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Nordic Knitting

Nordic Knitting

I’m on Cloud Nine! I’ve been working long and hard to have Susanna Hansson come to Vancouver to give a workshop to our Guild. First we had challenges over the venue and we found a really affordable location at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Then we weren’t sure if enough people would sign up for the workshops–they were sold out! Then an affordable hotel proved to be a challenge until Nigel and read more

Pic-Knit

Pic-Knit

Last weekend I attended a knitting event at the Surrey Museum called Pic-Knit. What a great event! It was their first year hosting this knitting get together and I would say it was a success. There were many vendors including yours truly. They also had knitting demonstrations and a short film on Cowichan knitting in their theatre. Linda, the organizer asked me if I would be interested in perhaps teaching a workshop at next year’s event. Yes! I had such fun meeting many read more

Victoria Fibre Goodness

Victoria Fibre Goodness

Last weekend I attended the Victoria Fibre Festival and Knit-Out. Nigel and I took the ferry to Victoria and had a lovely weekend of knitting and fibre-related events. I arrived in time to drop off a couple of samples for the fashion show on Friday evening. The mocha one is Kieran which I managed to finish by sewing on the buttons at the last minute. The orange one is a recently read more

WWKIP

WWKIP

Saturday was World Wide Knit in Public day. Devan (with is knitting spool), Nigel and I ventured out to the grassy area adjacent to Kits beach to participate. I was surprised at how few knitters I knew at the event. I’m the president of the West Coast Knitters’ Guild and we have quite a large membership – over 90 knitters. There were just a handful of as at this event. The wonderful thing was to see the non-guild knitters out at this read more

No straights for me

No straights for me

I hadn’t really realised it, but I’ve been knitting with circular needles almost exclusively for a few years now. I love my Addi Turbos. That’s all fine and dandy until I can’t find the right sized circular needle in my stash. I swear I have a 2 ¾ mm circular needle – or do I? At any rate, I pulled out a pair of straights and boy, do I find them cumbersome. I can’t throw the project easily into my bag when I’m on the go. The needles keep hitting the arms of the plastic chairs at the swimming pool when read more

Guild workshops

Guild workshops

It’s been a busy knitty time for me lately. Our Guild had a great day of workshops the weekend after Quadra Island. I taught my glove workshop in the morning and we had a lot of fun with it. It feels different teaching a group of knitters I already know – very familiar. I was poking around Ravelry the other day and found at least one pair of almost finished gloves from the workshop. Good job Valerie! In the afternoon I was a student! I took a creative class with my friend read more

Hand dyeing workshop

Hand dyeing workshop

 I had time to take in a couple of workshops while I was at the knitting retreat on Quadra Island. Truely, what’s a knitting retreat without a workshop, right? Judy MacLean of Sweatermaker Yarns creates beautiful hand-painted skeins of indulgence. It was an honour to watch her demonstration of crammed dyeing (I believe that’s what she called it). It’s a reduced water method. Judy dyed a bamboo/merino blend using red, blue and yellow.  Can you tell from this photo? The colours mixed together a little more than she expected since is was a new fibre read more

Yikes!

Yikes!

I just saw that my last post shows an albeit unseasonable snow storm from my balcony. It has been a while, hasn’t it? The retreat on Quadra Island was amazing. Paulette, a friend from my Guild and I traveled and roomed together. Early Friday morning we flew to Campbell River in a tiny plane – we could see right into the cockpit and out the front window. Another Guild friend, Lynn acted as our tour guide, picking us up from the airport and taking us read more

Magical knitting effects

Magical knitting effects

A quick post as I’m madly getting ready to go the the Spring Knitting Retreat on Quadra Island. Look at the cherry trees across the street on that crazy snowy day the other day. I did manage to start a Chloë sweater on that uncharacteristic day. Chloë has its challenges because it depends on a striping yarn with even sized bands of solid colour and jacquard sections. The jacquard sections are knit read more

Spring?

Spring?

It’s snowing this morning in Vancouver. I’m just going to hunker down in front of the fire with a good cup of coffee and work on some samples for my upcoming trip to Quadra Island. Since we’ve been home I’ve finished a pair of mittens (on the right) and I’m working on gloves. These are samples for the kits I’m taking to the Spring Knitting Retreat. Come join us, it’s not too late to register! read more