Tuesday, December 15, 2009

What's Going On?

So I hope everyone is ready for the holidays.I put my tree up and decorated my home yesterday.That would be December,14th!I delivered my mother's presents on Sunday after a marathon cookie baking day on Saturday. Of course I went to Cricket Cove first on Saturday as it was their no tax day sale.I bought another Lopi book,some Lopi lite and some Briggs and Little country roving.Why B&L roving you maybe asking? Well have you ever heard of White Buffalo? This was a Canadian yarn company that produced lovely sweater patterns. I fortunately saved the only book I ever purchased of theirs.It is book# 1269.You can see a picture of the cover here.B&L's country roving is an excellent substitute for WB's unspun yarn used in these patterns. It is also a good substitute for Lopi and Lopi unspun. What with the Olympics coming in 2010 I am feeling a desire to knit a sweater.Something I don't often do.

The knitting group will be taking a break until sometime in January.Probably the 1st or 2nd week of January.We met last night for supper at the Homestead restaurant in Riverview and we had a very nice meal and very good time.

Please find below a few pictures of my "pi" shawl that is on display at Cricket Cove for the knit along that will take place this Spring.Also I have a picture of the lap quilt the staff and I made at work for our previous boss. Who has moved on to another job.We miss you Amanda. The pattern is "log cabin" with the center squares being singed by the staff as a keepsake.

Check out knitty.com for their Winter'09 issue.There are some very nice patterns.

Well until next time. Knitting is not just a pass time it is a Zen experience.


Close up of Pi


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Just A Little Bit of Fiber

So last week was exciting! I promised Cricket Cove,Moncton that I would have my pi shawl finished to display as a sample in the shop for the up coming knit along of the same. Well stupid me I decided I just had to add a lace border to it. So while on my nights I started. So that would have been last Monday night (Nov.30th).Just so you gleam some idea as to my undertaking here are a few details. The pi shawl ends with 576 sts and the border I chose is knit on sideways and has an 8st repeat.This means that for every repeat there is a decrease of 4sts and 5 repeats of the pattern took me around an hour or and hour and a half to complete and it took 144 pattern repeats.Phew! So I knit like a fiend and finished Friday night at 8pm and handed the completed shawl over to the care of Chris at Cricket Cove Saturday morning.I must say despite my tennis elbow from knitting so much this shawl is very lovely and even unblocked is a nice size.So if you have a hankering to knit a circular shawl or just would like to see it and sympathize with my sore elbow drop in to Cricket Cove.

Saturday also saw me have a visit to London Wul. I won't tell you how much fiber I bought for spinning but it was a fair amount and all lovely. I also purchased Lopi book #25 and enough Lopi Lite to make a shrug. Yup my credit card took a beating. Heidi also clued me in to the fact that a lot of Lopi patterns are great for knitting up my handspun. So I started the hat with dreadlocks from book#25 for my daughter using some spindled and wheel spun fiber. London Wul has a special book section at present whereby the proceeds are to be donated to a charity in memory of a friend recently lost to cancer. There are books dealing with weaving,knitting,quilting and, cross stitch. I encourage to drop by and purchase a few.

Well I am off to work.Keep your sticks/ wheels in motion and have a happy day.