Friday, 30 September 2011


I told myself I wouldn't buy any yarn at the yarn swap unless it worked for one of my three sweaters.

Well, I did anyway. 

We Will Tell You All of our Secrets' yarn was just too cool to pass up. I don't know much (anything) about dying yarn, but this local gal uses bugs (as well as plants) to dye her yarn. Neat! I just loved the colours she had: yellows, peaches, fuchsia and few splashes of indigo. 
I picked up this 75% wool, 25% nylon blend sock weight yarn:

So...I guess I'm going to try knitting a pair of socks? Yeah, those will eventually get done. Probably around this time next year...
Look at the care that went into making even just the label for the yarn. This was wrapped around the hank before it was wound into a ball:

After spending all my money on yarn, beer and raffle tickets, (prizes included yarn, books and a spot on Knit Social's first weekend knitters retreat), this super fun yarn caught my eye. I think I can finally admit that fluorescent green is my new favourite colour:

Out of funds, I pocketed one of Alexa's Gourmet Crafter Yarn's  business cards with the intention of purchasing her yarn on Etsy. Luckily for me, I ended up winning a hank of her sock yarn from the raffle I entered! She knew how how much I loved her fluro-green yarn and she offered to let me swap it. Thanks Alexa!

And thank you Knit Social.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Knit Social Yarn Swap

I'm hoping to score some yarn for my sweater challenge at Knit Social's Yarn Swap tomorrow night.

Knit Night field trip? YES!

proudly presents
Indie Night: a Yarn Sale & Swap
featuring vendor tables from local dyers, spinners and designers
Thursday September 29 from 6-11pm
at the Vancouver Alpen Club - 4875 Victoria Dr.
Admission $5 - includes $2 off a beer at the Alpen Club

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Sweater Challenge - Fall and Winter 2011

I've made a bad habit of setting goals for myself that have been a bit ambitious at times. Examples: trying to finish my first quilt in a month and trying to make a gift and decorations the night before a friend's birthday. Those both involved long, long nights.

While I'd like to think I'm capable of learning from my mistakes, I'm about to make the same one again...and I bet it wont be the last time, either.

I'm challenging myself to make 3 sweaters in 3 months. That's 92 days between October 1st and December 31st. 92 days may seem like a lot of time, but not when you consider that I've spent over a year knitting something as simple as a hemp sack.

Honestly, I'm getting kind of stressed just thinking about it. But I think it will be a good way to pass the time this winter. And in the end, three of my very special friends will each have a cozy new sweater!