Sock-tober!





Cold, blustery rain ushers in one of my favorite months of the year. While my toes are cosy in wool socks, the rest of me wishes I had finished one of the lovely wool sweaters i have been making for just about a year. Unfortunately, my knitting has been slowed by an injured thumb (much better now) and a busy, busy show season.



My mermaid and I had a great weekend in Berryville last weekend at the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Fest. We love being across from our neighbor Connie Delameter of Delly's Delights, seeing lots of local friends, watching the sheep dog demonstrations, eating freshly made peach cobbler, and hanging out in the Dairy barn. The leaves are just beginning to turn out there but it's not particularly cold. Perfect!

One more show to go, and this is one of my favorites: SAFF, in the Smokey Mointains this time, and with leaf changing season in full swing. I'll be in my usual spot, with yarn, fiber, and hopefully Knit Witch Yarn bowls, if our favorite Barefoot Potter gets a chance to make some for us.

I have been planning a few more shows for next year. In addition to the usual show schedule, I have taken a big step and applied for Wisconsin Sheep and Wool, and Maryland! I realize that both shows are tough to get into, but you have to start somewhere, right? I'm also looking at Fall Fiber Festival in Virginia, and thinking about New England festivals. Suggestions welcome!











In other news, I'm playing with a few new yarns. Above is the Spooky colorway dyed on Soft Twist Djinni. This yarn has the same fiber content and yardage as regular Djinni, but is spun and plied more loosely, making it fluffy, and uber soft. This is one of the few yarns I can wear on my neck, in fact; handspun Cormo is another. Must be beyond soft.



Why? I am sorting a few things out, in the yarn supply world. Sources change, prices increase, and sometimes, unexpected things happen. Djinni will stay, though. And Soft Twist Djinni is here for now. In the interest of keeping things simple, I may stop carrying Dragon Worsted. I LOVE this yarn and want ten sweaters knit in it, but it comes to me in big, honking 8 oz skeins, which I discount in order to sell. $32 is a great deal, considering $39 is the more appropriate price. I love Traveller, and Blue Face Worsted, and will keep them, because they are great yarns.



My cost has risen for Selkie, and the price will also be increasing. This is one yummy yarn, and I hope to keep it. For now, enjoy the discount price of $50 for an 8 oz skein. We will, in the next few months, begin to offer Selkie in 4 oz skeins at $30/skein which more accurately reflects our cost.



Enough of that. While I plan to simplify the colorway list a bit, I can't stop making new colorways. Perhaps because I can't stop making new colorways:) Most recently, we have Spooky and Hobgoblin, created becasue I was asked to invent a Baltimore Ravens colorway (and didn't quite get it right). I still will make a Ravens colorway, because I am a Marylander, and also a Redskins one. Probably never a Cowboys one, though... Aubergine was requested by a Anne of For Yarn's Sake in Oregon and Fighting Irish was requested by Rhonda of Ewenique Knits in Indiana.



See my problem? Last post, I mentioned that we will be putting summer colorways into hibernation; now, I will share some colorways going into the deep freeze: Beach Grass, Briar Rose, Copperplate, Fig, Neptune, Prophets of Persia, Rusted Root, and Scilla. Don't worry, this still leaves about 80 colorways!



What's up next? The shop will be updated tomorrow (Sunday) at 4 pm with lots of yarn and spinning fiber. Also, we have a Miniclub running now, which I will end tomorrow evening sometime. Lots of Traveller, and BFW, and fall colors. And, if your requested color and yarn didn't get into the mini club, I will put it in the queu.



Our Dancing in the Summer Heat KAL has just ended, and JudithH is the winner, chosen randomly from participants who finished by the end date. She won with a beautiful crochet project; wave of the future perhaps? I did recently provide some yarn support for this very talented crochet designer; do check her out! Now, what shall we do for later Fall/Winter? I have some thoughts; perhaps miss Blueswirly and i will put our heads together and get some ideas out there. I have been working with some awesome designers lately...



We just ran an inspiration contest for our Cancer Awareness colorway; while i have picked winning inspirations, i still owe you some yarn porn. I do want to say that I really appreciate all of the folks who have continued to inquire about my dad, and offer support to me and also those who shared their own concerns about friends and family on the Ravelry thread. Very powerful stuff there. Once the colorways are done, i will show them off here, and, of course, contribute 20% of their sales through the end of the year to the American Cancer society.



Ok, my brain is shutting down. Must be time to walk these pups and go to bed. Good night!