Wednesday, September 29, 2010

First Stop

The weekend's trip up to the cottage was great! It rained most of the time so we were forced to stay inside and knit. It was so much fun, so relaxing and we all finished projects.

Of course on the drive up we had to stop in Listowel for the traditional yarn shopping. This was all that I bought for myself. Four bags of classic wool and three balls of Regia Softy Color sock yarn. This sock yarn is soooo soft. I think I will knit a pair of socks for my daughter for Christmas.

There was more yarn shopping done on this trip. Those pictures soon. Happy knitting everyone!

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Weekend!

I am leaving this morning for the cottage with some knitters for the weekend!! I have my knitting and tatting packed. I am trying to be realistic about which projects to bring so I have a shawl and wool for two cowls. That should do just fine. Oh, and my tatting homework for Wed's class. See you on Monday!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Last Night

My wonderful daughter kept me company at the knitting booth last night. She has no interest in knitting at all so hanging out at a knitting booth on a Friday night with your Mom wouldn't normally be her first choice but she was a good sport. That is until IT happened. What could be the worst thing to happen to a teenager when she is with her Mom, at a knitting booth, winding a ball of yarn?

Yup, a group of her friends from school walk by, notice her and come over to talk to her. We knitters of course can not imagine why she would be so embarrassed but if there was even the tiniest glimmer of hope that she might learn to like knitting I think it is totally gone now. I am glad I took this picture then I did. I am sure it will be a very long time before she be caught knitting again!

I on the other hand had a great night (except for the ride my daughter made me go on as payback for the incident with her friends). I started a neckwarmer using a ball of my hand dyed wool. I am hoping to have it finished tonight while I am at the fair.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Knitting Goddesses September Meeting

Last night the Knitting Goddesses got together for our September meeting. We got our secret mitten swap partner that we have to knit for and had a guest speaker talk to us about raising Shetland and Jacob sheep.

Jocelyn from Gainford Forest Farm brought out fleece and skeins of wool from both the Jacob and Shetland sheep. What beautiful wool! We bought almost everything she brought for us to look at. Thanks Jocelyn for the informative talk!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Home Away from Home

At least for the next week, this is where I will be spending my free time. This is our set up for the Western Fair. We have had a lot of knitters come by to chat and knit. We have chairs for anyone to sit and knit. So, if you are heading to the fair, bring your knitting along and come join us. If you don't have your knitting with you, you can knit on one of our charity projects.

Last night, there were kids making pom-poms and one young boy challenged me to a game of checkers on the knitted checker board. I lost. One of the coolest stories that I heard yesterday was from a woman who had crocheted a baby blanket for her daughter when she was born. Now the daughter has gone off to university and Mom is wanting to add to the baby blanket to make it large enough to fit a bed so her daughter can have it while she is away at school. Unfortunately, she no longer has the pattern and was looking for some help finding the pattern. As my crotchet skills are terribly lacking, I sent her next door the the Crochet Club of London and the crocheter there was able to help her find what she needed. I think this is such a wonderful story, I am glad one of us could help her.

Tonight is our first meeting to work on ufos I think I will be bringing my afghan and weaving in all of the ends. Sadly, this should fill the two hours.

Friday, September 10, 2010

More Dyeing

This is the last of my dyeing experimenting for now. I am really happy how with Wiltons dye turns out. From left to right the skeins were dyed with violet and yellow (this skein was overdyed is was a light yellow to begin with), violet, black, cornflower, red, juniper, and royal blue.

This is the beginning of a very busy knitting week. The Western Fair has started and I will be at the knitting booth for a good part of the week. This is always a lot of fun! Stop by and see us if you are at the fair, we are in the Canada Building. Monday night is also the fist of our catch up, ufo, beginning Christmas knitting night at Carrie's store. Everyone is welcome to join us for the three Mondays in September. Wednesday is the knitting guild night. We will be having a speaker come to the meeting and she will be bringing wool to sell!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Yesterday's Road Trip

Well, I had been avaoiding this for the last couple of weeks and yesterday I finally gave in. I went to the Mary Maxim tent sale. This was all of the yarn that I bought. I think I did very well showing some restraint (normally I would have came home with much, much more!) Eight balls of sock yarn. A knitter can never have too much sock yarn.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Yarn Dyeing Fun!

I have been having fun dyeing wool using koolaid and Wilton cake dyes. This is what I have come up with so far.

The ball on the top left was dyed using Koolaid, 2 packages of orange and 1 package of lime green. The ball on the top right was dyed with Wiltons cake dyes using moss green and lemon yellow.

The ball on the bottom left was dyed using koolaid, 4 packages of strawberry kiwi and half a package of grape. The bottom middle used the Wilton dyes in copper, the bottom right was Wiltons dye, Delphinium.

These two skeins have just been rinsed and will now be hung up to dry. The top one was dyed with Wiltons violet and the bottom was done with black. Both of these gave a wonderful varigated colour.

This is a skein still in the dye pot in wiltons cornflower. I am going to let this skein sit overnight to cool and to absorb the last of the dye.

This is so much fun!

Friday, September 3, 2010

More mail!!

My sock swap package arrived and it came all the way from....Lithuania!

I was very surprised to see how far this package had travelled! Inside there was a wonderful pair of after thought heel socks which are just tube socks that I can add a short row heel to. (She also sent the rest of the sock yarn) They are knit out of Opal sock yarn and I LOVE the colours - yellow, orange and green with some purple and red. There was also a beautiful skein of yarn. It is a dark brown with bits of orange in it. Just my colour! As well, there was a sock knitting bag made from Lithuanian linen, some delicious dark chocolate and a post card of the city Vilnius that my swap partner lives in. Jurga, thank you for a great pair of socks and all of the other knitting goodies!! (I am already using the knitting bag).