Monday, September 17, 2012

Quick Picks

Hi, Knitters,
We made a spur-of-the-moment apple run to the Eplegaarden, one of our local apple and pumpkin picking farms, yesterday. We grabbed TC and headed over to pick a large bag of apples. We were in and out of the farm pretty quickly. I hope to get back with a bigger group of family to pick pumpkins in a few weeks. The apples were pretty picked over already as I think the picking season started early this year due to our extreme weather over the last six months. 

My husband and TC worked so fast picking our bag of gala apples that I had a hard time fielding the flying apples and taking photos at the same time. Here is our first apple run in photos ~

 My husband walking through the raspberry crop.

 Worker bees.

 Our tried and true technique works every time. Most of the apples left were at the tops of the trees.

 A bag full.

 Snapped from the car, another beautiful farm on the short drive over.

Now for a couple of knitterly items from the weekend.......

 I've started another shawl design. It's quick, fun and simple. This version is in my fingering weight handspun, the next version will be with a commercial fingering weight yarn. 

 While watching The Fat Squirrel Speaks video podcast last week, I saw her HD Yarns self-striping sock yarn and quickly jumped over to Etsy to get some of my own. 

Now the two hanks are wound and ready to cast on. 

Note that HD Yarns just opened on Aug. 3rd, 2012, and has had only 6 sales. Rich, the owner and dyer, is currently dyeing up more of his fantastic and unusual striping sock yarn. The colorway I have is called Dynamics. I like it for the color changes and the uneven striping. The base yarn Rich uses is from Knit Picks. I can't wait to get started.

Have a super Monday!
best, susie