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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

ASAP

Kathy came to pick up needles today and brought her finished shawl to show off. Oh my gosh. It is gorgeous - Kathy did an amazing job. The pattern is Andrea Mowry’s Honey Moss. Kathy used Tosh Vintage. 
I wish I could have gotten closer.

We had a visit from Ms. UPS this morning. 

We ordered mixed boxes of Madelinetosh ASAP. 

Super bulky and super squishy - this is one single-ply yarn that certainly lives up to its name! You'll finish projects in no time with this luscious, 100% Merino Wool yarn. Choose from a variety of gorgeous, hand-dyed colorways. 

The yarn is online but I need to take a few pictures tomorrow. 


Here are some projects that I knit with ASAP. Leaf (a free pattern) takes 2 skeins.
The Big Hat is a free pattern - I used one skein of ASAP.
Winter Cove was a fun knit. You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry - the shawl took 2 skeins. This is a super easy lace pattern - great for a beginner knitter.

I brought home a Soak Minnie Basin today and washed some masks. The basin looks so cute on the kitchen counter.
Yes, he is lying on the armrest of the couch.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Lemongrass

I received an email this morning that our order from Hedgehog will be on it's way from Ireland soon. I can't wait. We have a lot of Alpaca Boucle in the order - all out of stock colours plus a few more. Melanie Berg used Alpaca Boucle to make Only Good Vibes (pattern purchased on Ravelry).

Only Good Vibes is a reminder to enjoy the good things that surround you — there are so many of them out there!

This lovely shawl is a fun collaboration, combining Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light and Hedgehog Fibers Alpaca Bouclé to make a soft and dreamy fabric in a gorgeously romantic colorway.

The design pairs garter stitch with lace sections to show what a beautiful world it is when we set aside differences to work together and lift each other up.

A wonderful message for every day of the year.

Melanie used one skein of Alpaca Boucle and one skein of tosh merino light. If you want the colours to match perfectly you can use Alpaca Boucle and Skinny Singles.



I went through my pictures and found Lemongrass (you can purchase the pattern on Ravelry) designed by Joji Locatelli. What a great sweater. 

We used Eco from Cascade. The sweater takes 2-3 skeins depending on the size that you are making.




From a Joji sweater to a new book from Joji. 
We should have these in stock tomorrow and I will get them online.

Revolutionizing the way in which we knit, these slightly rounded square needles promote positive ergonomics, feature a perfectly tapered point and a special no-slip tip texture, and yield impeccably even stitches every time!  Experience the future of knitting…
We received a restock of Addi Rocket Squared today and added in some 40cm circulars.

Now it’s time to watch The Great British Baking Show. Maybe some knitting 🧶 too.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Forestland

Jennifer Steingass has a new pattern. The yoke pattern is gorgeous.

Forestland is a top down and seamless circular yoke sweater that knits up quickly with DK or worsted weight yarn. This pattern calls for just two colors of yarn and is suitable for stranded colorwork beginners since the motifs are simple, rhythmic and easy to knit. Inspired by forest foliage: ferns, pine boughs, cedar - open to knitters’ interpretation. :)

You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry.

Take a look at all the finished sweaters on Ravelry. There are some great colour combinations.


New books are coming in December. I ordered them today and will let you know when they are on the way to us. I’m excited to see both.

Laine Magazine Winter 2020 issue, Rooted, is all about beauty and grace.

It features 12 knitting patterns from 11 designers around the world: Denise Bayron, Aleks Byrd, Maxim Cyr, Midori Hirose, Julie Hoover, Natasja Hornby, Mieka John, Tif Neilan, Rievive, Veera Välimäki and Sylvia Watts-Cherry.

Issue 10, Rooted, which was shot at the Frantsila Herb Farm in Finland includes:

  • 148 pages (weight approx. 460g)
  • 12 knitting patterns
  • an interview with Denise Bayron
  • an article about G-Uld by Lotta Löthgren
  • an article about BIPOC in Fiber by Jeanette Sloan
  • an article about knitting and well-being by our regular writer Päivi Kankaro
  • a column by our regular columnist Jeanette Sloan
  • seasonal recipes
  • book reviews
  • Laine Favourites section
  • no digital download code




Join the Pom team in exploring one of our favourite designs! Our follow-up to Knit How takes the straightforward raglan-sleeve pullover as a blank canvas and walks you through all the ways to make it your own. We offer blueprints for 8 distinct raglans and coach you through choosing perfect-for-you necklines, hemlines, ribbing, stitch textures, and fancy raglan increases. And, of course, we show you how to create jaw-dropping colour combinations.

Our raglans are designed to empower improving knitters with customisation skills, but also to free advanced knitters to fly through stressless shapes, easy customisations, and the joys of colourplay. For the truly adventurous, we even provide a formula to design your own raglan! Let’s all get out our sketchbooks and dream together.



That is Beth sitting in the back seat. Dad, Beth, Boscoe and Lucy had to run an errand. When Boscoe got in the back Lucy jumped into the front. I guess Lucy wanted dad and Beth to distance themselves😘
 

Friday, November 20, 2020

Stripes

I am in love with Stephen West’s newest shawl.

This fingering weight shawl is knit sideways starting at the little edge and increasing toward the wide edge. One main color is featured throughout all the garter stitch stripes. Eight contrast colors are used for painting the waves in stockinette stitch. The stitches are very easy to knit with I-cord edges framing the wavy triangular shape. This design is perfect for using mini skeins, leftover bits of fingering weight yarn, or self-striping yarns.

You can purchase the pattern on Stephen’s website.
Photos © Stephen West





I have colour combinations dancing in my head.
Fading Stripes is a new pattern from Hedgehog and you can download it for free on their website.

Easy, midless garter stitch shawl, suitable even for beginners. Just relax and knit a few rows, nothing difficult going on here. It’s done when you run out of yarn!

Photos © Beata Jezek

We have more minis coming from Hedgehog in our next order. Fingers crossed it will leave Ireland next week.


Someone is enjoying the warm evening.

Beth ordered new cake decorating tips and they arrived today which meant a new batch of cupcakes. This one turned out really well. There was/is a learning curve. It’s not as easy as it looks.

We still haven’t watched The Amazing Race from this week. And I still haven’t made it to the toe on my sock. I should accomplish two things tonight.😘