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Friday, January 19, 2018

Find Your Fade

Alex just dropped off my Find Your Fade. It's blocked and all the ends are sewn in. Blocking makes all the difference. It is huge and beautiful.

I wanted to hang it on the fence for pictures but I wore the wrong boots today. I need to climb through a snow bank and I wore my good boots - not the snow boots.

My glasses are the perfect match.

This could be my next Find Your Fade. The yarn is Silk Traveler and is 70% superwash merino and 30% silk.

I'm home now after a fun evening out with my roommate from university. It's time to put my feet up and knit a few more rows on Kimba. Now that I've finished two shawls this month I'm feeling the need to finish a few more. I'm going to pull out Starting Point tomorrow night and get it finished.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

No Seams

Diana has a new project. She normally does shawls for me but I really want this sweater hanging in the store. I asked her if she was okay with a sweater. She hesitated because she isn't in love with seaming. No worries.
Body and sleeves are worked in the round from lower edge to underarms, then joined to work the yoke in the round. Round begins on left side of body. On yoke, round begins on left side of body back where body joins sleeve. The garment is shaped at the waist and the body is made longer on the back side than the front side before the yoke is knitted.

Pattern: Oraefi (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers (4002) for the body and Cascade 220 (8901) for the yoke

The grey and white is striking but you can see that from the pattern. We're going to show you how awesome it will look with some colour.

You can make the sweater in any aran weight yarn. Woolstok. Cascade 220 Superwash Aran. Tosh Vintage. Tosh Merino.

I just cast off Match & Move and I love it. I'll get pictures tomorrow on a mannequin. Now it's bed time and dreaming about working on Kimba.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Diana dropped by last night with a shawl that she knit for the store. Oh my goodness. It is beautiful.
Pattern: Butterfly / Papillon (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: 2 skeins Uneek Fingering (colour 3010) and 1 skein Hedgehog Sock (graphite)

The colours in the Uneek Fingering are amazing.
Each skein is a work of art - a truly unique self-striping hand dyed merino collection of vibrant colors.
There are so many colour combinations for the shawl. We can do bright or muted or somewhere in between.

I spent time at home this morning working on accounting. It's time to finish our year end. This has been bothering me for the past week. Really bothering me. I was able to finish a huge chunk of it today so I'm feeling much better.

So good that I added a night onto my stay in Vegas. I was coming home on Monday but this morning I changed it to Tuesday.
Beth and dad had a good rood trip yesterday. Beth sent me this picture. Dad was still in his meeting so Beth and Lucy were hanging out in the truck.

Now it's time to get back to my knitting. Barrett-Jackson is on - the auto auction from Scottsdale, Arizona. Some of the cars are amazing! The Amazing Race is taped as well. I have less than 20 rows to go on Match & Move. That will be two projects finished this month.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Best Banana Bread Ever?!

This is Beth - I've hijacked Julie's blog tonight.

Cathy has been making banana bread for dad and he continuously teases her that she better keep making them because she needs more practice.   However yesterday she delivered two loaves that might just be the best banana bread ever made.  Julie, Dad and I can't stop eating it and sadly there is only a small piece left for tomorrow.  Here's hoping that there are more very old bananas at Cathy's house that need to be used up!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Driving Miss Lucy

It was another late night last night. I cast on the 232 stitches and then couldn't stop. The first section is made up of short rows to grow the semi circle. The rows are taking a long time but as I get going they will become shorter and shorter.

We should see a new Opal sock yarn next week. Happy colours for a dreary winter day.

Don't forget that Opal only produces a series of colours once. When they are sold out we can not reorder them.
There is also a new series called Elegant. Four colours are coming from this collection - the denims and the greys. Not everyone wants bold socks.

Lucy is very comfortable in the front seat of the truck. Dad and Beth are going to visit a job site in Bowmanville tomorrow and taking Lucy along for the ride. I wonder if it will be Beth or Lucy who rides in the back.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Cast Off and Cast On

I cast off Find Your Fade this afternoon during the first football game. What a game. When it was over we grabbed dinner and headed over to see dad. It was way too cold to try and do outside pictures. I threw it on the rail in the loft.

Beth was lying on the love seat until Lucy decided she needed to be on it too. We need to get dad bigger couches.

I wound my first skein of Skinny Singles (the colour is Raku) for Kimba. Now to try and get 232 stitches cast on before bed.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Sunset Highway

Elizabeth came in today with her finished Sunset Highway (pattern purchased on Ravelry). I've looked at the pattern and thought it looked nice but you really appreciate the sweater when you see it in real life. Thank you Elizabeth for sharing.
There is nothing quite so romantic as a road trip along the coast, with sunsets blazing in all their glory as you drive with the windows down and ocean breeze in your hair. That ocean breeze can get chilly though, so having a lightweight sweater tossed in the backseat is always a safe bet. Find your favorite speckled sock yarns to knit this unique slouchy sweater with a colorwork yoke and sleeves. Choose similar colors to fade from top to bottom, or get crazy with bright contrasting tones! you can never go wrong with a good speckle from your favorite indie dyer. this oversized sweater will quickly become your comfiest go-to summer layering piece that will transition beautifully into the fall.
It is stunning.
There is a slight bit of shaping in the back so that the back hangs longer than the front. This is done with short rows. I looked at some projects on Ravelry and a few people left this out and made the sweater all the same length.

I've decided on my Vegas Knitting.

I'm going to make Ambah O'Brien's Kimba (we have printed copies in the store or you can purchase on Ravelry) using Hedgehog Skinny Singles.

Raku - I will use this for the first colour (coral in the sample)
Cereal (the lightest colour in the sample that separates the other colours)
Wildcard  (rust in the sample)
Eel (black in the sample)
I'm getting this in just under the wire. Beth and I went to dad's to watch football with him when I finished work. We were going to leave after the first game but a group of his friends came over and we all played cards. I did get some knitting in before they arrived. I have 18 rows to go on Find Your Fade. I'm going to do a few rows tonight and should finish tomorrow.

Friday, January 12, 2018


Mr. Canada Post dropped by this morning with two huge boxes. The Hedgehog has arrived. I didn't think we would see the boxes until next week so it was a happy morning.

The four Potlucks are amazing!

The website has been updated.
Skinny Singles
Twist Sock

I made it to the last colour. I can't wait to finish. Hopefully by the end of the weekend.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Everyone loves a free pattern

This is called the Byberry Scarf and the pattern is free on Ravelry. The scarf is knit with a full skein of Fino from Manos del Uruguay along with a Fino Mini Skein Kit.

We were busy unpacking boxes today. Do you need a pom pom? We have lots!!

These cute project bags arrived today.
Store your yarn in these handy project bags to keep them neat, tidy and tangle free. (Pack of 2 - one purple and one red) 
Features: zipper closure, grommet for yarn pull through, holds 150-200 grams of yarn, loop handle
The box arrived from Meadowcroft Dyeworks and the new colours of Rockshelter Sock are fabulous. Alex made up a Find Your Fade kit in these beautiful colours.

Einstein on the Beach
Chris Craft
Black Opal
Aqua Velva

Then I started to play
Raku Glaze
Old Lace
Hippy Chick
Spring Violets
Claude Monet
Speers Bridge
Jazz Singer
Gelert & Llewelyn
Pit Fired Vessel
Steel Phantom
Pinstriped PJs
Gelert & Llewelyn (dyed on a different day and a totally different colour)
North of Wales

It was time to head home so I stopped playing. I have a feeling there will be more combinations tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Speckle & Pop!

Last night I brought out Find Your Fade. 20 rows and then I'm onto the last colour. I really want this finished for TNNA.

Alex finished her latest Stephen West shawl. It is fabulous.

Pattern: Speckle & Pop! (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Long Dog Bounce Sock for the main colours with mini skeins and left over fingering weight for the contrast.

The fingering weight version uses three main colors combined with five color pops for a speckletacular shawl. Fade the main colors from light to dark in the first short row section while adding contrasting eyelet stripes. Slipped stitches mix the main colors together along the edge of the shawl followed by giant yarn over holes. Choose between two-color brioche or garter stitch for the final chevron border. Decorate the edging with a contrast color I-cord bind off.
Alex is wearing her Piece of Silver Sweater. It fits her so well - so well that she's making it again.

The National Parks Collection from Fleece Artist has sold very well. We are almost out of Festival Sock but I received good news yesterday. Another shipment is on the way and we should see it by the end of the week. We will have three skeins of each National Park.

We have customers in every day looking for yarn to knit a baby blanket. These cute kits will be here in February.

These kits are going to go fast. The price is $27.50. (That isn't a mistake - I couldn't believe the price either.) Reserve yours today to make sure that you get the kit you want.