Knit City Round-Up

October 30th, 2013 § 1 comment § permalink

This past weekend was the 2nd Annual Knit City event here in Vancouver.  The event was held over two days and included workshops, knit-ins, a talk by the Yarn Harlot (who also wrote a blog about her experience of the event), and of course, the ever-tempting marketplace. 

I wasn’t originally planning on going to Knit City this year because I wasn’t really feeling the call to take a class, and I have heard the Yarn Harlot give a speech before.  I was planning on having a quiet weekend to myself, knowing full well that I would be hearing about all the classes and yarn purchases from my knittas the following weekend.  That plan was shot though, when my regular Sunday knitting group decided to hold the meet-up at the Knit City event.  The fates had decided for me that I was going…

Whenever I know that I’m going to a craft event that features a marketplace full of delectable fibre goodies, I try to come up with a plan of attack…  In previous years, I would kind of lose all sense of space, time, and knowledge of available funds in my bank account.  All I would see was aisles of local and international retailers selling me the crafter’s version of crack – YARN. PROJECT BAGS. SPINDLES. ROVING. BUTTONS. SHAWL PINS. EMBROIDERY DOODADS etc. Its hard not to start salivating when seeing these goodies laid out so prettily.  Well, after a few years of succumbing to marketplace madness, I developed a pragmatists’ approach to these venues:

  1. Have a yarn budget and/or skein limit
  2. Tour the entire marketplace before buying anything first – take it all in
  3. Make a must-have list for projects that will actually happen and not just in my wildest dreams
  4. Allow 1 treat of minimal value to offset the need to buy everything in sight just because its pretty

 

This strategy seemed to work pretty well last weekend, and I’m happy to say that I was successful in keeping to my budget.  I have actual plans for the yarn that I bought :-)  And doing the tour of the marketplace first brought me face-to-face with several vendors that I have not seen in years and that I’m rather fond of/close to.  Such as Muse Fibre Works – Shannon is a long-time indie-dyer that I met many years ago at Gibsons Fibre Art Festival.  She’s local to Vancouver, and her yarns come in beautiful colours and wear well.   I bought 2 skeins of yarn from her:
Muse yarn
The blue tonal yarn is a worsted/aran weight yarn that will become a hat for my boyfriend.  I have a pattern waiting in the wings for that yarn, but I’m keeping it under-wraps as its for Christmas (there’s that darn C-word again).  The plum yarn is a sock yarn that I’m saving for myself.  I have often lusted after patterned socks listed on Ravelry, but 99% of the time all I have in my stash is a variegated or self-striping yarn that would obliterate the pattern from being seen for the colours.  I don’t have a pattern waiting in the wings for this plum sock yarn yet, but I’m already day-dreaming about having lovely plum tootsies.  The other item in this photo is a shawl pin by Pollika (another local supplier).  In total, I spent $42.50 in the market.  I call that a success!

In other news, I’m thisclose to finishing nephew sweater #1.  And I’m planning on knitting nephew #2’s sweater all within the month of November as part of the NaNoSweMo or National November Sweater knitting Month.  But really, maybe I’m just way to ambitious for my own good when it comes to knitting.  Only time will tell!

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Around and around

October 21st, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

The seasons have changed, and once again the wheel of the year has turned around and its officially autumn.  I also seem to find myself going around town trying to do all the things without depleting my energy during this time of gathering in.  And I seem to be knitting many projects in the round these days as well – although I suppose that isn’t all that surprising to those who know that I have no love for knitting things flat and then seaming them.  There’s a freedom that comes from knitting items in the round – it feels like second nature to me now.  I suppose that I’ve taken a cue from the Knitting Guru herself, Elizabeth Zimmerman.

My latest FO (or Finished Object for you non-Ravelry type folks) is an infinity scarf for my RMT, Jamie Davey.  What is an infinity scarf?  Well, if you have looked around town, you will have likely seen many people warming up with long, loopy scarves that can be wrapped around the head for maximum insulation from the elements.  Its basically a giant circle (or oval), and they are certainly en vogue maintenant.  Just type “infinity scarf” into a Google search and you will know what I’m talking about.

Jamie has a love of large, chunky, cozy knits.  She couldn’t find any infinity scarves that would suit her needs – must be chunky, and wolfish-grey to go with lots of items in her wardrobe.  So she commissioned me to make her an infinity scarf, and off we went to Three Bags Full to buy some yarn.  If you’ve seen my Instagram feed, you will have seen some of the photos that I posted along the way as I knitted up this scarf.

A note about Jamie – this wonderful lady has been helping me heal from my 3 car accidents with her deep tissue massages for almost the past 4 years.  She is professional, personable, and funny.  Jamie recently opened up her own business this year, huzzah!  Here she is in her office, The Treatment Room:

snug up James

She was super stoked with having her scarf done quickly in time for the colder weather.  After some indoor shots, I shooed her outside for some awesome autumnal glamour shots.

jamie in leaves

And a great close-up of the scarf here:
closeup infinity scarf

Project Details:

Project name: To Infinity, and Beyond!
Pattern: The Vortex Infinity Scarf – free pattern
Yarn: Cascade Magnum
Yardage: approximately 200 yards (still need to measure for stash-down certainty)
Needles: 10mm (US15) circular needles (on a 40″ cable)

 In other news, I’m getting close to finished on nephew sweater #1 (also knitted in the round, hehe).  I will be posting another blog with photos and info next week if all goes according to plan 😉 .  Then I need to get moving on nephew #2 and #3’s sweaters.  Sometimes I think that I’m nuts for doing 3 child sweaters for Christmas, but I know that they will go to good use and will be loved by my sweet nephews.  Well, that’s what I hope at least!

 

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