On the weekend my sister Helen & I went to a quilt show put on by the Durham Trillium Quilters' Guild. It was pretty good with lots & lots of quilts to admire. I didn't take any photos as I didn't want to carry my camera around with me (apologies!). The bonus of these quilt shows is the vendor booths full of designer fabrics & hand-dyed yarn ... yes!! Nothing like a bit of inspiration (the quilts) paired with the products to make it yourself!
One booth was from a new quilting store in the city beside mine. After talking with the owner, I am "this" close to heading over to their new store and sign up for a quilting class. I know how to quilt, and I've been sewing for many years, but I just want to hang out with some like-minded ladies ... my life is getting far too quiet. She made the classes sound like so much fun that I really can't wait to find the time to get over there (I just hope they're open in the evening so I can get over after work!).
Another vendor I have met at a Mississauga quilt show a few years ago. I bought some beautiful hand-dyed yarn from her shop, Dye-Version and knit my green seed stitch scarf. This is the lady that I received the pattern for the Chevron Lace Scarf too! I was so happy to see her again. She has such beautiful yarns! I couldn't resist. I bought a skein of sock yarn ("Moody Blue") to knit a scarf for my daughter ... it will match her pretty blue eyes :)
My sister was drooling a bit over the yarns too, and since her knitting skills are quite basic, I told her I would knit her a lace scarf if she wanted to pick out the yarn for it. I know she was surprised (we're not the "sharing" type of sisters, if you know what I mean). But I do love her, and I was happy to make this offer as I'm trying hard to patch things up between us.
(Just a quick aside ... our family has and is going through huge turmoil for the past few years, and it's really put a strain on my once solid relationships with my siblings. I never thought we'd ever be in this position, but life is challenging and I think Helen and I are the two that want our family to come back to that happy place again.) So. Knowing I can knit this scarf successfully made it easy for me to offer to make it.
Helen chose a gorgeous bamboo fingering yarn ("Galapagos"). And here is the yarn in all its glory:
Bamboo yarn has a really nice shimmer to it, and it feels "weighty" despite the thinness. I just love the feel of my bamboo scarf, and I know Helen will love this too. Free patterns were once again included with the yarns, so I'm all set. I cast on Helen's scarf as soon as I got home. Its slow going, but I've got this much done:
I want to get it done before Christmas so that it doesn't become a Christmas gift (we don't exchange gifts anymore in my family). And I have to get this finished so I can start the scarf for my daughter which will be a Christmas gift.
So while I'm waiting for paint to dry on railings, fish tanks to fill, fish to acclimatize and general ho hum household stuff, I can knit these two projects in my spare time :D
I hope you're all having an enjoyable day ... ours is quite grey & damp, but doesn't that make you want to curl your feet under you on the couch and knit?
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