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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Organic Cotton

We received an order from Blue Sky Fibers this afternoon which included Organic Cotton Worsted. 

The Seven Sisters Top can be knit in solid colours (Organic Cotton Worsted) or in the Printed Organic Cotton.

A loose-fitting summer top knit in Printed Cotton makes this the perfect versatile piece. Wear alone in hot weather or under a jacket on a cooler day. The special printed technique of this yarn provides a beautiful mosaic look.

You can purchase the pattern for this top on Ravelry.

I added two colours of Organic Cotton Worsted that we haven’t had before.
True Red

Environmentally friendly and naturally soft making it ideal for baby knits and your favorite sweater. A worsted two-ply yarn in a robust line of colors. 

Pickle

Many people knit baby blankets with Organic Cotton Worsted and Printed Organic Cotton. 

This is the Leafy Baby Blanket (pattern free on Ravelry) knit in Blue Sky Fibers Printed Organic Cotton. I have seen it in a solid colour and it’s a sharp blanket.

Diana knit the blanket in one week - you gotta love a quick and beautiful baby blanket. She used 3 skeins on 4.5mm needles. The pattern asks for sport weight double stranded but we used worsted weight single strand.

There was also a box from Biches & Buches with more Le Lambswool. We have 4 new colours. This is Medium Peach.
Light Peach
Dark Grey Brown
Rose Grey

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Lynn’s Done

Blue Sunset is a shawl knit with 2 Party of Five kits from Sweetgeorgia Yarns. We have lots of kits in stock and they are part of this weeks Birthday Celebration. The pattern was written by Tabetha Hedrick.

This shawl is worked from the center out, with the center body section worked in the round before working each remaining half flat. 
Because of the multiple colours used throughout the pattern, the stitch instructions will indicate LC (for Lace Colour) and GC (for Garter Colour). In the original sample, we’ve used the colours in this order: A – Sapphire, B – Basil, C – Salt Air, D – Evergreen, and E – Fern. 
The stitch patterns are both written (Stitches Used) and charted (p 3 and 5) for your preference. The pattern directions begin on p 6. 
Visit the School of SweetGeorgia for loads of workshops and tutorial resources (including lace and colour play) to help bump your skills and discover new techniques!

We don’t have the colour that the shawl is photographed in but I think it would be stunning in Tanzanite. 

You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry. 






Lynn finished her Elah over the weekend. I can’t wait to see it!

I don’t think the cardigan will be try tomorrow but maybe Thursday.

On Monday, August 15th, I can start showing pictures from the Fall Rowan books. There is a lot to share so I will have easy posts next week. I don’t like keeping secrets and I think you are going to like what you are going to see.

Now I’m moving to the knitting chair. The Amazing Race Canada is taping and Elah is calling.

Monday, August 08, 2022

New MKAL

Casapinka has a new Mystery KAL starting next week.

The Sharon Air MKAL Begins August 12! Schematic for color planning is available right now and will update when pattern becomes available (please make sure you’re logged in when you purchase so it goes into your Ravelry inbox.)

You can use any 4 colors of yarn. Your colors can be a fade, variegated, color blocked, whatever you want. A few sections will require contrast but you will have enough yarn to alter the assigned color when you get there so don’t get hung up on that. You don’t need a lot of contrast for this shawl so that black and white phone trick is useless for this. 

4 skeins of fingering weight yarn (400 yards each.) This is a perfect stash buster and remember that you don’t need to use all of the same brands or materials. You can also mix merino and silk, merino and nylon, etc. 

This is a new shape of shawl for us and rather uncommon. It wraps nicely and can be made longer. It is suitable for the intermediate beginner. You have to just trust the cat. 

You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry.

We have a few fingering weight yarns as part of our Birthday Celebration. Smooshy with Cashmere, Train Case, Soul Twist and Soul Single. 

Photo © Andrea Mowry
Andrea Mowry’s Winters Beach Cardi is knit in Hedgehog Tweedy. We have Tweedy on sale this week as part of our Birthday Celebration.


Skacel (the North American distributor of Crazy) posted this on Instagram.

The ebb and flow of 𝙕𝙖𝙪𝙗𝙚𝙧𝙗𝙖𝙡𝙡® 𝘾𝙧𝙖𝙯𝙮 yarn has had our attention for many years, and we don't plan on looking away anytime soon! ⁠

Two strands of the main ply have been dyed individually and then twisted together for a magical combination! The end result is a self-striping multi-colored pattern, with a bold variegated design.⁠

Now available in over 35 colorways!⁠

75% Superwash Wool⁠
25% Nylon⁠

 I love Crazy but didn’t know how it was made. You learn something every day.

Yesterday was all about Elah. I knit most of the day and I’m 7” past the armhole. Over the next few days I need to figure out how long I want my cardigan.

Saturday, August 06, 2022

Blocking makes the difference

I blogged about Lang Linello just over a month ago and we finally received the last colour.


These pictures are from a newsletter that Churchmouse Yarns sent out.

Our Bias ‘Before & After’ Scarf is one of those patterns that is a perfect balance of mindless and meditative. We’re soothed by the simplicity of the stockinette, and engaged by the little bit of business at the ends of the knit rows that creates the bias detail! And the fabric’s brilliant, post-blocked transformation is always so satisfying! 

With its playful, eye-catching range of self-striping colors, Lang Linello brings even more adventure to your Bias ‘Before & After’ Scarf. This worsted-weight yarn is an inviting blend of linen, cotton, and viscose—breezy, downy, and drapey. Linello’s a great choice for cool accessories and for those who are sensitive to wool. And it’s such a joy to watch the self-striping shades unfurl as you knit!

You need the pattern for the original scarf (you can purchase it on the Churchmouse website) and then you need to download the addendum which is free.

When you are knitting the scarf you will think that it is the ugliest thing you have ever made. It is knit to a very loose tension and your stitches will look uneven. Don’t worry. When the scarf is blocked it is beautiful.

The scarf takes 2 balls of Linello.


Lynn and I (mostly Lynn) pulled out old samples the other day to figure out what needed to stay upstairs and what needed to go downstairs. We found Tensho. This isn’t a new sweater but it’s gorgeous and timeless.

Lynda knit Tensho for us. It is awesome!!! The main colour is Woolstok and the contrast is Dream State. Our sample is the third size. By the pattern yardage we needed 9 Woolstok and 2 Dream State. Lynda used 7 Woolstok and 1 Dream State with very little (almost nothing) left over from each yarn.

More colours of Woolstok are coming in a week or so. You can also use any worsted weight yarn for the body. Cascade 220 Heathers, Highland, Rios…..



Beth flew to Calgary last August 7th to meet Jackson and bring him home. It’s hard to believe he was that small. His colouring has really changed. No more black in him. 
Don’t forget that the next set of sale yarns will be live at 8am tomorrow morning.

Friday, August 05, 2022

Thank You Alex!

My Inclinations Cowl is blocked and sewn together. Thank you Alex.



I used Dyed in the Wool - Rosy Maple and Salty Dog. 

I would knit this cowl again in a heartbeat. The pattern is easy to memorize and you can’t stop because you need to see what the next colour is going to look like. 

In December of 2017 Fleece Artist brought out the National Parks Collection. They are dying the colours again and I have all 17 parks on order. I don’t know how long it will take but I’ll update you as soon as I hear from Fleece Artist.

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

Happy Friday evening. Blue Jays and knitting are in the near future for me.

Thursday, August 04, 2022

Mittens

We have new Thrum Mitt kits from Fleece Artist. I know, I’m talking about mittens on a day that is so hot and humid but winter will be coming.

Want to knit the warmest mittens you've ever worn?  This kit comes with aran weight, soft merino yarn, contrasting colored fleece and the pattern needed to make fleece-lined mittens. A perfect cold-weather gift for yourself or that special person. 

Chinook - 100% Superwash Merino - 125g 

Merino Roving for thrumming 

3.5mm and 4mm needles (not included in kit) 

Adult S/M/L/XL 

Pattern is included

Alex stopped by with her latest project. I think she has her mojo back. She picked up the yarn on July 27th. She wasn’t happy when I asked her to model the cowl so Lynn wore it. It looks really good on Alex.


This is Andrea Mowry’s Velvet Mirror Cowl knit without the mohair. Alex used 2 skeins of Le Petit Lambswool (Soft Green Grey) with 2 skeins of Dyed in the Wool (Dead Reckoning). I really like how the cowl turned out without the mohair.
Photos © Stephen West
Select five colorways of fingering weight yarn and fade them from light to dark in this wavy Westknits shawl. The garter stitch rows are filled with eyelet increases and decrease to form the wavy movement. Short rows create a cascading ripple effect that wanders from right to left. The organic movement in this shawl is inspired by rolling hills and topographic maps. You can customize the length of the shawl by knitting more short row wedges for a longer size or simply bind off early for a shorter shawl.

You can purchase the pattern for Lush Landscape on Stephen’s website. 

I don’t know how Stephen West can keep coming up with new patterns.




I was able to get another 6 rows knit on Elah last night. I think I need to knit 6 rows a day. That means saying goodnight and moving to the knitting chair.