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May 30, 2010

Sheepy travels

This year I attended the Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair for the first time. I usually go to the New Hampshire one instead, but other plans got in the way earlier this month (plus I heard it was raining and quite unpleasant).

While the Massachusetts festival is smaller than the New Hampshire one, all the requisite components were there. There were sheep and alpaca:

(Also lots of bunnies, but I didn't snap a picture.)

Yarn was purchased, as usual:

Feeling kind of blue this year.

And on the way there and back, where I would typically get a lot of knitting done, there was instead UNknitting.

Yeah, I'm really going through with the alterations. Taking apart the vest was actually a piece of cake. I'm always pretty straightforward with my finishing - buttons are held down with simple stitches, ends which have been woven in are minimally long and easy to find. For such a large piece, I usually don't use cast-on/off ends for other functions (seaming, more knitting, etc.) precisely because situations like this one do occur. What's even better, because Jo Sharp Silkroad DK Tweed is so nubbly and fragile, I used smooth sock yarn for the side seams. That was so simple to find and undo.

Taking apart: easy. No we move on to the complicated bit...

Posted by Kathy on May 30, 2010 09:11 AM


J'ai aussi, récemment acheté une quantité juste « de laines et coton bleu » au cours des dernières semaines, non sûre si elle doit faire avec l'obtention au-dessus d'un froid !

Bon journée :)

I'm so glad to hear the taking apart was easy enough. Now for the hard stuff, I suppose.

Good luck!

thanks for the tip about sock yarn used for side seams :) it will be useful !

Good luck with the alterations! Nice purchases!

What a great idea using sock yarn for seaming! I go out of my way to avoid seaming, but using sock yarn might make things a little less horrible.

Great pics, too.

I praise your bravery and efforts! I have a vest that needs to be taken apart and altered, but I haven't mustered the nerve yet. Perhaps I'll watch your process to glean tips and courage!

I am anxiously awaiting your next check in on your re-do for some reason!! :)

im in love with blues at the moment too! that shade you bought is probably my favourite!

The sock yarn tip wonderful! Loving those blue yarns.

I love that you're doing these alterations. Some excellent extreme knitting!

Brave unknitting--the sorrow of which I hope has been mitigated somewhat by the awesome blue and green yarn you picked up!!!!

Aw... sheepies. I wish I'd been able to go to the MA one this year. But I AM saving up for Rhinebeck.

Daughterly dedication, go knit go!

I always have leftover sock yarn, so I will have to keep that in mind when I next have a dk weight sweater to seam.

Do you think using sock yarn works for a heavier garment or should it stick to just the lighter sweater weights?

Love the pics of the fiber animals. I have to say the top pic with the doo is so cute. Good luck with the vest...you might have a long road ahead of you. :)

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