Farmer's Markets and Goodies and Blocking, oh my

So lots of updates since my last post.  I was having a hard time getting around to taking pictures so here come a whole bunch at once.

1. Pondering Rock Farm

Last weekend I went to the McKellar Market, in McKellar, Ontario.  It was lots of fun. This is the market’s first summer so there are only a few vendors, however Heather Darlington of Pondering Rock Farm.  She and her family have a number of sheep and a number of bees on their farm.

So Heather has great handspun, mostly single ply bulky, but a few other specialty yarns, but her colors are just incredible.  Last weekend I picked-up a skein of bulky in an aubergene/grass green colorway.  Turns out I didn’t have enough to make the cowl/wimple I am going to make for my mom.

Pondering Rock

It sure is pretty and it smells like wool.

So I went back this weekend and picked-up another skein of the bulky and two packages of roving.  One in white and the other in a natural grey/black color.  It is has a neat kink in it.

I have some plans for thrummed mitts and possibly some hand spinning.  I am planning on getting a drop spindle when I am in Ottawa next weekend.  Oh yeah, I am going to Ottawa next weekend for a wedding so if anyone has any suggestions of knitting spots to hit please send them my way.

2. New Washes and Yarns

Over the summer I have been acquiring the tools to be a knitter who lives in a small town.  Things like a swift and winder, and more recently blocking supplies.  I really wanted to get some SOAK Wash. I was looking for the SOLA Wash specifically because it was designed by Amy Butler my sister’s favorite fabric designer.  So, the only Canadian supplier was Valley Yarns.  In order to get my shipping free I had to order more stuff, so I added in a Malabrigo Sock yarn …

and some Handmaiden Sea Silk in Peridot

Seems like I will have lots and lots of great fibers to work with as fall comes along.

3. Robin’s Egg Shawl Blocking

So with the arrival of the SOAK Wash I decided it was time to finally block a few things, including the Robin’s Egg Shawl.

Mid-Blocking

Post Blocking

I am really happy with this shawl.  It is a short one, but I figure that is fine for my first shawl.

So, lots of stuff happening, including my Springtime Haruni. I am just finishing up the edging, so I should have it ready to block before bedtime tonight so I may get some pictures of it tomorrow and have them posted later in the week.  So keep your eyes open for that.

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