Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A Knitters Boat Cruise

Well........the weather was a little discouraging, as we left Muskoka in our rain gear, hands clasped around warm cups of tea and coffee. But by the time we arrived in Peterborough and boarded the boat for our lift lock cruise, the sun was peeking through the clouds. For our Spring Knitters Tour, on Sunday June 6th, we invited a guest along for lunch, Christina Pridie, who brought some amazing handspun alpaca yarns and her latest sweater designs, all part of a trunk show.

Christina is a Peterborough designer who is very excited about the opening of her own studio. Most of her knitwear designs are worked in the round, eliminating seams. She has been selling her handknitting for years and finally at the request of her customers, has decided to sell her original design patterns as well. Christina will have her patterns available very shortly on Here she is at the head of the boat, passing samples of her designs around to our group of knitters for inspection. After lunch, we did a little bit of yarntasting, knitting and crocheting with some of her alpaca and silk blends. Now thats a classic cardigan in black, all knit in the round. There was so much to see, the scenery kept changing all around us, and the afternoon went by too quickly. On the bus ride home we had time to knit a few rows on our projects. The next Knitters Tour will be in September, a weekend away in Finger Lakes, New York at the Fibre Arts Festival. Here is a peek at the amazing scenery, also known as Napa Valley of the north.

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