The Upper Canada Fibreshed is bringing farm-fresh yarn, roving and fleece to the urban maker.
12-4 pm, February 5th, 2017
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W, Toronto, ON
@uppercanadfibreshed #landmade #uppercanadafibreshed
LandMade brings local fibre farmers to the Gladstone Hotel, giving urban knitters, spinners, crocheters, weavers, felters, makers and artists the chance to discover fleeces, rovings and yarns direct from the farm.
Eight farms that raise sheep, alpacas and mohair will be available to talk all things fibre, and to provide locally and sustainably raised materials to the natural fibre enthusiast.
Be sure to bring a long your needles, hooks, spindles and wheels. Making and conversation is highly encouraged over coffee, tea or wine in the Melody Bar or Cafe.
Meet the Farmers
LandMade is the perfect opportunity to meet your local UCFS farmers, learn more about ethically and sustainably-raised sheep, alpaca and mohair and purchase fleece, roving and yarn fresh from the farm.
With Special Guest the Peggy Sue Collection
LandMade is the perfect opportunity to join in with Fibershed’s Knitalong.
Fibershed’s Knitalong encourages local makers to engage with their local producers through a simple knitting project. Radiata, the Knitalong pattern created by Emily Cunetto, is available for purchase on Ravelry or via Emily’s website.
Are you a new fibre enthusiast? You are very welcome to join our knitting circle at LandMade for some intro-level knitting instruction to get you started on your very own Radiata.
Share Your Project
Tell the world about your project and the gorgeous local materials you used to make it! Be sure to document your project’s progress via social media using #landmade, #FibershedKAL and #uppercanadafibreshed.
Post your pictures and send us your thoughts on making with local materials. After 4 weeks we’ll compile everyone’s images and thoughts into a final blog reflecting on the process of creating your very own LandMade project.
Please help us spread the word about the beautiful local fibres available in our fibreshed. Remember to tag us (@uppercanadafibreshed) and your local fibre producer in your posts!
About Fibershed’s Knitalong
A “knitalong” is a way of knitting in community despite distance, a way that we can support strategic geographies around the world in coming together around a knitting pattern and theme.
Working with yarns from your local ‘fibershed,’ including small-batch yarns direct from local farms or unique handspun fiber combinations, often means that you are making adaptations to patterns written for a specific type of yarn. Here, we present a pattern that is designed specifically to highlight the unique qualities of locally-sourced yarn.
These are yarns that tell a story — of the land they come from, the breeds or varieties of plants and animals that produce the fiber, the dyestuff gathered or grown in your region, and the management and care that has gone into each step in getting the yarn into your hands.
Knitting your own local garment is also an act of prosumption — a way of engaging dialogue between producer and consumer. By nourishing the relationship between who grows and who makes our clothing, we can move beyond the barriers of strictly producing and consuming materials.
We hope you will be inspired by the 2016 Knitalong to choose a new yarn or fiber from your area, and to connect in a deeper way with the people, plants, animals, and land-base that are producing these fibers in your region.