A Glorious “Snow” Day

My herb garden under the snow!

We awoke to about 2 1/2 – 3 in of fresh snow this morning.  Not a big deal for most locations in Canada, but something of a pain here.  We don’t get a lot of snow and the city and drivers don’t handle it well.  The bonuses are – it is absolutely gorgeous and at the same time a great excuse to stay indoors and do whatever you like!  Like knitting!  For my husband football playoffs have started and he will be glued to the couch and the games!

We did start the day with a walk to and through the park down the hill.  Woodstream Park, it is a small ravine that comes up from Departure Bay Beach and a lovely little park.  So now the day is ours.

A perfect bit of sky!

Twined Hearts Baby Cap

Last night I finished the last sample for the spring classes – Twined Hearts Baby Cap.  I was working with Boreal, by St.Denis yarns.  It is a lovely wool, the finer version of Nordique, with the same colour palette.  The Boreal has a nice hand and is very springy.  The twining technique creats a waffle like texture inside the cap, which captures air and makes it both lightweight and warm.  I’ll be playing around more with twining.  I found the results rewarding, and once you learn how to control the twisting of the yarns (which is necessary to create the texture) the knitting is easy.

Inside Out!

Now that I have finished knitting the samples for the classes it is time to start power knitting on the full sized shawl samples for the retreat.  I hope to have the “easy” sample done before I leave for NY – it is more than 50% done.  With the other two shawls, “intermediate” and “experienced”, I only have about 1/2 of each center section done.  I have a challenging amount of knitting in front of me. 

"Experienced" Sampler

The samplers for the retreat are done.  They are the more important than the full sized samples as they are what most will actually be knitting at the Retreat.  The handout for the retreat is barely started, but that won’t be too bad as it will mostly be charts and picture tutorials to accompany the skills being taught!

I am slowly catching up on all the things I postponed to create my submission to the Magic of Mohair competition.  After Jan 23, when the competion is over and I am back home life will mostly return to normal.  As the retreat is only 3 weeks after I get home, I really won’t get any down time until after it is over. 

A busy and creative time to start the new year – lets hope that the rest of the year will be just as rewarding.

Happy Knitting


About letissierdesigns

March 2017 - My new site is now up and functioning. I can blog, share my thoughts and photographs, and sell my patterns! So much happening in my life and all is creative and forward moving! Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Sept 2015 - I haven't updated this in a while! Still knitting, always knitting, I still teach and work at Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns. I also have designed for Vogue Knitting, Koigu Magazine, Zealana, Jimmie Beans, and Malabrigo, As of the beginning of 2015 I also became creative director of the Buffalo Wool Co., a new job that just flows along with what I already do. I am a knitting teacher and knitwear designer. I work full time in my LYS, Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns. I recently was 1st runner up in a Vogue Knitting Design Competition called the Magic of Mohair. My design was featured in the Early Fall 2011 Vogue Knitting. I will have another design in the Vogue Knitting Winter 2011 edition. I have recently purchased a Canon Rebel Camera and have started taking way too many pictures. I love this site for sharing my thoughts and pictures. Life is good!
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