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Summer Theatre Play Time

IMG_8443I have, crazily, joined in as a chorus person in Festival Players production of “The right Robert and His Robber Bride”. I say crazily because it is insanely busy at my shop the Galloping Goat Gallery with the last weeks of summer whizzing by. Plus trying to organize this transfer of ownership of Rosehaven and get the online shop here up and out into the world. Crazy and insane, yes, I must be to add this into the mix but it is sooooo much fun being in theatre it was impossible to resist. Plus my daughter who is going into grade 11, is very interested in doing more acting so it seemed like an excellent opportunity!

Of course during rehearsals when you are a background player there is a lot of sitting around, which means knitting time! So far I have whipped up one hat and working on the second one after only four rehearsals!

It was so chilly and windy on the site where the play is (did I mention it was outside?) that I actually ended up wearing the hat I had finished, but not sewn up the top, and just kept on knitting!

I don’t have a picture yet of the hat but soon I will!

Socks that Survive

4821627_mI have never knit socks before, yes it is true. I wear hand knit socks often and love my bright coloured wool ones the best. I have a few pairs of them that my mother was kind enough to whip up for me. She saved up all kinds of scrap and ends of balls of sock yarn and them mixed them all up into these awesome colourful tall socks.

I love to wear my flashy socks with a long tunic top, black tights, the funky socks bunched up and then my ankle boots. The socks don’t necessarily match the colours in the top but they are at least in the same colour range. They really jump out and not to mention how awesomely warm they are!

Needless to say before I ramble on too much, the reason I am mentioning hand knit socks is because of a tidbit of info told by a sock knitting conisseur. You may already know this but just in case you don’t, the strongest sock wool that makest the best socks that last the longest without wearing holes through them have a bit of nylon in the yarn. 10% nylon seems to be the most common combination to add into a sock yarn mix. This makes the yarn wear longer as well as hold it’s shape better and of course using a super wash wool means you can toss it into the washer and the dryer with no worries that it will shrink to the size of baby booties!

Hats With Hatitude!

I like hats, no actually not quite true, I love hats! I have lots of them and I also love to knit them. I tend to lean on the slightly outrageous side when I create my hats. I also never follow a pattern.

I know, it’s true I am a bit crazy but when I get all those balls of yarn together in a pile of brilliant colours and textures I have to just follow what the yarn says! Yes yarn does talk to me, especially the colours of yarn. Some colours get really fussy about who they get grouped with and just will not get along if they don’t have the same mojo going on. Weird maybe but I am telling you yarn can have some serious attitude!

Soft blue mohair, pale green and  heather purple. Pretty and toasty warm!
Soft blue mohair, pale green and heather purple. Pretty and toasty warm!

Here now I will show you some hats that I have done over the last few years. These hats have all gone to live with the person that found and loved them and are no longer

This one I used some of my mom's handspun yarn and even tied in a few dyed mohair curls she gave me. It is one warm cozy hat!
This one I used some of my mom’s handspun yarn and even tied in a few dyed mohair curls she gave me. It is one warm cozy hat!

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I was playing with colors I don't often go for when I started with the orange and added in the raspberry and lavender color. I ended up trimming some of the dangling bits that fell into the wearer's eyes. Art gets vetoed by comfort in this case.
I was playing with colors I don’t often go for when I started with the orange and added in the raspberry and lavender color. I ended up trimming some of the dangling bits that fell into the wearer’s eyes. Art gets vetoed by comfort in this case.
Easter Egg Hat. All the colors you think of when you think of Easter time.
Easter Egg Hat. All the colors you think of when you think of Easter time.