Post Twist

So we are back from Twist and wow, what a great experience! With my partners in crime, Julie and Maureen, and as much yarn as we could carry we drove to St Andre Avellin.

 

Of course at this point I should be inserting pictures of the lovely Petite Nation river, the church, the yarn bombed buildings, but I somehow didn’t get around to taking any.

However I did take  pictures of the booth, once it was set up…

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ImageI think it had to be the two hottest days of the summer, but despite that people came. Lots of people!

We worked hard, made new friends and added to our own stashes. Here is some of mine.

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In that amazing blue bowl made by David McKenzie, (Maureen’s husband) is 2 skeins of recycled silk from Farmable Fibre’s, and 2 skeins of Alchemy mohair silk lace from Celine en Laine.

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In this crappy picture (my camera died and I used the Ipad camera) is Hemp and Linen to spin from Farmable Fibre’s, an ounce of cashmere (the light coloured roving) from Roving Winds Farm, and part of the 8 ounces of suri alpaca and shetland roving from Hopeful Shetlands.

We met Stephanie Pearl-McPhee aka the Yarn Harlot, made tons of new connections and sold piles of yarn. Now it is time to re-stock. As soon as I figure out how to re-charge my camera, I’ll get some new and lovely stuff up in the Etsy Shop.
 

If you are in the Toronto area check out Lettuce Knit. They are carrying my yarn.

Deb of Sheeps Ahoy, is bringing a small selection of my yarn to the Knitters Fair in Kitchener, September 8th.

Working for the weekend…

Haha, do you have that Loverboy song stuck in your head now? It was earworming me for a couple of days after I found out that they are coming out with a new album. The 80’s: been there, done that, have the t-shirt. And I’m not going back, especially for the hideous t-shirts.

But back to OUR actual topic… Kathryn HAS been working for the weekend, for the Twist Fibre Festival weekend, 25-26 August.

Some yarn and fibre drying:

BFL roving, we both love BFL, love to spin and knit with it (don’t you just want to pet it?):

She even had her visiting mother, an acclaimed artist and teacher, working! Slave driver!

Some gorgeous wool and silk yarn:

And a box bursting with roving!

I was busy too. I put down some of my latest obsessions and got to work on samples for Kathryn. It is a new shawl pattern – the green one is knit with BFL and the red one is from Kathryn’s fingering weight merino singles. I haven’t come up with a name for it yet because I suck at coming up with names (like I suck at taking pictures) but I will by the time I make it available. (Then again, I could be brilliantly inventive and original like Vogue Knitting magazine and name it “#05 Lace shawl”.) I am also working on a slightly different version in Kathryn’s sport weight alpaca/soy yarn, but that will still be on the needles and in the experimental stage for Twist.

If you have a idea for a name, let me know!

And hope to see you at Twist!

Fun stuff (well for me, anyway…)

I thought I might write a post about a few fun things in my mostly knitterly life.

First up: a (knitting) bag my daughter bought me when I was in Cape Cod last year (by the way, I’m going for another visit in about month, can’t wait!) The bag is woven from actual measuring tapes, and lined with the stuff they use for plastic tarps. Good size, waterproof, and I’m never without a measuring tape although it is a bit tricky to actually measure something with it.

Next up, cute retro striped superwash yarn from Knitpicks, that I got on sale, to knit more baby things for the above-mentioned daughter. I have 3 balls of each, plenty to make a couple of little retro baby sweaters.

Still on the topic of Knitpicks, I started this super fun and guilty little pleasure of a shawl from Kieran Foley, a fantastic designer of unique and interesting shawls and colourwork. I’m using Chroma in the Paperback colourway:

You drop stitches every 16 rows (instant gratification!) and it looks great with colour changing yarn which accentuates the “bubble” aspect of the design. The picture above is pre-blocking, below after blocking:

How fantastic is that??? I love it. I only just started it,  but I blocked it to get an idea of how long I want to make it. This is my guilty little pleasure because every stitch I knit on this, I am NOT knitting on projects I should be, like baby things and especially like the remaining samples from Kathryn’s yarn in time for Twist Fibre Festival 24-26 August, which I AM working on, and will get done. I swear. I will not touch bubbles until I am finished my other projects, well maybe just a row here and there but no serious commitment. I swear. I have proof that I am sort of telling the truth:

Of course the yarn colour is much richer than my pathetic camera can show. I have started the second sock (my Bellflower Boogie pattern) and am working away on the shawl, which is almost written up.  Soon I will post more about Kathryn’s preparations for the Twist festival – she’s dyeing up a storm, working over steaming pots of yarn in this horrible summer heat.

And one last fun thing, which tugs a bit at the heart-strings… We have a little “ugly” duckling visiting our beach from time to time. He’s not “ugly” but his mom (I think it’s his mom) seems to think so because every time he tries to join the rest of the bunch, she chases him away. There are seven of them, so maybe eight just put her over the edge? and there are no duck uncles or aunties or grandparents to farm him out to? He is a bit behind in development compared to the rest but he’s growing. He is always paddling around on his own, and seems happy enough, but so solitary. We are keeping an eye on him to make sure he does what ducks should do in the fall (fly away??) And give him the odd handful of pumpkin and sunflower seeds. We don’t want to tame him or anything though. And no I haven’t named him, although I do call him sweetie sometimes.

And one last shot, this is a view from our beach (because there are many views, panoramic views):

Yes, I know I’m lucky, very lucky, every time I go for a swim, I think, “wow, am I lucky”. And I share with others! namely Maureen and Kathryn, knitting and swimming, can it get better than that?