Great trip

Mr. Aitch and I got home around 12:15 this afternoon.  It takes us awhile to get back into the groove of things but I wanted to tell you about the fair my brother and I went to on Saturday.  There’s still time for you to go…if you’re in the area.

My brother and I went to the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair which is held annually in Mt. Sunapee Resort in Newbury, New Hampshire.  This is no typical “craft fair”.  The exhibitors are professionals.

One of the booths we visited was full of these fantastic felted hats made by Carrie Cahill Mulligan.  The details Carrie adds, like embroidering the brim and hand stitching satin ribbon on the inside, take this to the next level from knitter/felter to fiber artist.

Forgive my blurry photos from my phone but I had to have a reminder of these beautiful hats.  Carrie’s booth was so crowded that I could only get to the outside displays and these couple of hats really caught my eye.  These colors are as soft as the hats.

My brother is holding a credit card next to the knitted hat before felting as a point of reference to the size.

For more details, visit Carrie’s website.

I’ve been a bit scared to felt anything on purpose but these hats really inspire me to take the next step.

Another sucessful day

I woke up early this morning and decided to get some knitting done before things got too hectic.

Dr. Professor’s seamless slippers were packaged up ready to go to the  post office.

I decided to try knitting the strap for the Spud and Chloe hats using a smaller needle to make the stitching tighter.  That worked out much better.  I found some buttons in my stash but they were brass and didn’t look right with the silvery taupe yarn in the hats.  So I sprayed them with some silver spray paint.  Did I take before pictures?  No.  But you can see the back of the button and the original color.

Brass to silver buttons

Here’s a comparison on the two straps.  The original on is on the left and the tighter knit one on the right.  I think it looks better and has more substance.

original strap

Tighter knit

I also wove in the ends on the mittens.  Next on the list: Soakers.  these don’t HAVE to be finished by December 10 but I’d like them to be.  Stay tuned for more updates…