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Monday, October 15, 2018

Another Comfort Fade

I'm knitting this one a bit differently. The armholes are too deep on my first Cardi. I could do the math and change the shaping but I'm taking a different approach. This time I'm knitting from the bottom up. I will knit the body and the sleeves and then join them for the yoke. Then I'll know how many stitches I need to decrease and the number of rows. A bit of math (I like math) and I'll like the fit a bit better.

I have four hours on a plane tonight and then four on Thursday. I should be able to get a lot of the body knit. Yup. Vegas called me and asked me to come visit.

A shipment arrived this morning from Hedgehog. There is one new Potluck in Sock (above) and three in Skinny Singles.

They're on the website. Now I need to sign off and pack my suitcase. There will be pictures from Vegas.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

A Rose between two Tenshos

We had a great day in Woodstock.
Lynn and Sarah wore the Tensho Pullover and Wannietta wore here leather jacket because it was really, really cold. Her shawl is a Stephen West and added sunshine to the booth.

They have picked out the sweater we are all going to knit for the Knitters' Frolic in April. More on that closer to the date.

There are many people to thank
-Sarah's husband John (it took us 25 minutes to pack up the booth - everyone around us were in awe)

I'm also going to prethank Cathy, Lynn and Alex. I am running away for a few days. I'll be in and out of the store tomorrow and then back on Friday. They have the awful task of unpacking.

Wannietta finished Humulus just in time for the show. It is knit with Woolstock and Dream State. I'll have better pictures next week.

Now it's time to pack. I've cast on another Comfort Fade Cardi to take with me.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Setting up

I think fall has arrived. It was cold out today. I wanted mittens while I was loading the van.

Laine magazine arrived today and it is beautiful. There are copies in the store and in our booth.

Our job in the morning is to hang the garments and then we're ready.

I need to print a few signs and then bed. We'll be up early in the morning.

Thursday, October 11, 2018


I'm excited to share with you that we will be carrying Namaste bags and accessories again.

I've known Laura Zander (the owner of Jimmy Beans) for many years. When I found out that she was the new owner of Namaste I contacted her and she agreed to wholesale to me. For now we will be the only store in Canada selling them.
Welcome to Namaste! It is with great joy that we announce the return of Namaste bags & accessories! As the video above explains, Laura and Kelly have been hard at work over the last 6 months to reimagine and revitalize the Namaste line of knitter-focused bags and accessories. This is just the beginning, so stay tuned because we've got even bigger Namaste product announcements to share very soon! 
With all that said, Welcome to Namaste. Each product in the Namaste line was intentionally designed to help incorporate knitting into our busy day-to-day lives; to bring moments of peace and happiness throughout the day.

Our order arrived late this afternoon and is ready to head to Woodstock. Don't worry. Another shipment is on the way.

We have Eggplant, Cranberry, Dark Grey and Teal. Blush (pictured) will be in the next order.
The Knitter's Train case, designed for travel, features the following: 
  • A special sized oh snap pouch for holding accessories
  • A metal lid w/ 4 ultra strong magnets. Use these to attach your pattern to the lid for easy reference.
  • A U-Shaped yarn feeder on one side of the case; whether the case is open or closed, you can knit out of the case.
  • Fits underneath a standard commercial plane seat.
The Train Case is $105. Please send me an email and we will make sure you get the colour you want when the next shipment arrives.

It was very hard but I didn't keep one for myself. Next order.
Each buddy case features a magnetic lid to keep notions secure. Improvements to the Original Buddy Case include: 
  • Significantly more powerful magnets
  • Stronger and more durable frame
  • Higher quality materials.
  • Includes: signature darning needle, magnetic tin to organize stitch markers, and a knitter's bullet journal.
The Loaded Buddy Case is $55.75. We have all the colours.

Later this month we will receive bags. I can't wait. Laura and Kelly have worked hard on new styles and great new features.

I need to knit a few rows to finish my Inspira Cowl and then it's bed time. It's the night before we set up.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Night Before the Night Before

As Lynn was leaving tonight she confirmed that she will be staying at my house on Friday night. We go to Woodstock Friday afternoon to set up for the Fleece Festival. She stays at my house instead of driving home to St Catharines and then having to drive back early Saturday morning.

I told her tonight is the night before the night before we set up. Then we both said at the same time that I had the title for tonight's post.

What are we taking?
The Veronika Cardigan will be hanging in the booth. This picture is from Camp. Lynn is wearing Linda's knit in Arranmore and Julie is wearing our Eco + version. I will be wearing my Arranmore version.

Double Your Pleasure kits from Prism Yarns will be in the booth. This is one of my favourite garments. Lynn has worn it. Fiona modelled it at Camp. I wore it to a charity event Friday night. One size fits all. I am going to have Lynda make me another one.

The Comfort Fade Cardi will be on display in all three colours. I made up three new colour combinations today and they are safely in a box to join us.

I'm rushing my post because we don't have Internet at home right now. I'm using my cellular data to write. I need to phone Bell but they'll have me turn things on and off and I don't want to disrupt the DVR - Survivor is taping.

My Inspira Cowl is growing and should be finished in time for the Fleece Festival.
Beth had fun at Camp dying sock blanks. She should have taken a picture before winding it into a ball. Now she's knitting it double strand into a hat. She is very proud of herself.
Now it's time for sleep. Tomorrow is a busy day finishing our packing.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Good Morning

I woke up this morning to exciting emails.

I sent a note to Anke at GarnStories over a year ago asking if we could order her beautiful hand dyed yarn. She didn't have room in her dye schedule for us. She sent me an email in August that she could fit me in. Our yarn is being dyed and we hope to see it in November.
GarnStories is a studio for hand-dyed yarns. 
GarnStories lauched in fall 2015, designed as an online shop for special yarns and fibres. I carefully selected my range according to my personal taste. The yarn, wool and fibre I wanted sell should be as natural as possible, beautifully (hand) dyed, ideally be produced sustainably.  
I worked as a editor and copywriter in advertising (mainly automobile) for many years and loved knitting in every spare minute. So, at one point in my life it was a natural transition to open a yarn shop (I think). But soon after the opening I wanted more. I was used to create. And I wanted my own yarn and my own colours. So it was the next logical step to bring out my own line of hand dyed yarns. 
It's my believe: with beautiful yarn you can tell beautiful stories. Thus the name GarnStories.
GarnStories Merino Singles is a single ply yarn that is hand coloured with love and passion.  
The Merino we use as base is beautifully soft and squishy. Light pilling may occur, because it is an only lightly twisted yarn.  
All the colours are light- and washfast. The dyes are applied by hand, or the skeins are kettle-dyed in small batches. Colours shift beautifully from one to another and create a variegated effect. There are no dye lots. The dye is applied randomly, that’s why no two skeins are exactly the same. 
The yardage is approximately 366m per 100g skein.

There will be 29 colours coming - 8 skeins of each.

Churchmouse Yarns and Teas reworked their Boyfriend Watch Cap pattern using two strands of Rowan Felted Tweed.

You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry or in the store.
Knit this cozy, deeply cuffed cap for him—and then borrow it back! It’s handsome worn turned up in a traditional nautical style, but we love it uncuffed and slouchy, too. We’ve made the ribbed cuff nice and deep so you can fold it a long way up without the wrong side of the stockinette stitch showing. Plus, this cap is a quick, satisfying knit! 
For this Boyfriend Watch Cap, we marled two colors of Rowan Felted Tweed together. One of our favorite yarns of all time, Felted Tweed is on the finer side of a DK-weight. It blends merino wool for softness and spring, with alpaca and viscose for drape, luster, and subtle stitch definition. And there are so many colors to play with!

The last email came from Hedgehog. Our order has shipped. There will be 4 Potlucks as well as 3 new colours.

I hope tomorrow's emails are just as good!