Saturday, January 25, 2020

49 Colours

Churchmouse Yarns has restyled their awesome Go-To Cardigan and it looks great.
With the Go-To Cardigan, we wanted a knit that had the comfort and ease of a grandfather's cardigan with a touch more style. Originally knit in Rowan Felted Tweed, we once again used this tweedy fave to give an updated, colorblocked look to our work-to-weekend sweater. 
Choose three colors of Rowan Felted Tweed: two tonal shades for the arms and front, and one playful accent for button bands and back. And Felted Tweed just has so many options to play with!
You can purchase the pattern in the store or on Ravelry.

3 (3, 3, 4, 4) skeins Rowan Felted Tweed (191 yds/175m each) for the Back and Button Bands.
2 (3, 3, 3, 3) skeins Rowan Felted Tweed (191 yds/175m each) for the Front.
2 (3, 3, 3, 3) skeins Rowan Felted Tweed (191 yds/175m each) for the Arms.
For custom lengths:
To lengthen or shorten body, add or subtract approx. 30 (33, 36, 38, 41) yds/27 (30, 33, 35, 37)m of yarn per 1"/2.5cm of knitted length. 


There are so many colors of Rowan Felted Tweed to play with, we decided to pair them up and marl them together in our Boyfriend Watch Cap! 
A quick, satisfying knit, this cozy watch cap is handsome worn turned up in traditional nautical style, but we love it uncuffed and slouchy, too.
You can purchase the pattern in the store or on Ravelry.
We have 49 colours of Felted Tweed in stock. We can come up with a lot of combinations for the cardigan and the hat.

I've been knitting away and forgot that I needed to finish my post. Beth started a new show on Netflix and now I'm watching to get caught up. It's called Money Heist. I've made it through the first two episodes and will watch at least one more tonight. Who am I kidding? It's one of those shows where you say 'just one more episode' and before you know it it is 3am.

I just finished the last row of my chart. A few rows of the main colour and then dividing for the sleeves. I'll put it on my mannequin tomorrow - I'm happy with how the colours are coming out.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Bleach

Five more rows and my yoke is finished. After that there are ten rows of teal before dividing the body from the sleeves. Then I am going to block my sweater like Sarah suggests. While it is blocking I will finally cast on Love Notes. The Frolic is at the end of April and Love Notes must be finished.

I have more pictures to share from TNNA.
This shawl is knit with Recycled Linen from Trendsetter Yarns. After the shawl is knit you use bleach to create the design. Yes, bleach. Barry who owns Trendsetter Yarns has been teaching this technique for years. It is so much fun. When the warm weather arrives we will designate a Saturday as 'Bleach Day' and we will demonstrate this outside.

We will have the pattern for this in February.

The yarn is hand dyed and the colours are great.
I have better pictures of the Atenti bags that are coming in February.



We should have new colours of Noro Akari late next week. They are shipping from the US on Monday.
I can't wait. There are visions of more Nightshifts dancing in my head.

Dad, Beth and Lucy took a trip to Mississauga this morning to visit the vet. It is confirmed - Lucy tore her ACL. She will have surgery in 3 weeks. We've been through it before so we know what to expect.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Blocking

Sarah and Cathy stopped in this morning and Sarah is almost finished another sweater. She is making Newleaf with Biches & Buches Le Petit Lambswool and Dyed in the Wool.
It is gorgeous.

From Sarah

I've had great success lately by blocking a top down sweater with colour work when I think I'm getting close to a good length. I completely wet block it with Soak so I can get an accurate feel for how it will hang on the shoulders. I find most patterns look quite scary when you try them on preblock. I think I may have even cried once lol! It is truly remarkable how they stretch and flatten out. I also like to knit a bit on each sleeve. This helps me see how the sleeves will help to pull the sweater down. You can see exactly where the underarm will sit. If you have enough needless then definitely hold the sleeves on needles for easy knitting later. After doing this process part way through a sweater I would NEVER not do it now!
We have been busy rearranging in the store. Today we started working on Rowan. It's just a week until the magazines arrive.
These are the colours being featured in the new Mode magazine.

Two weeks ago Lynn commented that we were starting to run low on sock yarn. Now she wishes she had kept that to herself. We have a new sock yarn from Arne & Carlos. Gargia. She has had fun finding shelf space for the new colours.

Photos ©Andrea Mowry
 Andrea Mowry released a new sweater pattern today. Meet Fade Neve.
I love to combine my favorite techniques together into a single project for a super engaging knit that is hard to put down! Fade Névé is a top down, circular yoke pullover that fades from one color to the next with rounds of nupps throughout to create a flattering sweater unlike any other in your wardrobe!
Nupp is an Estonian word and it’s pronounced noop (like loop).



Andrea did a video showing how to make Nupps

Mr. UPS came late this afternoon with a box from Spincycle.
Dyed in the Wool Rusted Rainbow
The Castle. I am very excited about this colour. It is one of the colours that Andrea Mowry used for The Shift. The other two colours should be here next month. When they arrive we will be kitting up the three colours.
Lynn put these three together for The Shift.
The Castle, Idle Nights and Wallflower
How about Newleaf in these colours? The Castle with Very Light Pink and Turquoise Le Petit Lambswool.

Dad and Lucy are home after a couple of weeks in Myrtle Beach.




Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Busy Day

My little friend was sleeping when I got home last night but I woke him when I came in. Kind of on purpose but not really. He had some play time before going back to sleep.

I had a lot of website updating to do today and I didn't finish. Cathy, Lynn and Alex received many boxes while I was away.
The new colours of Woolstok are available in the store and online. The pictures do not do them justice.
A new colour of Biches & Buches Le Petit Lambswool. Dark Gold. This isn't on the website yet - tomorrow. There are new colours of Biches Le Petit Silk & Mohair as well.


I really need to start my Love Note. This is very different for me but I'm thinking of the Dark Gold Lambswool with the Mustard Silk & Mohair. I will swatch it and see how the colours play together.

We have new colours of Opal. I still need to add Jazz to the website.



Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Heading Home

I’m packed and will be leaving for the airport soon. I had a great time.

This gorgeous woven shawl was in the Trendsetter booth. 

It was made with two balls of Streamers - a new yarn coming for spring. Streamers was used for the warp and weft. There are other yarns like this on the market but they are cotton blends. This is 100% cotton.



Here are different colours knit up - one ball will make a shawl.

Cathy was busy in the store yesterday unpacking boxes. I’ll have lots to share tomorrow. We have new colours of Opal and a box arrived from Hedgehog. It’s time to go. 

My sweater is growing and I have a few hours of knitting ahead of me today.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Happy Monday

For spring (coming in February) we have two different fade packs of yarn coming from Rowan.
The first fade pack is Felted Tweed. We will have more pictures but this is all I could get for now. You need two packs to make this wrap. One pack will make a scarf. Lynda is making the wrap for me right now and it is amazing!!

There are six colours of Felted Tweed in the pack and there will be three different combinations available.


The second pack is six colours of Rowan Kidsilk Haze. There will be three combinations available in these kits. I like the scarf that Rowan knit but I see this pack in another scarf.
Churchmouse's Color Play Mohair scarf takes 4 balls. This isn't a really long scarf - imagine it with 6 balls.

The Claremont Cabled Hat is another new pattern from Blue Sky Fibers. You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry and it takes two skeins of Woolstok.
This hat is a beautiful blend of cables and stockinette with just the right amount of slouch. Knit with two hanks of Woolstok, this warm and stylish hat is a great weekend project. 
Introducing a new colors of Woolstok (Worsted) with this pattern: 
Lilac Bloom No. 1325
Yarnuary
Day 20 - a goal you have

This stumps me. I have achieved so many things with my knitting and because of my knitting. I don't have a goal other to keep knitting.