Monday, August 19, 2013

Knit Gandalf!, Updates, and Why We Knit

The Lord of the Rings knits!

from Jess Hudson's Twitter

Aren't they adorable?

Meanwhile, I've actually been working on a project! I completed another ruffle hat, and started a new blanket, both for a pregnant friend.

I cobbled together two patterns for the blanket, one new (from the pattern book I got at Myrtle Beach), and one old.

The old pattern came from my reread of the Anne of Green Gables series. I started wondering what Mrs Rachel Lynde's appleleaf pattern quilts looked like, and discovered a post on Lady n Thread's blog, which linked to this leaf counterpane pattern. I've taken the top frieze from that pattern and inserted it into the plain centre of the blanket pattern.

It begins!

(the postcard is from the upcoming Twist Fibre Festival)

The Knit Cafe has an ongoing Why We Knit series of interviews. I like some of their questions. If you'd like to answer them I'd love to interview you on the blog!

How did you learn to knit?
What first attracted you to knitting?
What keeps you knitting?
What has knitting brought to your life?
What are you knitting now?
Where is your favourite place to knit?
When do find time to knit?
Who or what are your knitting influences?

Monday, August 12, 2013

Upper Canada Village

Upper Canada Village knits!

We visited Upper Canada Village during the Revolutionary War weekend, when there were lots of reenactments taking place. In between the battles and the soap making and the other events, I took some knitting related photos:

spinning wheel - like something out of a fairy tale

hook rug


another hook rug (I think that's what they are)

natural dyes

I still need two classes, on crocheting, and on using my drop spindle - the goal is to someday create a garment from step one (raising the sheep) all the way to the end, step five or so (raise the sheep, shear the sheep, spin the threads, knit the wool, wear or gift the item!).