Monday, September 17, 2012

We had a great time at the Garden State Sheep Breeders Show.  It was great to see old friends and meet some new ones!  I was so busy at the booth I didn't have much time to see the other booths, but this was the  first time I remember seeing the entire barn filled with vendors.  The show has certainly grown over the last few years.    Here's a few pictures of our booth after we set up.     

Madelyn stopped by to show off her finished Rockefeller -- she made this out of Madeline Tosh Merino Light

Lots of blankets are getting done!

Here's Lois's Learn to Knit Afghan.  All 63 squares done and edges are crocheted together. Isn't it gorgeous?  This was is out of Berroco Vintage.

Remember when Kay Gardiner came to Woolbearers and showed everyone how to knit the Mitered Crosses Blanket?  Well, Mary finished hers in only a few short months.   She also used  Berroco Vintage and Vintage Colors for the crosses.

Cindy is the first one done with the Rams and Yowes blanket.  She steeked, cut and picked up stitches to do the  binding -- Yes, eventually you have about 900 stitches on the needle!  She still needs to block it, but wanted to show it off!

Now, I have finally completed the fair isle section of my Rams and Yowes and am starting to crochet around the steek stitches.  You do this to reinforce the blanket, because the next step is cutting!

There are 5 columns of steek stitches. You pick up the left leg of the 2nd column stitch and the right leg of the 3rd column stitch and do a single crochet.  After that row is done, I will go in the opposite direction and pick up the left leg of the 4th column and the right leg of the 3rd column and single crochet each pair of stitches down the blanket. After that comes the glass of wine and a pair of scissors  -- not necessarily in that order.  Anyway, we are having a steeking party on September 23rd @ 1 pm for all those who are ready to steek and cut.  More pix next week.