Today is Black Friday. Part of the Thanksgiving holiday tradition, it's the biggest shopping day of the year. I won't be at the mall or stores at 4am. No, I'm here sharing with you. The hustle and bustle of super great bargains no longer entices me. Since I've started to knit and spin, more and more of my gifts are homemade which doesn't require trips to the store. I take that back, there is one store I will be visiting today and it's Your Local Yarn Shop here in Battle Creek. KellyJ and crew will be open from 8am until 12pm with great deals and if I'm not knitting on yarn from my farm, most likely it will come from YLYS. Since, I've brought up yarns from YLYS, here are a couple of WIP (works in progress) that use yarn from the shop including a knitted pattern that KellyJ wrote. I already have plans to buy the matching mitten pattern to her hat when I visit the shop later today. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, I need to finish the hat before I worry about matching mittens. The yarns I am using for this pattern are both Cascade. I really do like the Cascade yarns. I tend to buy a lot of the Cascade 220. I love that it's affordable and easy to work with.
The Sassy Beret I'm making my niece is progressing too. I have five inches now and need two more before I can start to decrease. I'm hoping that a full day of knitting (only knitting this project) will give me those two inches. It's just taking FOREVER. The gorgeous Angora blend yarn also came from YLYS.
I've also been busy spinning. I'm finally plying close to 1 1/2 lbs of my handspun Suri/Merino blend for a custom order. I promised it ages ago but knowing what the end product will be I need to be as consistent as possible which means that I have to concentrate. 1400 yards is the intended total. I already have approximately 500 yards plied. Now to continue the consistent plying on the next bobbin. I love that my Lendrum Jumbo Flier can easily hold 8 oz at a time.
Of course, I've created a couple of fun yarns in between.
Finally, if you look at this last week's worth of my blog posts you will see that I created my first ever knitted critter. An Owl for Brother Bear from the Knit Simple Holiday Issue using a Susan B Anderson pattern. I really enjoyed knitting it and using my handpun for the project. I intend on knitting another. Obviously, I have to! Sister Bear already wants one.
So, that's my Fiber Arts Friday this week. I have a couple of amazing interviews and new projects to unveil in the next two weeks but with the holiday, I thought I would use this week catch up on some WIP. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of shopping. After I leave the yarn shop, I will be spending the afternoon with the Zombie Prom Date Knitters socializing and knitting because...that's how we roll. Now, share your adventures in Fiber Arts!
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