I have been knitting! When I realised that one of my vendors, Simply Socks Yarn Company was going to be at Sock Summit, I approached her about displaying some of my samples. Allison had not planned on bringing patterns to sell at Sock Summit, but she did have a proposal for me.
Allison launched her own line of yarn which she planned to debut at Sock Summit. She wanted to have a knitted Ruby sample to display. I happily agreed to knit her favourite design and she sent the yarn to me. It was a surprise to open the box because I didn’t know what to expect as far as colour was concerned. There were lovely coral and mocha hand-dyed skeins nestled in the box just waiting for me to squeeze them and get the project started. Since I was in the middle of packing up our apartment so that we could sell it, I popped the skeins in my suitcase to take with me on vacation. I also had a devious plan of asking my Mum to help with the knitting deadline.
Devan and I flew to Calgary to join up with my parents for a visit with my grandparents and then Rod met us. D, R and I drove to Drumheller to get our fill of hoodoos and dinosaurs. With the vacation underway, I finally had time to knit. My Mum graciously agreed to knit part of the sweater too.
It turns out I was having too much fun on our vacation and didn’t do as much knitting as my Mum. I knit the front and she knit the back, both sleeves and the hood. It was my job to finish it–I like to block the hood before I knit the attached i-cord. I finished it in time to take with me to Portland and deliver it to Allison while she was setting up in the Marketplace at Sock Summit.
The yarn was soft and felt good to work with. The dye did not come off on my hands. When I delivered it I was surprised to find out it was dyed in Canada. The fibre content is 80% wool and 20% nylon. There is a depth to the hand-dyed semi-solid colours which I really like. At first I was surprised that Allison send me two solid colours since my designs generally use a self-striping yarn and a solid. I received a really favourable response from the people who saw it knit up. I think it’s a great way to use my patterns to create a toned-down sweater for a more conservative gift recipient.
Apologies that I didn’t think to take a photo of Allison or her booth or the sweater on display. I must confess the camera stayed in my bag most of the time.