Monday, October 19, 2009

Creativ Festival/New Designs

Exhausting but fun.

It's unusual to find myself in a mixed crafts environment. And I'm not just talking about crochet... At the Creativ Festival there are quilters and embroiderers and smockers and cross-stitchers, not to mention the scrapbooking.

I love looking at the other crafts, to see how they use colour, to see what sorts of textures and designs you can create. I do occasionally flirt with cross-stitch - mostly because of its portability - but I'm otherwise pretty monogamous to (with?) knitting.

I have to say, though, that the highlight of the show was meeting Ozzy the Alpaca. Really! Ozzy was in the booth of one of the alpaca farms, and he was charming and handsome and serene. I'm sure he'd be very warm to cuddle up to on the couch...

It's also a great show for me because I get to meet knitters from other parts of Canada - I had knitters from as far away as Calgary and Quebec in my classes.

At the show, I launched a couple of new designs, in The Purple Purl booth: an updated Silk Garden hat & gauntlets set...



using standard Silk Garden. (The previous version used the chunky weight.) Two balls only for the set!

And then there's the Scowl.

It's a scarf-cowl hybrid, so named because that's the look you'll have on your face by the time it's cold enough to be wearing it...

It makes a cowl...



A collar....

And a scarf...


It uses two skeins of the Misti Alpaca Super Chunky, and some clever short rows!

Kits are available at The Purple Purl, and patterns will be available online soon.

3 comments:

Sylvie said...

Kate, that's simply gorgeous!!! Gosh, to think I saw the beginnings of that design. I had no idea that would be so gorgeous. Hurry with the pattern! I need a black and purple one and have plenty of chunky alpaca, which I can wear, to make one for myself!!! :-)

sarah said...

the scowl is awesome kate!! I'll have to make one, it solves my dislike with regular cowls - that your chest is still cold!

TracyKM said...

Love the Scowl! Loved meeting you too! Although, when I read your blog, you don't have an accent, LOL!