It has been a rather rough week. Sadly, my grandmother passed away at the age of 93. It should have been expected I suppose; however, I was really beginning to think she could go on forever. I don’t think I can say much more about that, at the moment. Anyway, isn’t it weird, when you’re out of sorts anyway, how many other things can go wrong? As each thing goes wrong, it snowballs to the point of absurdity? That has been my week. Murphy’s Law. I’m hoping that, somehow, Halloween will break the cycle. Don’t ask me my reasoning. It can’t be explained.

So, in an attempt to avoid tripping over my words, or whatever else could go wrong, I’m going to keep this short and sweet….another blog post in pictures. Here is Robin Hood Jacket #2:

Robin Hood Jacket #2

Robin Hood Jacket #2

  • Pattern: Robin Hood Jacket, by Zoë Mellor
    Source: Adorable Knits For Tots
  • Materials: Rowan Cork (Discontinued), Colour 031 Vapor, 6.5 skeins
  • Needles: Knit Picks Interchangeable Circs, 6.5mm and 8mm
  • Modification: I did the 1-2 year size, extended the length of body, sleeves, and hood, and it fits my 4 year old son.

Robin Hood Jacket #2

Robin Hood Jacket #2 Robin Hood Jacket #2

Robin Hood Jacket #2 Robin Hood Jacket #2

Here are our two kiddos together, with their matchy sweaters.

Robin Hood Jacket #2

Robin Hood Jacket #2

While taking photos for a blog post certainly takes up a lot of time, it is the actual editing and choosing of the photos that is overwhelming sometimes. That task was nearly impossible for me this time. So, I’m sorry, but this is going to be a blog post in pictures. I can’t narrow it down any further than I have.

So, here we have it, my most recent finished project. It was seamed on Sunday.

Robin Hood Jacket

Robin Hood Jacket

  • Pattern: Robin Hood Jacket, by Zoë Mellor
  • Source: Adorable Knits For Tots
  • Materials: Rowan Cork (Discontinued), Colour 038 Bug, 9 skeins
  • Needles: Knit Picks Interchangeable Circs, 6.5mm and 8mm
  • Modification: I did the 3-4 year size, extended the length of body and sleeves, and it fits my 6 year old daughter with room to spare. Go figure.

Robin Hood Jacket

This project has been in my queue, since long before there was a Ravelry. I knew that I wanted to use the yarn called for in the pattern, Rowan Cork. Unfortunately, it was discontinued. Despite being a bulky yarn, it is lofty and relatively light. I thought it would be perfect for a child’s sweater. It also has subtle colour variation that is appealing to me. So, I waited, and I waited, until I finally found some on EBay, in my daughter’s favourite colour, green. She is also very fond of the colour name, BUG.

Robin Hood Jacket

I love the cables, but I think the hood is my favourite part. I knit it (the hood) the same length as specified in the pattern. I took some pictures of the hood, while my daughter played in her little playhouse. You can pick; click to embiggen.

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Robin Hood Jacket Robin Hood Jacket

Robin Hood Jacket Robin Hood Jacket

Does anyone know how hard it is to take photos of an active six year old? “Please, sweety, hold still?” Anyway, we had fun…..walking in the woods….

Robin Hood Jacket Robin Hood Jacket

…up a tree….

Robin Hood Jacket Robin Hood Jacket

… at the playground…

Robin Hood Jacket Robin Hood Jacket

…and on a nature hunt.

Robin Hood Jacket

Robin Hood Jacket

We had fun!! She’s such a good sport, our sweet, lovely girl.

Robin Hood Jacket

Where have I been? I can’t believe my last blog post was in *gasp* April!! I’m very out of practice. I had an unintentional blog hiatus. Nothing is wrong at chez Loopy Knits….everything is right. My husband was given the “all clear” by his doctor! So, with his new-found energy and positive outlook, we are doing things. We are doing things that have been on hold for a long, long time. So, we have been very busy…hence the blog hiatus.

What has brought me back to the blog? Well, I have something to share. I want to talk about this place, Belfast Mini-Mills, in Belfast, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Behind this humble entrance is a treasure trove.

Belfast Mini Mill Store

Belfast Mini Mill Store

I should explain that this is not just a store. This is a mill. They process exotic fibers from around the world, such as yak, camel, alpaca, llama, cashmere, bison, musk-ox and mohair…oh, and sheep wool. I know this is true because I saw it!! Despite the fact that we arrived only an hour before closing, we were given a tour of the mill. I saw bags and bags of cashmere (pictured below)!

Bags of Cashmere!

I also saw bags of qiviut! I’m not kidding!!

The owners invented the “cottage industry” machinery they use. This enables them to process fiber in smaller batches than larger commercial mills. Larger commercial mills will combine fleece. So, you might get your own fiber back, but in combination with others. However, when you send your fleece to the Belfast Mini Mill, you can be sure that you get your own processed fiber back. In fact, Belfast Mini Mills has developed 27 other mini mills world-wide!

The mill process begins with cleaning, carding, and drafting the fibers. As it goes through the machinery, the wool is collected in another small room. They have spinning equipment, which was fascinating. They also produce wool felt, and make up needle felting kits.

Then, there were the animals.

Belfast Mini Mill

As we were given a tour of the mill, my daughter was given a tour of the farm. She was ecstatic! She was responsible for carefully collecting nine eggs, from the nests in the hen house. Apparently there were tiny baby chicks that were white in colour. My daughter fell in love with a very cute, *free*, bunny. We did not come home with it, fortunately. The bunnies really were cute though, and run freely around the barnyard.

Then there was the store.

Belfast Mini Mill Store

They had all kinds of exotic yarns. The cashmere almost seemed ordinary!! Those are alpaca/nylon socks in the upper left hand corner. They also had superwash wool socks, and I came home with a pair for my husband. I forgot to take a picture of the wall o’ socks.

Belfast Mini Mill Store

They also sell needle felting kits, as I mentioned, mittens, gorgeous woven hand towels (pictured), which I almost bought, soaps, wool dyes, books, dyed roving, blankets… This is a woven, merino wool blanket that my mother bought:

Woven Blanket

Woven Blanket

They had qiviut socks, if you want to really splurge! So, so, soft…

Qiviut Socks

Too pricey? Here are musk-ox leather pouches containing qiviut samples.

Musk Ox Leather Pouch With Qiviut Sample

Belfast Mini Mill Store

Would you like to see what I bought?

100% Camel Down

I got two skeins of 100% camel down. It is so soft, I had to take it home. It was $20/skein. I also got this:

Chunky Merino Wool

That’s two skeins of chunky merino wool, $8/skein. I also got a wool dyeing starter kit for $20. I can’t wait to give it a try.

Starter Dye Kit

I decided to include prices I paid, because I don’t think they have that kind of information on their website. I have no affiliation to this place whatsoever; however, I had great fun there, and I thought that others might be interested in hearing about it. It’s worth a visit, or a phone call. I have linked to their website, but I also have their business card. Comment here, if you would like me to forward their phone number or email address. Gotta love PEI!

Cavendish, PEI

…And I’m back. I thought I should blog something, before people think that something happened to me. All is well. I didn’t mean do be missing in action for so long. I was on a genealogy research bender. I got a lead and couldn’t stop working on it. It’s like solving a mystery. All of my computer time was devoted to tracking down information, and organizing it. Anyway, I do have a finished item to share with you!

 

Healthy Spine Toe-up Socks

 

 

Healthy Spine Toe-up Socks

 

Healthy Spine Toe-up Socks

 

I had to show that third picture.

Conversation with my husband:

Me: “Do I look like I have duck feet in the second picture?”
DH: “No, but your ankles look really wide in the first one.”
Me: “Well, I’m keeping the first one, because the colour is accurate, and you can see the heel.”
DH incredulously: “Are your feet sticking up in the air in that third shot?”
Me: “Yes, it’s hard to take pictures of your own feet.”
DH: (here’s the kicker): “Were you clothed?
Me: (while giving the evil eye): “No, I just thought that while the kids are home with colds, I would lie on the floor, buck n*ckid, and take pictures, in front of the window, of my merino wool clad feet! Just because my feet are in the air, I must be unclothed?? Men!”
DH: “No, I just thought your skin looked blue.”
Me: “Oh. Right.”

Hee hee! I love him! Just to let anyone know, who may be in doubt, yes, I was wearing all of my clothing. (Edited to add: I think he’s just jealous, ’cause he wants my socks.)

 

Healthy Spine Toe-up Socks

The actual colour is not so red.

 

Okie dokie then, moving on…
I’ve been tagged by Alicia for the 7 Random things meme.

“Here are the rules, and they must be posted to your blog. Link to the person’s blog who tagged you. List seven random and/or weird facts about yourself. Tag seven random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs. Let each person know that they have been tagged by posting a comment on their blog and also so they can look at your blog and not tag the same people all over again!”

Here are my random answers, in random order:

  1. I don’t like filling out forms, and will do almost anything to avoid it.
  2. I wore braces as a teenager.
  3. I once dated the doctor who did Jennifer Love Hewitt’s b**b job enhancement. Once dated. Literally. One date. It just wasn’t meant to be. That was in his med school days. Nice website Pete! 🙂 How’s that for random?
  4. I don’t like the feeling of wearing nail polish.
  5. I sold a pair of underwear to Colin James, and a pair of pants to his guitar player, when I worked at Harry Rosen eons ago. Oooooooo.
  6. I love lobster! Yummy!
  7. I go by my middle name. That was my parents’ idea.

Wait, there’s more! Carol gave me the “You Make My Day” award! That made my day! Thanks so much Carol!

 

You Make My Day

 

Instructions: “Give the award to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blogland. Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware you may get the award several times.”

So, what I’m going to do is tag 10 people, and they can consider themselves tagged for both the meme, and the award. If you’ve done the meme before, don’t worry about doing it again. Of course, I love all of the biggy blogs, like Brooklyn Tweed, Wendy Knits, Grumperina, and Yarn Harlot, but I think they probably get a number of awards. What I thought I’d do, this time, is concentrate on the blogs of people who live somewhat near me. I have been fortunate to meet a number of these people in person. It has been fun to find out that there are other knitbloggers in my part of the world. Reading their blogs really does make my day! Here they are in no particular order:

  1. Carol, back at you!
  2. Heather
  3. Kelly
  4. CanKnitian
  5. Byrne
  6. Alison
  7. Lesley
  8. Deb
  9. Tanya
  10. Line
  11. Mary

Okay, so I listed eleven blogs, not ten. My bad. Spread the cheer!