End of Summer

I realize I’ve been quiet over the last couple of months. It’s been mostly intentional – I had planned an update here or there, but nothing structured. I wanted to take time “off” this summer. The kids were home and we spent a lot of time away or with friends or just doing things that had absolutely nothing to do with “work”. 

Flirtation is Ready!

Have you been as excited about this as I have? This has been a long time coming! Back in March I had the idea to teach a lace class – it seemed like the next logical step after a beginner class, a mitten (cables!) class and a sock class. Lace is something I’ve always loved…

Experimenting with hats

These hats are pretty quick to knit – I started one when I put on a movie with the kids, and finished it later that evening after they went to bed. I’ve been playing with different yarns that I have on hand – single strands, and doubling up to get a marled look. Playing with yarns also means playing with needle size and stitch count, so the “pattern” for these is more of a “recipe”.

Basic Baby Hats

It’s not a requirement to participate in the event, but it’s a way for people to participate in something that’s good for the community as a whole. Baby hats are simple to make and don’t take a lot of time (about 2 hrs for me from start to finish), and most knitters will have enough leftover yarn lying about to make a couple. Basically I wanted to give people the opportunity to do something good.  I’ll take care of dropping the hats off, they just need to do the knitting. 

WIP Wednesday

It’s been so lovely outside lately that a lot of my free time has been spent outside. My needles haven’t been totally idle though! Last week finished up my sock knitting class, which meant my sock needles were empty, and we can’t have that. I cast on a pair for myself using up scraps I…

Off Topic

This post has nothing to do with fiber or yarn or knitting or spinning or weaving or any of that. I’m just very happy and wanted to share. I’m going away this weekend with my husband. We’re leaving the kids with his parents and running away together. Our 12th anniversary was last weekend, and we…

WIP Wednesday: Knit Class Projects

. Since starting the classes, I’ve always had a project to work on. This week, I’m working on the sock for my current sock class, and also writing a pattern for an upcoming lace class.

Sometimes you just don’t love it

It wasn’t a yarn problem – the yarn is lovely and was giving me nice stitch definition. It wasn’t even that I don’t like the colours – they’re beautiful and remind me of a landscape in spring – grassy hills and blue sky and just a touch of pink on the horizon – it’s just the colours and the pattern didn’t quite sync up together. I couldn’t follow the flow of the lace because of how the stripes blocked things off.

This Space Intentionally Blank

I had meant to blog yesterday. I was going to blog about my Salt Spray shawl that I finished last week. It was my birthday present to myself and I absolutely adore it. I took a few pictures for Instagram and my Ravelry project page, and then was off to MFAR and I was going to…

Reflections from MFAR

I spent this past weekend with 250 fibre artists. Quilters, felters, rug hookers, knitters, tatters, spinners, and I’m sure I’m missing some. MFAR – the Maritime Fibre Arts Retreat – is a yearly event held a little under an hour outside Halifax, NS. This year was, I think, my 6th year at the retreat –…

WIP Wednesday: A Tale of 3 Socks

Why did the shawl not get finished on time? The weaving projects went as planned, there’s been no crisis, everything has been great. I’ve just been knitting socks. Three socks. Unplanned socks that I decided to cast on a couple weeks before the deadline for the shawl, because that made a lot of sense at the time. No really, it did.

Combination Knitting

Years later, while part of a knitting group, as I was knitting and chatting and sipping on coffee, someone looked at what I was doing, and I’m not sure if their exact words were “what the hell are you doing?” but that was absolutely the tone and meaning behind what they said. They had been watching me for a few minutes, and were completely amazed because what I was doing made no sense to them.