Prompted by Barbara's comment on this post, I thought I'd put together a list of yarn dyers/sellers I've used whose products I like. If I've already knitted something with the yarn in question I'll link to the post or Ravelry project page, if not it means the skein is still in the drawer awaiting its turn on the needles. Some of the following may be familiar to you, some perhaps less so, but I hope you'll find a source of good things among them.
A case for my phone - made up as I went along - using Liberty Lifestyle 'Cranston', Sevenberry 'Seigaiha', a length of grosgrain ribbon, and some wadding.
Here's the finished piece inside out showing the ribbon pull by which the phone is lifted out of the case. One end of the ribbon is stitched a third of the way up the inside of the front, then it runs to the base of the case and up the inside of the back where it is held in place by a fabric tab.
Right side out. It's a good fit, nice and snug, and the wadding front and back gives sufficient protection without bulk.
It's been a while since I did any embroidery or sewing and I want to get back to it, but knitting and needlepoint in the shape of works-in-progress and others which are 'needle adjacent' seem always to take precedence.
And then there's Janet Clare, another recent discovery, whose book The Wordsmith appeals, but I fear it would be folly to embark on yet another thing.
In view of the above, I'm interested to hear from the 'multi-craftual' among you: how do you fit it all in? Do you work on only one project at a time, from start to finish? Do you devote certain days (or seasons) to one craft over another? Do you do a little of everything so that there is some progress across all your work all the time? Do you just knit or stitch or sew as the mood takes you, without feeling overwhelmed, or that you're neglecting what's not in hand at that moment? Are you disciplined about not buying the supplies for a new project until you are free of other work and ready to start it?
I suspect Mme. Fontaine here was faithful to her embroidery - she certainly seems to display an appealing level of serenity and absorption in her work.
Bad news just in regarding The Great Tapestry of Scotland: one of the panels* has been stolen from the exhibition currently on at Kirkcaldy Galleries.
Here's the text of the press release I've just received:
HELP FROM THE PUBLIC CALLED FOR IN SEARCH FOR GREAT SCOTTISH TAPESTRY PANEL STOLEN FROM KIRKCALDY GALLERIES
Fife Cultural Trust (FCT) has called for the public to help track down one of the panels from the Great Tapestry of Scotland that was stolen from Kirkcaldy Galleries on the morning of Thursday September 10th.
The panel illustrating the story of Rosslyn Chapel was removed from display at around 10am.
The Great Tapestry is one of the biggest community projects in the world, with 160 individual panels, stitched by more than 1,000 volunteers. The Tapestry has been on display at Kirkcaldy Galleries since 20 June and in that time over 50,000 people have been amazed and delighted by the scale, quality and exuberance of the design and fantastic detail of the stitching.
Fife Cultural Trust is working closely with the police to review CCTV footage.
Laurie Piper, Head of External Relations for Fife Cultural Trust said;
“We are proud and delighted to be able to have the Great Tapestry here on loan, and to give the people of Fife the opportunity to experience this amazing artwork at first hand. The Tapestry has been exhibited all over the country and has been seen by over 300,000 people since it first started touring.
The people of Fife have taken the Tapestry to their hearts and we are now hoping that they will help us to bring [the panel] back where it belongs - alongside its 159 companions.”
The panel was designed by artist Andrew Crummy and lovingly stitched by volunteers in Midlothian. The panel took hundreds of hours to create and has now been stolen from the people of Scotland.
'This is a terrible blow for a project that has brought so much joy to so many people. I appeal to those who have taken this panel to return it. Words cannot express how shocked I am that somebody should damage in this way what is now widely seen as a great national treasure.’ Alexander McCall Smith, co-chair of The Great Tapestry of Scotland
Members of the public who may have information regarding the whereabouts of the Rosslyn Chapel panel are urged to get in touch with the local police on 101 or Fife Cultural Trust on 01592 583204.
The remaining 159 sections of the tapestry will be open to the public to view at Kirkcaldy Galleries until 20th September.
These are Skedaddle by Lena Gjerald - of the A Wee Bit Knitty* podcast and blog - made in Osiris Sock 'It was a dark and stormy night' from Great Woolly Owl, with a little Madelinetosh Tosh Sock 'Ink' as the contrast. They were a very straightforward knit with a twisted rib cuff and an easy braid/cable pattern running down the back, and I've already cast on another pair.
*Look out for Gustav, Lena's lovely flat-coated retriever.
I was in Oxford for a few days last week* and I popped into Oxford Yarn Store for a look, coming away with a wonderfully soft skein of handspun Jacob from a local flock. Mr. C. has already nabbed this and asked for a neckwarmer or short scarf, and his wish is my command.
From the artisanal to the mass-produced, and a ball of West Yorkshire Spinners Bluefaced Leicester DK 'Owl' which I found at Maple Tree Yarns. I've seen so many people making socks out of the WYS Country Birds range lately, and very nice they are, and as I've never used self-patterning yarn before I thought I'd start with this one. Incidentally, Maple Tree Yarns gave me extremely speedy service and their postage charge was very reasonable.
The Snældan yarn from The Island Wool Company in the shade Midnight is a true dark blue, captured best in the picture directly above, and a brief soak in Navia Wool Care has made it soften and bloom without losing any of its character.
I spoke to Karina Westermann, the shawl's designer, at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival the other day and thanked her for such an enjoyable knit; I'm tempted to make another straightaway as it was such a soothing, rhythmic piece to work on and I love the end result.
Karina describes it as "a simple, rhythmic knit designed to give you comfort both during its making and afterwards", and I can attest to the soothing, meditative qualities of the knitting, as once the pattern is established it's intuitive, and as Karie says, rhythmic, and that appeals greatly to this maker.
I'm using the suggested wool, Snældan 2-ply from The Island Wool Company in Midnight Blue which is very characterful, and pleasant to have running through the hands, and I must be around the half way point now, keen to finish but just as keen to cast on another.