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A Finished Project & Things to Come

Today I received word that Sweet Fiber Yarns has been accepted as a vendor for the very first Knit City in Vancouver, BC. I’m really excited to be able to support and participate in such a fantastic local event. Knit City is put on by the knit-centric event company, Knit Social. I had the pleasure of meeting the two ladies who run it, Amanda and Fiona, while I was a vendor at one of the yarn swaps and sales they put on awhile back.  They’ve been busy planning this event for a few months now, getting together vendors for the marketplace, speakers and teachers. Can’t wait to see who else will be participating! More information about Knit City and other Knit Social events can be found here on their website.

Last night I finished and blocked my All About Teal shawl. I’m really pleased with how it came out. At first I was worried it was a tad too small, but after a good soaking and firm blocking I ended up with a nicely sized shawlette. I worked on it for a couple days here and there and was surprised at how quickly it came together. Maybe working with worsted weight instead of fingering weight for a change had something to do with it.

I may be a bit biased but I seriously love Sweet Fiber Cashmerino Worsted. It’s amazing to knit with, so soft and springy! And it has a gorgeous drape once blocked. Good thing I’ve ordered more to dye, I feel an itch for another project made with it coming on! I also must confess that I think I’ve found my stranded-on-a-desert-island knitting needles. Those Addi Lace Clicks sure are something special!

Here’s the specs:

Pattern: All About Love by Silvia Bo Bilvia

Yarn: 2 skeins of Sweet Fiber Cashmerino Worsted

Colour: Teal

Needles: 4.5mm/7us

Ravelry: Project Page

One of the best things about finishing a project, besides having a finished project, is getting to cast on something new. I don’t really have any rules about casting on new projects and generally do so as I please, but when I finish something I’m immediately overwhelmed with a burning desire to find something new to cast on.

Luckily for me my friend  Judy Marples just happened to release a new pattern last week and just happened to bring it by the shop while I was working to put it in the display window. And it just so happens to be inspired by the beautiful trees seen in the series Downton Abbey. So naturally I had to cast on.

The original was designed with a skein of Sweet Merino Lite in the colourway Tea Leaves that I had given her for her birthday a few months ago. I’m making mine out of some lovely Handmaiden Silken in Periwinkle that I picked up at work during the latest shipment of this gorgeous stuff. I’ve always had a bit of a crush on Silken and I like to try to knit with it at least once a year during the spring or summer. It’s the most luscious silk yarn I’ve ever come across and makes things that are almost too nice to wear. It’s also one of the few times you’ll find me knitting with bamboo needles. The silk is just too darn slippery on my metal Addis.

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