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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.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Jewel Dragon

I'm totally obsessed with Svetlana Gordon's work. Her scarves and shawls are amazing. I wrote her this morning and asked if I could share her pictures on the blog. Over the next few weeks I'm going to feature many more of her designs. It was hard to decide which to start with. This is one of the first of Svetlana's patterns to catch my eye.

The pattern is called Jewel Dragon (purchased on Ravelry) and it is knit with Mechita from Malabrigo.

The cold is coming and it's time to think about a cowl. Do you want to knit with a dreamy, soft yarn? Chalet, Chateau and Palace from Classic Elite fits the bill - 70% Alapca and 30% Bamboo.
The Coors Cowl by Annissa George (owner of Stitch House Dorchester, an LYS in Boston), has been a favorite CEY project since we first published it in our Web-Letter in early 2013 Issue 273. One hank each of five colors makes this generously sized squishy cowl worked in simple seed stitch. 
The original version was worked in undyed Chalet. We now have colorful Chateau and tweedy Palace to mix and match with Chalet for endless color combinations.
The pattern for the Coors Cowl is a free Ravelry download.

Classic Elite has a free pattern for mittens in the same yarn.
Soft and warm, Palace is a wonderful mitten yarn. Worked at a tighter gauge than usual, these simple mittens, with rolled edge at cuff, are worked flat and seamed, and work up quickly. Mittens are identical and will fit either hand. Tweedy Palace is interchangeable with undyed Chalet and solid colored Chateau, for a rainbow of color choices.
It's been a day of cleaning and rearranging in the store. We've moved around some sample garments. Moved around some yarn. Made up kits. A newsletter has been started too. Now it's home time. Dinner and a bit of paperwork before knitting.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Jolly Wee Elves

I thought I was finished the back last night when I posted but I really wasn't. I needed to do some decrease rows first. The back is now finished, I've cast off 49 stitches and I'm working down the front.

Cathy shared a picture with me and I forgot to share it with you.
Working on my Churchmouse Jolly Wee Elves. Some still need scarves and their arm definition. They are easy to knit and you can have one done in a couple of hours.
Pattern: Jolly Wee Elf (purchased on Ravelry)
“In 2 gauges for 2 sizes.” 
These little handmade pals, created by Jennifer Evans, are perfect on the holiday mantelpiece, tree, or packages. But they’ll celebrate any season cheerfully! Originally designed for fingering-weight yarn, we love them just as much a bit bigger in DK-weight yarn . Once we started knitting them, we just couldn’t stop! 
With elves, its certainly true that the more you make, the merrier! They’ll naturally all turn out a little different, but you can make them even more various: Taller. Shorter. Plumper. Thinner. All green for St. Paddy’s day. All pink for your Valentine. All white for a snowman with a smart black hat and coal buttons. Once you’ve got the hang of it, the only limit is your imagination. Knit up a whole neighborhood of wee elves!

These are very, very cute and I think they would look amazing in Rowan Felted Tweed. I'll be purchasing the pattern tomorrow :)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Fun with Colour

Beth has a new project. I brought home a skein of Bamboo Bloom Handpaint and Mrs. Crosby Steamer Trunk for her to make the Hanasaku Cowl. The pattern is free in the store when you purchased Bamboo Bloom.

You can mix any worsted weight yarn with the Bamboo Bloom. I picked something colourful to keep Beth interested.

While I was playing in the new yarn yesterday I put together some colour combinations for Dotted Rays - Speckled Fade. Alex knit my shawl and has offered to knit me another one.

I also put together some for Bambara.

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.
The skein lying across the bottom is the 'pop' colour.

I finished the back of Veronika this afternoon. Now it will go quicker - I get to cast off 49 stitches so my rows are down to 96 stitches. Beth has dinner in the oven so I'm heading back to my needles.