Scarf Yarns

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Georgian Bay Sunset

Cathy has been busy at the cottage. I'm not sure if she's having more fun knitting or taking pictures of her finished projects.

Pattern: Miso (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: 1 skein of Mrs. Crosby Train Case

This one was hard to get a good picture of as it's hard to see the pattern with the yarn I chose and it's still really windy. Anyways, the model had fun! She even had to wear it as she went out for a paddle on her paddle board.

I'm renaming this one Georgian Bay Sunset Scarf as the colours in the yarn remind me of the colours in the beautiful sunsets we see up here.

The pattern is well written and a very simple knit. I decided to do the smaller one so that I had a little bit less fabric to wrap around my neck.
The larger one would be great, too, I think.

The colour of the Mrs. Crosby Train Case I decided on was a big departure from the blues and greens I usually choose to knit with. Remember how I agonized over the colour in the store? In the end, I'm glad I used this mix of corals and pinks.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Kaffe Fassett

He's all about colour. If you flip through any of the 60 magazines from Rowan, you can easily pick out the designs from Kaffe.
This gorgeous free pattern has been designed by Kaffe Fassett in Kid Classic and Felted Tweed. This beautiful vest uses both fairisle and intarsia techniques with gorgeous squares of colour for a stylish and eye-catching effect, a classic Kaffe garment.
Download the free pattern...

A shipment just arrived from Cocoknits which included Yarn Snips.
This rustic, one-piece snip is made of forged black steel and comes packaged in a kraft tube for easy portability and storage. When not in use, the snip sticks to the Knitter's Keep.
4" in length.

Please note these are snips, not scissors, and they are imperfectly hand-forged. They have a nice heft in the hand, and the good news is that no one is going to borrow them from your knitting kit – they are really only good for snipping yarn!

We have more colored stitch markers as well. I'm using the Colored Ring Stitch Markers on my Eccentric Chevron Wrap. They slide along well and are very easy to find if you drop one on the floor.

The work started early this morning.

It's almost finished. Tomorrow they are saw cutting it and then Monday they are sealing it. Two more weeks and then we can drive on it. The other good thing is being able to sleep in. No people here at 7am to work :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


I showed our Elder Tree Shawl knit in Rowan Revive a few weeks ago. We have a deal for you.

The yarn for the shawl (5 balls) is on sale for $45.

We have most of the Revive colours available.
Purelife revive is our wonderful tweed effect, fully recycled summer yarn. It has a beautiful rusticity.
36% recycled cotton
36% recycled silk
28% recycled viscose

We have a new yarn called Gaia. This is a bulky yarn.
75% wool
25% acrylic

There are 85m on a ball and it sells for $14.95. 4 balls will make a great GAP-tastic. It is a fun, easy knit that will make great Christmas gifts.

I showed Harrap Tweed Chunky yesterday and today we have a sample. The sweater took 6 balls.

Hurry. Who doesn't want to win a new washer and dryer? Here are the rules...

I'm going to have Beth go through her drawer of hand knit socks. I want these!

Monday, August 22, 2016

New Yarns

It's one of my last Mondays off so I put it to good use and visited Trish. The grey is gone and my hair has been cut. What a happy day.

Karen (above) and Kathy (below) shared pictures of their finished Annisa Wraps. They both look amazing. The pattern is by Ambah O'Brien and can be purchased on Ravelry.

They wanted to make sure their pictures were in before August 31 so that they can be eligible for the draw. Take a look on Ravelry at all the great KAL pictures of projects made with patterns from Ambah.

We received two more new yarns late last week.

Meet Milo from Manos del Uruguay.
65% merino wool, 35% linen
Approx. 380 yards /350 meters
per 3.5oz / 100 grs skein
Gauge:20-22 sts per 4"/10cms
New for Fall 2016! Milo blends merino wool with fine linen for a yarn that is simultaneously rustic and elegant.  The linen retains its natural color through the dye process, giving a heathered effect.  It also lightens the yarn and gives the knitted fabric excellent drape.
We received five space dyed and five semi solid colours.

The Mitad Cowl is a free pattern and takes one skein of Milo.

Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky is from the same stable as our beautiful Harrap Tweed DK yarn. It has the same heritage of being inspired by Thomas and Henry Harrap who founded the original company, which in 1934 became Sirdar. Harrap Tweed Chunky comes in a palette of 8 shades that have been inspired by the beautiful surroundings of the Sirdar Head Office in Wakefield, Yorkshire. Harrap Tweed Chunky is the perfect family yarn and our design team have designed 8 leaflets with designs for women, men, children and the home. These are timeless designs that you will want to knit and make time and time again.
40% nylon, 30% wool, 24% acrylic, 6% viscose
100gram ball
168m/184 yards
14 stitches = 4" on 6.5mm needles
machine washable
There is a pattern book with 18 designs for children and adults including

The first coat of sealer went on the steps today. These really show the teal colour (and the fact that the front door is the wrong colour).

One more coat of sealer tomorrow and then they pour the driveway on Wednesday.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Eccentric Chevron Wrap

Here is my Olympic knitting so far. If I wanted to 'cheat' I could cast off right now and say that I finished during the Olympics. I can't do that though. I still have yarn and I don't waste yarn. I have to accept defeat and say that I didn't finish. It's the first time ever and I'm sad.

This afternoon I had equipment failure. My needle broke where the tip and cord join. I had too many stitches on the needle - I should have been working with a longer cord. It doesn't help that I jam my knitting into the bag and I'm not gentle with it. I got all the stitches picked up and went on a search for a 4mm needle. I found a 150cm cord (what I should have been using from the start) and 4mm tips. I was on my way. For 2 and a half rows before I realized that the stitches felt loose. I didn't start on a 4mm needle. It was a 3.75mm. I had to do another search and found the right tips and I'm back on my way. The shawl is in garter stitch and no one will see the few rows that were on the wrong needle.

We have another new sample in the store.
Pattern: Endless Wrap (you can purchase the pattern on Ravelry or in the store)
Yarn: 9 skeins of Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers
Wrap yourself in yards of cozy Woolstok. Fun to knit, fun to wear, the Endless Wrap is a long swath of lofty, textural knitted fabric. Panels of knit/purl and yarn over patterns make this a good next step project for a beginner knitter.

I took my friend outside three different times to get pictures and every time the shawl looks a bit too orange.

The true colour is 1311 Rusted Roof.

It's almost time for the Closing Ceremonies and I'm heading back to my knitting. I hope to have the shawl finished this week so that I can get back to a few other projects. I have a long list of things to complete before the Knitters' Fair.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Rowan Magazine #60

Lynn finished her Olympic knitting. And she blocked. And she sewed in the ends. She gets a gold.
Pattern: Ishbel (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: one skein of tosh sock
Ishbel is a simple shawl pattern that can be worked in two sizes and two different yarn weights. The smaller, fingering weight version makes a cosy but pretty scarf while the larger, lace weight version can be worn as a scarf or draped elegantly around the shoulders. The solid stockinette centre lends simplicity to the design and adds extra warmth when knitted in thicker yarn. Ishbel is edged with a beautiful vine pattern and finished with elegant scalloped points.
There is a new sweater in the store too.
Pattern: Zenith (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok
This easy and distinctive pullover will become a weekend favorite. Tiered geometric forms course around the shoulders, balancing the loose shape of the lower body and sleeves, and a mock turtleneck adds pleasing proportion above the motif as well as protection from the autumn chill. Our model is wearing Zenith with an oversized fit (with just over ten inches of ease), but you might opt for a standard fit with four or five inches of ease if you prefer.

Knit seamlessly upward from a tubular hem and cuffs, this pullover is plain sailing up to the circular yoke. Purl stitches and cables combine to form a gracefully graduated honeycomb about the shoulders, with yoke decreases integrated into the charted motif. The neck is shaped with short rows for a comfortable fit.
The pattern calls for a tubular cast on and cast off but don't let this hold you back. You can do a regular cast on and cast off.

Rowan Magazine #60 is in the store. 
The patterns are awesome.
Rowans 60th Magazine features Rowan's most exceptional yarns and designers including Lisa Richardson, Martin Storey and Kaffe Fassett. Tempest Collection includes 26 exquisite designs for men and women, taking inspiration from rugged seascapes and embracing cosy, wearable pieces we long for during the winter months. Lisa Richardson has designed the second story; Felted Tweed. Using the eye-catching colour palette of Felted Tweed and Felted Tweed Aran this collection features beautiful colour-work and unique shaping for the 17 designs.

The front stairs are almost finished. What a difference. The facing on the steps and the edging of the driveway are a teal colour. When everything is finished we will need to paint our front door to match.

The driveway should be poured on Wednesday.
Now it's back to my Olympic knitting. I don't think my shawl will be finished but I'm going to try my best.