Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Woodstock Fleece Festival 2017

Another fleece festival has come and gone and girls was this one fun! 

Not only did we shop, we (the Fibre Friends and the Codependent Knitters) hosted a tailgate party at lunch time and were able to meet some online friends in person!  The rainy weather cleared long enough for us to sit, knit, chat and re-energize for round two of shopping.

I was all about Angora this year and I truly had to stop myself from buying a rabbit.  Instead I came home with some Classic Bunny a 60% merino 40% angora blend.  It is SO soft.  Caroline found me some Angora fibre that I could not pass up, again so so soft.  I also bought two skeins of 100% wool from a local Ontario sheep farm, Circle R Livestock that I can't wait to knit with.  I had initially been thinking of making a scarf with this wool but a new friend Elise suggested a hat and mitts and  that idea seems to have stuck so a hat it will be.  A bag of Shetland fleece rounded out my purchases. 

For you spinners out there, what is Angora like to spin?  Do I have a challenge ahead of me? 

Monday, October 2, 2017

When Podcasters Get Together

Friday was a fabulous day. I really don't think it could have been better.

Caroline, Adrienne and I took a little road trip to Sarnia to meet up with Dawn and Lisa, the Codependent knitters, for a day filled with what Knitters do best.....yarn shopping, lunch and knitting.

It was great to have the real Caroline with us this time.  Ipad Caroline was lots of fun but nothing beats Caroline in person.

We visited Feather Your Nest which resulted in some yarn for a new project I'm thinking about designing, followed by lunch at Burger Rebellion and Refined Fool for THE best lentil burger EVER.  Then it was off to Heaven Is Handmade were I found some cute buttons and we ended our day at a lovely cafe where we indulged in some desserts and spent time knitting.

The weather had been a little rainy and on our way to lunch we had to run for cover from a torrential down pour.  Five knitters with bags of yarn all squeezed under the roof of a store was a sight to see I'm sure!

But on the drive home there was a beautiful rainbow; it was the perfect ending to a great day.

I hope everyone else had a fun filled weekend too!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Prepping for the KW Knitters' Fair

Happy Weekend Knitters!  The Fibre Friends - myself, Old Oak Yarns and Evertotes - were Vendors at yesterdays KW Knitters' Fair for the very first time!

We arrived on Friday to start the set up of our table and package our new Fall Kit (yarn, bag and pattern 😃) then headed off to our hotel room to check in and find some food; this set up business is hard work!!!

Then as Knitters do, we went back to our room, got into our pj's, picked up our knitting and settled in to spend the rest of Friday night watching  the Codependent knitters podcast - Lisa.....I can't tell you how sorry I am your hubby shrunk your sweater 😣.  Then it was lights out and time to get some sleep before the big day

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Monday, August 28, 2017

FF NBK KAL

North Bound Knitting fans, the Fibre Friends Podcast is hosting a kal right now and there is still lots of time to join in!

Check out Lisa's huge selection of patterns, pick your favourite, cast on and join us in the Fibre Friends Ravelry group.  We are having lots of fun showing our yarn, pattern choices, works in progress and there have even been a few finished projects already. But don't worry, you still have until Oct 31 to post your finished picture to be eligible for the prizes. 

That gives you lots of time to take a look through your stash and knit along with us!

I'm working on the Capture cowl and loving it๐Ÿ˜Š
 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Where Friends Meet

One of the highlights of the month has to be the last Wednesday of the month; it is Stitch Night at our local yarn shop Knit Stitch.


Thanks Suzanne for giving all us Knitters a place to gather, knit, chat and make new friends every month!


As you can see, we had a full shop of Knitters. There was a little bit of everything being knit - Waiting For Rain shawls, ice cream coloured socks, afghan borders, Boxy sweaters, slippers, scarves and Miso shawls plus much more. I don't think there was any quilting going on but quilters, crocheters, and embroiderers are always welcome as well.


And look, I met Linda, a member of our Fibre Friends Podcast Ravelry group in person :)



Cheryl joined us for the first time this month.  I hope you had fun.  See you all again next month!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Colour Change

Every year Debbie from Ziraldo Alpacas and I have a yarn dyeing day.  This year we had both an indigo dye pot and a marigold dye pot in use.  In our last podcast I mentioned that I would show you some before and after pictures of the yarn I over dyed.

I have a few shelves filled with single skeins that I have dyed just for the fun of trying new colour combos and now here they sit.   So, I grabbed 2 to over dye.

The greenish one needed to over dyed. It was too dull.  The pinky coloured one wasn't too bad the way it was but I decided it needed to be blue; pink isn't my colour. 

I figured that the pink variegated would come out a blue tonal but it didn't.  You would never know that there were bright and dark colours under the blue.  In the picture, the top skein was the pink and the bottom skein was the green. The green turned out a nice teal colour after a dip in the indigo dye pot.  You just never know what you are going to end up with.  This new blue yarn will be used in a sweater at some point.

I've had a few people ask me today if we podcasted this weekend. The answer is no.  We were supposed to, but I came down with laryngitis!  So, after 2 days of having NO voice I'm on the mend. My voice is back but still quite squeaky.   Fingers crossed that by Friday we will have a podcast out.  Stay tuned. The Fibre Friends will be back soon!!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Episode 5!!

https://youtu.be/xGeIRVD7PUA

If you haven't had a chance to watch last week's podcast, grab your knitting and knit along with us now!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Yarn Giveaway!

Happy long weekend knitters!

This is the unofficial start of summer here in Ontario. It's usually the first weekend for camping and gardening begins.  I spent yesterday with my Mom at the garden center buying flowers and these huge pots to make a new container garden.  Flower shopping for me is like yarn shopping; I want it all.  I really have to keep reminding myself I have a small garden.  I think I did ok; only 2 trays of plants. Now to plant!

In my last post I showed you this lovely yarn but I don't think I mentioned we (the Fibre Friends Podcast) are giving it away!

It is Sugar Shack by Sweet Georgia yarns and to enter just subscribe to the podcast and leave us a comment on YouTube under episode 4 and tell us what you would knit with this yarn.  I think it would make a fun hat.

Happy knitting!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Episode 4!!

https://youtu.be/KJHu52B8KCc

The Fibre Friends were together again and we filmed our fourth episode - more knitting fun and craziness as always!

Did you know we are hosting a Miso shawl KAL?  It runs until July 1 so there is still plenty of time to join us on Ravelry (fibre friends podcast), knit a fun, simple lace pattern with Caroline,  Adrienne  and I, and be entered for prizes!! 

I'm knitting my Miso with a one of a kind yarn from Old Oak Yarns called Grass Roots.  This is my just before bed knitting. I work a handful of rows every night and slowly but surely it's getting bigger.  It's the perfect project to finish my day with.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Fiber Friends Podcast Episode 3

https://youtu.be/DaVyiPShT10

Our third episode is ready to watch!

Caroline and Adrienne had a little surprise in store for me.  Thanks ladies, you both are so thoughtful (and sneaky)!

Knitters, grab your knitting, get comfy and I hope you enjoy the podcast.  Remember to join our Ravelry group Fibre Friends Podcast and enter to win this episode's giveaway.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Wow!!

Wow! Is all I can think of to say when I look back over the last two weeks.  We, The Fibre Friends, gathered up our knitting (and our courage!) and filmed our first podcast and your response has been amazing!

Thanks to everyone who watched, left comments, joined our Ravelry group (fibrefriendspodcast), entered our first giveaway and just had fun knitting along with us. I've met new Knitters and have had so much fun with this new adventure.

Thank you!!

(Oh, and by the way, episode 2 is up on YouTube now and we have 2 super great giveaways.  One for a shawl designed by Josh Moll and a beautiful skein of sock yarn dyed by Old Oaks Yarn!!)  

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Fibre Friends First Podcast!

Wow, it's amazing what can happen when three friends get together!

Caroline, Adrienne and I were having our own little knit night and I gave them a quick lesson on two handed fair isle knitting.  We started brainstorming ideas for a Wildflower Wool knitting retreat and I was thinking of patterns I could design with Adrienne's hand dyed yarn (both of which are still in the works by the way ☺) and we agreed to meet the following week to discuss our plans further.  What happened next was even a surprise to me! 

Adrienne suggested the three of us start a podcast.  So, we have combined our talents - Adrienne with her fantastic hand dyed yarns @oldoakyarns, Caroline and her beautiful hand made project bags @evertotes and my love of teaching knitting @wildflowerwool to create the Fibre Friends Podcast!!

We filmed the first episode last week in my yarn room and we had SO much fun! If you want to join in on our crazy knitting adventures we'd love you to stop by!  You can find the podcast on YouTube and we have a Ravelry group started so we can all chat. 

To celebrate our first episode we have an amazing giveaway courtesy of the lovely Caroline who is on a mission to make all Knitters into multicrafters!  Caroline is a beautiful cross stitcher and she has put together one of her project bags,  2 cross stitch patterns and a needle keep to give to a lucky podcast watcher! All you have to do is stop by Ravelry and leave us a message on the giveaway thread for a chance to win.

I hope you enjoy our first podcast and we inspire you to try something new!