Friday, June 14, 2024

This or That MKAL

The first clue for Ambah’s This or That MKAL came last night. I forgot that June 14th in Australia happens before June 14th in Ancaster. I cast on last night and that’s as far as I made it.

Once I read the clue I decided on my colour order.

A - Grape to Meet You

B - Fish Bowl (turquoise mix)

C - Be Hoppy

Dad was very proud of the bass he caught before dinner. Boscoe and Fred are looking on intently - they want the fish. Jackson couldn’t care less about fish.

Now I’m moving to my knitting chair. 

Just a reminder.

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Stripes and Slip Stitches

Diana has been ready for a new project for weeks now. Today Stephen West brought out a new shawl pattern and this is Diana’s next undertaking.

Select one solid or semi-solid main color and one self-striping contrast color to knit this sideways triangle shawl. Begin at the small tip of the shawl and work increases toward the border as you only work with one color at a time. Stripes and slip stitches form the woven checks motif, creating the illusion of the self-striping yarn weaving in and out of the garter ridges. I-cord edges frame the large shawl shape. You can easily customize the size by knitting more pattern repeats for a large shawl or simply bind off early for a smaller shawl size. This pattern includes videos linked throughout the instructions to help you cast on and bind off, making this project ideal for beginner shawl knitting.

The pattern is called Woven Checks Shawl and you can purchase it on Ravelry. 

Stephen used two skeins of a solid fingering weight yarn with two balls of Crazy Zauberball.
Photos © Stephen West

What colour are we going to make the shawl in? I’ve narrowed it down to three options. Diana is coming tomorrow afternoon so I have some time to stare at the colours.

Dusk til Dawn with 2546
Mom Jeans with 1699
Tealicious with 2528

It hit me this morning that today is June 13th. The first clue for Ambah’s This or That MKAL comes out tomorrow. I better figure out my colours and get the yarn wound tonight.

Fred decided that the skein of Dyed in the Wool that was in my bedroom would be great to chew on (he didn’t damage the yarn). I think it’s the first time he has touched yarn.
Dad was sitting at the kitchen table when I left for work. The dogs were keeping him company.
Dad, Beth and the dogs left for the cottage this afternoon. I’m staying home for a bit of quiet time. I will be using the time to go through my sewing room and clean out yarn that I won’t be using. There are boxes of pretty yarn that someone should be working with. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2024


 Andrea Mowry has a new pattern call Nebula and you can purchase it on Ravelry.

Oversized and comfy, this drop hem top is perfect for all the seasons! I’ve loved dressing mine up for date night, and then dressing it down for the weekend to snuggle into like my favorite worn-in sweatshirt. You can choose to stick with the short sleeves, or go for the longer sleeve version to suit your personal style! This pullover is knit from the bottom up, with a beautiful short-row curved hem and thoughtful shoulder details to accent the crew neck. The body is worked in the round until the divide for the yoke. The remainder is worked flat, and the shoulders are finished using the 3 needle bind off. The sleeves are then picked up from the body and knit in the round.

Photos © Andrea Mowry

Nebula is knit using DK weight Suri Alpaca, which is a very unique yarn! Light as a feather, it blooms beautifully, meaning it can be worked at a looser gauge than I would normally pick for DK weight yarn. I found it difficult to substitute a straight wool DK weight yarn, as I needed to go up many needle sizes to match gauge, which drastically changed the fabric. I wanted to be able to offer another yarn idea (as this unique yarn may be harder to find everywhere), and found that by holding a strand of fingering weight yarn with a strand of fuzzy lace weight, the sub was perfect! The resulting sweater is heavier than the first sample, with more stitch definition. I love them both!

The Lime sweater above was knit holding a fingering weight yarn with a fuzzy lace yarn. We have Emma’s Suri Silk which is the same yarn base as Andrea used for her sample. You can also use Rowan Kidsilk Haze, Biches & Buches Le Petit Silk & Mohair, Hedgehog Kidsilk Lace and Hedgehog Alpaca Boucle. 

If you go with Emma’s Suri Silk you can get the matching colour in Practically Perfect Sock which will give a solid (not marled) looking sweater. Or you can go crazy with two different colours for a fabulous marled look like Andrea has.

I put together a few combinations to show you matching colours and marling colours. Sorry for the pictures. I was taking these as I was locking the door. You can use the fingering weight/fuzzy yarn combination for the short sleeve or long sleeve sweater.

Lemongrass and Love + Leche

Bell Bottoms Suri with Mom Jeans PPS and Lady Lavender

Beach Please and Himalayan Salt

Andrea used the DK weight for the grey sweater. We don’t have a yarn that can be substituted for that. 

We received an email from Atenti today and a small order is on the way to us. This is the Mimi fabric that I am obsessed with. The Caddy and Hope Basket are in the box. 
The Price is Right at Night is on. I need to say goodnight and beat my family!!

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Spin Lines

Susan Ashcroft has a new shawl pattern called Spin Lines that you can purchase on Ravelry.

Fun to knit stitch - no wrapping and turning 

approx 300m/330 yds of handspun or similar 
Approx 600m/660 yds of solid main colour

Listed as sport, but you could use dK or worsted for the main colour as well

The 2 yarn weights should be similar but don’t need to be identical - e.g sport and DK, or sport and fingering 

Size is adjustable to suit your taste or available yarn. 

Written pattern (no charts)

A few knitters used Dyed in the Wool for their test knit and one knitter used Edition 3. I think that Starke 6 would be another great option. If you want a bit heavier shawl then Malabrigo Rios or Washted would be a great choice.

This afternoon I took dad to therapy and while he was in his session I dropped off boxes of clothes to Good Shepherd. There is a purge happening at my house. I have so many clothes that I don’t wear or are the wrong size so it’s time for someone to wear them. While I was there I asked the young lady who was helping me if they take yarn. They have people who knit afghans and would appreciate yarn. She asked that it is full balls. I have lots of yarn upstairs that I will be boxing up for dad’s appointment next week. The Good Shepherd and I are going to become good friends.

Monday, June 10, 2024

MKAL and a sale

There is another MKAL starting soon. Some of you might be asking ‘What is an MKAL?’ This is from Stephen West
MKAL stands for Mystery Knit A Long! Knit Alongs (KALs) are fun, social activities in which a group of knitters all make the same project in a specified timeframe. A Mystery Knit Along adds an extra level of spice, because you won't know what the thing you're knitting is when you start. A section of the pattern (clue) is released each week, and at the end of the Knit Along, the final design is revealed. 

An MKAL isn’t for everyone. Some people wait until a week after the pattern is released so that they can see how things are taking shape. The designers usually have a Spoiler Thread on Ravelry where progress pictures can be shared. Some people want to wait until the final clue has been revealed and they see the finished project.   

Casapinka has a MKAL starting in July. Here is a link to the pattern on Ravelry.

-Begins July 21, 2023.
-It’s a shawl in a new shape! 
-4 skeins of fingering, 400+ yards each. The Boss used a 3 skein fade (2 of her skeins have speckles) and a contrasting pop of color. 
-An option will be given in a Clue down the pike, to make the shawl bigger, to accommodate larger boobies.
-SFS uses a size 6/4mm needle to get gauge but only Edna will enforce gauge (although if you are too far from the Boss’s gauge, you might enjoy a delightful game of yarn chicken at the end) 
-Stash pouncing is encouraged, too! The 3 coordinating skeins don’t have to be the same color

Four colors of yarn were used, with one of them a contrast color. Don’t make the other colors “too” blendy, as you don’t want them to fade into each other. On the other hand, a gradient will work, just ensure you can see the difference in the shades. Variegated can work but realize that if it blends into one of the other colors you’re using, you may want to switch it around for certain sections but it is probably best as Color B.
We didn’t have enough room in the store for all the new colours from Hedgehog so I am clearing out some of the older colours. Here is a link to the website showing the colours we are clearing. The yarn is marked down 20% off. You can purchase online and the yarn will be available in the store.

I am offering an extra 10% off to those who read the blog. The extra discount is available until next Monday (June 17th).
You must put in the discount code


at the checkout to receive the discount.

You will want to make sure to enter the discount code before completing your purchase, as it cannot be added retroactively. You will want to type it yourself, using all caps - as copy & pasting it can inadvertently lead to placing an unwanted space before or after the code, rendering it unable to work. We are not able to extend the sale if the deadline is missed.

I shared this in our newsletter but I’m not sure I posted it on the blog. This Saturday is Heritage Days in Ancaster. Wilson Street (and the streets behind the store) will be closed from 9am - 1pm. There is no way for me or you to get to the store. We also don’t know if the road will actually open again at 1pm. I decided that it’s best just to close for the day instead of having you and I mad about not getting down the street.

We are closed on the 26th because I have an appointment that I can’t miss.

Now it’s time to start dinner. Happy Monday evening!!

Sunday, June 09, 2024

Emotional Support Chicken

A very popular pattern on Ravelry right now is the Emotional Support Chicken. I cast on one this morning.

I’m using Noro Ito for the chicken and Cascade 220 Superwash Merino (double strand) for the beak and comb. I won’t be adding a different colour for stripes on the chicken. There will be enough colour change with the Noro.

Life is Hard. We all need a chicken to make it all better! 
This is a modification of a pattern by the late Bev Galaskas for Fibertrends called Henrietta and Family.

Bev Galaskas was a personal friend of mine. She taught many times at our knitting retreat and we spent lots of time together at trade shows. I can hear her laughing as I am writing.

You can create your own magical comfort chicken, that doesn’t need a permit to always be with you! It is loveable and huggable and you don’t even have to feed it to love you back!

I haven’t made it very far but the pattern seems to be well written and easy to understand.

Get ready for a mystery sock-knitting extravaganza! I'm thrilled to announce that the Surprise Sock Along is back for its second year. 
Throughout July, we'll knit the Color Popportunity Socks, unveiling new details and design elements each week. The Westknits Surprise Sock Along is all about learning fun new techniques with detailed video tutorials as we knit a part of the sock each week for four weeks. By the end, you'll have an eye-catching pair of Color Popportunity Socks!

New to mystery knit-alongs? The Surprise Sock Along is perfect for knit-along novices. Each week's clues are more manageable than a typical mystery shawl knit-along, offering a mini knitting adventure with bite-sized sections to complete each week. By the end of July, you'll have a stunning pair of socks showcasing a symphony of stitches.

The pattern will be available June 15th on Ravelry.

Boscoe is sleeping with his emotional support shoe. Jackson puts shoes on the couch - he loves to carry them around. He doesn’t ruin them - just slobbers on them. One or the other will fall asleep on the couch touching the shoe.

Friday, June 07, 2024

Summer Sweater

This is the Amelie Tee from PetiteKnit and you can purchase the pattern on Ravelry.

The Amélie Tee is worked from the top down in stockinette stitch and with stripes. The first part of the yoke is worked flat, back and forth, to shape the neckline. Then the work is joined in the round, so the rest of the yoke can be worked in the round and shaped with raglan increases on the circular needle. Along the neck stitches are picked up and knitted and a stockinette stitch edge is worked.

Rowan Summerlite 4ply would be a great option for the sweater. Today we received a few colours and more will be coming next week (437, 440 and 444).

Summerlite 4ply is made using 100% of the finest cotton resulting in a beautifully soft, matt yarn, which boasts a wonderful, summery tonal colour palette. This yarn is a perfect choice for spring and summer designs such as a pretty shrug or evening time cardigan. It has brilliant stitch definition, meaning that all types of textures are showcased perfectly.

Alex came in to help me for a bit this afternoon and worked on the Hedgehog Skinny Singles and Hedgehog Sock. This is the Skinny Single wall - all the new colours are hanging.
The Tosh Merino Light wall has a new resident. Hedgehog Oh So Fine lives on part of the wall. On Wednesday when the Merino Light sale is over Emma’s Super Silky will move to this wall. If you don’t know about the sale read back a few days.
It was a hard day at work.
It’s Pizza Friday. I hope everyone has a great Friday evening.