Monday, April 23, 2007

Getting ready for MS&W!

First, I want to show you what is happening in my part of the world right now:

This is a Stayman apple tree. We live on almost 6 acres in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. It's a long, narrow piece of property, and most of it is in disused pasture, but when we bought our house, the whole front section was an orchard. There were mainly damson plum trees, with two apples, a few apricots and four pear trees, but the trees had been neglected for many years and although we carefully pruned them every year, eventually almost all of them died.

The two apples remain, and they are so beautiful this time of year.

Here is another color riot to share! This is my order of Fleece Artist and Handmaiden yarns to sell in my booth at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. I have gotten everything priced and ready to go. I've got lots of Merino 2/6 sock yarn and the new Seawool sock yarn - a wool and Seacell blend that is very soft with a lovely sheen.

I ordered an assortment of rovings in merino, BFL, wool/silk, and alpaca/wool. And a little bit of cashmere...and puppets!

Wooly sheep from Folkmanis:

And the
new fluffy ram hand puppets.

We will have an entire menagerie to play with in the booth.
If you want to see more, come and visit us:
- Peace Weavers - in the big building, 3rd booth on the right hand wall.
We will also have lots of Peace Fleece yarn, patterns, needles & buttons.
My sisters are all coming to help, Miss R & friends, nephews, nieces.
It's going to be a lot of fun.

I'm knitting up a storm - I've finished my Clapotis scarf in Fleece Artist Scotian Silk. This is the yarn that I tried to make into an EZ Ribwarmer vest. I have two skeins of Scotian Silk in a lovely blue-green mix to have another go at the vest now.

I've got a plain sock finished in the Seawool, and the Bordello sock pattern to the heel flap. I felted my Fiber Trends Felted Clogs this morning - I'm still trying to rinse the soap out. The clogs are knitted in Fleece Artist BFL Aran - they look great. I'll try to get a photo up tomorrow.

I've got a Fiber Trends Nuts About Squirrels felted squirrel about halfway done - I'm working on the tail. I need to finish the squirrel so I can felt it next weekend so it has plenty of time to dry.

And the Peace Fleece corgi is languishing...I have two sides knitted but I am hung up for some reason on the underbelly. I think I just need to draw the colors in on the chart and get back to the knitting. I'd like to have it done to show off the new Lauren's Coral color. We will see.


Melanie said...

What a riot of colours you have in the FA and HM yarns! I really love the way your Clapotis scarf turned out in the Scotian Silk. I bet it has glorious drape.

Denise said...

Oh, I wish I were going to be at MSW too!

Your clapotis is lovely and I sheep puppets are too cute!

Terri said...

Hi Melissa, It was great seeing you at MS&W. Your booth was busy, busy, busy. I hope you survived the weekend.

Ms. Nomer said...
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Ms. Nomer said...

i saw your booth, great stuff. i didn't buy your peace fleece, something i'm now regretting. do you do phone/ internet orders?