Wednesday, December 3, 2014
While in Seattle, I managed to visit the Nordic Heritage Museum, which had been on my list of 'must go to places' after seeing some amazing images of their mini yarn and Nordic knitting festival in October. The Yule Fest was on the weekend that we were visiting which meant eating lots of Nordic food treats and taking in some Nordic crafts.
The museum is in this amazing old building, however there are plans for them to build a new and more modern museum. I guess that this building doesn't meet the 'museum standards' - yes that's the curator nerd in me.
I did manage to score some gorgeous yarns at Yule Fest. It probably makes up for the lack of yarn stores that I visited in Seattle (sorry Seattle!) The yarns above are hand dyed and spun from members of the Seattle Spinners and Weavers Guild. Always great to support fellow hand makey folk!
I also scored 6 skeins of gorgeous yarns from this little old lady for a ridiculously low price. As soon as she found out that I was from Australia, we had a very long conversation about wool and sheep. The muted colours and texture of this yarn feels very 'Nordic' to me but also very Seattle. I love picking up various yarns in places that I travel to. When I knit it up, I feel like I still have the memory of the place in the object.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
There are two kinds of people, those who when they make a mistake in knitting or sewing, that they go back and fix it and then there are those who just live with it. I think that I'm the second person. During the Fringe and Friends Knit-a-long of the Amanda cardigan, I have miscounted some of the stitch patterns and made a couple of errors. I have decided to just keep going and to try and earn from it.
In some ways I like the fact that items that are handmade have errors in them. I mean, we are human after all! I generally take this approach when I'm weaving as well. I would like to think that you learn from each project and take that into the next.
The ton of wool yarn is knitting up beautifully... I hear that there isn't much left in stock, so make sure you get some if you haven't already!