Don't ask where the last two months have gone! Short trips with family, and friends, company at home a couple of times, doctors' appointments, and helping out with the grandkids. No blogging, but some knitting and knitting related shopping.
One of my trips was to Manitoulin Island with my mom. We didn't make it last year, so it was wonderful to see my family there all doing well, both my uncles in their eighties still out cutting wood for the winter. We enjoyed some nice drives and walks, viewing the fall colours on those last warm days, including our usual ramble through the Silver Water Cemetery, visiting the generations who have passed and making sure their plots show they are still cared for.
This trip I decided it was time to visit Fresh Isle Fibers and meet my blog friend Marion face to face. She was at home in Gore Bay with her deck full of recently dyed yarn, with the dye pots still set up in the back yard. I fell in love with some coreopsis and cochineal coloured skeins that weren't even fully dry yet. How fresh can you get! I had commented on the blog when she showed some beautiful new yellows, and confess I had that purchase in the back of my mind all the time. So I snatched up two skeins and they finished drying on Aunt Stella's deck, where they perfectly matched her fall flowers.
This is the set I plan to make for myself with this yarn: Chime, hat, cowl, and fingerless mitts by Amy Christoffers.
But I got waylaid by this pattern, the Parisian Twist Headband. This is the one that started it all.
I bought the pattern to make a headband at Christmastime for my daughter, who's in her thirties and wears headbands often. When my nineteen year old niece asked for a headband, I thought I'd try it out on her, so I made one and took it with me to the Island to give to Mom to take back to Jenna. My eighty year old aunt tried it on and asked if I'd make one for her. Next, Mom said, "Well, if she's getting one, I think I should have one too." Then my aunt thought that one would make a great gift for someone's birthday and offered to pay me to make another one for her to gift. But I knit for love, not money. Anyway ...
I've knit ten of these now, for daughter, friend's daughter, neice in law, step neice, friend, and I haven't saved them for Christmas. Everyone who sees them loves them. Most are knit from vintage balls of Shetland Chunky, some from new Premier Serenity yarns on sale at Michael's. This called for slight adaptations of the increases and decreases because the pattern was written for worsted yarn doubled and used a unique method. My headband is the only one knit as written, with a special yarn, Malabrigo Rios in the Arco Iris colorway, purchased on my last trip to Needles in the Hay.
Aunt Stella let me raid her button box and I found enough large buttons for all my headbands, including this beautiful antique jewelled button which I saved for mine. More than enough payment for the couple of things I knit for her. Thanks again!