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Sunday, October 22, 2017


After dinner I took the mustang out to get a tea. It might be the last day of driving with the top down. When I got back I had to finish a row and then get pictures of my shawl. I left it a bit too long - it was getting dark out.

I'm much happier with my colours now. There was a lot of knitting today. I'm almost to the lace rows of the fifth colour. Football was terrible (the actual games and our Fantasy Football) so I didn't have to pay too much attention.

Now I'm getting back to it. Hopefully tonight's game is more exciting.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Joint Effort

I started this cute little cardigan and Cathy finished it. The pattern is worked from the top down and is so easy to make.

I forgot to bring knitting to the store one day a few months ago. I started this so that I always had something to work when I was at work. I made it to the second button hole and then didn't get any farther. Cathy took it home and finished in a few days. It wasn't doing any good sitting in a lump on the front table - now you can see how pretty the yarn knits up.

Pattern: In Threes (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Mrs. Crosby Steamer Trunk. We used 2 skeins of Harper for the smallest size.

Beth bought a new friend for our front garden. Our neighbourhood has a lot of Halloween decorations. I guess she was feeling left out.
We have lights too. Giant eyes flash across the front of our house. The little kids walking by while we were setting them up liked them a lot.

I just made it to the fourth colour on Find Your Fade. I hope to get a chunk knit during the baseball game and then take pictures tomorrow.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Marya Wrap

Our friend Ambah has a new shawl pattern. Meet the Marya Wrap - pattern purchased on Ravelry.

Yarn: Adelaide from Primrose. We have colours in stock and we will be receiving 240 more skeins late November. If you can't wait, any fingering weight yarn will work. Hedgehog Sock or Skinny Singles make a great shawl. We have quite a few colours in stock and then there will be another 200 skeins coming in the next week or so.
Named after the Latin word for “star of the sea”, Marya Wrap features a slipped-stitch pattern reminiscent of stars reflected in a dark ocean. The simple slipped stitch panels alternate with eyelet sections for a relaxing knit with a cosy end result. Knit on the bias to give a versatile shape, Marya is the perfect project for those special skeins, whether they be speckles, a gradient, or a mini-skein set—pair them with a strong contrast for a high-impact, elegant wrap.

I put together a few colour combinations that look close to the original. If you want to make the shawl, I can put together different combinations (maybe in purple??). Please stop by and we can play. If you live out of town, send me an email and let me know what colours you like. I will put together a few combinations and email you pictures.

In Between the Lines
Pisces (in the original)
Zipline (in the original)
HH Skinny Singles Concrete
Talk Monster
Pisces (in the original)
In Between the Lines
HH Skinny Singles Concrete

My Find Your Fade is growing. I'm not sure about the colour I'm working with right now. I should be finished this section and onto the next one sometime this weekend. I think I will feel better about it once the new colour joins in. I'm going to wait to show pictures. If I'm not happy then I could be ripping out. :(

Thursday, October 19, 2017


Mr. UPS brought in boxes from madelinetosh today. It's always fun to open them up and see the beautiful skeins of yarn.

We have new colours of Home.

100% merino wool
100m in a 100gram skein
10-14 stitches = 4"

Three skeins of Home will make GAP-tastic (a free pattern on Ravelry). It is super easy to make and so warm!
The GAP-tastic cowl is an easy knit you’ll want to make again and again! This fun cowl is a great beginner project for new knitters who want to practice knitting and purling, and it’s a fantastic mindless knit for experienced knitters. Either way, the GAP-tastic is a classic accessory that you’ll wear all of the time. It makes a great gift, too.

There are new colours of tosh merino light (the website has been updated). I should clarify. These aren't new colours but new to The Needle Emporium colours. Meet white wash. I need to knit with this one.
From top to bottom - perfect fall colours. 

I'm debating. Update the website or knit? Most of the tosh order has been input. I need to add tosh sock and tosh twist light but I think that will be done tomorrow.

Before I sign off, we received an order of Knitter's Pride needles today. We are well stocked on Karbonz, Dreamz and we received a few Zing double pointed needles. What are Zing needles?
  • Most Gorgeous Metal Needles manufactured from superior grade light weight metal
  • Spectrum of Vibrant & Lively Colors
  • Perfect points, flawlessly tapered – ideal for all yarns and every project
  • Shiny silver tips for ultimate smart outlook
  • Lustrous metallic shades, specific to sizes
  • Very light on hands
  • Warm to the touch, and gentle in the hand
  • Laser printed sizes on all needles
We received 6" double pointed needles in 2mm, 2.25mm, 2.5mm and 3mm. More will be arriving in a week or so.

Now it's time to knit.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Kim Hargreaves newest book arrived today.
Designed by Kim Hargreaves this collection features 21 chic and effortless pieces with an understated classic look. The collection includes elegant sweaters, comfy cardigans and stylish accessories knitted in some of Rowan's favourite yarns.
Kim used a lot of Brushed Fleece in the book.

This pretty sweater is knit out of Kidsilk Haze.

We also received copies of Marie Wallin's North Sea.

I found out some exciting news today. Lykke is going to bring out 2 sets of interchangeable needles for the holidays. I have ordered them and they should be in the store in November. I don't know the pricing but I am guessing around $140-150. Preorder now to make sure you get the colour of your choice. I picked Indigo for my set. I love them!

Your set will include.

Made of strong birch wood, the LYKKE driftwood needles are very smooth and light.
With their warm character, the driftwood needles are easy on the hands and the eyes - a true pleasure to work with. 
All LYKKE needles have both US and metric sizes etched on the needles to ensure long-term readability.

It's almost time for Survivor. I'm not sure yet who I want to win. All I know is that it is a good excuse to sit and knit for an hour :)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Cocoknits Notions

I did an order with Cocoknits today. These are amazing notions that come from the US. We had Knitter's Keeps in the past. There will be new Keeps called Maker's Keeps coming in November. The colours are awesome. A photoshoot was done last week and here is a sneak peek.
This colour has been discontinued but it shows off how great the Keep is.
A silicone slap bracelet fits any size wrist and sports a brushed steel-plated magnet. Nickel-plated accessories attach to the magnet to keep what you need where you need it most.
Maker’s Keep - the magnetic bracelet packaged on its own. Now knitters, sewists, crafters, and makers of all kinds can make use it in any number of ways . 
Like all the Cocoknits Tools, the Knitter’s Keep was born out of Julie’s desire for sleek, high-quality, well-designed knitting tools as well as her own need for keeping track of things while she knitted. Also, find out what other uses Julie has for her Knitter’s Keep - how do you use yours? 
Read more... 

The Stitch Holder kit will be coming in the order as well.
Use the Stitch Holder Kit in lieu of scrap yarn whenever you need to hold live stitches. 
The threaded needles allow you to knit off of your leather cord. 
The Leather Cord and Needle Stitch Holder Kit contains: 
two interior-threaded needles made of nickel plated steel 
three lengths of leather cord 
one long – for holding sts of sweater body (59"/150 cm) 
two short – for holding sts of sleeves (29.5"/75 cm)
There are new stitch stoppers. Neutral or Colorful. The new packaging includes large and small stoppers.
Keep your stitches on your needles with these little foam stoppers. Designed by knitters for knitters, pliable EVA foam allows stoppers to slide all the way down your needle to hold stitches while you are on the move or trying on your top-down knitted garments. Use Stitch Stoppers to turn any double-point or circular needle into a stitch holder!

The Cocoknits Natural Mesh Bag is flat-bottomed, stays upright, and keeps your yarn contained and tidy wherever you take your knitting. 
The bag is made from all natural paper mesh, so it's super lightweight yet extremely sturdy. There are no zippers to snag your knitting, and the snaps are positioned specifically to contain your yarn. 
Place your yarn into the unsnapped bag — the wide opening accommodates one large or 2-3 small balls or cakes. Fasten the side snaps, then run your yarn between the center snaps, or to either side when knitting with multiple strands. 
Dimensions unsnapped: 6" width × 6" height × 6" depth
Cocoknits should be receiving the Maker's Keeps and Stitch Holder kits at the end of October. The Stitch Stoppers and Mesh Bags are available now but shipping is expensive so we want everything to come together. As soon as they arrive in California our order will be on the way to us. You can call or email me to reserve yours.

There is a separate shipment coming from Cocoknits. Cocoknits Sweater Workshop is in it's second printing. The book is being printed in Canada and the printer has offered to ship books directly to us. That saves a lot of money on shipping. This is exciting news. Sometime next week we should have 20 copies of the book in the store. 
With over 30 years of knitting, designing, and teaching experience – Julie Weisenberger presents her first book: Cocoknits Sweater Workshop which includes nine new designs. The book expands on the simple, seamless, top-down styling we’ve come to expect from Cocoknits.
More than just a collection, however, this book explains the Cocoknits Method – a system of tracking knitting progress in your own easy to follow customized worksheet. Unlike most traditional patterns that create flat shapes, the tailored style of construction in these patterns creates truly three dimensional garments that impart a great fit upon completion.
Read more about the book...

Last night I said I was going to wait to work on Find Your Fade. I didn't wait.
We're home from dinner with mom and dad. They are heading to Myrtle Beach tomorrow so we wanted to say good bye. Okay, we needed to see Lucy one more time :) Now it's time to knit.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Mini Skeins

Sarah modelled a few different garments at the Fleece Festival. Her sweater is So Faded (pattern purchased on Ravelry) knit with a Merino Mia Gradient Pack from Prism. I had to make sure it came home with us. Sarah really liked wearing it.

The cowl was knit by Beth and is called the Cara Cowl. It is knit out of Independence from Spincycle Yarns. Right now this is the only colour combination we have. I love it.

The Fino Mini Skein kits were a hit at the Festival. There are seven colourways (number 1 at the top and 7 at the bottom). We only have one kit of 1, 2 and 3 right now. We will have more at the end of November - they are such a bit hit that the supplier is sold out as well.

A pattern suggestion is the 3 Color Cashmere Cowl. I knit this with a String Quintet from Lorna's Laces.
The section at the top is actually the cast on. I used two colours for the first set of stripes, then I threw in a few rows of one of the bottom colours, a third colour for the middle section and then the last two colours for the lace and ending stripes. You can work the colours in whatever order you want.

We have some full skeins of Fino in the store and more are coming later this week if you want to use a mini kit for The Fealdan Shawl (free pattern)
More free patterns include
Rings of Rings Cowl
Charnely Scarf
Incremento Shawl
Fino Shadow Shawl

My Espe is growing. If you are new to lace knitting, this is a great pattern. It's very intuitive once you get going. All you need to know is yarn over, knit two together and ssk.

I found the missing colour for Find Your Fade. Pistachio. It will bridge my blue/turquoise and purple. Now I can get back to this. Probably tomorrow. I'm tired tonight - I was in the store very early this morning to start unpacking. Thankfully Cathy was with me today. She is super efficient at unpacking and the store is back in order.