Mid-October, when the maple trees are at their best in the Hudson Valley section of New York, is the ideal time for a sheep and wool festival, and the 2008 event was perfect! Brisk, sweater weather, brilliant sunshine – and knitters and crocheters everywhere. Here are a few shots from the show:
The Jacob sheep on the right is considered a rare heritage breed according to the Jacob Sheep Conservancy. Just wish the guy at the bottom had chosen another time to turn his head!
But, of course, my favorite shot is of my granddaughter, Hazel, in her new Simply Soft sweater (over about 5 layers including another sweater). As you can see, they’re a family that loves knit and crochet (that’s Hazel’s dad in the background).
And now for you knitters, here’s the season-appropriate “Scared-y Cat” knitted cup cozy. It should take you no more than a few minutes to knit up so you can make a bunch for that Halloween party for the kids. Just fill go-cups with hot cider or hot chocolate!
SCAREDY CAT CUP COZY
Designed by Liz Walsh
Naturallycaron.com Country: Black #0024: 1oz (makes 3 cozies)
Embroidery floss in Pink and White
Size 9 knitting needles
Size 5 crochet hook
Holding yarn double, cast on 30 sts.
Row 1: knit across.
Row 2: purl across.
Rows 3-14: repeat rows1+2
Row 15: bind off the first 8st carrying the yarn across,
Ear Row 1: *Knit next 5sts. Turn.
Row 2: Purl 5. Turn.
Row 3: K2tog. Knit 3. Turn
Row 4: P2tog. Purl 2. Turn
Row 5: K2tog. Knit1. Turn.
Row 6: P2tog.
Using the crochet hook, slip stitch down the side of the ear to the knitting needle.* Bind off next 4 sts carrying yarn across. * Repeat from * Bind off remaining 8sts.
Sew together ends, weaving in ends.
Attach buttons for eyes and embroidery nose and whiskers.
(Eye can also be embroidered)
What a perfect accent for an evening out – or a Victorian addition to an otherwise basic look! The perfect little lace squares of the Doral Wristlets are joined together with chains, the circular motifs a Kristin Omdahl signature. Crocheted in Spa Rose Bisque, they’re the ideal portable project to carry with you in your smallest purse.
And for knitters, the Zurich his-and-hers cabled scarves are the perfect gift! Knitted using simple, basic cables and seed stitch, they’re super for those of you who haven’t yet tried cables. You’ll be SO surprised how easy they are! Marilyn Losee designed the pair of scarves in Country, hers in Foliage and his in Plum Pudding.