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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Road Trip!!

The sun was out Saturday, Wellington Fibres was having an Open House AND it was Local Yarn Shop  Day sooooo, we went on a road trip :)

The first stop was at Wellington Fibres.  They have a herd of Angora Goats, a processing mill and a shop where they sell their mohair yarns and rovings.  


Katie, a viewer of the Fibre Friends Podcast meet us there and I was able to meet her in person which was wonderful!  We both bought some lace weight 80% mohair 20% wool for shawls.  Katie picked a gorgeous blue and I of course went with this amazing green.

Katie - Me

We went on a tour of the processing mill.  My goodness, what a lot of work and care they put into the making of their yarns and rovings.  

Can't you just SEE how soft these are!

We saw how boucle yarn is made - fascinating!


These loops were made right in front of us!

Then we visited the goats.  There were babies; need I say more.  If I could have figured out which baby belonged to which doe I may have tried to smuggle the pair into my car ;)




With everyone paying all their attention to the cute babies, I think the buck was feeling lonely. So I fed him some hay.  I think he liked having some company.

Thanks Doralyn for these wonderful goat pictures :)



This was our morning; yarn shopping, watching yarn being made and seeing the beautiful animals that give us this soft mohair and the day didn't end there.  The afternoon was filled with visits to 2 yarn shops but I think I will save that for the next post.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

I Have a Finish!

I have a finished Knit Sister Tube Scarf and I love it!



One of my co-hosts on the Fibre Friends Podcast, Adrienne dyed these pretty tonal colours and put together a simple pattern to knit this scarf.  Just look at these colours.





I started with 16 mini skeins, I put them into a project bag and I randomly picked a skein, I knit with it until I felt the urge to switch colours then I randomly picked another colour.  This is how I knit the entire scarf - totally random with no rhymn or reason and I am so happy with the results.




I used a total of 278 grams of fingering weight wool from Old Oak Yarns and the finished scarf measures 7 1/2" wide and 82" long; perfect for keeping me cozy warm.






Pattern Info

Pattern - Knit Sister Tube Scarf

Yarn - Old Oak Yarns fingering weight tonals

Needle - Knit Picks 16" circular 3.25mm


If you have a stash of left over yarns in any weight, knitting this scarf would be a great way to use it up.







Sunday, February 25, 2018

Diagonal Braid Stitch Pattern

Have you joined the Yarn Hoarder's Dishcloth Challenge? I have and I am having fun.  Amber is hosting this challenge over on Instagram and it's pretty simple.  You knit a dishcloth each week, post a picture, use the hashtag #yarnhoarderdishclothchallenge and feel very pleased with yourself that you are getting a jump start on gift giving :)




For this week's cloth I decided to use the Diagonal Braid stitch and turn it into a dishcloth.  I was so pleased with it that I wanted to share the stitch pattern with you.


Diagonal Braid Stitch


Yarn  50 grams dishcloth cotton (Dishie or Berrnat Handicrafter)

 Needle  3.75 mm or 4 mm or 4.5 mm (I prefer a smaller needle to make a tighter fabric)

Cast on 36 sts  (or any multiple of 4 sts )

Row 1 - *k2, p2* repeat to end of row
Row 2 - *k2, p2* repeat to end of row
Row 3 - *p1, k2, p1* repeat to end of row
Row 4 - *k1, p2, k1* repeat to end of row
Row 5 - *p2, k2* repeat to end of row
Row 6 - *p2, k2* repeat to end of row
Row 7 - *k1, p2, k1* repeat to end of row
Row 8 - *p1, k2, p1* repeat to end of row

Repeat these 8 rows until desired length

Cast off in pattern


I hope you enjoy
Louise



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.