A few days ago I attended a local fiber festival that I’d heard good things about, but never gone to. Isn’t it funny how sometimes these things happen in your own backyard? Well, this year I made a point of stopping by the Fiber Christmas in July event at the Creek County Fairgrounds and it was a fiber lover’s dream. There was everything from raw sheep’s wool waiting to be processed to finished and hand-dyed yarn. Although I saw a lot of beautiful things I would have loved to take home with me, I chose some pretty pink artisan yarn from Two Windows Dye Co. that knits up in a beautiful and quirky way and I’m making a floppy little gnome hat for Audrey with it. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!
I’ve also decided that I’d really like to learn to make some mittens. I saw some amazing Scandinavian-style mittens from a local business called Lost City Knits and talked with the owner a bit about what goes into making them. She assured me that I probably was at a level I could make them, but I’m not sure yet. I’ve never done color work. I think I’ll make some plain-Jane mittens first just to test out skills like making cuffs and thumbs. Anyone have a really easy mitten pattern to share? In the meantime, these are the beautiful mittens from Lost City Knits– she sells a kit where you get the pattern and yarn for two pairs HERE.
And when I’m not scheming about what to knit next and fawning over pretty yarn, I am managing to get some good painting done! I just finished a really special family portrait that I’m eager to show off. It’s on it’s way to Connecticut right now, and I hope the family loves it!
I am also building up some fall and Halloween themed paintings, including this little cutie that I just sealed up this morning! If all goes *according to plan* I’m going to have a lot of new things to share with you all come the beginning of September and I’m so excited! It will be the beginning of a lot of new things here at Audrey Eclectic.
So, while I’m mulling over Halloween and the fall season— let me know, what are your favorite things about these times of year? They just might make their way into a painting!~
Also, just wanted to let you know that while we’ve taken a summer break from Tasha Tuesdays, they will be back! Tasha’s birthday (Aug. 28) falls on a tuesday this year, and so I think that’s a sign that we need to have a big celebration and bring back the series, don’t you think? Time to start planning 🙂
Well, lots to do today…..