Scarf Yarns

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Is it spring yet?

I needed a bit of spring so I started Naushon in a new colour of Santorini from Classic Elite. I thought that I was being smart going outside for a picture. WRONG. It is really sunny so I was getting a shadow. But it was so cold that I couldn't stay out there trying to get a better picture. The chair inside will have to do for today.

Pattern: Naushon (in the Classic Elite book Along the Shores or the pattern can be purchased individually on Ravelry)
Yarn: 3 balls of Santorini
Needles: 4.5mm

I couldn't find my great cello bags this week so I brought a roll of cello from home to package up the awesome prize for The Food Drive. My cello wasn't wide enough to accommodate the full bags of yarn - there is a lot of yarn. We have one pretty package and then two large plastic bags filled.
There is still time to donate. Please help out if you can.
These three bags (with more to be added) are for the first ticket drawn.

The second ticket drawn will win the awesome Offhand Design bag.
And there is more. The next three names will each win a $50 gift certificate to the store.

My dad always told me that if you don't have anything good to say then don't say anything at all. I'm going to use his advice and not talk about last night's The Amazing Race. I'm also going to keep quiet in case you have it taped and haven't watched. All I'm going to say is that I might not make it through the season.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Will you make socks or something else?

Ms. UPS brought in a huge box from Lorna's Laces today. There are new colours of Shepherd Sock and Solemate.
Striking hand-dyed colorways, unbelievable softness, superb stitch definition and easy-to-care-for machine washability. Shepherd Sock is truly the ultimate sock yarn! This versatile superwash wool has just a touch of nylon for added durability and can be used for everything from socks and shawls to lacy tops and lightweight cardigans.
Our Shepherd Sock comes in 50 gram skeins. 2 skeins will make a pair of socks.
196m (215 yards)
80% superwash wool, 20% nylon
Solemate is Lorna's amazing creation! A sock weight yarn that is made from 55% Superwash Merino, 15% Nylon and 30% Outlast, a fiber technology that continuously interacts with a body's microclimate to moderate temperature from being too hot or too cold. It was used by NASA. Ferrari uses it for their race car seats. Not only do you get this cutting edge technology, but it also comes in your favorite Lorna's hand-dyed color combinations! And don't forget that it is machine washable. Could you ask for anything else in a sock yarn?
55% superwash merino
15% nylon
30% Outlast
390m (425 yards) on a 100gram skein

If you don't want to make socks, three skeins of Shepherd Sock will make the Churchmouse Linen Stitch Scarf.

It's a big evening. The Amazing Race starts tonight. Then off to bed. Tomorrow is going to be a busy day (which means that I might not post). It's the annual Valentine's Dinner to raise money for Honduras. Beth and I will go right after the store closes. We are in charge of the coat check. And for some reason, the dinner is always the coldest night of the year. Then we will serve dinner. Spend one evening serving at an event and you have a whole new appreciation for wait staff in restaurants. Then we're back to the coat check. It makes for a long day but it's for a very good cause. All money raised goes directly to Honduras.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Need a baby gift?

From the designer, Susan Mills
Some knitters like to knit socks in between big projects – I like to knit baby sweaters. Someone is always having a baby. These days I am just as likely to know the grandmother as the mother who's expecting, but it doesn't matter to me – baby things are so much fun to knit! Their petite size makes them a finished object in a flash and the perfect break between bigger, longer or more complicated projects.

This week's pattern is my go-to baby cardigan. Knit from the top down, this version has solid colored stripes layered on the yoke of the self-striping Liberty Wool Print. Options: Omit the stripes or add more stripes; or work the edges in Garter stitch instead of rib.
This cardigan is knit out of Liberty Wool from Classic Elite.
Liberty Wool is a super-soft, washable wool available in solid and printed colors. This yarn's balanced twist will make all stitch combinations pop.
With all the great qualities of wool and the ease of machine washability, Liberty Wool knits at a gauge that suits many designs and is ideal for children's pieces as well as those for adults.
Liberty is one of my all time favourite yarns. It is soft. Easy to knit with. The colours are great. I like it so much that I'm knitting an afghan.

Mighty Miters is growing. Right now the pattern is only available with the purchase of Liberty Wool.

It was hard to get the whole throw in a picture. It's a bit wide.
Here are close ups so you can see the colours better.

Melo decided that he needed in on the action. Yes, you might say that I'm a bit obsessed. It's easy knitting. You are starting with 67 stitches and decreasing every wrong side row. After one diamond you have the pattern memorized. Now it's time to get back to it. I might be able to finish another diamond tonight.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Eccentric Chevron Wrap

A big box arrived from Prism Yarns yesterday afternoon. It was full of kits for the Eccentric Chevron Wrap.
Designed to dip gracefully in the back, the Prism Eccentric Chevron Wrap sits comfortably on your shoulders. The graphic interest comes from unbalanced, or eccentric chevrons: one leg is much longer than the other, which skews the fabric off-center. By mirroring the stitches at center back, a dip is formed naturally.
The kit comes with all the Merino Mia yarn you'll need to make the wrap (6 - 190-yard skeins in assorted variegated colors), and the Eccentric Chevron Wrap pattern. Prism Merino Mia is absolutely stunning. This machine-washable, hand-dyed yarn is 100% merino superwash, with a gauge of 6 to 6.5 stitches to the inch.

We have a sample of the shawl knit in the store in the Neutral colourway. The yarn feels amazing.

Laura Bryant is the designer of the shawl as well as the dyer of the yarn. Her colour combinations are amazing. You might look at kit and think that one skein doesn't belong but trust Laura. If she put it in the kit then it works.

The kits have been added to the website. I snuck out of work a bit early yesterday to do some computer work. The Camp brochure is finished so a newsletter is going out to past Campers today. Then I started a store newsletter. Plus the website needed some updating. I thought there might have been a nap but that didn't happen. There wasn't any afternoon knitting either.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Pleasant Pheasant

Diana finished this shawl over the weekend. It is so beautiful. The pattern is called Isn't it Romantic? and is knit with one String Quintet kit from Lorna's Laces.
The pattern is only available with the kit right now. It will be available for purchase on Ravelry at the end of the year.

The February Dream Club has arrived.
From the designer, Laura Neel
When I felt this squishy, cozy yarn, I knew I wanted to make slippers from it! But, I also wanted them to last for a little bit. So, I made them almost entirely out of Eye of Partridge stitch, which is normally used just for the heel flap on top-down socks. The color reminded me of the bright plumage of pheasants, so the Pleasant Pheasant slippers were born!
These are toe-up slippers that are knit in the round until the heel shaping. The heel is worked back-and-forth with a little shaping, then bound off with a fun, three- needle bind off you may not have tried before - the zig-zag bind off.
What is this squishy yarn? Dream in Color Classy with Cashmere

An exquisite blend of luxury fibers and a refined twist unite to make Classy with Cashmere an exceptional yarn indeed. 20% cashmere lends the yarn an irresistible softness, while 10% nylon and 70% superwash merino make Classy with Cashmere a superb choice for well-loved baby garments and special occasion accessories alike.
The yarn and pattern are $45.50.

There was more Classy with Cashmere in the box.
We'll be making up kits for this simple to knit, Classy with Cashmere cowl. If you like the special edition colour but don't want to make slippers, two skeins will make the cowl.

 Kiss Me Kate
 Singing in the Rain
 My Fair Lady
Evening Flame

I'm going to hit Publish and start on tomorrow's post. There is another new sample and more yarn to write about. 

Monday, February 08, 2016

More prizes

This Offhand Designs Scottie Bag has been added to the amazing prizes for The Food Drive. The first ticket drawn will win the gift basket of yarns and patterns. The bag will be the second ticket drawn. We also have 3 - $50 gift certificates to the store.
Offhand Designs makes some of the most amazing bags!  The fabric and the hand-crafted sewing of each bag harkens back to the elegance of yester-years.  The Scottie bag is perfect to store your on the go projects and even as an overnight bag.
One ticket for each food item. You can also donate cash. 10 tickets for $10. 25 tickets for $20. Donations are being accepted until Thursday February 18.

Please help out. The Hamilton Area Food Banks are in need of food.

Mr. Canada Post stopped by this morning with a big box of yarn from Classic Elite. There are three new colours of Santorini - all perfect for spring.
Santorini's colorways sing along the matte and shiny textures inherent in the yarn, adding vibrant color to warm-weather garments, wraps and scarves. 
Two balls will make the Sanibel Cowl. You are knitting on a 5mm needle. It's quick to make. What a great gift!

Pattern: Esmeralda Shawl (free from Classic Elite)
This pattern was designed in Sanibel (Santorini's solid coloured cousin). I think it would look awesome with the striping effect of Santorini.

I'm very happy with the outcome of last night's game. I have been a huge Peyton Manning fan since his college days. There was a bit of knitting during the game but I was very nervous and had to watch. Hopefully I'll get more squares knit on my throw tonight. Billions is waiting for us.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Mighty Miters

I'm on a roll - the first three squares diamonds are finished. I don't want to lose my mojo so I'm going to keep this short so I can get back to my needles. There is something about knitting with Liberty Wool. You need to keep going to see how the colours are going to play out.