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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Leather Closure

Wannietta knit a cardigan for Beth a long time ago. It was too small for Beth but now it fits. We were supposed to have a zipper sewn into it but that didn't happen. Beth wants to wear the cardigan tomorrow so we added The Latch Leather Closure from JUL. There are four up the front and it looks great. My pictures of the full cardigan don't look great so I'm going to ask you to take my word for it.

When we finally find the time to take the cardigan in for the zipper, we can unscrew the leather closures and use them for something else. Or if I decide that I want them for something else they are easy to remove.

Happy Thanksgiving to our friends south of the border. I hope you are enjoying your really long weekend. I enjoyed watching football this afternoon. And a bit of knitting. I've been working on Match & Move. The pattern is super, super easy. It is the same row over and over again until you reach a certain number of stitches. Then you repeat the same two rows until the shawl is finished. Perfect for planes, trains and automobiles. I'm going to work through this colour because I want to see how the fourth colour plays. Then it is going to be put away until our flight next Friday.

I made a few adjustments to the pattern

-I'm knitting on a 3.75mm needle. The pattern says 2.75mm-3mm but I think that the fabric is too tight on that size needle. I also want my shawl to be bigger

-I'm fading in the colours. I worked the first colour (A) until I was 8 rows less that the colour change. Then I did 2 rows of B, 2 rows A, 2 rows B, 2 rows A. Now the repeat will go 2 rows of B, 2 rows A, 2 rows B, 2 rows A, 32 rows of B, 2 rows of C, 2 rows B, 2 rows C, 2 rows B, 32 rows of C...

Now back to it for a few more rows before bed.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Effortless and Stylish

Mr. Canada Post dropped off a box from Lynda this morning. Veronika is here. And she is fabulous.
Pattern: Veronika (purchased on Ravelry)
This select pattern is included in the Indie Design Gift-A-Long! Come join us at for all the inspiration, chat and cheer you’ll need to get your gifts finished this year. My gift to you is a 25% discount on this pattern when you use the coupon code “giftalong2017” from Nov 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm US EST to Nov 28, 2017 at 11:59pm US EST.
Size: 2nd
Yarn: 3 skeins of Eco + (there was almost 1/4 of a skein left over)
Buttons: These are JUL Pedestal Buttons.
JUL Screw-in Pedestal Button Styling Tacks take you way beyond what you expect of buttons. We like to think of them not only as a button substitute, but as unique mechanisms for styling in creative ways.  They are moveable and removeable, flexible, versatile, sleek, and stylish.
With a cozy, oversized shawl collar and textured ridge stitch body, Veronika will shine knit up in your favourite worsted weight wool. Whether paired with a tank, top or dress, Veronika is effortless and stylish. It’s sure to be a cardigan you’ll reach for over and over again. Knit in one piece, the unique construction of this roomy cardi makes it a quick and fun knit!
I can't wait to wear True Colors.

In case you didn't receive our latest newsletter, here is the link. The store is ready - signs are hung. Look for the pink signs that say Black Friday Sale. The website is ready. I've set up one page for all the sale yarns.

I have 15 minutes to get the rest of my tasks finished before Survivor starts. Yay. It's knitting time.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Black Friday

Diana stopped in after work with True Colors. I love it. It was way too dark outside for pictures so I took a few in the store.

A newsletter just went out about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you don't receive our newsletters, you can sign up at the top of the blog. There will be a few more yarns on sale that aren't on the website. These are in store only. The first is Flurry. I'll reveal more tomorrow.

Flurry Chunky is a wonderfully soft and cosy yarn with a gorgeous fleecy texture. It comes in a range of turbo-dyed colour effect shades, these include soft, powdery colours, as well as stronger, more vibrant ones too. Flurry is the perfect yarn for creating the snuggest of knits for all the family and we have a gorgeous collection of designs with patterns for women, children and babies. Flurry Chunky is machine washable on a wool cycle.

Flurry will be on sale for $5 a ball. That's half price. 

5 - 7 balls are needed to make a blanket.

2 - 5 balls are needed for this sweater. Sizing is from newborn to 7 years.

The 2017 Indie Gift-A-Long starts tonight on Ravelry. Here is the link to the discussion thread.
What is the Indie Design Gift-A-Long?

It’s prepping for the holidays as only fiber folks can, with special deals from tons of indie designers!

The Indie Design Gift-A-Long is a 6 week long KAL/CAL of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by a rather extensive list of independent designers. Tons of indie designers will be discounting between 5 - 20 of their patterns 25% for this event. There are eight KAL/CALs to participate in, prizes of all sorts given out, games, and generally a lot of fun!
I cast on Match & Move this evening. The pattern is very mindless - it will be perfect for my trip next week. So mindless that I couldn't stop. I should have been in bed by now.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Cross My Palm

Our good friend Kate Atherley has a new pattern - Cross My Palm (purchased on Ravelry)
Less than 50gm of any medium-to-heavy fingering weight sock yarn turns into a fabulous pair of fingerless mittens.
The bias rib makes them a little more interesting to knit and wear than the usual, but not so challenging that you’ll have to stop watching your favourite TV show… It also improves the fit - they are snug and sleek, so that you can layer them under other mittens, or wear them without impeding your ability to work the computer or coffee machine.
Suitable for knitters with experience working in the round, and working increases and decreases.
You need 160m of fingering weight yarn and 2.75mm needles. One skein of tosh sock will make you two pairs.

We will be sending out a newsletter tomorrow. It's one that you don't want to miss. You can sign up in the top right corner of the blog. Black Friday? Cyber Monday? We'll have details in the newsletter.

Last week I decided that I was going to work on two projects at once. I'm kind of addicted to True Colors so the other shawl is going to have to wait a few days. Melanie Berg writes a very good pattern that is easy to follow. I have the chart memorized and it's a fun knit.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

True Colors

I started knitting with the Fuse Singles this afternoon.The yarn is very nice to knit with and I really like the colours that Rebecca dyed.
I decided to make Melanie Berg's True Colors (pattern purchased on Ravelry)
Let your true colors shine in this eye-catching shawl!
Whether your style is bold, elegant, playful, or simply unique - you’ll find this asymmetrical triangle shawl to be the perfect playground for your personality.
It knits up to a generous size, with a simple lace pattern creating a stunning scalloped effect. Eyelet stripes separate gradient color bands, which become the accent color when the scheme is reversed near the end.
Melanie used Shepherd Sock from Lorna's Laces. This colourway comes as a kit (a full skein of Shepherd Sock and mini skeins for the stripes) and Diana knit the shawl in these colours. She blocked it this weekend and we'll have it in the store later this week.

Beth finished her Hanasuko Cowl. I was too busy knitting today to block it for her. I'll let her make dinner tomorrow and then I'll do it. A fair trade :)
I cast off Veronika last night. The ends need to be sewn in but I was having too much fun knitting this afternoon to start on them.
I wrote my blog post earlier and then went back to knitting. Another repeat finished. I really need to go to bed.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Match & Move

Of course I picked colours of Adelaide. I've decided that when Veronika is finished (should be tomorrow) I am going to work on two shawls at once. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and every other Sunday I will knit with Fuse. The opposite days are going to be Adelaide.
The colours from left to right are
Forbidden Forest

I decided to use Salem twice because I love the colour and I want to make the shawl a bit bigger. I chose skeins that were slightly different to add some interest.

The pattern is going to be Match & Move (pattern purchased on Ravelry).

How about the new cup from Tims?

I have 10 more rows of ribbing and Veronika will be finished. Okay, the knitting. Then two small seams and sewing in the ends. Another hour of knitting and then bed. It's been a long week.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Aurora Borealis

Mr. UPS dropped by this morning with our box from Primrose Yarn Co. I was shocked to see it already.
This is what I saw when I opened the box. There were 240 skeins. The website has been updated so you can see all the colours.

Svetlana Gordon used Malabrigo Mechita to make Aurora Borealis (pattern purchased on Ravelry).
I read through some of the comments on Ravelry and one knitter remarked that the construction of the scarf is unique and it's not hard to knit.

You start out by making all the semi circles and then they are joined.

A box of books and patterns is on the way to my parents in Myrtle Beach and will be in the store at the beginning of December. Due to the weight of books it is almost impossible to have them shipped directly to us.

We will have copies of Westknits Bestknits.
E-book download code included with each copy. 
This new book is a collection of 13 popular Westknits designs by Stephen West filled with inspiring photos. 
Exploration Station 
Dotted Rays 
The Doodler 
Vertices Unite 
Striped Bolting 
Color Craving  
Askews Me Shawl 
Knit 'n Slide 
Garter Breeze 
Holey Chevrons 
Briochevron Wrap
Beth likes to do puzzles on her computer and she left this one last night for me to see. What pretty sheep.
Speaking of Beth, her cowl is growing but not fast enough for my liking. She needs to step away from the puzzles on her computer.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Cheap Thrills

Mr. Canada Post brought in a box from JUL this morning. We have the new Filigree Stitch Marker Set with Row Counter.
Handmade Fair Trade in Indonesia 
White Brass 
6.25mm inside diameter - fits US10 Needles 
11mm outside diameter 
There are three different filigree designs - two markers of each pattern - making up this set of five filigree stitch markers and one filigree row marker.  Cast in white brass and then hand-finished and fabricated, these lovely stitch markers are a gorgeous addition to your collection of beautiful tools.  Each set comes in a round metal tin with a top to keep the set together.

We also received some Screw-In Closures

I was here very early this morning (8am) to meet with the sales rep for Noro. We have a few new yarns coming now and then more for spring. I'm excited about Tennen which should be here in a few weeks. The yarn is 50% wool, 25% silk, 25% alpaca. The colours are very muted.
Tennen, meaning natural, is Noro’s tonally-flecked DK/Aran yarn blending together wool, silk and soft alpaca. This combination has created an individual style of naturally inspired yarn suitable for a wide range of garments.

Meet Bad Apple. One of the new colourways coming from Primrose Yarn Co. The box is leaving Primrose today. I will be able to start tracking it tomorrow and I hope to see it early next week.
I can't wait to meet Cheap Thrills :)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Autumn Dance

This is Svetlana Gordon's Double Jacquard Autumn Dance (pattern purchased on Ravelry). It is knit with Malabrigo Sock and Mechita. If I saw someone walking down the street wearing this scarf I would stop them to comment on it. It is amazing!!
Double Jacquard is a technique that produces two color designs with no floats on the back. It is a process of knitting a fabric that has the two sides stocking knit. One side is predominantly color A, the other side is predominantly color B.

Beth knit the Cara Cowl and loved making it. The yarn is Independence from Spincycle Yarns.
We are very pleased to introduce Independence, a completely domestic yarn! The sheep are raised in the midwestern US; the fiber is dyed and milled on the west coast of Washington. We support our local economy; that's how we got our start as a handspinnery and it's where our hearts lie. 
This yarn is a balanced, aran weight single, with the thick-and-thin texture of a handspun yarn. We kettle dye each batch with care and intention, and our meticulous milling ensures that our yarn maintains the color artistry of our original handspun product. Unique, luxe, and handmade sustainably in the USA.

We received two new colours today. She was very excited but asked me to leave her skeins in the store. If I bring them home then she is going to want to start and she has to finish the cowl she's currently working on. I'm all for working on more than one project at a time, however I want the Bamboo Bloom cowl for the store so I'm holding the new yarn hostage for now. :)

It's time for Survivor and The Great Canadian Baking Show. And some knitting. I have about 50 rows to go on the front of Veronika. It should be finished by the weekend.