Wednesday 11 December 2013

And another one bites the dust! FO 2013

This piece is a little more recent, 1 year old, a project from last fall,  or perhaps even earlier if I were to get into dating the hand dyed and hand spun yarns!
Now a future piece of material for a skirt or a shirt, saori-style!

Sunday 8 December 2013

December- A time for things to come to an end

Since returning back to my government job after opening the store in 2008, I have taken the month of December off every year, to be at the store, to share knowledge, and connect with fibre artists.

December is also a time to finish a project or two. This year, I picked up the my first attempt at knitting a sweater without a pattern from seven years ago. I had knit the body using a beautiful Noro yarn and then I reached a point where my required knitting skills need not match my actual knitting skills.I set it aside for the passage of time.

This winter I picked up that sweater, from another time. Filled with memories and  ready to add with new ones. I read the stitches and saw what little tips have I have picked up since I last put down this sweater.  Knit on to completion!

December- A time for things to come to an end, a journey in time with a sweater instead of a tardis
Here are a couple tips to share with you!
  • Change over yarns at the end of a row when you are starting a new ball. (simple but effective!)
  • Letting go of trying to control the tension when grafting. I had seamed the tops of the shoulders too tight! 
 It still needs a little tweaking, a little longer sleeves with a thumb-hole....

Any tips that you have recently picked up that has helped you on your knitting journey?


Friday 19 April 2013

Fibrations 2013!!!

Its official! Fibrations is happening on Sunday, August 18th, 2013! And check it out they already have one of our their sponsors...

The call for vendor came out today, deadline to apply is May 16th! Find our more here and follow Fibrations on facebook.

Monday 8 April 2013

Celebrating our fibo-milestone!

In honor of the fact that the number of likes our page has coincides with the Fibonacci Sequence

 Here is a really cool video on this 
amazing mathematical and natural phenomenon!

An integration of nature, math and glitter.

Doodling in Math: Spirals, Fibonacci, and Being a Plant

now with a knotty twist, examples of fibonacci in the fibre arts:


I am amazed that I knit this sweater for my godson without knowing I was in fibonacci mode.

 The weaving utilizes a mathematical structure (phi) of spiral growth found in nature to create baskets with a rhythmic, naturally flowing design. From "Honoring Women."

 Do androids dream of electric sheep?


have you 

found (or used) 

 the fibonacci sequence in your life?


Wednesday 27 February 2013

Van Isle's fibre arts community is catching CBC's waves

The first wave crept in quietly, 

a sneak peek 

I can imagine how this story begins with Dela crocheting her way across Canada viaRail. 

Fibre arts, like crocheting, knitting or spinning in public are a sure way to draw in curious people that remember a fibre connection in their family. 

A grandma who taught them how to knit, has a spinning wheel, 
or something they have never encountered before. 

With Dela's generous nature, I can imagine her showing someone how to crochet or knit.

"I just happen to have some extra yarn and a crochet hook." 
Any serious fibre artist will come with several projects :)

 I can see where this wave went. 
{speed forward a couple of months..}

and voila!

Railway knitting caught the first CBC wave.  
The next wave came this morning when
CBC interviewed the Tzouhalem Spinners and Weavers
to find out more about their new initiative to create 
a Fleece and Fibre Directory for the Islands.

The fibre arts community draws, creates an atmosphere of generosity, commitment and passion that is worthy of recognition through these radio stories. What better medium than one that draws on the magic of story telling on radio.

Do you have any radio shows you love now or listened to as a child, before there was the interweb?