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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Camp Day One

The weather was amazing!

We had many laughs at 'Game Night'. Price is Right. Knitting Beat the Clock. Knitting Bingo. Pictionary.





Fiona's team lost again. And we didn't even fix it this year.
The yarn shop is set up.




Some of the amazing door prizes from our suppliers.

Now it's time for sleep. Breakfast is at 8am and then our Colour Duet class.
Camp is all about yarn and having fun! So this year we’ve worked with our instructors to come up with something extra special.  
What’s better than learning from one instructor?...how about learning from TWO?  
Beginning on Friday morning after breakfast and continuing after lunch, this amazing class will harmonize instruction from both Fiona and Beth.  
It will open with Fiona & Beth talking about choosing your colours, then you will go on to dye 5 mini skeins of Shepherd Sock from Lorna’s Laces. 
While one group is laying it down with Beth, Fiona will lead a jamming session looking at working with your mini skeins to use in a small project such as mittens, hat, socks or a cowl; maybe some Fair Isle? some embellishments? some cables? and of course transitions. 
In the dying session, maestro Beth will be guiding you to dye your mini skeins into colours that will work for your project.  
The finale of the class will be a review of what has been learned with an encore from both instructors. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Holes on purpose

Look what Cathy just finished.
Pattern: Esjan (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Woolstok - 3 colours, 2 skeins each
This top down shawl starts with easy garter stitch. Two contrasting colors are added with a giant holey lace pattern. The holes increase in size while also adding stitches to the overall semi-circular shape. The fabric is knit loosely with a worsted weight yarn resulting in a deceivingly fast large shawl.
The shawl was a quick knit. Cathy took the yarn last week and viola. It's finished and blocked. She said that we can hang it in the store for a while. Does a while mean all winter so that I can wear it??
I carried my friend to the back of the parking lot for more pictures. The shawl fell of her shoulder which worked out well - you can see how big it is.


The yarn for Melanie Berg's True Colors arrived this afternoon. The colours scream fall.

We've been asked about the price of the yarn - $130. This does not include the pattern - you can purchase it on Ravelry. I already have my copy.

Everything for Camp is ready. Now it's time for an hour of relaxing and knitting.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Asymmetrical

Fletchling is a new pattern from Freia Fibers.
Mirrored and Offset Purl Ridges on a Knit Background, Sporadically Broken by a Fletch Patterning for a Stylish Asymmetrical Shawl
The pattern is purchased on Ravelry and is knit in Freia Shawl Ball.

The shawl takes two balls and you are choosing two different colours.
From the designer: 
This pattern is part of a series of ridged pattern shawls. The word Fletchling is a play on words – a combination of fledgling (baby bird) and fletching (to add feathers to an arrow). Since the “Fletchling” stripes are small on this design – as compared to the patterning on “Vane” another design in this series – I decided that the diminutive invented word was a good fit.
Jean sent an email today with a picture of her finished Find Your Fade. It's beautiful. She loved the colours when we picked them but wasn't as happy when it was finished.
I just wanted to share that I borrowed back the shawl from my daughter and wore it this past week.....and I loved it! 
I feel so much better about it than I did. Yesterday my neighbour came over and I got her to model so I had a picture with better colour....outside is so much better. 
I'm packed and ready for Camp. There are a few things left to print tomorrow including the Fashion Show brochure. There is a parcel on the way from Prism Yarns and I think it might be garments. It was shipped from Ft. Lauderdale the day before Irma. I'm surprised that it is already in Toronto. The bad thing about being ready is I walk through the store and keep adding things for our mini yarn shop. I must stop.

Tonight I need to start thinking about the clothes that I am going to take. The weather forecast for the weekend is amazing.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Not Fast Enough

I planned on writing last night but time got away from me. I was knitting, trying to get a project finished for Camp, but it isn't going to happen.
I'm almost finished the first ball of Brushed Fleece for the Half & Half Cowl. There are 4 balls in the cowl. I knit fast but not that fast.
Most of today was spent working on Camp. We're just about ready. I'm teaching a class about Find Your Fade. I've gone over my notes many times to make sure that I have everything. To be even more sure, I knit a few rows on my new Find Your Fade.
Mr. Melo was very proud of himself for finding a toy outside. He is the happiest when he has something in his mouth. A sock (he never chews on them) or a toy and he's good to go.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Popover

The ends are sewn in and I'll block it tomorrow evening.
Pattern: Bambara Wrap (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: 4 skeins of Uschitita. Our next shipment from Uschitita should be arriving in November. Steffi is in medical school and has major exams in October. I wish she could get me yarn sooner but I have to be patient.

A box is on the way to Wannietta and she is going to knit something for me.
The Flat Rib Popover from Churchmouse Yarns in Woolstok. We have patterns in the store or you can purchase it on Ravelry.
Whether you wear it with denim or tailored pieces, this simple layer will have you dressed and out the door in a flash. It tapers imperceptibly to the hem for a boxy shape that doesn’t flare at the bottom. Dropped shoulders create a flattering line. The subtly textured rib pattern results in a smooth, flat finish that’s nice inside out, too.
I debated what to send Wannietta. I really want the Striped Linen Stitch Wrap too. Lynda might get that. She is very good at Linen Stitch.
The decision will be colour. Churchmouse Yarns did swatches for three different colour combinations of Rowan Felted Tweed.

Coast 
2 skeins each 159-Carbon, 195-Boulder; 1 skein each 191-Granite, 172 Ancient, 194 Delft, 190 Stone, 177 Clay, 197 Alabaster
Moor
2 skeins each 145-Treacle, 196-Barn Red; 1 skein each 153-Phantom, 186-Tawny, 172-Ancient, 175-Cinnamon, 157-Camel, 190-Stone
Meadow
2 skeins each 173-Duck Egg, 161-Avocado; 1 skein each 190-Stone, 184-Celadon, 197-Alabaster, 165-Scree, 177-Clay, 185-Frozen

I think it will be Coast - the colourway of the pictured wrap. It will look great with denims and greys. Two colours I love to wear.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Time to Finish

I'm so close to being finished. Two more rows and then I'm casting off.

Melanie Berg's new pattern, True Colors (purchased on Ravelry) was released today.
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. 
Use a Staccato Set by Lorna‘s Laces to create the gradients, or search through your stash for all those skeins of extra sock yarn you’ve been saving for a special project.
The Staccato Set from Lorna's Laces will be arriving next week. I've been told they will be here on Tuesday - Mr. UPS comes around 4:30pm.

We received a very special box from The Fibre Co. yesterday. Garments for Camp. North Row will be hanging in the store until Tuesday. The sweater is beautiful. The pattern pictures are beautiful but when you see it in person you will really want to make it. The yarn is Arranmore Light.
Yarn weight: DK    
Skein weight: 100 g 
Fibre: 80% Merino wool, 10% cashmere, 10% silk 
Length: 300m / 328 yds per 100 g hank 
Tension / Gauge: 22–24 sts over 10 cm / 4 in 
Needle size: 3.75–4.00 mm / 5–6 US
Now it's time to finish. If I get the stitches cast off tonight then Alex might be kind enough to sew my ends in tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Camp

We've unpacked from the Knitters' Fair and we're filling boxes for Camp.

I get asked 'What do you do at Camp?' Here is a little bit about the weekend.

I arrive at Camp on Wednesday evening to start getting ready. We spend the evening making goodie bags with all the amazing samples that are donated by my suppliers.

Thursday morning we set up the mini yarn shop.
Students start arriving after lunch on Thursday.
Thursday evening we have 'game' night. It is a great way for the new attendees and returning Campers to meet each other. Everyone is divided into teams. (Fiona's team has never won at Camp. I wonder if it will change this year)
Classes start on Friday morning. On Friday evening we have a fashion show. We show 30-40 garments from suppliers, that my knitters have made, that I have knit and a few that I have borrowed from customers. We don't repeat garments from one year to the next.

Saturday we have more classes and then Saturday evening we do a student fashion show.
The students show off garments that have made over the year. It is very inspiring to see their fabulous work.


Door prizes are given out Saturday evening. During the weekend, students earn money. They put their 'dollars' into the basket or baskets of the prizes that they want to win. Think back to going to a penny sale when you were young. We draw for prizes.

All of this is by the lake.

And don't forget the food.
Now I need to get back to work. I'm teaching three classes this year and need to finish my class notes.