Spanish Rivercat & All About Teal
This past week has been full of excitement. Shortly after learning that Sweet Fiber Yarns will be a vendor at the 2013 STITCHES West event I was asked to participate in an article written by Jennifer Saltman for the Province about local hand dyers. We chatted on the phone about my interests in dyeing yarn, how I got started and my future plans for Sweet Fiber Yarns. Later in the week I met photographer Jason Payne at 88 Stitches to shoot some photos for the article. It was definitely a memorable experience and I’m glad to have been apart of it!
Throughout Jason’s visit I worked on my Rivercat Sock acting “natural.” Apparently I did pretty well at keeping my nerves to myself – a skill I learned early on in art school as a defence to the sometimes brutal critiques and daunting presentations.
I also had some time to share Judy Marples’ trunk show currently on view at 88 Stitches. The one I’m touching in the picture below is her first design (ever!) in one of my early on hand dyed yarns. It’s a free pattern if you’re interested. The rest of them can be seen on her blog and ravelry too. Gosh, I can’t believe how much she’s accomplished in two years!
Later on I finished the first Rivercat Sock, though a second one isn’t likely to be made soon since it’s a future Sweet Fiber show sample. And, like I mentioned before, if I made a second one I’d be too tempted to wear them right away!
It’s the first fancy patterned sock I’ve ever made. Quite addictive if I don’t say so myself! With the Rivercat Sock off the needles I was in need of a new project when this lovely shawl was brought to my attention. Once I saw it was designed with my very own Sweet Fiber Cashmerino Worsted in Raspberry I knew I had to cast it on! I even had the perfect teal on hand.
And perfect needles too. A few weeks ago I picked up the new Addi Lace Click set while at work and have been itching to use them ever since. Boy, are they lovely. As a huge Addi fan with many sets of their needles, including an original click set, I have to say these might be my new favourite! The tips are nice and pointy, but not so pointy that I end up with a tiny dent in my finger, and they aren’t coated in that golden brass that leaves my hands smelling funny. The slide is perfect. And the pink is quite a nice touch too, makes finding it in my knitting bag a cinch.
And so here I am, 188 stitches and 3 rows deep..
I was also excited to finally receive the french dress form I ordered a few weeks ago! It’s going to make photographing my finished projects and new designs a whole lot easier. You’ll be seeing pictures of her popping up on here very soon!
Lastly, I ended my week with a class field trip to Maiwa East on Friday night for an indigo dyeing workshop. But more on that later, that experience is a whole blog post in itself!