crisp Habu fique

Did you know that it’s impossible to leave a fibre marketplace empty handed? Of course you did. To wrap up the Madrona experience, I feel compelled to document my souvenirs.

For some reason, the fique (a plant fibre from the pineapple family) above especially called to me, maybe because it’s the exact opposite of my usual favourite soft (crunchy) and smooth (stiff) yarns. My extended Colombian family tells me that fique is commonly used in South America for rope, bags, and sandals.

a small collection of Habu silks

I feel like you have to be a weaver to make the most of Habu’s outstanding range of fibres, but I’m determined to conduct experiments that will make the most of crisp 1-micron thick silk in knitwear.

madelinetosh in earl grey

No plans to even use the madelinetosh; I’ve admired her colours for a long time and bought this skein of tosh merino light in ‘earl grey’ just because it’s beautiful. Seriously tempted to just unwind the skein and hang it on the wall – the lightness and reflectivity in her colourways is amazing.

The Toots Leblanc soft soft soft merino/angora blend is destined for a hat. This company is amazing, making yarns so soft that they don’t even have to dye them. One feel and people were snapping them up left and right.

Toots Leblanc merino/angora

That’s it – I only took two classes but enjoyed seeing so many enthusiastic knitters in one place. I think next time I’ll focus on technique – I’m still trying to decide if a trip to Sock Summit is in the cards. I think the best place for me would be Carson Demers’ physiotherapy-oriented class Ergonomics for Knitters, and Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s Knitting for Speed and Efficiency. Because who wouldn’t want to knit faster without developing a repetitive strain injury.