Crafty Bird

Welcome to my nest of fibre, fabric, paper, and beads...

Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for dropping by! I have a passion for all sorts of crafty goodness. Creating items with my hands and heart is a perfect complement to my working life.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

yarn, yarn, yarn

It has been a busy and productive week for me! I have successfully defended my thesis proposal and am now ready to proceed with my research, which will keep me very busy this summer and fall. I have also found some time to knit - yah! I have been wanting some blissfully meditative stockinette stitch knitting instead of the lace of Orangina and River, so ...
I have resurrected a project that has been languishing in my knitting basket for quite a while and I must complete it before the recipient grows too large. It is the Sweeten sweater from Rowan Babies in Rowan 4-ply soft. I am working on the last section and then need to seam and knit the band around the neck opening. It is a wrap sweater and I may attach some pink ribbon as a tie and also to pretty it up a bit. I was thinking about why I left this project for so long and I think I just needed to learn a bit more about how garments are constructed before finishing it up. Or it could be my flighty knitting tendencies. Hmmm.
A few weekends ago, A and I explored a new area of town and attended the 2006 Knit Out here in Victoria (well, Esquimalt really). There were a number of vendors and I purchased a few lovely skeins of hand dyed yarn by Hummingbird Fibre Arts in some of my favourite blues and greens. The light green is a silk blend lace weight, the blue is a silk ribbon, and the blue green is a chunky boucle. I sat and knit for a bit, but it was soooo cold! I also purchased some sock yarn, because you can't have enough sock yarn!
And, if you weren't tired of photos of yarn, here is the promised photo of what I smuggled back from the US on my recent trip to Baltimore:
Ahhh, yarn...

Just to prove this is a multi-craft blog, here's a picture of a quick card I made yesterday for a friend.

Have a great friday!


Blogger Mandy said...

Mmm, yarn porn! That Opal, especially, looks very tasty. Those cards are adorable!

June 23, 2006 12:19 a.m.  
Blogger sooz said...

Love that wrap baby sweater! Being an aussie I haven't heard of the pattern before, but now I really really want it! I'll have to sniff it out I think.

Thanks for the comment you left on my blog too - let me know what you ponder :-)

June 23, 2006 4:47 p.m.  
Blogger Solanaceae said...

i am glad the baby sweater is coming along! the color is beautiful! i found a yarn store here yesterday (turkey) but it was all acrylic blend stuff...will keep searching.
congrats again on defending your proposal!!!!!!

June 25, 2006 3:04 a.m.  
Blogger Irie said...

I love the yarn that you are using for the Sweeten sweater - it is making a gorgeous fabric, and what a nice color! I know exactly what you mean about meditative stockinette, I am now working on something simple for the same reason. :)

Lovely combination of colors and textures (the Hummingbird Fibre Arts yarn) - any plans for what this will become?

June 27, 2006 11:33 p.m.  
Blogger myuglysweater said...

congrats on defending your thesis proposal! whoo hooo! beautiful yarn too.

June 30, 2006 4:57 p.m.  

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