Happy Holidays!


Let me start with my “tree”. Here is my cat for perspective. No, my cat is not 5′ tall, the “tree” is 15″ tall, including the pot. I am a minimalist when it comes to decorating although our Xmas lights stay up all year long (yes, we are one of THOSE kinds of people) – albeit inside the house.

I had a lovely 3 weeks in Cape Cod with the grandkids, if you don’t count the bout of norovirus we all had and then a cold that lasted for 3 weeks! The robot sweaters were a hit. And they fit, too well, so I immediately added length everywhere and will no longer trust my daughter’s measurements.

Grandson #1 has room to grow (after I added some to the bottom and the sleeves), grandson #2 does not (even after I added to the bottom and the sleeves).

My daughter’s shrug turned out very nicely (8-ply supersock in Cobalt & Rust). She wears it a lot. Here they are waiting for Santa.


In between holding this little guy,


who was very sick with a cold and needed a lot of holding, to the point where I almost lost the use of my arms (who knew I should have been lifting weights in preparation for my Cape Cod stay), I did manage to make these:

a11.jpg The hat is called Deep Woods Toque, an Interweave pattern. I used a new yarn which we might carry, an organic 2 ply merino in Moroccan Spice. The gold is some leftover merino/silk and the green is some leftover sock yarn. I had enough to make a double knit cowl, so cast-on! I wish I had made it bit narrower, so I have since added a fold and sewed a button on it so that the cowl actually stays up on my neck for warmth and not just for fashion.

Here is the inside of the hat, I again used invisible stranding since there are large sections between the trees and I didn’t want the gold poking out. Can’t emphasize enough how much I love this technique. It does work best with wool, I think. I used it on the robot sweaters, but they were acrylic and it still shows to a certain extent. The stitches just don’t bounce back as nicely as they do with wool when you create that extra purl stitch between the knit ones.


In other news. I am almost finished my son’s sweater. It is for Christmas, but luckily we decided to celebrate with him when he gets back from visiting his sis down in Cape Cod for the holidays. One sleeve to go! and then a shawl collar! and then a backing for the button band and finding buttons! But I will be done before he returns! It probably didn’t help that I wasn’t monogamous in my knitting (although cheating on your main project does help keep you from getting repetitive strain problems in your wrists etc – at least that’s my story).


I knit up a hat with the new bulky yarn we are carrying. This is in Hell’s Kitchen and the pattern is Fidra. Super quick knit and a lovely soft 2-ply yarn. The pom pom was made from two fingering minis although I think I had enough yarn left from the hat to make one. I will knit a swatch with the rest instead.


AND, I sneaked this in:


This fantastic pattern is from Natalie Servant, Cosmic Dust. I took a beading course with Natalie this fall and fell in love with this pattern. I chose colours that would match my rain coat.


The yarn is Shirley Brian yarns, a cotton gradient. It was really fun pattern to knit and I highly recommend it. You cut the yarn at each colour change and string on the beads, it is not nearly as tedious as it sounds and goes quite quickly. Even weaving in the ends was pretty quick. I saved a bit of the cotton in the various shades and sewed down the ends where I weaved them in so they wouldn’t come out.

After I finish the cardigan-that-never-seems-to-end, I will get back to these socks for the hubby. He does love hand-knit socks and wears them so much that he wears through them. For this pair I am holding some reinforcement yarn with the sock yarn for the heel and when I turn the heel. We’ll see how that holds up.


I splurged a bit this month and went to an open house at my friend Maureen’s studio, and bought myself some cups. The blue ones are by David, her husband, and have impressions that make your hand fit right around the cup and the ones on the right are Maureen’s. Guess why I just had to buy that brown one, haha.


I hope you all have happy holidays, whatever you might be celebrating (or not) and will try to blog more often in the new year. I will leave you with Frankie relaxing in my knitting chair (until I kicked him out that is).


Better late than never!

I am a bit late in posting about the Twist Festival that took place on August 22-23 because Cape Cod got in the way! We had a great time at the festival, there were tons of vendors and huge crowds. Here is our stall featuring Stephen West’s Dotted Rays. The grey and gold leaf shawl is a Berroco pattern called Mrs. Watson (there’s a name that just rolls of the tongue) which only used 3 skeins of the MCN sport weight yarn.5For the dotted rays shawl, we used 4 different colours of our lace weight, held double. I made the golden one and Kathryn made the purply one. Here is the breakdown of how I divided the skeins:

Colour A: 2 x 21 gm (A+A), 14 gm (A+B)
Colour B: 4 x 14 gm (A+B, B+B, B+C)
Colour C: 4 x 14 gm (B+C, C+C, C+D)
Colour D: 14 gm, 2 x 21 gm (C+D, D+D)

This is a really fun pattern and even more fun to knit when you use different colours. I joined the yarn together using the Russian join. If you don’t know how to do it, scroll to the bottom of this Knitty article.

We met up with lots of friends, like Francine who sells shawl pins and stitch markers and Yvonne who runs Yvieknits Yarns, featuring many of Natalie Servant’s patterns at their booth:14Also Sheeps Ahoy. Deb sells Shetland yarns in addition to Briar Rose. More of Natalie’s shawls! I was supposed to knit up that red vest in time for the November Needlers’ retreat but I won’t have time (the plan was for 3 or 4 of us friends to all do it). I am actual teaching this year, double knitting, and have loads of samples I need to finish instead and time to waste freaking out about the whole thing. Maybe next year…9Laura Sheppard pottery was there too with lots of sheepy yarn bowls and mugs:8Our friend Diane Lemire was there with the most beautiful and fantastical felted and silk scarves:11Another friend, who we first met at Twist, Veronique was also there. She makes jewelry from wire using bobbin lacemaking techniques. Her pieces are amazing.1312

We are now gearing up for the Mississippi Mills Fibrefest in Almonte, September 12-13. There a lots of fibre/yarn vendors, vintage clothing, quilters, buttons etc. Some of my favourite vendors will be there, like Windblest Farms with their lovely BFL yarn and fibre, and Kelly who runs Just Knitting, and who, it turns out, is a weaver extraordinaire! Please come and see us, and buy a few things. We are all in the Almonte Arena.

Did I mention Cape Cod? Right after Twist, I hit the road with hubby and doggy for a 10+ hour drive down to visit the grandkid. Didn’t have any knitted items for him this time, maybe for the fall, if I can find the time, gah! The weather was great:3And I learned a new trick from the grandkid, if you want to get sand off your feet ASAP, put some baby powder on it and it all falls away like nothing. Here he is showing his technique:


And after all that sun and sand, some ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s!4I did finish one knitted thing in Cape Cod. A sweater for myself. It is Sugarcoat from Heidi Kirrmaier. I used Knitpicks Lindy Chain, a linen/cotton blend.  I had 3/4 sleeves, until I washed it. I’m too lazy to rip back.



I’ll leave you with our new toy, an industrial toy that I put together myself!!15A new skein winder!!! It does 3 at a time!!! It has a motor and a yardage/rotation counter that actually stops!!! Can’t wait for more yarn to arrive to give her a spin.

Is knitting killing me?

I don’t mean in some crazed and frenzied knitting needle death-by-a-thousand pokes kind of murder, but rather a slow sedentary death (“NO, don’t get up and go for a walk, you just have 20 rows left!”)  If you have read a newspaper, listened to the radio or gone on the internet, you must have heard that sitting is KILLING us. You sit a lot when you knit, almost all the time in fact. Plus, my other favourite hobby doesn’t help at all. I love spinning. When I sheepishly (haha, couldn’t resist) told my doctor that, she said, “that’s great!”. She was thinking this 🙂


(no, that’s not me)

When I meant this 😦


(no that’s not me, and I like to think that I look a tad hipper)

However, what I would like to know is how did they come to their conclusion? They being that nebulous cloud of researchers, doctors and the “journalists” who either misinterpret and/or dumb-down and then sensationalize EVERYTHING!

Both my parents lived to about 84. My dad smoked and drank, my mom had her chubby moments. I never in my life saw them exercise. My dad worked mostly as a construction supervisor, only heavy lifting there was the odd blueprint and thermos (topped up with vodka.) When he retired he walked once a day for about an hour and then spent the rest of the day on the couch reading or watching TV or sleeping or farting. My mother worked as – what was then quaintly referred to – a “key-punch operator” (now called data-entry clerk, unless they have a new euphemism like “information orientating associate”). Key strokes were even counted  and the workers had to meet quotas. So you didn’t take too many bathroom breaks. She had a half hour lunch and walked 15 min one way and 15 min back. At home she did housework on the weekends – sometimes I helped out.  No, I’m not proud of my surly teenage attitude toward dusting 😦  (I still hate housework, especially dusting, just ask the sand dunes on our bookshelves.) But according to the latest health news, this lifestyle should have KILLED them. Which I suppose you could argue did, but if that means living to 84, bring it on!
So why do I feel like I’m slowly killing myself when I sit and knit? They say even if you do a workout but then sit a lot, you are still DOOMED!!
 So every so often, I hop on this thing:
 (No that’s not me).
Hubby got it for me for my bad lower back (too much sitting??) You’d be surprised how quickly it gets your heart rate going. I don’t have a six-pack yet (unlike the fridge which has several) but it makes me move a bit. I walk at lunch (I am a desk jockey slowly hurtling to my death), I drink a few gallons of tea and water at work and so have bathroom breaks every 20 mins or so. At home I walk the dog and I do my back exercises but mostly I SIT. I am DOOMED!!
I might as well document my slow demise, so here’s some knitting.
I am just about finished a thick sweater for the grandson (and working on a thinner stripey one too. About less than 2 weeks till I’m off to Cape Cod!!) Almost finished the second sleeve and then sew it all together.
I’ve been working a bit on one of my other double-knit cowl designs, and have so many ideas for others, using textured stitches and bobbles??
I am going to come up with an ombre shawl for Kathryn’s singles lace yarn, holding two strands together of one colour, then one each, and then two of the second colour:
We might come up with some kits for that too since the yardage would be different from the usual singles.
AND I started another project (how many WIPs is that, 126? maybe I should have contest some day, bet you’d all be wrong!) I am going to knit another fab design from Rililie, called RhombingAround.  After such a long winter, I went with eye-popping colour.
Super bright green for the body and blue and grey for the sleeves (which I dyed myself with Kathryn’s guidance). I have actually been debating whether it is too bright, but in the end I don’t care because it makes me smile every time I look at it, and you will never lose me in a crowd.
Now back to the scourge of inactivity. Frankie doesn’t seem to be too concerned:
And I’m starting to think that maybe subtly moving your wrists while sitting cancels out all the bad stuff about sitting, maybe those researchers should have studied how long knitters live. Maybe I’ll go move my ass from this chair in front of the computer to the chair under the good light in the living room and knit a bit.


Well, we are gearing up for out little retreat at the end of May (29-31) here in Wakefield. Maureen is deciding on the menu, Kathryn is mixing her colours and I’m writing up my classes and knitting samples. This year I am teaching double knitting (as colourwork) and mending your knitting with the Swiss darning method (or over-stitching). Friday is meet-and-greet and show-and-tell after stuffing our faces over a fantastic dinner. Saturday will be the double-knitting class and dyeing (and more gorging), Sunday you’ll poke a biggish hole in your knitted homework and then mend it (just pretend Frankie put a claw through your sweater like he’s done to me more than once.) (Oh, and one last food-fest at noon).

I will have patterns available, and Kathryn is putting together kits, and participants can dye their own yarn for their future double-knit projects (or for anything they like, I wouldn’t force anyone to double knit, except in my class).

This is what I have been working on:aDSCF4488The yarn in this picture will all end up as samples, and then kits made by Kathryn. The leaf cowl will be written up for the retreat. I am also working on a scarf (with cowl option) and a flowery cowl. All these patterns are based on my grandmother’s Hungarian embroidery.DSCF4492

We have many cushion covers from her and table cloths, but they are slowly disintegrating. So I mostly keep them wrapped up, but thought it would be nice to translate them into knitting. Some of them will only be for double knitting, others I’ll do as stranded knitting also.

Here are the pieces showing the other side. It makes a nice squishy, warm fabric (especially with Kathryn’s yarn!)aDSCF4490I’ve been wearing my proto-type all winter, and it has kept me warm in the piercing winter wind.aDSCF4437We still have some spots available, so if you are interested, let us know and Maureen can send you the information.

Kathryn has been dyeing up a storm. Her yarn went to fibre festivals in Paris and then Edinburgh with La Maison Tricotée, it can also be found locally at Wabi Sabi and at her studio, just give her a shout if you want to come out.aDSCF4410Here is some drying, some waiting to labelled and some bagged and ready to go.aDSCF4403


In other news, our little Corgi is going home tomorrow. We will miss her, although I suspect Frankie might be relieved to be an only child again. And he can stop eating fruits and vegetables, which he eats now ONLY because she does.aDSCF4435(Notice the bags of knitting peeking out – I have them stashed all over the house. Except in the oven – I still use the oven).

And one last romp in the snow.aDSCF4485 Although I appreciate that I am not in the Maritimes under another 45 cm of snow, I still felt like weeping when I woke up to this. And although I love knitting in the winter, by a cozy fire, it is mid-March and I am heartily sick of it. Hopefully by the time we have our retreat, all this will have melted, but I won’t hold my breath!

Fall is the new Spring

No, I’m not going to rant about climate change (although if I hear “what’s this global warming?  it’s the coldest winter in 20 years” one more time, I will SCREAM). It just means that we have to postpone our little knitting retreat which usually takes place in the spring. Things just didn’t work out so it will probably be in the fall, we will keep you posted as to the actual dates once finalized.

In the meantime, there is knitting to show you! I just finished Reverb for a friend. It still needs buttons, but she gets to choose those. I used just over 2 cones of merino/cashmere DK which I held with a strand of lace-weight yarn to get the right gauge. The yarn came from Colourmart, a little company in the UK that sells remainder yarns from mills in Scotland and Italy. It is very reasonably priced and they DON’T CHARGE FOR SHIPPING. (An enabler at least year’s retreat introduced us to this yarn crack).aIMG_1723There is still about 100 gm left of the last cone, so I am mixing it with some other yarn I have to knit this (for myself):aIMG_1726I am knitting a top-down raglan of my own invention, might add pockets if I have enough yarn. I was originally going to make it just turquoise and navy but there is not enough navy left and I don’t have any other navy yarn on hand. I avoid black and navy because those two colours seem to have a magical magnetic quality to them, attracting every last bit of cat and dog hair to themselves, conspiring to make me look like some slob, crazy cat lady, which I am NOT (even though we have 4 cats – long story, but we do live in the country,  and one dog.) So, I had 4 balls of red St. Denis Nordique and decided to knit the top part in red (because turquoise and navy weren’t bright enough!) I have also found that wearing bright turquoise near the face is like playing Buttercup (the point of which totally escapes me), except instead of having a yellow chin, you have a weird neon turquoise glow on your chin. Red is much better on me, and doesn’t give me a red chin for some reason (although drinking too much Guinness might). I will do the body in stripes and decide what to do with the sleeves later. I’m all about knitting, not about planning. This sweater will be great to wear to large gatherings or festivals because you will never lose me in a crowd. Unless you want to, which is a possibility.

Of course I’ve also started something else (don’t even ask about the stuff in previous posts, they will appear as they get finished…), super cute top-down pullover, Laneway, I will make mine shorter I think (the original has the length of short dress).aIMG_1727I am using KnitPicks Imagination sock yarn (discontinued) in a grey mix and their Stroll sock yarn in red. I hope I won’t just end up looking like a giant sock monkey (although I’m sure my grandson would love that).

AND, I even finished a cardigan that will be perfect for my next visit to Cape Cod:IMG_1712aThe yarn was all STASH yarn that I bought years ago (for about $2 a ball, discontinued – so this cost about $20 to make!!!!) This is a very fun pattern to knit, lots of things happening to keep you interested, it is called BlueSand Cardigan. But it’s not ALL about me (so the count so far, 3 for me, 1 for a friend…) I also finished this little hat for my niece (who is giving it to a friend with a baby girl).aIMG_1716aI mailed it on Monday and it has not yet reached it’s destination. We are hoping it isn’t lost in the mail or being worn by some postie with a sense of humour or some kind of fetish. This was another very fun knit. I made a blue one for my grandson last year. And speak of the devil… I’m working on a cotton pullover for him, very Cape-Codish also:aIMG_1728I used the Whale Watch hat as the basis. I will stitch in some water spouting out of the whales when I am done. Stranded knitting in cotton is a pain, so the rest will be plain knitting, maybe striped sleeves, I don’t know yet, I haven’t planned that far. So obviously I am feeling pretty generous since this adds up to a one-for-one exchange in projects (we won’t count the actual SIZE of the projects).

I will end with one of those hairy beasts we own:IMG_1633aPlaying outside in -20 C weather can tire out the hairiest of dogs, especially spoiled ones. At least he doesn’t ask me to fluff the pillow, although I’m sure he would if he could.







Just catching my breath…

It has been a very busy fall for all of us. Maureen was working flat out for a pottery show that took place in early November, Kathryn has been dyeing yarn no stop for some large store orders, for the Vorlage craft fair which was in early November  and for Idle Hands Art, Craft and Vintage sale which will be on 1 December (St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall in Ottawa). Now that I’m home, I helped Kathryn, mostly grunt work, skeining, tagging etc. So guess where I was?DSCF3709Why yes, that is the ocean and my grandson (in a hand knit sweater)! I was in Cape Cod again, for 2 weeks of beautiful weather and family time. I gave my daughter a few hand knit items for her birthday:darThe hat is from Kate Davies, Colours of Shetland, and the sweater from Melissa Wehrle’s Metropolitan Knits. Both books are fantastic and I plan on knitting virtually every single thing in them.

It was close to Halloween so we dressed the cutey up in an outfit that was his dad’s as a baby. DSCF3775He took his role as Parts Manager (or Farts Manager as his dad suggested) for Gulf a tad seriously but melted many a heart in Provincetown as we strolled along and then topped for a fantastic lunch.

He is 9 months old and starting to walk fairly regularly – even without mom’s helping hands. (oh, and is that another hand-knit sweater?)


When I came home, I was off to the Gananoque for an annual knitting retreat that I go to with some friends. It was a blast as usual. We had an enormous room, with a living area and a bar and 2 bathrooms! It’s right on the water, this was our view:


The classes were great, Natalie Servant, a fantastic designer and overall super nice person, gave a class on an Estonian technique called Roositud. It looks like embroidery but you weave the other colour of yarn as you are knitting. It is a great  alternative to intarsia for those of us who hate intarsia more than doing taxes (that would be me). Natalie of course pushed it to the nth degree, knitting 24 little Xmas mitts for her tree. She was working on them all through the retreat:DSCF3850And managed to get them all done! Crazy girl.DSCF3852This a more complicated version of this technique (also knit by Natalie). I can definitely see it in my future…IMG_6148_medium2Natalie gave me a spindle made with what looks like marbles (and there are heavier ones you can substitute these for and spin thicker yarn). I had given her one that didn’t do anything for me, so she reciprocated. Then she even won some roving during our raffle night and shared some with me. How nice is that?DSCF3860Anna Dalvi taught shaping shawls and had many beautiful samples to show. I have both her books and am itching to get knitting on some her shawls (once my Xmas knitting is done).DSCF3845And then there is Mary Pat. She often teaches at this retreat, and sometimes just comes as a civilian, and her classes are always wacky and fun. This year we picked from a list of techniques that she thought should be a part of any good knitter’s toolbox. She wrote and sang a knitter’s version of “A Few of My Favourite Things”. You had to be there. Plus she has the best hair, eyeglasses, earrings and outfits. Always a blast. IMG_6158_medium2

We also have a show and tell. So many beautiful things… this shawl was knit by Noreen in Kathryn’s yarn.IMG_6135_medium2The pattern is Radiance Shawl, and she used yarn that she bought from me at the last retreat (we also have a vendors night). Wouldn’t it look great with a purple or indigo dress? You’d never get lost in a crowd!

And my room-mate Nancy made this one from Twist Collective, Celestarium:IMG_6128_medium2The night sky! In beads! Nancy added that border to make it larger.

We also all come dressed in all our knitted finery. I wore my Kate Davies outfit from Colours of Shetland. The hat is made with Jamieson & Smith, and the tunic with Knitpicks Palette. IMG_6212_medium2

IMG_6217_medium2On the way home, we were already plotting what to knit for the next retreat, it sure gets your knitting juices running, haha.

In other knitting news, Kathryn and I both finished our Toujours, both in her wool/tussah silk blend. We chose very different fits. Her is more fitted and I went with loose and long. Which got looser and longer after washing. Argh.photo (49)I like it but I liked it better before washing. So I washed it again and threw it in the dryer. I kept an eye on it and it tightened up just enough. The yarn held up fantastically well and I probably could have left it in the dryer till it was bone dry but didn’t dare. So now it’s not quite as “wavy” as in the picture.

Here is a peek at the piles of yarn Kathryn dyed up:photo (51)(I’m knitting Ninian with that green yarn – because why can’t a person have 20 green sweaters? – anyway it only takes 2 skeins of Kathryn’s cashmere lace weight/light fingering yarn). Well that was our busy month of October and some of November.

I’ll end this post with a picture I forgot to add to my last one about my mom. It is one of my favourite pictures. The quality isn’t very good. But how prescient is it?IMG_NEWHalf a century before DeadMau5!

Deadmau5 In Concert At L'Olympia

To Twist and Back

Who knew yarn could be so exhausting! Kathryn, Maureen and I spent the weekend in St-André-Avellin at the Twist Fibre Festival. There were all kinds of knitting, spinning and felting workshops and about 68 vendors with yarn, roving, fleece, pottery, clothing and various hand-made items. Here we are enjoying a beer (as you can see I’ve already “enjoyed” mine) before the insanity began.1Our friend Francine was already there (with the scarf), and we met Stephanie, she writes patterns for children’s clothing and sells knitted items.  2And we met Yvonne, of Yvieknits, she and Francine shared a booth.23They were knitting, we opted to just quaff our beer, knitting would have got in the way! We were all staying at Auberge Petite-Nation, good prices, good beer (but you know that already), clean and simple rooms. Just one drawback… the shower from hell, death by a thousand needles.12I guess this keeps water usage to a minimum, nobody can stand more than about 3 minutes in there, wash your hair, and anything you can stand having the needle-spray hit on your body and get the hell out! I believe this shower head not so secretly desires to be a mechanical meat tenderizer, like this:


Now back to happier thoughts… We set up on Friday and headed over to the arena before the 9 am start of festivities on Saturday. 9 am to 6 pm. A looooong day. Well worth it but exhausting. Sunday was marginally better, we got to quit at 5 pm. But I did make a sale at 4:55, so who’s complaining.3How pretty is that? All of Kathryn’s batts were gone by 1 pm! She will have loads more for Almonte (more info at end of post). Hopeful Shetlands was next door to us, like last year, with an old sock knitting machine that kept the crowd fascinated.4Kathryn wore the lace-weight tee I knit to showcase her yarn. I will write up some sort of pattern since people are bugging me for it. But since I am not an overly enthusiastic pattern-writer, it will be a guideline of sorts, with advice on how to make it fit (it’s really a pretty simple top-down piece) and I will get it done soon. Promise. Really. Well maybe.22We also inadvertently brought exactly the same skirt, in exactly the same colour. Guess having similar taste helps keep the peace when deciding on what to knit for samples. My dummy was a big hit too. Everyone seemed to really like the shawl (cashmere merino lace) and the pattern (not mine, but Boxleaf Triangle from Anne Hanson) and the top was knitted in Kathryn’s merino singles (just over 2 skeins!), the pattern is Folded.14The woman in the  background was knitting super thick but super soft wool on needles the size of broom handles!

By Sunday afternoon, the booth was getting a bit sparse… Yay!13Since we all know that my yarn somehow miraculously reproduces, filling my formerly-known-as-guest-now-yarn room, I was fairly well-behaved in the purchasing department, looking for yarn I don’t actually have (I know, how is that possible??? yarn I don’t have???)

I got loads of silk (my plan, down the road, soonish, is to knit fingering/dk silk shawls – my design, so no copyright infringement, to sell as a finished product, for a fair amount of $$, and see it they sell. If not, I’ll just look fabulous for years to come, or give them as Christmas presents that can never really be fully reciprocated, haha). Anyway, my silk dealer was Daf at Farmable Fibres, and I bought this:20

Kathryn and Maureen also grabbed some of that silk, who could resist? The silk roving on the side, I plan to spin for myself and I got that from The Roving Spinners booth, she packaged her silk to look like candy, very clever and really, isn’t silk the candy of spinning?6Such beautiful colours:7I also splurged on a sheep mug! Everyone needs a sheep mug! And some ceramic buttons from Laura Sheppard (I know she should change the spelling of her last name, I’ll suggest it next time).8I really liked her yarn bowls too, maybe next year…10I also got some beautiful mohair blend yarn from Wellington Fibres, lace weight in teal/peacock and fingering in a mustardy shade for a sweater. Maureen got a skein of the lace weight in a beautiful shade of purple and Kathryn bought a few boxes of dyed locks. We saw lots of people walking around with Wellington Fibre boxes. Again great value for your $. 

21The picture does not show the true colour. The yarn cake on the side (how perfect is that, yarn and cake??) is cotton fingering Wolle’s colour changing yarn, which I’ve been wanting to try out. Lastly, I did actually buy something for someone other than myself, hard to believe, I know. I couldn’t resist another felted animal head from FeltFactory. For my grandson, in Cape Cod where nary a moose is to be seen. (I myself have actually seen one on our highway, not hit, but freaking out and he did make it to safety).19My mother was worried that it might frighten the little guy, but I figure if you grow up with felted animal heads on your wall, why would they frighten you? Better than clown heads, which are just evil.

Back to Kathryn’s yarn, these lovely ladies carry her yarn in Montreal and they had a booth at Twist, La Maison Tricotée:16And Kathryn will be at the Mississipi Valley Fibre Festival in Almonte (in the Almonte Arena) on September 7 and 8. Hope to see you there!

More projects than you can shake a stick at

New projects just keep piling up! What’s a girl to do??

1. I must finish birthday knitting for my sister, which at this point is almost a month late. In my defense, this project has decided to become difficult and I had to figure out a way to tame it into submission before I threw it across the room to the cats. I have it figured out, but now I have to finish it. The cats are disappointed.

2. I’m going to be a grandma! (which really should be in first place on my list but I have till January to get all the baby knitting done). I have already completed a baby blanket, a variation on Sunbreak, and am working on a pseudo-matching sweater (matching only in yarn):

3. I want to knit virtually everything in these two books (this will be one well-dressed baby):

Despite having an enormous stash, I ordered machine washable yarn from KnitPicks. It’s always great when you have a legitimate reason to order more yarn. Guilt-free yarn, how is that even possible!

4. These are two shawl/shawlettes I am knitting with Kathryn’s beautiful yarn. The pattern is mostly written up but I have to finish the red shawl, block the shawls and revise the pattern. Hopefully it will be finished this month. (oh, and a sock pattern and a pair of sample socks with her yarn).

5. I am itching to get to work on a longer-term project. I have many beautiful pillowcases from Hungary embroidered by my grand-mother many many years ago with different Hungarian motifs. They were well loved in my family (read used and abused) and so are now quite fragile. I plan on reinterpreting these designs into double-knitting patterns. I even found some Hungarian embroidery books for sale at our library for 50 cents each!

And to make all this knitting even more fun (how is that possible you ask?), I’ve accumulated a stash of stitch markers from Francine, leaves, owls and citrus fruit.

Of course I have other projects on the go, but admitting one’s insanity is always best done in baby steps, I say.

More retreat treats

I had a great time at our little retreat. Everyone laughed a lot, they were pretty game to sleep with strangers (some rooms had 6 beds) but earplugs helped.  As to actual knitting and dyeing, we split the class up on Saturday, so half dyed yarn and half worked on double knitting. And then we switched it up in the afternoon. This worked well as everyone was able to get individual attention. Here are a few more pictures from the retreat.

Knitters concentrating on their double knitting:

Close-up of some double knitting, you can see a few errant bars across the stitches but those were soon fixed. Everyone did a great job!

Kathryn‘s beautiful yarn, and Francine‘s beautiful shawl pins (and stitch markers) for sale:

And thematic cookies for everyone, made by my baker-daughter (who I may have mentioned in this blog, once or twice, or maybe three times, but whose counting.)

Lastly, Henry bids you adieu (with a little blue and green double knitting poking out from behind him), and says, thanks for the yarn, baby, just try to take it away, come on, try.