Woodstock Fleece Festival

I know this is a bit late but I wanted to share a few moments from the Woodstock Fleece and Fibre festival a few weekends ago. It’s a large show at the fair grounds with a ton of exhibits and animal demonstrations.

I was able to finish “Gale”. I think it turned out really well, even if I did misread the pattern and did the back the same as the front. If I hadn’t told you you wouldn’t even have known! Basically the purled rib pattern that goes half-way across the front was supposed to go all the way across for the back, whatever. I also made the neck shorter than the pattern said because I’m not always a fan of the turtle neck…

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Lynn looks lovely in the Remy Poncho.

Lynn looks lovely in the Remy Poncho. (See here for pattern on Ravelry.)

It’s fun at the show to try on other things you may like to knit. Of course I wanted to try Remy too…

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I like it! Not sure if I’ll do it yet though.

I also tried to pick some colours for the Lilli Pilli shawl. You can see the Ravelry page for it here. Mom did it in a nice light turquoise with white and grey stripes. I’m thinking more like…

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We’ll see!

It was a good day at the fair and if you haven’t been it’s worth going to. I even had a surprise visitor!…

My Grammie!

My Grammie!

Grammie and Pa came for a quick look around. They said the Farmer’s market beside the hall was also very good.

Gale Poncho

It’s a poncho, it’s a wrap, it’s a sweater…it’s Gale. At the KW Knitter’s Fair Julie had me wear a garment called Gale by Alicia Plummer. You can get the pattern and see more information on Ravelry or click here.

I wore it most of the day and was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable it was because, hey, it’s basically a poncho, yuk!…

Lynn, me, Wanietta

Lynn, me, Wanietta

Gale is knit like two big rectangles with some arm shaping and a loose neck. It really has a sweater feel and doesn’t flow out around the body. It’s closed at the side with a button. The first thing I noticed was that it was warm without being stifling. I also felt that I could still wear a coat with it on. My big beef about ponchos is that when it gets really cold out it’s awkward to wear a coat over top.

The actual pattern is done in Swan Island Natural Colors Merino Bulky but Julie has adapted the needle size so that you can use Charly by Filatura. It’s a nice superwash with a ton of lovely colours. I chose a nice dark blue. The one at the show was actually a purplish blue but it looks similar in these pics…

Close up!

Close up! You can get this yarn from http://www.needleemporium.com

Here’s help for the needle sizes..

Nice hand writing mom...

Nice hand writing mom…

The best thing about this sweater is that it’s SUPER fast to knit. I started it a few days ago and in a few nights it’s gone from this…

This is a shot after an hour or so maybe?...

This is a shot after an hour or so maybe?…

to this…very quickly!…

In this shot I'm just ready to do a few rows fro the arm shaping and then about 12 rows of decrease for the shoulder shaping. This is the front basically done though.

In this shot I’m just ready to do a few rows for the arm shaping and then about 12 rows of decrease for the shoulder shaping. This is the front basically done though.

I’m aiming to have this done to show off at the Woodstock Fleece Festival on October 17. I better ask Julie if she’s bringing the yarn! I think I’ll have it done in time eh!