Elizabeth and I had a great time at this year's edition of the Twist Fibre Festival in St-Andre-Avellin, QC. We spent the week leading up to the festival busily preparing ourselves, dyeing a ton of yarn and putting together some new kits for some of our patterns that include beads.
We had a great time at the show, connecting with other knitters from across the region, and getting a chance to brush up on our French knitting terminology! I now know that a yarn-over is "jeté", next on my list to figure out is how to talk about left- versus right-leaning decreases...
One of the fun things about going to these shows is that we get to meet and re-connect with other artisans and fibre producers - this year our booth was directly across from the Canadian National Fleece Competition for the Canadian Cashmere Producer’s Association. Both Elizabeth and I had the chance to chat with Lori from Redeemer's Garden in Chilliwack, BC, and of course we couldn't resist taking home some of her lovely cashmere - it was too fluffy and soft to leave behind!
I ended up with some unspun "cloud" fibre and Elizabeth brought home a little skein of yarn. Her haul also includes a bottle of cider from one of the local food vendors, a shawl pin from Fancy That Creations by Francine, and a very cute needle-felted duck from Melissa Bellemare.
We weren't able to make it to Twist last summer, and we were happily surprised to see how much it has grown since we were last there. It's a great festival with a diverse selection of classes and vendors. Definitely worth checking out if you are in the area!
Summer is a time when I gravitate towards certain types of projects: lace (not too hot and bulky), socks (small and portable), shawls (don’t have to worry about fit), and crochet (fast).
Hitting three out of four of my vacation-project favourites, this seems like the perfect time of year to review one of Interweave’s latest compilation books: Classic Crochet Shawls. This book includes 20 shawl patterns from the Interweave archives, so some may look familiar as they’ve all been previously published in either books or magazines.
Russian grafting is a method of joining live knitting stitches and is used as an alternative to Kitchener stitch in our Argyle Christmas Stocking pattern. It is a good choice here because the stripes on the toe would not align exactly if you grafted using Kitchener stitch, so the decorative Russian grafting is used instead.
This particular method of Russian grafting uses a crochet hook to join the stitches. Use a crochet hook that is the same size or slightly smaller than your knitting needles. Russian grafting can also be used to join two separate pieces of knitting.