This scarf is the softest thing I own and I am, more often than not, wrapped up in it’s cozy warmth. I made one for Chloe’s birthday a number of years ago and borrowed it so often that she decided to return the favor (or get her scarf back) and made one for me in the same yarn. This is actually called a woobie, and the name is accurate. Malou Woobie is made with Malou bulky alpaca from Lang Yarn in 0025 navy.
We are sailing away to knit and laugh together and you should come! Heather Kinne of Highland Handmades and I already got a good start on the laughing part when we filmed The Fiberista Files podcast together recently.
We begin with a sheep shearing and skirting demonstration at Bittersweet Heritage Farm and wind up back at the Riggin for dinner at anchor. Heather from Highland Handmades will also be joining the trip to lead a spinning demonstration where you’ll be able to spin your own fiber (roving and combtop provided) on a drop spindle. Mim Bird will be with us as well to help assess the yarn we’ve created and figure out how and what to knit with it.
Your yarn and your project will be individual… and as relaxing or as type-A as you’d like. This is a pretty special trip and all of the details are on the Riggin site.
I’ve fallen in love with Quince and Company Yarn, sold in their flagship store Knit Wit in Portland, Maine the Munjoy Hill neighborhood. A friend and I were scheduled to have lunch one day at Duck Fat (just go and have the fries, oh, and a shake – heaven) and in she walks with this cowl that I HAD to own. And what do you know? It’s hand knit with Quince and Co. yarn – Puffin. And also what do you know? The yarn is sold just around the corner, to which I hied myself after proper sustenance and bought my very own yarn. When I got home, I promptly began making cowls with Quince and Co. pattern. I was so excited about my first one that I couldn’t wait to weave the bitter ends in, I just tucked ’em up and wore it. Oh, shhh. I’ll weave them in eventually.
Maybe we could knit a cowl on one of our knitting cruises? Hmm. I need to think about this a little more….
Last weekend over 40 of us gathered together with sewing needles and yarn to sew 141 knitted squares into blankets. It was a short two and a half weeks from first knitted square to blankets (except for Iris, who began knitting squares when she heard the words “knit-a-thon”). You go, girl!
Many, but not all, of the squares were knit on board the Riggin this summer, with donated Hope Spinnery yarn, with the express purpose of sewing them into blankets to be given away. And then in the world of no coincidences, viola, enter the Knit-a-Thon in support of Ashwood Waldorf School! And it’s not too late to pledge and be entered for the J. & E. Riggin Knitting Cruise trip for two raffle. Tomorrow’s the last day!
The blankets are beautiful and will go to New Hope for Women to hopeful embrace a woman or child who is in dear need of some tenderness and warmth. I’m so grateful to live within this terrific community.