Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Joji Fall KAL

Many years ago a customer came in the store and called Rowan Kidsilk Haze Kid Crack Haze. It has always stuck with me. Knitters are addicted to Kidsilk Haze. The colour palette was great but now it’s amazing! 

Rowan has many garments knit out of Kidsilk Haze in their new magazine - here are a few.

 Here are 8 more shades of Kidsilk Haze.

It’s almost time for Joji’s Fall KAL. You can read all about it in her Ravelry group. 
All Joji’s self published patterns are 25% until the end of the month. Now is your time to stock up.

I was in the store today packing orders and waiting for UPS to bring a box from Spincycle. At 4:30 I gave up waiting. As I was pulling out of the driveway I saw the UPS truck but it was going in the opposite direction. I chased it through town and finally caught them and got my box.
Here are pictures from the back of my car.

After I finished my post last night we made 4 dozen blueberry muffins. Now the men have something to eat at 6am when they start and have sugary treats for coffee break. 

It’s time for The Amazing Race Canada so I’m going to say goodnight.

Monday, August 15, 2022

Kidsilk Haze Celebration

In Rowan Magazine 72 we celebrate 20 years of Kidsilk Haze! This iconic yarn has been a mainstay in the Rowan range for two decades and remains a firm favourite with knitters all over the world. To mark the occasion, they have introduced 39 new shades, creating a true paintbox palette, which is explored in the main magazine story Kidsilk Haze Celebration. Your favourite Rowan designers bring a beautiful collection, photographed against the statuesque backdrop of a grand stately home. 

The second story, Texture In Nature, continues with the celebratory theme, this time championing British yarn, Moordale. Lisa Richardson’s classic autumn winter collection delivers in both style and practicality, with timeless nature-inspired designs which will transcend the autumn winter seasons. This British yarn is truly at home in the Yorkshire countryside, the backdrop to this beautiful story. 
Rowan Magazine 72 is available for preorder on our website. The magazine will be available on September 1st.

Rowan is introducing 39 new colours of Kidsilk Haze on September 1st. I didn’t make a mistake. 39 colours. We have no clue where they will go but I ordered them all. I will show the rest of the colours throughout the week.

I received a surprise email this afternoon. Floops are on the way to us. We could see them on Wednesday afternoon. 

The floops Flox multi-tool!

Stitch Marker! Cable needle! Stitch holder! Dropped stitch fixer! Small seam baster! Our customers keep coming up with more uses.

As traditional stitch markers they slip effortlessly from needle-to-needle. 
As locking/removable markers they slip easily into your stitch - you can even work it one-handed! No need to put down your project.

There are two different sets of Stitch Markers. The only difference is the thickness of them. Standard or Skinny.
They are on the website for you to preorder.

I was home early to bake (4 dozen cookies, 2 batches of brownies, 2 batches of lemon squares and a dozen muffins) and now it’s time for more muffins. Dad has a big pour on Wednesday and if dad doesn’t show up with baking then the men won’t work. It has become a tradition and because of the treats dad gets the best guys from all the sub trades.

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Birthday Celebration

This is Rachel from Spincycle Yarns. These pictures were featured in their last newsletter.

If you haven't yet had the pleasure of scrolling through Amy Christoffers' 602 designs on Ravelry, you are about to be very impressed. No only is she a super talented knitwear designer for Berroco Yarns, but she's also the life of the party when we all get together at Rhinebeck each year! She's such a kind person and brilliant story teller.

When Rachel saw her Pressed Flowers shawl, she immediately started putting her four color fade together! It turned out beautifully, with a stained glass appearance where the stockinette flowers pop through the textured body of the shawl. Doesn't Rachel look gorgeous in it?

Rachel used Dream State Rosey Maple, Wololo, The Family Jewels and Melancholia. 

You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry.

Photos © Spincycle Yarns

I loved knitting Pressed Flowers and would easily knit it again. 
My shawl is just one colour of Dream State - Midsommar. I used 3 skeins.

Week 3 of our Birthday Celebration started this morning. I’m not sure who came up with the bright idea that the sale should start at 8am. 😢 I was up early to make sure that the website was correct. I think I need to think things through better the next time I do this.

Tomorrow is an exciting day. I can finally talk about the fall Rowan and start showing pictures. The new magazine will be available for preorder as well.

I spent time knitting today and Elah is growing. I have 4” to go before ribbing - my cardigan is going to be longer than the pattern calls for. I don’t like short cardigans. The Great British Baking Show is taping and I’m moving to the other room to knit.
Breakfast at dad’s.

Friday, August 12, 2022


The National Parks Collection Socks are available for preorder. The yarn should be arriving in the store at the beginning of September.

With many new knitters joining the community post-covid-lockdown, we are, for a limited time, offering our National Parks Collection in our Canadian-made Organic Cottage Sock base. This GOTS merino is shrink proofed without the typical chemical super wash treatment producing a buttery feeling but hard wearing hank with gradual colour shifts. 

All 13 original and 4 new parks colours Tobemory Bruce Pennisula, ON, Cape Breton Highlands NS, Torngat Mountains NFLD, Jasper AB.

Organic Cottage Socks 

80% GOTS Merino treated, 20% Nylon

115g/ 350m 

Gather a colorful pile of fingering weight yarns to knit this modular garter stitch blanket. Two strands of yarn are always held together to create melting marl color blocks. Each section is knit seamlessly by picking up stitches and attaching new sections to previous sections while you knit. Use leftover yarns from your shawls or socks and try incorporating fluffy mohair or suri alpaca yarns into your palettes for cloudy soft shapes. This blanket is a great size for your couch, so you can bundle up in all your favorite yarns as you knit your next project.

This is Stephen West’s new Jigsaw Puzzle Blanket. You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry.

Photos © Stephen West

I worked on Knitting Camp this afternoon and homework will be going out on Tuesday. 

I received this email from Peggy today. Her Log Cabin Blanket is beautiful.

Hi Julie, here is picture of my finished logcabin blanket. Started June 20th and finished earlier this week. It’s a gift for a friend, who is moving back to Brandon, Manitoba. Thanks for the colour selections. Hunter is supervising the photo shoot.

Starting on June 20th and having the blanket finished by August 12th is amazing.


Thursday, August 11, 2022

Lynn is Finished

Lynn finished her Elah last night and it is gorgeous.

Lynn knit the 3rd size and used just over 6 balls of Le Lambswool in the colour Soft Dark Grey. Lynn said that she loved knitting with the yarn and will definitely knit with it again. She also said that Isabell Kraemer writes a great pattern and she highly recommends looking at her designs and knitting one of her garments. You can find all of Isabell’s patterns on Ravelry.

Susan emailed me a pictured of her Elah last night.
Using the Cascade 220 I purchased when at the store in June. 
Almost finished the front. I am going to finish the current skein which should get me to row 11 or so. Then put in a lifeline, use the two full skeins for sleeves, making them 3/4 cuz that works best for me and this climate. Then I will decide how long to make the front/back or the leftovers from the sleeves will decide that for me. Fronts are about 10” now.

I can’t wait to see it finished.

You still have time to join our KAL for Elah. You can find the details in this blog post.

Yuzu Soak is back in stock. This is the scent that I wash and block with.

What is it: Soak is modern laundry care. Clean up with Soak’s eco-friendly formulation. Developed to be as easy on the environment as it is on your clothes, it’s the no-rinse clean you trust and love.

Soak is perfect for your laciest lingerie, softest sweaters, baby clothes, quilts, swimwear, workout wear and all the laundry you love. love it. wear it. soak it.

How it works: Just Soak and squeeze. No need to rinse. Lay knits flat to dry. Wash sets (like lingerie) together. Test fabric for color-fastness.

    • made with plant derived and renewable ingredients
    • biodegradable, phosphate-free, dye-free, sulphate-free
    • safe for hand or machine washing (including HE)

Yuzu: Clean with a peel. Pucker up and give your laundry some love with a kiss of tart citrus + crushed eucalyptus.

I put together some more kits for The Shift this afternoon.

These are the colours that I used for one of my Shift Cowls.

I’m early tonight. Last night I was working past 9pm. Tonight after dinner I’m going to knit. Elah isn’t going to knit itself 😢