Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Rhonda and Lorna's

Thank you blogger. I started a post and left for a while. Came back and it was gone. I am going to have to look into other places for my blog. Maybe in October when my life settles down a bit. :)

The draft went well last night and we are happy with our team. Now they need to stay healthy. Last year our first two picks had season ending injuries in week one. That makes for a long season.

Rhonda finished this jacket and will be bringing it in tomorrow. I borrowed her pictures because she did a much better job than I could do. I can't wait to see it in real life.
Pattern: Ayako Jacket from KnitWhits
Yarn: Classic Elite Liberty

We are going to have some awesome garments on display at the KW Knitters' Fair.

Now it is many hours later and when I logged back in there is a whole new interface to blogger. Maybe this explains the problems. Not sure if I like the new look but will work with it for a few days. Some of the labels that I previously used won't work with the new format. When I try to save I get an error so there are new labels for a few things. Lorna's Laces is now Lornas Laces. Knitters' Fair has changed as well.

Speaking of Lorna's Laces, a huge shipment came from them today. They were great about rushing yarn to me. I totally forgot to get yarn ordered for the Knitters' Fair.

Soulmate (a brand new sock yarn-100gram skeins for $28) in
-Magnificent Mile
-Grant Park
-Lincoln Park Zoo
-Navy Pier
-The 'L'

Helen's Lace came in
-Buckingham Fountain
-Magnificent Mile
-Lincoln Park Zoo
-Navy Pier
-The Skyway
-The 'L'
-The Outer Drive

I'm wondering if I can talk Diana into knitting Rock Island for me in another colour.

In yesterday's post I showed Ravinia. It is knit in Shepherd Sport and today's box has some new colours.
-Grant Park
-The Skyway
-The 'L'
-Navy Pier

I showed the new colours from Lorna's Laces a few weeks ago but they are so pretty that I am going to show you again. :)

So I unpack my shipment and start making up Linen Stitch scarf kits. I don't have enough patterns. I ordered lots (or thought I had) but now they are almost gone. I had to put in an emergency call to Churchmouse Yarns and ask beg them to rush me out patterns. They are coming from the west coast so I have my fingers crossed that the US postal service and Canada Post can make good on the 3-5 day delivery time. The holiday on Monday could throw a huge wrench into things. The Knitters' Fair happens every year in September-one year I will be on top of things. :)

Big Brother tonight. Will Rachel and Jordan win POV? The show will be unwatchable when Jordan leaves. I don't want any of the other people to win. Hopefully I will get my Mystery Shawl cast off. I haven't touched it in a few days.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Must have patience

Blogger is acting up again and I can't get my pictures to load. I like the look of posts that are written in blogger which is why I always use it but today I am forced to use MarsEdit.

MarsEdit has decided to test my patience as well. If you know me, patience isn't a word in my vocabulary. :) I tried adding pictures and then typing. Wasn't working so we are going to try typing and then adding pictures at the end. Here goes.

A box arrived from Lynda this afternoon with two finished projects.

Chromatic from the cover of Classic Elite's new book 9157 Palette. Knit in one of my favourite yarns-Liberty. The bottom is knit in one long strip and joined into a tube. Then you pick up for the back and front separately.
Liberty short sleeve
Ravinia from Indigirl knit in Shepherd Sport from Lorna's Laces. I need to sew on buttons. One of my favourite chores.
Ravinia green
Mystery shawl almost done
It was almost midnight last night when I said enough and went to bed. You can see the knitting needle is still attached to my shawl-there are about 50 stitches still to be cast off.
Mystery shawl border
I was afraid that the colours wouldn't show up in the border but you can tell the colour difference. I still have many ends to sew in. Another one of my favourite chores.

I spoke with the company distributing the new coloured wood knitting needles. The shipment has been delayed. They aren't expecting to receive them in Toronto until the middle of next week. I'm hoping they make it in time for the Knitters' Fair.

Tonight is the draft for our Fantasy Football League. Last year Beth and I were very embarrassed by our performance. Beth didn't want to play this year but I told her that there was no way we were quitting. We are playing again this year to prove that we do know to draft a Fantasy Football team.

It's time to hit Publish and head home. I'm afraid that I will get so wrapped up in football that I will forget later tonight.

Monday, August 29, 2011

City Girl-Coming Soon

Yesterday was all about resting. I watched TV and knit. There are seven rows to go on the mystery shawl. Maybe tonight??

I can't believe that Porsche opened Pandora's Box on Big Brother. Nothing good ever comes of it. I love the twist. There is a chance for Jordan and Rachel to stay.

This morning I had a 9:15 hair appointment. There is nothing better than going to the salon. No more grey and my bangs are manageable again. This afternoon was a game of golf. I didn't play my best but I did win $2. The day couldn't get much better. The bad part is that I don't have much to write about in my blog post. To make up for that I am going to show pictures from a book that we should be receiving soon.

I can't wait to see City Girl. Great designs in Noro yarns by Jenny Watson.

Silk Garden Lite
Silk Garden 
Silk Garden
Silk Garden Lite
This collection of 12 twelve designs has been created and photographed in a life style manner with high fashion garments to trendy wraps and scarves. Photographed in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate in the North of England. The collection sits well within a fashion conscious lifestyle. Truly created for the City Girl...
The designs are beautiful!!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Rock Island

I would like to take credit for this but I can't. Diana knit a sample of Rock Island for the store. I LOVE IT!!

Pattern: Rock Island by Jared Flood (brooklyntweed)
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Helen's Lace in Shenanigans

Right now the pattern is available online. Printed patterns are on their way to us-we should have them in about two weeks.

Hurricane Irene is making her way up the east coast and it looks scary on CNN. We talked to our parents this morning. Both houses are fine. There are a few trees down but not much damage in Myrtle Beach. When I got home from work we talked to the again. Their weather is beautiful. I hope everyone in the path of Irene gets as lucky.

Friday, August 26, 2011


I have five rows of garter stitch (on 431 stitches) to go on Clue #3. Maybe I will be ready to start Clue #4 tomorrow. I'm still at home so I hope to remember to bring it with me to work today.

CNN is on the TV while I am working. The coverage is on Hurricane Irene. Beth and I talked to my parents this morning. So far the weather is good in Myrtle Beach. The group are heading to the golf course for a game this afternoon. Dad said that they are expecting rain to start around 8pm tonight.

Big Brother last night was not good. Sad to see Jeff go. I'm not happy with Shelly right now. She keeps talking about how she is playing such a truthful game. We keep catching her in lies.

Next week we will be receiving a new line of needles-Knitters Pride. I don't normally put prices on the blog but I know that you are going to be wondering. What a great gift for a knitter.
From the Knitters Pride website
These needles include the Dreamz line, Cubics (cuboid-shaped) and Rose lines: All of these are made from densified laminated birch wood. This material is more costly and much harder than either ebony or rosewood. Unlike in other wooden needles, water absorption in Symfonie wood needles is negligible and, as a result, there is no chance of warping. The same property makes our needles very strong, enables the points to be sharp and provides a lifetime of pleasurable use, if handled correctly. Please remember that all wooden needles in the lower ranges (2.0mm-3.5mm) should be treated with appropriate care
The interchangeable set shown are part of the Dreamz Line.
The Dreamz line of needles is offered in a full range of radiant color.  This aids in organization and, in addition, provides ease of identification for partially sighted knitting and/or crochet artists
The set includes 3.5, 3.75, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, 6.5 and 8mm needles. Cords in 24", 32" (2 sets) and 40". Retail price $95.
A chunky set is available in 9, 10 and 12mm with 24" and 32" cord. Retail price $40.

I am looking forward to the set. Love the coloured needles.

We also have an set of sock double points coming in 5" ($42.50) and 6" ($45) length. Individual double points and circular needles are coming too.

Many of you still like to knit with single point needles (straights). I didn't forget about you. Sets are coming in 14" length. Retail $100. We can special order sets in 10".
I don't knit a lot with straight needles but the set is so pretty that I might need one. :)

Dear Crocheters. Please don't feel left out. There is a set coming for you too. Sorry that the picture is small but when I try to make it bigger it is very, very fuzzy.
Retail $55.
There are 8 hooks from 3.5-8mm.

I started this post earlier today. It is now 3:30 in the afternoon. Dad called from Myrtle Beach at 1. No golf today. They were getting rain and lots of it. The wind hasn't been too bad which is good.

The more I look at these needles the more I want them. How many sets of interchangeable needles is too many??

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Jane and her husband are away right now traveling in their motor home. She just emailed me that Holly is done. She took a quick picture with a comment to remember that it still needs blocking.
It is amazing!! I can't wait to see it in person.

Last night Beth and I were part way through Big Brother when I suggested we put on the Weather Channel. The storm outside was huge. Across the bottom were tornado warnings for parts of Ontario including Hamilton. Stay away from windows. Bring your pets in from outside. Go to the basement. We were sitting upstairs and thought it was best to move downstairs. No more Big Brother. We know who won POV but don't know what was done with it. We will watch the end tonight and then find out who goes home.

I left for work this morning and had my computer and the dry cleaning. It wasn't until I got to the store that I realized that my knitting was sitting on the kitchen counter. Bad words came out of my mouth. No knitting meant that I started working on kits for the Knitter's Fair. I am almost done. Just waiting on a shipment of Shepherd Sock from Lorna's Laces to finish Linen Stitch Scarf kits.

In case you forgot
Knitter's Fair
Saturday September 10
$6 admission, free parking
Bingemans, Kitchener, Ontario

70 vendors selling anything and everything to do with knitting

It's time to get some knitting done. Many people have finished Clue #4 of the Mystery Shawl and I still have to finish Clue #3.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Take two of my post. I had all my pictures in and tried to add information on the new yarns that arrived today. I ended up with a huge mess.

Let's try again.

This afternoon Ms. Canada Post brought in a box from Freia Yarns. Tina has been busy making yarn for me.

There were two yarns in the box.

Rustic is worsted weight, 100% wool yarn blend of Rambouillet, Corriedale and Columbia wools raised in Colorado. It is a single ply yarn.

Here are a few hats in Rustic-the patterns are available in the store.
Twist Hat
I love having lots of colour in my blog posts!! We had the original Flux colours in stock and now we have the Ombres.

The other yarn is a lace weight. It is a blend of 75% wool from Colorado spun with 25% nylon for added strength. We received the lace weight in all the Ombre shades.

This is the Sonoma Lace Scarf in Grapevine Lace Ombre Handpaint.
One ball of yarn will make the scarf.

Mom and dad are in Myrtle Beach for the next few weeks and a large group of people are arriving tomorrow afternoon. It looks like Hurricane Irene is going to hit land further north of them but they are still prepared. Bottles of water. Flashlights. Propane for the barbecues. A trip to the liquor store. They are ready for Irene.

Beth is yelling at me to hurry up. There is a lot of TV to watch tonight including Big Brother. Time to go and knit.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New Noro

It is good to be back at work. I have been in the store since 8 this morning getting work done. There were some mail orders to go out and yarn to unpack.

While I was away we received a shipment of Noro including the new pattern book Noro Volume 30. Here are some of the designs in the book
Silk Garden
Silk Garden Lite
Also in the box
Eight new colours of Silk Garden

There is a new yarn called Nadeshinko
40% angora
39% wool
21% silk

We have stock of colour 1, 4, 6, 8 10

And the last Noro yarn to come is Hitsuji
100% wool
Chunky weight

This afternoon Ms. Canada Post brought in a box from Pollika. I saw their booth at TNNA and ordered shawl pins. You know I love shawl pins.
The Botanical pin in eggplant. We also receive this in denim, ebony and wasabi.

From their website
Shape size 8cm/3" - 4cm/1 1/2" 
Pin Size 12cm/4 1/2" 
Opening size 5cm/2 1/4" 

Made of 100% wood, color is durable and free of toxins.
Designed in Switzerland. Manufactured in the Philippines.

Due to the handmade nature of our products sizes, glaze, colour and finishes will vary from item to item. No two products are identical
Lunar in cranberry. We also have ebony, eggplant and wasabi.

Eclipse in olive. Also in cranberry, denim, raspberry and terracotta.

It's 10:45 and I was in bed when I realized that I forgot to finish my post. Now to dream about yarn. :)