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Spring brings a desire to rearrange the furniture. We’ve done a little of that.

Spring brings malevolent cold viruses. I can do without that, thanks.

Most importantly, spring has brought us new yarn and fibres.

We recently received a large shipment of Lucy Neatby’s hand-dyed fingering weight Celestial Merino Dream from across the harbour, in all the multicolours and many of the beautiful mottled solids too. This lightweight wool yarn is lovely for lace scarves, and the 300 yards per skein will go a long way.

Lucy also delivered a hefty load of her gorgeous DK weight blue-faced leicester, in giant 225 gram skeins. These are also available in solids or multicolours, and they may not be available for long. This yarn would make a fantastic cozy shawl, for example Ilga Leja’s Lady of the Forest.

A brand new product to The Loop is Tanis Fiber Arts‘ hand-dyed sock yarn. This cushy blend of 80% merino and 20% nylon is perfect for socks, and the multilayered solid colours are truly eye-catching.

Now I really need to get off of this blog and see what else awaits in this box of needle felting fibre and more from Louet, that just arrived this morning …

Yesterday Sadie from the Ecology Action Centre and Morgan dropped by to set up our north Atlantic sea floor.

We’ve received tons of amazing donated creatures, including fish,, squid, jellyfish, sea urchins, sea anemones, glass sponges, coral, and of course octopi. They have been knit, crocheted and needle felted.

We are still welcoming additions right up until June 5th, a few days before Oceans Day. Have a look at the species wish list on the Stitchin Fish blog if you wish to get involved!

Please drop by any time to see our growing marine ecosystem.

Latvian Mitten from the Vidzeme region

A World of Hockey Knitting Comes to Halifax.

For a week now, Halifax has been co-hosting (with Quebec City) the IIHF World Hockey Championships. The streets are buzzing with jersey-clad Swedes, Norweigians, Latvians, Finns, Russians, Belarussians, Germans, Americans and Canadians, tooting, hooting and singing in support of their teams. But knitters know that these countries share a love of something even more important than long winters and puck-chasing, and that, of course is KNITTING! I’ve compiled this list of inspiring links relating to the knitting traditions of some of the IIHF participants:

Sweden

Germany

Finland

  • What’s Finland knitting? Explore hundreds of Finnish knit blogs here
  • Blogger Ketutar’s charts for traditional Finnish colour patterns

The String or Nothing blog has a great page of Russian knitting and crochet links.

Latvia

Norway

  • A free downloadable PDF guide to designing Norwegian Ski Sweaters from Interweave Knits
  • Vinter Lue, a free pattern for a traditional winter earflap hat by Theresa Vinson Stenerson on Knitty
  • A story from the New York Times archive on Norwegian knitting traditions

Oceans Day is June 8th, but the festivities on the Halifax Waterfront will be happening on Friday June 6th. Sadie from the Ecology Action Centre dropped by today with a selection of creatures to add to our growing pile.

We are just about ready to start setting up our North Atlantic ecosystem. Later this week we will begin to assemble our seafloor, but we know it will keep growing over the next few weeks.

So please keep on creating, and drop by with your sea creatures.

Thank you for the amazing giant seahorses Karla!

There is a dumbo octopus in the house. And what is that ugly brown thing there?

Now that’s a face only a mother or a knitter could love.

Cathy is merriment
Mimi is starlings
Morgan is pomoboho
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