Scarf Yarns

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Clothes

We have another Elder Tree Shawl (pattern free on Ravelry) in the store. This is knit out of 5 skeins of Mrs. Crosby Steamer Trunk in the colour Northern Parula. Diana knit the shawl on 5.5mm needles. I love the colour and the shawl is huge. Perfect to snuggle up in on a cold evening.

I ran out this morning to do some shopping. My ladies needed new clothes. It's time to put away the summer clothes and dress my friends for fall. We have some clothes in the store but it's always nice to have something new for fall.
The shawl now has funky cords.

The 'no knitting' has become 'slow down on your knitting and work with a bit bigger needle'. I've pulled out Auburn Wave, knit in Mrs. Crosby Hat Box on 4.5mm needles. I just finished the fifth eyelet repeat.
I thought about taking a mannequin outside but it meant taking a sweater off someone that we just put a sweater on.

Do you live in the Hamilton/Ancaster/Dundas area and want to get together with other knitters? Why not join the Around the Bay Knitting Guild? From their blog

Around The Bay Knitters’ Guild is where people from the Hamilton area meet to knit together, hear speakers, and plan interesting outings related to knitting.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday, September 2nd, beginning at 7 pm. We will be meeting in the 2nd floor Community Room of the Fortino’s store, 1579 Main St W,  Hamilton,  L8S 1E6 (off Rifle Range Road).
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Please note the following additional information: rental of the Fortino’s Community Room is not entirely covered by our annual membership fee. Please bring $2.00 in cash with you, as a door entry fee, whenever we meet at Fortino’s.
Membership: Membership dues will remain at $25.00 for the next year in addition to door entry ($2 per meeting). Guests are welcome to attend one regular meeting for free. Otherwise, guests are required to pay $10.00 for a meeting with a special speaker or lesson, and $5.00 for the second and subsequent regular meetings. Guests are not eligible for the door prize draws. Presentation of membership card has history of 10% discount at various knitting shops; confirmation of participating shops is annually reviewed.  
Location: Regular meetings (first Tuesday of each month from September to June) will normally take place at Fortino’s Main Street West. ***Due to room availability, OCTOBER MEETING DATE is changed to October 14***. Check BlogSpot for meeting dates, particularly during inclement weather.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Olympia and Chenille

We have a new yarn from Lana Grossa called Olympia.
53% merino wool
47% acrylic
100m on a 100gram ball
8mm-10mm needles

$16.95 a ball

2 balls for a cowl
1 ball for a hat

There is a pattern book with hats, cowls, a vest, scarves and a poncho.

Olympia colour 38
Choosing a colour is going to be hard. We received 7, 17, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 34, 38

Mr. UPS brought in many boxes from Rowan including the new Chenille magazine
A collection of 12 women's garment and accessory designs from Marie Wallin, Martin Storey, Lisa Richardson, Sarah Hatton and Gemma Atkinson using Chenille.  This very wearable collection has pieces ranging from wrap over cardigans, cable and weave textured knits to colour blocked and simple rib sweaters. 

The shipment included new colours of Regia sock yarn as well. The store is seriously bursting at the seams with yarn!!

The TV is on while I'm writing. The best commercial just came on for an Epi-Pen. Blue to the sky, orange to the thigh. I didn't have a clue.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Knitters' Fair

I received an email from the Knitters' Fair committee yesterday with the layout for the Fair.

We're in booths 10-12 - the same spot as last year.

 There are some things to note on the layout.

-2 arenas for the vendors. One reason for this is to make sure that there aren't any issues at the door with limiting the number of people who are let in. This year everyone should get in when they arrive.
-huge speakers area
-knitter's spa
-huge seating/eating area (I've heard that the food is supposed to be much better this year)

I have also heard that there will be free Wi-Fi in the Aud as well. Great for looking up patterns on Ravelry.

This afternoon I took a bit of time for myself and had a pedicure. Happy feet make me a much better person. That is my knitting bag. I took Auburn Wave and knit a few rows. I didn't get to the extension on Itineris last night. I forgot to bring it upstairs with me and Auburn Wave was up there. I was extremely lazy and worked on Auburn Wave.

The madelinetosh order left Texas today. There is a lot of it. I will do a few yarns a day until it gets here. If you see a colour that interests you, please let me know and we will pull it before the yarn goes on the shelf.


This is Auburn Wave knit in 3 skeins of Dandelion.

-betty draper's blues
-rain water
-dirty panther
-amber trinket
-dr. zhivago sky
-magnolia leaf
-whiskey barrel
-dried rose
-neon peach
-fluoro rose
-blue nile

This is Derecho knit tosh sock.

Master Chef is starting now. So is an NFL game. Yes, it's preseason but I want to see how Johnny Football plays.

Sunday, August 17, 2014


I did a bit of knitting this afternoon. I'm taking it slow and there hasn't been a lot of pain.
Melo was checking it out to make sure that there were no mistakes. It's bad when your dog thinks he knows more than you do.
Big Brother and Flipping the Block tonight so I should get to the extension.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

On It's Way

The latest madelinetosh shipment will be leaving Texas on Monday. Fingers crossed it will be in the storage unit on Friday and the following week we will start bringing yarn to the store. The shipment is a mix of colours that we already carry along with brand new colours (shown below)
blue nile
big sur
el greco
fluoro rose

Ravelry tip of the day

We get a lot of customers coming in looking for very specific patterns. Today's request was a cape or poncho for a toddler to wear over a fancy dress. The customer had looked on Ravelry but couldn't find much. She was searching for ladies poncho and then child's poncho and then she tried other searches but couldn't find anything. Do a general search (under patterns) for ponchos. Then it will tell you that there are _____ pages of patterns. Scroll down and on the left you can put in the size that you are looking for.
When you click on toddler it will only show patterns in the age range that you want. There were many more than she was finding. Hope this helps when you are searching.

Sorry - still no knitting to show. I've made a bit of progress but my chiropractor has ordered no knitting. I took that to mean cut down on my knitting :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Sterling Rose

While we were at the trade show in May, Toby Roxane came by wearing an amazing cardigan. I asked if I could take pictures and share with you because it was so cute. The pattern is now available on Ravelry so I went back through my photos. Here they are.
Pattern: Sterling Rose
Yarn: DK - there are many, many options
-tosh dk
-Mrs. Crosby Carpet Bag
-FDC Zara or Sportwool
-Naturally Amuri
-Rowan Felted Tweed or Alpaca Colour

I love the lace edgings.

Rowan has added some free patterns to their website.
Knit this accessory textured snood, available as a free pattern to download. Designed by Vicky Sedgwick using the luxurious yarn Cocoon (wool and mohair), this snood can be knitted in the pattern to your desired length and can be worn loose or wrapped round double.
Download the pattern... 

Yes, there is a bit of difference in how I have my pictures and text formatted. Blogger decided to mess around with me. I tried to make these look the same but no luck. It got to the point of throwing the computer and screaming so I decided to leave it as it is.

Knit this shaped, cable and moss stitch textured cardigan. Designed by Sarah Hatton in Felted Tweed DK (Merino Wool, Alpaca, Viscose).Originally featured in Rowan Studio 8, this pattern is now available for free download. For the intermediate knitter.
Download the pattern... 

For some people, getting home from work means a glass of wine. For me it means getting my knitting out!! Have a good evening.