Tuesday, September 25, 2007

It's been a little busy!

Honest. The summer season at Bluemont is always rather hectic, but this year I got to fill in for the business manager while she was out on maternity leave along with my other duties, and then we moved our office in early August. Crazy, mon!

And in amongst the work-type busy-ness, my sisters & I took our Mom on a 5 day cruise to Canada for her 80th birthday - I promise a separate post on this trip soon, complete with embarrassing family photos and a report on our visit to Fleece Artist!

I helped Miss Ruby get ready to go off to college, and I got myself ready to teach two new classes: District Checks & Tweeds at The Mannings and Modular Knitting at the Campbell Folk School. Both were very successful classes with great students. I'll be teaching the Checks & Tweeds class again for the Blue Ridge Guild here in Virginia in February. My next Folk School class will be Knit to Felt in March, and then Tartan Throws in September.

In the Modular Knitting class, we made Log Cabin blocks:

And we made Triangles:

We made Mitered Squares:

And we knit Lizard Ridge squares, with one bold knitter even trying her hand at Entrelac:

We had one brand new knitter in the bunch who made a brilliant start with a roomful of encouragement. Here is the entire crew on Friday afternoon...note the picture perfect Smoky Mountain day - the weather was simply perfect all week long!

So I'm back home, trying to catch up on things at work after a week away and trying to figure out what to cast on next... two socks on two circs? More hats? What is on my holiday gift knitting list - it's certainly time to start thinking about that.

I will be singing at the Waterford Homes Tour & Craft Fair October 6 & 7, and helping at the Waterford Weavers booth there as well. We are planning a trip to visit Misses R & H at college after that, and I'm rooting for a swing by the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck on the way home as a)I've never been and b)I'm thinking about selling there next year. Then I will be appearing at the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival Oct. 27 & 28, and teaching a Tartan Scarves class at Misty Mountain Farm in November. A busy fall season ahead!