Category Archives: Savannah

Knitting Savannah

A visit with The Copper Corgi

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah, the dyer of Copper Corgi yarns (and the yarn’s namesake, Penny the corgi). We don’t live far from each other, so I finally had time to swing by and visit her dyeing studio. She is developing a new line of gradient mini-skeins, and I will be designing a pattern specifically for the yarn. I’m really excited!

Yarn in the Dye Pot

Some freshly dyed yarn!

Winding mini-skeins

Winding mini-skeins with a very cool motorized setup!

Gradient yarn

Gradients in a red-orange colorway.

 

 

Knitting Savannah

Sheep to Shawl

It’s been a busy weekend, so I’m just getting around to posting my latest adventure: sheep shearing. Every year, the Fiber Guild of the Savannahs, together with Oatland Island, put on a sheep-to-shawl event, where we demonstrate the process of shearing the sheep, carding the fleece, spinning the yarn, and weaving it into a shawl. The shawl is then raffled off to a lucky winner.

Having never sheared a sheep before, I volunteered to help. It’s kind of a bucket list thing. 🙂 It takes several people to wrangle a sheep and shear it. One person to hold the front legs, one to hold the back, another to whisper sweet nothings into the sheep’s ear, and a few more to help cut the fleece. Since this was a more of a historical reenactment, we sheared the sheep with handheld shears, not electric. The whole process took about an hour, though I’m sure professionals can do it a lot faster. It was a lot of fun, and I’ll definitely do it again next year!

Shears

These were REALLY sharp and pointy.

cloudbefore

This is the first sheep, Cloud, before his haircut.

Progress shot! He had a lot of wool.

Progress shot! He had a lot of wool.

Cloud next to all his fleece.

Cloud next to all his fleece.

The second sheep, Storm with Cloud, after their shearing. They weren't too happy to see me when I took this picture. :)

The second sheep, Storm, with Cloud, post-shearing. They weren’t too happy to see me when I took this picture. 🙂

Knitting Savannah TSC Artyarns

It’s been awhile, hasn’t it?

Whew! I’m finally settled in from moving, and it’s been a busy post-holiday season. I finished my “Creature Park” (Central Park Hoodie and Creature Comforts hybrid), and it has made its way to its new home in Michigan, where it’s been getting a lot of wear. (Sadly, I did not get to snap a photo of it before I mailed it, as it had already not made it in time for Christmas. Hopefully I’ll be able to get one from the recipient.) My current project is the Bridgette Skirt by Alex Capshaw-Taylor, and I’ve finished one of the chevron panels so far. I started the second one trying to make the colors match, but quickly realized it was a lost cause. I fell in love with this skirt because of the zig-zags and polka dots, plus it’s a good use for Noro. I’ve never made a skirt before, so this will be fun. It’s a really fun knit, and it’s progressing quickly enough. I need to get it done before the Savannah weather decides to snap out of this cold spell.

On another note, I have a new design out! It’s called the Teardrops Shawl, and it’s part of the TSCArtyarns Little Luxuries collection. Funny story: it was photographed with the wrong side facing front, as you’ll see on Ravelry. It doesn’t look terrible that way, and it’s nice to know that it’s easily reversible. The shot featuring the right side is at the bottom of the photos.

I hope to be better about updating this now that it’s not Christmas and I’m not dealing with boxes. I’ll keep you posted! I’ve got a new design in the works that I should be able to share soon.

Holla Knits Knitting Savannah

On new designs and moving

I’m writing this in the midst of a sea of boxes (and two cats that jump into them), in the middle of packing up my house for my next big adventure: moving to Savannah.

So why yes, being part of a blog tour is a nice break from packing. I’m really happy to be a part of the Holla Knits Accessories Collection with my design No Glove(s) No Love. I knew from the second I saw Allyson’s Pinterest board for this collection, that I wanted this glove to happen. And I’m so glad it did! It’s a perfect knit for a little challenge, but it still only takes one skein and not too much time. Plus, short rows make the knitting go even quicker. And frankly, I’m a sucker for unusual construction. Why use the same methods when a new one can create the same end result?

This is only my second published pattern ever, so everything to do with designing and publishing is so thrilling to me. I keep watching the number of favorites climb up, and I was so excited to see another project for this pattern. Here’s hoping to see many more.

Since getting my sample back, I’ve been wearing them everywhere. I’m loving the bright pink of the Copper Corgi’s beautiful yarn. Never mind that it’s in the 60s in Georgia, and we don’t really need gloves yet. They’re just that cute.

Well, that’s it for me. Gotta keep packing. Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the Holla Knits blog tour! Tomorrow’s stop, Baah Yarns, has a yarn giveaway! And who doesn’t love winning yarn?

Nov 12 – Wattsolak
Nov 13 – Mari Knits
Nov 14 – Knitters Pride – Subscriber exclusive giveaway
Nov 15 – Emily Greene Blue – Subscriber exclusive giveaway
Nov 18 – knittingkirigami
Nov 19 – Knits in Class – Subscriber exclusive giveaway
Nov 20 – Claire Sandow Designs
Nov 21 – Baah Yarns – Yarn giveaway
Nov 22 – Jill Draper Makes Stuff – Subscriber exclusive giveaway
Nov 25 – Lee Meredith – 2 subscriber exclusive giveaways
Nov 26 – Wooly Wonka Fibers – Subscriber exclusive giveaway
Nov 27 – Bumblebirch – Yarn giveaway