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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Powder and Dust

Lace like little cat paw prints on dust and a lovely neutral, fading color palette make this shawl perfect for every knitter. Easy triangle shape and squishy garter stitch are relaxing to knit, but the lace and the fade add more interest to your shawl. 
Choose your favorite 3-color fade and cast on!
Veera Valimaki has a new pattern out called Powder and Dust. You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry. Diana is going to knit it for me using Singles from Autumn and Indigo. Beige, brown and grey. A bit boring but it will match a new pair of shoes that I have. And every shawl I own is bright so something a bit more subdued won't be a bad thing.

While we are on the subject of Autumn and Indigo, in about 4 weeks we are going to have more Comfort Fade Cardi kits. I have also ordered individual skeins of DK. The yarn is beautiful to knit with. There will be sweater lots of these colours.
Grey October
Classic DK: 4 ply 
100% superwash merino wool 
231 yds / 100g 
5.5 st / in on US 5 or 3.75mm
Covered Bridge
Melted Copper
Weathered Barn

We have a basket in the store full of pretty colours. The yarn is perfect for hats, mitts and shawls. Sweaters too of course.

Campside (a free pattern) would look amazing in this yarn.

Mr. Canpar brought a box today and we have a brand new colour of Fino from Manos del Uruguay.

The Fino Circle Scarf is a free pattern that takes two skeins.

I love my Building Blocks Shawl.

A customer just brought this to my attention.

Stephen West turns 30 and all his patterns are on sale this week.
Enjoy my 30th Birthday Sale this week on Ravelry. 
Enter coupon code "Westknits30" in your Ravelry shopping cart to receive 30% off all Westknits patterns until Friday, October 26!

See the collection on Ravelry

Monday, October 22, 2018

Wrist Ruler

©Stephen West
Between teaching Brioche at Camp and the Brioche projects that Alex has finished I'm itching to do a project using it. Stephen West brought out Suriously Holey in July. He just added new pictures that caught my eye.
©Stephen West
Choose two colors of yarn for this top-down brioche shawl. Massive increases shape the semi-circular fabric as they suddenly explode and create a big hole from a single stitch. Increases and decreases form the final wavy border. Use two fingering weight yarns or try Qing Fibre’s Baby Suri Apaca yarn as the contrast color for a Suriously Holey project.
©Stephen West
You will need approximately 600m each of two colours.
©Stephen West
These pictures of my Comfort Fade Cardi show the colours better than the inside shots I took last night. I'm pretty sure that I have my measurements worked out and can start on the sleeves.

Good news. Our Wrist Rulers should be on the way to us by the end of the week. We have lots of colours coming.
Wrist Ruler is a leather wristband with engraved inch and centimeter measurements. If you find yourself always needing to measure things when you’re on the go, this is the perfect product for you. 
Sizes are based on wrapping around your wrist twice. Give it extra length depending on how loosely you want to wear it. Please allow an extra 1/2 inch for the stud closure.
Now a bit of knitting during the football game. The weather is perfect for the Comfort Fade Cardi but I don't think I should wear the same one every day so I better get this one finished soon.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Third Colour

A day of watching football means that I'm fading in the third colour.

It also means that I'm almost to the point where I need to start working on math. My finished Comfort Fade Cardi is hanging in the store. I'll bring it home tomorrow so that I can figure out where I need to stop on the body and start on the sleeves. I also need to make sure that I get the sleeves to fade at the same place as on the body.

Blue Sky Fibers has discontinued Royal Petites so we are clearing the yarn. It is 25% off.

The Countess Mitts take two balls. We have patterns in the store or you can purchase the patterns on Ravelry.

100% Royal Alpaca
35 gram ball
91m/100 yards
2.75mm-3.25mm needles

Order online or stop by the store.
The pattern for the Riverton Royal Slouch is available on Ravelry. You will need 3 Royal Petites to make this.

The Lykke Interchangeable needles in Indigo are so pretty. We now have the 3.5" Interchangeable set in Indigo. These are great for sleeves, hats and necklines.

I would love to put in another hour or so of knitting but my hands are telling me that it is time to stop. I can hear my chiropractor saying the same thing so I'm going to put my knitting away and head to bed.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Oh Snap!!

Meet Rosehip. This is a new colour of Hedgehog Kidsilk Lace.
70% Kid Mohair, 30% Silk lace weight yarn. Glowing pure silk core wrapped in soft fuzzy mohair halo, the ultimate lace yarn. Use as carry-along yarn to add fuzziness to everything from scarves to sweaters or held double for extra fuzzy accessories.
I finished my Ombre Cowl Hood just before the Woodstock Fleece Festival.
This is a very simple stockinette-in-the-round pattern. Yarn is held double throughout.
Talk about a mindless project. Cast on and knit every row. No counting. It's the perfect project if you are waiting for your kids at one of their activities. It's great for watching TV. People can talk to you and you won't lose your place in the pattern.
I am obsessed with Find Your Fade. I have knit the shawl 3 times and will make it at least once more. We now have the colours of Hedgehog Sock and Skinny Singles that Andrea Mowry used for her shawl. Three colours were club colours and Hedgehog is now dying them for us to sell.
Starting at a single point and growing, shifting and fading into a piece that begs to be wrapped up in. This asymmetrical triangle shawl uses some clever increasing and decreasing, combined with relaxing garter stitch and simple lace so that you have a fun-to-knit canvas to play with mixing colors on! This shawl is all about making it your own. Let your creativity shine!!  
Get creative - this is YOUR shawl! Use only 1 color, or 3, or 10. Need help with color selections? I highly recommend diving into your stash (or the shelves of your LYS) and untwisting the skeins and then laying them next to each other. Look for nuances that can be seen from one color to the next - if your first color has some gold (like mine), why not snag an awesome speckled skein that also has some gold and another color you love (ahem - pink), so that after the speckled skein you can start stitching up that favorite pink skein you have been hoarding! And so on and so forth! Still feeling nervous? Head on over to my Ravelry group and show some pictures of the yarn you are trying to decide between! Everyone there loves to help!!

We have another order on the way from Namaste.

I totally forgot to talk about Oh Snap Bags. These are already in the store. This set is S/M/L.
Features: mesh bag allows you to easily see your project, which is especially useful if you have multiple projects; snap opening provides a snag-free environment; and the lightweight construction lends itself to keeping in your handbag (so you can find Knitting Nirvana wherever you are). 
Note: not just amazing knitting bags, these also make incredible travel, cosmetic, spare change, and beach bags. 
This is a set of 3: Small is Rose; Medium is Purple; Large is Navy  
S: 4"H x 6"W x 1.5"D 
M: 6.5"H x 9"W x 2"D 
L: 8"H x 10"W x 2"D  

S: fits notions  
M: fits up to two 100g sock hanks  
L: fits up to three 100g sock hanks

We also have XL/XXL set.
This is a set of 2: XL is Rose; XXL is Navy  
XL: 10.5"H x 14"W x 2"D 
XXL: 13.5"H x 16.5"W x 2"D   
XL: fits up to five 100g sock hanks  
XXL: fits up to twelve 100g sock hanks

I think I might need to take a few sets home and get my projects in order.

Dad and Lucy drove around for a few days in one of the old work trucks. There was no back seat so someone made herself comfortable up front. Why the old truck? Dad has his truck detailed before they left for Myrtle Beach. They went on Thursday and will be there for a few weeks.

Friday, October 19, 2018

ADVENTurer Scarf & Wrap

Ambah O'Brien has some fun planned for December.
The Adventurer Scarf & Wrap was designed with a Yarn Advent Calendar in mind to make the most of daily mini skein gifts that appear. There are so many possibilities — add colours randomly, arrange your minis in a gradient fade, or use a main colour and alternate with mini skeins. This is also a perfect way to use up all those leftover yarns hiding in your stash. Simple garter stitch and chevron eyelet lace keeps this a mindless knit; easy shaping and the regular colour changes will keep you wanting to knit on. What adventure will you take with your Adventurer Scarf & Wrap? Choose between the narrower Scarf or wide Wrap versions.
The pattern is in pre-release. You purchase it now and it will be in your Ravelry library November 30.

The yarn requirements
-fingering weight
-25 mini skeins each consisting of 32m (35 yards) for the scarf or 55m (60 yards) for the wrap
-or go through your stash and use all the leftovers from shawls that you have made

We have a lot of mini skein kits on the way from Frabjous Fibers that would work great for the Wrap.

The five colour kits are Cheshire Cat. These have 128 yards each so one kit is actually like 10 colours. There is no reason why you can't repeat colours.

The 8 colour packs are in Mary Ann Sock. These mini skeins are 118 yards each. One kit is like 16 colours.

We have a lot of mini skeins in stock. Some are in kits and others are individual skeins.
There amazing colours are Jilly from Dream in Color. These mini skeins have 75 yards.
The possibilities are endless. There is a lot of time to play with colours. I'm a bit tired today so I'll play next week.

My flight home was good. Lynn and I shipped out a lot of yarn this morning. Now she is straightening and I'm supposed to be updating the website. She doesn't know that I'm writing so that I don't have to tonight.

I'm into my second fade colour. I love it. It is a good thing that I stopped my grey when I did. This is all I had left from the skein. I don't think I would have made 2 more rows.

Now the Great Canadian Baking Show and then bed.