Category Archives: Yarn

My first Twist!

This was the third year for the Twist Fibre festival in Québec, but a first time for me. Thanks to Sue, I finally got to see what all the fuss was about. It was small but packed full of quality vendors. Among other things, Twist features mainly local yarn, fibre, and other materials. I came away with a few very very nice purchases.

4 skeins of yarn and a hand-crafted mug
My haul from Twist 2014

I was really excited to see that Laura Sheppard’s Handmade Pottery was there, so I picked up a mug. Much better to purchase in person. It is beautifully crafted.

I picked up two skeins of Merino DK from The Black Lamb.

Green and Grey DK from Black Lamb

Some amazing Fingering Bootsie-Loo from Studioloo

Fingering weight yarn in blue, pink, and grey from Studioloo
Hand-dyed bootsie-loo from Studioloo OMG so yummy

And some beautiful pinky-red merino from Yvieknits Yarns

It’s seriously beautiful. Enough for a full shawl.

I had such a wonderful time. The day came complete with not-so-random bumping into old friends.

Left to right: Elizabeth, Amy, Sue, Diane, Juliana

In other knitting-related news, I’m working on a new shawl. I am making The Cool Clavicle Cover by Megan Williams. I had a bit of a rough start but once I was familiar with the stitch patterns away I went and it is lovely. I’m using  Fleece Artist Woolie Silk 2 Ply (discontinued) that I purchased in 2010.

A partially knit blue variegated shawl on the needles.
Shawl in progress. Nearly half-way there.

A much anticipated update

Have you ever found a pattern that you really wanted to try, but it was only available in a language other than your own? I speak french, but that doesn’t mean I understand french knitting-jargon. That’s why I was so excited to find a French to English only directory of knitting terms! Enjoy ^__^

My yarn came! At the end of December, on a whim I decided to join The Yarn Bearer‘s sock club on Etsy. She was only taking 15 people but has since taken 18. We each filled out a cute little questionnaire, and for three months she is sending us each a personally-tailored skein of her awesome kettle-dyed sock yarn. ^___^ I am so happy! My yarn is a beautiful green/brown and with Chris’ help I have named it: The Emerald in the Woods. It’s so pretty, I hope the photos do it justice. *__*

And another view for your yarning pleasure

It also came with an awesome and very useful tote bag, which I am already using today! And all the yarn info is on an awesome pin! That way I can stick it on my socks so that Chris doesn’t destroy them when he does the laundry ^_^ She’s just so smart!

I have been so remiss in my blogging. And there is plenty to tell you! Today, I have the flu, so after getting some much needed sleep and soup and tea, I decided to finally take some pictures of what I’ve been working on. First is I finally have some progress photos of the Woodland Shawl (Rav link) that I’m knitting for a friend for her birthday. Based on weight, I’m 30% done. The beads are stitch markers, but I’m playing with the idea of adding some later. I am finally at a point with the pattern where I feel I can follow the chart, instead of the written instructions. I wouldn’t say I have it memorized, since I consider myself to have a hard time with lace, but it’s getting easier with every repeat.The only modification is that I added 2 repeats (4 leaves) to the width of the shawl, since I’m using a ball of yarn with more yardage than the pattern calls for, and I want to use it all.

I have other projects on the go too. I am improvising a double knitted cowl (rav link), knit flat. I tried to do it in the round and got too confused since it’s a new technique to me. I’m really happy so far, even though it’s going very slowly.

The other project I started last week is a pair of gloves using the same pattern as for my FMIL’s gloves. I am heavily modifying the pattern to suit the larger yarn, but after doing a couple fingers am finding that it’s not working out too well. I’m going to have to rip back these fingers and make them longer… I’m still torn on whether to frog it completely and make something else.

In stash news, my birthday was very good for yarn! My parents sent me a wonderful package full of lovely things (including a shawl pin!) and some wonderful sock yarn ^_^ Emma also hand dyed some Misti Alpaca lace and I am so excited to show it all off!

I also participated in the hot cocoa swap, and finally got around to taking some photos. Thank you so much Chelle!! You went above and beyond the swap requirements, everything was so awesome.

I will post more on Retrofit once I’ve taken some photos. Cheers everyone!

Noro virgin, finished mittens!

For the first time ever, I got to knit with Noro. In this case, Noro Kureyon. It’s a pretty rough wool, and I understand that most people choose it for the colours… I obviously chose it for the price. There were only two balls left in this colour, but I really do love how it knits up.

The pattern I used is Berry Hill Fingerless mittens by Liz (not me… another Liz), only I made them full mittens, rather than fingerless. I just can’t think of a good reason why I would need more than one pair of fingerless gloves. Anyway, they’re crazy warm, knit up in just a few days, and I really do love them.

Pattern: Berry Hill Fingerless Mittens (free pattern)
Ravelry: Berry Noro Mittens
Yarn: 3/4 each, two balls of Noro Kureyon
Needles: 4.5mm
Started: December 3, 2008
Finished: December 8, 2008

Contest Closed: and the prize goes to!…

Contest Closed!Thank you so much to everyone that entered my Blogoversary contest in November. I had no idea there were so many of you out there! Your comments helped me get through my push to finish Christmas-knitting (only two gifts to go!), and I really appreciated everyone’s help trying to decide what to knit for myself next (Bella Paquita).

On with the results! My final entry count as of last night, midnight, was 203 comments. Way to go everyone! I never expected the number to go so high. So, I’ve decided to draw TWO names, instead of one. I’m going to my LYS tomorrow to pick up something special for the second prize winner.

I took all of the entries from my spreadsheet and had list them (randomly) for me in a numbered list. Then I had select two integers between 0 and 203. Here are the results.

The first prize winner is Entry 63, and the second prize winner is Entry 15.

PDXKnitterati has won two skeins of Mirasol Yarn Hacho in Peacock Ripple 302. Congratulations!

Josiane has won a special something too. Congratulations!

If you could both email me your addresses and any allergies/health concerns, I’ll send out your packages this week. My email address is aldron at gmail dot com.

Pre-Weekend Update

I love how quickly I am getting through all of these gifts. I finished a cowl on Tuesday night for my fiancé’s aunt (who I’m pretty sure doesn’t read this XP) that turned out great. The pattern is the Quickie Cowl by Fawn Pea. The pattern is available for free on her website, and through ravelry. My ravelry project page is here. I loved this pattern. It was a quick as promised, knit flat and seamed (I did a 3-needle bind off because I’m lazy). It was easy to memorize and turned out really nice.

I just have to say that all of the comments have really helped me to keep up with the blogging, as well as the knitting. Not only that, but all of you that I’ve found your blogs, I have now started following you! Thank you for broadening my blogosphere 🙂 We’re at 145 entries. Keep ’em coming! I have a shout-out to Dogmommy4: Arbor is available for free here:

The next project will be a scarf for my FBIL to match the hat I knit for his birthday last week. The plan is to knit the Gulp Scarf by Donyale Grant. The pattern is available for free through her blog, as well as a free PDF download on ravelry. My project page is here (where you can see the yarn!) Oh, alright. Here is the yarn I’m using. Isn’t it pretty?

I really should learn to read patterns before I start them. This scarf is knit the long way, not the short way. ((sigh)) This scarf has a confusing way of describing something as simple as dropped stitches, and it would have helped to clarify that before starting. ((sigh)) This scarf requires that you cast on 250 stitches. 250!!!!! ((sigh)) Overall, I still like how it’s turning out, but felt I should register that I’m annoyed with myself for not reading ahead.

I also finally managed to get some photos of the hat I knit for my fiancé back in October. I never thought I would want him out of the apartment so badly! I’m really happy with how it turned out too. Please ignore my spaced out look, I was having trouble getting a good angle on the hat lol. Pattern is loosely based on the Fibonacci pea cap (free pattern)

1. The last band I saw live was Ukrania!
2. What I looked forward to most on Thanksgiving was getting our apartment mostly unpacked, finally, after 6 months of living with boxes! (Thanksgiving is in October for Canadians)
3. My Christmas/holiday shopping is not applicable? I’m knitting for Christmas this year.
4. Thoughts of tea fill my head.
5. I wish I could wear corn based knits.
6. Bagpipes can be awesome.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to Rin arriving from Toronto, tomorrow my plans include brunch, the LYS and a knitterly afternoon and Sunday, I want to make pancakes!

Blogiversary Contest!!!

Blogiversary Contest!!!About a year and a half ago, I decided I wanted to knit. It went badly, but I loved it, and decided to keep going. Last November, while scouring the web for free patterns, I discovered the wonderful online knitting community of blogs and forums. Everyone is so enthusiastic, and I wanted in on the fun. Last November I started my blog. It was around the same time I joined ravelry, and around the time when knitting took over my life.

In thanks to the love and support from all my readers and knitters everywhere, I’m hosting a contest for the month of November 2008. For every comment in November, I will put your name in a draw for a prize.

The Rules:
Comment on any posts in November (as many as you want).
Link back to my contest on your blog for an extra entry.


Mirasol Yarn Hacho

I will probably add more to the package than just yarn, but the yarn itself is lovely to work with. Let the contest begin!

Hat Attack 2, and the stash grows on

I forgot to mention! Susan B. Anderson is hosting a contest on her blog here! This give-away is fantastic!

And now back to other stuff…

I took the plunge earlier this week, and have committed to Hat Attack 2: The Death Hat Always Knocks Twice. I found out about Hat Attack 1 when it was nearly finished, so at least I was able to follow the assassinations, even if I didn’t get to participate.

This time around, though, I get to join in the mayhem. I ordered my yarn on Thursday, and I hope it arrives in time for me to swatch it out. I’m a little nervous since she’s trying to get us all going for a very specific tension. Nervous, but also very excited! Just you wait until September, we’ll see how well I do!

I’ll be sure to post a photo of the yarn when it arrives.

I also managed to accumulate more yarn this week. I was at Knit-Knackers on Tuesday, looking for yarn that might be suitable for a contest. Yes, I said contest! My blogoversary is coming up, as well as my 100-post mark, which I think is cause for some kind of celebration. Maybe you guys can help me get the word out… I’ll post more info closer to the actual contest date. I’m aiming for October, so maybe I’ll have time to make the prize(s?) bigger. ^__^

But anyway, I also bought some yarn for ME! Particularly, some Gems

and some Mirasol Hacho.

Muir is coming along. Slowly but surely. I’m definitely getting bored with this pattern. It was helpful to attach the last ball of yarn today (albeit large balls of yarn). I’m also having trouble finding the time to knit, since I’ve been working during the day for my full-time job, and then freelancing at night. That means I can only knit on the bus and at lunch. And knitting on the bus is getting harder the closer to the end of the summer we get (more people on the buses). I need to find more time! Lace just takes up so much more energy than other knitting… *sigh* Anyway, It’s time again for another progress photo:

And now for some end-of-week silliness. Stolen from another blog I read: Five on Friday. My top five favourite things this week:

  1. My fiancé surprised me with a movie on Tuesday night; Helvetica (a documentary). It was fantastic.
  2. Dinner and gelato with Poeticknits on Wednesday night
  3. Watching some guy not know how to park as he proceeded to knock over a bike rack on the side walk.
  4. Rain. I love rain.
  5. Finishing another ball of yarn (and attaching the last one!) for Muir.

Friday Fill-In #85

1. The last meal I had at a restaurant was a CBC (Chicken, bacon and cheddar) sandwhich at the Elgin street Diner Wednesday night..

2. Stress is something I intensely dislike.

3. The full moon is pretty… is there one out tonight?

4. “For the Win” is one of my favorite local expressions.

5. Sometimes it’s best to grit your teeth and bear it.

6. The Dark Knight is the best movie I’ve seen so far this year!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to more knitting, tomorrow my plans include a haircut and Sunday, I want to work (not really, but I have to)!