Knitting Time

It's knitting time, isn't it? The days are noticeably shorter, and the nights a bit cooler (although we seem to be getting our share of late-summer humidity here in NH - holding out for those crisp, idyllic autumn days!). In spite of the less-than-ideal temperatures and air pressure, I still got out my knitting needles and have been trying to make time for a few different projects. Here's what I'm working on: 

Image copyright Brooklyn Tweed

Image copyright Brooklyn Tweed

Lolo by Jared Flood. Ever heard of Brooklyn Tweed? If you haven't, and you're a knitter/crocheter, you gotta get over there FAST. They've got some gorgeous yarns, and some REALLY gorgeous patterns. I love their stuff so much I used caps lock THREE times in one paragraph for this blog post. I'm knitting this hat just as it's written, using Shelter in Woolly Socks. Could there be a cozier yarn name?

Image copyright Melissa Schaschwary

Image copyright Melissa Schaschwary

Timber Bay by Melissa Schaschwary. This hat reminds me of those trendy hats I saw all last year - all of them with a little leather patch on the folded brim, and lots of texture in the body of the hat. I'm knitting this up in an alpaca/merino blend that I got on clearance from a yarn shop that closed in town a few years ago. I may even stitch a tiny, stamped leather tag to the brim, just to fit in, y'know.

Image copyright Fringe Supply Co.

Image copyright Fringe Supply Co.

Speaking of knitting and things yarn-related, I'm currently drooling over Fringe Supply Co. Karen Templer, the owner, recently visited Harrisville Designs (I didn't know who she was, but everyone here sure did! How much I have to learn!), and the company started selling some of her products. You can see her beautiful things for makers on her website here: Fringe Supply Co. A few of my favorites? The little Handmade Hand Loom Kit, the Yarn Pyramid Print, and of course, their amazing Field Bag

Sufficiently inspired for the fall? Me too. Once it starts to get a little chillier around here, I'll be posting some of my favorite fall traditions to do around the area. Have a great rest of the week!

Living Local: Spin-In

I spent this last weekend at a tiny log cabin on a lake in western NH, and it was wonderful. We watched movies, drank tea, read books on the dock, and on Saturday we stopped at the little farmer's market on the town common on our way to the blueberry farm. IMG_2829

This Saturday in particular was the day of something called a 'spin-in', where local ladies came and sat and sold yarn and garments as they spun fibers on homemade and antique spinning wheels. I was not shy! I sat down and started talking to a few of the ladies about their craft, and expressed my interest in the making of fiber. One woman with a beautiful braid was spinning yarn directly from the angora rabbit snuggled up on her lap. That's about as natural and organic a yarn as you can get! Her movements were so smooth and skillful.

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Another woman was spinning wool, and when I told her I dabble in pretty much everything yarn related and now want to learn more about the actual making of yarn, she cleared off the chair next to her and made me sit down so she could teach me! She quickly taught me how to hold the wool, how to 'triangulate' the fibers, how to (sort of) control the resulting yarn weight, and even how to make a tiny boucle in the yarn and we plied it! I got to keep my little wool sample, and it made me so excited to look up local farms where I can purchase wool! I should probably also buy a spinning wheel. And learn how to dye. Guys, I'm going to be making my own yarn in no time - just you wait!

I truly hope to be like these ladies when I grow up. They were eager to teach and loved showing me how to spin. It's amazing the wealth of information some people can hold, and the skills that get passed down from generation to generation. Hand spinning has existed for years and years and years, and I hope it continues to thrive. I for one will be a proud upholder of the tradition, first chance I get to own a wheel!