Twist Festival haul

Last weekend I attended the Twist Fibre Festival in Saint-André-Avellin, Quebec with a few friends from my knitting group. It was my second time going, though I didn’t make it last year because I was nearly 9 months pregnant. Though it boasts local vendors, some shops sold non-local yarn, which was a great opportunity to save on shipping.

Of course, the most exciting part was my haul.

Quince & Co. Chickadee

Quince & Co. Chickadee

You know your knitting friends have your back when they come up to you and rush you off to the only vendor selling Quince & Co. yarn at the festival. This will likely become the Epistrophy cardigan by Kate Davies, though I’m concerned I won’t have enough of the grey. Happily, I can order more Quince from the shop. The first and only time I’d ordered Quince online, I did it through the actual company and got hit with some major customs fees upon delivery.

Walk and Red Sock Blue Sock yarns

Walk and Red Sock Blue Sock yarns

I haven’t really been a sock knitter but I’m starting to really get into it. I think the problem is that you have to knit two of them, so the sense of victory when you complete one sock is overruled by the fact that you have to do it all over again. These two beautiful skeins will become socks, both pairs for me. It will be my first time working with both of these yarns: Walk Collection and Red Sock Blue Sock.

Hedgehog Fibers sock yarn in Pistachio

Hedgehog Fibres sock yarn in Pistachio

I’m in love with Hedgehog Fibres, dyed in Co. Cork, Ireland. I went to Ireland for my honeymoon two years ago, and I came back with three skeins of Hedgehog Fibres. I had meant to turn them into a Happy Street shawl but unfortunately the colours didn’t go together as well as I had hoped. Then my local yarn shop, Wabi Sabi in Ottawa, began carrying Hedgehog as well, and I bought a few more skeins. And now… well, I sense an ongoing love for this yarn. They have colourways range from bright and vivid to the beautifully subtle. This is my first speckled yarn, and I think it will have to become something soft and beautiful to wrap myself in.

RIverside Studios sock yarns

Riverside Studios sock yarns

These gorgeous sock yarns are from Kat’s Riverside Studio. I was unfamiliar with her shop but one of my knitting friends just loves her work. When I made it to the booth, I was taken in by all the gorgeous colours. On the left, socks for my husband, who looked after the baby so I could go to a yarn festival. On the right, something sparkly for myself, maybe a little neck scarf. I was hemming and hawing over the sparkly copper – I’m so glad I went with it because it’s even more beautiful in natural lighting, rather than in the arena where the vendors were set up.

Julie Asselin Leizu Fingering gradient set.

Julie Asselin Leizu Fingering gradient set.

Finally, I bought this Julie Asselin gradient set, though it’s not a traditional single colour gradient. I was standing at the booth forever, trying to decide if I really needed it. While I was there, two young women came by, exclaimed over the sets, and immediately each grabbed two sets for purchase. Their enthusiasm drove me to buy this before someone else could. I think I’ll use these to stripe a pullover, similar to the Lifesavers cardigan by Tanis Fiber Arts.

Things I didn’t really need: more yarn.

Things I always want: more yarn!

After Rhinebeck in October, I’ll have to issue a stash challenge for myself…


Eleven months

Eleven months ago, I had a baby.

I was told that babies take up a lot of time. That’s okay, I thought. I’ll be off work for a year. I’ll have plenty of time to care for a baby and also to knit, sew, cook, walk the dog, see friends, knit, sew, and cook.

Well, as it turns out, babies take up a lot of time. I love my dear little baby, but I also miss having creative time to myself. My crafting studio (it’s totally a crafting room, but I am calling it a studio) is absolutely not baby-proof, so I don’t really spend time in there with her since I have to take something out of her mouth every few seconds.

But now, my baby is eleven months old. I’m back at work, and though I miss her when I’m not at home, I also like having a lunch hour and a long bus commute to read and knit on a daily basis. I miss blogging and writing about crafty things that interest me. So here: I’ll write about crafty things that interest me.

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