Sunday, May 15, 2011

Enjoying my Connections

I've been making connections, enjoying my connections and connecting the concepts.

On Saturday morning my mom and I enjoyed being part of the Forest City Knitters' display at the Canadian Embroiderer's Guild Gathering Threads conference. I met lots of new people and some old friends too. We had a wonderful display of items gathered from the members of our group. Some of the favorites on display were Isa's illusion scarf and felted mittens, and my fiber fish mittens.

Last weekend I had started making a hat from some handspun I been gifted with a year or so ago, from Maia. I was working a simple top-down hat and it was just not doing justice to the yarn. So I went for a pattern I'd seen a few years back, the Bias Ridged Hat, and as I'm downloading the pattern, I made the connection that this was an original pattern, created by my friend and fellow Forest City Knitter, Reina! The two were meant for each other:

Now won't that warm your ears in the grey days of November?

During the knitting, I realized that the yarn was chain plied. My novice spinner's brain started clicking along. It looks really nice!  So I tried some for myself.  It was okay, but I'm sure I can do better. The fiber had been felted during the dying process and it was difficult to draft.

In the mean time, I thought I'd try a regular 3-ply.  I've been plying all day and I've still got another third of the fiber to go. I can hardly wait to see what it looks like washed, but my legs are getting tired. Yep, that's a lot of treadling....

I've enjoyed hearing from you who read this blog. I appreciate your support and input. All my connections are important to me.


  1. Holly9:45 pm

    It was great to see you. That last one is a pretty shot of you!


  2. You're right: Perfect yarn and hat pattern match-up!

    That's some impressive spinning there, missy!

  3. That hat is spectacular! When yarn and pattern are well suited to each other it really takes a knit good to great doesn't it?

  4. That's an amazing looking hat!

  5. Connecting from the near north. Love the colours in that hat. And love the look on your face as you sit in your display booth. So happy.

  6. Isa's scarf and your fish mitt were both the hits of the afternoon - nice seeing you!