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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

BRRRRR

It's really cold out there today and got me thinking about accessories for keeping warm.

Lynn knit up this very cute hat. She hasn't had time to add a faux fur pompom.
Pattern: Tread (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: One strand of Woolstok held with one strand of Kidsilk Haze

Cathy knit me these mittens last Christmas. They are so warm.

Pattern: Antler Mittens (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: tosh chunky. One skein will make up the medium size. You will need two skeins if making an adult large pair.

I had to try out the new Lykke needles last night. I can't sell them if they aren't nice to knit with :)

They are really nice to knit with. The joins are great. The yarn isn't catching.

I made the Darn Knit Kinetic Cowl (pattern free on Ravelry) with Gaia from Rosairios. The yarn is a blend - 75% wool and 25% acrylic. I wanted to see how the yarn looks knit up and I like it. You can easily make the cowl in two evenings. The pattern asks for 80-100 yards. I used two balls of Gaia which gives me 140 yards. $30 for the cowl - it's a great price for a Christmas gift.
I wanted to show what it looks like on. A different part of the house and different lighting. The colour is off but it shows how well the cowl stands up.
Many people have used Caracol from Malabrigo to make the cowl. I brought a skein home and have another cowl on the needles. Quick and easy makes for fun knitting.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Chalet

I was playing around on Ravelry this morning (that can be dangerous) and found this awesome pattern from Classic Elite Yarns. How did I miss this? It's fantastic.

Pattern: Borah (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Chalet
A free-flowing poncho with a stunning cable and lace panel on back and front, knit in super soft Chalet.
The pattern is written for two sizes and three lengths.
On-trend soft and pastel colors show the subtle tweed component of this sister yarn to Chalet and Chateau. 
You can use Chalet or Palace.
Chainette yarns are well-deserving of their popularity...the construction simultaneously provides strength and lightness. Add a luxury fiber blend of baby alpaca and bamboo to that inherent lightness and you have Chalet, a decadently soft yarn with a lovely drape in a chunky weight from our MountainTop Collection of yarns spun from natural, undyed fibers.
We have used Chalet and Palace for many projects. It is super soft and everyone loves it.

Dad and Lucy brought me a tea this afternoon. Either my dad is really short or Lucy is really big. :) She loves visiting. Especially if there are customers who talk to her.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Snow :(

I took my knitting outside thinking that I could get a picture in the natural light. It was very dark light. And the snow has started. My knitting doesn't have white spots.
Our guests just left so it's going to be a short post. I'm exhausted and it's time for bed. We had a great dinner. Lucy came too and I totally forgot to get a picture. I'll get one in the next few days before she heads to Myrtle Beach. Mom and dad are going back for a few months. Why stay here in the snow?

I found a few pictures from Vegas that I didn't share. These are from the arena. There is a balcony where they set up bars and games like corn hole and super size jenga.
This is The Park. It is between the Monte Carlo, the arena and New York, New York. For Christmas they set up a huge Christmas tree, food trucks and a skating rink. The area is hopping before a hockey game.

There was a reason for the trip to Vegas. We went for my birthday. When I put my players card into a slot machine, this is what came across the screen to me.

I'm going to knit a few rows and then bed. I need to let my dinner settle a bit. Why do you always eat too much at a dinner party?

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Self Striping


We love Mille Colori Baby. A self-striping pure merino wool. Yes, there are many baby patterns in the yarn but we love it for adults too. I just purchased this scarf pattern on Ravelry. It uses 6 balls - 2 balls each of 3 colours.

I was going to have Lynda make the scarf but I was missing one colour. It's here now along with two brand new colours.

60
66 (NEW)
 68
96 (NEW)
ZickZack is a free pattern on Ravelry and takes 4 balls of Mille Colori Baby - 2 colours, 2 balls each.
You can purchase the pattern for this cute smock on Ravelry.
Svetlana Gordon's Poison Ivy (pattern purchased on Ravelry) is knit with 7 balls.

Here is a link to many more patterns for Mille Colori Baby on Ravelry.

Today was spent knitting and watching football. It was the first week of playoffs in Fantasy Football. We were the first place team and lost. We're done and it's so sad. Now it's time to clean the house. We're having mom, dad and friends over for dinner tomorrow night.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

“A fluffy guard against the frigid chill.”

The patterns from Churchmouse Yarns are incredible. Beautiful photography and well written patterns. This is their Shoulder Cozy. The original version was knit with a strand of Kidsilk Haze mixed with a strand of Summer Tweed. They reknit the Cozy for winter. We have copies in the store or you can purchase on Ravelry.
We’ve called it a capelet. And a poncho. And a cowl. And perhaps … a snood? We’ve always wondered what would happen if we just kept knitting away at our cherished Shoulder Cozy. Now we know! It’s a Cozy that doubles as a cowl for those colder days. 
And using only one strand of Rowan’s Brushed Fleece, it is a generously fluffy guard against the frigid chill of mid-winter. A super soft blend of extra-fine merino wool and baby alpaca, Brushed Fleece is chunky and insulating, but remarkably light. The easy garter stitch has a rustic charm in this range of natural colors and ensures you’ll soon be all snuggled up in your Cozy. 
Grab a copy of the pattern and the free adaptation explaining how to modify your Cozy for the cowl neck, as well as your yarn. You'll need 3 skeins of Brushed Fleece to make either size with a cowl.
Here is the link to the adaptation.


Caroline came in this morning with her Briochevron Blanket (pattern from Stephen West and is available on Ravelry). She is using a strand of tosh dk with a strand of fingering weight. The dk is light grey and will stay the same throughout the blanket and the fingering colours are left over from shawls. And a few new skeins because the colours were perfect. I'm in love. It's a pattern I've always wanted to do.
There is a little one in the stroller hiding under his Colorburst Blanket (pattern purchased on Ravelry). The colours are so much fun. Thanks to his mom and dad for bringing him in to show it off.

I arrived home to find our kitchen in chaos. Beth has decided to bake Christmas cookies. From scratch. The KitchenAid mixer came out of the box for the first time. The sugar cookies are chilling in the fridge. The shortbread mix is finished and will be going in the oven soon. This is going to be interesting.

Friday, December 08, 2017

All My Stitches

Match & Move is growing. I'm almost at the end of my increases. That marks being 1/3 of the way finished. I will have 5 wedges during the increases and then 5 wedges after.

Here are a few more of the new colours coming from Hedgehog so that you can start making your wish list.
Goblin is all moody grays with a hint of green and speckles.
Parklife is a complex green with pinks, yellows and so much more. 
Piggy Bank is a bright and cheerful multi, both variegated and speckled. 
Did you know that Beata of Hedgehog Fibres has a new pattern called All My Stitches?
A slightly different take on the ombré shawl, All My Stitches is a shallow triangular shawl with an integrated i-cord border. You will be using two strands of fingering weight held together throughout the project. 
There is no striping of the yarns involved, only soothing meditative rows of endless garter stitch! I used four colours, but you can use as many as you’d like, even incorporating odds and ends from your stash.
This shawl is going to be the perfect project to play with the new colours.


I have tracked the parcel and our needles will be should be here late Monday afternoon.

The special edition sets will be available in Umber and Indigo.

Now it's knitting time. The Great American Baking Show has been taped and Beth is already watching.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Two Identical Socks

We photographed the new colours of merino light this afternoon. Here are a few. They are available in the store and on the website.
This is Devil's Advocate.
By Far
Doe Eyes
Surf
Blind Love
Beneath the Waves

Lots of boxes arrived today. We have new Regia Pairfect colours.
REGIA PAIRFECT – A new dimension in sock knitting! This innovation by REGIA makes it incredibly simple to knit two identical self-patterned socks from one skein. 
It’s very easy: The yellow starter thread - which comes from inside the yarn skein - marks the beginning of each sock. Simply cut off the yellow starter thread and begin knitting the first sock. After the first sock is completed, unwind the yarn to the next yellow starter thread and cut it off. Then simply knit the second sock.








From Louisa Harding we received Amitola Brushed.

A fine Mohair blend that knits to a sport/light DK weight in long colour changes. The quality of the fibres are apparent in a swatch - a soft, delicate halo surrounds defined stitches highlighted by the cotton binder. Good meterage and a strong colour palette make this yarn a great addition to the Louisa range.
60% mohair
25% cotton
15% wool

300m/328 yards on a 100gram ball.

All 6 colours are in stock.

Great news. The Lykke needles have arrived in the US and we should see them early next week.
Now it's time to work on Fantasy Football. Playoffs start this week and we're in second place. Our tight end decided to do something stupid last week and is suspended. Now we need to find a new TE.