Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Knitting Camp

Camp 2011
Camp is four months away but we are busy getting ready. It is about knitting and taking workshops with amazing instructors but it's also about having a good time. On Thursday evening we have a fun night. Everyone gets to meet and it helps to break the ice for the new students. If a student comes on their own it can be intimidating walking into a room where you don't know anyone but we try to fix that right away.

Beth is in charge of the evening and there are many, many laughs. The students are divided into teams with the instructors being the captains. We play games (or variations of games) like Price is Right, Family Feud, Beat the Clock... Beth already has the game planned for this year. We make is so that everyone can participate. No running, jumping or too much physical activity.

Take a look at the Camp blog for some pictures from last year. One of their tasks was to take a bag of craft items (yarn, sequins, popsicle sticks, pom poms...) and make something. Points are tallied throughout the game and prizes are awarded at the end.

I was doing some work on the website today which took me to Debbie Bliss' website. There is a free pattern available for a scarf in her new Luxury Silk DK.

download the pattern...

100% silk
100m on a 50 gram ball

We have all colours in stock.

Mr. Canada Post just brought in a box from Freia Handpaints.

All four colours came in both Fingering and Lace weight.

This is Hard Candy.

Blue Velvet

From Tina at Freia
We source our fibers as much as we can from within the USA. We look for the best quality and price combination. We look for a soft hand, a lofty yarn that retains nice stitch definition. By sourcing directly from a mill we are able to keep our costs down and our environmental footprint small. Our current range includes a 100% wool in worsted and sport weights and 75% wool / 25% nylon blend lace and fingering weight yarns. 
To achieve the long color runs in our Flux and Ombré yarns we have developed our own dyeing process. Though labor intensive, the hands-on nature of the process allows us to ensure an even consistency in the yarn and colors over multiple dye lots. Our method also means that though our yarns will match very well from one dye lot to the next, no two balls of yarn will ever be the same. This is most apparent in our “Flux” range where the knitted fabric will have painterly variations that are made more dramatic as the stitch pattern simplifies. Our Semi-Solids are kettle dyed which offers a depth and subtlety of color to match our gradient yarns. 

If you put the yarn names into Ravelry (Freia Ombre Lace and Freia Ombre Fingering) you will find many great pattern ideas.

I talked with one of my knitters, Ann, today and she has yarn to knit two Color Play Mohair Wraps. The first one is done. Wow she is fast. I need to get going on mine tonight (hockey, baseball, Hell's Kitchen plus the season finale of the Mentalist from Sunday) so that I can start another one. The colours are sitting beside me calling my name. And they are really, really loud.

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