I've finished reading the book, Sweater Quest, My Year of Knitting Dangerously. Author, Adrienne Martini, set herself the goal of completing one of Alice Starmore's designs within a year. Although I didn't care for her personal style of writing, I did enjoy her explanation of the current popularity of knitting. Also, her references to knitting in Canada and on Shetland.
On Saturday, I went with Anna and Diane to an open house at Janie Hickman's lovely little yarn shop, near Perth, ON, http://www.janiehknits.com/. In spite of the small area of the store, I'm always surprised at the variety of the yarns, books and notions which Janie carries. In fact, one thing I was looking for was a very small crochet hook to add beads to the current knitted lace triangle project. (I bought the beads in Italy and this particular colour has very small eyes/holes.) I found exactly what I needed at Janie's.
The special event that day was to attend an open house for Helen Hamann, http://www.helenhamann.com/. Helen was there and it was a pleasure to meet her. She brought many of her designs and and a wide selection of her beautiful alpaca yarns. People kept busy trying on the garments and it was interesting to see the different effects depending on the body types, colours, etc. Although Helen was born in Peru, she lives in the U.S. and said she left her home in Tennessee in September. Since then, she has been criss-crossing North America. In fact, she arrived in Ontario from Vancouver--many miles/kilometres on her car.
I've also been busy knitting. Just for a change, I've put aside the lace triangle and have started something less demanding: a diagonal scarf from Noro Kureyon sock yarn. I bought the pattern and yarn when I was on Salt Spring Island, at another treasure trove for anyone who loves textiles and crafts. http://www.stitchesfibreartssupplies.ca/.
Yesterday, I received the latest journal of the British Knitting & Crochet Guild, called SlipKnot. I haven't had a chance to read through it in detail, but was interested by the book reviews. More about the issue in another post.
Update on tours: Wales is sold out and more than half of the places for the 'Scottish Skeins' trip are filled.