LAce with button hole and Oslo stitches

Light and Lacy/Silver Project

I’ve been playing with a lace pattern for the Ravelry nalbinding group’s Light and Lacy challenge and my local fiber fair’s “Silver” craft along.  Third try is the best so far.

The base row is Oslo. Then in every other stitch I do button hole stitch. then a row of regular button hole stitch. All stitches are tightened around my needle. When I do another Oslo stitch row, I pick up one button hole stitch and do an Olso stitch, then I do one Oslo stitch unattached to the previous row.

I increased on the Oslo stitch row and the first button hole stitch row at the edges, which gave about a 60 degree triangle. I wanted about 90 degrees for a shawl, so maybe I should have increased every row and stopped thinking like a knitter! So this will be a pointy edged scarf, instead of a shawl.

The piece is curling A LOT and I have to untwist my yarn on my needle often. I think I’m going to have to block this. Though, most nalbound items, I don’t block.

Anyhoo – hopefully that’s enough info to play with or inspire you to try your own nalbinding lace!

Back from North Country Fiber Fair!

Oh my GOODNESS, I had the best time I’ve ever had at NCFF!  I wasn’t sure I wanted to come home, even though I was dead tired after it was over.

I taught 2 Beginning Nalbinding classes and a Beginning Sashiko class. The students really made it a pleasure to be there teaching!  I was also able to take 2 classes – Photography for Fiber Artists and Long Draw Spinning.  Excellent classes. Thanks to the spinning class, I’m starting to spin thick lopi style singles.  Love it!

At the dinner on Saturday night I participated in the fashion show with my nalbound poncho.  We found that I make a terrible model.  Must ask someone more flamboyant to model for me next time.  But many people seemed to appreciate the poncho.

So many of my friends came up and we were able to hang out and catch up with each other and I made many new friends.  This event can only be compared to a fiber arts party and sleep over (
I could not do justice to the event with my pictures.  But here are a few to give to the feel of this incredible little fiber fair.

The delightful bunch from my first nalbinding class. I wish I would have had the brains to take pictures of each of my classes.  Though, Johanna rescued me and took a picture of me teaching.  (I just don’t have the picture yet.) 

Sweet little angora goat that was for sale.  He (and the white one behind him) found a home with one of the ladies in my spinning class.
Hidden Valley Farm – has the most wonderful coopworth and soysilk roving in blue called “Age of Aquarius”.  I’ve been spinning it up today in lopi style singles.

The delightful gentleman on the left owns Rich-nes Alpacas.  I buy roving from him every year. (I didn’t catch the name of the booth the of lady who was visiting with him.)

The booth my cohorts and I had.  Ruth and Meghan never let me get a serious picture.  Bless their hearts for letting me sell with them.  I was hardly ever at the booth.

Many vendors – I think we had more than 40 vendors this year.

These bunnies were so adorable!  I wanted to bring one home, but I can’t be a good bunny mom right now with how busy I am.  So I will remember these sweet babies with pictures.

Here’s the stash I brought home!  Enough to keep me spinning for a while, maybe…

Post Teaching Giddiness

Just sharing some of my giddiness today!

I just taught my first beginning nalbinding class to a small group of friends (who agreed to be my guinea pigs).  It was fun!  I learned at least as much as they did.  I wanted to show them so many things – but they were kind and helped me figure out that I need to do only a little at a time and offered great feedback!  (There were so many things I wanted to show them – but little bits at a time for teaching beginners to do nalbinding is better.)  So I think I can teach this at NCFF and do well!

When I come out of a tough to teach class and I’m still flying high as a kite – then you know it was a great time!  Woot!