We haven’t made it to Rhinebeck (which was this past weekend), but we went to our local fleece festival, the Woodstock Fleece Festival (aka Woolstock) in Woodstock, Ontario, the weekend before. Some friends joined us so we had a nice little field trip out to the country to buy some beautiful fibres!
I made sure to wear my Convergence Top, and it was great fun to see people wearing their own handmade pieces. When we stopped along the highway for a bathroom break near Cambridge, we saw another group of women wearing handknit tops and sweaters; we were checking their pieces out while they looked at ours.
The Woodstock Fleece Festival occurs on just one day, Saturday 14 October, 2017. There was an $8 admission fee to the fair, which was located on the Woodstock Fairgrounds. It’s been an annual festival since 2008, but this was the first time any of us have visited. The fair was spread out over three barns and the grounds had lots of parking.
Sue’s No holes Hexagon Baby Cardigan by Susan A. Coes is a free pattern on Ravelry. To make this little hexagon baby cardigan for our Kiku Corner Etsy shop, I used a 4.00 mm hook and Classic Elite Yarns Song in the Willow colourway. In total, I used 3.5 skeins, or about 350 m, of the soft cotton-wool blend.
I made the Crochet Convergence Top, designed by Linda Skuja and published in the Interweave Crochet Spring 2014 issue. I used Noro Taiyo Sock yarn in the colourway S40, a long-striping mixture of greens, browns, and beiges. This was the first time I used a Noro yarn, and was pleasantly surprised to find how enjoyable it was to crochet with. The changes in colours, as well as the slightly thick-thin yarn, gave interest to a quickly-crocheted pattern. However, the yarn is a singles and if you unwind too much yarn from the ball, it tended to ply onto itself and make some tangles.
Noro Taiyo Sock is a blend of 50% cotton, 17% wool, 17% nylon, and 16% silk. This mixture gives the yarn great texture, although I was happy to see that the finished Convergence Top didn’t look so slubby. The blend will also allow me to wear this top year-round!
I really enjoy making clothes for babies and children (like this moss stitch cardigan) because I can create intricate pieces that work up quite quickly. It takes me only a couple days for a piece like this, versus a couple weeks for an adult-sized garment.
My first item of clothing I sewed this year is McCall’s M7503 sleeveless V-neck dress, designed by Karen Miller. The dress is fitted through the bodice and has princess seams, Dior darts, and invisible back zipper. It includes separate pattern pieces are included for cup sizes A/B, C, and D.