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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Starting Point

Susan came in today to show off her Starting Point (pattern purchased on Ravelry). It is beautiful!! I was afraid of the red when we were choosing colours. The pop of colour is fabulous.
This amazing wrap is worked from both ends towards the centre with a super fun chevron construction, and joined as you work (no seaming or kitchener required!).

My Starting Point is sitting beside my knitting chair. Once I am finished Lilli Pilli and Kimba I'm going to get it out and finish it. The shawl is stunning.
This is a shawl that she knit after making Starting Point. No, there isn't a pattern. Yet. Susan is going to write it up and put it on Ravelry. Her Ravelry name is Knitschief. You can message her and she'll let you know when it's ready.
There hasn't been much knitting for me the past few days. Work is getting in the way :) Along with grocery shopping and laundry and cleaning and ..... Now it's time to sit and get at it.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Cold Roses

We received a newsletter from Amanda at Lorna's Laces this week about a beautiful new pattern and yarn colour.
A few months ago we were thinking over who would be amazingly fun to work with for Color Commentary and Carina Spencer popped into our heads. She has this stunning tattoo based on Jared Flood's Rock Island Shawl. Rock Island was the design Jared created to accompany his Color Commentary shade Brooklyn Tweed's Grand Street Ink. Fortunately she didn't run screaming when I sent her an email which basically said 'I like your tattoo want to make something pretty with me?'. I have to tell you she really knocked it out of the park with this one!We like to give total freedom on Color Commentary shades. Ideally the designer will make the exact thing they have always wanted or are currently obsessed with. We sat down (virtually unfortunately) and discussed the perfect shades of creamy peachy dried roses.
We settled on February as the perfect release date. Both of our birthdays are in February. We dyed up a few samples shades and Carina's Afterglow was born.
I rushed a bit of Shepherd Sport off to Carina and next thing I know sneak preview images were in our inbox. I was completely blown away. Cold Roses (pattern purchased on Ravelry) is the perfect name. I love her play of a feminine lacey yoke with a tailored and structured body. Sized for a 41 1/4 - 68" bust and using 6/10 skeins of Shepherd Sport this will be a fantastic knit for most anyone.
We have the Shepherd Sport in Afterglow on order and hope to see it by the end of next week.

Lynn tried on our new sweater this morning.

She mentioned a couple of changes that she would make
-the sleeves need to be shorter
-maybe make the neck a bit shorter so that it sits up - it is so tall that it falls down

Mr. Canada Post brought in a small package from madelinetosh this morning. These are for the Food Drive baskets.
Ursa Major Shawl Set for one basket - 3 skeins of tosh merino light
There are two skeins of a special tosh merino light (one each for two baskets) - it has a bit of sparkle.
My suppliers have been awesome and there is more to come.

We had family dinner out and now it's time to knit. I really want to do some work but my coach just called and mentioned my deadline.

Thursday, February 15, 2018


Diana was in last night with a sample for the store. I love the colours. They really show off the fair isle pattern.
Pattern: Oraefi (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Cascade 220
Body and sleeves are worked in the round from lower edge to underarms, then joined to work the yoke in the round. Round begins on left side of body. On yoke, round begins on left side of body back where body joins sleeve. The garment is shaped at the waist and the body is made longer on the back side than the front side before the yoke is knitted.
This was Diana's message to tell me that the sweater was finished.
The sweater you asked me to knit is finished. You were right - no seams to sew! The sweater turned out well. I played chicken with the main colour and ended up with less than a meter left. In the words of my husband… it looks retro but in a good way!
I needed to find her a new project. I knew that the yarn was going to be Girandola - the newest yarn from Louisa Harding for spring. Then it hit me. Brickless. The pattern is purchased on Ravelry.
Berlin in Winter is colder than most other big German cities – when travelling there, a big, cozy shawlette like this will come in handy! The beautiful colors are reminiscent of bright city lights in dark winter nights. The shape of the shawlette is an asymmetrical, long triangle, formed by rows that are getting longer and longer as you go. They are worked in different simple, but very effective patterns that make them look a little like a skyline of tall houses. These skyscrapers are not built with bricks, but concrete and steel – hence the name, „Brickless“. And also: No more bricks in the wall that used to divide Berlin.
 We've knit the shawl a few times for the store. This is Mrs. Crosby Steamer Trunk.

Mrs. Crosby Carpet Bag.
We used 4mm needles for both samples. Steamer Trunk has a bit more body and Carpet Bag drapes. I'm going to ask Diana to use 4mm with the Girandola. This is a great scarf because you can keep knitting if you have more yarn or end whenever you run out of yarn.
Lynn used Carpet Bag for her Brickless.

Lilli Pilli is at the halfway point. I was up way too late last night and way too early this morning but I'm back on track. I'm very tired this evening and want to head to bed. My coach (aka my father) tells me that I need to stay up for a bit and knit. What a slave driver.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

More Unpacking

The new colours of Erika Knight Studio Linen arrived late yesterday afternoon. Yummy!!

We love the Sleeveless Slipover from Churchmouse Yarns - we have two samples knit up in the store using Studio Linen.
“8 sizes and 4 lengths!” 
This style is so versatile, we all wanted different lengths. So here you have it—cropped, hip, tunic, and dress lengths. Or any length you’d like! It’s quite simple to customize your Slipover—for your personal style or body type, as a long layer with side vents, or as a short topper over a tee, to be dressed up or down. 
We designed eight different sizes and four different lengths in a variety of summery fibers.

Rowan's new Cotton Cashmere is beautiful.
A rich blend of 85% cotton and 15% Cashmere available in sixteen soft tonal shades. Cotton Cashmere, will produce a well-defined fabric giving clear definition of pattern and a beautiful finish.
My post is on hold until Mr. UPS arrives this afternoon with the new yarn from Knit One, Crochet Too. I've already written most of tomorrow's post as well. New yarn has been added to the website and my fingers are tired of typing. What to do?? I'm going to knit a few rows.

It's here. Meet Cozette.
Cozette is a wonderfully soft yarn, blending silk and cotton in beautiful colors. The finished fabric has a slight homespun texture with beautiful drape. Perfect for lace work and crochet.
The Birches Shawlette is a popular pattern.
Cozette will work with any pattern calling for fingering weight yarn.
I am kind of upset that I have to wait a few weeks until I get to knit with the Ty-Dy Cotton. The colours are awesome!
The Liz Cardigan is a free pattern on Ravelry that takes 4 or 5 balls of Ty-Dy Cotton.
Knit in one piece, starting from the back and knit until you will separate for the 2 front panels. After, you will seem up side and hit the road! 
If you are more of a sweater person, you follow the pattern for the back and up the front to the end of the neck shaping. Then you will join the two sides and continue down the front.

Alex brought in Stripe Study today. Oh my goodness, it is beautiful. We think this could be the last wedge. Alex won't know until she has it finished but I don't want her to be playing yarn chicken.

I talked with Tina at Freia Fibers last night and a shipment is on the way - we should see the colour of my shawl next week.

Now back to my knitting. I might make it to the end of the lace tonight and back to the stripes. I'll take pictures tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Lynda is working on the Colorburst Rainbow Blanket (pattern purchased on Ravelry) in a So Fond of Rainbows kit from Frabjous Fibers. This is the March Hare kit that is worsted weight.
Bursting with color, this blanket was designed for Wonderland Yarns So Fond of Rainbows 20-skein Mini Skein Pack. Follow the rainbow, or mix it up for a striping effect. Solids, multis, minis, whatever you use: the shape is as sweet as the striping, so have fun! 
Not just for baby, this circular blanket could also be a lap blanket or decorative throw. 
Yarn used: Wonderland Yarns March Hare worsted, So Fond of Rainbows 20-skein pack.

We are out of the kits in March Hare worsted. They should be back in stock within the next few weeks. The newest kit Bright Flower-Beds has been ordered. I can't wait to see the colours in person.

We received a large shipment of Mandarin Petit this morning. It is a 100% cotton fingering weight yarn with many colours. This yarn is perfect for babies, children and adults.

Don't forget about the Food Drive. It is taking place on March 3 so we need donations by March 2.

We received more goodies for the gift baskets.

Two skeins of Tough Love Sock and a great scarf pattern from SweetGeorgia.
Two gift baskets will have a ball winder from Estelle Designs. Don't forget that I am updating our Food Drive page every time we receive a donation.

Dad and Lucy came for dinner tonight and we put dad to work.

We've had this picture for over a year. We knew that the house needed to be painted so the picture was put away until the walls were done.
I need to get back to my knitting. I am so far behind and getting further behind every day. There's been no knitting in the store. I've been updating the website with all the new yarn that has been coming in. We received four boxes today and there will be two more tomorrow. It's like Christmas with all the shipments.

Monday, February 12, 2018

New Yarn

Rowan Magazine #63 should be arriving late tomorrow afternoon. These magazines are worth collecting. The designs are amazing and the photography is outstanding.
39 exciting new patterns. 
Featuring 2 Stories Modern Nomad & Willow. 
Modern Nomad 
...a collection of 21 designs featuring classic, wearable shapes, using stitch textures and colour mixes inspired by woven Nomadic textiles. 
... a collection of 18 designs relaxed simples shapes using textures, Nautical stripes and Fairisle pattern taking inspiration from traditional blue and white Delftware & Ikats fabrics.

We have four new colours of Alegria from Manos.
2240 Crema
Sock yarn from Manos! Alegria is an easy-care blend of ultra-soft superwash merino with durable polyamide.  Its “hand” is remarkably soft and resilient, making for lovely baby projects as well as socks.
 2305 Celadon
 2342 Eucalyptus
2638 Taffeta

A new yarn from Louisa Harding arrived this afternoon. Girandola.

200 gram ball
560m / 612 yards
5.25-6 stitches = 1"
42% cotton, 40% acyrlic, 18% viscose

I'm picturing a shawl.
Hitchhiker - I would use a 4mm needle.
Crazy Magic Boomerang - I would use a 4.5mm for this pattern
Magnetic Boom - For this shawl I would use a 4.5mm
Old Shale Shawl - 4.5 to 5mm needle
Windward - 4mm
Traveling Woman

I can't start yet but hope to when my Olympic knitting is finished. Now it's time to knit. I am already behind and need to try and catch up.