Hats for Sailors

I can’t believe I failed to mention this earlier, but head on over here and check out the hat’s for sailor’s effort in which Shanti’s mom tries to collect a hand knit hat for every sailor on board her boat. Hats need to be made out of 100% superwash wool. The full details are on the blog. Signature Needles has decided to donate a prize. It shall be raffled off with one chance per hat sent in. I sent my hat off yesterday, but they have extended the deadline to November 7th. If I had waited another day to mail mine I might have had a shot at getting a second hat done :-P

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Born in the USA

I have a hard time finding gear that was made in the states. I look at my mountain hardware jacket and shirt that I bought 4 or 5 years ago. It was made here. The shirt I bought a few months ago was made in Sri Lanka and the backpack was also made overseas. This brings me to where I stand now. I want new down booties, I LOVE mountain hardware. I look on their website and it says imported (both things I needed and bought out of clearance bins.) I looked at a few other items all imported. This was a bit disappointing to me, but not entirely surprising. On a whim I searched for down booties made here and in my loops I did find a few pairs. Western Mountaineering, Feathered Friends (their website is down right now, but it was working yesterday and I have faith it will come back,) Naunatak, and the non-down Forty Below. I’m just observing that these are out there and have never ordered anything from any of those places, except for back country. I love backcountry.com as they are the brains behind steepandcheap.com. I’m thinking about my options and will probably go with the western mountaineering, or forty below because of the price point. I’m excited to have found some stuff made here (but I would have taken made in Canada) My next challenge is to find some long underwear made in the USA. I’m not holding my breath on that one.

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My Canadian Climbing twin and I hung out on chilly Saturday. (ok so the twin thing has nothing to do with looks, but we don’t need to get into it)

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I sprung for a 2 inch Golding Tsunami in purpleheart. On the spindle is a little 2 oz bump of merino I bought for the sole purpose of having something to spin at the festival.

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Bottom left is fiber from Gale’s Art. I have been stalking her etsy shop for quite some time, but never got around to ordering. This is Alpaca-silk in “grape vine”. On top is 2 oz each of Spontaneous Spinning Clouds The pink is Hot Lips, the white is half Party Animal and half Tweedledee both from loop. Bottom right we have 3 oz of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Tussah Silk bought from the fold.

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And what is a sheep and wool post without a cute sheep picture? This little lady was having herself a lovely nap.