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Monday, March 27, 2017

Spring/Summer Hours starting soon

It's my last Monday in the store until September. Mondays are supposed to be the day that Beth and I golf. Last summer we only made it out once and it was so hot we only played nine holes. I hope to change that this summer.

Spring/Summer hours start on April 1

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10-5:30
Wednesday 10-5:30
Thursday 10-5:30
Friday noon-7
Saturday 10-4
Sunday Closed

Cathy and Sarah are busy working away on their Assana Wraps. Both decided to use Graphite and make the stripes more defined. They are going to look great in the booth at the Frolic.

I did a bit more cleaning in the store today. There is a new section on the website called Clearance.

Great deals on yarns that we will no longer be carrying...

Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Glitter Sock - 25% off

Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Silk Singles are also 25% off.

I couldn't help myself - I picked 7 colours for Find Your Fade. From top to bottom
-Irish Hills
-Dish of Pears
-Blue Nude

Mr. FedEx dropped off a box this afternoon from Erika Knight in the UK. All colours of Studio Linen are back in stock.

Now I need to run a pack a few mail orders. If I hurry I can get them finished before Mr/Ms. Canada Post arrives.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

More Spring Cleaning

We have some pretty flowers sitting on the breakfast bar. Very springy. Now I want my gardens to start blooming.
Spring cleaning has continued at home. It's time to finish a few projects. I'm very close on Hale-Bopp. There are about 100 rows on this section. The good thing is that the rows are short and are getting shorter. Then I need to pick up along the bottom edge and do the lace section.
Roko had some friends visiting today. The birds hung out in field for most of the afternoon. The dogs just watched. There wasn't barking until the two geese came close. Then both dogs were at the fence. The geese just kept on their way. Walking slowly which really upset the dogs.

Now it's back to my knitting. My mission to finish projects is going well. Find Your Fade #2 is done. It's been blocked and I'll sew in the ends tomorrow. Hopefully it's nice out so that I can get pictures.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Spring Cleaning

We've been doing some spring cleaning in the store. Today we worked in the DK room, moving the spring/summer yarns together.

Rowan Tetra Cotton has been marked down and is now 35% off which makes it $7.77 a ball. It knits to a tension of 23 stitches to 4" so you can use it for double knitting weight patterns. It will work for the Sleeveless Slipover from Churchmouse Yarns.

Tetra Cotton is a unique modern construction of four shades, creating an interesting yet delicate colour palette.

Here are a few more patterns that I found on Ravelry.
This deep V neck cardigan is now available as a paid pattern download. Designed by Sarah Hatton it has short row shaping and lace patterning at the hem making it suitable for the knitter with some experience.
Purchase the pattern on Ravelry... 

Knit this pretty ladies vest, designed exclusively for Knitrowan by Lisa Richardson. Using Tetra Cotton, a unique modern construction of four shades (cotton), this round neck vest has a ladder stitch rib section and garter stitch edgings.
Purchase the pattern on Ravelry...

Another colour of Flurry from Sirdar arrived yesterday. The yarn is super soft.

This pattern has the cutest baby blankets. You need 5-7 balls of Flurry depending on the pattern.

Dinner is finished. The dishwasher is running. Now it's time for some serious knitting.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Around the Corner

Brian Smith has a new shawl pattern out. Brian's patterns are well written and easy to knit.
This asymmetric shawl starts at a corner and increases and decreases create the width and the angle of the stocking stitch pattern. Then working on just one side the pattern moves, “Around the corner”.
You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry...

If you can knit and purl then you'll be able to make this shawl.
Stitches used  
Stocking stitch, with a garter ridge every ten rows  
Kfb:Knit into front and back of next stitch  
SSK:Slip two stitches separately knitwise, then put left hand needle through front of loops and knit together  
P2tog:Purl next two stitches together  
K2tog:Knit next two stitches together
The yarn is Debbie Bliss Rialto Luxury Sock. You need two balls - one each of two different colours.

The sample is knit with Wilderness and Beniccasim

There are new colours of Rialto Luxury Sock. 
A beautiful wool blend which comes in rainbow shades with a touch of tweed.
I took them outside (it's beautiful out today) to get pictures of the whole ball. 
15 Abundance

16 Newport
17 Highlight

18 Splendour and 19 Petaport

20 Woodstock

Find Your Fade had a quick bath this morning and it will be blocked tonight. Pineapple Soak was the scent of choice today. The laundry room smells great.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

New Patterns

Mr. Canada Post brought us the new patterns from Churchmouse Yarns today. Their designers did a great job. And the photography is beautiful.

Pinking Shears Scarf
A fun little zig-zag detail at the edges gives this basic garter stitch scarf a fresh finish. The shallow triangle is worked ‘both ends against the middle’—two identical pieces are knit separately and then grafted together at the center for perfectly mirrored halves. It can be knit to any size, so make a lavish wrap or tiny kerchief. Perfect all year ‘round! 

Polka Dot Scarf
There’s something so cheerful about polka dots! They add a little fun to anything you wear. Here we’ve created ‘dots’ with a widely spaced eyelet stitch pattern that’s easy to knit and easy to remember. A slip stitch edging gives a slightly firmer edge to your scarf—no curling! Because the fabric is so light and floaty, a lavish scale seems just right. It’s a lot of knitting but the rows fly happily by. 

Thinking Cap
Inspired by a ready-to-wear Italian cashmere cap, we engineered our hand-knit version to be sleek and utterly seamless. The super-fine fabric is doubled at the cuff with a tiny joining welt for extra warmth. And that cool welt could be popped with a fun, contrast color. Okay, the needles are tiny and the details a little fussy, but it’s worth it—we think!
Quintessential Cardigan
A timeless little hip-length cardi always manages to look modern. Ours has classic details: a pretty jewel neckline, knit-along button bands, full- or bracelet-length sleeves. In eight sizes and with two sleeve lengths, you can make this cardigan just right for you.

Sleeveless Slipover
This style is so versatile, we all wanted different lengths. So here you have it—cropped, hip, tunic, and dress lengths. Or any length you’d like! It’s quite simple to customize your Slipover—for your personal style or body type, as a long layer with side vents or as a short topper over a tee, to be dressed up or down.
Churchmouse knit the hip length version in Alpaca Silk from Blue Sky Fibers. We don't have that but we have it's cousin, Metalico.
In Metalico, it’s a little more polished, a little more poised, with a wonderful softness, fabulous drape, and a delicious luster.  
Blue Sky Fibers Metalico, (146 yds/133m each): 
Cropped length: 4 (5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7) skeins. 
Hip length: 5 (6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8) skeins.  
Tunic length: 7 (7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11) skeins.  
Dress length: 10 (10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 14, 15) skeins.  
Sample shown: Hip length, 37"/94cm finished bust 

Here’s the dress version in Erika Knight Studio Linenlong, lean, elegant, casual. Side vents provide freedom of movement and a little dash. And in Studio Linen it’s durable, luxurious and flexible. Cool to the touch and with a delicate drape, this eco-friendly fiber softens with every wash and wear.
Erika Knight Studio Linen: 
Cropped length: 5 (5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins.  
Hip length: 6 (6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9) skeins.  
Tunic length: 7 (8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11, 12) skeins.  
Dress length: 11 (12, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17) skeins.  
Sample shown: Dress length, 43"/101cm finished bust, in Color 405, Remnant. 

My tunic is growing. I've knit about 20 rows. There should have been more knit last night but I had to pay attention to the TV. Imposters is great. And the tribal council on Survivor last night was a must watch. I'm going to finish a newsletter and then back to my knitting.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Meet Flurry. A new yarn for children's garments.
Flurry Chunky is a wonderfully soft and cozy yarn with a gorgeous fleecy texture. It comes in a range of turbo-dyed colour effect shades, these include soft, powdery colours, as well as stronger, more vibrant ones too. Flurry is the perfect yarn for creating the snuggest of knits for all the family and we have a gorgeous collection of designs with patterns for women, children and babies. Flurry Chunky is machine washable on a wool cycle.
The patterns go from newborn to 7 years. This sweater takes 2-5 balls and the yarn retails for $8.95 a ball. That's a great price for a very cute sweater.
Did I mention that the yarn is knit on 4.5mm and 5.5mm needles. That is a quick kid's sweater.

We have these three colours in stock right now. 

We should see this new yarn from Sirdar at the beginning of April.
Sirdar Colourwheel is a gloriously vibrant colour effect double knitting yarn. This incredible yarn comes in a range of 6 wonderfully colourful shades. Colourwheel is a cake yarn so the true effect of each of the shades can be seen from the ball! What’s more, as well as there been a collection of patterns with one ball accessory designs there is also a free pattern for a wrap on the ball band! Colourwheel comes in a gorgeous acrylic wool blend and is a standard double knitting yarn so will knit to all Sirdar double knitting patterns.

80% acrylic
20% wool

520m/568 yards
22 stitches = 4" on 4mm needles

$25 a ball.

We have knit and crochet patterns coming with the yarn.

Beth and I were handymen last night and changed all the pot lights in our kitchen plus a few in the great room. They have been out for a while and we asked our cousin (an electrician) to come change them. We got tired of waiting so we did it ourselves. No one fell of the ladder. Nothing was broken. The kitchen is almost too bright now :)

Tonight is all about the knitting. The problem with my current project is that it doesn't make for good blog pictures. A shawl in many colours looks pretty and every time a new colour is joined I can take another photo. One colour for 10 skeins doesn't need to be photographed too many times between cast on and cast off. You might say I'm justifying a new shawl :)