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Friday, August 17, 2018

Blocking Elf - Where are you?

I cast off Time Trades this afternoon. My blocking elf has a bit of work to do.

We're about a month away from receiving our order of Wrist Rulers.
Wrist Ruler is a leather wristband with engraved inch and centimeter measurements. If you find yourself always needing to measure things when you’re on the go, this is the perfect product for you. 
Sizes are based on wrapping around your wrist twice. Give it extra length depending on how loosely you want to wear it. Please allow an extra 1/2 inch for the stud closure. 
Wrist Ruler is made in the US. 

There is also a new Brioche Bracelet that will be in the shipment.
Nancy Marchant approached us to do a custom bracelet for her. It got so much attention, that we made it available for everyone else in a variety of colors and sizes. Extend your wrist ruler by connecting a brioche bracelet, twice the fun!
Mr. UPS brought us in a box of beautiful garments from The Fibre Co.
Dash Falls is amazing! It is even more beautiful in person.

You can purchase the pattern for North Row on Ravelry.
North Row is a garment that flows from the deep cowl neck, all the way to the hem. This sweater is designed with a fair amount of positive ease to add to the garment’s casual elegance. North Row is a versatile, feminine piece that deserves a favourite skirt as much as a good pair of jeans. A key piece for your wardrobe that is worked in the round for the cowl while adding the structure of seaming for the sweater body. North Row can be worked up in a bright colourway to make a statement piece or a softer neutral to layer over anything in your closet. Choose the shade to make the most of your new favourite sweater. This relaxed sweater is designed to be worn with 20-25 cm (8-10 in) positive ease at the full bust.

From Joji's Instagram Feed
jojilocat🍁 Dear friends, like every year, I am getting things ready to start our Fall Knit-along on Ravelry.
We are starting to chat in our forums and we will get the sign-up forms ready for next week!
The start date will be September 1.
In preparation for this event that is very big in my heart, and to encourage you to try some new designs, all my patterns are 25% off until the KAL kicks off.
I am hoping to gather some beautiful prizes to draw and I can guarantee camaraderie and lots of chatter.
I hope to see you all again ☕️
☕️JojiPS: I’d love you to repost if you want to help me spread the word 🍂 Thank you! 
I've knit a few rows on Fading Point tonight. I'm at the point of picking up the collar on my Comfort Fade Cardi. I was too tired to count and just wanted some easy knitting. Tomorrow I'll pick up.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Wardrobe Change

Today's colour inspiration is the car wash.
From the left
Octopus Garden
Ocean Flight

Wouldn't these colours look great for Slow Curves?

Today my friends got a wardrobe change. They're in their winter clothes. Tomorrow afternoon we are receiving a box from The Fibre Co. with sample garments knit in Arranmore and Arranmore Light. We're ready to hang them the minute Mr or Ms UPS visits.
I can't wait to see Dash Falls in person.
Wrap up against any stormy weather ahead with this sweep of a cardigan. Long lines combine with soft flowing cables along the front bands, drawing the eye down. Worked in pieces from the bottom up, this seamed garment offers the interest of more textured sections with the soothing safety of stockinette for the main body. Longer in length, this open front a-line cardigan can be worn as a sweater coat in milder weather or offer the ultimate layer in colder times when its comforting texture is needed. This garment was designed to be worn with 2.5-10 cm (1-4 in) positive ease at the bust.

We'll have 4 garments in Arranmore and 4 in Arranmore Light. I've knit with both and highly recommend them.

Time Trades is almost finished. If I go by the pattern I have three more rows. There is yarn left so I think I might add a few more patterns. Then off to my blocking guru.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


We have a new yarn. Big Freakin' Wool. It is very BIG!
4 skeins and this free pattern is all you need for the Big Freakin' Scarf.
I ordered the yarn sight unseen so I started with 3 colours. #2

70% wool
30% polyester

11m (12.5 yards) on a 250 gram hank. That's BIG!
The pattern to the Three Color Chevron Throw is free.

I have another sneak peek that I forgot in yesterday's post.
The yarn looks amazing in many different stitch patterns.

While I'm talking about a yarn that looks amazing in different stitch patterns I should mention Rowan Felted Tweed. We have a shipment on the way from Rowan and fingers crossed Marie Wallin's new book will be in the boxes.
BLOOMSBURY is a collection of fairisle and stitch designs inspired by the life style and culture of the Bloomsbury group of artists and writers at the turn of the twentieth century. The 8 womenswear designs are knitted using Rowan Felted Tweed, one of Marie’s favourite yarns. 
We photographed this collection at ‘Stoneywell’ in rural Leicestershire - a beautiful Arts & Crafts house now owned by the National Trust.

It's bed time. There wasn't much sleep last night. Beth and I worked on Camp. Specifically Thursday evening. I had so much running through my mind. While I was lying in bed trying to count sheep it hit me that I needed a special Rowan garment that Jane knit me for the evening. I had to do a bit of searching but I found it. Now I'm ready for Thursday evening. Tonight I'll be thinking about Friday's Fashion Show.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Sneak Peek

We will have a new yarn from The Fibre Co. on September 1. I was asked not to share pictures of the garments yet but I have been given the go ahead to share these pictures.
I saw the yarn and garments at TNNA. There will be 6 colours coming in September and then more in October.

Jilly Petites arrived today.
Little bundles of joy.
It hit Lynn and I today that it is just over 3 weeks until the Knitters' Fair. OH NO! Tomorrow we are starting on kits.
And tonight I am knitting on my Comfort Fade Cardi. The second sleeve is almost finished. Sarah and Lynn - I hope you guys are working on yours :)

Monday, August 13, 2018

Alpacas = Knitting Related

There are a few ways I can get home from work and one takes me on back roads past a little farm. Alpacas. Goats. An Ostrich. An Emu.  Peacocks.
It's located at the corner of Book and Smith Road. This is on Book Road between Glancaster Road and Southcote Road.
Dad and Beth have taken to feeding the animals. All our leftover fruits, vegetables and bread are packed up daily and one of them stops to feed their friends. There are benches to sit on and at night families stop with their kids. Dad and Beth love giving their food to the kids to give to the animals.

A lot of the goats are numbered. This is 18. According to dad and Beth he is mean to the other animals.

I was out of the house early today for an appointment with Trish. Then onto the store to water plants and a stop at Ancaster Community Services. They are doing their annual back to school backpack drive. Dad and Beth spent a bit of money at Walmart on Saturday so we dropped everything off. I realized I didn't have much to blog about so I stopped at the farm for pictures. There are Alpacas so it is knitting related.

I've been making my class notes for Camp. I think that my Brioche handouts are just about finished. My students are lucky. There is almost no homework. Now I'm making swatches and more swatches.

I spent some time on the Camp Fashion Show as well. We have a lot of garments coming from Rowan. The Fibre Co. is sending us 12 garments. Then we need to add in samples from the store. This is going to be our best Fashion Show yet. As the Fashion Show is finishing on Friday evening a newsletter is sent to the students with a list of all the garments and the link to their patterns on Ravelry. This makes it easy for them to find the patterns that they like. This takes some time so I started today. Here is a portion of last year's newsletter.
I've spent a lot of time typing today so now it's time to knit.

Sunday, August 12, 2018


Thirty rows and Time Trades is finished. It hasn't come out this weekend because I've been working on the Comfort Fade Cardi. The second sleeve should be cast off early this week.

There is a box on the way to us from Dream in Color. It is in Canadian Customs right now and we hope to see it this week. Then I looked online. The box was just released from Customs this afternoon so we should see it on Tuesday.

Jilly Petites. Mini skeins of single ply yarn in fun colours. These will work great for the beginning of Time Trades.

21 colours - 5 skeins each
Each skein is 68m/75 yards 

There will be 10 Semi-solid colours. 5 skeins each. 

I asked the ladies at Dream in Colour to add some full skeins as well. They chose 25. What colours? I don't know. It is going to be a surprise.

Jilly is 100% super wash merino
Single ply fingering weight

Now some knitting and Big Brother.