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Hello Monday

Hello Monday

We survived the weekend and did manage to get a little bit more snow than they expected here in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, but all in all it was good. We got some much-needed painting done but, alas, that does not mean it is all done. Nope, more yet to do – sadly. However, the dining room is looking fab!

Also, weaving continues here at Casa del KatKnits and with some improvement. I have been working on keeping even selvedges and to beating the cloth evenly. There is a fine line between cloth that is too loose and cloth that is too tight, somewhere between is what weavers call “balanced weave.” I am learning and that is a good thing.

I am still using the same warp from before Christmas which has now provided 2 scarves and one Moebius cowl and I still have a good bit of warp still on the loom which I am going to use some vintage BMFA Socks That Rock – Colorway: Médecins Sans Frontières

I did get some advice from my Fiber Guru on how best to secure the edges before fulling the fabric and I will stitch it today and get it in the washer.

There was also some knitting over the weekend, specifically on the mystery socks – I have completed clue two on sock one and started on the second sock. I love the pattern on the leg, and I am excited to see where this goes with this week’s clue!

Monday has been fairly painless here and I am not sure what that means for the remainder of the week, but I hope it is the harbinger of things to come!

Sheepspot Montadale Review

Sheepspot Montadale Review

I made the decision to be in only one fiber club this year, the Sheepspot Breed Club with the addition of the Breed School – it cost a little bit more, but what I am learning is invaluable.

The second installment was Montadale that Sasha got at MDSW. I saw the fiber there and it was lovely! I was thrilled to learn that I would have the opportunity to try this fiber. The fiber was dyed beautifully – I selected the Autumn Wedding colorway. The fiber was processed nicely, although there were a few bits that appeared to be second cuts. I am not sure, but they were easy to remove and I had less than a dozen of them in the first braid. However, these bits did not impede my spinning in anyway at all; I was able to maintain good consistency by removing them as I spun.

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Wool Mania with Beth Smith

Wool Mania with Beth Smith

I love wool and I really love people who share my obsession.

In my perfect world, Beth Smith would be my next-door neighbor, I would be able to have her over for tea, and we would spin together. She would share her vast knowledge of all things wool from her encyclopedic brain and I would become her best student – soaking up every bit of what she knows and using it to improve my spinning skills.

Such a dream could only be improved if Beth lived with me and was there to answer every question and show me how to do all things wool. Every. Minute. All. Day.

Sadly, I do not think that Beth’s family would like it if she moved in with me but imagine my good fortune when I discovered a way that I could have Beth in my house 24/7!

How, you ask?

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