Wednesday, February 28, 2024

59 & 60

Mr. FedEx stopped by this afternoon with the new colours of Noro Ito.

This is #59
This is #60.

Susan Ashcroft used one ball of Ito to make the Noro Fan Scarf (pattern free on Ravelry).

We also received some 9” circular needles from Lykke in 2.25mm, 2.5mm and 2.75mm.

I’m still deciding what to take to knit while I’m away. I have lots of partial projects but garments are too big to take

  • Tessellated Vest - pick up stitches on armhole and neck
  • Trinigan - pick up for sleeves and then do neckband
  • The Throwback - finish one sleeve and then do the front bands before steeking
Then there are some shawls
  • DRK Everyday Cowl - I’ll finish that in a day so I’ll need to have another project
  • Pelargonium Shawl from HH - that would require taking lots of mini skeins
  • Attune Shawl - brioche isn’t plane knitting
  • Stephen West MKAL - not plane knitting
  • Log Cabin Afghan - I’m at the putting together stage - definitely too big of a project to take with me
As you can see it’s a conundrum and I’ll have to start something new 😀. This also shows that I have a few more than a few projects to finish.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Dear Diary

Alex used two skeins of Dyed in the Wool (Dear Diary) to knit Palmistry (pattern purchased on Ravelry). Alex used the fingering weight pattern. The designer also has a DK, Worsted and Chunky version.

Palmistry is the art of reading the future using the lines of the hand. The lifeline is the most important line in palm reading, and it is the star of these mittens. The thumb gusset is easy to work and creates a clean ridge along your lifeline. If you are looking for a mitten adventure, I predict you will find what you seek in the Palmistry mittens. The Palmistry pattern includes instructions for fingerless or full mittens. This pattern looks great in solids and speckles, but is particularly fun in self-striping yarn.

I’m flying to Vegas on Saturday night. The store will be closed on Wednesday and we’ll be open again on Thursday morning at 11am.
I need to figure out my travel knitting. 

Today was busy between a dentist appointment (in Smithville) and a hair appointment (in downtown Hamilton). Dad and Fred were here for dinner and now it’s time for a bit of knitting. Or a rest. I visited my doctor yesterday and I have a sinus infection. Between the infection and a headache due to the weather today I need to put my feet up.

Monday, February 26, 2024

Tree of Life

Freia Fibers has a new shawl pattern called the Tree of Life Shawl that you can purchase on Ravelry.

The placement of the shaping (increases) is dictated by the random number generator you will use while working this shawl. No two shawls will ever be the same, but they will all be equally beautiful and engaging to knit. This is a great project to practice your brioche stitches, working only one color at a time in a reversible design.

This looks like fun. I don’t have the colours in stock that Tina used but we do have many colours that would make an amazing shawl. 

We are going to have two brand new colours of Noro Ito later this week. #60 is above and #59 is below. I can’t wait for #60. I think I will be using it for a Nightshift.

The first armhole ribbing is ready to be cast off. I was hoping to finish before the end of the month but that isn’t going to happen. It will be a March finished project.
I was in the store early this morning packing boxes. I couldn’t wait for Mr. UPS so I took them all to the UPS store. The garbage bags are full of boxes. There are going to be some happy fiber folks tomorrow when the Big Brown Truck pulls up.

Now to cast off my ribbing and watch TOC on the Food Network. The Voice blind auditions start tonight as well. I think that this is the best part of the show.

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Happy Saturday

This is the Striation Valley Shawl from Stephen West (pattern purchased on Ravelry).

Enjoy relaxing rows of wavy stripes and chevrons with this luscious top-down shawl pattern. Four colors of fingering weight wool and one color of lace weight mohair silk are striped together throughout fabric. The mohair silk yarn adds a delicate and fluid drape to the fabric. I used Punk Rock Unicorn’s Soul base for the four wool colors and their Moe base for the fluffy mohair halo. Increases and decreases form the mountainous peaks and valleys in the shawl. Each section features a variation of the yarn over placements to create large yarn overs in some sections and little eyelets in others. There are so many fun color options to try with this beautiful shawl shape. Choose one color family with light, medium, and dark tones for a harmonious effect or select any five contrasting colors for a vivid and energetic Striation Valley Shawl.

Photos © Stephen West

When I showed the Traveler Cowl the other day I gave the wrong colour number. The cowl is knit with Starke 6 in the colour 2248.

It was crazy day today. Thanks to everyone who visited. I’m writing early because we are having a family dinner tonight. Aunts and Uncles are coming and we are having lasagna (that dad, Beth and I made last night). We’ll have lots of laughs. Even though it’s a small group the house will be very loud!

Friday, February 23, 2024

Cocoknits Project Wallet

We have confirmation that the Cocoknits Project Wallets are on the way.

From Cocoknits

When traveling, Julie wanted something that kept her tools organized, was lightweight and durable, roomy but compact, and gave her quick access to whatever she was looking for. Her answer is the Project Wallet. This standing accordion pouch is ideal for organizing all of the tools and needles needed for any knit or crochet project - whether traveling or at home. It's small enough to throw into your project bag, but big enough to fit everything you'll need. With 11 pockets and 3 removable tabbed folders, it expands to hold all the tools and notions for your current project. The top flap extends over the pockets and is secured with a waxed cotton cord that winds around an all-natural corozo button. It stands upright on a flat surface when expanded for easy access. Made of the same washable kraft paper fabric as many of our popular products; it is easy to clean and eco-friendly.

Contents featured in pockets are not included.

  • Made of sturdy washable paper
  • Dimensions:
    • 5.5" / 14 cm tall x 5.5 / 14 cm wide x 1/2" / 1 cm deep (when flat) / 5" / 12.5 cm deep (when expanded)
  • 11 pockets
    • 5 large, 2 medium, & 4 small
  • Top flap extends over the pockets to close, secured with a waxed cotton cord
  • Eco-friendly corozo button
    • plant based, sustainable material made from the seeds of the tagua palm tree
    • plastic-free and biodegradable
  • Stands upright when expanded
  • Includes 3 removable tab folders.

These are online for preorder. 

Ambah O’Brien has a new shawl pattern that you can purchase on Ravelry. Meet the Florescence Shawl.

Knit up this special shawl and keep this for yourself or gift it to a dear friend. Worked from the bottom up, featuring a floral motif with geometric styling inspired by Art Deco design motifs. Use solid colour yarns or add extra love with gradient or colour change yarns for either C1 or C2 and create an heirloom piece to enjoy for years to come. Choose between the fingering weight or larger DK weight options for this statement project. The mosaic pattern is more prominent with highly contrasting colours. 

NOTE: The colour work instructions are charted only for this pattern. 

Fingering DK weight 
Top Edge: 72 95“/180 237.5 cm 
Depth: 22.5 28”/56 70 cm 
Measurements taken after blocking.

Fingering DK weight 
C1: 400 495 yd/366 453 m 
C2: 430 546 yd/394 500 m

For the fingering weight version Ambah used a Yarn Bomb from Freia with a solid coloured fingering weight yarn.
Your yarn selection is unlimited for the DK version.

Today was really long so I’m going to say goodnight and head to bed. I need to be awake for a busy Saturday in the store.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Moving Around

Diana dropped by yesterday afternoon with the Travelers Cowl that she knit for the store. She followed the measurements and the size is perfect. I was afraid that Lynn was going to take it home.

Pattern: Traveler Cowl (pattern purchased on Ravelry)

Yarn: Starke 6 - one ball of colour 2248 with enough left over that Diana didn’t have to worry about running out.

Needles: 3.75mm

Lynn also put on the Traveler Cowl that I knit with Dream State.

Lynn and I did a thing today. We moved around lots of yarn. Kureyon has a new home. This was the start.
Ito has moved.

The Shift no longer lives at the front door.
The Cooma Cowl moved in beside The Shift.
These are some of the HH skeins that are going on sale tonight. We made a small display at the door and the rest is in the front room.
Rowan Big Wool and Brushed Fleece relocated.
The Kureyon wall is finished. The colors are in numerical order which makes it easier to find colours.

Of course we made a big mess. Tomorrow Alex and I will try to get things back in order. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Slowly Drifting

This is Slowly Drifting - a new pattern from Melanie Berg that you can purchase on Ravelry.

Slowly Drifting has a free Row Map included, which makes knitting more accessible for chemo therapy patients and others who struggle with their concentration. Find out more about Row Maps here. 

The mesmerizing mosaic stitch in a dreamy color palette makes this topdown triangle shawl so special. And best of all, the pattern is formed by simply slipping stitches! The result is a beautiful effect that’s extremely easy to do. 

Just let yourself drift away in the rhythm of your knitting as waves of color flow from your needles.

The shawl is knit in fingering weight yarn.

(MC1) - 324 yds / 297 m used for sample 
(MC2) - 386 yds / 353 m used for sample 
(CC1) - 109 m used
(CC2) - 45 m used
(CC3) - 45 m used
(CC4) - 45 m used
(CC5) - 71 m used

(CC6) - 20 m used 

Lynn and I had a bad start to the morning. Shopify wouldn’t let me make mailing labels. We had all the boxes packed and ready to go. While waiting we started to count the Hedgehog Skinny Singles that are going on sale tomorrow evening. A whole basket was missing. After running around for 1/2 hour we figured out where the basket was. Then the day got much better.
Lynn rearranged the Skinny Single wall. All the Kidsilk Lace has been moved here as well. The wall looks great!

Now I need to run - The Price is Right at Night is on.