Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Last Day

My eight days at the Western Fair doing knitting demonstrations went by so fast!  I want to thank everyone who volunteered at my booth and to all the people who stopped to see, try and ask questions about knitting.  Meeting all of you is why I love doing this every year!

there was sock knitting happening

and more Knitters stopped by to see us

 On a break, I watched the animal show and fell in love with Harriette a 3 month old barn owl.  Isn't she beautiful?

Being the last day of the fair, we splurged and had a piece of deep fried cherry cheese cake.  It was amazing!

and our new friend the pirate came back for a visit and a little knitting time

Hope to see you all again either at an upcoming knitting class - socks start this Saturday afternoon - or next year at the fair!  Happy Knitting!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Knitting on Stilts?!

What do you do on a rainy day at the fair?  You knit of course!  The rain kept most of the fair goes away yesterday so it was a pretty quiet day but we made our own fun knitting with other vendors.

I must still be a kid at heart because I have to admit that I LOVE these characters on stilts!

teaching Paul Bunyan to knit with such a height difference was a little difficult

standing on a chair fixed that problem

It didn't take long for the word to spread about the knitting fun going on at the Wildflower Wool booth and we had Little Red Riding Hood here as well!

Can you see the stilts she is standing on?!?  Knitting and standing on stilts - amazing!

Not to be left out, the scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz stopped by for his lesson.

Thanks for stopping by and having some fun with us!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Birthday at the Fair

What better time to have a birthday than during the fair!  My son's birthday always falls sometime during the fair and this year it was on Thursday.  So, the last two days have been knitting/party days.

fair games

birthday gift from the painters in the next booth

and of course there were more knitters

and a crocheter

a few non knitting friends stopped by to say hi

learning how to purl continental style

and Little Bo Peep stopped to knit a row

and the fun continues today and tomorrow.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

No slow nights with Knitters around

I was back at the fair last night.  It was a Wednesday night and I wasn't figuring on it being too busy and was thinking I'd have a quiet night of knitting.  Wrong.  Soon after I cast on for a new scarf using the purple yarn in the picture below I had lots of people stop by!  Hurray!

there are lots of samples to knit on

this Knitter was learning the Bee Stitch and how to knit 1 below

newly weds stopped to learn to knit 

these young ladies picked up the knit stitch quickly - welcome to the world of knitting ladies!

and the youngest Knitter so far, she just turned 6 last week.  And she learned the knit stitch! Great job!
Thanks to everyone who has been stopping by to chat and knit some stitches.  I look forward to being at the booth every day and I'm excited to see who I will meet next!  See you all this afternoon!

Oh, and the purple scarf; I'm counting last night's knitting as super important gauge swatch knitting :) This is being pulled out and I'll start again tonight with smaller needles.  I was wanting a fabric that was soft, squishy and had a nice drape but this had a little too much drape.  It's a fun brioche stitch so I don't mind knitting it again.  I'll show you pictures tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Busy, Busy, Busy

Sunday the weather was sunny and cool; perfect fair going weather and our booth was full most of the day with Knitters!

The fair has been closed Monday and again today for school group tours but I'll be back tomorrow afternoon for more fair knitting fun!

Getting help with a short row heel

Making a new Knitter!

Posing for a group shot

Knitters from the Sherwood Library Thursday afternoon group

giving knitting a try again!

a self taught knitter

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Pirates Do Knit!

Our stitch of the day yesterday was the Bee Stitch.  I forgot to take a picture of our sample so I'll have to keep you in suspense until tomorrow for the pattern.  But I'll tell you that it is a four row pattern that you think should look like garter stitch but ends up looking more like seed stitch.  Sounds fun doesn't it?

We made some new Knitters yesterday, which makes me very happy!

and met a man who knit scarves are a child but hasn't knit in close to 70 years; it's true your hands don't forget those movements!

And we met pirates from the group Pirates For Hire based in Hollywood.  They are doing performances throughout the day at the fair and stopped to chat to Amanda and I.  So, you know that I just had to squeeze in a quick knitting lesson!

Maybe we will see him knitting in their next show!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Herringbone Stitch

Yesterday was the opening day of the Western Fair and the start of Wildflower Wool's knitting demonstrations!  Our stitch of the day was the ever fun Herringbone Stitch.


 I had a small sample for Knitters to knit the 2 row stitch pattern.  For all of you who can't make it out to see us in person the pattern is below.

Cast on a multiple of 2 sts

Row 1 (RS) - k1 *sl1, k1, yo, psso* k1
Row 2 - *p2tog leaving sts on the left needle, purl the first st again, slip both sts off the left needle*
repeat rows 1 and 2 

k - knit
yo - yarn over
psso - pass slip stitch over
p2tog - purl 2 stitches together
st - stitch
sl 1- slip one stitch purlwise
* - repeat pattern between the * to end of row


Friday, September 9, 2016

The Night Before

There is something I like about the night before the fair opens.  Maybe it's because we get to see behind the scence of what it takes to get everything set up.  Crews are busily working to get the rides and games set up and vendors are busy setting up their display areas.

Or maybe it's seeing booths and rides sitting quiet and empty; not what you normally see at the fair!

Or maybe it's the excitement for the next 8 days knowing that I get to meet new people, hopefully make some new Knitters and share what I love doing.

I started setting up my booth last night and will finish this afternoon before the fair opens at 3.  If you are going to the Western Fair this year please stop around to say hello and knit a few stitches!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

New Friends

Last night was Knit Stitch's stitch night (the last Wed of the month, come on out!).  As usual, it was a full house with knitters, quilters and embroiderers having a wonderful night!  

As I always say, the fun of knitting is a combination of the actual knitting and making new knitting friends :)

This is Debra and Elaine, both very smart and organized Knitters;  they are working on Christmas knitting.   Looking good ladies!

And this is Grace.  Look at her crocheted boots!  They caught my eye from across the room and I had to see them up close.  They are so soft and super warm.

What makes them even more amazing is that she made them without a pattern!  That's talent.

I couldn't resist.  My feet are always cold in the winter so I'm thinking that if anything is going to help with that these will.   I came home and found some stash yarn and needles to make a knitted version of Grace's boots.  Progress pictures soon!