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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pull out your mini skeins

Ambah has a new pattern - Xandra Wrap.
Let your inner artist out to play with a fun, colourful knit.  
Xandra Wrap can be knit in 3 main colours with a 4th colour pop, or choose a palette of partial or mini-skeins from your stash and create a unique masterpiece as striking or as subdued as you desire. Garter stripes alternate with a lovely, simple-to-knit lace while regular colour changes keep you hooked as you eagerly anticipate the next combination. There’s no complicated shaping to keep track of - simple increases and decreases form a biased wrap that is as easy to wear as it is entertaining to knit.

For the first 24 hours Xandra will be today’s featured pattern in my #knitaugust promotion, enjoy an automatic 50% off through midnight August 17 (in your time zone) 
Following this, there will be my usual 20% introductory offer through Midnight August 20. Just add the pattern to your cart to see the discount!
I was at the dentist at 8 this morning because I lost a filling. The freezing is killing my sinuses. I don't want to put away yarn or tidy or anything so I'm going to knit for a while :) Knitting cures all!!

That was written at 10 this morning. It's almost 9pm and I haven't touched my knitting. It was a busy day in the store and I accomplished a lot on Camp. Today I asked suppliers to borrow sample garments. We do a fashion show on Friday evening and I don't repeat garments from year to year. We need new and exciting! I was also working on goodie bags.

Every Camper receives an amazing bag full of patterns, accessories and whatever my suppliers want to donate. They are very generous!

I've been emailing with Ambah while I've been working. She has made an awesome donation to the goodie bags. I asked her to slow down on her designing because I can't keep up with her :)

I was going to hold my post until after an hour of knitting but I don't want you to miss out on the discount for Ambah's pattern.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Charmed

There is a new pattern from Classic Elite for a cute capelet. And it's free!!
There is plenty of time left in summer to make and wear this versatile accessory that can be worn as a capelet or a cowl. Worked entirely in Stockinette stitch from the bottom up, the smaller needles are used for a few rounds at the edges with a larger needle making the loose and lacy fabric in beween. A super quick knit, this summery piece works up in a flash. 
The cowl is knit in Hanako. And you only need one skein.
Cotton and Linen combine for a summery yarn in a popular worsted weight. The linen fiber has a subtle sheen and adds body; cotton adds stitch definition and softness. This yarn gets even softer the more it’s worn and the light and vibrant palette is perfect for warm weather wear. 

Skacel has something new and they should be here next week.
The hottest trend right now is bracelet stacking! To keep you and your customers on trend, we've designed a Stitch Marker Charm Bracelet that is not only practical, but also looks great and starts a conversation. And just in case the 6 charms included with the bracelets do not cover all of your knitting needs, we also have Charm Booster Packs available.
The bracelet with 6 charms will sell for $31.90
 The additional charm packs are $21.90 each.


It's growing. I'd like to keep going but I have a very early dentist appointment. It's time for bed.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Potlucks

This afternoon I spent a bit of time working on Knitting Camp. If you're coming, check your inbox. A newsletter with your homework went out today.
In our box of yarn from Uschitita there were some Potluck colours. I photographed them this afternoon and they are now available on the website.

This is the pop colour in my Bambara Wrap.


Lucy is spending the night with us. She gently got on the couch with Beth and made herself comfortable. I'm not sure if Beth is comfortable.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

I couldn't stop myself

The pattern is well written and easy to follow. I love the colours and I had to keep going. I knit until almost 2am and was back at it by 10 this morning.
I have 70 more rows of this colour. Then I work 12 rows of garter stitch alternating this colour with the pop colour. Then 12 lace rows of the pop colour and then into the next colour. I won't make it much further tonight because I need to get some sleep. It's a big day tomorrow that starts with a visit to Trish - a hair cut and no more grey. Then it's to the store to pack mail orders. I understand the need to receive yarn ASAP.

The yarn is very nice to knit with. It is the same base, or really close to Hedgehog Skinny Singles and LITLG Singles. You can mix the three yarns together and wouldn't see the difference.

A few weeks ago I showed these colours of Adelaide. Diana is using them to make me another Bambara Wrap. I hope she sends pictures of her progress.

I'm going to do a few more rows. Beth has instructions to turn the TV off in half an hour.
It's a hard life.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Just in time


I'm a little late tonight but with very good reason. I got carried away with my knitting. I had to start a new project - the Bambara Wrap. It will be the perfect airplane knitting. More on that later this week but that is why the store will be closed on Tuesday August 22.

Ambah O'Brien sent out a newsletter last night.
I wanted to send you a quick line to remind you about the Knit August promotion I am running this month.  
Every day in August I will showcase a pattern from my published collection and will run a special of 50% off that pattern for a 24 hour period. 
Each day will be a surprise pattern…..  
To find out which pattern is Pattern of the Day you can check in my Ravelry group here, on Facebook or over on Instagram
Ambah just posted the next discounted pattern. Kallara. We have the wrap knit up in the store and love it.
Now I need to get back to my knitting. I don't think I'll make it to the next colour tonight but I'm going to try.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Happy Friday

I was at work early today and played with colours. You had to know that I was going to knit something with Uschitita.
What is this going to be? The Bambara Wrap from Ambah.

The pink across the top (a potluck colour) will be my 'pop' colour - C1.
From left to right
Studio - C3
Lullaby - C4
Galaxy - C2
The sample uses a 3 colour speckle gradient with a brighter colour “pop”. C1 is the colour “pop”, C2 is the darkest of the gradient trio, , C3 is the lightest colour and C4 is the middle shade of the gradient trio.
I worked on the website this afternoon and the yarn is there. I have added all the colours that Steffi has named and now need to start working on the potlucks.

Wannietta and Joan came for a visit this afternoon (Wannietta needed yarn for What the Fade?!) so I gave Wannietta yarn for her next project.
It is a Prism Merino Mia Gradient Pack in the new colour Teal. What's it going to be?
So Faded in the classic length with long sleeves. I've challenged her to have it finished for The Knitters' Fair. She says she's fast. We'll see :)

The sweater is knit from the top down and we are going to start with the lightest colour and work to the darkest. I've asked Wannietta to send pictures while she's working on the sweater.

Now I need to decide if I can drag myself upstairs to wind yarn or if I'll wait until tomorrow to do that.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Where is he??

Mr. UPS didn't show up until late this afternoon with our second box. Alex and I had our noses pressed to the windows all day. Where is he????

I think the pictures speak for themselves. The colours are amazing!

I'll try and take more tomorrow. Steffi has beautiful pictures on Instagram so I've borrowed a few.








I brought some skeins home and they are taunting me from the table. I will not start anything new. Okay. Tonight I won't start anything new but I might tomorrow.
Lucy loves to visit me at work. Dad opens the door of the truck and she runs towards the store. She cries when it's time to go. It's even better when dad stops to get me a tea. The ladies at Tim's give her a cookie. Life is good when you're a dog :)

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Sweet

Meet Voyage. This is a new Party of Five kit from SweetGeorgia Yarns. The denims are fabulous. So fabulous that we have the colours in full skeins of Tough Love Sock as well.
Whitewater
Clearwater
Watershed
Hudson
Marine

What is a Party of Five kit? It is 5 mini skeins of sock yarn (80% superwash merino, 20% nylon) with a total yardage of 480m (525 yards).
Whisper is beautiful too.

We were busy unpacking a very special box today (pictures tomorrow because another box is coming) so I didn't have much time to work on the website. The Party of Five kits are online and I'll get the full skeins up in the next few days.

Magician
London Fog
Jasmine
Pacific Spirit
Mirror Pond
Lupine

There is a rule in our family - No Secrets. Even if I try I can't keep one. Uschitita arrived this morning. The first box. There will be 148 more skeins tomorrow. I was going to wait until  the second box arrived but I had to share.
These are the colours I chose for Dotted Rays, Speckled Fade. I think. Everything could change tomorrow when the other colours arrive.