Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Beautiful Hat for a Great Cause-Ricefield Collective "Upward"

I was so attracted to this hat at the NJFAF (New Jersey Fiber Arts Fair) a few weeks ago. I purchased one, and set about copying it as the pattern has not been released yet. These hats have been designed to benefit The Ricefield Collective , the income directly benefits women in the Phillipines who would otherwise have to move away because of a lack of local proximity to any kind of economic possibilities. The website has a wonderful video describing Merideth's work in the Phillipines and her gorgeous collection. Designed by a variety of knitwear designers, this is a great place to purchase holiday gifts. The wool is very soft, and the quality is great.
The hat I copied is the "UPWARD" :
"Upward" hat using my handspun yarn

New riff on the "Upward" hat

Completed handspun (asymmetrical) hat
see above the next variation which has varied ribs and cables travelling around the width. I have been really into hat knitting in the past 6 months, and this has opened up a whole new way of working "on the diagonal". 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sept, Oct, & November Raffle Winners

Rebecca R. of Portland, Me, is the November raffle winner.She is an avid sock knitter, so she is going to receive "Peyton Sock", a 75% superwash merino/25% nylon, high-twist 4-ply sock yarn.
"Peyton Sock" in 'Seafoam'

Rebeccas' note:
"My Ravelry name is fattoria.  As I look at my knitting right now, it seems to be all socks and shawls for Christmas presents.  After Christmas-making is over with, I will be making something for myself, a shawl maybe.  I don't have any specific color preferences, I'm sure whatever you pick will be perfect.  I purchased some spinning fiber from you previously, and your fibers are just beautiful. Thank you so much, Alida!"

Bonnie of Michigan was the raffle winner for October. I sent her a skein of Love Birds hand spun (worsted weight) merino:
"I just got home from vacation yesterday & it was waiting for me.  I love the colors.
Thank you so much. Perfect pick."

Raffle winner for September:
 Lauren.H. from Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada
lheuchan on Ravelry
Lauren was kind enough to answer a couple of questions about her win:

"Hi Alida,

I hope it's okay for me to email my thoughts to you.  I couldn't find a specific link to share my thoughts but I might be missing it.  

What do you think this yarn would be good for, project-wise?  I think this yarn would make an absolutely beautiful shawl.  Something light and airy.  It has a very ethereal feel to it.  
Do you like the color, hand feel, weight?  I'm absolutely in love with the colour way of this yarn.  It reminds me of a magical kingdom.  It's so soft as it moves through your fingers.  Feels just like butter.  
What yarn type or fiber would you like to see Swoon Fibers carrying that is not
currently being offered?  I cannot think of anything that you are already not offering.  Swoon Fibers has the largest selection of fibers that I've come across.  Between yak, camel, angora, cashmere and silk, I think you've got it all going on. " 

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