Who has time for Xmas??

We have been insanely busy. I don’t even want to think about Xmas knocking at my door. I have zero ideas for presents. Unless you want yarn. Unfortunately most members of my family don’t want yarn, knitted things, sure, but WHO HAS TIME TO KNIT????

We have just sent off about 700 skeins of yarn to La Maison Tricotée in Montreal. They will be featuring our yarn at the Nutcracker Market from Nov. 26 to Dec 6. If I didn’t actually have to drive to Montreal, I’d love to go. So instead, go for me!

Closer to home, well Ottawa, we are gearing up for Idle Hands, Sunday Nov. 29th at St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall, just off Preston, from 10 am to 4 or 5 pm (can’t remember). This is a really great craft fair, I’m sure to find some presents (other than yarn). So be sure to come out and buy something (especially yarn). Here is a little taste of what we have been dyeing:12This iPad picture does not do justice to the yarn (but I forgot my camera which would probably be equally poor in capturing the colours). You’ll just have to believe me and come out and see it! My favourite is this brilliant blue, actually 5 different blues, which you can’t actually see from my craptastic picture, but you get the idea:13Kathryn is also going to be selling some of her artwork at Idle Hands, she was working on a piece similar to what she will have for the show:14Her crows are always a big hit.15

In knitting news… I finished a silk shawl for a friend. I used four skeins of Riverside Studio fingering silk, Grey Gardens colourway, soft grey and soft light green. She was very happy with it!112

I will take pics of my latest sweater project for the next post, featuring that handy-dandy invisible stranding technique!

Just a drive by…

This won’t be a long post. Both Kathryn and I are desperately trying to finish up a lot of things. It didn’t help that I was AWOL for two weeks. Here:1aSpending time with the grandkid! It went really quickly. Kathryn was back home slaving in the studio 😦  while I was eating these 🙂1b courtesy my daughter, the expert baker, and seeing these 🙂1bacBut now I’m back and helping her pump these out:1abadSpeaking of which, Kathryn will be at the Ottawa Valley Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild Exhibition and Sale. It runs from Friday Nov. 6, 5-8 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm at the Glebe Community Centre. It’s a great show with lots of hand-made items, roving, fleece and yarn. I won’t be there because I’ll be at the Needlers’ Retreat, teaching double knitting and eating and drinking WAY too much.