The Knitter’s Frolic

I had never been to the Knitter’s Frolic before and didn’t think I would be able to go this year. I have heard other knitters rave about this for a few years but have never made it myself due to location and timing. I thought I was going to be in Ottawa and didn’t make any plans to get there for this year. But then Sean decided he would be really sweet and drive me there (I promised I wouldn’t make him stay for longer than an hour).

For those of you that don’t know the Knitter’s Frolic is mainly the vendor area where a lot of yarn stores from Toronto and the surrounding area as well as local-ish dyers and small fibre providers. You can also take some classes on various subjects. We went for the market place and there were a lot of yarn fumes. I am surprised at how well behaved I was (I think Sean was too). I only made three purchases.

My first purchase was something I have been searching for quite some time and is the reason you haven’t seen any progress on the related project for some time. I have the 1.5mm needles needed to knit the borders and the centre of the Queen Ring Shawl but not the edging as the extra cord is just too much. Therefore I have found 1.5mm needles with a cord that makes the total length 20″ which should be perfect for knitting the edging. 

My second purchase is a Japanese stitchionary which from what I gather from the chatboards Ravelry is a very coveted item. This was my first opportunity to actually look at a few and now I know why! You really don’t need to know any Japanese to use them as all the patterns are charted. Also if you don’t know what one of the charted stitches stands for you can look up the stitches at the back of the book and they have pictures showing you how to do the stitches! The stitch patterns are amazing and complicated. We really don’t appear to have anything comparable here in North America that I have found yet. The Japanese pattern magazines were also stunning but sadly you need to be able to read Japanese to be able to knit the gorgeous and complicated patterns. I will definitely be purchasing more of these stitchionaries!

The third and last purchase was one I had been eyeing and contemplating almost the whole time we were there. It is a beautiful cone of alpaca lace weight yarn with almost 5000 yards in a nice grey. The tipping point to getting it was when Sean said he would pay for half (I know right? How lucky am I that he took me there in the first place and then to top it off he bought me some yarn). 

So I made him a delicious margarita when we got home.

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We are on vacation at a cottage this week and don’t have the cable to attach the camera to the computer so I think we are out of luck in the picture department. We are at a very swanky cottage that has it’s own little one acre island. It also has satellite TV (which so far has been staying off), internet, a huge massive BBQ with three burners that make BBQ beer chicken fabulously easy and tasty, a well-equipped kitchen, a pontoon boat, a fire pit and the friendliest chipmunks in the world. (Pictures will follow when we are back home or if I find out Sean remembered the cable for his camera.)

The island is a bit small for nice walks, however it is great because we don’t really have any neighbours that would annoy us. It feels nice and isolated even though it really isn’t.

There has been lots of food and all of it good. Saturday night we had venison sausages, Sunday was steaks, Monday was BBQ beer chicken, Tuesday was pizza on the BBQ and today will probably be beef ribs unless we decide to go into town today. Tomorrow for Canada Day we will be having burgers.

I finished the back of Sean’s aran sweater in the car ride and the first night we spent here and have started on the front. I also brought the border for the Queen Ring Shawl and have finally completed 10 repeats (of the 208 that need to be completed). The pattern is starting to become intuitive to me so I’m not always looking at the chart and now when I make a mistake or drop stitches I can easily fix it without having to rip all the way back to my lifeline. The first five repeats were the hardest to do but now I can whip through a pattern repeat easily enough. Hopefully this means I will start making some progress but I’m sure all the Christmas knitting I need to do will slow me down on the shawl.

while waiting for coffee to brew

This morning Piper and I went to look at our container garden. The tomato plants are doing very well and have beautiful flowers on them. The purple container bell peppers have the prettiest little purple-white flowers and the chili pepper plant has chili’s (although those pictures all came out a bit fuzzy).

Piper was the supervisor, watching while I took these pictures. She’s happy to do the job provided her travel cage is propped up on a chair and not on the dirty floor.

After all that hard work Piper had some lychee juice while I took pictures of some knitting.

I finally have three repeats of the lace edging for the Queen Ring Shawl. I don’t know why but it does seem to be giving me some difficulty. It is the first time I have employed lifelines in lace knitting and boy am I glad that I have. I pinned it out for this picture as best I could so you could get an idea of how pretty it will looked when the whole item is soaked and blocked.

And the back of Sean’s sweater is almost done as well. If I can keep this up it should be done in time for Christmas. Hmmm maybe I should go and knock on some would before I jinx myself.

Oh I think the coffee is ready and it’s calling my name.

A Little Lace…

I couldn’t wait to start my new shawl even though I still have some math to still workout but since it will take quite some time to work on the outer edging I figured it wouldn’t hurt. It took a while to wind the skein into a knit-able ball but not too long since the yarn is quite strong.It took a few tries to finally get it and get comfortable but I think I have and have finished just a little over a repeat of the edging. The dark thread is a lifeline and the penny is for scale.I think this might take a long time, but it should be well worth it when I finally finish it.

Saturday Morning Report

Last weekend was the Victoria Day long weekend and Sean, Piper and I headed up to the farm. It was a gorgeous weekend in Killaloe and much hotter than expected. Saturday was a family and family friends BBQ. There was lot’s of food, sports, conversation and beer, even Poppa’s famous wine. Most of us got on the wagon attached to the tractor and went for a ride to check out the new sugar shack for making maple syrup which is at the end of the hay fields where all the maple trees are. Nanny even wore the Triangular Summer Shawl by Nancy Bush that I made her for Christmas last year.  Doesn’t she look gorgeous in it? It’s the perfect size for her!Nanny and her shawl

I’ve recently decided I wanted to make a Shetland gossamer shawl and decided on the Queen Ring Shawl Pattern which I ordered from Heirloom Knitting. It arrived much quicker than I was expecting. These shawls are huge but so fine that you can literally pull them through a ring.I even already purchased the yarn for this pattern and got it at an amazing price! I put a penny in for scale so you could get an idea at the fineness. Now I just need to decide if I will use my 2.0mm needles or if I should go smaller.

I have also started working on this adorable pattern for a coworkers daughter. My coworkers daughter, Ella, is going to model a knitted object for me and this will be her payment.