Ancaster Community Food Drive

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Knitting, flowers and dogs

Lynn finished her socks in Juliet from Yarn Love. One skein on 2.75mm needles with a basic sock pattern. Lynn might not get them back - Beth felt them and commented 'these are really soft'.  Melo was quite enamoured by them too.

It's a day of finished projects. Sarah texted me pictures of her shawl - I think she wants to give it to me.

Pattern: Assana (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Hedgehog Sock (there should be another order from Hedgehog in the next week or so with 20 colours of sock)
Fun to knit and a timeless addition to your wardrobe, Assana provides a beautiful base for your favourite colour trio. Play two colours against each other in the stripes section: a gradient, speckled yarn, semi-solid hand dyes - anything goes here; then complement with a bold or subtle choice of colour for the zig-zag lace section. 
Worked side ways, on the bias, Assana includes both written and charted instructions for the lace section.



Austin came and put flowers in our planters this week. My mom hasn't been able to come see so here are some pictures for her. The teal planter with Pansies is going to move to the other side of the driveway next week.
Roko is enjoying the beautiful weather. Finally he said. We can play outside.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Getting Ready to go Yarn Shopping

I came to work this morning and forgot my knitting. Not very bright. I need to leave a project here just in case. So far I've worked on a newsletter that should go out early in the week. Then I did price signs that were missing from the shelves.

I'm getting ready to head to TNNA which includes preordering goods to bring home with me.  There are new stitch markers from Cocoknits. They have been ordered and will be in the store June 14.
Not just silver anymore! These fun markers are finished with gold, silver and copper coloring! The stitch markers are steel based, so still attach to your Knitter's Keep or any magnet so that you can easily store and retrieve them. Use them to mark rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Included are 6 each of three sizes in each of three finishes, 54 markers total. They come in a cute-as-a-button kraft box secured with the click of a magnet!  
6 each gold, silver, copper large round stitch markers (accommodate US 15 / 10 mm needles or smaller)   
6 each gold, silver, copper small round stitch markers (accommodate US 9 / 5.5 mm needles or smaller)  
6 each gold, silver, copper opening stitch markers (accommodate US 11 / 8 mm needles or smaller)


Blue and grey Knitter's Keeps will be in the box as well.

Yarn Bowls will be coming home with me. I don't know what colours - I'll be picking them at the show.
Some sad news from yesterday - my Rockshelter Sock didn't arrive. Mr. UPS tried to deliver it before we were open. The box will be here on Tuesday afternoon.
 
I had a visitor this morning. Lucy and dad brought me a tea. She loves to ride in the truck but she won't get herself in. She puts her front paws in and then my dad boosts her up. We had a revelation yesterday and now she gets in herself.


Lucy wanted to try mom's Ice Capp. I hope it made it home safely.


Friday, May 26, 2017

The Queen's Spiral Cowl

Jan finished Xanthe and it looks great. She used tosh merino light. The lace section is Onyx and for the stripes she only used one colour - Spectrum. She didn't alternate colours because Spectrum has so many colours in it. She made the shawl to go with her Mother of the Groom dress.

Susan finished her Xanthe too. She also knit with tosh merino light. I don't remember the two greys that she chose but I know that the contrast is Harvest. The colour combination is amazing.
Kathy brought her Xanthe in this afternoon for me to take a picture. Another beautiful colour combination. Kathy used Hedgehog Twist Sock - Velvet and Concrete for the stripes. Dragonfly for the lace.
If you are working on the KAL you still have time to send me pictures or upload them in our Ravelry group. Don't forget that Ambah is giving a coupon code for $6.50 towards a new pattern.

Frabjous Fibers has a new pattern - hurry, it's free right now.

The Queen's Spiral Cowl
Knit with a luxurious Queen of Hearts Mini Skein Pack, this cowl is fit for royalty. The merino and cashmere blend perfectly defines the stitches and eyelets creating a delicate, sumptuous swirl. The pattern is simple, and when worked in the round, you only need to remember one row. This cowl will spiral off your needles in no time!
We don't have the Queen of Hearts Mini Skein Pack (yet) but the Cheshire Cat Mini Skein Packs will work as well.
There wasn't much knitting last night. The hockey game was a nail biter. And it went late. Beth has been asking me for the past twenty minutes if I'm ready to watch The Amazing Race from last night. I better sign off now or she is going to start without me.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Fading

Lynda has finished her latest project for the store and needs something new. Mr. Canada Post just picked up a box and she should have it tomorrow. She's going to make So Faded (pattern purchased on Ravelry) with a kit from Prism Yarns. The kit is for a shawl but I think that the shading will work perfectly for the sweater. Hopefully Lynda will email me pictures as she progresses though the colours so that I can share them. This is my last kit of this colourway - an email has been sent to Prism to get more.

Mr. Canada Post brought a large brown envelope before I went to Myrtle Beach. I threw it in my car and didn't open it. I opened the envelope tonight - surprise. The latest Interweave Knits. Copies will be in the store tomorrow.
Knit amazing and irresistible summer products in Interweave Knits, Summer 2017! From shawls and cover ups, to vests and cowls, you’ll find something memorizing to fall in love with.
Our shipment of Rockshelter Sock and Find Your Fade kits should be arriving late tomorrow afternoon. I can't wait to see the new colours.

Joji's latest clue just came out. I have clue 2 finished on one piece. For the second piece I'm still working on clue 1. Now the decision - which piece to work on tonight? Hockey - game 7. Master Chef Canada and The Amazing Race. I'll be up for a few hours yet.

Heritage Days is being celebrated in Ancaster from June 6-11. On Saturday June 10 we have a parade on Wilson Street.
On Saturday June 10, Wilson Street will be closed from Orchard St to Rousseaux St from 9:30am – 11:30am.  It will remain closed from Halson St to Rousseaux St until 3pm. 
If you come off Rousseaux Street we are before the festivities. I emailed the Heritage Days Committee and received this response.
We have asked the City to allow us to open Wilson from Rousseaux to Academy, but unfortunately we are not allowed.  We have to have it closed at a major intersection.  This hurts businesses like you and we recognize and feel badly about that.  Our goal is to eventually have the street festival full all the way past your business.  We'd like to see the street filled with people from Halson to Mount Mary.  We are making strides towards that each year.  This, we hope, would enable businesses to better participate with street sales, promotions, etc. 
We do tell the police officer at Rousseaux and Wilson to allow local traffic through on Wilson to get to businesses at that end of the street.  That would include your business.  If your clients come and ask the police officer to get through, they should be allowed.
Sorry to everyone for the inconvenience. Thankfully it only happens one day a year.

I know it's a long way away but I want to get the word out to everyone as soon as possible.

The store will be closed Wednesday July 5 - Monday July 10. We'll be open again on Tuesday July 11.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Surprise is Fun

A shipment is on the way from Meadowcroft Dyeworks. We will have more colours of Rockshelter Sock (the yarn I used for my Find Your Fade). I've added the new colours to the website so you can see what we'll have early next week. There are a few colours that I don't have colour samples of. I ordered these sight unseen - sometimes a surprise is fun.


There will be new colours including
188 Stage Whisper

182 Feathered Juju

125 Boiled Lobster

121 Rubbing Elbows

84 Inquisitive Cornflower

76 Wilderness

5 Decadence

180 Paint Peeling

The shipment is going to include 4 Find Your Fade kits. Dave puts together some interesting colour combinations. This kit is in Rockshelter Sock (like my sample). It will retail for $280.

We have 3 kits coming in a new yarn called Moon Lorn.
This Meadowcroft Dyeworks fingering weight yarn is spun as well as dyed in the United States from wool produced on US soil. A rustic single-ply yarn, it runs thick-n-thin for a gorgeous homespun-like texture with the squooshy softness you expect from 100% Merino. This yarn base is available in its own unique palette of colorways distinct from our other bases.  We recommend washing this yarn by hand, though machine washing in the delicates cycle also works.  We don’t recommend tumble drying for any natural fiber.  This yarn is ideally suited for shawls, wraps, scarves, sweaters & vests, but may not be the best choice for objects that will receive heavier wear, like socks.
100% superwash merino from the US
384m (420 yards) in a skein
The Moon Lorn kits will retail for $260.
Moon Lorn takes the dye differently than sock. I can't wait to see how it looks.

My planters at the store are very bright. I tried to talk Beth into going to Terra tonight for more planters but it is the season finale of Survivor. Maybe tomorrow night.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Knitters' Fair

I brought Starting Point to work today so that I could get some outside pictures. I didn't want to go back inside - it's beautiful out.

The Invisible Project Bag from Hedgehog Fibres is perfect for carrying your knitting.
The perfect project bag to show off your colourful skeins! Lightweight yet sturdy. Roomy enough for a larger project, it'll hold multiple balls of yarn easily. We think this is the best, most versatile project bag. 
This bag is designed to stand up on it's own. 
Material: Transparent PVC. Easily cleaned with mild detergent. Not machine washable.  
Height: 37cm, Width: 28cm, Gusset: 10cm. Pointed gold coloured studs.
Mark your calendar - Saturday September 9 - The Knitters' Fair in Kitchener. I've been talking with the coordinator for the Fair and she told me some very exciting news. Lily Chin will be at the Knitters' Fair - doing a workshop and a talk. Lily has taught at our knitting retreat and you won't be disappointed.
Lily Chin, named a “Master Knitter” by Vogue Knitting International, has designed knitwear for magazines and yarn companies for nearly 25 years, and she has worked with designers Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, and Isaac Mizrahi. Her work has been on the backs of celebrities and super models, from Racquel Welch and Vanna White to Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell. She is the author of Knit and Crochet with Beads, The Urban Knitter, and Mosaic Magic, and she has written the “On Designing” column for Knitter’s Magazine and the annual “Focus on Fibers” report for Knit ‘n Style. Lily also is the reigning champion fastest crocheter in the world, a title she defended in October 2004 at the world championships in London. Lily Chin regularly appears as a spokesperson for the yarn industry in media across the U.S., including Time, the New York Times, USA Today, the David Letterman Show, the CBS Early Show, DIY’s Knitty Gritty, E! Style Network’s Craft Corner Death Match, Lifetime’s Handmade by Design, HGTV’s Sew Much More, and CNN. Lily Chin has lived in New York City nearly all her life and has been involved in some aspect of the fashion industry since age 13. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, and was educated at Queens College, City University of New York.
Read more about the Knitters' Fair... 

My garden is growing. Now we need the plants to start flowering.

The shed is scheduled to be painted on Monday. I'm so excited.