Scarf Yarns

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Shawls and Cowls

I wanted a sample of the October Dream Club yarn knit up so I cast on some stitches and Beth started a cowl on Friday night. She knit some on Saturday and I finished it on Sunday while watching football. The black and white picture from yesterday was the cowl blocking.
I used one skein from the October Dream Club (Classy - 100% superwash wool) and amended the Technicolor Cowl pattern from Dream in Color. Super easy and looks amazing. I am so in love with this colour. I considered keeping all the yarn for myself and making a sweater.

Kate Atherley brought Rosetta Tharpe to Camp for the fashion show. We had kits for the awesome shawl and there are a few left in the store. The price is $140 and that includes the pattern.

It’s based on the Pi shaping: starts at the center with nine stitches, with an increase round to double the stitch count every so often. The edging stitch pattern is flexible: work until you’ve run out of yarn, or the shawl is the size you want, or you just can’t take it anymore and want to wear the thing.The project requires only basic lace knitting skills, and being worked in the round, there’s none of that pesky purling. The only tricky bit is the start: you begin with a small round, but that’s over quickly.

This colourway is 
In a World of Locked Rooms, The Man With The Key is King 
Polite Loner
Cylons of Anarchy (the colour is a deeper red than is showing here) 
The yarn is 70% super wash merino, 20% cashmere and 10% nylon.

My Inspira Cowl is growing. It is a fun project to knit and the pattern is super easy to memorize. 

As long as you can count to 12, 6, 3 and 2 you are good to go. Here is a little hint to help you with counting rows. Look on the back of your work and count the strands. There are 5 green strands across the back - 5 rows in that section have been completed.

I'm a bit tired today. There was an awesome baseball game on last night. I hope the game tonight is half as good! The cowl should be finished and then onto the next project.

Cruzado Cowl

The Dream Club from Dream in Color for October.
Cruzado Cowl by Laura Nelkin 
Laura Nelkin is well known for her beautiful designs, and we were thrilled when she agreed to design for our Dream Club! Shes created a mobius cowl that is a stunning match to our October yarn. Her Cruzado Criss Cross stitches allow long, beautiful stretches of the yarn to show off, beautifully showcasing the varied colors. Incorporating several interesting techniques, the Cruzado Cowl is a knit that will keep you interested from cast on to bind off. This pattern is fully written with no charts
The cowl is knit in Dream in Color Classy - a special skein of 340 yards, 5.4 ounces.
With its 100% superwash merino base and just the right amount of twist, Classy is the quintessential worsted-weight yarn. The fiber content, combined with our unique dyeing process, gives Classy its deep and lushly-shaded tones, while the plied texture lends crisp stitch definition to everything from lace to cables.
The yarn is in the store and the kits will be available on the website later today.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Once I hit Publish on my post last night Beth requested that I cast on for her. I thought about saying no but then I remembered that she winds my skeins for me so I cast on and did the first row for her.

There was some Soaking happening too. Fig was the scent of choice last night.

This is in black and white because it's a super secret project. I can share in a couple of days.

We received many boxes from Filatura di Crosa today. Charly Print Melange and Zara Print Melange are in stock.
The colours are awesome!
I had a helper today making kits for the Fleece Festival. If they called and said that the show was this Saturday we'd be ready to go.

I told her that she could sit on a chair but she likes the floor.

New colours of Opal sock yarn will be arriving sometime next week. Sweet and Spicy 2.

I should be cleaning the house but all I want to do is knit. What option will win??

Monday, September 29, 2014

New Samples

So I decided that I wanted some new samples for the Fleece Festival.

Another Inspira Cowl in Liberty from Classic Elite. This time I'm doing a solid with a multi.

I brought home two colours for Beth to make one as well. I thought about having a challenge with her but I got a good head start and I don't think she'll go for it. I have a feeling she will request that I cast on for her.
The Cane Bay Wrap is finished. Blocking tonight. The yarn is Extra (a new yarn from Blue Sky Alpacas) that was awesome to work with.
The view from my car when I was leaving the store. I love it when leaves start changing colour.
From my back deck.

I had a stack of paper work to do and that is finished. Guess it's time to knit. :)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fleece Festival

Now it's time for us to start thinking about the Woodstock Fleece Festival.

Saturday October 18
Woodstock Fairgrounds

This is a fun day for everyone. Lots of animals to see. And kids under 15 get in for free.

This show is all about fibre. Knitting, spinning, weaving, rug hooking, needle felting... 

Our 2013 booth.
Fibre from the vendor beside me. I hope that Tabi is beside us again this year. If only there was enough time to learn to spin.
I'm hoping to get some new samples knit before the show. My fingers are going to be busy!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A lot of knitting

When you get up at 3:30am to watch a sporting event, you can get a lot of knitting accomplished.

Here is my wrap when I got to work.
My computer stayed in his bag today and I knit while I was in the store. I don't normally do that because there are chores to be done but I was tired and knitting kept me awake. The wrap is growing.
My Rowan supplier informed me that the new colours of Kidsilk Haze Stripe won't be in the store until the end of October or beginning of November. I wish they'd get here sooner but it's out of my control.

After work I had a long nap so now I'm wide awake. A new show premiered this week and we have it taped - How to get away with murder. It is from the creator of Grey's Anatomy. We're going to watch in a bit - more knitting!! It's safe to say that I'm obsessed.

Friday, September 26, 2014

It was for a good cause

The dinner went extremely well last night. Of course we came home with a van full of goodies. My family has never met an auction (live or silent) that we haven't liked.

Beth and I have a 65" TV for the new house. It's going to live in my parent's basement until moving day. We're afraid that dad is going to open the box and move it into his living room.

There were two amazing planters and I came home with both. One is at the store and the other at my house.

Some pottery.

Two different sets of hockey tickets - one for a game in Toronto and one for a game in Buffalo.

My dad went crazy in the baking section going home with a dutch treat that I can't spell, a lemon pie and a carrot cake. He is on a bit of a sugar rush right now.

Another surprise came in today - a new set of Karbonz interchangeable needles. These are a special set with short tips to make 40cm (16") circulars. The needle sizes are 3.5mm-6mm.

Special Tips are designed to produce circulars in 16'' (40cm) length. Each tip measures 4'' (10cm) and is to be used with cords provided in the set
  • A revolutionary product!! New-age needles made from High-Tech carbon fiber with tips in nickel plated brass!
  • Combination of two versatile materials - light bodied carbon fiber & sharp brass tips - is guaranteed to provide an unparalleled knitting experience!! No other knitting needle comes closer to this!!
  • Carbon fiber is one of the most versatile material used in manufacture of the new generation aircraft, space ship, automobiles, etc.!!
  • Shiny, smooth brass tips comes in perfect points, flawlessly tapered - Ideal for all types of yarns and for every project
  • The needles have high tensile strength, are light weight with lot of flexibility
  • Surface made of carbon fiber helps the stitches move smoothly on the needle!!
  • Resilient, flexible cords lay flat, with no kink or twist – easy to store
  • Warm to touch & gentle in the hand
  • Available in a convenient packing of the seven most used sizes
  • The set includes 2 cords to produce circular needles of various lengths
  • Available in an attractive black and grey fabric case with see through vinyl for safe storage
There hasn't been enough knitting lately. Here is the shawl so far.
I'm almost ready to join in another colour. The Ryder Cup started this morning. The plan was to wake up at 2:30 to watch but I was so tired that I couldn't do it. I had it on in my room but I kept falling asleep. I'm going to bed early tonight and will get up early tomorrow morning. More knitting time!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Technicolor Cowl

The Technicolor Cowl from Dream in Color has been a huge hit. Many of the colours have sold out.

It takes 8 mini skeins of Dream in Color Classy to knit the cowl. Great news! There are new colours on the way. I'm hoping that they will be here by the beginning of October.

The original colours will also be in the order. 

I don't know if we will be able to order more inventory after these sell out so don't delay. The cowl is quick to knit (all you need to know is cast on, cast off, knit and purl) and will make great Christmas gifts.

Every fall my dad goes on a mission trip to Honduras. Tonight is the big dinner to raise money for the trip. Everyone who goes pays their own way-all money raised tonight goes to the people of Honduras. I'm not sure what the 'job' is for this trip. Past 'jobs' have included building a community centre, digging trenches to get water to a village, pouring floors in people's homes (many have dirt floors) and digging wells for a village. There is a silent auction and live auction at the dinner. I wonder what we will be coming home with this year?