Maryland Sheep & Wool 2014

MDS&W happened a week and a half ago.  I’m just now getting around to writing about it as I’ve been lazy procrastinating working hard on getting Silver Screen Knits, Volume Two over the finish line.  Good news: it’s being released the day after tomorrow!

Once again, I went with my good friend Mandy (who was also my maid of honor, who is also my Knitty model, who is also awesome at roller derby and whose husband did some of the photo shoots for the book).  I managed to get out of there without a single skein of yarn – a true feat for me – but I did get some other very neat stuff, mainly food.  They have some fabulous food vendors.  I realize that 90% of what I tweet and blog about is food related, but I like food, so yeah.  What was I talking about?  Oh, food.  Justamere Tree Farm was there again with their maple candy.  And maple cream.  I’d never had maple cream before but they give you a little taste of it just like a crack dealer.  I think my daughter has since eaten half the jar, so I may have to hide it.  Then there was the cinnamon nuts (pecans, cashews, almonds) booth with a smell that wafts through the entire fairgrounds.  Pure evil.  And finally a new vendor I hadn’t seen before – Artichokes French.  Apparently they had been at Rhinebeck previously and were overwhelmingling popular.  I can see why.  They’re one of the few vegetarian hot food vendors, half of their menu is gluten free and you can smell the garlic from 100 yards away.  I couldn’t find a website for them but a recipe for the artichokes is here.  Great stuff.

Now for the non-food related stuff.  Last year, I got a gorgeous green yarn bowl (the left one below) from Greenbridge Pottery and found that I use it constantly.  Aside from being very handy, it’s also a rather nice decorative piece so I headed to MDS&W intending to get another one.  It was a challenge to settle on one as they have an enormous selection and they’re all lovely.  I ended up with the one on the right.  It’s a nice neutral color that will work well anywhere I leave it in my house.

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I also picked up some roving to make a bird nest material thing to hang outside.  It’s been hanging out there for a week with no takers.  Ingrates.

Finally, the pièce de résistance: another yarn bowl.  But not just any yarn bowl.  A monster yarn bowl!  Check this guy out!

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That could not be any cooler, right?  It was made by Claymonster Pottery in Baltimore, MD.  The potters were kind enough to inform me that this yarn bowl is microwave and dishwasher safe.  Can you imagine eating cereal or soup out of this?  I can and I most likely will.

Other than that, I wound up with a few more sets of circs, which puts me at about a thousand of them now but somehow I never have the size/length combo I need and I have far too many of them to chuck them all for interchangeables.  At least I have an excuse to keep buying Namaste Circular Cases!

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Silver Screen Knits, Volume Two Pre-Orders Have Begun

Pre-orders for Silver Screen Knits, Volume Two by Kathleen Lawton-Trask have begun! Order your copy here! When you order the print version you will receive the PDF version free on its release date. Be sure to sign up for Kathleen’s newsletter to receive your discount code, which will be good for a limited time. You’ll also receive a discount code for both volumes, so now is a great time to order Silver Screen Knits, Volume One. Plus, if you order both copies together you’ll only pay shipping and handling for one copy.

Print copies of the book will be shipping on May 15. The PDF version only of the book will be available for sale on May 8 on Ravelry.

To whet your appetite, here are some highlights from Silver Screen Knits, Volume Two:

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Photo credits: Brandy Crist-Travers and Ky Quan, copyright: Kathleen Lawton-Trask

Mia Farrow Strolling Blouse

Daisy Buchanan (Mia Farrow): “Rich girls don’t marry poor boys.”  The Great Gatsby (1974)

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The Mia Farrow Strolling Blouse, shown here next to Kathleen Lawton-Trask’s Robert Redford Tennis Sweater, was inspired by Mia Farrow’s Daisy Buchanan in the 1974 film version of the The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  The yarn is The Fibre Company Meadow, a 2-ply laceweight blend of merino, baby llama, silk and linen, which gives the sweater a soft feel and excellent drape.

The patterns for both of these sweaters will be published in Silver Screen Knits, Volume Two by Kathleen Lawton-Trask, which will be released on May 15th.  For more information and to receive a limited time discount code for the book, please visit Kathleen’s website:  knitlikeyoumeanit and sign up for the newsletter (wherein the code will appear).

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Photo credit: Ky Quan, copyright: Kathleen Lawton-Trask

Lauren Bacall Millionaire’s Cardigan

Schatze Page (Lauren Bacall): “You wanna catch a mouse, you set a mouse trap.  All right, so we set a bear trap. Now all we gotta do, is one of us has got to catch a bear.”  How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)ImageThat voice.  So deep, so alluring, so downright funny!  In How to Marry a Millionaire, Lauren Bacall manages to be conniving, stubborn, sympathetic and witty at the same time.  I had planned to watch the movie once while designing the Millionaire’s Cardigan.  So far, I’ve watched it about 15 times and counting!

Below is one of my designs that will be published in Silver Screen Knits, Volume Two by Kathleen Lawton-Trask, which is set to be released on May 15th.  For more information and to receive a limited time discount code for the book, please visit Kathleen’s website knitlikeyoumeanit and sign up for the newsletter (wherein the code will appear).

ImagePhoto credit: Ky Quan, copyright: Kathleen Lawton-Trask