Scarf Yarns

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Last Colour

I just finished the first section of the last colour. I took a lot of pictures but the sun wasn't cooperating. I'm not sure if you can see the differences in the purples here but they are different. It was either too much sun or too much shade in my pictures.
My goal is to finish by Saturday. That will make it three weeks to knit the shawl.

What's next? I'm going to try and finish this shawl for TNNA. Yes, I am dreaming. I don't think there is a chance but I'm going to give it a go.
Pattern: Greyhound Shawl (pattern purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Mrs. Crosby Hat Box

We have a new Opal sock yarn. 
Exuberant sock stripings in colors based on paintings by renowned Austrian artist and sculptor Friedenreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000). Hundertwasser rejected the straight line and embraced bold color, organic forms and humans in harmony with nature.

Just before I hit Publish, I threw the shawl on the dining table. This shows the purple better.
Now I need to go - the TV needs my attention. We are watching the Scripps National Spelling Bee. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Ambah O'Brien

Mix a special gradient skein with stripes and lace for the ultimate bohemian shawl experience. Yemaya is a generous asymmetrical triangular wrap with multiple wearing possibilities. While Yemaya is designed to show of a gradient yarn, this shawl will work beautifully teaming a speckle, variegated or semi solid with your two contrasting skeins.
The Yemaya Shawl is the third pattern in the 2016 Chroma Collection.

The Yemaya lace is both charted and written. The lace requires concentration and will suit an intermediate knitter with some lace experience.
Lately I'm drawn to patterns by Ambah O'Brien - she is the designer of my current project - the Lamina Wrap. I get very excited to see one of her new shawls in my "your pattern highlights" section of Ravelry.
Hello from Australia! You’ll pretty much always find me dreaming about my next favourite shawl - the accessory I most love to design, knit and wear. Otherwise I’ll be wandering about my vegetable garden, nearby bush or perhaps a little escape to the beach.

With a background in painting, I have a passion for colour and interesting design.

I design contemporary knitwear patterns, with a nod to retro and geometric design. Patterns that are straight forward to follow and fun to wear.
I sent her a message today asking if I can share her amazing work with you. She replied right away (I love it when that happens). The hard part was picking which shawl to show first.

Pattern: Yemaya Shawl (purchased on Ravelry)

Top Edge: 118” / 300 cm
Bottom Edge: 110” / 280 cm
Bind Off Edge: 45”/ 115 cm

Fingering Weight / 4-ply:
Main Colour (MC): 382 yd / 349 m
Contrasting Colour 1 (CC1): 382 yd/ 349 m
Contrasting Colour 2 (CC2): 382 yd/ 349 m

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Wannietta send me a text today that she is ready for some knitting. Yarn for Yemaya could be on the way to her soon. But it might be yarn for another shawl. I have a great one picked out for tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I'm Almost There

This is one of the very few projects that I started and worked on straight until it is finished. I haven't picked up another project. Totally monogamous. :) Yes, my fingers are itching for a different project but I'm so close.

The fence is finished. Now we need to decide on our garden. The artificial grass is on the part of the yard that slopes down towards the field. The dirt part slopes back up. That is going to be a garden. I want some pretty flowers and tall grass. 
Mom and dad had an amazing time on their cruise and enjoyed their two days in Seattle. Sunday afternoon they visited the Chihuly Garden and Glass. Yes, I am jealous. Chihuly's work is amazing. They wandered around for three hours. Here are a few of the pictures that mom took. They highly recommend visiting if you are in Seattle.
I think this would look awesome in our back yard :)
Hockey and baseball are on so it's time to knit. I'm almost there.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Happy Victoria Day

A holiday weekend means lots of knitting. I'm almost finished. Three more sections of this purple and then four sections of a different purple.
Beth cast of her latest scarf before heading to the golf course this morning
Yarn: Zauberball Crazy - 2 balls of 2 different colours
Needles: 3.25mm, 40cm

This scarf is 80 stitches. It is knit in the round so you only have right sides to the scarf. No checking and rechecking to make sure the good side is showing. Knit 2 rows of colour A, then 2 rows of colour B. Continue until out of yarn. Beth is really enjoying her mindless knitting and has another scarf cast on.

My flowers on the front porch are blooming nicely. This week Beth and I are heading to the garden center for planters for the deck. We thought about going this morning but I was afraid that Terra would be jammed.

The bad thing about a long weekend - fireworks. Poor Melo has had a bad few evenings and there will be more tonight. He shakes and shakes. We can't get him settled until after they stop. Hopefully with school tomorrow they won't go too late.

My plan was to write last night but he needed my attention. I sat on the couch and he had his head in my lap. It didn't stop the shaking but it did stop the pacing. He does laps around the house.

Now to get a few more rows knit before it's dark.

Saturday, May 21, 2016


My shawl is growing and I should have it knit in time for TNNA. Sewing in the ends is a different story.
My friend is coming home with me so that I have someone to model over the weekend. My plan is to knit all day tomorrow. Monday will be more knitting sandwiched around picking up my parents from the airport. Their cruise ended today and they are staying in Seattle until Monday morning.

Cathy knit this beautiful scarf in 2 balls of Louisa Harding Azalea. Unfortunately they discontinued this colour but there are still some great colours available.
Pattern: Yuma from Louisa Harding's book for Azalea
Needles: 5mm
Louisa Harding Azalea is a cable-plied, 100% cotton yarn that's very smooth, round and incredibly soft.
It's another busy TV evening. Hockey. Basketball. Nascar. Luckily Beth is in charge of the remote so I can knit.

Friday, May 20, 2016

The Good News First

A bit of good news then sad news from Sweetgeorgia Yarns.
New Party of Five sets are coming! Our mini-skein gradient sets have been so well-received since we started dyeing them last year, but one thing many knitters have been asking for is some neutral palettes. This is the most requested palette — a five-shade pack of cool greys that we're calling "Graphite".

This is just the first of five new gradient colour sets that we are releasing in 2016
I have all the colours ordered. I'm confident that Felicia at Sweetgeorgia will put together great combinations. The kits will be on display next month in Washington DC when I go to TNNA and I'll get pictures. We're very excited for the show to be moving to a new city. Beth is particularly excited about visiting the Smithsonian. The hardest part is deciding which Smithsonian to visit.

The Party of Five Cashluxe Spark kits have been discontinued. We still have stock but don't delay.
The Reverb Shawl is a free pattern and takes one kit. This is the English Bay colourway.

This is Rusted knit up.

The kit contains 5 mini skeins - each skein is 91m / 100yards.
CashLuxe Spark is just like our beloved CashLuxe Fine yarn with a sprinkling of sparkle! This yarn is 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, and 10% sparkling stellina spun up into a 3-ply fingering weight yarn.

We also have a few kits in Golddigger and Honey Fig.
I've knit two shawls with the kits and the yarn is beautiful. I highly recommend it.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Summer Wrap

A new pattern just came in for Sirdar's Cotton DK.
The wrap is gorgeous!

Bag: 2 balls
Wrap: 4 balls
Blanket: 9 balls
We have created this fabulous cotton double knitting yarn for hand knit and crochet projects – it can be used to create designs for all the family from babies to adults and looks equally gorgeous in projects for the home. The yarn is made using mercerized cotton to create a subtle sheen and incredible stitch definition so it’s the perfect yarn for lace knitting, cables and crochet work. This Cotton DK is a classic double knitting yarn that will knit to all Sirdar’s DK designs and is machine washable. 
There are great colours to choose from...

Yesterday I mentioned a shipment coming from Freia Fibers. This amazing scarf is knit in the bulky - double stranded.

Pattern: You Look Gradient (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: 4 balls of Friea Bulky
Needles: 25mm (I better make sure we have lots in stock)
The stripes in the yarn line up almost perfectly. That is the great thing about Freia. All balls of the same lot are dyed exactly the same.

I'll be making mine in the colour Vintage.

We watched the finale of Survivor last night. I won't give the ending away but we were shocked.

It's almost bed time but I'm trying to get a few more rows in before I go. Originally I was going to start with the purple for the second half of my shawl. I changed my mind and went denim. This way it will be green/blue around my neck and purple at the end.