afflicted me and all that fleece looked nummy.
    Also, I went to my local LYS to look at the Noro. I thought it felt too much like straw to knit into something so gorgeous. Does it soften in the wash?

  6. The Scarf is lovely and I MUST make a few, but need a no wool/animal hair alternative. Have not found one yet will suffice. Help me……..

  7. It’s contagious! Now you’ve got me doing it. Oooh, look – shiny new colour coming in!
    I’d be ashamed, if I weren’t so happily mesmerized by all the pretty colours.

  8. LOVE the scarves. MUST learn to spin. Haven’t ever had Apple Dumpling….looks YUMMMM. And you sort of went home….I’ll take one of those. πŸ™‚

  9. The spinners’ gang sign is strikingly similar to the University of Texas at Austin’s “hook ’em horns” sign. Here’s the scoop, according to the UT Longhorn band webpage:
    “The “Hook’em Horns” signal was introduced at a Friday night pep rally in Gregory Gym before the Texas Christian University football game in 1955. Clark, head yell leader, and his friend Henry Pitts decided that the sign, made by extending the index and little fingers and tucking the middle and ring finger beneath the thumb, would be appropriate for University of Texas students because it resembled the head of a Longhorn.”
    The Horns are currently ranked 3rd (or 4th)in US college football and I’m sure would appreciate the support of spinners everywhere.
    Just another way of keeping Austin weird.

  10. Those apple dumplings do look awfully tasty. Did you bring any home for the rest of us in readerland?

  11. First – I love the scarf and matching hat. But I wonder about Noro – I’ve heard the colors break mid-sequence frequently and I think that’d drive me crazy…
    Second – I managed to get a photo of my Senator, Bernie Sanders, holding my half-knit sock. He’s not a world leader but I’m still pretty proud!

  12. sw33t. Cool pictures but as a metal-loving sw33t, sw33t b33r drinker, I most appreciate the spinner homage to the devil horns and the person with the pint’o’guiness love.

  13. Oooh! I love that combo! The hot pink and purple with the neutral is so pretty. Good thing I’m going to the yarn shop tomorrow. πŸ™‚

  14. That is some rutabaga!
    I really like how the hat looks! I’m still trying to find a more affordable alternative to the Noro for the scarf, but it is hard. I keep hearing all of the voices saying, “Join Us…”

  15. I’ll love you, I’ll love you til the cows come home!
    (then i’ll go back to loving the cows)
    Looks like you had a great time.. hope the fleece was the only credit card accident you had..
    the hat looks great.. (and so do the scarves.. i have avoid knitting of of them so far…)

  16. YUM that is my favourite pinkish shade of Noro SG right there. Also now I kind of want to abandon all other plans and go back to knitting striped Noro things…Any striped Noro things.

  17. A barely adequate number of fleeces for the three of you. Do you realize how much spinning you’re expected to do before the next Royal Winter Fair? You have daughters and a husband and siblings and siblings-in-law and a mother and a mother-in-law and numerous friends and the cold children of Afghanistan to spin for. Not to mention yourself. I strongly advise a minimum of 9 fleeces a year. You do have your reputation to keep up, you know?
    (and I am wicked jealous of your fair! there are a good 6 months till my next local sheep and wool fair.)

  18. What fun! I’m so glad you managed to get pictures of the butter sculptures (so strange…) and I can’t wait to see what your 1.3 fleeces become!

  19. Loved this post. I want apple dumplings, now. And also to live in a city where you can spin on the trams and someone makes butter sculptures (I don’t think this happens in the UK).
    Um, I just bought some more Silk Garden to make one of *those* scarves. Because, apparently, I don’t have enough Silk Garden already. Could have fooled me, but anyway.

  20. Okay, not only am I knitting with Noro, different pattern same obsession, and we have cows on our property (about 100), who make the stuff that makes butter, I also know Donna from Wellington Fibres. Thanks for reminding me.
    I too love the Royal, haven’t been for years, too busy actually doing the farmer thing to get there.
    (you should try a triangle shawl out of Noro silk garden sock…can’t stop knitting must see what happens next.)

  21. Seriously? Sculpted butter?!?!? Well, I suppose it doesn’t melt like ice, but I’m curious, what happens when it softens? Does it still keep it’s form?
    BTW- Love the scarf, and the more of them I see, the more I think I want to make one too.

  22. I went to the store to buy the Noro. But it was . . .scratchy. I don’t know, perhaps I am overly sensitive. It looks so pretty in the pictures, and the pattern is something even a beginner like me could manage – but, nope, scratchy. I almost bought another hand-painted yarn, but I wasn’t sure it would do the same thing.
    I join the crew looking for alternative yarns to with which to try to duplicate this pretty look.

  23. Of course the fleeces don’t count when you don’t even have them yet. The scarf is lovely and the tam is just the thing to go with it. loverly. Each year you post pictures of the Royal and I SO wish I could go to it again. i saw a calf born the year I went and that was the highlight of my day there . Of course now it would be the sheep and anything else that supplies us with our addiction. Sigh–maybe next year

  24. You aren’t going to clean all that fleece yourselves? No pots and basins of wool? No little wool mice drying? {{yay!!}}
    (Paton’s Soy Wool Stripes makes a nice alternative in the Noro Scarf and is softer. If you are on Ravelry you can see several examples.)

  25. That apple dumpling with what appears to be butterscotch sauce slathered all over the dumpling and ice-cream justlooks so delicious. I do love cows too, and sheep. A few years ago I took one of my classes to the Royal, and their favourite thing was the Wayne Gretzky butter sculpture. It’s a great place. I love being Canadian. Have fun with your fleece. Does the processing take all the yucky sheep bits and sheep dip chemicals out?

  26. The one thing I miss most about life in Ontario: fall fairs & especially the Royal, & the colours, &… Please make us all feel better & come visit us in Vancouver area — & bring lotsa books to sell. Thanks for many laughs
    Ex-To Girl

  27. Those scarves are turning out so nicely. I think the color changes would keep me interested in knitting them too. Is that vegetable supposed to be like a pumpkin as I have never heard of it before but they do look similar although that one looks huge. Would anyone end up eating it or would it be too old to eat. I cant believe they do butter sculptures too, they would definately melt here.

  28. That fleece in the picture under #5 – does that look like a lion’s head or what?! Freaky and cool at the same time. Lions vs. lambs and all that, you know?
    Thanks for yet another great armchair travelogue.

  29. in spite of living in toronto for 12 years through my childhood, I have never been to the royal winter fair. I didn’t knit back then. But I got to go to pacafiesta here in Halifax this year and that was pretty wonderful.

  30. Oh lovely scarf…phew thank goodness….because see I was so inspired I bought some Noro this weekend.

  31. Oh and I cannot wait for the first post that includes you and Denny being on some form of public transportation and someone comes running up to you ladies….I can’t wait…I know it will happen.

  32. YOu lucky women! Fleece, butter sculptures and the largest rutabaga all in one day.
    Some day I will get to go to the Royal….

  33. Could you share the hat specifics? All the how to’s? I’d love to make that hat to match my scarf :^)
    Karen

  34. The llama in the shot just about point #9 looks like it’s as amused by Rachel as she is by the goat.

  35. LOVE the hat!!
    And the scarf of course.
    Love the sheep, and the fleeces.
    And the cows.
    And the butter sculptures.
    And the dumplings.
    What a great day you had.
    I’m jealous!

  36. Can you tell us how you are doing the slipped stitches at the beginning and end of each row? I feel like that will make a big difference in how polished the finished scarf will look. I know it’s just a matter of (a short) time before I have acquired some Silk Garden!

  37. Why, oh why do the agriculture leaders here in PA insist on having the PA Farm Show in January? (We even have the term “farm show weather” for that nasty stuff that usually arrives then!) Obviously, mid-November is POST harvest down here too! The farmers could come do the Farm Show thing when the weather is least likely to prevent me from attending.
    Or… I could move to Toronto! Do you have many American retirees up there? I can start planning now since the actual moment is several years away. I was kind of thinking of retiring to the Outer Banks in North Carolina, Ocracoke to be specific, but I’m a bit leery of the frequency of hurricanes (bad enough to have to pack up the cats three or four times a summer; whatever am I going to do with the SABLE stash?) I’ve lived in PA almost my whole life, so I can deal with snow and winter!

  38. Matching hat?! Holy crap! Now I have to drag myself out to my local yarn store and risk infecting at least half a dozen people with this horrific cold crud just because I MUST have Noro because YOU are making gorgeous scarves and hats with it and I totally cannot resist! You are a bad influence. Citizens of Oklahoma, if you catch my cold, it’s Steph’s fault!

  39. There’s no shame in being a Noro ho. You are keeping fine company (what with me being a Noro ho myself).
    I buy the SG by the bag now, and spend hours imaging different ways to knit it up. Right now I’m doing that stripey vest on the knitty.
    *sigh*

  40. I know what you mean. I’m going to Madrona in Feb. to take classes and not buy anything from the vendors. I’m sure that will go just as well.

  41. I understand the Idon’tthinkicanstop thang. I finally, finally got up the nerve to TRY to make a real live Mobius scarf. It worked. Then I made another, to see if I really learned how to do it. Ummm, then I made another one. Cool!! Then, a knitting buddy wanted me to teach her how to make a Mobius. So I had to cast on for another so she could learn the cast on. And now I’m in REAL trouble ’cause I must get 2 pairs of socks, and a cap done for Christmas. And they have to be mailed off early! Don’t think my grandsons are going to be happy with scarves…..!!
    I’m Happy as if I had good sense!!!

  42. And here I thought only the NYS fair had butter sculptures. You Canadians are just as creative as we are! Tee hee….and tell us what is your secret for knitting so fast? Do the kids and hubby eat?

  43. Those were incredibly cute cows at the Royal. Any incredibly cute farmers to go with them?

  44. Plying on a street car. Now that’s impressive. I’ll spin on the bus if there aren’t many people there and that gets me some rather confused looks, but plying? No thank you! I’m still obsessing about that scarf btw… trying to think if I have any handspun in stash that’s appropriate. And if not.. maybe I ought to spin up some.

  45. I am sooooo addicted to these scarves. I can’t wait to get another colorway for my other son.
    Becky you have every right to be proud of Bernie Sanders holding your sock, I’m a New Yorker and I’ve heard of him!

  46. The Royal is my favorite time of year! It was actually the very first place I ever saw an alpaca and it was 3 years before I even went to Peru! We used to drive from Madison during school to go to the Royal. We would stop in Chicago to fill the vans with beer and liqour ( you Canadians are expensive!) and head over the boarder.
    During our times there we almost got kicked out of the hotel twice, had our van towed once, used up all of the ice in all of the ice machines at the hotel and had to sleep in shifts during the shows because we were all so hung over and somebody had to stay awake to see who won!
    God I miss the Royal.

  47. butter sculptures make me incredibly nervous. isn’t that dumb? but it’s true. something about them is just creepier than… creepy.

  48. OK. The scarf bandwagon just blew by me without stopping. But the HAT? Oh dear, must find yarn.

  49. I’m so entrenched in my Minnesota culture that it was shocking to me that there are people who have never seen a butter sculpture!
    I could have gotten a killer deal on Noro not too long ago. After seeing the scarves, I’m really kicking myself. πŸ™

  50. Well, it’s great that Noro has enough colour ways for you to stay amused, isn’t it then? And Denny? you have my great admiration for plying on public transit. I’ve spun on the bus before, but never tried my hand a plying. You have taken spindle spinning to a whole new artform…
    And Mary Ellen at 4:24? I cannot believe you’ve never had an apple dumpling, but please, please please, for the love of all things fibrous, please do so sometime soon. They’re totally heaven — especially if you eat them warm. Yummmmm…

  51. What a wonderful day.
    In Brattleboro we have a cow parade every June , but it’s not the same as seeing a cow next to moo-ving traffic.
    Fleece AND dumplings. You have a charmed life

  52. The World’s Largest Rutabaga looks to be doing a vegetable version of the Spinners’ Gang Sign, too. I didn’t know Rutabagas spun.
    Nice scarf. (wink) Obsessed? No, not at all!
    I’m glad a Minnesotan mentioned our (I may live in Wisconsin, but I was born in Minneapolis and lived in the Twin Cities much of my life) butter sculptures also: every year the reigning Princess Kay of the Milky Way is immortalized (umm, probably the wrong word choice) in butter, and many of us have to go see the “butterheads” at the State Fair. My children think it’s creepy too, like Danielle. I don’t think it’s creepier than ice sculptures….and a heck of a lot warmer.

  53. I am so pleased to see that another fair has butter sculptures. I grew up in Ohio where the annual Butter Cow is to be revered. One year his Butter Buddies were Orville and Wilbur Wright. Butter Rules!

  54. Those scarves are magical in the way that making entrelac with Noro is magical.
    Fairs that involve livestock + me = allergy attacks. Thanks for sharing the experience.

  55. Thanks to you, I bought Noro on Saturday and I am finding myself equally addicted to the scarf. My budget (and climate– I live in southern Arizona, for goodness sake) mean that I can only make one.. or perhaps two more… Because I can’t stop.

  56. Hey, your fleeces are coming to ahng ot not far from me! Have you been to Wellington Fibres? It’s cool you can go in and see all the machines working and the fleeces being processed, and they sell really nice yarn from the mohair goats that are right outside the door, and… wait. What am I saying? Don’t go. Nothing good there. Really. πŸ˜‰

  57. I found out this week that I’m within walking distance of a shop with Noro. (long story: there’s a locally-known history of it not being a great shopping experience just walking in the door, so I’ve avoided that) It may not be too long before Pattidid. Just sayin’ They are pretty… πŸ™‚

  58. I come to her site because I always learn something new and interesting. Today is no exception. I am totally impressed with the butter sculptures! What is way cool.
    We get a lot of sand sculpture here and the occasional ice sculpture if your lucky enough to be invited to an event classy enough to have one, but butter sculpture! That rocks!

  59. Oh, if you don’t have the fleeces, it totally doesn’t count! While I’m sure there’s a logistical reason it has to happen that way, it must be hard not to have your new toy(s) right away.

  60. Another yarn alternative is Wisdom Yarns Poems; same yardage, 100% wool but soft. About the same color repeats as the NoroSG. And why would I know this? Well somehow I found myself in a LYS this weekend looking at the Silk Garden and let the sales woman talk me into Poems….better price as well. I think it was $5.25USD/skein
    The colors are not quite as great as Noro but then none of them are

  61. Oh, these scarves are making me fall in love with Noro again. I think it’s that the oatmeal stripes kind of break up that trademark Noro repeat (which I gather people like, but for some reason I just don’t).
    Though I have to say I’ve learned my lesson – never again will I knit anything head-oriented (hat, calorimetry, whatever) out of Kureyon. Too itchy. Is Silk Garden nicer for headwear?
    And I have ALWAYS wanted to learn to make butter sculptures.

  62. What fun! I know that funny look when you spin or ply on public transportation. The best part is the kids. They get so excited and interested.
    Can I share the secret sign with my spinning guild?

  63. 1. I think you live in a universe where there are more hours in a day than the universe I live in.
    2. Whoa, that’s a BIG rutabaga. I wonder how many people that would feed?
    3. Rachel’s new friend is adorable!

  64. I had a great time at the Royal too, and I wandered away with a fleece myself. I really appreciate the link to Wellington fibres, I was starting to randomly look at my hand cards and weep…

  65. OH! Love the pinks and purples. The second scarf is going to be nice and colorful. Two totally different themes, the two scarfs.
    Don’t you just love the little angora goats? I’ve been begging for a couple to put with my sheep. Maybe next year….
    Also – the butter sculptures are great. Looks like you had fun. Go you. πŸ™‚

  66. How many shops have had a run on the Noro now thanks to you? I will be visiting my LYS (coupon in hand that I’ve been saving for something special!) this weekend after payday.
    WHEN I’ll have time with all of my Christmas knitting (and a new yarn-crazy kitten to deal with) to do, I don’t know, but I don’t care!

  67. hm. and i always thought denny was a guy! but i think i was perhaps confusing den(ny) and ken? looks like the fair was plenty o’ fun for all!

  68. What, no butter Last Supper??
    Denny seems to have at least one interested observer, in the yellow jacket back there. How disappointing that you sent the fleeces to be processed. If nobody made direct eye contact when Denny was plying, imagine if the three of you had boarded the streetcar going home, each carrying a giant bag of what looks like an entire sheep.

  69. I have to warn you about those furry people. Someday, you may find them following you home from the Fair & then you’ll have to move to the country & build a barn. . . It happens.
    p.s. *love* the scarves. How did I miss those before? Gotta make one. . .

  70. Someday I will get to see a butter sculpture of a cow in person.
    My father collects “bovine themed dairy product containers” cow creamers, butter dishes and cheese dishes. I think a bovine themed dairy product SCULPTURE would just about blow his mind.
    I had a kind of crummy week last week and sought solace in a book store, I bought your Secret Life of a knitter, and it’s making me very happy. Beautifully written

  71. I’m over in the States doing the visiting grandma thing, having brought a reasonable number of projects with me (for English grandchild of 8 months – couple of tank tops, two more finished items with weaving in and making up to do,)and have already been tempted to start a cowl from 2 strands of sock yarn, and a scarf for American 6 year old, and now this Canadian woman IS FORCING ME TO START THE NORO STRIPEY SCARF! I’m losing sleep here. Startitis reigns. But Stephanie, thankyou for infecting us all with enthusiasm for a project which had been in mental pipelines for so long. I start tonight. Blow the weaving in etc.

  72. And your book just got here fom Amazon! My cup runneth over. Saving it for the plane journey home next weekend.

  73. Ah, the always-fabulous butter sculptures! One of these years I’m going to make it to Toronto for the fair.
    I still haven’t hopped on the Noro bandwagon, but my friend Mel (who I taught to knit just a couple of weeks ago) is totally on board. She’s using Silk Garden Lite, and is kicking butt and taking names. I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before I give in.

  74. The Royal sounds like so much fun! You weren’t going to buy fleeces….snort LOL! I have a new name for your scarf. Personally I think it should be called Noro Yarn Crack! It’s so addictive that I can hardly put it down, and I have to tell ya that all the other items on my Christmas knitting list really resent being bumped off the list!!! The colors are so mesmerizing that I just can’t resist it. It’s so much fun I can’t stand it! Darn you Noro Striped Scarf, I can’t seem to stop……….

  75. Is it just me, or does that going-home cow seem singularly udderless? And also….well, what’s the opposite of a hermaphrodite?

  76. I just wanted to say that I must have joined the Yarn Harlot band wagon a year ago as I remember pictures of lots of women going crazy over nondescript looking armfuls of sheep wool in what looked like a giant warehouse. One year on and I have learned to knit, revived my crochet and am on the point of going down the spinning road. I have also joined Ravelry and heard you speak in London.
    I have spread my love of fibre things and this last week have taught two more people to crochet as we have supported my best friend while she dies peacefully at home of leukaemia. She is wrapped in two blankets I have made for her with all the love I have.
    It has been quite year. You may not be aware that you have been a part of it,but I’m glad you have. x x

  77. I’m hoping to win a 4-H trip to the Royal next year … your pictures made me get out the entry form and start filling it out! (it’s a trip just for the leaders)

  78. This is a wee bit off topic, but Stephanie, you have to see this:
    http://mposey.wordpress.com/2008/11/17/a-new-one/
    I know how much you like babies and socks. Well, the new mom who writes the above blog knit herself AND her newborn matching socks. I am supposing that she didn’t do it during her 30 hours of labor, but it’s just the cutest thing! There is a great picture in the middle of the baby (in his new socks) resting between his mother’s be-socked feet!

  79. I don’t know Denny but I like how she always wears interesting handknits. Sometimes when I see a bunch of knitters I’m wondering where are all the beautiful things you knit? You never seem to actually wear them. So whenever Denny shows I check out what she’s wearing and sure enough she comes through!!! Way to go Denny.

  80. So, if I buy yarn online I don’t have it either. Does that mean it doesn’t count, just like your fleeces? LOL. Coming to think of it, I really don’t have that much yarn ;-))).

  81. Must.resist.Noro.scarf!
    But if I buy the yarn to make it as a Christmas gift, then it comes out of the Christmas money and not my non-exsistant yarn allowance right?
    I love livestock shows, reminds me of my youth and 4H fairs.

  82. Scarf… beautiful. Hat…gorgeous. Mittens next. Right?
    Looks like you folks had a blast at the Royal this year. And all that fleece you didn’t buy! My, my. Sending that fleece off with Donna and Lorne is a great idea. When it’s ready to come back, plan a day trip to go get it. They’ll happily show you around the mill. Then, after your fleeces are safely packed away in the car, stop in Elora for lunch and a little tourism. The place is gorgeous.

  83. Dear Harlot,
    Would The Scarf work as well in Kureon? I’ve got a lot of singles in a variety of eye-popping colours and I’d love to stash-bust rather than running out to buy Silk Garden. (Oh, gods, MORE yarn?!?!)

  84. So THAT’s where my 3 year old got that hand signal from…he’s been doing it for the past two days…guess he’s a closet spinner. My husband will NOT be pleased!

  85. Noro scarf = addictive. I had sworn to NOT START anything else in 2008… but it happened anyway.
    Spinner gang sign… that’s gonna spread everywhere now!

  86. plus, i waved at rachael and almost bid. and then she waved back and almost bid. that poor auctioneer.

  87. That fair looks like a lot of fun!
    Thanks to you, I started a Noro Striped Scarf on Saturday. Now, it’s all I want to knit. I really thought the 1×1 rib would get on my nerves, and I’d be bored quickly, but that is not the case. It’s the Noro. It has that affect. I can totally understand why you started another one. I’ll be doing the same.

  88. The scarf is gorgeous. I did persuse the Silk Garden at my LYS this weekend, but they were very low on stock. I could raid my Silk Garden stash that I’m building up to make a Lizard Ridge blanket, but I only have single balls, and I think you need one colourway to continue throughout. Never mind, I shall not be put off – I’m sure that there are plenty of places online to find some delicious colour combinations! You are a very naughty enabler, you do realise that?!!

  89. At first glance I was thinking everybody was doing the “I love you” sign, but they’d have to stick their thumbs out more and straighten their bent fingers. Still–it so much matches, y’know? You all were having as much fun as I was in Vermont!

  90. The scarf and hat are beautiful.
    Those butter sculptures were amazing. I’ve never heard of sculpting in butter before.

  91. I found some other wool to use for this scarf at a LYS during a “shop hop” this past weekend. It’s called Wisdom Yarns – Poems (distributed by Universal Yarn Inc.). Many, many magnificent colorways. Much less expensive than Noro. Very soft. I’ve already started my scarf and loving how it looks and feels.

  92. My husband took our son down to the Fair this weekend with my in laws. My son got to sit on a cow, and feed the goats and sheep. A great experience for a city boy!
    He didn’t have an apple dumpling – but he did eat almost an entire bison burger. Pretty impressive for a 2 year old!
    We can’t take my MIL to see the butter sculptures anymore – a few years ago she was convinced that one of them was of a man being…excessively friendly… with a sheep. We’ve tried to convince her that the butter sculpture man was just shearing the butter sculpture sheep, but she’s having none of it!

  93. okay…i finally broke down and bought the Noro yarn too. I’ve been resisiting as i tend to resist knitting fads (faux fur scarves anyone?). I’m addicted to them too. I di dmine slightly differnt; I choose three balls, and am doing 2 rows of each. It seems to give an interesting textured dimension to the striping.

  94. Fleeces absolutely do not count if you send them out to be processed. (Says the person who actually thought she was going to pick & card an entire fleece over the weekend…yeah, right, didn’t happen…didn’t even get near the fleece I brought just in case I get the first one done.)

  95. I loved your comment about going to the fleece auction to NOT buy a fleece. That is pretty much impossible huh? The number of times I have said to my friends— “DON’T let me buy ANYTHING- I don’t need a thing”- and then bought something an hour later…
    Good idea to have the fiber processed. That will give you hours more to spin and knit. I think I have to make a noro scarf now. They are lovely.

  96. I love how when you say “I sort of made a hat” what you really mean is “I made this great hat off the cuff.” Someday, I will be at that point in my knitting, Until then, you give me hope.
    Kit

  97. Ha! Serves you right with the scarves! Because of your bad influence, I’m on my third Noro scarf. I’m not saying it’s your fault; I’m saying I’m going to blame you.
    Those apple dumpling things looked sooo good–almost as good as the beer. Glad you had a grand time.

  98. Just curious, what does a fleece cost? plus processing? I went to our county fair here last year in northern CA and watched the sheep shearing. I asked the guy what the fleece sold for. He shrugged his shoulders and said oh, $5.00. (I didn’t have the impression that he knew what he was talking about. That price seemed rather low…)

  99. That gang sign bears a remarkable resemblance to the “twitchy llama” sign my daughter learned from a friend at school.

  100. A winter fair! What a brilliant idea. I want to go to one. I almost feel whiny about the fact that there isn’t one anywhere near me. I know this because I jumped on Google and looked right after I read this post.
    Butter sculptures…. To think I’ve never seen one.

  101. Hi Stephanie,
    Thanks for the link to Wellington Fibres! We’ve just started raising sheep this year and I’ve been looking for options for having my very small fiber quantities (by commercial standards) processed. Cheers!

  102. Okay, so I sort of gave in on this scarf, but I’m not using Noro. The Noro yarn at my LYS was just WAY too expensive to even consider ($19 each!!! I cannot justify an $80 scarf!). So I ended up buying 4 skeins of Patons soy-wool yarn at Michaels. I don’t usually buy yarn there, because I don’t like the look or feel of any of what they carry. But this had good colors and it was soft AND it was cheap ($1.50 a skein on super-sale!). The colors aren’t as bold and beautiful as the Noro, so my stripes aren’t ending up quite as defined, but it’s still turning into a lovely scarf.

  103. How can you *stand* to k1p1 forever??? I hate 1×1 ribbing almost as much as you do entrelac, I can’t imagine anything that would make me knit 1 scarf, much less any more. That said, your scarves are very pretty, and I’m glad you find joy in them. You do the 1×1’s and I’ll do the entrelac. That will maintain the cosmic balance for now, at any rate.

  104. If you think the scarves are addictive, you should try it with the sock yarn…. Same effect, faster project, so many possiblities! (me, an enabler? … nah!)

  105. My friends and family wish that you cease and desist any and all comments and photos of the Noro scarf….for the sake of my sanity…I have too many projects on the go and now have all my Noro stash lined up in different colour combos…

  106. Sheep! I like sheep:-) Okay–I teach and live in a place where gang signs are fairly real and scary–the ‘Spinner’s gang sign’ just cracked me up–completely!!! My students were not as appreciative, but I thought it was hilarious! (Not that I”ll be flashing it any time soon…)

  107. My second comment. I just wanted to add that they DO have butter sculptures every year at the PA Farm Show (in January). It’s a huge deal and the design is never revealed until the day the governor actually opens the show. It’s displayed in a cooled glass case and – good news – is cut apart and donated to missions and shelters after the Farm Show is over. No butter goes to waste!
    They also specialize in food made with Pennsylvania produce. I haven’t been there for a while (see earlier post about weather), but I’ve heard they have baked potatoes, fried mushrooms from Kennet Square, and real dairy milkshakes. All the commodity queens are there representing their industry, so the dairy princess, honey queen, apple queen, you name it, might be there to serve you at one of the food stands.
    An apple dumpling is a whole apple, peeled and cored, wrapped in a pastry case and baked. Sugar, cinnamon,and raisins can be added to the apple, especially the hole where the core was removed, prior to wrapping. Here in PA (and at the Farm Show, I’m sure), it would be served hot in a bowl with milk, ice cream, or whipped cream. It’s one of those festival foods that you eat without worrying too much about fat and calories. Besides, any food that you eat while you’re standing up and walking around doesn’t count, right? Just like any food on a stick has negative calories. I hear they fry Twinkies and Mars Bars at the Farm show too.

  108. Wow, judging by picture number 5 those must be impressive fleeces, and Canadian shearers must be the bravest in the world…
    Is that where Lion Brand comes from? And is that what happened to Clarence the cross-eyed lion (am I the only one that remembers Daktari?)

  109. Oh! That hat plus the scarf! I’m having a little trouble breathing from the gasping of “ohhowlovely!”.
    I was going to resist. Truly I was. I dislike the knit-feel of the Noro so much. But if it really does soften so much and oh.so.pretty. I must. May I ask how much yarn you used for both the hat and scarf?

  110. Love the hat and scarf πŸ™‚ But… I am so happy to see butter sculptures, I thought that was something one could only see at the Kansas State Fair, here in the US πŸ˜‰

  111. wow- this is so neat- I was at the auction as well- bought a fleece for the first time- came here via a friend’s blog.

  112. i love your spinner’s gang sign – surely you know that it’s the american sign language word for llama?

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