Monday, November 25, 2013

Green Mountain Fiber Festival

Last night I came back from the green Mountain Fiber Festival. For me this was the last fiber show of the season. The Wilder Center was a beautiful location for this indoor event.
Yes, we had snow..... the first snow for me this season. The staff at the Center was great and made everything a pleasant experience. We even got to exercise carrying our booth up and down stairs! ;-)




My booth at the Green Mountain Fiber Festival!


This time py patterns Farfalla, Impavido and Volan where the hot items. At the last Fiber Festival it was Roxbury Pond in first place. One never knows...

Friday before set up we spend some time at White River Yarns, a great friendly yarn shop in White River Junction. The owner, Karen organized the festival and her husband provided very delicious food for the vendors as well as for visitors.



 Ewe & I Farm, NH
Beautiful yarns!!

Gorgeous wet felted hats, garments and supplies!

My booth neighbor with her gorgeous hand dyes!

Ellyn Cooper from Ellyn Cooper's Yarn Sonnets
Beautiful colors!

Friday, November 22, 2013

MORGENTAU MYSTERY KAL



Sign up for the Morgentau Mystery KAL is open now. Let the fun begin. 
Buy the pattern to the reduced price of $4.00 and sign up in my ravelry group Lismi Knits
This is a Mystery Shawl KAL so there won’t be a full pattern until week 3. No one will know what the finished shawl will look like until you get the final update. This will be a short KAL with 3 clues, so that you will be able to make gift knitting fun….. 
With the purchase of the pattern, you are buying the rights to get a full pattern at the end of the Mystery KAL (knit-along).
Morgentau shawlette just takes one skein of fingering weight sock yarn and therefore will give you the opportunity to use this one special skein or create a fast, beautiful gift. 
If you wish to make it bigger, there will be several possibilities offered. One of them is to use sport or dk weight yarn. Please consider that this will take more yardage than the recommended amount for fingering weight yarn. 
There are also options for easy beading to make your piece even more special. 
This pattern works very well with gradient dyed yarn.
For the shawl I just added Ascona Gradient to my Etsy shop:

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

ELENI's DRESS

As knitters we know how fast our little ones outgrow the things we make for them. Therefore I wanted to design something they can wear for a long time. Since small children grow more in length than in chest circumference, the little dress just transforms into a tunic style top as they get older. It’s worked top down with a round yoke and is seamless. The little extra neck opening makes it easy to pull the dress over the head. (My kids alway hated to get stuck in a small sweater neck opening)
The pattern is written for 3 sizes (0-6months, 12months, 18 months - 2 years) and also includes a picture tutorial how to do a 2 colored cast on.
To celebrate the release of this pattern get 25% off using the promotion code ELENI in my ravelry store.





Make the smaller size with just one skein of worsted weight yarn. My cute model wears the 0-6 month dress even though she is over a year old. 


Yarn: 
1(2,2,2,2) skeins of Lismi Knits Magic Ball or Portland Gradient, color rainbow, worsted weight at approx. 220 yards a skein. 
I also just added my gradient dyed yarn, Portland Gradient, color rainbow to my Etsy shop. It's a worsted weight super-wash Merino, great for kids stuff.



Tuesday, November 5, 2013

FFNE - Fiber Festival of New England 2013

My office still looks like a whirlwind went through. How to fit in a whole booth in is the question. Sunday night I got back from the Fiber Festival of New England, Springfield MA, were I have been a vendor for the first time. At first I was a bit nervous about all the logistics of setting up, power, light etc., but the staff at the show was wonderful and my husband helped me a lot.
It was inspiring to meet so many other vendors and see the amazing amount of creativity which makes such a festival so special.
So many nice people stopped by. Thank you to all my customers and friends who came to see my booth!


My booth Saturday morning before opening.......



.....and then the rest of the day pretty much looked like this. The help of my friend Heike saved me from running around like a headless chicken. (I had a nasty cold....)



 Rachel Henry, fellow designer and one of my favorite contestants at the Fiber Factor
stopped by.  She is such a wonderful person and talented designer.

Many thanks to the great staff at FFNE, to my great customers, my friends who support me and to my family. After selling out on some patterns my hubby saved me from a printing night shift by doing this for me while I was still working at the show. All I had to do text him the ones I wanted printed......

Now I'm going through my inventory and prepare for the next show end of November in VT.
I just listed some new colors in my Etsy shop:



I will host a Mystery KAL in my ravelry group Lismi Knits soon. For the KAL I will dye some gradient yarn in Ascona. The pattern also will work well with Color Changing Cotton from Wolle's Yarn Creations.