Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tea Party

As Knitters know, a large part of the fun of knitting is the people you meet and get to hang out with talking about all things knitting.

Last night the retirement home where we all gather every Monday night hosted a tea party for us.  A little thank you to the Knitting Goddesses for bringing in a community knitting group and including their residents in our weekly knitting group.  Really, we should be thanking them for inviting us into their home and for the friends we have all made. It was lovely night; complete with table cloths, fancy tea cups and wonderful goodies!  Thank you!

and I started a new sweater :)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Video Making

I've been spending all my free knitting time lately gearing up for the fall and what always seems like the start of a new knitting season in September.

It's a busy time.  Dates and locations for classes to be decided on, class material to put together, samples to knit, patterns to write and videos to make.  Yes, that right, I'm jumping in and making knitting videos!

At first it was pretty nerve racking; well actually it still is.  What do I say, how do I sound, what if  say something wrong, am I going too slow or too fast, what if people don't like what post, should I get a manicure.....

In the end my desire to give my students an additional resource that they can access whenever they need won out.  I set up my cell phone, locked the cat in the bedroom - she doesn't have any second thoughts about jumping in front of the camera - and gave it a go.  I'm not too tech savy so I have a few kinks to work out but I think the knitting content is ok.

So, here it goes. They are up on YouTube, you can search WildflowerWool (one word) to find them or I've added the links below if you want to take a look.

Knit Stitch video

Knitted Cast On video

I'm open to any pointers for making the videos better and if you have any suggestions for upcoming videos please let me know.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Family Weekend

Last weekend was our annual family weekend at the cottage.  Like every year, this was a great weekend filled with fun activities, amazing food and great people!  Here is a quick recap of all the fun.

there was hiking

there was barbequing

there was fishing

there was sandcastle making

there was relaxing

there was tea drinking

there was the annual yarn shopping at the grocery store

and of course there was knitting

I think I've trained my family well :)

taking a break from the beach to knit a few stitches

Dad and daughter knitting time

I brought a few projects with me including my lace shawl that I really, really want to knit but in the end,  I made the smart choice and worked on my class samples for the Lean To Knit class.  There is nothing like a deadline to move a project up on the list of things to knit.  These  took a lot less concentration to knit, were easy to put down and pick up  mid row if I decided I needed to try hula hooping. Which I did try, and did not do well at and there are no pictures lol!  I'll stick with my knitting!

I'll be back to regular blogging again so I'll see you all soon.  Have a fabulous weekend!


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!