Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

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Join us Saturday, October 21st for our next Bee in the Barn.  Bring a handwork project and come enjoy the company of other makers surrounded by all the beautiful art, antiques, and home decor The Barn at Todd Farm has to offer.  This a fun family event that is free and open to everyone.  Whether you are a knitter, quilter, jeweler, rug hooker, or any other type of crafter, please join us.

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The Barn at Todd Farm, 275 Main Street, Rowley, MA

Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

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Join us Saturday, August 12th for our next Bee in the Barn.  Bring a handwork project and come enjoy the company of other makers surrounded by all the beautiful art, antiques, and home decor The Barn at Todd Farm has to offer.  This a fun family event that is free and open to everyone.  Whether you are a knitter, quilter, jeweler, rug hooker, or any other type of crafter, please join us.

Free Parking

The Barn at Todd Farm, 275 Main Street, Rowley, MA

Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

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Our first Saturday Bee was a big hit, so we are sticking with it!  Please join us Saturday, June 17th for our next Bee in the Barn.  Bring a handwork project and come enjoy the company of other makers surrounded by all the beautiful art, antiques, and home decor The Barn at Todd Farm has to offer.  This a fun family event that is free and open to everyone.  Whether you are a knitter, quilter, jeweler, rug hooker, or any other type of crafter, please join us.

The Barn at Todd Farm, 275 Main Street, Rowley, MA

Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

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We are shaking things up and having the next Bee on Saturday, May 20th.  Bring a handwork project and come enjoy the company of other makers surrounded by all the beautiful art, antiques, and home decor The Barn at Todd Farm has to offer.  This a fun family event that is free and open to everyone.  Whether you are a knitter, quilter, jeweler, rug hooker, or whatever is your craft of choice, please join us.

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Under the Apple Trees

Alpaca Cabled Afghan 1

I have no illusions to how incredibly fortunate I am.  I love my work.  I love my home.  I work from my home.  I love to sit by my window with the piece that I am knitting or stitching or hooking, an audio or podcast burbling in the background, a batch of cookies in the oven.  That’s the fun part.  The more tedious bit, that bit that reminds me that it is a job, is when it comes time to marketing all the new wonderful things I’ve created.  The photography, the editing, the social media, etc, etc, etc.  Not my favorite part.  But a funny thing happened the other day:  the weather finally warmed, the grass and trees were turning green, and I had a number of things that needed to be photographed.  Never has a photo session been so inspired.  I threw open the doors and hauled a favorite chair out under the apple trees.  My dogs padded behind me befuddled, but delighted with the diversion.  And never was I happier to be taking care of the business end of business.

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This is my favorite blanket. I love the variegated creaminess of it. It is like be embraced by a latte. lol.
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It was even a fun day for some indoor shots!

 

 

 

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A Sweater for Me

This one is mine.

For all the time I spend making things, very little ever gets made (or mended) for me.  I may sew for a living, but my wardrobe is riddled with holes, frayed cuffs, and is frequently held together with safety pins.  In what was quite a departure for me, as well as an excercise in discipline, I decided to both knit down my stash and be the beneficiary of the enterprise.

My sweater is off the needles, though yet to be blocked— and it needs it.  It is something of a bastardization of the beautiful Hiro pattern.  I used inappropriate yarn, lengthened the cuffs and added thumb holes, widened the collar, eliminated any waist shaping.  I still plan on adding pockets, but I haven’t decided where  or what style yet.  I made it ridiculously large to wear cross country skiing over leggings finished just in time for — ummm— spring.

I'm a big fan of thumb holes.

Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

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The Bee in The Barn is a monthly gathering of knitters, quilters, hookers, and other hand-workers of all sorts and skill levels in the inspiring setting of Todd Farm.  Join us for an afternoon of companionship, laughter, and progress on all our UFO’s while surrounded by the beautiful antiques, vintage home decor, and fine art The Barn at Todd Farm has to offer.

This is a free and family friendly gathering open to all with the spirit of a maker and the love of good companionship.

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Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

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The Bee in The Barn is a monthly gathering of knitters, quilters, hookers, and other hand-workers of all sorts and skill levels in the inspiring setting of Todd Farm.  Join us for an afternoon of companionship, laughter, and progress on all our UFO’s while surrounded by the beautiful antiques, vintage home decor, and fine art The Barn at Todd Farm has to offer.

This is a free and family friendly gathering open to all with the spirit of a maker and the love of good companionship.

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The Eyelet Baby Kimono Wrap Knitting Pattern

The Eyelet Kimono is designed with Cumbria by The Fibre Co.

A number of years ago I came across a pattern for a simple baby kimono.  There were a lot of things I liked about it, but there were also a lot of things I didn’t.  I’d been brooding over how a kimono I designed would differ for quite some time before I finally put pencil to paper and needles to yarn.  The beautiful Cumbria by The Fibre Co helped spur things along.  As soon as I had sample in hand, my head started whirring with the possibilities.  Finally, after many stops and starts.  Knits, tinks, knits, tinks, pencil scratches, recalculations, tear outs it has all come together and my newest pattern is now available in my shop.

The Eyelet Kimono is designed with Cumbria by The Fibre Co.
The Eyelet Kimono is designed with Cumbria by The Fibre Co.

I’ve always been a texture girl, and Cumbria excels in its stitch definition.  I really wanted to create an interesting visual and I’m a sucker for a YO.  After much fiddling, I devised an all over eyelet pattern I was happy with.  The other thing that I really wanted to achieve with this piece was beautifully finished edges that did as they were told.  No rolling or buckling or bad attitudes.  I-cords came to my rescue at every start, stop, and turn.  From the cast-on, certain bind offs, and all along the neckline I-cords were my design friend.  It took a bit of re-work of the traditional I-cord edge to accommodate the quick decreases along the neckline, but tiny little short rows did the trick.  I really couldn’t be happier with how the whole thing came out and am already working designs for companion pieces and variations for different skill sets.

The Eyelet Baby Kimono

 

I’ve also stocked my shop with three beautiful shades of Cumbria to get you started knitting right away!

Helvellyn, CumbriaWindermere Cumbria by The Fibre CoScafell Pike