Woolly Good Time

Dee:  I’m having such a great fiber filled September!!!   I went to both the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival and  a Susan B. Anderson workshop in Madison via KnitCircus, also in Madison.

Next to YarnCon, which is in the spring, the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival is my favorite yarn event.  It’s small, rustic and oh so interesting.  Local vendors carry a wide variety of items for sale.  There are basket makers, yarn dyers, soap makers, cheese makers, broom makers, angora rabbit proprietors and more! wisconsin-sheep-and-wool-festival-and-pokehat-008  I really tried to behave myself yet I succumbed to temptation and opportunity when I happened upon Yarns By Design in Neenah WI.  They were having a retirement sale.  Let’s just say I did okay.  My arms were full, then empty, finally with a clear head I made it to the register with only a few specialty skeins for holiday knitting.

It’s safe to say I love sheep.  So when I saw the Susan B. Anderson sheep knitting workshop I jumped at the chance, grabbed Jodee and headed to Madison.  This little fella is so adorable that I have considered knitting him some attire. pyropa-and-sheep-007 The workshop was part of the KnitCircus weekend retreat.  Friday night, the ladies of KnitCircus held an evening of wine, cheese and shopping in their shop.  You could also just hang out and chat while knitting away on a project as we chose to do for a good part of the evening. I love seeing all the gradient cakes of yarn that KnitCircus offers.  I finished a project that the KnitCircus crew were kind enough to dye up additional yarn for me so I could finish my Pyropa shawl.  I ran out of yarn shy of enough to complete the final one and a half repeats. The colorway is called Sexy Like A Labradoodle.  The pattern includes placement for optional beads which I chose to incorporate.  They are clear with a silver lining.  So pretty, I don’t think the picture does the finished shawl justice. pyropa-and-sheep-003

Lastly I volunteered to test knit a pattern.  It’s the PokeHat by Mrs. Luedeke.  My son is on Team Mystic so I agreed to test that version.  I always enjoy color work.  It’s so satisfying to knit.  pokehat-008

Next up on my fall knitting schedule is traveling through Wisconsin to the fall Schoolhouse Press Workshop with Meg and Amy.  I look forward to this weekend all year long.  It’s literally the best time a knitter can have communing with their fellow fiber brethren.  I love it!

Happy knitting!

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