Sunday, December 11, 2016

Knitting Traditions

Saturday morning I taught a beginner knitting class at Knit Stitch in London and had the pleasure of meeting these three lovely knitters.

By the end of the class everyone had cast on and was started on their first slipper!  These slippers make a great beginner project; simple garter stitch with a little increasing and decreasing thrown in.

I think for most of us, these slippers bring back fond memories of receiving them as gifts from our Grandmas.  Maybe these new knitters will carry on that tradition.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Another Doily Knitter!

I'm a knit doily collector, knitter and user.  So, when I meet another fellow doily knitter I get pretty excited!

I met Rita this weekend at a Christmas bazaar where she was selling her knitting.  Imagine my surprise as I was looking through the usual bazaar type items; mitts, hats, baby sweaters, slippers on her table to find doilies hanging on the back of her display rack.  And not just any doilies, but KNIT doilies.   

We had a lovely chat about knitting socks and lace and the charity knitting she does for children in northern Saskatchewan where her daughter works as a nurse.

I added this beauty to my collection :)  Thanks Rita, beautiful knitting!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Another Fun Guild Night

Hello Knitters, I seem to be having trouble finding the time for regular blog posts these days but I'm hoping to change that.  Last nights fun with the Knitting Goddesses seems like a great place to start!

The lovely Knitting Goddesses,

Amanda, who walked up through making these Christmas balls,

We used a clear plastic Christmas ball and I used crochet cotton and 2mm needles to knit a tiny garter stitch square.  I added a fringe to mine to make it look like a scarf in progress,

then we made these tiny knitting needles using tooth picks and beads,

then very carefully squeezed it into the ball and tied it on,

fun, fun, fun and super cute! (Knitters included :)

Our next guild night is the first Monday in December and it will be our annual Christmas party - snacks, gift exchange and prizes!!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Pre-Festival Shopping

Sunday night is here and I'm relaxing, knitting a sock, watching last weeks episodes of The Voice and looking back on the weekend.  I had a knitting filled weekend and it was wonderful.

I taught three knitting classes and got to met these lovely ladies at knit Stitch in the Learn To Knit class.  They now know how to cast on, knit garter stitch, increase and decease.  They are well on their way to becoming as addicted to knitting as we all are!

I knew I wouldn't have time between classes to make a quick trip to the Woodstock Fleece Festival so I did a little pre festival shopping earlier in the week at two of my favourite yarn shops.

When I saw this book at Knit Stitch I knew it was coming home with me.  I love Amy Herzog's work and I have this urge to cast on a new sweater so it was an easy decision.

This lovely yarn came from Little Red Mitten.  Again, it was an easy decision.  It's sock yarn.  It's Christmas colours. They made me happy.  I bought them. :)

Have a fabulous week everyone!

Saturday, October 1, 2016


Over the summer I spent quite a few weekends demonstrating knitting which means I met a lot of great people.  I met these two ladies at the Western Fair and they were so much fun!

This lady picked up the practice piece of knitting and refreshed her skills after many years of not knitting. I hope that this little taste of knitting encourages her to pull out her needles at home.

Her friend admitted to not being a knitter or crocheter but showed me a picture of some crocheting her niece did for her.  Have you seen the mermaid tails that everyone is crocheting?  This is the same idea except it is a shark.   I just had to share with you this woman's picture of her photo shoot with this blanket.  It is hilarious!

Isn't this the best picture ever?!  The crocheting looks great too.  I can only wonder what the other beach goers were thinking, lol!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Last Day

My eight days at the Western Fair doing knitting demonstrations went by so fast!  I want to thank everyone who volunteered at my booth and to all the people who stopped to see, try and ask questions about knitting.  Meeting all of you is why I love doing this every year!

there was sock knitting happening

and more Knitters stopped by to see us

 On a break, I watched the animal show and fell in love with Harriette a 3 month old barn owl.  Isn't she beautiful?

Being the last day of the fair, we splurged and had a piece of deep fried cherry cheese cake.  It was amazing!

and our new friend the pirate came back for a visit and a little knitting time

Hope to see you all again either at an upcoming knitting class - socks start this Saturday afternoon - or next year at the fair!  Happy Knitting!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Knitting on Stilts?!

What do you do on a rainy day at the fair?  You knit of course!  The rain kept most of the fair goes away yesterday so it was a pretty quiet day but we made our own fun knitting with other vendors.

I must still be a kid at heart because I have to admit that I LOVE these characters on stilts!

teaching Paul Bunyan to knit with such a height difference was a little difficult

standing on a chair fixed that problem

It didn't take long for the word to spread about the knitting fun going on at the Wildflower Wool booth and we had Little Red Riding Hood here as well!

Can you see the stilts she is standing on?!?  Knitting and standing on stilts - amazing!

Not to be left out, the scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz stopped by for his lesson.

Thanks for stopping by and having some fun with us!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Birthday at the Fair

What better time to have a birthday than during the fair!  My son's birthday always falls sometime during the fair and this year it was on Thursday.  So, the last two days have been knitting/party days.

fair games

birthday gift from the painters in the next booth

and of course there were more knitters

and a crocheter

a few non knitting friends stopped by to say hi

learning how to purl continental style

and Little Bo Peep stopped to knit a row

and the fun continues today and tomorrow.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

No slow nights with Knitters around

I was back at the fair last night.  It was a Wednesday night and I wasn't figuring on it being too busy and was thinking I'd have a quiet night of knitting.  Wrong.  Soon after I cast on for a new scarf using the purple yarn in the picture below I had lots of people stop by!  Hurray!

there are lots of samples to knit on

this Knitter was learning the Bee Stitch and how to knit 1 below

newly weds stopped to learn to knit 

these young ladies picked up the knit stitch quickly - welcome to the world of knitting ladies!

and the youngest Knitter so far, she just turned 6 last week.  And she learned the knit stitch! Great job!
Thanks to everyone who has been stopping by to chat and knit some stitches.  I look forward to being at the booth every day and I'm excited to see who I will meet next!  See you all this afternoon!

Oh, and the purple scarf; I'm counting last night's knitting as super important gauge swatch knitting :) This is being pulled out and I'll start again tonight with smaller needles.  I was wanting a fabric that was soft, squishy and had a nice drape but this had a little too much drape.  It's a fun brioche stitch so I don't mind knitting it again.  I'll show you pictures tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Busy, Busy, Busy

Sunday the weather was sunny and cool; perfect fair going weather and our booth was full most of the day with Knitters!

The fair has been closed Monday and again today for school group tours but I'll be back tomorrow afternoon for more fair knitting fun!

Getting help with a short row heel

Making a new Knitter!

Posing for a group shot

Knitters from the Sherwood Library Thursday afternoon group

giving knitting a try again!

a self taught knitter