Friday, August 31, 2012

Yarn Shopping

While this week has been a little slow with actual knitting, it has been busy with yarn shopping!

The Knitting Goddesses went on a road trip to The Needle Emporium's tent sale. This is one sale worth going to! It would have been so easy to come home with three times the amount of yarn that I did buy but I am happy with what I came home with. Noro lace, Noro sock, Noro Vintage, Dale of Norway wool, and some alpaca sock yarn. This should keep me knitting for a while.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

WIP Wednesday

My second test knit of a new hat pattern is well under way.

Picture number 1 shows my first choice of colours but the contrast colours didn't give enough contrast so I switched the dark green for the pink. It is always fun to play with colour combinations to see what you end up with!

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Perfect Match - Knitting style!

While at the movies this afternoon I noticed this sign on the door. I decided they almost had it right but it was missing one thing. I added my knitting to it and thought now THIS is the perfect match - a cold drink, popcorn and movie friendly knitting (in this case a seed stitch dishcloth)

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Tent Sale

I have been waiting all week for the Spinrite tent sale and I wasn't disappointed!

I brought home some Patons Kroy sock yarn, Patons Lace, Sequin, mill ends of Classic Wool and some crochet cotton.
There were also lots and lots of free pattern books and single patterns. It wouldn't take much to convince me to go back again before the sale is over next Saturday!

Even though I have a sweater that I need to be knitting, I couldn't resist starting some swatches with the lace and cotton.
Nothing like new yarn to make you want to cast on new projects!
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Friday, August 17, 2012

Finished Friday!

Last weekend I came across these balls of wool (the yellow and teal I had dyed a while ago) and really wanted to cast on a colour work project.

Here is the finished hat. I think there is enough wool for mitts/wrist warmers don't you think? (The colours show up best in the pic of the finished hat not the balls of wool)

Pattern - my made up 2 handed fair isle pattern
Yarn - Classic Wool

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Wool Dyeing Day

Wow, what a fun and busy day! The Knitting Goddesses gathered at my house and we spent the day dyeing wool.

Other years at our dyeing day we have dyed with natural dyes and acid dyes. This year we used Wiltons cake icing dyes. These dyes are fun to use since you don't need a dedicated dyeing work space like you do with acid dyes. You can use your kitchen stove or microwave and baking dishes to dye with.

We skeined wool in the dining room and soaked the wool and mixed the dyes in the kitchen. There were 2 microwaves set up; one in the kitchen and one in the dining room. Then the skeins were rinsed in the bathroom sink. They were spun in the washing machine before being hung outside to dry.

All the skeins turned out wonderfully. You never know exactly what you will get when you play around with the dye colours. It is always a surprise!
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Great Day of Demos

We had lots of people through the cabin today at the Elgin Historical show to see all of the crafts up close.

Today, along with the knitting, quilting, spinning and rug hooking, there was also tatting, bobbin lace making, chair caining and hat making. (Bobbin lace making makes tatting look easy!!)

Thanks ladies for letting me be part of the fun!
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Friday, August 10, 2012

Elgin Historical Show

Today I set up a knitting demonstration table along with other talented ladies demonstrating quilting, traditional rug hooking, crocheting and spinning.

The morning was quite slow due to the rain but that let me have some uninterupted knitting time on my sweater. The afternoon picked up and I spent my time showing people how to knit, showing different fibers (merino, alpaca, hemp, buffalo, llama, cotton) and explaining methods of hand dyeing wool.

The best part is that I get to do it all again tomorrow!
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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Perfect Sunday!

There is nothing better than knitting with friends. I managed to get another 2 pattern repeats knit this afternoon. I am determined to reach the armhole shaping before tomorrow night. Slowly but surely I am getting there.

Aren't these rocks the coolest! Thanks Doralyn for my new pattern weight!
(These 2 rocks show the front and back of what is on one rock. Isn't she creative!)

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