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Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Cathy brought in her latest shawl for me to take to the Frolic. It is beautiful - I love the speckles.

Pattern: Assana (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Hedgehog sock
Fun to knit and a timeless addition to your wardrobe, Assana provides a beautiful base for your favourite colour trio. Play two colours against each other in the stripes section: a gradient, speckled yarn, semi-solid hand dyes - anything goes here; then complement with a bold or subtle choice of colour for the zig-zag lace section. 
Worked side ways, on the bias, Assana includes both written and charted instructions for the lace section.

While I was packing for the Frolic, I found a basket with more Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Glitter Sock.
Our remaining stock of Glitter Sock is 25% off.

Mr. Fed Ex brought us a big box from England with more Evolution kits for the Frolic. We also received the newest Erika Knight patterns for Studio Linen. The yarn and patterns are coming to the Frolic. If we sell them all then more copies will be here in a few weeks. If you need to start right away, you can purchase the patterns on Ravelry.

Now it's time to get back to work. I forgot that I need more brochures printed for the show. I also have signs to print for the booth.

Monday, April 24, 2017


Brian Smith has a new shawl pattern out called Colourwheel Kite. The pattern can be purchased on Ravelry.
Colourwheel kite uses 3 balls of Sirdar’s Colourwheel yarn. We start by knitting a kite shape using decreases and increases for the main body. We then pick up stitches along one edge to work the right wing. Finishing with an i-cord along the length of the wingspan (optional) Choose your colours, cast on and let your kite fly.  
Stitches and techniques used:  
Garter stitch  
Slip slip knit  
Knit into front and back  
Knit two together  
Knit three together  
Slip one purlwise 
Picking up stitches

You need 2 balls of Colourama (colour 201)

and 1 ball of Perfectly Pretty (colour 200)

The yarn is $24.95 a ball and we have 6 colours in stock.

I am not a Leaf fan (my dad is but Beth and I have been Sabres fans since we were little kids). It was sad last night to see the Leafs lose. They played so well and I think that they will be an exciting team for years to come. I meant to blog but I couldn't tear myself away from the game.

There's a lot of activity at my house this morning. I'm working on my tax return. Beth is home right now doing her tax return as well as my parent's. The builder of our house is here doing the two year warranty items. The furnace guy has been here too. I'm hiding in my sewing room/office.

Great news!! Our next Hedgehog order is going to be dyed at the end of the week. I'd say that it should be here by the middle of May.

It's been a long day in front of the computer and now it's time to knit. The Good Fight and Billions are waiting for me.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Scarfy Thing

The Toronto Knitters Frolic is next Saturday and everyone who goes to the show is going to see skeins of yarn that they need to have but don't know what they are going to use them for. Remember this pattern when you get home. It's a great way to play with different colours. The pattern calls for fingering weight yarn but you can easily make it in any thickness.

This is not a knitting pattern, more a recipe for a creative endeavour. A collection of tips. It’s not difficult to knit, but it does require a bit of skill.

Pattern: Scarfy Thing (free from Hedgehog Fibres)
Yarn: Fingering weight

Take a look at the projects on Ravelry. There are some awesome shawls.
Beata, the designer, says:  
'The piece is a truly improvised effort and even if I could write a row by row pattern, it would be perhaps more of a hindrance to the creative process. Arm yourself with 2 full skeins in similar colours and and a bunch of Sock Minis or sock yarn scraps in contrasting colours and off you go. Pick up stitches, change direction, cast on some stitches, knit a smaller then a bigger section. It's fun and freeing. If in doubt, improvise and add another colour. Then add one more colour! Yay!' 
Yarn: two full skeins of Hedgehog Fibres Sock Yarn (pictured in Zephyr and Bramble + 11 Sock Minis).
Skills necessary: basic knitting skills and ability to improvise. SSK, K2tog, weaving in ends, picking up stitches. 
It's time for a trip out in the mustang. Dairy Queen is calling me :)

Friday, April 21, 2017


Mr. UPS brought us a box today from Classic Elite with more colours of Fortuna.

Here is a cute new pattern, Sonki (you can purchase it on Ravelry), that is knit in Fortuna.
Stripes travel in all directions in this capsleeved cardigan with square neckline. The tone-on-tone shades of Fortuna and varying width stripes add nuance and depth to this summery cardigan.

Summery shades with a tone-on-tone dye effect.
58% linen
26% viscose
16% cotton

20-22 stitches = 4"

We have great colours in stock.

Nollie (pattern purchased on Ravelry) is a great summer shawl. You can always use one when dining out and the restaurant is freezing. Why do they always make it so cold?

Just three balls of tone-on-tone Fortuna are needed to make this striped and ridged triangle wrap. Begin with the leaf edging and decrease at the center and sides as you work up the center to the top.

Francine (pattern purchased on Ravelry)
A simple top worked in four rectangles of bias garter stitch.

You can also use Fortuna instead of Bella Lino. Talulah (pattern purchased on Ravelry) would look great in a tone on tone colour.
Why knit with Linen?
Not only can linen handle a lot of abuse but it actually gets nicer the more it’s worn and washed. Agitation will give you a softer piece. You don’t need to worry about felting or pilling.
It's almost time to head home and watch the Leafs. They have been very exciting so far.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Found It

The shipment hasn't arrived yet but I know where it is. It has been flagged by Canada Customs because it is over a certain dollar amount. I've emailed all the information to my broker and I hope she can get it released tomorrow. Then we should see the yarn early next week. I can't say I'm happy with the delay but at least I know where it is in the system.

Alex dropped by for a minute to show me her current project. She's knitting like crazy to have it finished for the Frolic.

Pattern: Dotted Rays (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Hedgehog Skinny Singles
This top-down shawl is a colorful variation of the original Dotted Rays design. Choose 5 or 6 colors and create your own gradient by striping the colors together using the Speckled Fade color technique. Westknits shortcut rows with yarn over holes form the long curved shape. Select between the multiple border options and knit a large or super large sized shawl.
Alex is going to do the garter stitch border like Stephen did here.
I want to make the shawl and will be doing the chevron edge like this version.

Now I'm back to steaming clothes. My mannequin friends are ready for their spring/summer clothes. They need to look stunning :)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Way Back

I've gone back to 2012 for today's blog post. My shipments are still caught in Canada Customs so I don't have any new yarn to show. I haven't progressed in my knitting so I picked a project that I loved making.

Pattern: All the Shades of Truth (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: 5 colours of Tosh Merino Light

I used onyx, charcoal, whiskers, rain water and night bloom.
I pulled it out of my closet for a close up picture.
A colorblocked stole inspired by the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. There is no intarsia - just picking up stitches from slipped stitch edges. A coloring page is included :) 
The day after I finished the sample shown, I read this passage in Game of Thrones: “Black and white and grey, all the shades of truth” and knew what the name needed to be. You’ll have to excuse the mash-up of Frank Lloyd Wright and George R. R. Martin. 
Laura Aylor, the designer, used great colours (or non colours) for her shawl.

Sara brought her All the Shades in progress for me to see (this is from 2014). It looks great in bright colours too.

Now it's time for Survivor. And the Leafs. And the Jays. Maybe some knitting too.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Joji Mystery KAL

Colourwheel from Sirdar arrived today.
Sirdar Colourwheel is a gloriously vibrant colour effect double knitting yarn. This incredible yarn comes in a range of 6 wonderfully colourful shades. Colourwheel is a cake yarn so the true effect of each of the shades can be seen from the ball! What’s more, as well as there been a collection of patterns with one ball accessory designs there is also a free pattern for a wrap on the ball band! Colourwheel comes in a gorgeous acrylic wool blend and is a standard double knitting yarn so will knit to all Sirdar double knitting patterns.
See all the patterns...

One ball goes a long way and sells for $24.95.
Blend: 80% Acrylic 20% Wool 
Ball weight: 150g 
Yardage: 568y / 520m 
Tension: 22 stitches, 28 rows to 4 inches / 10 cm on 4mm needles

Joji will be starting a Mystery Knit a Long in May. You can purchase the pattern now on Ravelry and the first clue will arrive May 12.
Welcome to another rare mystery knit-along adventure with Joji. In the quest to knit this beautiful wrap (stole), we will have fun unveiling each clue while playing with color and texture. I wouldn’t want to make any knitter disappointed with the finished outcome, but the point of a Mystery Knit Along is not knowing what you’ll be making, there’s always that risk… Therefore, here are some facts about the wrap that will help you decide if you will like to embark on this project:
  • The shape is a true rectangle. This wrap can be worn as a wrap, blanket scarf or even as a blanket.
  • Approx. measurements are 26½ x 72” (66 x 180 cm) blocked.
  • It has a graphic look, but it is still classic.
  • You will need yarn in 5 colors and you will use up a lot of your yarn, so you need full skeins.
  • The total approx. yardage is 1700 yards (1555 m). It is a BIG wrap. Please be aware of this.
  • There will be 5 different clues, spread out over 5 weeks.
  • It is good for all levels. There will be TV knitting and more engaged knitting. You will sure have fun.
  • There is no brioche involved. There are no short rows either.
  • There is a little bit of simple lace, about 10% of the total project.
  • There is a lot of garter stitch.
The hockey last night was very exciting. I got quite a bit of knitting done.

Now it's bed time. I was busy packing boxes in the store today. We're almost ready for the Frolic. The last few things are caught in Canada Customs. Don't they know that we need the yarn? :)

Monday, April 17, 2017


I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend. Beth and I hosted dinner last night and when everyone left I was way too tired to think about writing. I could only manage 4 rows on my shawl before I had to pack it in for the evening.

I'm into the second striped section of Xanthe. Ambah asks for a certain number of rows but I might make it longer if I have enough yarn.

Roko was very tired too. He curled up in the loft.
Lucy came to dinner. There were a lot of people and the house was warm. Lying by the vent was nice and cold. And it was quiet in that corner of the house. Twenty very loud people in a house can be overwhelming for a dog.

I've been doing accounting today which has put me in a bad mood :) I'm going to close up the computer and knit a few rows before dinner. That will put me in a better frame of mind.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

String Quintets

The Crazy Daisy Cowl
Once you master “flowers in a row” stitch it is easily memorized and fun. The colors change for each section, but the pattern is equally pretty in fewer color combinations or in a solid. Shades of grey to black would be stunning. The cowl pictured, used a cast on of 156 stitches but this is easily altered by adding multiples of 6 to make a longer cowl.We used a String Quintet bundle by Lorna’s Laces. Each color weighed approximately 26 grams and we used approximately 12 grams from each color. Obviously this estimate will change slightly given gauge and needle size but we had more than half the yarn left so make it as long as you like.Go crazy and express your inner daisy and use up all those bits of leftover sock yarn too!

The pattern is purchased on Ravelry and uses one String Quintet kit from Lorna's Laces. We have 5 new colourways in stock.

The yarn is Shepherd Sock. 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon. The kit has a total of 489m (535 yards).

We used a String Quintet kit to make the Rainbow Cowl (pattern purchased on Ravelry)

Isn't it Romantic? (pattern purchased on Ravelry) is knit with one String Quintet kit.

I started my post in the store and then forgot to finish it. It's time to go. There are 13 minutes left in the hockey game.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Earth Stripe Wrap

Happy Good Friday! I hope you are enjoying the day with family and/or friends.

I was so excited when Diana brought this in late yesterday afternoon.

Pattern: Earth Stripe Wrap (free on Ravelry)
Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze

A multitude of distinct tones are blended, combined, striped, and fully united in the extraordinary Earth Stripe Wrap. Designed by internationally renowned textile artist Kaffe Fassett, it was first released by Rowan in 2007. A decade later, we’re still in awe of the masterful use of color—all hues aligning to create one outstanding vision. 
Two different colors of Kidsilk Haze are held together in multiple combinations throughout, creating a lofty DK-weight fabric. And the super kid mohair/silk combination has that warm glow we’ve always loved. A truly timeless piece. 

Here are our latest potluck colours from Hedgehog Fibres. They have been added to the website.
Skinny Singles 1130
Skinny Singles 1140
Sock 1150
Sock 1160

I'm over halfway through the first lace section on Xanthe. It's hard to knit lace and watch hockey and baseball.
Now it's time to clean the house. Beth and I are hosting Easter dinner on Sunday.