Monday, October 24, 2011

Montreal, Mouline, more

It's hard to believe that I'm still blogging about my trip to Montreal. I was there a month ago. This post covers the important part, though--the yarn!

While my companion was occupied with the conference, I took the metro to Mouline, a relatively large yarn shop in an interesting neighborhood. Lovely place, nice people, great conversation, tons of gorgeous yarn--what more could I want? There is more, but first the yarn, Canadian yarn:
Even the dull-colored hank on the upper right is exciting because it is BFL (bluefaced leicester) sock from sweetgeorgia yarns;
Next to it are three hanks of Mirasol Hacho, a sport weight merino I found in the sale bin;
The rest is Tanis blue label fingering weight, blame indecision. I was shopping for a colorway to complement the Noro I had for a shawl. Now I have three to choose among. I also have three
hanks of Tanis in the shadow colorway, enough for a sweater. At Mouline, more means less--the Tanis is discounted when you buy two or more.

Now the more: the metro was easy to navigate and staffed with helpful people. The cars weren't crowded but were filled with courteous riders who gave up their seats readily. That is, nothing like the London metro, though they do lack the infamous "mind the gap" warnings that make riding the London metro fun. The real fun comes after the ride when you find one of Montreal's markets in an old church two blocks down. The market was mind-blowing, filled with so many food choices that it must be easy to be healthy and well-fed in Montreal.

It's also interesting to reside in Montreal. Recognize this famous set of condos?

No, it isn't the Olympic village. That's here, but I didn't see it. This is Habitat 67, an original design meant to be a low-cost community of stacked single-family homes. The stacking makes them condo-like while preserving the privacy of the individual units since shared walls are limited. Each unit has a garden, but many of them, like the original concept, have been altered by the residents. Many have shielded their gardens from the weather. They've also "bid up" the cost of the units far beyond the original price, responding to the popularity of the location.

Enough travelogue, on to popular knitting! I have found a little success with my next sweater.

This is the first sleeve of my equinox pullover. It's the cover design from the Fall 2006 issue of Interweave Knits. My, that's an old issue! Still, I could knit several sweaters from it. This is the fourth one from this wonderful magazine. I am using a yarn which appears to be the twin of the recommended one, substituting Misti Alpaca baby alpaca royal for Classic Elite's Inca Alpaca. I've used a turned hem and shortened the pattern a bit, resizing it to better fit my skinny arm.

In spite of the yarn substitution, I kept the colors pretty close to the original. The biggest change was to use the salmon pink instead of burgundy. While it isn't an ideal choice, it does look good with the green next to it.

Before I tackled another sweater project, I needed a break. Last week I started this.

I'm binding off now, and won't say what it is for until I'm done. I doubt that anyone can guess.



Habitat 67

Equinox project page

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1 comment:

Wool Winder said...

Nice yarn and a beautiful start to your sweater!