Work-in-Progress Wednesday (on Thursday)

I’m not going to be able to keep track of all the rules I have made for myself regarding this getting-all-my-works-in-progress-finished thing, so you’ll just have to roll with me on it.

Because I started another project. But I had a good reason. It was for the greater good. I’ll explain…

I took an online knitting class this past weekend!

It was great. It was supposed to be the NYS Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY which happens every year and draws HUGE crowds of knitters and other fiber artists. But of course it was cancelled due to COVID-19.

If you are not a knitter, you would never believe how big this festival is and how many people attend. It’s CRAZY. Probably like Comic-Con for those enthusiasts, but I’m only guessing.

This festival is a HUGE revenue generator for those that have booths there. When I owned a yarn shop (The Spinning Room) I counted on the income from there to help pay for my fall yarn shipments. So, you can imagine, having it cancelled this year has affected a TON of small businesses in a big way.

They held a virtual event, so I did what I could to spend what I might normally spend when I go there. I did some learning and some shopping.

The Learning

I took a knitting class with Vicki Twigg where I learned to knit the Latitude Mittens (pattern is not on Ravelry yet):

Just look at that mess! I actually do know what’s going on here. Vicki Twigg was the teacher and the designer of this pattern. I have no idea how she came up with the construction of this mitten but it’s nothing I have ever done. Boy, did I learn a lot, including a new bind off technique and German short rows.

She was a great teacher and I got some tips for when I teach a class online for The Spinning Room (hopefully soon!).

So, yes, I added another project to my WIP list but I was doing it for the greater good – to help small businesses in this trying time. Add that to section B, subsection h of the rules chapter of my “Getting My Works-in-Progress Completed” manual.

The Shopping

The other part of “doing my part” was shopping! I virtually stopped in at the yarn shop to ask about some yarns to make another Beloved hat, then went to the shop and did a little shopping.

I got some Kollage square double points (square needles are supposed to be easier on your hands). I got a skein of purple Plymouth DK Merino Superwash to make that Beloved hat. I LOVE that yarn – so nice to work with. Plus, it’s purple. Purple is my jam.

Then I also purchased some yarn from local dyers. First up is the gray/speckled yarn from Peace Love & Yarn. I saw a sample hat knit up with this color and just loved it. The pattern is the Longwood Bavarian Twisted Hat and it is free from Cascade Yarns. Next was the Rainbow of Hope skein in the Watercolors base from The Periwinkle Sheep. I have loved her yarns for many years!

I also went virtually to one of my favorite booths, Madder Root which sells Maine-made hand-printed items like shirts and project bags. So I purchased this Lavender Mini Trundle Bag:

This is a picture from their website – click here to check it out!!

They have some really great stuff!

My other work-in-progress is just a quick picture of my Together Apart shawl which is not terribly exciting, but I have been making progress:

I’m ready to start the last, long, lace section. It is about 4 times as long as the small lace sections you see in the picture. But, overall it’s pretty close and the next time you see it, it will be done.

There will be an FO Friday post this week, but not with that shawl. Stay tuned to see what it is!

Other Stuff….

I have some other things to show you that are not knitting related.

First, look what I found!

Found this at Hannaford and it is YUMMY. For the low, low price of $4.69 I can have four PSLs for the price of less than one PSL at Starbucks. Check out the label – cracks me up!

Also, check out the pretty fall colors in our back yard. I wish fall would last longer.

Did you participate in any virtual Rhinebeck activities? Have you ever taken an online class? If so, how did it go? Let me know in the comments below!

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