What a weekend. Early Saturday, Janie H. drove down to Kingston and together we dropped in on Carolyn Barnett, who specializes in stunning machine knits with beautifully crafted details, including imaginative handmade buttons. Janie has commissioned a couple of sweaters from Carolyn. Here's Carolyn's studio in nearby Portsmouth.
And here she and Janie are deciding on some design details.
Then, Janie and I hopped in her car and headed off to Picton to see Habu Textiles trunk show and enjoy local wine and cheese at the Rose Haven Farm Store.
Habu's paper yarn fascinates me. I hadn't realized that there was no wool in traditional Japanese garments. Most clothing for non-nobility was made from bast yarns (plant fibres), including paper.
I was most drawn to the possibilities of the stainless steel and copper yarns. I love the way the stainless steel and silk yarn can be used for ruffled, airy edgings. I'm already thinking about using some in combination with Helen Hamann's fingering weight alpaca. Off now to do a little swatching.