Middle Tennessee Fiber Festival

What a fun time we had yesterday!!!! A very small fiber festival in comparison to say the Wisconsin or Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, but fun just the same. I met some knitsibs there and we perused all the vendors, watched a sheep shearing, petted some angora rabbits, learned all about harvesting their fiber (french and english), ate a bite of lunch and of course, came home with some fiber.

Angora rabbits:

Sheep before and after shearing:
I had purchased some silk caps at Stitches South and decided to pick up a few more yesterday.
Because of their long fibers, you can knit directly from the cap, all you have to do is draft first. You don't need to spin it, although you can do that too. To learn how, go here. There are many more sites, just go to Google and type in silk caps.

In addition to the silk caps, I purchased a kit (I know, I don't normally do that) from Coloraturayarns.com. This is a simple garter stitch scarf but a silk scarf was also dyed in the same colorway and you weave the scarf through it once it's knitted. I should have taken a picture of their finished item, but I didn't so you'll have to wait for my finished product.

I also came home with some Merino/Tussah Silk in a blue colorway

and some needle felting items and some alpaca fiber for needle felting


In the last post I mentioned that the LYS did a knit-a-long for the EZ Baby Surprise Jacket. We used Katia Bombay. A lovely, lovely self-striping yarn and an ingenious pattern! I'm done with it other than finding the right buttons.

You follow Ms. Zimmerman's destructions........and you get this pile of mess.
Fold it the right way....and you get this. Just 2 seams at the top of the sleeves and you're done. Buttonholes are placed on either side of the jacket, so you can knit it in advance in a neutral color, and once the baby's gender is known, cover the other buttonhole with a button, and presto, an already handmade baby gift.

Yep, she's a genius!
This Memorial Day weekend will be spent getting the bedroom ready for the external closet we are having installed. It's going to be all shelves and enclosed with doors. We have chest of drawers but they don't work well for sweat clothes, long johns, turtlenecks...stuff you need for the farm in winter. Our MB closet has shelving, but it's at the top (where I can't reach) and I have to put laundry away. Plus, what's in the MB closet now, isn't enough. Our MB is plenty big enough to add an external closet. We've been using stackers but they aren't dust-free as a closet would be. Unfortunately, I've already gotten rid of the stackers and moved the chests, so I don't have a before picture. But I will be posting an after picture. Closet guy comes next weekend.
I need to do something similar for my yarn stash too.

It's been awhile and I've been neglectful....

So I ask myself....what the heck have I been doing to have been so long in posting? Have I been busy on Ravelry? (No, other than surfing it) Have I been busy at home? (not too much) Have I been traveling? (Yes, I went to Stitches South) Have I been busy at work? (no, not too much) Sounds like I've just been lazy on the computer and have spent more time knitting.

For the most part this is true.
**January, we saw a lot of snow in Middle Tennessee, 3 weekends in a row of a lot of inches is a lot of snow for us. Most we had seen in a long time.

**February came and went, nothing important because I can't even remember it occurring.

**March ..... I had gel injections put into both knees. Seems to have helped. I have to be careful not to overdo it though.

**April - aaaah, Stitches South. It was fabulous! I made the trek alone this year, no knitsibs with me. I still had fun though and made new friends. 2 new friends from Colorado Springs that were just wonderful and very inspirational. Hope to meet up with them again. The classes were all great. Also, met some co-workers for dinner and an ex-co-worker for dinner on Friday. I hadn't seen her in probably 10 years, so it was a long time. Kathryn, it was great to see you!
I came home with some good purchases from Stitches. Not too much, not too little, just the right amount! I'll post pics of my new additions later.

**May has started out quite ferocious. We had rain begin early Saturday morning on May 1. It rained solid all day Sat and Sunday, no breaks. We lost power and lost running water. Our creek turned into a raging river. Could not cross the bridge that the county maintains and frankly, no one was going anywhere because we have lots of creeks and rivers in mid Tenn because of all the hills and roads were flooding. Since we had no power we couldn't know what was going on in Nashville and the surrounding counties. When power finally resumed on Monday (still no running water) we were able to see the devastation in the area.
I-40 flooded. I-24 flooded. Big tractor-trailer rigs were under water, cars were floating on the interstate. It was completely flooded. The pictures were horrific. Opryland Hotel, Grand Ole Opry, Opry Mills...all under water. The devastation is catastrophic. Homes, all the homes under water in areas that are not categorized as flood plain and therefore those poor people have no flood insurance. Downtown Nashville has the Cumberland River flowing through it. Flood level is 40 feet. The river crested at 51.93. Yes, you get the picture. Downtown Nashville around the river, Broadway, 1st and 2nd avenues, Country Music Hall of Fame, the new symphony center, many restaurants and businesses, under water. If you want to see pictures, you can google flooding in Nashville or you can go to our local NBC channel, any many others.
My creek (er, raging river) was nothing in comparison. I am very fortunate. We built our house up on a hill so we had no fear of the water reaching the house.
As for the running water, we ended up heading into the nearest town and stayed at a motel until Thursday night. Water finally came back on Friday, although it was very brown and very gritty. By tonight, it is much better although still a little smelly. But I have a house, I have my family and we're safe.

As for knitting, I have several projects on the needles and some completed items as well.
I finally started a EZ Baby Surprise Jacket. I am knitting with US 5's with Katia Bombay in blues. What a fun pattern. Started a new pair of socks with Panda Silk in lt blue. Have finished knitting the Comfy Cape but I need to weave in the ends and block it. Will post pics later.

Hope all of you had a very Happy Mother's Day.