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Sunday, July 23, 2017

New Cowl

I cast off this afternoon. I can't wait to see it after it's blocked.

The pattern says
Repeat these 16 rounds 5 times more (6 repeats total). You may have enough yarn for 7 repeats, but not everyone is a yarn chicken daredevil. Knitter, know thyself.
I did not play yarn chicken. And it was a good thing. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have made it.

Pattern: Issa Cowl (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Dyed in the Wool - one skein each of two colours
I pulled out Starting Point - it's time to finish up some projects. We need lots of new display garments for the Knitters' Fair. I try to have different samples than what we showed at the Frolic.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Party

The end is near. I have 14 rows to go before the ribbing. This is a great project to work on in the car or at the soccer field. I would definitely consider making it again.

Yesterday I mentioned cleaning up the mini skein kits on the website. It got me thinking about an order I placed at TNNA so I sent off an email. We should be receiving boxes from SweetGeorgia the middle of August. There will be four new Party of Five kits.
Rustle
Voyage
 Whirlwind
Whisper
I've knit Hitchhiker (pattern purchased on Ravelry) twice with Party of Five kits. The pattern is easy. All you need to know is cast on, cast off, knit and increase. You knit one colour to the end of the skein and then join in the next skein. I joined in the middle of the row - I didn't want to waste one cm of yarn.

Taffy Toes (free pattern on Ravelry) is knit with a Party of Five kit. The yarn is 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon. Perfect for socks.
Marron (pattern purchased on Ravelry) is another great shawl that is knit with a Party of Five kit.

There will also be 23 colours of Tough Love Sock (100gram skeins - 388m/425yards) in the shipment including


It's the 8th inning of the Jays game and they need my full attention. Plus my knitting is calling me so it's time to say good night.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Thank you Mrs. Crosby

Ms. UPS brought in two big boxes from Mrs. Crosby late this afternoon.
A few weeks ago I showed Drachenfels (pattern purchased on Ravelry) knit in Mrs. Crosby Hat Box. New colours came today that will look amazing together in the shawl.
Roasted Chestnut, Ella and Frank
Frank, Ella and Creme Fraiche
Roasted Chestnut, Ella and Creme Fraiche
This is Reticule (lace weight) in Ella. The colour is awesome.

These aren't on the website yet. Hopefully tomorrow. The new colours have been added to the website.

Early this afternoon I did some work on the website.
I started with String Quintets from Lorna's Laces. Previously these were listed individually. Now they are tidy in one spot.

Now I need to do SweetGeorgia and Frabjous. Those are going to take longer.

Dad needs to get a new truck. She's too big for the back seat :)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Tidying

Alex (who does sample knitting for the store) spent some time in the store today rearranging the Adelaide. It was a mess. When the yarn arrived I didn't have time to bag up extras of each colour and put it in storage. We had too many skeins in the baskets which made it impossible to see all the colours. Now it's nicely arranged. 3-4 skeins out and the rest in hiding. We know which colours are in each bag so it's easy to find. Alex had fun playing with all the colours. I'm sure she found a few that she needs for her stash.

Before Alex started straightening, I pulled some colours. This could end up as Dotted Rays, Speckled Fade. The denim/grey and lime will be the chevron border.

Another yarn on sale until next Friday is Spud & Chloe Sweater.
Pattern: Uptown Downtown Jacket (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Spud & Chloe Sweater - on sale until Friday July 28
High fashion or weekend wear? No problem, this versatile sweater is fitting for both! Dress it up with leggings and your dancing shoes or dress it down with your favorite jeans and a pair of boots. You decide!
Lovey Dovey is way too cute. Also knit in Spud & Chloe Sweater.
Love layering ease? Top a pair of leggings or pants with this simple knitted piece that will be her favorite to play or party in. With accent hearts you will both love.

FIBER CONTENT:
55% Superwash Wool / 45% Certified Organic Cotton 
WEIGHT:100g / 160yds / 146m 
NEEDLE SIZE:7-9 US / 4.5-5.5mm 
GAUGE:4-5 sts per inch / 2.5cm 
I didn't make it to bed early last night but I was up at 5am to watch some golf. It's time to watch Big Brother and then bed. I might sleep in until 6am tomorrow. We'll see when the dogs wake me.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mosaic Knitting

There was a bit of knitting tonight. Thank you The Amazing Race and Big Brother. I'm totally addicted to this cowl. You are only working with one colour per row. And the rows go quickly. How come I haven't done a project with Mosaic Knitting before?

Interweave Knits has a great article explaining Mosaic Knitting.

Don't forget that the sale is running through next Friday. Don't miss out on a chance to purchase Rialto Luxury Sock from Debbie Bliss at a discount. All these patterns take two balls - one each of two different colours.
Pattern: Meadowside (Purchased on Ravelry)
Pattern: Around the Corner (purchased on Ravelry)
Pattern: Cloudline (purchased on Ravelry)
Pattern: Brackenreid (purchased on Ravelry)
Pattern: ZickZack (free on Ravelry)

I was supposed to be in bed early. That didn't happen. Thankfully the 'big guys' don't tee off until around 4am. I told my dad we'd talk to him at 5am. A few hours of golf (and maybe some more knitting) before heading to work.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Rowan Magazine #62

We received another shipment of Lykke Needles.
A short tip interchangeable set perfect for hats, sleeves and more! This set includes 9 durable pairs (sizes 3.25mm-6.5mm / US 3-10.5) of interchangeable LYKKE knitting needles in the Driftwood finish. The set also includes 2-40cm cords, 1-50cm cord, and 1-60cm cord, plus 2 connectors, 4 keys, and 8 stoppers. 
Made of strong birch wood, the LYKKE Driftwood needles are very smooth and light. The Driftwood needles are very easy on the hands and the eyes – a true pleasure to work with. 
The packaging is so cute and very compact. Folded up it measures 7"x4"x1.5". It won't take up much room in your suitcase. The Lykke cords can be used with the 3.5" tips and 5" tips which means that you can use these tips to make a long circular needle.
Rowan Magazine #62 should be arriving next week. Very exciting. These garments are knit in Felted Tweed.


Kim Hargreaves' newest magazine will be in the shipment as well.

It's early to bed tonight and tomorrow. The Open (golf from England) starts very early Thursday morning. 1:30am. I don't know if I'll be up that early but I will be up before my 7am alarm.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Free Your Fade

I finished the cast off last night before bed. I need to block it this week and sew in the ends.

The shawl is huge! I love it. I used 3 full skeins of yarn. You can make it smaller by using part skeins.

Pattern: Free Your Fade (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Adelaide from Primrose Yarn Co. I used London Goth, Thrash and Witching Hour.
This shawl was created to be your favorite shawl pattern! Really relaxing garter stitch with engaging eyelet rows and endless color possibilities. It would be gorgeous knit up in one color, but you can just as easily use 20! I’ve extended the color melt sections for an even more cohesive fade, with easy instructions to add as many fade sections as you would like! The shawl is light weight and perfect year round when knit up in fingering weight yarn, but don’t let that stop you from knitting it up in any yarn weight you prefer to the size of your choosing!
Now I'm going back to the Issa Cowl. I will not play with the Adelaide that I brought home :)

Our back garden has gone crazy. It loves the rain.


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Casting Off

Rosemary Hill (better known as Romi) designs beautiful shawls. I have many of her patterns favourited on Ravelry. Diana finished Harmonize Special Edition (pattern purchased on Ravelry). It is beautiful and so soft.

The shawl is knit with a full skein of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock and a String Quintet kit. Romi designed the String Quintet colours. We have kits in stock and I will get them on the website this week.


Diana's new project is Good Vibes (pattern purchased on Ravelry) in Primrose Yarn Co's Adelaide. Kelsey from Primrose knit the shawl in these colours and I fell in love. I'm not a yellow person but the combination is great and sometimes you need to try something new. We are using Lemongrass and Sour Patch Kids.


I made it to the cast off on Free Your Fade. It was cast off now or work four more rows then cast off. I was worried that there wouldn't be enough yarn and I didn't want to be sweating it as I was doing the picot bind off on over 250 stitches.
The cast off is slow but it looks great and has some stretch. It's well worth the effort.