Saturday, June 22, 2019

(Knitted) 1800s Hat-Scarf

Hi everyone!

It has been almost a year since I started this project. In January, I finished the crocheted version (find it here). Now, I have finished the knitted version!

As a refresher, this is my knitted version of a one-piece hat-scarf based on the hat-scarf worn by 19th century Frenchman Charles-Marie-√Čtienne Champion Dubois de Nansouty (image from Wikipedia). He was a military man turned mountaineer who lived from 1815-1895. I discovered his picture at an event hosted by the National Park Service in Maryland at the Monocacy Civil War Battlefield in Frederick. I immediately knew I had to recreate his hat-scarf.

Ravelry: Knitted 1800s Hat-Scarf pattern link
LoveKnitting/LoveCrafts: Knitted 1800s Hat-Scarf pattern link

Champion Dubois de Nansouty
I used the same yarn as the crocheted version, but much less of it: 
Lion Brand Yarn Fishermen’s Wool, Natural (MC) – 1.25 skeins, 580 yds 
Lion Brand Yarn, Fishermen’s Wool, Brown Heather (CC) – 1 skein, 465 yds
...although any worsted/aran weight yarn would work. And you don't have to stripe it if you don't want to.
I'm going to show the National Park Service ranger, who showed me the picture of Champion Dubois de Nansouty, both hat-scarves (knit and crochet) next weekend at the Monocacy Battlefield. I'm sure he'll be delighted!

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Fiber Arts Studio Tour 2019, Part 2

Stop 3: Flying Goat Farm, 29 Bridges, and Dragonfly Fibers

This stop was hosted at the Flying Goat Farm. They were cleaning up some storm damage from an EF-0 tornado that hit the area two days ago.

What I purchased:
Got to Sock from 29 Bridges. Fingering weight. 75% superwash merino 25% nylon. Colorway: Mustard.

Stop 4: Dancing Leaf Farm, The Fiberists, and Magpie Fibers

This was my favorite stop. The gardens and landscaping at Dancing Leaf Farm is amazing. I love the country cottage feel it gives. Also, this stop had a doggo. :3 His name is Tapper and he's the sweetest.
What I purchased:
Swanky Sock from Magpie Fibers. Fingering weight. 80% superwash merino 10% cashmere 10% nylon. Colorway: Hell's Bells. This coloway looks amazing in the sunlight.

Stop 5: Wandering Wool
This stop was at a cidery I had never been to in Montgomery County. I don't drink and I was driving, so I didn't partake in any cider. But I did purchase two skeins from Wandering Wool.
What I purchased:
Ausable Sock. Fingering weight. 80% superwash merino 10% cashmere 10% nylon. Coloway: Cinderella.
Helvellyn Sock. Fingering weight. 75% superwash BFL 25% nylon. Colorway: Bohemia.

Fiber Arts Studio Tour 2019, Part 1

Today was a long day. 5 stops, 12 indie dyers and/or yarn producers in the Fiber Arts Studio Tour. I've put myself on a yarn-buying diet so I limited myself to no more than one skein per stop (mostly).

Here are the spoils of the day.

Stop 1: Avalon Springs Farm, Solitude Wool, and Feederbrook Farm

This stop was at the Avalon Springs Farm, which has angora goats and an alpaca. Avalon had a wide variety of colorways on display, including the one below.

What I purchased:
Pendragon Yarn from Avalon Springs Farm. Fingering weight. 100% superwash merino. Colorway: Hobbit House.

This yarn will likely be used for an upcoming test crochet piece.

Stop 2: Withers Wool

Withers Wool produces more "art" yarn than "standard" yarn. What I mean by that is "art" yarn is more go-with-the-flow and/or has embellishments such as feathers and beads. "Standard" yarn would be what we purchased at all other vendors on the tour. This makes Withers Wool unique. Cathy, the owner, gave us a short dying demo and explained her process from sheep to dyed roving.

To be continued....