destashing part 2: handspun

destashing part 2 - handspun

Prices are in USD and include shipping to the US and Canada.

Top Row:
L: Lilies. 80% merino, 20% silk; 140 yards, 110 g; bulky/chunky; $20 includes shipping
R: Bubblegum. 100% merino wool; 196 yards, 110 g; bulky; $20 includes shipping

Middle Row:
L: Local Alpaca. 100% Ontario alpaca (not super soft); 205 yards, 100g; worsted/variable; $16 includes shipping
R: Megan. 100% corriedale wool; 160 yards; worsted/chunky; $16 includes shipping

Bottom Row:
L: Cornsilk. 100% ingeo fiber from corn; 110 yards, 85g; worsted/variable; $15 includes shipping
R: Corriedale singles. 100% corriedale wool; 275 yards; worsted/variable; $14 includes shipping

Email me at cosmicpluto at cosmicpluto dot com!

I’ve started assessing and packing up some stuff – I’m planning on doing a slow move, with most of the important stuff (yarn) in plastic bins and some baskets. I’ve got the spinning stuff down to a single bin plus the wheels, fabric is all in one bin as well (plus the serger). Yarn? That’s more than one bin! Um, way more. But I’ve packed up pretty much all the loose skeins now so all of it can really just be put in the car and moved.

And I’ve been knitting a bit, but not much – this little cardigan needs just about an inch of sleeve ribbing. Sheesh! I love the smocked ribbing around the body.

smocked ribbing

destashing: books

destash: knitting books

I’m moving! I just managed to find an apartment after a rather frustrating search – so you know what that means. Packing, and reassessing. Need any knitting books? I’m hoping to pass some on to loving homes. Prices are negotiable.

Prices in USD including shipping to US and Canada.

Cables Untangled – $23 PENDING
Lace Style – $16 SOLD
TYV Knitting Design – $20 SOLD
Romantic Hand Knits – $23 SOLD
Yarn Girls’ Guide to Knits for All Seasons – $14
The Knit Stitch – $14 SOLD
The Purl Stitch – $14 SOLD
Knitting Lingerie Style – $20 SOLD

Email me at cosmicpluto at cosmicpluto dot com!

(Thanks everyone! I might just donate that last book to the Textile Museum.)

weekend in Ottawa

I’m a bit behind in everything, not the least of which is my poor neglected blog! Let’s see about catching up. Last weekend I headed to Ottawa for a bit of a birthday trip. A friend and I drove (okay, he drove) and got there Thursday night. We stayed at his brother’s apartment in Byward Market – very, very convenient in terms of getting around, but it’s a bit wild on the weekends. Clubs and such.

the locks

Friday we walked around, took the bus to Hintonberg and checked out Parkdale farmer’s market (where there were berries all over the place!), a few little shops, and the yarn store on Wellington West, Wabi-Sabi. Bit of an adventure to get there with all the construction, but it was a nice little shop that carries a lot of Americo yarns – perfect if you want them but aren’t in Toronto.

Had a delicious pizza lunch at the Grand in Byward Market, then headed over to Parliament Hill for Fortissimo – a “musical extravaganza” put on my the armed forces. It was interesting, but they probably could’ve cut at least 15 minutes of unnecessary music.

Fortissimo 2009

Saturday we took the parliamentary tour and took lots of photos – including this crazy unicorn right outside the main entryway! Why’s his tongue sticking out? Weird.

drunken unicorn?!


This view should be familiar to Canadians who watch the news – this is outside the House of Commons, where all the journalists lie in wait.

this view should be familiar to Canadians who watch the news

My favourite part was the library – it’s the only part of the building that survived a big fire, and it’s quite beautiful.

363.365 - old school

Saturday night we went to New Edinburgh Park for the Lumiere festival, which was super fun – the park is super dark, but the trails are lit with tons of pretty lanterns.

paper bag maze

(Candles-in-paper-bags maze)

swirly lantern

more of the lumiere festival

Sunday was pretty chill – we walked around the Glebe area and went to the Landsdowne farmer’s market. Can you tell I love farmer’s markets? So much pretty and yummy produce! I ended up baking a pie on Sunday too, with blueberries from the market.

pretty plums!

And then Monday it was back to Toronto and a full week of work at the store! Knitting news and some destashing is coming right up.