Hello Blog Readers! Since my last blog post I had the opportunity to attend the Fiber Fusion Northwest event in Monroe, Washington. With me were my designer friends from the BK Collective, there to help out with the booth sales and to show off newly knitted samples of the Mock Cable Cowl and Reversible Infinity Scarf in additional yarns offered in my booth. These variations and the instructions for making the variations will be offered to anyone who bought the patterns previously. Be sure to let me know if you purchased one of these two patterns previous, and would like to receive an updated version of these patterns. I will be sure to email them to you as soon as they are ready.
Shown in the second picture above is a finished shawl by a Fiber Fusion customer who purchased skeins of Icelandic two-ply “Narfi” in June at the Black Sheep Gathering in order to make this popular pattern from Ravelry. Holding the shawl next to the proud knitter is Kaia Petersen, designer for BK Collective and the talented knitter who produces many of the lace shawls we show in the Jorstad Creek booth.
Next up for Jorstad Creek is Knit Fit at the Ballard Community Center in Ballard, Washington. You can find out more about this event at www.knitfit.org. Featured speaker and teacher Mary Scott Huff will be presenting a talk on Friday evening, November 1, and then the market will be open Saturday and Sunday, November 2 and 3. I was fortunate to take a color class from Mary Scott Huff at Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival in September, and I must say she is a really delightful person and an accomplished knitting talent. The Jorstad Creek booth will be there, and I hope you will stop in and see me. Access to the market is free.
I am busy packaging up kits for the BK Collective pattern Beaded Cuffs by Jann Hoppler for sale at this event. (See photo) Kits will include the pattern, a skein of “Whidbey” yarn, and glass beads in a complementary color. All you have to do is provide needles and a crochet hook! Also ready for knitters are new larger skeins of “Tweed Sock,” and a brand new yarn “Tweed DK.” I am finishing up a cowl-necked poncho made from this new DK weight yarn, and it is going to be exceptional. The pattern originally called for a felted DK yarn. By substituting yarns the result is a garment with more drape and elasticity in my own hand dyed colors.
Look for more local yarn as well made from my beloved Finn sheep sources. This yarn dyes up into stunning colors, although the natural grey is beautiful on its own. The medium staple of this wool is very soft and versatile in a sport weight three-ply. I hope you have a chance to get your hands on some of this yarn to see for yourself. I will be getting a pair of socks from this yarn on the needles as soon as the poncho is done, as I owe one of my new shepherdess friends a pair so she can show everyone what her fiber looks like off the sheep!
If you are unable to make it to Knit Fit this coming weekend be sure to come back to the blog for postings on more events leading up to the Holidays. I am still waiting to hear back from applications to two local events in the Olympia area, and I’ve been invited to a spin-in event “up north,” so I will let you know about them as I receive confirmation.
For 2014 I am confirmed to have space at the February 14-16 Madrona Fiber Arts Festival at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Washington. This premiere event is like attending the fiber Olympics! The BK Collective designers and I have already been planning for this event, plotting over coffee and our knitting, and looking forward to all the return knitters we hope will stop by. We will have the Madrona scarf knit up in Jorstad Creek yarn, an exculsive pattern in a kit from accomplished lace designer Evelyn A. Clark, and printed copies of Evelyn’s Icelandic Lace book. We are also working on new patterns from the BK Collective, and I am shipping off fiber to be spun into more Icelandic, Gotland, and Alpaca blend yarns to be rolled out for Madrona. I will have some of these unspun fibers available for spinners, too. I have been spinning the last roll of grey Gotland roving that I held back from selling at Madrona last year. I look forward to getting more of this great fiber made into roving again to offer for sale although I am sure I will save some for myself again…
I want to thank everyone who trusted me with their email addresses by signing up for my email list. I finally have them all entered into the Jorstad Creek address book, so I will be sending the occasional email letting you know about fiber events, new yarns, and new patterns as they become available. I hope you will make sure that the Jorstad Creek email is marked as “not spam” so you can receive these messages from time to time. As promised, I will not bombard you with email.
I want to end this blog by thanking all of you for your kind words, encouraging feedback, and for sharing your love of all things fiber. The joy in having the yarn company and having the booth at events comes from meeting each of you and sharing your enthusiasm for our craft. Over and over I am compelled to say that “knitters are the nicest people” and I mean it sincerely. I am overwhelmed by the sense of community we fiber people have with each other. It is my goal to share this sense of community by connecting with the farms and small ranches that raise the wonderful animals that are the fiber source. The folks that raise sheep and alpaca do not always have this connection directly with the people who purchase the end product, so whenever possible I give them a glimpse into the fiber world we occupy. Again, thank you for making this possible! Kerry