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Sunday, May 20, 2018


Diana loaned us two shawls to display that she knit using Ambah's Columbina pattern (purchased on Ravelry).

Harlequin’s cheques dance across this alluring wrap knit in Circus Tonic Handmade’s yarn. Named after the romantic hero’s conniving mistress, Columbina begins and ends with a steady rhythm of easy garter rows, interrupted by a dramatic and entertaining crescendo of two-colour mosaic, and is embellished with a picot flourish. The perfect project for vibrant, high-contrast colours, the bias shawl comes in two sizes and is shaped only with simple increases and decreases, resulting in a spectacular and sophisticated accessory.
Both shawls are knit with SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock. The first one is a multi-colour (Windswept) and then Diana used ecru for the mosaic.

She enjoyed knitting the pattern (obviously or she wouldn't have made it twice). It's one of those patterns that you think 'This would look great with this yarn and that yarn' so you have to make it again.

For the second shawl Diana used Charcoal with a Party of Five kit - Botanica. She picked 3 of the 5 colours for the mosaic.

Mosaic knitting is perfect for beginners who are attempting colorwork for the first time. If you’ve worked stripes in two colors, you can work mosaic knitting. 
I looked up Mosaic Knitting and found a great explanation from Interweave Knits. 

Dad and Beth went a little crazy at Terra yesterday. They saw a finished basket with the palm leaves and decided that Beth could make baskets like this for our front porch. This was the picture she sent me after the first basket was finished.
All baskets are finished. By the end of the summer you won't be able to see our front door.

Dad just left - he and Lucy came for steak dinner. I'm knitting a few rows and then bed. I'm still trying to catch up from my time away. If I could stay awake longer I would because I'm back working on Fading Point and am into the second colour. Pictures tomorrow.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Modified Fading Point

I couldn't help myself. I was going through the new Hedgehog and put together a Fading Point using one of the new Potluck colours.

From left to right
Sorry Not Sorry
Potluck 1550 (we are on the only store to have this colour)
Pinky Swear

The new kits from Mrs. Crosby are beautiful in real life. Diana has taken the denim kit to knit up for the store.

Diana just finished a Fading Point for her nephew's wife. It is gorgeous - she used Rockshelter Sock. We made up a kit for her colours - it is #27.
We have had customers comment that they think the shawl is too big. Diana's isn't quite as big. Sometimes you read the pattern wrong. You think you know what you're doing and off you go. Then you realize that you missed some rows. That happened to Diana. She was so far in that she decided to keep going with her modified version. We really like it. You are supposed to knit the lace section, then a bit of fading and then 16 rows (8 ridges) of one colour. Diana left these rows out. She goes lace, fading then lace.
She came in about 4:30 yesterday afternoon and I should have taken pictures. It was sunny and beautiful out. Today it is rainy and foggy. I hope the sun comes out soon.
Dad and Beth are shopping at Terra. I received a text asking if I liked this for my store. Of course I do!
I'm a little jealous that they are having fun in the flowers.

I am so early today. Blogging is so much easier on days with lots of pretty pictures.

Friday, May 18, 2018


I'm back in the store and have been busy taking pictures. The Potlucks from Hedgehog are available on the website now.
Of course I took two skeins of this colour. It is gorgeous.

30 colours of Sock Minis.

ARNE & CARLOS PAIRFECT is now also available for small feet in sizes 22 to 35! The socks are available in eight different cheerful color combinations in sweet 60g balls. The colorful jacquard patterns are inspired by the home of the two iconic Norwegians and each of them are combined with the matching uni colors for cuffs, heel and toe tips. Best of all, the patterns come straight out of the ball! The yellow thread that appears at the beginning and in the middle of the ball marks the beginning of each sock, creating two completely identical children's socks.
You can start on Christmas knitting for your kids/grandkids.

We're home from dinner and the hockey game is on. I can barely keep my eyes open. I rested on the plane. I'm not sure I can say that I slept. When I got home I had a few hours sleep and then went to work. It will feel good to have a full nights sleep in my own bed.

Thursday, May 17, 2018


I woke up this morning to pictures from Lynn. The new Skinny Singles Potlucks are amazing! I will get them photographed and on the website over the weekend.

I’m a little tired today. The game last night was awesome.

It was so loud!

The pregame was quite a show. Try and catch it on TV tomorrow night if you can. It’s to do with the Knight slaying the jet.

These signs were out in front of a bar by the arena.

I was chuckling and many people were taking pictures.

And a bit of a purple theme. The chandelier at The Cosmpolitan.

A purple tree lives in the entrance to Aria. I need one of these!

And more purple decorations in the lobby.

My time away is coming to an end. I’m mostly packed and will be leaving for the airport in a few hours. I had a good time while I was here. I might have knit a few rows which I’m sad about but I spent a lot of time outside walking and watching. I hope that I can get some sleep on the flight. I don’t like to fly the red eye but the cost difference was huge so I booked it. If I’m feeling good I’ll be in the store around noon tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

It’s Game Day

I have been trying to be patient. I hadn’t looked at the tracking on our latest order from Hedgehog Fibres. As you know I’m not patient and looked last night. The boxes have arrived in Canada and are with Canada Customs right now. 

There are more Sock Minis coming.

Born Trippy (a free pattern from Hedgehog Fibres) is a great pattern for using mini skeins.

It’s very early here. I’ve been up since 6:30 and got a tea. I’m writing a bit now and then heading out for breakfast. I need to get my post finished early. It’s game day. 

I’m back in the room for a rest and then off to the game. Lynn texted me earlier to tell me that one box from Hedgehog arrived today. The mini skeins are in the store. There are also two Potluck colours in Sock. The website will be updated on Friday when I’m back.

I’ve checked and it looks like the other box will be arriving tomorrow. There will be 2 Potluck colours in Skinny Singles.

Now I need to get changed. I want to grab a late lunch/early dinner before the game. Go Knights Go. I’m sorry - that’s very unCanadian of me.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Happy Tuesday

The new Fading Points from Mrs. Crosby will be arriving on Thursday afternoon. I can’t wait to see them. The colours look great. Diana is on stand by to knit one for the store. 

I mentioned problems blogging while I’m away. I thought I made the pictures in yesterday’s post small enough to fit properly. Nope. I can’t fix them until I get home. I hope I do better today.

The Conversatory hasn’t changed since I was here last but it is so amazing that I’m sharing a few pictures.

There is a big hockey game in Vegas tomorrow night. Beth adopted the Knights as her team the minute it was announced that Vegas was getting a team. We came to our first game in December and I’ve been 2 more times. 

I bought Beth this shirt yesterday. I laid it on a bench outside the store so she could see it. I love the beard!

Beth sent an update from work this morning. Lucy and Sammy (same parents as Roko, one litter before him) are more than happy to be in dad’s office. Roko not so much. He wants out!

Someone went for a car ride this evening. The crew were driving through dad’s survey and all the neighbours came running to see Lucy in the car. It’s a great picture except for the finger in the corner. :) I heard that there is a bit of dog hair in my car now. Dad told Beth to drive home very fast so that it would fly out. 

I’m finishing my post today before I head out. I’m going to Virgil’s for Barbecue. It is very good.