Tuesday, June 30, 2009

In the Red

Check out the front page of the website this week - in honour of Canada Day we have featured our red yarns! It was great fun to go through the yarns and find the reds - it's quite a selection. Now, what to make .....

Friday, June 26, 2009

Cruising on the KAL

I'm really enjoying knitting the Harbour Lights shawl as our KAL project for the summer.

The pattern is easy to read, and the beading is quite methodical and straight-forward. Plus I'm knitting with Malabrigo, (I'm using the Impressionist Sky colourway) on an Addi needle. It doesn't really get any better!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Victoria Fibre Fest

We are back from the Victoria Fibrefest and had a very good time. We went down on Thursday and spent friday just shopping and looking around Victoria. It is such a nice city to visit. On Friday night we went to the fashion show and dinner. The fashion show was excellent. Lots of fibre talent. Some amazing item in the fashion show. Mary Tanti's Mobius Entralac scarf knit with Noro Kureyon Sock yarn. It is a work of art. Catherine wove this teal blouse from strips of fabric. She also knit the white and pink tank top to match the skirt from strips of fabric the same as the skirt was knit from. The green dress was a show stopper. It is done with felting and silk fusion. Marilyn if you read this can you add the designers name in the comments please. I forgot.
My Mom's Revontuli knit with Kauni EQ was well displayed in the fashion show.
On Saturday, I taught sock knitting. This went great but I only had 1 student. It was nice to just have a 1-1 time with this new sock knitter. She did a great job.
Saturday afternoon we shopped again then in the evening we had a Round table discussion. This was nice to just sit and chat with a few knitters about our favourite topic, knitting, and all fibre related things.

Sunday was the Knit Out at Saxe Point park. I am always nervous of the weather for this event. It is scary to subject $1000.'s worth of yarn to whatever weather might happen. We had rain for about 5 minutes just after we got set up and then sun the rest of the day. It got quite windy in the afternoon but that was OK. The rain is the real problem and it was brief. So lucky us. Lots of people came and bought yarn. I left a lot of Kauni and sock yarn especially in Victoria.
Here are some pictures of the event. The picture of the baby was very cute. She was just loving the Kauni and then decided she needed to take that ball home with her so she popped it in her stroller. I love to see the very young knitters to be.
Brenda wearing her lovely Kauni is shopping for a new sweaters worth of yarn. She bought EF for her next sweater. Our view for the day was pretty easy to take. It was a nice weekend and I had fun.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Ready, Set, Knit!

Today is the official start of the Fun Knits Summer Lace Knit-along, with the Harbour Lights Shawl. We will be knitting through to July 31st, and I'm looking forward to hearing about everyone's adventures (if you haven't yet joined in, you can find us chatting over at the Ravelry Fun Knits group - you need to join Ravelry to be able to join us over there).

Yesterday I wound my yarn (Malabrigo Sock Yarn "Impressionist Sky") and got all my supplies together. I am a zipper bag knitter - love having my project all together in a clear bag.

Let the knitting begin!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Pictures of the WWKIP Picnic

Here are my pictures. What a wonderful day. There was an impromtu guitar lesson, lots of knitting and a Baby Surprise jacket figured out. Knitters of all ages were there. The kids built forts, swam, watched a magic show, ate and knit.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Knit in Public Day

What a wonderful day Saturday was! The weather was perfect and Shelley managed to snag one of the best picnic sites on Rebecca Spit. About 12 knitters along with various family members (and dogs) came and went during the afternoon; enjoying great company, refreshments, watermelon, gorgeous scenery and beautiful music (thanks to Shelley's husband Bill).



And when you have this as your knitting location - it's hard not to enjoy yourself!

It was wonderful to have knitters of all ages, working on everything from baby sweaters to scarves to hats and shawls. Truly a great event, and hopefully the beginning of an annual tradition!

(I'm hoping Shelley will also post about the event, as she had more photos than I did.)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

For the Love of Noro

Oh I am smitten. I have been bitten by the Noro bug.

This scarf is called Wings of Desire (Ravelry link) and is a free pattern that was designed for the colour repeats in Noro. I used two skeins of Noro Silk Garden Lite, colourway 2011. (You could totally use the Noro Silk Garden Sock Yarn that Shelley has listed on the website. There are lots of other Noro yarns in the store as well, along with the Silk Garden Lite!) The scarf is a quick knit on big needles. You knit it in two sections and then graft at the neck, so that all the wings are going in an upward direction on either side.

I see more Noro in my future!

Sunday, June 07, 2009

World Wide Knit in Public Day Event

Fun Knits is celebrating World Wide Knit in Public Day with a picnic at Rebecca Spit, Quadra Island on Sat June 13th starting at 1pm.

All knitters are welcome. Bring your families, a picnic and your knitting. We will provide juice pop and watermelon. Come and enjoy the knitting fun.

Lets hope for great weather but if it is pouring rain we will knit in front of the store.

Hope all you local knitters can make this event. The distant members of this group can be with us in spirit and we will take pictures to share with you.

Want more information on World Wide Knit in Public Day? Click here!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Roz's knitting

Roz came this morning for spinning group and she had some beautiful item's finished. The first is a sweater that is knit from her first handspun yarn. It is just beautiful. She spun the yarn from Northern Lights in colour Ocean waves. She spun the yarn so fine that she had to double the yarn to knit the sweater. Great sweater and I am sure she will got lots of wear out of it this winter.

The next finished item is a beautiful 100% alpaca shawl, knit from Baby Alpaca Lace weight in the Pi shawl from Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitter's Almanac. Beautiful shawl. Well done Roz!!

Monday, June 01, 2009

Lace and a Summer KAL

The month of June we are featuring lace on the Fun Knits website. Lots of yarn, some patterns and a variety of information will be up during the month, so be sure to check it out!

To celebrate all things lace, we are starting another knit-along. This time we are doing another shawl - Sivia Harding's Harbour Lights Shawl. This is a stunning shawl that was designed for last year's Knit Out in Victoria, which Shelley sadly missed. We have shawl kits in store, and will be getting them up online this week. The knit-along can be found in our Ravelry group.

Also coming up this month is Fibre Fest, in Victoria. Fun Knits is once again a major sponsor of the event, and we are looking forward to some great fibre fun!!

Stay tuned later this week for some information on World Wide Knit in Public Day ... be ready for a picnic!