Scarf Yarns

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Lazy Sunday

The City of Hamilton has asked people to water their trees so I was at the store early this morning to water before it was too hot and sunny. I'm home now for a day of TV and knitting. I'm writing on my iPad today because it was on the counter in front of me. I was setting up Bell Fibe on it. Beth and I are thinking about going to Myrtle for a few days during the Olympics. We aren't sure what TV channels we'll get in Myrtle and what events we'll get to see live. This way we can watch Canadian coverage if there is an event we need to see. Especially if we have a chance to win a medal.
Beth started the Caledonia Cowl. It is super, super soft. I was surprised that the cowl is knit flat and then sewn. But when you think about it, it is easier to knit garter stitch flat. If you work the cowl in the round you need to knit a row and then purl a row. I'd rather knit every row and then do a small seam. 
We were putting last night. Hopefully my tips will help her on the course today.
Beth stopped to see Lucy on the way to the course. Mom and dad were taking her for a car ride. The drug store and then Dairy Queen. Dad's comment was that Lucy needs to get used to the car because she'll be in for a long ride soon to Myrtle Beach. Yup, that was just an excuse. My dad wanted ice cream.
It was a lazy day for a lot of people today.
It was very hard to knit today. Between the Jays, the Canadian Open and the Nascar race I was busy flipping channels. I managed a few and I'm going back to it. 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

A new Auburn Wave

There was more fun in the box from Freia Fibers. Shawl ball has arrived.
Meet Neon

The yarn is spun and handpainted in the US.

There are 393m/430 yards on a ball.

I brought a few balls home from TNNA and Diana knit us a shawl. We did the old favourite, Auburn Wave, because I love the pattern. The shawl drapes well and you can knit until you run out of yarn. Two 100gram balls make a great size.

Our sample colour didn't come in this shipment but here are the great colours that we do have.

Here are a few pattern suggestion:
Stephen West's Dotted Rays
Stephen West's Briochevron Wrap. This shawl is really calling my name. And some of these bright colours mixed with a black background would be amazing!
Choose a colorful array of fingering weight yarns and knit this large wrap in two-color brioche. The main color is a black and white marled yarn while bright color pops from Hedgehog Fibres decorate the striped background. Increases and decreases form the graphic chevron lines and the fabric length is customizable.
If you don't want to make a shawl, a really cool scarf would be ZickZack. I've knit the scarf and think it would look awesome in two neon colours. Xenon and Krypton. Wow. Somehow I need to find more hours or more arms or something that lets me knit faster.

Friday, July 22, 2016


We received a fun box from Freia Fibers this morning.
Super Bulky in wild colours.

Did you know that yarns from Friea Fibers are spun and handpainted in the US?
Can you imagine this scarf in one of the new colours?

Pattern: You Look Gradient (purchased on Ravelry)
4 balls of Freia Super Bulky - you are holding two strands together on 25mm needles.

Miss Lucy likes to lay under my mom's feet at dinner time. It is cute now but when she gets bigger it won't be so cute. They are trying to get her to lay beside the table. We'll see how that goes :)

We have a bonus Big Brother tonight. Beth is winding her Worsted Cotton as I'm writing. I can't wait to see how the colours play out.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Outline is growing

My friend and I made a quick trip outside for pictures. I don't want to complain about the weather because I'm lucky enough to work inside.
It's going to be bright :) The pattern is really fun to knit. I walk through the fingering weight room and put together colour combinations. I think I could knit this shawl over and over again many times.

Some of you were disappointed that you didn't get any Hedgehog Fibres from our first order. Another order has been placed and should be here the end of August. Here is my suggestion. I will be blogging as soon as I know that it has been shipped. All colours from the first order will be coming again plus there are new colours. When it arrives I will be adding it to the website as soon as I can. I will blog that it's here. I will post on Ravelry. I will post on Facebook. Go to the website and order online. This will guarantee that you get the colours you want. There will be shipping charged on the order. If you want to pick it up, note on the order that you'll be coming in and when you pick up the yarn we will give you back the shipping charges. Please make sure you note that you are coming in because I try to ship out the same day that an order is placed.

Worsted Cotton from Blue Sky Fibers came home with me tonight. Beth is going to make the Caledonia Cowl for the store. The main colour is 645 Iceburg. The contrasting colours are 648 Plum Dusk, 647 Bluefin and 639 Wasabi.

Yes, we've been watching Big Brother. It is an interesting season. I really want James to win. With the way things are going right now he won't be on anyone's radar for quite a while. It's almost time to start watching and get back to my knitting.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Planning for Fall

I like to plan. That includes my knitting. What am I going to make when I'm finished my current project?

Here are some great designs that will be in Rowan Magazine #60. The magazine should be in the store at the end of August/beginning of September. That gives you enough time to finish your current project and be ready for something new and exciting for fall.

I can't wait. It's hard to believe that we are up to #60. I opened the store in August of 1987 and the first yarn I bought was Rowan. That was the first year for the Rowan Magazine. The Needle Emporium has been listed as a stockist in the back of every issue.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

It's like Christmas

Mr. Canada Post brought in a lot of boxes today. The first was from Blue Sky Fibers. The new colours of Worsted Cotton have arrived.
 This is the Caledonia Cowl. Blue Sky is running a KAL in their Ravelry forum.
This KAL runs from June 21 through August 31st, 2016. Knit as many cowls as you wish in our Blue Sky Fibers Organic Cotton Worsted yarns because the more finished projects you post in this thread, the better your chances of winning a fabulous prize!
We are also offering a 50% discount on your Ravelry PDF purchase of the Calendonia Cowl pattern through August 31st, 2016. Just enter “COWL” in the coupon code section at checkout.
Read more about the KAL...

See all the available shades and note the price - we were able to reduce it.

Another box in the pile had Zauberball Starke 6.
The same unique color combinations as Zauberball Crazy in a DK weight to give sweaters, shawls, and scarves a truly creative flair.

• 75% Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon
• 437 yards per 150 gram ball
• 3-4 mm needles
• 5.5 sts per inch

This is the yarn that Beth used for her latest scarf (and she will be taking a few more balls tonight to start another one.)

There were so many boxes this morning it was like Christmas.

The newest Party of Five kits came from SweetGeorgia.
Jelly Bean
One kit will make Soft Twilight (pattern purchased on Ravelry)
Tomorrow will be like the day after Christmas. The mess needs to be cleaned up.

Monday, July 18, 2016


Outline is growing. I took out one of the multi-colours and added in the blue/purple. The yarn is nice to work with and the pattern is easy to memorize. I have a feeling there could be another shawl cast on when this one is finished. I have until the end of August. The next shipment of 20 colours should be arriving then.

As I'm writing Beth is watching American Ninja Warrior. These people are amazing! She keeps yelling at me to turn around and watch the next challenge.

A puppy has gotten all the attention lately so tonight the big dogs were spoiled. Melo and Roko have new toys. They are very happy with us!