Art! Yarn! (not Artyarn!)

We have been very busy lately. Last weekend our co-conspirator in knitting pursuits, Maureen, had an opening at The General in Almonte.  Here is Maureen (incognito in her shades) enjoying the sunshine with another artistic friend, Diane Lemire.  I am acquiring quite a collection of Maureen’s pottery, well whatever my husband and son don’t break inadvertently.1IMG_1704

Back on the home front, it’s SPRING! (Although with a week of 30+ degrees, Summer is trying to elbow its way in).

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This is the view from our studio. It looks just like our yarn, Wasabi! Should have called it Dandelion Field??

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Kathryn has been furiously working away to create pieces for the upcoming Artists Studio Open House in Farrellton, and then next weekend, the art show in the Glebe. I’ll be helping out Friday night at the Open House, so come by for a glass of wine! Or a painting, or a skein of yarn – we will have a yarn table 🙂  You can also come by on Saturday or Sunday.1IMG_1731I think this is one of my favourites:a1IMG_1733 This rooster seems to be saying “You will be MINE” or at least those crumbs on your shirt will be.

I have been dyeing to add to our own stock for summer markets and upcoming fibre events. We have a few new colours and once Kathryn is back to dyeing more often, she will work on more new formulas. Here is a fun lemony one: Poppy Seed Cake (the name “Ants in Lemon Curd” was a close runner-up). 1IMG_1734

I will tease you with more pictures of piles of yarn, waiting to go to a good home (who needs puppies and kittens when you can have yarn).

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I actually have lots of knitting to show but will write a separate blog post about that.

I will leave you with more nature… in my driveway! A fawn! Molting! (We have lots of deer around here but it’s still exciting when they come to eat my weeds).

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Working on the weekend

I guess knitting with our yarn to make a sample could be considered working? Even if it is fun? And you can drink wine while doing it?  I dyed up some MCN lace in Cobalt & Rust recently. There was an underweight skein (90 gm), so I used it up to knit a versatile cowl. IMG_2373

This was yesterday (I started it on Friday), with my friend’s dog, Playa, offering support (and soulful eyes). And here it is today, all washed, blocked and dried. (Some day I will remember to look at the lens).

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It is super easy, using the Old Shale pattern.

Old Shale Cowl in MCN lace:

Gauge isn’t terribly important, I had 18 stitches per 4″ or 10 cm.

With 4 mm circular needles, cast on 216 stitches. Place marker and join in the round.

Round 1: purl

Round 2: knit

Round 3: purl (place markers every 18 stitches, this will make it easier to see what you are doing for the old shale pattern, this will also make it easier to drink wine and not totally screw up the pattern).

Round 4: [k2tog (3 times), *yo, k1* (6 times), ssk (3 times)]  repeat till end of round (a total of 12 times).

Round 5: purl

Round 6: knit

Round 7: knit

Repeat rounds 4-7 until desired length. I used about 3 gm of yarn for every repeat. Make sure you have at least 8 gm of yarn left before ending.

Finish on round 7 then repeat rounds 1-3 and cast off using a lace bind off, or your favourite stretchy bind off. I used this one: knit the first 2 stitches, put those 2 stitches back onto the left needle and knit them together through the back loop (k2tbl). You now have one stitch on the right needle and all the rest on the left, knit 1 stitch from left needle (2 on right needle now), put those 2 back on the left needle and knit them together through the back loop. Continue like this until all the stitches are bound off.

I’ll leave you with a few more craptastic shots!

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Enjoy!