I'll be back.

Hello old and new friends. My blog has been inactive but I am still around. I loom-knit, weave and have picked up the sticks to needle knit, too! My patterns page links to Ravelry and I will answer questions about those. Maybe someday I will be back to write more. We will see where life takes me.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Spin (In) cycle

The Wisconsin Spring Spin In sprung and it was a splash. But alas, we never saw the hotel's indoor water park.

Interlacements booth

We were there to rep and sell for Interlacements Yarns. This show was a nice change of pace from the mega Stitches experience in California. Tracey (the boss), Zoe (the designer) and I made lots of fiber friends and enjoyed steady sales. The days were still long and all we wanted at the end was food and bed. ... And maybe a felted soap lesson.

Making felted soap  Making felted soap
Felting wool over hotel soap for a little late-night project. It's like always having a sudsy washcloth! We got tips from Tracey and followed these directions.

Back to the booth! (photo by Zoe Moulton)

This show was extra special for me because the company launched my first loom-knit pattern. The Bunny Baby hat and its Cotton Candy yarn got their own little loom corner. I believe we sold 4 or 5 patterns, which was pretty awesome for a small show.

Loom-knit pattern debut
I showed off some board knitting with Mikado wool yarn, too.

During the downtimes, I picked up an Interlacements pattern for the Beaded Scarf and translated it to the loom. I showed this off and some other simple stitches to our customers. 

Beaded Scarf on the loom

Some visitors wanted to buy a loom, too, which unfortunately we don't sell. But we might have a solution for future shows. One of our booth neighbors — Hillcreek Fiber Studio — goes to many of the same regional shows as Interlacements. They sell the hand-crafted Circular Sock Knitter by Spriggs Creations ... and a few other sizes, too.

Handcrafted looms
Sock and hat looms

The worsted-gauge looms have nice smooth wooden base that I would compare to last year's Decor Accents looms. The pegs themselves are wooden and are a bit rougher. I won't be sure if this will be an issue until I start knitting with them. Soon enough, I will be designing some worsted socks for these babies and hopefully selling them at Interlacements! Then we can refer our customers to a local vendor for their loomy desires.

Some more snapshots from our show weekend ...

Zoe spins
Zoe of Knits by Zoe tries her foot at spinning in the booth.

Yarn tasting night
Interlacements hosts a Yarn & Fiber Tasting night.

Fiber bunny!
Fiber bunny!

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