Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Transitions to Spring Kit

The Fibre Friends have been at it again.  The 2018 Spring kit is here!  




 Caroline and Adrienne have outdone themselves again.  This large project bag is one of my favourites - it has flowers on it :)  and Adrienne's yarn is absolutely beautiful.  The colours go so well together and fits our theme of Transitions to Spring perfectly.  She has even named these colour ways Muck and Thaw.



When I sat down to design these fingerless mitts I was thinking about those early, spring days when gardeners just can't wait to get out into their gardens.  It's on these chilly days that fingerless mitts are the perfect accessory to pull back the mulch and look for the first signs of spring poking up through the ground.

Thanks Mom, you make a great hand model :)

My Dad on the other hand thinks they would make great fishing mitts!  What would you wear them for?


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Not How I Wanted To Start The New Year

This past weekend was the start of my knitting classes for the new year.  I was so excited to get back into the routine of spending my weekends at yarn shops, meeting new knitters and old friends and teaching them something new.  My first class was a double knitting class so I was doubly excited (pun intended!) to make some new double knitters.

The class went well, the ladies were wonderful, they were double knitting and just as excited as me to be able to switch colours from one side of their knitting to the other making a cushy, reversible fabric.  We all went home looking forward to this coming weekend when we would get together again to learn more.

two samples from the class

Then, this happened.  I fell, had my first ambulance ride, had an X-ray, bought this fashionable cast and crutches and was told the X-ray showed my knee cap was broke in half.

waiting with my knitting

I am back him now sleeping on the couch with my leg in its cast unable to put any weight on it waiting to hear when my surgery will be.

no belly dancing anytime soon

The good news is that for the near future I have unlimited knitting time.  The bad news is that all classes in the next few weeks will need to be postponed.  I will be checking and post on instagram, Facebook and ravelry regularly so if you have any knitting questions feel free to ask away.  I will keep you all updated on my progress and will work on rescheduling classes as soon as I can.

Until then, happy knitting and be careful!
Louise

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Fibre Friends Knit Sister Tube Scarf KAL

Monday was the start date of our (the Fibre Friends Podcast) newest knit-a-long.  If you have a collection of left over sock yarns in your stash this may be the kal for you!

Adrienne has written up a simple pattern for us to use Knit Sister Tube Scarf



And Caroline and I filmed a short video showing one of the ways to do the jogless join when you are working stripes in the round tutorial

I started my scarf on Monday night (unlike Caroline who started hers earlier and I am resisting calling her a cheater, lol!!  ;) using a collection of minis from Old Oak Yarns.  I literally closed my eyes and picked a colour to start with and then just knew that I wanted the brown to be next; so I made these two colours into cakes and cast on using a 3.5mm 16" circular needle.




The kal runs until March so there is lots of time to join in.  To knit along with us, stop by our Ravelry Group - Fibre Friends Podcast- and join in the chatter as we all knit along.




Sunday, January 14, 2018

First Cast On of 2018

Can you believe we are halfway through January already?!  Really, where do the days go? 

I have spent the beginning of January finishing a shawl that I am very happy to have off the needles.  So......of course when one project is cast off, one must be cast on :)

My first cast on of 2018 is a new pair of socks with a new colourway that I am in love with.  Within hours of being on the store shelf it was on the needles.   No stashing this yarn for me!

Yarn - Patons Kroy Landscape Stripes
Needle - 2.25 mm,  9" ChiagoGoo circular
Pattern - Wildflower Wool Super Simple Socks

What was everyone elses new cast on for the new year?  I would love to know what you are working on :)

Happy Knitting!
Louise

Friday, December 22, 2017

When Knitters Knit for Knitters

There isn't anything better than knitting for someone who appreciates your hard work.

We had a secret Santa gift exchange yesterday at our Itch To Stitch knitting group.

Sam has been perfecting her cable knitting and as you can see in the pictures, Doralyn is super surprised and to have one of her pieces!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Woodstock Fleece Festival 2017

Another fleece festival has come and gone and girls was this one fun! 

Not only did we shop, we (the Fibre Friends and the Codependent Knitters) hosted a tailgate party at lunch time and were able to meet some online friends in person!  The rainy weather cleared long enough for us to sit, knit, chat and re-energize for round two of shopping.

I was all about Angora this year and I truly had to stop myself from buying a rabbit.  Instead I came home with some Classic Bunny a 60% merino 40% angora blend.  It is SO soft.  Caroline found me some Angora fibre that I could not pass up, again so so soft.  I also bought two skeins of 100% wool from a local Ontario sheep farm, Circle R Livestock that I can't wait to knit with.  I had initially been thinking of making a scarf with this wool but a new friend Elise suggested a hat and mitts and  that idea seems to have stuck so a hat it will be.  A bag of Shetland fleece rounded out my purchases. 

For you spinners out there, what is Angora like to spin?  Do I have a challenge ahead of me? 

Monday, October 2, 2017

When Podcasters Get Together

Friday was a fabulous day. I really don't think it could have been better.

Caroline, Adrienne and I took a little road trip to Sarnia to meet up with Dawn and Lisa, the Codependent knitters, for a day filled with what Knitters do best.....yarn shopping, lunch and knitting.

It was great to have the real Caroline with us this time.  Ipad Caroline was lots of fun but nothing beats Caroline in person.

We visited Feather Your Nest which resulted in some yarn for a new project I'm thinking about designing, followed by lunch at Burger Rebellion and Refined Fool for THE best lentil burger EVER.  Then it was off to Heaven Is Handmade were I found some cute buttons and we ended our day at a lovely cafe where we indulged in some desserts and spent time knitting.

The weather had been a little rainy and on our way to lunch we had to run for cover from a torrential down pour.  Five knitters with bags of yarn all squeezed under the roof of a store was a sight to see I'm sure!

But on the drive home there was a beautiful rainbow; it was the perfect ending to a great day.

I hope everyone else had a fun filled weekend too!