Vancouver provided many fibery opportunities, both with a finished knit, some stash enhancement, and some inspirational artisan galleries as well…
I started this cowl – the Tuesday Night Cowl (free pattern on Ravelry!) by Susan Lawrence - the morning of the Olympic Knitters meetup that Felicia and I coordinated on February 20th. I brought along the Cascade Venezia from my stash and decided to cast on this pattern because I wanted something bulky and simple – the antithesis of my recent knits.
“Van-COWL-ver” is what I am calling it – corny, but a nod to where it was made The yarn was nice to work with – bulky, silky, and a lovely shade of blue. I used big fat US 13 needles. The cowl incorporates some tucking with large cables. It’s really a cool pattern and I plan on making it again with some of the other chunky and bulky yarns in my stash. Susan has put together the pattern for three different weights of yarn, so it can easily be used for stashbusting!
As far as the stash enhancement goes, you saw Felicia’s lovely studio in the previous post – and I picked up some lovely things from her: A merino/silk laceweight in a gorgeous olive color and two balls of merino/kid mohair blend colored with natural dyes. Christa, our wonderful hostess (her Rav profile!), works at one of the yarn shops in downtown Vancouver… so when she was scheduled to work one of the days last week, I decided to pay her a visit at Three Bags Full… what a treat!
In the top photo, Christa and I are modeling some Koigu goodies that are store samples. The shawl I am wearing is one of Christa’s own design, Colourflow Wrap (free on Ravelry!) that uses gradient Koigu colorways. It feels amazing, and it got me thinking about how nice one of these would be around my neck… still contemplating. Christa is wearing the ubiquitous (and beautiful) Charlotte’s Web shawl. I asked Christa to help me find some yarns unique to British Columbia for my souvenir pieces – and I came away with these new hanks:
Gala Wool Naturals in Glacier Blue, Mustard Field, and Fern – all the colorwork possibilities! The lovely lavender colored yarn is Unwind Yarns Beaujoulais Fingering weight Merino Silk – both dyed by BC area dyers. So, when I knit them, I can think of British Columbia
…and last Saturday, Christa and I had the chance to sit down and have a little crochet lesson… over brunch with our guys, Christa taught me some of the basics, and by the time we had finished our food, I had managed to finish a row that included singles, doubles, and trebles. I need some more practice, but I love the way it feels to be doing something new with yarn. We’ll see where it goes from here!
Our afternoon/evening in Granville Island was one of my highlights of the trip. Granville is home to several artist studios, including some very talented fiber artists. I spent a lot of time in the felt shop Funk Shui, loving the artist’s aesthetic. She does some amazing things with felt. I bought a great leafy headband that will be perfect for yoga… and anywhere else I want to wear it. No picture of it now, but soon! Another artist was showcasing some artwork in one of the small gallery window displays in the Circle Craft shop. At first glance, it was all about the felt dresses – so delicately adorned with silk ribbon embroidery and beads… but WAIT! vintage hockey gear too? Almost too good to be true!
Check it out! vintage gloves on the left mannequin, and blocker pads on the right one.
Along with the historical photos of women playing pond hockey in dresses behind the mannequins, you can see the artist was going for the juxtaposition of the elegant dresses with the hockey gear.
Pretty ingenius, eh?