Thursday, July 21, 2016

Inspiration Fest!

Last weekend there was a new festival in London, Inspiration Fest, and I'm thrilled to have been a part of it!

For those of you who know me, you know that I love to share my passion for knitting and that I also love to give things away :)  So when I was invited to take part in Inspiration Fest I jumped at the chance to spend the day outside, meeting new friends and creating new Knitters.  

It was an amazing day!

couples stopped by to learn to knit,

families learned to knit,

friends learned to knit,

 a Mom and her son came out to knit

my brother learned to knit 

more kids stopped by to knit

Experienced Knitters and new Knitters all knit together and inspired one another.
It truly was an inspiring day!

We discussed the pros and cons of heel flaps vs the fish lips kiss heel (the one on the right).  Our conclusion - Knitter's preference, go with what you like.

And we can't forget the give away.  This beautiful skein of sock yarn hand dyed by Lichen and Lace in New Brunswick was up for grabs.  It was generously donated by Suzanne from Knit Stitch one of our local yarn shops.

Thanks so much to all the Knitters who stopped by to chat and knit, you made this a wonderful day.  Heather, from the The Social Beehive is the woman behind Inspiration Fest.  Thanks for having the vision of this festival and pulling out all the stops to make it happen. You are amazing! 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Beach Knitting!

This past weekend was the Knitting Goddesses annual beach knitting day.  This is always such a fun day. We all met up for lunch and most of us stayed until sunset. The weather wasn't your typical beach going weather but that didn't stop us seasoned beach knitters!  We started out the day in tank tops and shorts and quickly started layering on warmer clothes as the sun disappeared and the wind and rain moved in.

The sun showed up again and a few of us decided it was ice cream time :)

I started and finished my hat using my handspun yarn.  Who knew I'd want to wear it in July!

Monday, June 27, 2016

A Weekend Away

This past weekend was perfect cottage weather.  For lots of people that perfect weather would mean perfect for biking, hiking, going to the beach (yes, there were kids in the water, brrrrr!), going fishing or going boating.  You know where I'm going with this don't you, lol!

But, of course for me it was perfect knitting weather. I already had the first mitten finished so my weekend goal was to finish number two - and work on my sock but that's another post :)

Mittens knit with worsted weight yarn are a quick knit so it didn't take long to have a finished pair. I knit these using 3.25 mm needles.  I like a nice tight guage to keep the wind out!

This is the Cloisonee pattern by Stephanie Pearl McPhee.  Super fun to knit and a great way to use up left over bits of colour for the cuffs.

Have a great Monday!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Indigo Dyeing Workshop

Last weekend during our long weekend here in Canada I spent a day at Ziraldo Alpacas helping Debbie with the Indigo dyeing workshop she was hosting at her alpaca farm. The day was so fun;  we had a wonderful group of ladies interested in fibre and this unique dyeing process, friendly alpacas to visit, the weather cooperated and we all went home with beautiful indigo yarn or roving.

Curiosity got the better of these two girls as they peeked around the corner to see what was going on.

dye stock was made

one dye pot was filled with rain water

 we set up shop in the shed to ensure lots of natural ventilation 

and the dyeing fun began!

Several times during this dyeing process there is some wait time.  During one of these times Debbie took us right into the pasture field to visit with the alpacas!

I'm not sue who was more interested in who; us in them or them in us!  They were certainly happy to visit with us and a few were happy to be petted.  

Then it was back to finish off our dyeing.  We had great success!

Remember we filled one dye pot with rain water? Well, look at the difference between rain water - skein on right, and well water - skein on left.  Both pretty but most definitely different shades.  

Of course the fun still continues on as these beautiful skeins are knit and the roving spun into works of art!  I'd love to see everyone's finished projects!

Happy knitting and have a fabulous week!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Retreat Weekend

Last weekend was an amazing weekend.  Thanks to Kathy from the Thread & Eye  for putting together a fun and relaxing weekend of cross stitching (and a little knitting) at the Brentwood Bed and Breakfast.

 As you enter the B&B this sign greets you; enter with a happy heart.  If you didn't entering feeling that way it didn't take long to be transformed.  Between the view overlooking the lake and the friendly Stitchers who made everyone feel welcome you couldn't help but let the stress of the week fade away.

View over looking the lake

The basement was set up with tables, comfy chairs and good lighting.  Just what we needed for all day and late night stitching. (Late as in 2 am!)  It has taken me all week to catch up on my sleep.  But it was so worth it!

Some of the girls set up their work in a sitting room upstairs that had a great view of the lake.

The projects that were being worked on were incredible. Tracey is stitching a Star Wars piece.

And this is Kathy from the Thread & Eye shop working on an incredibly detailed, large project.

And there were Knitters there too!  Meet Robin, a reader of the blog.  Hi, Robin. It was great to meet you in person!

And Adrienne, taking a break from stitching to work on her sock.  She also had the best project bags from Zig Zag Stitches.

Once Adrienne and I realized we were both sock Knitters, we compared hand knit socks each morning at breakfast :)

These are the "Upstairs Girls" that I spent most of the weekend stitching with.  If you thought other knitters were enablers, I can tell you that cross stitchers are just as "encouraging" when it comes to suggesting new patterns to buy, designers to check out and stitch a longs to join!  Thanks for making me a part of the group ladies!

I did venture outside a few times over the weekend when I needed to give my eyes a rest and stretch my legs.  The weather outside was windy and cool - even a few snowflakes - but my knitwear kept me warm.  

Happy knitting (and stitching) everyone!