Completion and Currency

Alright, I’ll admit that this wasn’t the best post title. I couldn’t think of anything else and I am a sucker for alliteration.

For completion I give you, Paul’s socks!! I know, finally done! I’ll have to wait and see if Paul actually wears them. Thou who does not wear the socks does not get more socks!

Dad Socks 2

Now that I am done all the socks I am really not sure what to make next! I was thinking either the ombre cardigan or the fiddle head mittens. Actually, thinking about it now, I will do the mittens next. The ombre cardigan is knitted with two strands of lace and I am just not sure if I am ready for that. Plus I would like to get these bad boys knitted up and given out before the end of time.

The currency part is a little more interesting. As you know, I’ve been dyeing my own yarn and selling it on Etsy and this website. I am officially a vender of the Kitchener Waterloo Knitters Fair!

Vendor Badge

It is going to be September 13th, which is the weekend before my birthday! I am really looking forward to it and really REALLY looking getting everything ready for it! Hopefully the traffic on Etsy will pick up a little more and that will give me an idea of what I should dye for the show!
I really love experimenting, as you might already know. I actually have pictures of my latest creations!

Busier than Bees

It’s been a busy busy week! During the week Johanne found me an exemplary knitting bag and I tried the new reflective yarn at the shop. Saturday I went to the Kitchener/ Waterloo Knitters guild fair and met up with some friends in Guelph afterwards. Sunday Paul and I rushed around running errands and collecting things for our engagement photos (happening on Sept 19th).

First thing is first, knitting bag!!!! I asked Johanne and Dave to keep an eye out for me, in case they managed to see any good ones. They managed to get in a couple styles in a whole slew of colours! I ended up going with the ‘Hermosa’ bag, in the colour Eggplant.
It is perfect for me. It has the capacity to hold a couple different projects and enough pockets for me to squirrel away all my needles and tape measures. This will be great for Vogue Knitting Live in Chicago! That is coming up too.
The reflective yarn, Lumio, has been at Johanne’s for a little while now and I just tried it the other day. I’ve been dying to get my hands on it. It was just the thing I needed this weekend. The yarn is so thick you can knit a hat up in an hour. I’ve done about four so far and I am really happy with them. I am planning to knit up some demo hats and take them in to Johanne’s.

You can see a bit of the reflection in the pink hat around the brim.

I should have known better than to go into a knitting fair with the mindset “I am not going to buy anything.” That is my mistake, but I had a great time. I met up with Lena and her mom Linda; they showed me their BRILLIANT approach to shopping the fair. They walk around and look at everything first. You take note of the things you like and head back over at the end. I know, it seems so simple, why have I not thought of this myself?! It ended up giving me the financial breathing room to buy four skeins of Shibui Silk Cloud.
I had seen it at a previous show and by the time I got to that booth, I had already spent my allotted ‘fair-budget’. This time, I did not purchase the small things I liked along the way; a skein of interesting yarn, accessories, another yarn bowl, you know, the things I could do without. I saw a deep purple next to dark gold and light gold. The three colours went together so well and if you bought four, it came with a gradient cowl pattern. I threw in the chocolate brown and went for it.
Checking out, I still had my doubts, but the lady working the booth immediately put them all to rest. As soon as she saw the skeins in my hands, she gasped loudly and said, “I thought I had seen every colour combo for that cowl, but I LOVE this!! It is going to be so beautiful. I am actually really sad I don’t know you and won’t see a finished product!” Since she laid to rest any lingering doubts, I took a card and plan to email her with a finished object. I haven’t gotten any photos yet, but I will post them as soon as I take them!
After Linda, Lena and I parted ways, I went to catch the end of a seminar that was going on upstairs. It was a talk on working with variegated yarn and choosing patterns to complement the yarn. I met with the speaker after the lecture and asked her opinion on the yarn from my previous post. I got some really neat ideas, but I am going to save those for next weeks post.