Wool Market at Estes Park, CO

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We’ve arrived at our destination!  I’ve been to several spots in Colorado and I do believe Estes Park is the prettiest place in Colorado.  I thought Breckenridge was impressive (which it is impressive!).  The little town was packed and in full festive spirit.  We arrived to some Elk hanging out at our hotel.

 

This fellow was not in the mood to pose.  He was busy eating.  I’ve never seen Elk so close.  It was wonderful!

We had just driven from Taos and happy to be here at Estes Park.

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Leonard and Tammy in Estes Park, CO

We were thrilled to see all the yarn bombing on the trees in the downtown area!  It was charming!

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The Wool Festival at Estes Park, CO.  

The next day was our day to go to the Wool Market.  The inner child that I am, had to get out and play in the yarn bombed trees on the way to the market, again!

I was thrilled to see my friend from Apothefaery Fabrications!  I wrote my first blog article about her.  I met her in Sapulpa, Oklahoma at a Christmas in July  fiber festival.  I loved her yarn.  Lucky for you she has her own Etsy shop: Apothefaery. I don’t even know her name!  She is based out of Arkansas and has a wonderful selection of yarn.  I noticed this year she has added a lot of mohair to her line.  She is so kind.  She was super busy and still took the time to take a quick photo with me.

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Me and Apoethefaery at the Wool Market at Estes Park, CO

Here’s a picture of her with Jourdyn almost one year ago!

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She is so whimsical and charming.  You will love her yarn!  Do yourself a favor and check out her Etsy Store.  She has all kinds of stuff!  My top 3 favorites for fine fingering yarns are Hedgehog Fibers, Barnyard Knits, and Apothefaery Fibers.

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Here’s a picture of Max showing off the yarns I purchased from Apothefaery.  Isn’t he handsome!  He is actually recovering from a gun shot wound on his back!  Well, a B.B. wound!  It’s still a bullet that was shot out of a gun! Talk about Thug-life Kitty!

My next purchase was an adorable kit for fingerless gloves.  This picture does not do them any justice!  They are so warm and cute.

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This is Linda Hellberg George

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Isn’t she pretty.  I love her top.  Look at what a sport she is to take a picture for me.  I just love fiber people.   They are all so nice!    I like that her projects were in kits and I didn’t have to hunt for yarn.  It was all there.

Another purchase I couldn’t resist was this big beautiful ball of gradient yarn.  It has a little sparkle to it.

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Max missed me.   He tolerated all these yarn pictures for me.  LOVE.

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This is Lisa Bass of White Birch Fiber Arts.  She can be found at her Etsy shop White Birch Fiber Arts.   It’s my first time to purchase from her, and I love what I got!

My final purchase was this beautiful piece of art!AC565F18-B24F-4FD5-ABDD-5F378BE6E5DB

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My colors for the Brahmin Moth Shawl

I picked up a prepackaged kit and was able to change out one of the colors.  Kathleen was friendly and helpful.  She did a great job of helping me find exactly what I wanted.  You can find her at Mode Knit Yarn

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Last but not least are the animals.  I would love to have a pack of Alpacas one day.  Maybe.   Someday.

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Seriously.  Have you ever seen anything cuter?  Look at those eyes!

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Love this guys toothy grin!

Quilters!  If any of you are still with me, look at this cute outfit!  I have no idea who this woman is but she was generous enough to let me take a picture of her cute outfit.  There was a booth here that had smocks and aprons like this made out of quilts.  I wanted to take a picture of an apron so my mother might make one for me, but I didn’t want to steal someone’s idea either.  This lady was on the other side of the building.  I happened to be walking with her when she discovered the booth full of outfits like the one she was wearing.  Neither woman knew each other.  It was fun to witness.  It was like two soul sisters meeting for the first time.  Cute.

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I was glad to be home.  I had Luke waiting for me.  Bliss…

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Estes Park, CO

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I’m going on a road trip!  My husband told me to find us a little vacation and look what I found!  We’re going to Estes Park, Colorado.    It’s a wool festival.  I’ve done a yarn inventory and have a list of what I can buy.  I’m hoping not to be impulsive and just buy all the pretty yarn, just because, it’s all the pretty yarn!  I will take pictures and tell you all about it.

Bailey is coming to town and we get to cuddle and play with Henry!  We’re so excited.  We can’t wait to get the babies together for play time.  Babies LOVE other babies.  We have multiple walkers and jumpers so they can play together.

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Bailey and Henry

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Bailey made Henry’s belt.

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Bailey has her own blog.  It’s Chipperwithchickens. She is her father’s daughter!  She has a charming personality!  She is a tomboy that loves bling and has her father’s sense of humor!  She’s a beautiful goof ball.  She’s creative and crafty.   She made Henry’s belt all by herself.  See how she did it on her blog.  We can’t wait to see her and Henry!

I’m still plugging away at my Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry.  I intend to wear it as a poncho with jeans in the Fall.  I need to finish it pronto so I can start a new project for the road trip!

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I want to share a great product I found recently.    They are exfoliation gloves that you use in the shower.  I got mine at TJMaxx.  When I opened mine, I was a little afraid they would be too rough for me. (Kinda like those horrible torture devices women use called Epilators.). These feel like steel wool when you open them out of the package.  They are WONDERFUL!  My skin has never been so soft and shiny!   Once they are wet and you have your body wash on, it’s not rough at all.  I feel like my skin looks years younger myself.  My husband has certainly been more attentive to my skin lately!

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I read several knitting blogs and I’m often amazed at how often people can put out project after project so quickly.  I admire it!  I myself have this beautiful distraction.  He is so cute!  He is happy all the time.  He’s like any baby and gives cues as to what he needs, but, if you address his cues, this boy is never sad or unhappy.  He sleeps well.  He eats well.  He is always happy and bouncy.  He ADORES his Papa.  I come a close second behind Papa.

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Luke helping me water the flowers. (No babies were harmed or splashed in the face while taking this photo ;-).

Oh my gosh!  I just want to kiss his cute face and squish him!

I’m off to work on my shawl.

Happy knitting friends and try those exfoliation gloves.

Tammy

Happy Monday

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Lauren and I went to Stitches, Texas last weekend.  We were so focused on all the booths and pretty yarns that we forgot to take a single picture!   We dumped out  both our loots and took a picture of our treasures.

I’ve had a rough weekend.   Lauren was in a minor car accident.  She and baby are fine.  I was so scared and worried about her that I aggravated an old neck injury of mine and have had a horrible headache for 3 days now.  I thought I’d post some fun pictures of yarn to help me feel better.   Yarn releases feel good endorphins and makes me happy.  Might take my mind off my headache.

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I bought this yarn for Lauren for her birthday along with a pattern for a cowl at L & B Yarn Co in Norman, OK.  The teal is Marisol Ushya (two skeins) and the brown variegated is by Universal Yarns Classic Shades Frenzy. (1 skein).  Love that cowl!  Super cute with jeans.  Tomorrow, we are supposed to get our first bout of fall weather.  Fall is my favorite season; back to school, football, pumpkins, falling leaves, my favorite colors all around, jeans, boots, and cowls…..just love it.

I spent the weekend working on my unfinished projects.  This is my unfinished project basket.  That is the Lady Eleanor Entrelac Stole.  I started it about 6 years ago.  It just lacks one more row and the fringe.

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This is the Wavy Lace Scarf by Sweaterbabe.  All this one lacked was the fringe.  I love this color!  So pretty!  This is the 4th scarf I’ve made from this pattern.

These adorable fingerless gloves are from the pattern  Trilsea’n, which is Gaelic for “braid”, by Kalurah Hudson that I downloaded from KnitPicks.  Very appropriate for “Outlander” fans.  Speaking of Outlander, is anyone else down in the dumps waiting for Claire and Jamie to finally get back together?  Every episode has been so sad and depressing.  Each episode, I’m like “Come on!  Get back together already!”.

Happy Monday everybody!  I’m already feeling better.

 

Stitches, Texas

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Stitches,Texas is coming up this weekend in Irving, Texas.  Stitches holds fiber festivals in several states across the country.  I think Chicago used to be the closest one to me.  So when Stitches decided to hold a festival in Texas, I was super excited.  Texas is just next door to Oklahoma.  I was able to attend the very first Stitches in Texas.    I went by myself and had a great time.  I spent a weekend in a hotel and participated in several classes.  I signed up for the whole shebang; dinner, fashion shows, events and prizes.  There were several “single” people so I didn’t feel awkward going by myself.   The catered dinner party had several single people at the table and it was a free for all for seating.   I even participated in a fashion show.

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Barry Kline in a Swing class

This is Barry Kline and he teaches a class about adding some “swing” to knit garments.  I have a bit of a belly, so I like knit garments that have a slight drape and “swing” versus a tight knit around my belly.  I was the model for this vest he designed for the class.  He actually teaches on cruises.   Yes!! There is such a thing as a knitting cruise!  Bucket list.

One of my favorite knitting celebrities is Marly Bird.  She lives in Colorado and designs knit and crochet items and has a podcast that’s called,  “It’s a Yarn Thing”.  I have often been described as real or genuine in regards to my personality.  Marly is too!  That’s why I like her so much.  Very down to earth and doesn’t mind being honest in her endeavors, good or bad.  She’s just charming. Love her.

I was able to take one of her classes about becoming a knitwear designer and how to get started.  Marly is my favorite knitting/crochet personality.   She has some great classes on Craftsy that I recommend.  She is so fun to watch.   I purchased her Plus Size knitting class on Craftsy.   It’s how my mom and I made our duck tape mannequin together.  Some of you may remember that!  You can find it on Youtube here: Mother/Daughter Team Duck Tape Mannequin

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Okay.  I’m sure everybody has had a bad hair day, or a bad makeup day, or whatever.   I saw these pictures after I got home and couldn’t believe how horrible I looked.  For some reason, my hair would not work.  I have curly hair and in high humidity, it kinda goes afro on me and there is nothing to do but put it up.   I hate tight things around my belly.  What the heck happened to my t-shirt?   It must have shrunk from the time I put it on and the time I arrived here.  You can even see the indentation of my belly button my shirt is so tight.   I swear my sweater is navy blue and not purple.  It matches the skirt. The skirt lands just above my knees.  Not sure why it’s nearly down to my ankles here.   I was showing Lauren these pictures and we were having a good laugh about it when I told her I actually wore this same outfit to a job interview!   I got the job, so my outfit couldn’t have looked as bad as it appears in these photos.    Not to mention the alien light bearing down upon my head, preparing to beam me up.

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LOL.   What can you do?  Just laugh about it and be glad I’ve got a photo memento.  Marly looked great!

I’m planning on heading to Stitches Texas in the morning.  I’ll bring back some pictures to show you what it’s like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KnitStars 2.0

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Do you know about KnitStars ?   Shelley Brander of Loops in Tulsa, Oklahoma has developed knitting classes from well-known designers in a video format that you can watch comfortably in your own home.   Wherever actually, as it’s on video and you can watch the video’s anywhere.  The newest KnitStars 2.0 starts next month in October.

Screen Shot 2017-09-07 at 7.41.24 AMThis is Shelley Brander of Loops in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I love that poncho she is wearing.  You can only get that yarn from her store in Tulsa or order online from her store.  The pattern is Andromeda by Heather Nixon and you can find it on Ravelry.   Funny, looking at the pattern on Ravelry, I would have passed.  Looking at the pattern on Shelley, and I fell in love with it.

I enrolled in the first KnitStars 1.0 for around $200.00.   It’s about the same for KnitStars 2.0.  What I like about it so much, is the voyeur aspect of looking into other knitters/designers own homes and studios.  It’s like sitting down with a friend and talking yarn.  Each designer brings you into their yarn space and shows you their knitting place, yarn, projects, and they teach you something about knitting.   Once you enroll, you have access to the video’s forever.

Have you been to a fiber festival?  They have animals (sheep, angora rabbits, alpacas), yarn, fiber, yarn, accessories, yarn, miscellaneous stuff, and more yarn.  They also have well known knitting designers teaching all kinds of different aspects involving fiber.  Not to mention, beads and some jewelry making classes too.  And spinning.  I love them!  It’s a great place to people watch and meet new friends.  KnitStars brings this all to you in your own home, everything except the animals 🙂

Think about it.  Going to Rhinebeck, NY to their Sheep and Wool Festival costs me several thousand dollars – airfair, accomodations, rental car, and that’s before I ever get to the festival.  Stitches in Texas, still costs me gas money to drive back and forth to Texas, accomodatons, food, then the cost of admission. and classes.

KnitStars, for only around $200, brings all of this to you without leaving your home.  They have special patterns, special yarns, special dye lots of special yarns, all for the KnitStars enrollees.  Shelley travels all over the world to bring this one of a kind event to you.  I believe it’s well worth the cost!

Go to Knitstars.com to see the available free videos and patterns while they are still available.  It’s worth investigating for sure!  Here is a list of the teacher/designers from the first KnitStars.  (You can also still purchase this event).

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Hannah made me feel good about my stash.

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Stephen West!  What a fun ball of light and sunshine.   I could watch him all day!   I want him as my new best friend!

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Amy was new to me.  She taught me how to do appropriate gauge for bulky knitting.  Light bulb moment here for me.    Thank you Amy!

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Color, color, color.   I’ve used a lot of Koigu for my BeeKeeper’s Quilt that I’m working on. Learn how all that gorgeous color is made along with ideas on choosing color combinations.

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Meghan reminds me of my D-I-L, Lauren, who is also from Austin.  I enjoyed meeting Meghan too.  I loved the ambiance of Austin, Texas.  She talks about knitting in a hot climate and appropriate yarn choices.

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I’m a little late to the party with meeting Romi Hill.  She seems like the calm tranquil type.  No wonder her shawls are so gorgeous!   Go to Ravelry and look up some of her designs.  She makes amazing shawls.

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Julie is behind Coco Knits.  She is a designer, but she also invents these interesting accessories/tools for knitting.    She reminds me of my mother, actually.  I bet they have similar personalities.

There are a few more knit stars.  They were all great and I watched every video.  You can also participate with a live Q & A session.  I loved watching from my own comfortable recliner.   Go watch the free videos at knitstars.com

 

 

Christmas in July

Just came back from Fiber Christmas in July at the Creek County Fairgrounds, near Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

I found some great treasures to add to my “collection” of yarn.

I am not a spinner (yet, anyway).  There were lots of beautiful fibers for spinners.  Beautiful tools, spindles, and spinning accessories; definitely, a good place to go if you’re a spinner.

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I really like this darling young lady’s yarn!

 

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She is the face of Apothefaery Fabrications.

You can find her here: apothefaery.etsy.com and facebook.com/apothefaery

She had a great range of colors and lots of selections of color.  She is on trend with the latest speckled and various fades.   She also uses Eco-friendly Acid Dyes.  She is so stinking cute!  That is her man and young son next to her.  They were so cute too!  This booth was the highlight of the show for me.  Now spinners, may have felt differently.  As a knitter/yarnie, this was the one.  Jourdyn, loves yarn, just like her Gugga!

IMG_2347There were several other venders that brought lots of goodies too.  This kind lady brought natural soaps and candles.    The soaps and candles were rustic and beautiful!  I found some cute buttons at one booth that had a table full of  buttons.  There was a pottery area with yarn bowls and much more!

 

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It was a nice day, for a little drive up to Tulsa, for a fun afternoon.  We all enjoyed ourselves, even if Len doesn’t appear to be in this photo.

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Last, but not least, is the yarn I found to bring back to my treasure trove of yarn.