saucy stitches

Friday, January 05, 2007

Here's the thing: I bought this nice Cascade wool in a chocolate brown and I envision making a nice aran patterned fitted sweater out of it. The problem is, I can't find such a pattern, and am having trouble designing something of my own. I was thinking something along the lines of EZ's fishtrap sweater, but I'm not a fan of the big diamond patterns. I want something that Veronik Avery would design, but apparently her website is down. I was thinking Rowan's Demi, but I don't want to track down the pattern book. I've thought about knitting a nice simple stockinette sweater, but I have my heart set on cables for this yarn.

Come to think of it - I may have seen that Rowan on Sheila's shelves at some point. I have to make a phone call...

Sunday, December 31, 2006

I'm Aasa. I've been knitting for a few years, and reading knitting blogs compulsively for almost as long. This year, my list of resolutions includes "make my own clothes" - which means buying less, and knitting, sewing and recontructing more. I live in rural Saskatchewan, and work as a journalist. My LYS is a farm over an hour north of where I live, owned by a woman who processes her own yarn in her barn. Since it's New Year's Eve, this seems like a good time to start, and since no one likes text-only knitting blog entries, here's some shots of Sheila at my LYS Prairie Fibre Mills, who taught me to spin.

Sheila's store is actually a little house on her farm that's been converted to a shop full of yarn, rovings, felts and an insane amount of knitting goodness.

When she first got her processing equipment set up in her barn, Sheila had an open house to show us how it worked.

shelia spinning

mom carding
My mom and I took spinning lessons - here she's getting the hang of hand carding.

first yarn
I've gotten better since I spun this, I swear.