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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Fibres West 2010

I woke up ridiculously early Saturday morning so that I could be on the first ferry over to the mainland to attend Fibres West. This was my 4th fibre festival ever, my first year attending this event, and so far the largest fibre festival I have been to.

...Thank you so very much to Julia for picking me up from the ferry and Holly for bringing me back (a coffee is surely not payment enough!).

For me the highlights were...

I had the great pleasure of meeting Felicia Lo and all of her Sweet Georgia Yarn. It seems this yarn hasn't made it over to the Island because I had only heard of it but never seen it. It was nice to see something fresh, the colours were vibrant and so appealing. Everything was displayed neatly on white shelving, no bins to route through or bags to open, just single rows of yarn and fibre grouped by blend and weight. It was such a relief to see such care put into presentation. I purchased 3 skeins of the Tough Love Sock in Cayenne, a blend of 80% superwash merino wool and 20% nylon in a fantastic rusty colour. By the time I had made up my mind this yarn had sold out so I am patiently waiting for it to be dyed and dried and shipped straight to my house!

Indigo Moon

I was sad not to see Trish at the Fest but I guess it was good enough to be surrounded by her lovely yarns. As always the yarns are phenomenal, it's like having a friend with the same taste as you, and then having that friend dye your yarn. I just love all of it! I was, as always, on a budget so I didn't walk away with any Indigo Moon Yarn this time which was okay because my last big yarn purchase was 5 skeins of Silken Pleasures in Teal at the Victoria Fibre Festival last June. I'm still knitting with it and it is heavenly.

...I am so incredibly picky about colour, so picky in fact that I often sacrifice softness and blend for that perfect colour, even if the yarn is scratchy and terrible. For this reason I really appreciate independent dyers like Felicia Lo and Trish Moon, it may cost you a little more than commercially dyed yarns but the quality and handle of their yarns paired with such inspiring colours means you don't have to compromise. The only difficulty I had was choosing which colour to buy!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Vancouver 2010

Because of our recent move Chris and I found ourselves with a little time off together, it's extremely rare. We decided to hit the road and spend a week with his parents in Chilliwack. One of the highlights of the trip was an overnight in Vancouver without the babe. We spent two days walking the streets of downtown, window shopping, people watching, and exploring the tail end of Olympic events.

This busy corner of Burrard and Davie Street has been repurposed. The land once housed a strip mall and gas station, it's now the home of the Davie Village Community Garden, it stopped me dead in my tracks. How wonderful, can you imagine what it looks like at the height of growing season, I can only imagine.

It appears a few other knitters would agree because the entrance has been tagged by this yarn bomb...

I love the look of all those tall glass buildings, Chris took this awesome shot, he also has a thing for cranes...

The mandatory visit to the Olympic Cauldron...

We gave our feet a short break while we enjoyed burgers and people watching...

Not sure why I like this shot so much, I just do...

To view da Vinci's "The Mechanics of the Man" we waited in a line that went all the way down the street and around. It was well worth the wait, extremely fascinating and certainly once in a life time.

And of course we had to check out ice skating and the zip line at Robson Square, we weren't willing to wait in either line though.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Classic Raglan Pullover

When I realized that there was a gap in Elsie’s hand knits I dropped everything and even unraveled a bit of my WIP (this yarn was meant to be a pair of French Press Felted Slippers for me).

I really wanted to knit something simple and classic, raglan sweaters knit from the top down are my absolute favorite, I also wanted to use this opportunity to achieve the perfect the fit seeing as I seem to work with this yarn often and hope to write a pattern for ladies and maybe even one for the gents.

  • 2(2, 3, 3, 3) x 100g balls of Patons Classic Wool, shade Natural Mix. 410(410, 615, 615, 615) meters
  • 5 mm circular needle, 24 inches
  • 5 mm dpns
  • 4.5 mm dpns
  • 4 stitch markers for raglan shaping + 1 distinguishable marker for beginning of rnd.
  • Waste Yarn
  • Yarn Needle

18 sts and 24 rows = 4 in over st st using larger needles.

2(4, 6, 8, 10) yrs

Monday, March 15, 2010

A Walk in the Park.

We've recently moved back to Victoria and are just settling in.

One thing I truly enjoy about the capital city is the beautiful scenery...

The heritage buildings are so unique and eye catching, this is something you don't appreciate quite as much until you visit cities that don't have such an abundance.

There are so many lovely parks and forest trails, I often stop dead in my tracks to admire the native succulents and wild flowers during our hikes.

And no matter where you find yourself the ocean is never far... watching the waves break at Ogden point during a heavy storm is something I really enjoy.

Here is a scene from our day...

{Beacon Hill Park}

Tuesday, March 2, 2010