November 22, 2005


This past weekend I went on a yarn-centred roadtrip — my first! I went with two people who work at the Mount Allison library, both knitters. I made contact with them through a reader of this blog (hi Michelle!), who lived in Sackville for a while a few years ago. She set me up with a friend of hers at the library, who introduced me to another knitter there. The three of us chatted for a while, and when we realised that none of us had yet been to London-Wul, we decided a road trip was in order. So this past Saturday we headed up to Moncton to visit the farmer’s market (which happened to be having a little “Woolfest”!) and the store/farm itself.

Now, I got my camera out, but I forgot it on the kitchen table, so I don’t have any pictures. All I can say is I had a great time; we tried out some drop spindles at the Woolfest (I don’t think I’m a natural, somehow!) and wandered through the farmer’s market — I bought some amazing smoked pork chops and some wonderful organic carrots. Then we got back in the car and drove out to the farm itself, where the shop is — I’m really sorry I didn’t bring my camera, because it’s an amazing place. Tonnes of yarn, of course, but also lots of information on yarn-making, and a dyeing workshop all set up and open to view. They have a natural dye garden there — of course it’s pretty barren right now, but I’d love to get back there in the summer to see everything. They have some beautiful yarns, many made with mohair or angora from their own sheep and rabbits. In the end, though, the only yarn I bought there was Briggs&Little — a little silly, but they had what I wanted in sufficient quantity, so I snapped it up:


Not the most exciting yarn in the world, but I’m looking forward to using it. I’m going to make a gansey for Mark, so that he has a Maritime-type sweater made with New Brunswick wool to commemorate our time here. I mentioned a while back that I got myself “Patterns For Guernseys, Jerseys & Arans”. It’s a great book, with wonderful pictures of authentic sweaters and many, many stitch patterns and combinations. But it’s an older book, and doesn’t give much help for actually knitting the sweaters — it assumes a lot of knowledge and is full of British terminology. I could probably work out a sweater, but it would be a lot of work. On Saturday I saw “Knitting Ganseys” by Beth Brown-Reinsel, and decided it would be a perfect complement to the older book. It gives step-by-step instructions for designing a gansey, with all the more traditional options discussed and explained. I’m fairly confident that I can use this book to put together a sweater with one or more of the stitch patterns given in the older book, to make something that will work with my yarn and fit Mark. So now I just have to finish Hervor and get to work designing the pattern!

All in all the roadtrip was a lovely way to get to know some knitters and enjoy the local amenities. And it was fun to actually make a flesh-and-blood connection through my extended online community!

Posted by Aven at November 22, 2005 03:23 PM

Its must be amazing to meet up with knitters in real life!! I still only have my online knitting buddies, I’ve yet to meet anyone to sit and have knitting chat with or yarn shop with. Good for your for connecting!!! Good luck with the Gansey, I cant wait to see the progress!!!

Posted by: Shannon at November 23, 2005 09:17 AM

I really like that navy blue; it’s such a nice, rich color. It looks as if it’ll be perfect for a gansey.

Posted by: Lydia at November 23, 2005 01:06 PM

Aven, you’re amazing. I’m sure you will be able to make something even if you think it might be a bit complicated. I bet it won’t be for you!

Posted by: Maria at November 23, 2005 07:26 PM

Hey Aven, I’m excited to see what you do with your B&L. I have a ton of it and can’t decide what to do!

Posted by: Jill at November 25, 2005 10:45 AM