Friday, May 22, 2015

New Shawl Colours

Here are the other two colours of Belfast Mini Mill yarn that are being used to make my snuggly shawls....


....are you seeing a theme emerge?  These are Belfast Mini Mill's interpretation of PEI colours.  The blue in my earlier shawl post represents the water surrounding our beautiful little island, the green is a perfect match to the green of sea glass found on our beaches....and the purple is the colour of fields of lupins, not our Provincial flower, but since they are so abundant, they really should be.  I am so happy with these colours, each one very rich using a blend of three shades to make a soft tweed.  I must leave you as my coffee break has come to an end and I still have another half of a shawl to make.  If you're heading to the beach and need a warm wrap to enjoy as the sun goes down, these shawls were made just for that. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Shawls

Shawls....they start with a lovely cone of alpaca/merino/mohair (so soft)....







...then it starts to knit into a shaped fabric, hand made by me with the help of a manual knitting machine.


That's one large triangle of loveliness on the blocking board.


Such drapey, goodness...I wish you could feel this for yourself...HEY WAIT!  You can, these beauties are available at Belfast Mini Mills and through me.


Visit my Etsy store and leave me message.

There will be 2 more colours available soon.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Great Day At The Market


 The Spring Etsy Popup Market was wonderful.  The day started with the bustling, waxing energy of over 30 talented artisans and went by quickly as we chatted with hundreds of lovely folks who came to see what we were up to.



Chef Pendergast was there, keeping us well fed with a delicious vegetarian chili with fresh corn tortilla.  Thanks Chef, it was very good...and I was very hungry.

I also got to meet the lovely and talented Simone, who's blog I've followed for a while.  She showed the public how we fibre people have fun by spinning at her wheel.  It was nice to meet you Simone.

It was a fun and successful event and I am really looking forward to doing it all again in the Fall...hope to see you there.  Now that the market is behind me, I'm back to the machine to churn out a dozen fabulous shawls for the ladies at Belfast Mini Mills.  TTFN

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mark Your Calanders

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I've been hard at work, stitching, for the upcoming Etsy Spring Pop Up Market.  This will be my first Etsy Pop Up and I'm really looking forward to it.  This is what The Etsy Artisans of PEI have to say about the event....

Etsy Artisans of PEI are back with our 3rd pop up market taking place May 2nd 10am-4pm at the Charlottetown Fire Hall, 89 Kent Street. This event will feature nearly 40 local Etsy sellers, live music, local food & a beer garden! Admission by donation with proceeds to Easter Seals Society of PEI. Come early >> First 20 shoppers at the door get a FREE Swag Bag!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ostara

Hope you folks had a wonderful Ostara/Easter/Spring celebration on the weekend.  Our house was filled with the aromas of ham and chocolate and shrill announcements every time Miss H. found another hidden goody.  She had fun and only missed one, which I think was missed because her Grandfather plopped it in his mouth before she could find it...kids.  It was a fun day and looked a little something like this.....









In other news....I've been getting ready for the upcoming Etsy Spring Pop-Up Market on 2 May 2015!  It will be at the Kent Street Fire Hall in Charlottetown for any of you who wish to stop by.  From what I understand there will be a spot to sit your husbands down for a beer or two while you shop...or a glass of wine for yourself?  I had this nice vinyl banner made for my market stall, along with extra cards and flyers just in case it's super busy.  For those of you who love wool, my stall will be filled with lots of cushions, mitts, scarves, shawls and ponchos.  I will post more pictures and information as the event gets closer.



Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Getting Back To Work

January and February are usually the most productive textile months for me, but for 2015 I made 4 projects during that time, 3 of which were for me.  I kept trying to feel guilty about my lack of production, but at the end of the day, I ended up enjoying the fact that I had taken it easy.  So with the beginning of March, I decided to hunker down and work on an order that I have due in April for 20 pairs of Blanket Mitts.  I'm over the halfway mark and have a nice pile of Mittens to show you and inspire me.



I want to make another 20 pairs when I'm finished these to get a head start on the market and tourist seasons.  After all, Spring starts in 11 days :)

During a recent trip to the Mill, I scored some beautiful striped blanket fabric in a handful of different colours that are destined for cushions....I'll show those to you soon.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Weather Bomb

Oooooooh boy...have you been watching the news?  Have you heard that the North East has been buried?  I live in a spot that gets a lot of snow, no joke, but I think this is the most snow I've seen at one time, in this area yet.

You really can't see the height of the snow here because of the sunlight, but it was about 5 feet high when Mr. opened the door and started shovelling.




When we did finally get ourselves shovelled out of the house and our neighbour opened our lane...this was the drive to work.  The road is a single vehicle track with 10-14 feet high banks on either side.  We patiently waited our turn this morning as there was a car stuck coming in the opposite direction (they managed to get unstuck and went back in the direction that they came from).  While 4 or 5 of us where waiting our turn, a car full of local cowboys decided to pass us and pull in front.  When Mr. told them they were only going to get stuck with their car, he was told to F*(% O@* by the driver.  I do hope those lads don't expect service at our store any time soon.



This is the view at the front of the store, that snow drift is 10 feet tall and blocks out one of our large windows.  The day has become quite sunny but you'd never know it inside.


Parking lot.

Parking lot.

We thought we were going to have plenty of time Sunday morning before the storm hit to get to your store and stock up on a few things....we were wrong.  We fell short on a few staples but we did have a pan of Chickpea Peanut Butter squares to keep us going:)  These are so freaking good and are made with a can of chickpeas instead of using flour.  Wow!


Wherever you are in the world, I hope you are safe and that the weather behaves itself for you.  For us, we're pretty hardy folk, used to pretty harsh winters.  I for one love the snow and love a good snow-day, tucked in safe at home with hot coco and a pan of squares.  I just hope that the plow guys manage to widen the road before the next storm hits.  Yikes.  Mr. and I will be more careful in the future and make sure that we don't run out of staples....but until then, I'll see you on the snowshoe trails.