Slater Mill, Pawtucket Rhode Island, 4th Annual Knitting weekend. Some images I took on the grounds and inside the original structure from 1793. A beautiful space.
First Yarn Storm to Hit Rhode Island!
The quality of hand knit garments at VK Live was inspirational – it’s just one of the many reasons why these events are so valuable to knitters of all levels. We come away with a head full of ideas – energized to move on-ward and up-ward.
Bijou Basin Ranch displayed their “Valle di Susa Cabled Wrap“ by Marly Bird at their spacious corner booth. Beautiful shape to the garment – also fabulous yarn and stitch choices. Wish I had one right now.
Another hat for Patrick – this time cabled in Queensland Collection “Kathmandu” Chunky. Merino, silk & cashmere – what’s not to love?
For Elizabeth – a cowl/cape from Vogue Knitting, Holiday ’09, design #10 by Cathy Carron. I substituted three strands held together, to achieve the gauge. Two strands of Plymouth “Galway” (one in deep purple, one in olive-y green) and a strand of Artful Yarns “Portrait”, a variegated mohair. The jumbo-sized ribbing and welting play to great effect in this yarn combo. Beyond squishy!
Why we love yarn? How could you not? I have always loved yarn – the colors, the texture, the wonderful feeling of squishing it. I once bought 30 skeins of Unger “Skol” from a yarn shop that was closing, just because I couldn’t leave it behind – and I didn’t even knit at the time! After countless moves over the years I finally used it for The Moderne Log Cabin Blanket from Mason Dixon Knitting. I started it one hot July, having to work on the couch with the blanket on the side, and a fan going! Crazy? Maybe – but We Love Yarn.
Garter stitch is probably the first invention in knitting, and is also one of it’s timeless best. The hypnotic rhythm of working it, the delicious fabric it makes, the cool fact it comes out square (stitches x rows) the timeless garments: witness Sally Melville’s “Einstein Coat”, anything Elizabeth Zimmerman, Jared Flood’s homages.