Friday, September 20, 2019


Mr. Canada Post was here early this morning with a big box from Zigzag Stitches. Catherine does an amazing job making these bags. We have lots of new fabrics.
The Wedge bags come in three sizes - small, shawl and sweater.

The drawstring bags are great for smaller projects.
I'm working on getting all the bags on the website.

It's not too early to start thinking about Christmas gifts for the knitter/crocheter in your life.

I just saw this on Ravelry - the pattern for this great hat is free until tomorrow morning (September 21, 9am EST). Thanks Alexis - your Aldershot hat is awesome. Easy to knit and looks great.
Created to optimize those leftover (yet still cherished!) bits of sock yarn, The Aldershot Hat is an easy-to-wear, easy-to-customize stash-buster. Wear it cool and slouchy, or roll up the brim for a cozy fitted beanie. Make it larger or smaller, longer or shorter. Use two colours…or three, or four. Dive into your stash and use your imagination…you can’t go wrong with this super-versatile hat.

Since I was so late writing yesterday I decided to write this morning and then the pressure will be off.

Laine Magazine #9 is in stock.
Laine is a high-quality Nordic knit & lifestyle magazine for knit folks. Laine cherishes natural fibers, slow living, local craftsmanship, and beautiful, simple things in life. 

Laine includes patterns from leading knitwear designers, insightful, long-format stories from the world of wool, interviews, exciting travel articles, seasonal recipes, and strong, visual storytelling.

The magazine is filled with beautiful knitwear designs as well as stunning photography.

Issue nine, 1833, includes:
  • an interview with Lavanya Patricella
  • a long-format story about Petra Mikaelsson from Fru Valborg
  • my story by Kristine Vejar from A Verb For Keeping Warm
  • a column by Jeanette Sloan 
  • seasonal recipes
  • a travel guide to Munich, featuring the best spots to stay, eat and shop
  • 13 knitting patterns from a talented group of designers.
The patterns are beautiful as always.

Now I have a lot of work updating the website. 

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather. I heard a commercial on the radio this morning about snow tires and putting them on your car early. YUCK!!!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

A Night of Knitting

Newleaf (pattern purchased on Ravelry) is growing. I'm using Biches & Buches Le Petit Lambswool (dark violet blue) with Spincycle Dyed in the Wool (cold comfort). Yes, colour work is addictive. For the past three hours I was going to blog but instead I knit. I'm on a roll and would like to keep going but it's bed time.

I looked at a new project today. Looked is the key word. What the Fade?! by Andrea Mowry. I'm teaching Brioche at Camp and it would be nice to have a beautiful project started. (Remember, I can always justify a new project).
Photos ©Andrea Mowry

I might look at colours tomorrow๐Ÿ˜˜

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Softer than expected

The store is back in order and our friends are dressed for fall. Now we need the weather to get a bit colder.
Latte knit in Rowan Brushed Fleece. The pattern is free when you purchase the yarn. Our Shift looks great on it.

Birch knit in Rowan's new Cashmere Haze. I really wish you could touch the screen and feel this. It is unbelievably soft.
My Guthrie
Lynn's Guthrie
Lynn's Throwback with another Weekender in the middle.
Navelli -Wannietta did an amazing job.

Beth's knitting is progressing. We were commenting that the Le Petit Lambswool is much softer than expected. It looks like it could be a rough yarn but it isn't.
We have another order of Le Petit Lambswool coming next week that will include
Very Light Pink and Turquoise.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Fair Isle is cool again.

We have three new colours of Uneek Worsted from Urth Yarns. I used two skeins each of two colours (4006 and 4009) to make the Nightshift. The yarn is super soft and the shawl drapes beautifully.
Each skein is a work of art.
A truly unique self-striping hand dyed merino collection of vibrant colours.
100% Extrafine Merino
Machine Washable
200m/220 yards
100 gram skein
One skein is enough to make a hat.

Minikins from Friea Fibres are finally on the way to us. We should have them in the store next week.
​Fiber: Custom spun, single ply 100% US mulesing-free Merino
Care: Hand Wash
Ball Size: Nine x 25g/.88 oz - 98 meters/107 yards ​- 963 yards total
Gauge: 20-28 sts/28-36 rows over 4” on US3 (3.25mm) - US7 (4.5mm) needles
There will be sets of 9 balls and we will have individual balls. 

These two colours would make an awesome brioche hat. I'm thinking Andrea Mowry's Harlow (pattern purchased on Ravelry).
Photos ©Andrea Mowry
When I cast on this hat, my intention was to design my ideal, go-to hat pattern. A perfect jumping off point for beginner briochers to try on their newly acquired skills - this hat is great for any gender or age, and the color possibilities are infinite! We all need a dependable hat pattern right?? This is the pattern I know I can depend on for stash busting, wardrobe enhancing, or a quick gift for someone I love!

Sarah is a bit obsessed with her Carlina. She has already picked out two more colour work sweater patterns for when this sweater is finished.

I don't have enough knit for pictures. Hopefully tomorrow. Beth is laughing at us knitting fair isle sweaters. The first sweater I knit was with Lopi when I was 15. Here is the second sweater I knit.
Patons Shetland Chunky. I think everyone who knit 35 years ago made this sweater. Now we do short rows to make the neck fit better and a lot of the sweaters are knit from the top down not bottom up. Other than that the techniques are the same.

Monday, September 16, 2019

New arrivals and new projects

Catherine at ZigZag Stitches sent an email this afternoon that bags are on the way to us. We should see them by the end of the week. We will have the same styles (Wedges and Drawstring) with lots of new colours.

We have new Shawl Cuffs. There wasn't time today to do all the photography but I should be able to do it tomorrow.

We have a new book. The blankets are awesome!

I am knitting away on my sweater for the Woodstock Fleece Festival (pictures tomorrow when you can see the start of the colour work). Lynn and I are making Newleaf in Le Petit Lambswool and Dyed in the Wool. Sarah and Wannietta are making Carlina. Sarah is using the same yarns as Lynn and I. Wannietta is using Cottage Donegal Tweed Sock and Dyed in the Wool.

Wannietta started hers on Saturday evening. My guess is that the colourwork will be finished in the next few days.

Beth's Montana Mountain Cowl is looking really good. She's already picking colours for another one. I did the provisional cast on (the fuchsia) and the rest is up to her.

Lynn and I hustled today and the store is almost back in order. It's early to bed tonight so that I am ready for tomorrow's chores.