Colourway // Long Beach
Sun, sand, and surf spells summertime! But far from the boisterous and busy summer hot spots, I’m dreaming about that magical place at the edge of our country where the beach never ends.
Long Beach is the longest stretch of sand along Vancouver Island, in a tiny, sleepy one-road surf town called Tofino. It’s a windy and cold but relatively calm spot where I first learned to surf many years ago. During a particularly rough and turbulent time in my life, I came here for a short while to find solace and solitude. With a monk-like existence, I would wake early each morning and head to the beach to chase some waves with an old rented longboard, returning back to my dorm in the botanical gardens for lunch, long walks, and lots of writing.
While I’m still a terrible surfer, the little bit that I got to enjoy made an unusually great impact on the things I believe to this day:
- Just keep getting back up. When you fall, just get back up. Persistence makes progress.
- Go with the flow. Trying to swim upstream or against the current will just destroy you.
- Stay loose, stay flexible. You can’t surf with stiff and rigid legs. You need to bend and accommodate all the changes in direction and speed at any given moment.
And there you have it. All my life lessons from a longboard. Hope your summer includes a little sun and sand!
Yarn // Bulletproof Sock
We love our new Bulletproof Sock that was designed to make smooth and strong socks. Bulletproof Sock is blended from 50% superwash merino, 15% silk, 15% mohair, and 20% nylon. Slightly finer than our Tough Love Sock, Bulletproof Sock knits up at a gauge of approximately 8 sts per inch on 2.25 mm (US 1) knitting needles. Each skein of 3-ply light fingering weight yarn has approximately 437 yards (400 m) per 3.5 oz (100g).
Fibre // Superwash Merino
Superwash Merino is 100% superwash merino wool that is delightfully puffy and fluffy. “Superwash” makes it easy care, but can also make it a little more slippery to spin. If you are having trouble holding onto this fibre, perhaps consider spinning it from the fold. Breaking off chunks of fibre and folding it over the index finger of your fibre supply hand can help you manage this slippery fibre!
Interested in seeing what some of our Club members are making with their yarn and fibre? Check out Rachel’s spinning posts about what she’s been spinning from our monthly fibre. And welcome Katrina, who has been knitting up each month’s yarn into something spectacular!
— Enjoy colour, Felicia
Each month, we dye a brand new, unique colourway for our Spinning Fibre and Sock Yarn Clubs. This post is all about what we sent out to our members in June 2016.