Knitting Vistas

When I’m not attempting to improve my golf game, this is where I hang out and knit most days- enough said.

Not Just Novelty Yarns

My friend Renee who is the chicest person I know(sorry Annabel) goes straight for the dramatic in the store we visited. She has me knitting this:

Online linea Solo ruffle yarn . This is seriously easy, fast and fun. She loves orange.

She also asked me to knit her a long scarf with fringe in  Ironstone’s Starlight- a hand dyed blend of mohair with some thin rayon ruffled strands.  You may notice in big letters the Spun in England- I’m presuming that Ironstone plyed this up themselves. Where’d they get the base yarn from?

I have been calling this genre of yarns novelty- but they go beyond  the typical novelty we see in England – a  scratchy crude acrylic eyelash, ribbon or ladder. I was in the  local yarn shop for the south shore recently – Ribbonesque . The store was a riot of  yarn concoctions, more often than not hand dyed and a mixture of  natural and synthetic fibres.. Think loads of tilli thomas, Prism, Blue Heron , Great Adirondack etc concoctions stuffed everywhere.So-called  standard yarns  were present but not prevalent. Also interesting, sock yarn was downplayed (which I also noticed in New York).

These non-traditional yarns spur my imagination , but if you can see the price tag,more often than not, they are some what pricey. $30 (~£20) a skein for 140 yds of the Ironstone. To do the kind of scarf she wants , I need 3 skeins- not so sure this will play in the UK…..

Vermont Farm Markets and Yarn

Londonderry Farm Market- The first stalls:
I bought this lovely skein from Isobel, the Romney sheep which are apparently lovely and docile sheep as compared to BFLs which are very “nasty” according to the owner. The yarn is spun in Maine by a mill which will process small amounts of fleece for individual owners ( probably Harmony Mills- a rehabbed Victorian facility)

Other farmy offerings:

While some people think of Vermont as too “granola” (can’t decide what I think of this as an adjective), I love it: it feels like the best parts of Somerset and the Lake District to me.

WOOLFEST 2009

What a wonderful show- best sheep ever and stunning area. here’s my stall looking crammed to the rafters as usual- somehow missed snapping the Herdy sheep which were Scott’s favorites. This is definitely worth the trip from London  for  the  fibre obsessed- I wanted to buy everything….. and just about did.

It has been a very frantic last six weeks- another trip to the States for Alex’s graduation and celebrations and my 35th high school reunion (.. gasp..) , a move out of our  house in Suffolk ( which entails trying to fit another large lot of furniture into our already crammed London house). And showing at the Wimbledon village fair which was fantastic. As a result of the move, I have been forced to move a good deal of my stock into temporary storage until I get this house sorted out and have thus delayed plans for a summer open house  and sale. However, I managed to keep quite abit of yarn here and  I can get to anything  easily. Also,  have managed to sort out credit card facilities, so if you do need anything, just call and I can send it out. Please feel free to drop by as well!

KNITTING AND GOLF

My friend Ellen knit these wonderful club covers from my pattern- she wants to add pompoms to denote wood number- very cute. Ellen also knit this cashmere hat for me-

A Cashmere Holiday

I feel like a returning student writing the obligatory what I did on my summer vacation-but this was the ultimate knitting holiday- nothing but cashmere. La Bottega del filato cashmere will be launched next month- it provides the ultimate cashmere knitting experience and I did it everywhere- on the beach, on the train etc etc. This yarn will make its debut at IKNIT show in London on 6th Sept!

This Sock saw Eric Clapton

Last week was a great KIP one! This sock saw Eric Clapton last weekend ( well it really only saw John Mayer and Sheryl Crow as I was too busy acting age inappropriately during Eric’s performance!) A hat watched the German semi-finals in Berlin ( albeit in front a big screen at a restaurant). Did  hand-warmers on the plane trip to and fro Berlin ( and amazingly with the same guy in the window seat both times… no one ever sits in the middle if they can help it when you knit!) warning- do not attempt grafting during park concerts!

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