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Spotted Dog Farm Blog

Stephen West!

Stephen West, knitwear designer and author of many books, and many, many (many!) patterns, was at Black Mountain Yarn Shop this weekend, and I was lucky enough to attend both of his classes.  (click title to continue reading)

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Craggy Pinnacle

t had been a while since we went roaming up on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  In fact, it's usually closed in the winter because of icy roads.  But it's been so warm this winter that we were able to get up to Craggy Gardens and Craggy Pinnacle just before New Years.  Totally worth it, and highly recommend.

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The Advent Socks

Continuing my sock knitting trend, I got a wild hair and decided to join the Knit Along for Natalie's Advent Socks.  Why was it a wild hair?  Because it was also the busiest season in my business, which is not always an awesome time to start new knitting projects.  But it turns out Advent socks are *perfect* for this time of year, because the idea is just to knit one stripe a day during Advent (with a little bit of extra time here and there for toes and heels), and that's not too hard to accomplish.

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Wise HIlda's Socks

This fall I had a sudden interest in knitting socks - again.  That urge was strong several years ago, and I even had a phase where I only wore hand-knit socks in the winter, but that phase burned out about the time I felted a few pairs of them over one winter, and it had been a while since I had made socks.  But after several sweaters in a row, and more cowls that I can count, the sock urge was back. (click title to continue reading)

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Morning River Walk

It has been way too long since I went on an aimless wander - just to see what's going on, and let the creative well fill up a bit, and basically enjoy myself for no other reason than the fun of it.  This morning I rectified that situation. (click title to continue reading)

 

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Farm Walk

It's starting to feel like fall around here - just a tiny bit.  It was so hot for so long that I could hardly believe it was October, but all of a sudden we're getting a hint of fall.  A few leaves are falling, and the nights are cooler, and we're all loving it.  (click title to continue reading)

 

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