Procrastination, thy name is hemp and Noro and anything else I can think of…

I have been trying to stay on track, I am now dedicating myself to knitting up shawl and sock samples with Kathryn’s yarn in time for the Twist Fibre Festival in St. Andre-Avellin which we will be attending, Kathryn will be a vendor. Hope to see you there. The Yarn Harlot will be there, teaching how to knit with speed and efficiency. Personally, I’d like to learn how to grow two more arms so I can double my output. It would look more than a little freaky but might be well worth it, no? That said, it is not stopping me from starting a hemp skirt:

I have done my gauge swatch, washed it, dried it and I get 19.5 sts x 32 rows. Hmmm. I never get gauge with hemp, never, ever. I just accept that and work around it. So I guess I will cast on for a smaller size and knit the width of a larger size. Should work out in the end. I hope.

We were recently in Kelowna, visiting the folks, and while I was there I picked up some Noro Kirameki singles. I whipped up a little summer top. I used just over one skein but could have done it with one if I had used less increases. I’m very happy with result. It is a top-down v-neck raglan that I just winged. First it was too big, then too small, third time was the charm. Isn’t that always the case?

I also finished Raiun! I really like the back detailing, very modern and crisp looking:But it wasn’t all about me (well, the ratio seems to always be 2 for me, 1 for somebody else). I did finish another baby blanket. OpArt from Knitty. It was a fun and easy knit. I made it smaller than the smallest size which turned out to be plenty big.Well, off to work on the shawl, or maybe the hemp skirt…

Are we there yet?

Well Kathryn did send me her pictures of our little road trip, so I will continue the narrative…

We stayed with Maureen’s sister and her hubby (lovely and gracious hosts) at Rideau Ferry. Me and Maureen enjoying the view:

Although I already posted some pics of Windblest Farm, here are a few more. You can never have too many pictures of sheep, can you? or adorable farm dogs?

(we were seriously connecting)

(sheepy goodness)

And now for something completely different…

We visited an “antique” store outside of Perth. I am using quotations marks for a reason, unlike the postings on Unnecessary Quotation Marks, plenty of irony intended here.

Can you spot me and Maureen? That hallway was so tight I wasn’t sure I could make it out the other end, so I did a u-ie but, really, almost had to just back out.

Bottles and jars! You want bottles and jars?

Or silver and glass and china and other stuff in plastic bags… Don’t eat that second slice of cake, cause you will never fit through that hallway. And maybe don’t grow higher than 5’8″, otherwise you might brain yourself on some silver or glass or china or other stuff in plastic bags hanging from the ceiling!

Howsabout rusted metal? Plenty of that!

There is a door in that “entrance”. (See above for explanation on usage of quotation marks).

Maybe I’ve been wrong about the whole thing. Maybe this is really an art installation. Or an “art” installation?

Green! For Canada Day(?!)

I had to share my 1.25 day sweater! Yes, it is green. And it is Canada Day. But if you were colour blind you might think it was red.

At least my pants are red, sort of. This was a moronically easy pattern from the latest issue of Knit.Wear.  It only used 3 skeins of allhemp6, which is a bargain, and even better, I got mine from someone on Ravelry ages ago for $17. All three for $17! For some mysterious reason, the magazine seems to show this (and another pattern made from hemp) pre-washed. It looks crunchy. Which it is until you wash it and throw it in the dryer. Then it is heavenly, soft with great drape. And yes, I knit it in about 1.25 days. Started late Friday afternoon and by 10 pm Saturday had it finished, washed and dried! Big needles helped!

Another project I am soooo glad to have finished was my sister’s birthday sweater. Only about a month and half late. Oops. It almost defeated me. I love the look, but hated the process. I used Japanese cotton tape lace weight yarn to knit what was supposed to be Gisela from Cocoknits. But… apparently my gauge was off (fronts turned out too narrow), I knit it in one piece and the itty bit of seaming I had to do was awful, like seaming a fishnet stocking. I had to add to the front, after 3 different attempts finally figured out the best way to do it. I still have to tuck in the ends and sew them down because they will wiggle their way out for sure, the evil buggers. It is beautiful, but painful.

I am still waiting for Kathryn to send me good photos of our road trip but I will post a bit about it. We first stopped in at Just Knitting where Kelly has just started to carry Kathryn’s yarn. It is a fantastic little store, lots of beautiful yarn and Kelly is super nice and knowledgeable.

Here are buckets of Kathryn’s yarn in Kelly’s store. I took a craptastic picture of Kelly in the store, completely fuzzy. I don’t know what happened, combination of not wearing my glasses and the bends from lack of coffee? small earthquake? How can an automatic camera take such a bad picture? I’ve included it for comic effect. Kelly was smiling. Sorry Kelly!

(And yes those are very fuzzy Jordana Paige Namaste bags! Apparently my memory was fuzzy too, yes Jordana Paige not Namaste.)

I did purchase some Euroflax Merlin and beautiful glass buttons, thinking of making a top-down tee… and a skein of Fiddlesticks lace (on sale!) for a brioche leaf lace shawl.

Kelly then directed us to Windblest Farm, 1821 Ferguson Falls Road, Ferguson Falls. They have border and bluefaced leicester sheep and sell yarn and fleeces. Beautiful place and lovely owner. We were greeted by her border collie (can’t remember the name – maybe Seamus?)

This is the store and the sheep are right next door!

And here are Kathryn and Maureen in deep conversation with Janice, the owner:

Some beautiful bluefaced leicester fleece (with an orangey sweater poking out at the side knit from her beautiful heathered yarn):

I purchased 3 skeins of DK/worsted weight leicester yarn, 245 m each, soft and with a great sheen. And  400 gm of leicester roving to spin (which should spin up into a gorgeous heathered yarn). I love leicester, the wool is hard wearing and has a beautiful sheen to it, the roving is a pleasure to spin.

Janice has sweaters knit up to show her yarn and lots of hats, many of her own design.

I will leave you with some more sheepy goodness and continue posting about our road trip when I get Kathryn’s pictures (hint, hint, Kathryn).