In Search Of Shop Samples


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Update: Here’s where my list stands now, all thanks to awesome knitters!

Here’s what I need (crossed out items mean I already have them):

Black Cherry Lace: Belle Greene Shawl (Alynxia)

Pin Cherry Lace: Rock Island Shawl

Mountain Laurel Lace: Bee Leaf Pi Shawl (Keli)

Sugar Maple Sock: Don’t Cage Me In Sock, Mystery Shawl #2

Mountain Maple Sock: Level Up Socks (Tara)

Silver Maple Sock: La Vie de Bois Socks (Erin)

Red Maple Sock: Under the Wire Cowl (Charis)

Striped Maple Socks: Thumbless Mitts

Butternut DK: Hoaloha Sweater, In August Away Cowl (I’ll be knitting this one)

Black Ash Worsted: Stargazing Cowl, Drizzle Hat

White Ash Worsted: Susan the Sociable Crab,  Lined Beanie (Sara B)

I am, as always, blown away by the generosity and fabulousness of knitters.  I am so lucky to be in this business!  For updates and to see the finished items, be sure to check out the podcast.


Highland Handmades is having a RETREAT!


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That’s right!  And not just HH, either – my bestie Katie of Knittin’ on the Fly is hosting too.  The information is below – we really hope you can come retreat.  It takes place in the Highlands at the end of October … and there’s NO better time to visit my Maine than when the air is crisp, the colors are vibrant, and each night the stars shine brightly for us.

Click on the image to enlarge it for reading.


part 1  part 2part 3

Guts, Grit, and Pink Lipstick Retreat 2013


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A photo montage!

Piscataquis Valley Fair 2012 … in pictures


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Hubs and I went to the Dover Fair this weekend, which has the fancy title above but is not much fun to type.  I entered two of my knit items into the arts & crafts “competition” and won TWO first prize ribbons!  Most everyone won a blue ribbon, but that didn’t detract from mine at all.  We also saw LOTS of adorable animals.  Pictures below.


SSMS by Wendy Johnson, knit in Highland Handmades Sugar Maple Sock in “Half Shell”

Girasole by Jared Flood, knit in undyed sheep’s wool yarn.


Smooth faced sheep… 

Wooly faced sheep!

Incognito Sheep!

Smooth ear cow …

Wooly ear cow!!


Much fun was had by all, and I managed to snag two bags of my favorite maple-sugar cotton candy.  All was right with the world!


Navajo-Churro Fiber, Part 3


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Spinning Navajo-churro may be something many people enjoy, but I have to say that I am not one of them.  I decided to spin this very long, hairy fiber as a thicker single with low twist; I was worried that too much twist would make the ends of each fiber poke out too much, making this already prickly fiber even worse.  Above is the single, all wound up for plying.


The fiber drafted from the combed preparation fairly well, and the fibers slid past each other fairly easily.  But the feel of the fiber in my hands was very much that of over-treated hair.  It was by turns crunchy and slick.  The fibers had a pretty consistent length and diameter, as much as my hands could tell me.



It wasn’t long before I’d spun up the entire sample.  Unlike the Southdown, which likes to be spun thin, the N-C fiber enjoyed the thicker single (and I enjoyed having it out of my hands sooner).  As I plied the single ends in the opposite direction, I ended up with the 2-ply you see above.  You can really see the halo that the fiber has; even spinning it loosely, there are a lot of ends poking out.  I ended up with 34 yards, which is a third of what I got from the Navajo-Churro.  The finished yarn is interesting, but it isn’t very fun and I don’t think I’ll ever purchase an N-C fleece for my own use.


The next fiber I’ll be studying is a new one to me: Oxford!