Sunday, 19 October 2014

Rhinebeck 2014

Mo and I made our pilgrimage to the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival at Rhinebeck, NY once again this year.

It is a beautiful time of year to visit the Hudson Valley.

I spent Saturday in a knitting workshop while Mo shopped, met up with friends, and scoped out the good stuff for me.

This is what Into The Whirled looked like before the doors opened yesterday. Their specialty is hand-painted yarns and rovings.

And this is what it looked like at noon today.
Here are more outdoor shots. Each of those buildings contains either livestock or vendors.
These buildings (A,B,C and D from left to right) are at the south end of the fairgrounds. My class was in building D. Also in these buildings are many vendors, the fleece sale, and author's book-signing area.
This is the garden outside the Horticultural Building.
...and the view down the hill toward the food area from the Horticultural Building.
Sadly, this year the 4-H kids didn't sell lamb chili; only refreshments.

I didn't take a lot of photos inside buildings this year but this gives you an idea of how items were displayed.

I bought this gradient yarn set in these colours from Miss Babs

to knit this shawl - Brush Creek

It was very handy being able to take photos of the sample with the tags naming the pattern and yarn used. In most cases, the patterns are available for purchase and download online.

The most popular vendors had lots of samples that were properly labeled.

As I've recently been enjoying spinning hand-painted Polwarth roving, I happened to find a few (ahem) braids of the stuff.

This Blue-Faced Leicester bundle is for spinning separately, then knitting as a gradient.
Now I will agonize (in a good way) over what pattern to knit the yarn with.

It was an excellent festival this year and I look forward to a return visit in the future.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Freia-esque Yarn Cake

The progression from roving to ready-to-knit yarn always amazes me.

The fibre started out like this:

Then it spun to this:

Last night I wound it into a yarn cake:
It really resembles Freia Ombré yarn.
and have started knitting a Travelling Woman shawl with it.
It's a fast knit, especially with this sport weight yarn. I'm not sure I like this pattern for this yarn. Maybe something more textured would work better.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Better Pics

Handspun looks so much better in the daylight.
I call it my homage to autumn.
It's not quite dry but it skeined nicely.
It fulled a bit with washing and thwacking.
I'm happy with how it turned out.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Quick Pics

I have been spinning some Polwarth fibre these past couple of weeks at spinning. After watching Felicia Lo's video, "Spinning Dyed Fibers" on Craftsy, I thought I'd try something different. I separated the colours and spun them separately.

Here is the skein right off the niddy noddy. One side...
and the other.
I got 280 yards from the 4oz. (116g) braid of hand-dyed roving.
I have washed it and thwacked it (to set the twist) and now have it drying.
I'll get better pictures in the daylight tomorrow.

Now I need to figure out what I'll knit with this gradient DK weight yarn. Any suggestions?

Friday, 10 October 2014

Custom Grab Bag

My knitterly friend, Jennifer B., is a Star Trek fan. When she attended the Fan Expo in August, she bought 2 different fabrics that had a Star Trek theme. She then asked me to make her one of my infamous grab bags.
The lining is a cool comic-style print.
I lined it with low-loft batting to give it some structure.

There was enough fabric left to make her a zipped bag.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Campbellford Spin In

The first Tuesday of October, the Warkworth Spinning and Weaving Guild put on the Spin In in Campbellford, ON.  I have attended several times since I started spinning in 2009 and this year was no exception.

A group of 5 of us piled into Jennifer B's van for the trip.

We arrived about 1/2 hour after the event started but fortunately, Jennifer W. saved seats for us as she had arrived on time from Cobourg.

There were about 80 of us in attendance. Around the periphery of the church hall were several vendors of almost anything related to spinning: fleeces, rovings, equipment, magazines, dyes, etc.

People wishing to sell spinning wheels put them on the stage on display.
Our driver wore her custom Dianna Shawl made with Noro Mirameki yarn and using a cat's paw lace pattern.

As it was the 25th anniversary of the Warkworth guild, a piper was hired to solemnify the occasion.
 She moved quite quickly so I didn't get a very good shot with my iPhone. I wish I had taken a photo of her socks. They were quite detailed with cables, lace and a foldover top.
I really wasn't as tired as I looked.  To my left is Donna, then Jennifer B. and our newest spinning friend, Alexa.

I called this aisle of spinners 'Lendrum Lane' as there were 8 Lendrum spinning wheels
In the foreground in blue is my high school friend, and fellow crafty person, Cathy, who travelled from London, ON for the event.  That's a better shot of Alexa to Jennifer's left.
It was a lovely day for a drive in the country.  Being amidst so many spinners is so inspiring and nice to be among like-minded people.

On our way home, we stopped into 1 Stop Alpacas to check out her wares, then visited the alpacas at Alexa's alpaca farm.

We are looking forward to next year's event and hope to attend The Gathering in Port Hope next April as well.