A Few Quick FOs

While I was in Bhutan I finished another pair of garter-rib socks.  For such a simple pattern I made an exceptional number of mistakes. Despite that the socks fit fine. The Pagewood Farms Yukon yarn in the Camo colorway was lovely to work with originally, but since I’d previously tried it with two other patterns, it was a bit splitty by now.

Gross National Happiness socks

I have started continuing the slip stitch heel around the heel turn and onto the bottom of the heel for a more cushioned sock. Occassionally I need to insert a short row when I do this to accommodate the slip stitch being shorter than the pattern on the insole.

Gross National Happiness socks

My BroadRipple socks are also done. They are made from Cascade Fixation Spray-Dyed Effect yarn in the Pacific colorway.

In Remembrance: Broadripple in Pacific Colorway

I finished the first pair of  Waving, Not Drowning socks and am working on a second pair.  Much to my surprise, the Lana Grossa Meilenwett Cotton yarn (color 7002, lot 52219) that I thought was a variegated single color has a stripe in it.  I had wanted to make these in a solid color to better show off the pattern. I don’t think these are doing that. They look better in the photo than in real life.

Waving, Not Drowning Again
This seems to be my year for learning how to (or how not to) effectively pair yarns with patterns. I’ve been largely knitting multi-colored colorways into patterns that would look better with a solid yarn.

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Fiber Arts in Bhutan

I had the great good fortune to be in Bhutan for spring break. Imagine my delight one day, when we went to a preserve to see some of the endangered local beasties (takin and barking deer) and found women nearby engaged in fiber crafts.

I remember a discussion on Ravelry a few years ago regarding homemade swifts.  I saw a number of swifts like this one.

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This industrious woman sold a number of her weavings in the short time that I was there.

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Later in the week we were hiking down from a visit to a monastery.  As we walked through a small village I came upon this lovely sight, hand dyed yarn. I wonder if it is spun from yak hair.

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I suspect one of these women was the dyer. Notice the heavy jacket but bare feet. These people are so much hardier than I am after living in the tropics at sea level for nine years.

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A few days later we were in Thimphu visiting a school for the 12 traditional arts.  Here is a first year student using a backstrap loom.

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And these students are sewing the lovely Buddha’s earrings and banners of triumph (celebrating the spread of Buddhist teachings.) Crafts such as these sell for big bucks in the local craft stores.
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Men in Bhutan traditionally wear a woven garment called a gho. Our guide’s sister wove the fabric for his gho. He says he owns around 15 gho. I suspect that is more than most people. It is common for middle class families to employ their own weaver to weave the fabric for the family’s clothes and linens. Here are some art students wearing their school uniforms.

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And these cuties are wearing their best kiras for the Paro festival. Our guide told us that people may only wear there very best clothes once a year at their local festival.

Bedecked

Thursday I headed up to the mall after work to purchase some software for work and a new backup drive for me. Walking home I was delighted to discover that all the trees along Woodlands Ave 1 were bedecked with cascades of orchids.

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