Monday, August 24, 2015

Nutmeg Revisited

I have been addicted reading Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, and as a knitter (spinner, crocheter), I have been inspired by the outfits and accessories described in the books and shown on the amazingly performed first season of Outlander on the telly.  Claire...the leading lady has graced the pages and small screen with some breath-taking knits, from wrist warmers to caplets to snuggly cowls.  This inspired me to revisit my Nutmeg hat pattern and create the matching Nutmeg Wrist Warmers...and what better yarn to use for a warm, smooth finish but some Icelandic Lopi yarn.  Here are a couple of pics of the slightly unfinished project, seen here after the stockinette body knitted flat on the knitting machine (with the cable cuff and garter top both hand knitted)...


...and here, sewn together but still in need of buttons.


This warm weather hiatus has been named "my outlandish summer" as I have not been able to put down those amazing books.  I am half way through book 8 and am both excited and sad that book 9, the FINAL book is being written now.  I cannot wait until season 2 airs on the telly, I'm sure I'll be inspired by more of Claire's beautiful clothing.

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.