Scarf Yarns

Monday, December 05, 2016

Knitting Camp 2017

I've been working on Knitting Camp today.

She's coming back. Beth Casey from Lorna's Laces will be joining us in September. For one class there will be two instructors and to do this class we've invited back another special friend, Fiona Ellis. Beth and Fiona together. Hmmmm. Maybe I need to rethink this :) I can't share the details yet but I'm definitely taking this one.
We're still working on pricing. And the brochure. And the class descriptions. What do I know? The dates are September 21-24, 2017 and we will be back at Bayview-Wildwood.

My other job today was finishing a newsletter. Watch your inbox tomorrow morning. If you don't receive our newsletters, you can sign up on the website or here on the blog. Look in the top right corner of this page and enter your email address.

I'm home and tonight's housework is finished. It's time for a cup of tea and a few rows of knitting.

I almost forgot. Wannietta texted me a picture of Lemongrass so far.
The cables look amazing. I don't think we'll have to wait long for the sweater. She's almost finished the body and then the sleeves. Remember, she knits really, really fast.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Knit one to give, give one to knit, or treat yourself!

I finally made it to the last clue. There are 586 stitches on the needle right now. It takes a bit to get through a row.

I was playing around on Raverly and came across some great patterns that use Rowan Cocoon. We currently have Cocoon on sale for 25% off. Take advantage and knit a great gift or make something for yourself.
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.
Pattern: Textured Snood (free from Rowan)
Yarn: 2 balls of Rowan Cocoon

Pattern: Ambergate (free from Rowan)
Yarn: 4 balls of Cocoon

Churchmouse Yarns has a free pattern for a cowl knit with two strands of Cocoon.
Right on trend, these Last-Minute Cowls can be knit up before you can say, “I couldn’t possibly finish a gift in time.” Using US 17 (12mm) needles and some of our favorite super-chunky-weight and bulky-weight wools, the results are gorgeous. Not to mention incredibly warm. Knit one to give, give one to knit, or treat yourself! Our updated free pattern now includes mistake rib in addition to seed stitch and 2x2 rib. For the men in your life to wear (or make!)

We've made single-strand versions using our favorite super-chunky yarns, and double-stranded versions using bulky yarns, like Rowan Cocoon. These yarns are lofty, soft, easy to knit and give great stitch definition. They’re unbelievably snuggly, and the chunkiness of the yarn makes these simple stitch patterns really pop!
This cowl is knit with two different colours - one ball each.

I made the Seed Stitch version of the cowl. Super fast. Super easy. Looks great.
I need to get back to my knitting. The kettle is boiled for a cup of tea and the football game is on. My goal is a couple more rows before bed.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Mondo Throw

It's finished. The throw is super soft and really, really, really warm.


Rowan is sharing photos from Magazine 61 (coming in February) on their Facebook page.

It looks like it's going to be another great magazine.

Someone is very comfortable on the bed. Mom sent a text last night asking where she was going to sleep (mom, not Lucy). I told her to pick another bedroom because it doesn't look like Lucy is going to move.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Rainbows

Thank you Donna. She let me know that Frabjous Fibers just introduced a new So Fond of Rainbows kit. They are on order and I think we will see them in January. I'll blog about them when they arrive.
It's the rainbowload of Mini Skeins, oh yes. Four of our popular Mini Skein Packs are combined into one enormous, beautiful rainbow for a full-spectrum knitting experience! Twenty 1-oz Mini Skeins: combine them all for a large project, or spread them out over several smaller projects. The possibilities are truly endless!
Cheshire Cat fingering: 128 yards per 1 oz. skein, 2560 yards total
We had fun at One of a Kind last night. This is the Rock Bottom Vessel from Studio 50.
The functionality of science glass with the industrial ruggedness of concrete. The 1000ml boiling flasks is constructed of scientific grade-glass that can withstand both extreme hot and extreme cold liquids. The concrete base both cradles and supports the glass flask, and can serve as a warming or cooling plate. Perfect for serving soups, coffee, hot chocolate, tea, ice cold water, lemonade, or fun entertaining cocktails. The flask holds an entire bottle of wine and acts as a fabulous decanter!
They are so cool. You put the concrete base in the freezer for 4 hours. Then fill the flask with white wine. It will keep the wine cold for 3 hours. You can do the reverse and put the concrete in the oven for 20 minutes. Great for gravy, soup, tea or coffee. And it looks really good on my counter. 

There were a few other things but they are Christmas gifts so I can't show right now.

Our friend Nancy gifted Lucy some bandanas. Mom took a picture but Lucy decided to move. I asked for another picture but Lucy didn't want to pose. Dad decided that a cookie would do the trick.
Hurry up dad. I need my cookie!!!

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Marley

Lorna's Laces. Franklin Habit. Knitting. Don't miss out.
Let's all close our eyes for a minute and fast forward past the holiday wonder and madness and imagine that we finished all of our projects with plenty of time left over to enjoy an extra glass of eggnog. Yeah, I know it's magical thinking, but this is my story and that's how I want it to go.

That post holiday lull is probably my favorite time of the year when it comes to projects. No pressure, just fun. It can be anything I want it to be. I have time to join in a KAL if I want and maybe have a little fun with my yarn peeps.

We were talking the other day about how we might want a KAL to look and decided that Franklin Habit would make a wonderful master of ceremonies. As luck would have it, he was available! Rumor on the street tells me that Ms. Dolores Van Hoofen will be joining in as well! Did I hear a squee?!

The next question was what do we want to work on? We all agreed that a blanket would be ideal. We liked the idea of working on something cozy. Plus, Tin Can Knits had just released their new book, Colour Madness and the Marley Blanket had struck all of us as SO DARN CUTE.
We are going to be doing the Cloudgate kits - these will make the bulky version. The colours available are
Cam
Ernie
Pedro
Samwise
Rosamund

Lorna's Laces did not do the red/yellow version that is pictured in the finished throw but they can make you a kit in it's likeness if that is the colourway you want.

There are 4 sizes on the blanket pattern. The pattern is not included in the kit - you need to purchase it on Ravelry.
The finished blanket measures approximately 27 (36, 48, 58)” wide by 36 (49, 70, 83)” long, but will vary based upon finished gauge and blocking. 
Small - takes 1 kit
Medium - takes 2 kits
Large - takes 3 kits
XLarge - takes 4 kits

Each kit is $125. If you order your kit (kits) before December 10th we will give you 10% off. That makes the kits $112.50. 

We will have the kits in stock before the end of December to make sure you can participate. There will be lots of time to mail if you live out of town.

I'm leaning between Cam and Rosamond but I think Cam is going to work.

We received a shipment of Cascade yarns today and there were skeins of Mondo in Walnut Heather. We've kitted the yarn up for a throw.

Don't tell anyone but I'm sneaking out early. We're heading to Toronto for the One of a Kind show. Yay!!



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Extreme Bulky

We've been asked for super, super bulky yarn and now we have one. A shipment arrived yesterday afternoon with charcoal grey Mondo. I took out some 25mm needles and cast on. This is one and a half skeins. I'm going to use 4 and make a great throw. It will be about 32" wide (not stretched) and 48" long.
Mondo is just what it's name implies, SUPER bulky and SUPER soft! It's a soft blend of superfine alpaca and wool. This new yarn is best for quick and bold statement pieces and has a gauge suitable for arm knitting.

50% Superfine Alpaca / 50% Wool
Weight: 400 g / 14.12 oz
Approx: 58 yds / 53 m
Knitting Needle Size: Size US 50 / 25.0 mm
Knitting Gauge: 3 - 4 sts = 4" (10 cm)
We've already put together kits with 4 balls of yarn and the needles.

We have daily requests for baby blanket patterns. This is Starry Stripes (purchased on Ravelry) knit in Liberty Wool from Classic Elite.
A colorful blanket every baby and mother will love in machine washable Liberty Wool. The subtle slip stitch chevron showcases the stripes in Liberty Wool Print to their best advantage.
Liberty is one of my favourite yarns. Lots of colours without changing balls. It feels good to knit with and wear.

My plan was to finish the throw while watching Survivor. I got into the show and forgot to knit. The third skein has been started. I'd like to say it will be finished tomorrow but we are heading to One of a Kind after work. The throw will be in the store so you can see it in progress. It is so warm! And the yarn is very soft. It's the perfect colour for my house so I have a feeling I'll be making another one. One for the store and one for the couch.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Mimsy

This morning we received a shipment of Zauberball Starke 6.
The same unique color combinations as Zauberball® Crazy in a DK weight to give sweaters, shawls, and scarves a truly creative flair.
Beth's original scarf was knit with the thinner Crazy. Then she found Starke 6 - the same great colours but she could use a bigger needle. This scarf is one ball each of colours 2266 and 2136.

She liked the scarf so much that she's started a second one.
For this scarf she used one ball each of 2136 and 2095

There are 3 pages of patterns on Ravelry for shawls, scarves, socks, sweaters, vests and cardigans using Starke 6.

A box arrived from Lynda as well. The shawl is beautiful!
Pattern: Chevrione (pattern purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: One Cheshire Cat mini skein kit from Frabjous Fibers

It's a crazy windy day today and getting pictures wasn't easy. The picture of the shawl on the mannequin is very close to the true colours of the kit - we used Mimsy. The picture below is to show how big the shawl is.
Chevrione is knit starting from the small end of the triangle to the end, where it is bound off using a picot bind off! It can be worked with lots of beads, a few beads, or no beads at all. Chevrione was specifically designed to use gradients, as the wave pattern shows beautifully with the gradient. This pattern includes both full written and charted instructions, and can easily be modified for size by working extra repeats of Chart B, or omitting repeats of Chart B.
Something fun came late this afternoon. I've been playing with it and there will be pictures tomorrow.