Birkeland Bros. is a 73-year-old family business in Vancouver, and earlier this year announced they would be closing due to the health of 4th generation owner, Cara. Brothers Olaf and Mike arrived from Norway in the 1930′s and set up a wool processing business in 1939 on Main Street. The business centered around The Old Lady—a two tonne 100+ years old belt-driven carding machine. So in the Spring, everyone was buying up fibre and wool from Birkeland—all the things were for sale. It was sad that such a pivotal part of Vancouver’s fibre history was going to end. It was Continue Reading »
Well, you’ve all probably heard the Canadian election results… and the subsequent outrage. What’s done is done, but I can’t help feeling sick to my stomach. So, here is a little pick-me-up: FO reports! First up: Yuletide Gnome [rav link] Pattern by Alan Dart, published by Simply Knitting Magazine (UK). I knit it from Simply Knitting’s Christmas Gifts Extra! booklet. This poor gnome was sitting unfinished for several months. He was supposed to be a gift for the Festivus Miracle Swap-o-Rama at Christmas time. At least I finally finished him. Now to remember to bring him next time I see Continue Reading »
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No, I have no knitting to show. But I do have lovely lovely yarns. Non-yarnies, look away now. Yarn-a-holics, grab a towel, you might drool. First up, my package from The Loopy Ewe: I decided to see what all the fuss was about and ordered some Madelinetosh and Sanguine Gryphon. Here are the close-up shots: Now, for a few weeks I’ve been stalking the updates for Wollmeise. I fell in love with this colourway “Am kalten Polar” which translates (from German) to “in the cold arctic” with colours of teal, blue, and cranberry. Beautiful.