Scarf Yarns

Sunday, July 05, 2015

A new yarn company - Yarn and Soul

We believe everyone has a story to share. 
Ours is simple.
Founded on the desire to preserve knitting as a craft and an art, at Yarn and Soul we are focused on making natural fiber, artisanal yarns available to every knitter. As the building blocks for your creations, our collection of yarns is curated from diverse sources for their high quality, good value and versatility.
We ordered yarn from a new yarn company that should be arriving in a week or so.

The price is $30 a skein.

I've seen swatches of the yarn in single strand on small needles, single strand on bigger needles (think shawl), and then double strand on larger needles to get double knitting and even worsted weight thickness. The colours are awesome. We have two skeins of each coming and can easily get more if you are thinking a soft alpaca sweater.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Stand by Me

The Perspective Cowl is almost finished.

The pattern has been fun to do. Not difficult and the yarn feels great on your hands. There was an error in the original pattern (a few rows were missing) but I have contacted the designer and she has updated the pattern. It's all good now. We have a few kits in the store and there are more coming. I was going to wait until September when Mountain Colors will have a new sock yarn available but I'm going to move the ship date up for the kits. It's a great summer project.

Stand by Me - a new pattern from Classic Elite that you can purchase on Ravelry.
Mesh stitch panels are joined as you go in this open-front cardigan with a unique construction.
Knit in Bella Lino 
Bella Lino is a lightweight yarn that creates an airy fabric with long, harmonious stripes. The palette of summery shades each have a linen-hued base.

A bit more from Rowan Magazine #58. I'm very excited about this magazine. There is something for everyone. The magazine should be in the store the first week of August.

Unst by Lisa Richardson knit in Rowan Fine Tweed and Rowan Tweed
Scilly by Gemma Atkinson in Kidsilk Haze and Felted Tweed
Guernsey by Kaffe Fassett in Colourspun
Glacier by Martin Storey in Brushed Fleece
Brisk by Sarah Hatton in Fazed Tweed
Wintery by Marie Wallin in Brushed Fleece

Now that my work for the day is finished, I can get back to my knitting. Or I might nap. I don't have my bedroom curtains yet because I can't decide what I want. There is paper on the lower windows but the sun starts shining in the top window at 5:30am. Then there is the construction noise starting at 7am. I'm a bit tired. And who doesn't love an afternoon nap?

Friday, July 03, 2015

Drive By Exchange

Beth has been busy knitting while dog sitting. There are new colours of Classic Elite Liberty Wool so she made another Inspira Cowl. She knows the pattern off the top of her head so no concentration needed.

Pattern: Inspira Cowl (free on Ravelry)
Version: Steampunk
Needles: 5mm
Stitches: 120 with no decreasing
Yarn: Classic Elite Liberty Wool
2 balls 78107 Lavender Mist
1 ball 78113 Pink Shadow

After work we did a drive by exchange. I stopped out front of my parents and honked. She ran out with her cowl and I threw her 3 more balls to start another one.

Here's a little sneak peek into Rowan Magazine #58
Frosty by Sarah Hatton knit in Felted Tweed
Worked seamlessly, this cabled jacket begins with its yoke collar knitted sideways then stitches are picked up to continue the yoke and shaping to the sleeves. The body has a slight a-line to add a bit of swing to the bottom hem below the hipline. 
Nippy by Amy Herzog
This oversized turtleneck pullover features set-in sleeves which drop at the shoulders, slight waist-shaping, and ribbing in the cuffs, hem, and neck. Knitted in Rowan Cocoon using 6mm and 7mm needles, the cabled sweater works up quickly to become a classic wardrobe piece.
My knitting might be a bit further along if I wasn't addicted to AlphaBetty.
I keep telling myself that it is good for my brain. Coming up with six and seven letter words isn't easy. What am I talking about? Sometimes it's hard to make a four or five letter word.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

The Boom is getting bigger

I hope everyone had a great Canada Day yesterday. Beth and I golfed but there wasn't good planning on my part. It hit me yesterday morning that I needed to find my golf clothes. There were a few boxes to go through to find them and then they needed to be washed. Golf was good - it could have been better. Our team came last but we had fun. When I got home I was a bit sore. HA! I could barely walk. It was the first round since the long weekend in May.

It was 7:30 this morning when a dump truck dropped dirt on our neighbours front yard. It looks like they are going to start grading and then sodding the yards. Unfortunately ours isn't in the plan quite yet - they are still working on the house on the other side of us and the builder is probably waiting until it is done. There was no sense staying in bed so I got on my way to work.
What do you do when you are at work by 8:30? My plants needed some water so now they are nicely refreshed. Some of the hostas are about to bloom.

New yarn arrived this morning. I love these bears - they are way too cute. I had to order in the fur yarn to make them.

Lynn brought in her knitting this morning for some show and tell. She is knitting Windward (one of my favourite patterns - you can purchase it on Ravelry) with 2 skeins of Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Silk Single.

Magmatic Boom is growing. The pattern is very well written. If you can knit, purl, increase, decrease and yarn over then you can make this.

My body is still a bit sore (which means I can't unpack or clean) so I'm going to move to my chair and knit for the evening.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


There is a new shawl pattern from Classic Elite called Wavelength - you can purchase it on Ravelry...

This crescent shawl has a center wedge of lace flanked by garter stitch wings and is finished with a lower lace border.
I have shown the version knit in Bella Lino. You can also make a slightly smaller version in fingering weight yarn.

I just got a really fuzzy phone call from my parents. They are in Glacier Bay today. Beth and I loved that day on the ship. We were up early to see us enter the bay. I mean early - about 5am which isn't that early because the sun comes up at 4am. I think we took hundreds of pictures that day. Seeing the glaciers calve was amazing.

Look what Canada Post brought me. A little treat from SweetGeorgia yarns.
Of course the first skein is rolled into a ball and the pattern is printed. I'm going to start Magmatic Boom tonight.
15 rows are complete. I love the yarn. The pattern is very well written. I'm not sure why but right now I find it easier to read the written words than follow a chart. Most of my life I swore by charts but I think that wearing glasses has changed me. Now it's time to get back to it. A holiday tomorrow means that I can sleep in.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Spud & Chloe Baby

We have new patterns from Spud & Chloe for the little ones in your life.

The Honeybear Hoodie knit in Outer and Sweetie Socks knit in Stripey Fine.

The Bundle Me Blanket in Outer. The pattern also includes the instructions for the Sweetie Socks in Stripey Fine.

The Roundabout Romper in Fine and Sweetie Socks in Stripey Fine.

Rowan Magazine #58 is just a month away. Fingers crossed the ocean currents are in our favour and the ship carrying the fall Rowan gets to the US quicker than expected.

My parents are in Juneau today (speaking of ocean currents). Unfortunately it is pouring rain and foggy. My dad's dog sledding adventure was cancelled and he isn't happy. I think they are going to wait for the rain to slow down and then walk around town.

Now I need to work on the website. I could be without the Internet in the store for the next few days. My Internet provider and I have had a bit of a falling out and I will be shopping for a new provider tomorrow.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Greyhound Shawl

That was some storm last night. The rain would not stop. We know that our sump pump works. It went off many times during the evening. I guess they won't be doing our front yard this week :) What a mess.
Today was the first day that the fireplace has been on. There was a touch of a chill in the house but I didn't want to put the heat on.

I'm by myself this week. Beth and the dogs are at mom and dad's with their dog because my parents are on their annual Alaskan cruise. My mom got an email in the fall that there was another quilt cruise and my dad had has his credit card out so fast your head would spin.

We're tracking the ship online. Very cool.  Tomorrow is Juneau. I'm not sure what mom is doing but dad is helicoptering up to a glacier and going dog sledding. Beth and I did this and it is so cool!

My shawl is progressing.
A day of rain is always good for knitting. Now it's time to hit publish. Big Brother is about to start. I can't decide yet who I like. It is going to be an interesting season.