Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Tweedy

Surprise - we have a very small shipment of Hedgehog Tweedy coming Thursday or Friday. There are only 40 skeins so don’t wait. It is on the website for you to order.
Hedgehog has an amazing shawl pattern called Fortune Cookie that takes 4 skeins of Tweedy. The pattern is free.

Large, generous wrap to keep the chill off on cold nights. Beautiful knitted lace motif that is lace on both right and wrong sides, but it is not too difficult. Finished off with a ribbed edging. 

It’s a very generously sized shawl. You can make a smaller version easily by omitting a repeat (or two!) from the body section. 

Chart only, no written instructions. 

Skills necessary: Chart reading, yarn over, ssk, k2tog, p2tog, p2tog tbl, blocking of the finished piece. 

Needle: 4mm, the longest cable you have. The shawl is knitted flat, however the circular needle will provide more room for the large number of stitches towards the end.





Brian Smith has a beautiful shawl knit with 3 skeins of Tweedy. You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry.


Photo © Andrea Mowry
Andrea Mowry’s Winters Beach Cardi is knit with Tweedy. You can purchase the pattern on her website.

When it comes to tweed yarn, I immediately begin dreaming of cables. I wanted to create a cozy cardigan with a no-fuss style. Winters Beach is worn open and is the perfect layering sweater - complete with pockets, of course. This sweater is knit from bottom up to the shoulders, then sleeves are picked up around the armholes and knit down. Pockets are placed while knitting the body of the sweater and finished at the end.

Doreen has a new shawl and it is gorgeous. She used one of our Pressed Flowers kits.

I finished my press flowers.  Love the shawl and the yarn is so soft.  Had a problem reading the chart in the beginning but once I got going this pattern is almost addictive.  Very easy to do.  Love the colour combinations. The purple red variegation looks like colours of the the flowers.  I could see doing this again in a bright colour scheme.

She added an I-Cord bind off to frame the pattern better.

Beth and I laid out the squares. I definitely need to add some blues. The squares are addictive. You really want to see what the next colour is going to look like and then you want to see what the next square is going to look like. Once you have knit a square they are mindless - very easy to carry around with you. One ball and one needle.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Today’s a good day

Lynn is away at the cottage and has been busy knitting. She loves hand knit dish clothes and took a ball of Ty Dy Cotton with her.

Hi Julie,

Well I won the yarn chicken dishcloth game with the Ty Dy Cotton. I have attached a picture of the four dishcloths (yes 4 with one ball) that I knit using the Knit One Crochet Two Ty-Dy Cotton in colour 698. I haven't sewn in the ends just to show that I have used every inch of cotton.  Ty-Dy cotton is really nice to work with, I would definetly recommend it for face cloths as well as dishcloths.

Here is a list of the four patterns I used:

  • Top left is Gramma's Dishcloth by PJ Allen ( I knit the No Holes version)
  • Top right is Amour Dishcloth by The Kitchen Sink Shop 
  • Bottom left is Double Dutch by The Kitchen Sink Shop
  • Bottom right is Traditional Dishcloth by Staci Perri (I knit the rectangle version)

I knit the discloths in the order above, when I was finished the first three I had a little over 9 grams left. I found the rectangle pattern and was able to complete it with inches left. It is always a good knitting day when we use every inch of the ball!!

I asked Lynn what size needles she used for the squares.

For Amour and Double Dutch I used 3.75 mm, I also cast on 2 extra stitches and slipped the first stitch with yarn in front to give a nice edge. 

I am pretty sure I used 5mm for Gramma's Dishcloth and the rectangle one. I always go up in needle size because I am tight knitter. 

This is what was left over after Lynn sewed in her ends. 

There are great colours of Ty Dy Cotton available.

Then Lynn went back to her Vertices Unite.

Here is a picture of my Vertices Unite. I just started section 5, hopefully I will get most of the main body done tomorrow on the car ride home.

I can't believe this is my first Stephen West, does that make me a real knitter now....LOL. I have been loving the TML (tosh merino light).

I placed an order with Madelinetosh today and we are adding their new Wool/Cotton to our inventory. These won’t be arriving until July but here is a sneak peek.

We are so excited about this blend of 50% Superwash Merino + 50% Pima Cotton. It's super soft! The color on this yarn is more muted then it's superwash friends. The wool dyes, but the cotton does not. Creating a beautiful soft color with a vintage melange feel.

DK weight 219 Yards / 200 Meters 

100 Grams / 3.5oz 

Gauge: 20-22 sts for 4 with US 6-7 (4mm-4.5mm) needles

Mr. UPS dropped off a box of Kureyon just as I was heading home. Yummy. I did take a ball to start another square tonight.

We were busy yesterday baking banana bread for dad and then feeding him steak dinner. By the time the golf was over and they left I wasn’t up to writing. I did finish more squares. Pictures tomorrow.

It’s a good day today because dad got his second shot. Beth and I are booked for our second shots at the end of June. Our original date was mid August so this is great news.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Rocking Again

Sarah has a new sweater. Surprise, surprise. She knit Tanis’ Rock It Tee again. Sarah loves this sweater. Everyone that she has made fits her perfectly.

Thank you John for the great pictures.

From Tanis

I used to think that summer knits weren’t for me, boy was I wrong! There is nothing more comfortable than an easy breezy knit top. Over the past few years I’ve been working steadily towards building up my summer knits wardrobe. I’ve got a few summer knits in my closet now but what I realize was missing is a staple, go-to, v-neck tee. I’ve chosen to create tone on tone stripes by alternating between fingering and mohair yarn in my favourite shade of blue, but this basic shape lends itself to infinite possibilities when it comes to stripes and colour blocking.

Knit top down, flat until the neck shaping is complete and in the round after that.

You can purchase the pattern on Tanis’ website

Sarah used a fingering weight yarn from her stash. She knit the 4th size for a ‘nice flowy fit’ and omitted the eyelet detail on the side.




Mine is sitting beside my knitting chair. I’m past the neck and working around and around for the body. I need to pull it out and finish it. I say that about a lot of projects 😘

You can knit the sweater in a yarn that is slightly thicker than fingering. Lynn made hers in Pollock which is closer to a sport weight.

She used 3 balls of Juniper Moon Pollock (colour 112 Lavender Mist) on 3.75mm needles. 



This is how I have been working for the past few days - a pop up in the corner of my iPad screen with the golf on.


You might not know that we have pretty stitch markers available on the website. They are like jewelry for your knitting needles. These stitch markers are made in BC. 
Why did I think about these today? Because I spilled the basket of them twice while I was in the store. And then Beth spilled them.

Friday, June 18, 2021

B & R

Sherbet Fizz is a summery confection of shawls that prove to be more-ish knitting, try to stop at just one. 

Choose between small and large in fingering weight or the DK weight version, and knit up a lightweight shawl that will be a delight to throw on for a touch of warmth on cooler days. Simple lace alternating with garter rows keeps it interesting and not too challenging — perfect for a first time lace knitter. 

Sherbet Fizz is easily adjustable to make the most of your yardage. 

The pattern includes both charted and written instructions for the lace.

Ambah O’Brien has a new shawl pattern. You can purchase the pattern for Sherbet Fizz on Ravelry.

Photos © Ambah O’Brien





The colours remind me of eating Rainbow Sherbet at Baskin & Robbins when I was a kid. I’m in the store packing orders and sat down for a few minutes. Once Canada Post comes I can get some lunch. Talking about Sherbet has made me even hungrier.

It’s much later in the day and I’m watching hockey, baseball and golf. I need a TV that I can talk to and it changes channels.

Some days writing a blog post is harder than others. Today wasn’t one of them. I have too much to talk about. Sarah texted me pictures of her latest sweater. And there are a lot of pictures - her husband John does a great job. I’m saving them for tomorrow.

Coming soon!!

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Squares

It’s a big sports weekend between hockey, baseball and golf. I decided that my Brioche should wait until next week when I can pay more attention. What should I work on? How about squares for my Log Cabin Afghan? 
These are the squares that I have so far. Yes, two are already on needles but I started in the store yesterday so that meant a new ball.

This is the Log Cabin afghan that I’ve already knit. It is a great project for traveling. If you’re driving back and forth to the cottage (okay, if you’re the passenger) this is the project for you. I used the Paint Box Log Cabin Afghan pattern from Ravelry. You need to read through to find how many stitches to cast on. If you purchase the yarn from us I have some notes to help with how many stitches to pick up each side.

There are many, many Log Cabin afghan patterns available. This just happened to be the one that I chose. I loved the finished afghan when I saw the picture.

One ball of Noro Kureyon will make a square. We just received colours today and we will have 2 more coming next week - 170 and 332. My afghan took 20 balls. 

This is Cathy’s masterpiece. She made 25 squares for hers.



Don’t get too caught up when picking colours. They all knit up beautifully. If you need help send me an email. There will be more colours coming in August so you can pick 10 now to start and add when the new ones arrive. Here are a few that are coming.







We are expecting a new sock yarn from Arne & Carlos next week.

The Lofoten Islands, part of an archipelago in the Norwegian Sea beyond the Arctic Circle, are considered the most beautiful place in Scandinavia. The grand scale of nature, a breathtaking landscape and ever-changing contrasts inspired ARNE & CARLOS to create unique color combinations.









I’m going to put my feet up and knit for a while. Thank you to everyone who read the email newsletters and placed an order. I was really busy shipping today. Almost all the boxes went out. If you did an order for curbside pick up you will be receiving an email tomorrow that it will be ready to pick up on Saturday.