Fair Drop Off is Friday!
This Friday, all Needlework and Fiber Arts entries will be physically accepted at the Home Arts Building (above!) from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm ONLY. This allows for both judging and exhibit set up to happen before the Kittitas County Fair opens Thursday, August 30th at 10 am! All exhibits remain on display until the close of Fair, and must be picked up between 6:00 and 8:00 pm on Monday, Labor Day.
Superintendents remind you that items should be blocked, pressed, clean and free of animal hair! (Reminder: turn your items inside out to check for neatness.)
There is a small late entry fee, but entries can still be made at the Fair Office (in the Armory, 901 E 7th Ave).
It's a great time to celebrate the creativity and artisanry of Kittitas County!
While I usually use this space to highlight new arrivals, yarn restocks, special tools, and more, today I am featuring what remains of a very special yarn. Phydeaux Designs Soie is a merino and silk fingering weight yarn, beautifully hand-dyed by Brenda Lavell in northern California. Recently, Brenda announced that she is stepping back into her previous career, and is taking an extended break from dyeing yarn. I have used Soie to make a couple of shawls--Geology (1 skein) and Beautiful Together (2 skeins)--and it is an absolute joy to work with. What you see here is what remains!
I've been relying on my sewn Japanese knot bags as project bags lately--slipping the larger handle through the smaller loop makes a very secure closure, and the contents never threaten to escape! Looking through a variety of felted bags on Ravelry, I happened on this version of the same style bag. Then diving deeper into that particular rabbit hole, I took a look at all of Cindy Pilon's felted bags--there are some very nice designs there!
Knit at a loose gauge on big needles, felted projects work up fast--and then there is the fun of turning a cartoonish, floppy object into its firm, finished form.
One of the things I appreciated about The Shift was its elegant use of built-in i-cord--it's incorporated into the edges as you knit, and the final bind off is an i-cord bind off. There are two short edges that don't get this treatment, but they are the edges that get seamed together at the end.
The finished size is generous, but not overwheming, and the asymmetrical shape looks like a shawl worn bandana-style, but stays put like a cowl.
Whether you're an experienced mosaic knitter, or have wanted to try the technique for the first time, put together three colors of Mountain Meadows Cody, and play around!