We drove three hours south to Calgary this weekend, to celebrate Easter with DH's family. Had loads of fun at the Calgary Tower on Easter Sunday. It was once the tallest structure in Calgary but has long been overshadowed by many skyscrapers. Still has a pretty good view, though, and a revolving restaurant where we had Easter brunch. We also visited the Glenbow Museum. Not much for fibre there unfortunately, though there was an embroidered Hungarian tablecloth in the recent acquisitions exhibit that was fairly spectacular:
Right before we left I had thrown together some stash of Lopi with an eye to making a Vor vest from Lopi Book 25. It's the only project I brought and I managed to knit on it for most of the drive there and back, more knitting all-at-once than I have done in a LONG time. It's looking not bad:
I generally knit each stripe to use up the yarn that I had in each colour, but a couple of the colours I had full balls (the solid black and the gold) and I didn't want those stripes to be too huge so I cut them off when I thought they looked good. Now if I finish the vest and want to lengthen it, I still have some of the solid black left to widen that bottom ribbing if I need to. The pattern only called for five rounds and I am skeptical that that's enough.
While in Calgary we also went on a small spinning fibre mission: There is a central Alberta fibre source that I'd been wanting to check out: A&B Fiberworks (they spell it with the "er" in fiber). They have an alpaca farm and their own mini mill near Linden, AB, but also a shop in the Crossroads Market in Calgary. I have been on the hunt for good carded roving, which is extremely hard to find, and I thought A&B might be a good source. They did have some lovely rovings, and I bought three bags full:
Going clockwise from the top:
- The green is some lovely soft corriedale that has been dyed with variations in the colour and it is so pretty. She leaves quite a bit of the grease in, too, so it leaves the hands wonderfully soft. I bought 5 ounces (141 grams).
- The bright white at the bottom of the photo is a blend of alpaca and angora. Dove my hands into the bag and knew some had to come home with me. Am really looking forward to spinning that up! I bought 3 ounces (85 grams) of it just to play with.
- And finally, a very small amount of a beautiful beige alpaca that is almost a pale pink. This was all that was left of this colour. It was so soft and beautiful, I had to take it, even though it's just 2 ounces (56 grams) and not really enough to do much with!
I am not great at spinning alpaca. I don't have a lot of experience with it, so these little bits will give me some practice. And if all goes well with my sample amounts, when we go back to Calgary I can stock up on even more!
Will finish off with close-ups of the three fibres (click for larger):