Spun Yarn 84
Fall Is Here
Today, I donned long pants for the first time in many months - that is always a sobering moment: summer is gone.
Knitting on the Wild Side Camp,
which was held from September 10 to the 16th, feels like a distant, but absolutely wonderful, memory. We might have had the most fun ever!
(I seem to think this after every camp - I guess knitters are just great people.)
Knitting On the Wild Side, Take Three!
We were incredibly fortunate with the weather. Much as I wished Nova Scotia's 1-in-a-100-year drought to break, I was secretly relieved that the sun shone brightly all through camp week.
Our campers gathered from near and far, and all successfully caught the ferry to Big Tancook Island at the appointed time. Our island hosts met us on the quayside upon arrival. The giant pile of luggage was quickly resolved, and all campers delivered to their respective houses.
In true Knit Camp tradition, our first evening's dinner was hosted by Leslie and Peter: this was a very grand affair, where any remaining 'mainland' restraint was abandoned.
Classes began the following morning at the Community Centre, a wonderful space for teaching. This year's theme was socks. Socks, of course, can vary from the basic
to the insanely difficult - and we covered the whole range. Each student chose her particular wish, some even came armed with plans! DIY kits were compiled,
the knitting commenced, and socks of all kinds were created.
We also explored a series of practice techniques with play yarn on the side. This way, everyone could share in as many ideas as possible, in addition to working on their own projects.
Lunches with a delicious local flavour (many of the ingredients were locally caught or grown) were served in the Community Centre at the end of each morning's workshop.
special request, we even staged a full-on 'feed' of local lobster.
Afternoons were generally left unscheduled for knitters to enjoy their cottages, knit at
Wishing Stones gallery,
take afternoon tea, hike or go bird watching. One afternoon, we hosted a crafting get-together. We invited island artisans
chair caners, to name but a few of the skills represented) and visiting stars such as
maverick knitter and weaver Jane Whitten
and quilt artist Val Hearder
to join us. It was a joy to watch the interaction of so many skilled people sharing their love of creating, each with such
a unique style.
Our camp dinners were hosted by a different local family each night, making for a wide variety of settings and good times. Our meals ranged from al fresco
wood-fired pizzas to a traditional 'Tancook dinner' (Lunenburg sausage and Island sauerkraut), and featured chowders and seafood in many forms. We were also
provided with some fine
By the end of the week, many firm friends had been made, socks were well under way, and a seriously great time had been had by all, including the Islanders.
group of campers was such a pleasure to spend the week with.
Back to Work
And now I'm off on my teaching travels. I hope to see many of you at one or another of my forthcoming gigs. This will be my last year of US workshops, and it promises to be a busy one!
Wishing you all Happy Stitches!
This month's DVD+Download Special
Double Knitting Delight is October's DVD of the month.
Learn the basics of double-sided knitting and immerse yourself in the wonderfully addicting world of double-knitting: it's double the fun!
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Remember to check the homepage
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Doubly Delicious Scarves!
This pattern, which is pictured on cover of our DVD of the month, actually features a collection of six entertaining scarves. They are beautifully patterned on both sides, reminiscent of fine old quilts. Any of these designs will make an excellent introduction to the delights of double knitting.
Back in the days of paper-only patterns, we were fortunate to
sell wonderful designs by Ilga Leja
and Catherine Vardy in addition
to Lucy patterns. Our new website, the transition to digital photos,
and various other technicalities now prevent us from marketing these
We still have a few of these wonderful, but now-neglected, patterns available (including some of my own old style patterns). Rather than putting them into a landfill, we would like to offer a collection of them to you! For $10 Cdn (plus shipping and applicable taxes), you will receive a surprise package of 10 diverse patterns. When you order two packages, we'll be sure not to send any duplicates.
The range of designs is very wide! There are mittens (fulled and otherwise), tams, booties, shawls, scarves, socks, hats and sweaters--to name but a few. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
You'll find this special pattern collection in the Clearance section of my website.
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