January came...and went!! It has been a rather grey month and the lack of sunshine can be a little daunting! However....February is a new month with some new opportunities and hopefully some more sun:)
What have you been working on this January? I have had a few different projects on my needles...including socks and a little butterfly toy for one of my granddaughters. A recent search for local sock yarn led me to a new source of alpaca yarn from a farm called Hickory Lane Alpacas near Napanee. I purchased some lovely sock yarn from them and have some from Arriba Linea also.
Finished items are so satisfying and all the more so if it has a purpose. I am really enjoying the magazine Making and a wonderful podcast called Fruity Knitting. Through those I learned about Susan B Anderson and her lovely patterns. The butterfly and cocoon is her pattern and it is a well written, easy to follow directions. Often I make things to learn more about a yarn or just because I love a pattern. This was a birthday present for my 2 year old granddaughter who loves to stare out the window at squirrels and birds and last Summer showed great excitement over butterflies.
There is an event coming up on February 5th called "LandMade" that is bringing farm yarns to the city in a fun interactive way. It is being held at the Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen Street West from 11 - 4 and you are encouraged to bring your knitting, spinning or whatever you are making....come and see! Come and learn! Come and make something! Come and meet/make new friends:) There is a KAL that you can participate in if you with and the pattern is http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/radiata-fibershed-kal
I have recently added some more sock yarn to the store and encourage you to come and take a look. The yardages are all a bit different and if you need to buy a second skein in order to have enough yarn for a pair of socks,I am willing to buy back your left over yarn or to exchange it on your next purchase in my store.
Don't forget to check out all that is available at your local guild. I am a member of the Etobicoke Handweavers and Spinners group and there is so much inspiration, fun, learning and friendship available there. The next meeting is February 7th from 6.30-9.30 at Nielson Park Creative Centre and Ruth Hepburn will be the guest speaker.