Today is Friday the 13th, and it is a good day!
I went to see the Handloom Weavers and Spinners show and sale (still running Saturday and Sunday 10-4). If you are in the Kingston area, check it out. There are some very beautiful items.
My art of the day is the continuation of the puffy mittens, and the appreciation of the complexities of the weaving I saw today!
There were wall hangings, and polar bears…
….Felted Angels dressed in handwoven garments…
…beautiful wooly blankets…
…delicately patterned scarves…
…lots of handspun yarn…
…and the cutest little sheep ornaments…
I have belonged to this group in the past, and learned a lot from the knowledgeable instructors who taught me how to spin, and weave
learn to weave workshop--scarf in progres
After getting totally inspired, I headed off to knit at Wool -Tyme, where you will be able to find me on any Friday the 13th. There were snacks, and coffee and cider, and lots of keen knitters, and beginner knitters. I enhanced my yarn stash with a lovely skein of Cascade 220 in red. New mittens are in my future!
There were some interesting projects being worked on this evening: Dinosaur mittens, a baby bear suit, earflap hats, shawls, a tea cosy, and some were knitting their very first socks.
Anne, at Wool-Tyme challenged us to determine the number of stitches used in this garter stitch afghan. We were all given an opportunity to be “mathy” and figure it out. The winner got to choose any skein of yarn, or any set of needles! (it is now that maybe being swatchless is not the best plan! I’m not used to such calculations).
- the puffy mitten is getting bigger
The puffy mitten made an appearance, and grew a thumb hole and got a lot longer. I enjoyed showing others about this thrumming method, and we all marveled at how fast hands heat up when they are surrounded by fleece. I have to keep reminding myself of how big these mitts need to be! Lots more knitting to do.
I hope you all had a very productive and creative Friday the 13th!
P.S. Congratulations to Lisa, Noor and Ru who are the three participants in Pay it Forward!