Saturday, May 21, 2022

Thanks Rowan for the free pattern

Everyone loves a free pattern. This is called Belle and was designed by Lisa Richardson. Download the pattern here…

The cardigan is knit in Rowan’s new yarn Kidsillk Haze Colour. We have 8 colours in stock.

Kidsilk Haze Colour is the next generation of a much-loved yarn. Like its sister yarn, it is a dreamy blend of kid mohair and soft silk and is as light as air. The palette of stunning, shades gently blends through washes of colour, creating a stunning almost watercolour effect.

This morning I did an order with Della Q. More Scissor Pockets are on the way. All colours should be coming including Petal.
Cute and compact, the new Maker’s Scissor Pockets are the perfect addition to the della Q Canvas Collection. Made to match all current colors our newest accessory comes in a V-shaped holder made of canvas and genuine leather, features an antique brass snap closure, and includes a pair of black scissors for easy, on the go making!

We had some fun this afternoon when the power went out for about 1/2 hour. A doozy of a storm hit. Rain and hail and wind. Yarn shopping in the dark isn’t easy. Checking out customers with no power doesn’t work very well. 

Boscoe has found his seat on the deck. The benches are the perfect length for him. Beth took the dogs to the dog park early this morning and they were tired. Jackson wouldn’t come outside - he doesn’t like the heat. 
Jackson had puppy school today. This is where the dogs go during the week. Jackson loves being king of the castle but his favourite spot is underneath the structure.
If they can’t find him this is the first place they look.
Someone is tall enough to rest their head on the table. 

The mustang has been to the mechanic and is in tip top shape. I forget how much fun it is to drive with the top down. Thankfully I saw the dark clouds approaching and got the top up before the rain started.

It’s time to make a tea and move to the knitting chair. Hockey is starting soon. I need to get working on my cowl. Lynn is about to cast off.

Friday, May 20, 2022


Mr. UPS brought 2 big boxes from Madelinetosh. These bright skeins are Unicorn Tails. This is exactly the same yarn as Tosh Merino Light but smaller skeins.

100% Superwash Merino Wool
Fingering | single-ply
52 yards per tail
Knit | 26-30 sts = 4in or 10cm | US 1-2
Crochet | 21-32 sts = 4in or 10cm | US B1-E4
    Machine wash cold on delicate cycle, air dry flat
    Hand-Dyed in Texas from wool ethically sourced in South Africa
    📷 © Ambah O’Brien
    Ambah O’Brien’s Lamina Cowl & Wrap would look amazing in Unicorn Tails. You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry.

    Let Lamina be a strata formation of all your oddment end balls in your stash, revealing the past in the form of projects knit and loved. Also perfect for mini skeins, holiday sets and unicorn tails. Alternately Lamina can also be worked in a single colour, gradient or full skeins of your favourite colour and contrast – so many possibilities. Enjoy the updated version of the Lamina Wrap pattern with inclusion of the new Lamina Cowl option; choose between a short or long cowl and have fun creating with colour. 

    Lamina includes both written and charted instructions for the lace.

    We also received Tosh DK, Tosh Merino Light, Tosh Sport, Tosh Vintage and Tosh Twist Light. The website has been updated.

    We have 2 brand new colours of Tosh Merino Light. Fire Opal (above) and Pluot (below).
    Have a great Friday evening. We have golf, baseball and hockey on as well as Top Chef that was taped last night. It’s time to move to the knitting chair.

    Thursday, May 19, 2022

    New Yarn

    Mr. UPS brought a box of Noro - meet Kakigori.

    Kakigori from Noro is a DK weight blend of cotton, silk, viscose, and polyamide. This lightweight yarn is perfect for knit or crocheted sweaters, ponchos, and accessories, and with 605m per ball, there’s so much you can do with just one ball!

    50% Cotton30% Silk10% Viscose10% Polyamid

    200 gram ball

    605m (660 yards)

    21 - 24 stitches = 4”

    3.75mm-4.5mm needles

    We received 5 colours in our order and more will be coming later this summer.

    Lynn took home a ball of #2 to knit another Ranunculus. She loves hers but Noro discontinued the yarn she used. 

    Lynn used Noro Kumo - 2 skeins with a bit leftover. By her yardage we think that she will be able to knit the sweater with one ball of Kakigori. 

    Ranunculus is a top-down round yoke pullover with lace and textured stitches. I have designed yoke pattern to look like wearing layers of necklace. I have knitted short rows between neck ribbing and yoke pattern not only on back bit also on front, so that neckline has a bit boat neck shape and yoke pattern has necklace look. The round yoke has ample depth and finished pullover has cropped length so that you can lay it over dresses or high-waisted skirts and pants. If crops aren’t your style, please adjust body to your favorite length. 

    You can choose from smaller or wider neckline,  and short sleeves or long puff sleeves with/without diagonal cuff line.

    You can use lace, light fingering to worsted weight yarn. The degree of transparency depends on the weight of yarn. Knitting with thin yarn on big needle gives light, transparent and airy texture to this pullover. Using thicker yarn or holding two yarns together adds more weight, and more structured look.

    I write a lot about Ranunculus but haven’t read through the pattern page on Ravelry for a while. The sweater is now available in 11 sizes. I just purchased it and will read through it tomorrow better. From quickly skimming the pages it looks to be well written.
    Lynn straightened up our Rasta shelf and it is looking good. The tags are nicely tucked away and the shelves are labeled to make it easier to find colours. 

    It’s 8:30, dad and Lucy have left, the dishwasher is going and it’s time to sit and knit.

    Wednesday, May 18, 2022

    Short-Sleeved Tee

    Summer Sorrel is a pattern from Wool & Pine. I saw it on Instagram this morning and fell in love. You can purchase the pattern on the Wool & Pine website.

    Summer Sorrel is a charming short-sleeved tee for effortless everyday wear. We made quite a few changes from the original Sorrel including a flattering wide-neck featuring a beautiful I-cord collar, deeper dips, short rows at the back of the neckline for a comfortable fit and a loose casual drape using one-strand of fingering weight yarn. 

    We also changed up the way the increases are worked and omitted the twisted purls! Suffice it to say, there’s plenty of NEW to keep your needles happy and entertained! 

    Construction: Knit seamlessly top-down in the round, the body of the tee is worked inside out for the ease of working in knitted stockinette stitch rather than purling! 

    Get Creative! Dive into your stash, Summer Sorrel looks beautiful in your favorite color or faded, our stashbusting sample used 3 colors for a gorgeous summery fade! 

    Pattern includes written and charted instructions as well as video tutorials and written explanations for special stitches.

    Wool & Pine used fingering weight sock yarn. Take a look at Hedgehog Sock for great colour options.

    📷 © Wool & Pine

    Mr. UPS came with a box from Spincycle. We have 3 brand new colours of Dream State.
    Bright Idea
    Ghost Ranch
    Valley Girl
    Lynn’s Inclinations Cowl is growing. Her colours look fantastic. She has started the decreases and is further than I am. 

    Beth and Jackson are at puppy school. Boscoe is asleep on the couch so I’m going to sign off and get knitting.

    Tuesday, May 17, 2022

    Yarn Show

    I booked a plane ticket to Chicago today. I’m going for a yarn show at the end of June.
    It will be the first yarn show since June 2019. The show is by the airport but I have booked an extra day to go into Chicago.
    Here are pictures from previous shows. Before COVID I went to the US twice a year to see new yarns, books, needles, accessories and anything else yarn.

    This year the show is being put on by a different group. I can’t wait to see what the show floor looks like.

    I can’t wait to see yarn friends that I haven’t seen in a long time. 

    I’m trying to figure out which shawls I’m taking. It is going to be hot in Chicago in June but I have to wear something knit. It amazes me how many people working in the booths as well as yarn shop owners who don’t wear something they have knit. I thought about trying to get a new shawl knit but that isn’t going to happen.

    Dad and Lucy stopped by the store today.
    My Inclinations Cowl is growing. I’m almost to the decreases. The pattern is addictive - I need to see the next colour. 

    Beth is baking so I need to sign off and help. Then a bit of knitting.