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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Free Woolly

 

This lovely puddy tat was captured taking his afternoon (and if I know cats - his morning and evening..) nap under a price tag of $5. This was at a fruit and veg stand on our way to Picton one sunny afternoon and we stopped to pick up some fresh produce. The whole time we were there he never moved a wisker!

Anyway, instead of hitting the beach my DH decided it was ok for him to hang around the book shop Books & Company while I hit the yarn shop I had discovered on our last trip through to the Sandbanks for a day at the beach. Rose Haven Farm Store is now on Main St, Picton and I spent an hour and a half there. Well the owner is really chatty but we got to know who we both were and focused more on different yarns I might really be interested in. I told her I would be taking a felting class with Andrea Graham soon and she told me Andrea shops there too.



These are the two skeins of Sari Ribbon that I picked up, I fell in love with it and vowed I would find a design for this. So far I have cut out all the joins so I have lots of strips of differnt lenghths and am working them into a jacket.


 
I haven't  used the Habu Rayon Sized yet, thought I've worked up a swatch and pressed it. It loses a bit of it's sizing with the steam and starts to become a bit more pliable, a good thing to know.





What drew me back to Rose Haven was the Habu Silk Stainless yarn. It is barely visible stainless steel bound with two strands of beautifully coloured silk.  The swatch I knit for that proved it can be manipulated when a fabric, it's very fine and expensive so I pulled out my swatch having never cut it from the cone.



I got some yarn from Gwyn Griffin yarn shop here in Kingston, some Rowan Biggy Print that I might use with some fulling projects as I loved the colour, and also some machine wash Merino for my future step grandchild due in February!!! No we won't know what it is until then so I'm picking neutral but nice colours to keep this little one warm.

This is machine wash and dry Merino from the Wilton Road Yarn Mill in Odessa, though I purchased it while I had a booth at the Sheepdog Trials in August and roamed around the crafts tent looking at yarn. This is so beautifully soft and of course you can wash the baby sick out of it!!!




Jacket and hat to follow.....
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