Scarf Yarns

Thursday, October 30, 2014

One more sleep

In honour of Stephen West's new shawl pattern I've taken some pictures of the Stephen West garments that we have in the store.

Pattern: Earth and Sky (his first Mystery KAL)
Yarn: 3 skeins of tosh merino light

This was my first KAL. At first I thought that I would have a hard time keeping up with the weekly clues but they are a manageable amount of knitting.

Pattern: Color Craving (his third Mystery KAL)
Yarn: 3 skeins of Mrs. Crosby Satchel

I would love to say that I knit this but Lorraine made it for me.

Pattern: Thendara
Yarn: 2 skeins of tosh pashmina - cove and curiosity

My yarn is wound. It's very hard having it sit here beside me and no pattern to start. Come on Stephen. Hit Send!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Hole

Cathy just left with her colours for the Stephen West KAL. It's going to look sharp.

I can't wait to see every one's colour combinations once the knitting starts.

This morning Mr. Canada Post brought in a box from Lynda.
Pattern: Auburn Wave
Yarn: 2 balls of Freia Fingering
Needles: 4.5mm
Alteration to pattern: Lynda did 3 eyelet patterns instead of 4. Then she knit the lace pattern at the end until she ran out of yarn.

Cathy left a very special present on my table. YUMMY!!

After work Beth and I went for a drive. We went to see our hole. It wasn't just a hole.

There are lots of pictures because Mom and Dad are in Myrtle Beach. I think it's killing my dad that he wasn't here to see them start.

Our neighbour's house. They're already in and I'm sure they will be happy when our house gets finished. They also started the house on the other side of them.

Survivor tonight. How do you run out of rice already? I wonder what Jeff is going to make the tribe do to get more. Oh yeah. Game 7 of the World Series too. Knitting time!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Free Patterns

Classic Elite's Web-Letter just arrived with a pattern for a free sweater. I love it!

Overlap Front Pullover by Susan Mills.
Easy to knit, Chalet makes this pullover exceptionally warm and cozy. Colorblock any way you like, using Chalet's earthy shades and Chateau's vibrant colors. You'll need 3 to 5 hanks each of the fronts and back, and each sleeve requires about 1½ hanks. To knit a solid color version, plan on using 12 (13, 14, 15, 17, 19) hanks.

Ann and Lynda are ready for projects. Lynda's was easy - she is going to make me Exit 0 by Laura Aylor. 

Ann took a bit more thinking. She knits with her knitting needles under her armpits so I need to find projects that are worked on straight needles. I was thinking about what I wanted and then it hit me. I love these cowls but don't have time to knit them. She is going to make one in garter stitch and one with cables.
Designed by Sarah Hatton using our popular yarn Big Wool (wool), you can choose between a simple garter stitch or chunky cable version. Can't decide, then why not knit both!
Download the pattern....

Our house is very bright after Tim's visit last night. All light bulbs are glowing including the one out back that has been out for some time. The other thing he did

We have a new thermostat. Before this we had an old one that wasn't digital. Remember, small things make me happy.

The plan was to go out and visit our hole tonight. Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate. It is so windy and now the rain has started. We decided that we didn't want to be wet and muddy.

I'm finishing my post and then some paperwork is calling. I want to hurry so that I can watch the baseball game. Come on Royals!!

Monday, October 27, 2014


What are the prizes going to be for our next KAL?

The first name drawn will win
A set of Knitter's Pride Dreamz Interchangeable Needles.

The second name drawn will win a $50 gift certificate to the store.

It grew a bit over the weekend. I'm working with colour C and D right now. I want to get going because I can't wait to see D (the denim/purple) with A (the pink/mauve).

We almost missed Homeland last night. Beth remembered at 8:58 to tape it. We really need to tape the episodes and sit and watch them all at once. You get through the episode and are on the edge of your seat until the next week.

It's light bulb night at our house. Our cousin is an electrician so we are trading dinner for work. Changing regular bulbs isn't bad but when you start with pot lights it can get tricky. And neither Beth or I like to stand on a ladder.

A happy email came through when I got to work this morning.
Just to let you know, we have begun building your new home! 
I guess that means we better get our house listed :)

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Look what I found today. I was going through my bags of yarn and unfinished projects.
Pattern: Spectra by Stephen West 
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Sock and tosh merino
Spectra is a simple lightweight scarf featuring two fingering weight yarns. Short row shaping creates a dramatically curved edge that coils and playfully drapes. Basic intarsia technique entwines two strands of yarn, creating seamless wedges that resemble a rainbow or color wheel. You won’t want to stop knitting as the colors unfold!
The scarf was finished but I hadn't blocked it. It's lying out in my bathtub drying right now. When dry I will sew in the ends.

I was curious as to when I knit the shawl. I posted on December 27, 2011 that the knitting was finished. Not good. Almost three years to block a project.

I forgot something in yesterday's post. If you are going to do the Westknits KAL, please share pictures in our Ravelry group. I love pictures!

I'm trying to write while flipping between the baseball and football games. It isn't going well. The best solution is to sign off and sit on the couch with my knitting :)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Thunder Cowl

Ravelry is a very bad place to go :) While looking at patterns today I found the Thunder Cowl.
Two skeins of Malabrigo Mecha came home with me. It's been a long week so I deserve another project.
The Color Play Mohair Wrap is growing. Not quick enough but I should get to the next colour soon.

We didn't watch The Amazing Race last night so that is on the agenda for tonight. Plus two episodes of How to Get Away With Murder. I'm still deciding if I like the show. It's one of those shows where you know you don't really enjoy it but you keep watching because it has to get better. Plus I want to know who committed the murder. There is also a baseball game. Go Royals!!

Margaret sent me a picture last week (sorry Margaret for not posting this sooner) of her finished Auburn Wave. This was for our September KAL. I've created another 'Auburn Wave Monster' - we can't stop making the same shawl
The first time round I used leftover yarn so this time I decided to do another Auburn wave with yarn specifically selected for this project. I choose Zen's serenity glitter sock in the colour "party girl".  I am very happy with the choice. I finished it just in time. The ends are sewn in but it needs blocking (and apparently my turtleneck could use a pressing now that it has been brought out from summer storage).
Are you going to take part in our next KAL?
Exploration Station is Stephen West's new Mystery KAL starting on October 31. We're going to do this as a store KAL too. Some of you don't like doing Mystery KALs and that's okay. Pick any Stephen West pattern and knit along with us.

A little tip from Stephen for picking colours.

Make sure color A looks very different from all 3 contrasting colors. You can take a photo of all 4 colors and give them a black & white filter. If you see color A contrasting against the other 3 colors in a black & white photo, then you will definitely have high contrast. 
Here are my colours.

Want to see the colours that other people are using? Go to the Westknits KAL group on Ravelry. This is the Yarn Thread link... There are a lot of posts so here is a trick to get just the yarn pictures. At the top of the page click on Images. Right now there are about 640. This might help you to decide what you like and what you don't like :)

Friday, October 24, 2014


The aquarium is finished so Beth has moved onto flowers. She is going to do a piece to hang on the wall. Lots of colour. Cathy's suggestion was a zoo. Great suggestion but we weren't sure how to display the animals. Another small problem - Beth likes lots of colour. Zoo animals are mostly earth tones.
Not the best picture. Pot lights aren't your friend when you want to take a picture. It was a long day in the store (a great day but I'm tired) so I'm going with this for now. You get the idea. She'll get more finished over the weekend and I'll get a better picture outside in natural light.