Monday, 15 September 2014

Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters' Fair

I was NOT going to go to the Fair this year...but a "are you going?" "we are on our way" e-mail, combined with a dull and overcast day prompted me to hop in the car and head West on the 401!

Spontaneous means you just never know what will haven't done any didn't just go.

My only thought was...NO MORE YARN! Honestly, my allocated yarn storage area is full and I really need to clear out.  It is ALL lovely yarn, but I have to be realistic...more about this later

After parking, texting my friends to say "I have arrived...where are you?", we met up and immediately went for a coffee.  They had already toured one of the two large show halls and were ready for refreshments. I had to contain myself for a bit :).  (Last year all vendors were in one hall and there was a bit of trouble with the size of the hall, the number of enthusiastic knitters, and a Fire Marshall that just didn't understand that knitters want to get to their favourite vendors NOW!)

So it seemed appropriate that as I arrived, someone might be leaving...keeping the knitter:space ratio in balance...and look who it was!

Sally Melville! Founder of the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters Guild...who now resides in our Capital City, Ottawa! Sally is wearing her "Turn-Around Tunic".  Follow the link to Ravelry and check out her other designs while you are there!

There was time for a brief chat only...but coincidentally, just that same morning, this had appeared on my Facebook news feed...

What a fabulous opportunity to take a class with the comfort of your own home, while on vacation, well anywhere you have access to the internet! Once you register for a Craftsy class, it is yours forever! You can take it over and many times as you want or stays in our Craftsy account.

Sally would like to invite you to sign up for her class and offers you this Discount for her "Essential Techniques Every Knitter Should Know" class.

Wow, Thank you Sally!

Next time...More about what I found at the Kitchener-Waterloo Fair!

Don't forget to enter to win 4 (or even 5) skeins of Rowan Fine Art Aran.

Are you joining the new Kaffe Fassett Mystery Blanket knit-a-long? Rowan will be releasing the first pattern on October 1!

Gosh, so much going on!

Happy Knitting,


PS:  Poor Daisy has a serious ear infection. I feel like such a bad doggy Mom to not have noticed this, but she didn't seem poorly until Friday am when she shook her head  couple of times. I immediately got the ear cleaning solution out but was dismayed t what I found..poor Daisy. Luckily there was an appointment available at our Vet that morning..and she is now on steroids and antibiotics for 14 days, with daily ear drops too!  Dr. A. did a full wellness blood test on her and was amazed at the fabulous levels she has. He commented on her muscle tone and general Westitude for an almost 11 year old! Way to go Daisy!

#knitting #KaffeFassettKAL #RowanYarns

Monday, 8 September 2014


OMG!  +RowanYarns is doing it again!  This time with KAFFE!!!!  Rowan has just announced a new Afghan KAL - this time it is designed by Kaffe Fasset!  Go to Rowan's Facebook page to read all about it!

You know I am a HUGE fan of KAFFE.....
Kaffe is celebrating 50 years in the world of Fibre Arts....and how fitting that he has designed the next Rowan Yarns Knit-A-Long Afghan!

The Martin Storey afghan was so much fun and Hubby and I regularly tussle over who is going to wrap up with it while watching our nightly episode of Masterpiece Mystery, Inspector Morse, Lewis or some other such British TV!
Then there is the added complication of two adorable Westies who want, no DEMAND, their personal afghan time with yes, I tried to resist....but RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!

There is a colour way for all!!!!
There are 4 colour ways, an afghan and two pillow options for the KAL!  Here is a link to take you to the materials list on the KnitRowan web site!

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO REGISTER ANYWHERE! But you do have to be a KnitRowan member to download the patterns....not a member? You can register is free....and gives you access to all of the great free patterns on the Knit Rowan web site, a monthly newsletter....all sorts of good free stuff!

To join in on the can participate on the Rowan Yarns Facebook page, or on the Rowan Yarns Ravelry Group.  It is that simple! 

Hint:  If you just want to knit along and post your photos occasionally....the Facebook Page is for you.  If you want the full throttle KAL experience, join the Ravelry group for daily updates, photos...moans and groans (yes, you know there will be!)

The afghan is going to be quite large - and the rectangular cushion mentioned is large also (a little birdie told me so).  I am imagining my knitting room couch complete with Kaffe blanket and cushions now....OH we go again!

Enjoy this introductory video with Kaffe and Kate Buller chatting about the afghan and the shades!

What are you waiting for! Pick your colour way.....go to your LYS or get on line and order your yarn!  October 1 will be here in the blink of an eye!

The Chronicle of My Kaffe Addiction:

My Kaffe addiction took hold in 1993....I still remember going to the Creative Sewing and Needlework Show (that's what it was called back then) and lining up....Kaffe was there signing copies of his latest book.

Kaffe Fassett 1993

He looked up...our eyes met.....well, that was it LOL!!!

In June while in the UK I visited the Kaffe Exhibit at the American Museum in Bath....I loaded a bunch of photos to a LifeLackaDaisiCal photo album....and you can see it here.....Kaffe at the American Museum

I also squeezed into the Kaffe Exhibit at the Textile and Fashion Museum in November last year in London - it was closing....we were in literally passing through....and had stayed over night on our way back from Switzerland. I convinced the Dear Hubby that there was time to visit this exhibit before we headed off to the airport for our flight home. I put the photos from this visit into a video that is in this post and then there is this post too!

Even though I don't quilt....Kaffe and Brandon together at the first Stitchtopia February 2013 was hard to resist!  (I was travelling with a knitterly friend and meeting up with other knitterly friends...) 

OK....after revealing that I spent the weekend with Martin.....Part 1 and Part 2I guess full disclosure is required here.....

Yes, I spent the weekend with Kaffe back in October of 2008...there I've said it.....  :)

Actually, it was a weekend workshop with Brandon
leading us in knitting the Persian Poppy motif!

But Kaffe was quietly knitting in the background...
this was literally as close to him as I got until
he sat down to sign books at the end of the weekend!
Kaffe in a knitting frenzy is not to be toyed with!

Details of that weekend are here!

I don't want you to think that I am a knitting floozie!  I think this shows that I have GREAT TASTE in Knitting Idols!  Don't you think?

Let it be known, for the record, that I am also a great fan of Rowan's Marie Wallin, Sarah Hatton and Lisa my most recent Rowan projects have proven. 

But I haven't actually knit anything Kaffe....EVER! OMG did I just say that out loud?!?!?  I have only admired from afar! So it's about time.....

Who is with me?  
Who is joining the Rowan Kaffe KAL!

PS: Don't forget to enter my 
"Fine Art Aran Giveaway" draw

#knitting #kaffefassett #rowanyarns #KAL #RowanKAL