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New Pattern "Time Crunch Hat"

We just released our very first hat pattern, the "Time Crunch Hat" on Ravelry. It is free until October 1, 2016 when it will then be sold for $1.50.

 This easy beanie style hat knits up in a flash using DK weight yarn. 

The use of simple geometric Fair Isle shapes allows the knitting to be interesting, without being too complicated. The floats from the colorwork form an extra layer that will keep your head toasty warm, even on the coldest of days.


Materials List: 
Yarn Geek Fibers Maven DK 80% domestic Targhee wool, 20% silk yarn, two colors. 
Two full 230 yard skeins will make at least two hats. (MC) Lise Meitner and( CC1) Virgina Apgar are used in the picture.)

US Size 6 circular needles or double points or size needed to obtain gauge.

Tapestry Needle, Stitch marker (optional)

Size: S(M,L), 19 (21, 23)” circumference, shown in size M, 21”

Gauge: 22 sts/32 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch


What I Did Last Summer (A Back-To-School Flavored Post)

I'm feeling a bit nostalgic this morning. There are a myriad of things to be done before the World Sheep and Fiber Arts Festival in Bethel MO this weekend, from the mudane to the really important. Blogging falls somewhere in the middle. Perhaps it's the perfect place to start because of that. As I sit here listening to Bob Dylan's "Tangled Up In Blue" (Sorry about the ad) I'm wondering what exactly has happened to the summer. Here's a Midsummer's summer make a list of goals to accomplish, and then go to it. It's not like this summer has been exactly fruitless. Here's a list of things I did see to fruition:

1. Knit TARDIS tablet cover

2. Knit a Doris the Hedgehog for Mr. Yarn Geek. Using the pattern from ClaireClutterbug.

3. Knit a Cush using the pattern written by Susan B. Anderson

4. Knit another Wingspan by maylin Tri'Coterie Designs.

5. Finish up the long-neglected Triinu Scarf from Nancy Bush's Knitted Lace of Estonia

6. I also made quite a few dish cloths for an experiment using Hemp yarn. (More on that in a later post)

7. I've also been working on the YarnGeekFibers fiber database so you all can enter your fibers into your stashes more easily. You're welcome!

Hmm, it looks like I've done more than I thought. All this in addition to getting ready for, and attending, several fiber shows. There are only 2 more scheduled for us this year.

1. World Sheep and Fiber Arts Festival in Bethel, MO August 31 - September 1, 2013. There is a special treat on Saturday after the show closes. A spin in will be held for a few hours in the old gymnasium. Come on over and enjoy pizza, refreshments and fun spinning games for prizes. A lovely time will be had by all.

2. Strange Folk Festival in O'Fallon, IL just outside of St. Louis, MO. September 28-29, 2013 This is a handmade goodies paradise. Two days of music, great people, unique items, tasty food and all out fun.


International Yarnbombing Day Approacheth!

How many of you are taking part in this year’s International Yarnbombing Day on June 9, 2012 or the World Wide Knit In Public Day (which is actually a whole week from June 9 to June 17, 2012)?


I am going to be at the Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival this Saturday as a shopper, not a vendor. I'm a little sad we weren't able to vend there this year, but it opens up the opportunity to be at a festival and not have to stress about it. I'm getting really excited about it actually.


Saturday is the second annual International Yarn Bombing Day. I really want to participate by making a few quick things to sprinkle about on my way to Adel. They will most likely be crochet and small, but probably also bright and cheery.


After I get to the festival on Saturday morning, I'll be participating in World Wide Knit in Public Day with other people there. I've got a sparkly scarf about half done, so people will be able to see the pattern already, but there will still be enough to work while I'm there.


I'm also taking a class there on Saturday afternoon. My friend Diana from Sam's Icelandic Sheep Farm is teaching a hackle class. She is going to show us how to blend fibers together and then pull them into roving using the hackles. Very interesting, I'm really looking forward to it. She still has openings, so if you are in the area, come by and sign up. Her class is #112.


Also, don't forget, our first online craft show starts tomorrow. Please click and support handmade!


Mr. Yarn Geek, the PR Man

When Mr. Yarn Geek and I vend at fiber festivals and shows people like to ask him what he does for our business. He tells everyone that he's Employee Number Two, but I think he's more the head of PR and Marketing. He is very good at keeping me going when I want to slack off. The thing he is best at is selling custom made things to people he knows. "Hey, my wife can make you one of those!" he says and then nudges me. "Do you have a card on you honey?" Of course I have a card, and I hand it over.

Recently he has kept me very busy knitting Mohawk Hats for people he works with. In just the last month I have made 2 black and dark blue ones, 3 Green Bay Packers themed ones, and just tonight I finished up a baby one in Chicago Bears colors. I don't think there is enough time to do another hat before Christmas, so now there is time to do a little knitting on some long ignored WIPs. There are also some objects, such as a hat and scarf I told my sister-in-law I would make for her, that really should be gotten to this winter. I just can't shake the feeling that Mr. PR and Marketing might have other plans for me, which I think is just marvelous!


Nifty New Site for Teaching, Cool!

I just signed up on which is a nifty little site I heard about on Facebook today. It allows people who have certain skills, such as mad spinning skills like me, to be found by other people who want to learn said skills. I signed up as a crochet, knitting, and spinning instructor. We'll see how it goes.

When you sign up you can customize your page with as little or as much information as you would like. Decide what you want to teach and then make a class listing with a short description and the price you would like to be paid. Make arrangements for how you would like to be paid and then go to the calendar and set up times you are available. You can upload pictures and other resources for people to look at to help them decide if you are the teacher for them. Pretty nifty right?!

To learn more about Betterfly, click on the Betterfly widget to the right. Now to wait for my first student...maybe it's you?