Tuesday, July 23, 2019


Today was a day of boxes. Lynn and I packed 14 boxes to go out this morning. Then Nick (Mr. Canpar) brought 2 boxes, Mr. FedEx brought 2 boxes and Mr. Canada Post brought 2 more.

We're hearing a lot about Christmas in July. We have new Uneek Sock Kits in a special Christmas colour. It is limited so don't wait too long.
The Uneek Sock Kit range is hand dyed, full of vibrant colours and soft to the touch. Each kit is individually boxed, and contains two pre-wound matching 50g balls
We have been asked about yarn that looks like Sock Monkeys. We finally have some from Estelle Designs.
The yarn is 50% acrylic, 40% wool and 10% nylon and is worsted weight. 18-20 stitches = 4" in stocking stitch. It is perfect for socks, slippers and kid's sweaters.

We just added more colours of Jawoll Superwash to the store (and I have started adding them to the website). The balls are 50grams - 75% superwash and 25% nylon. These are perfect for colourwork patterns asking for fingering weight yarn. Lynn uses hand dyed yarn for the body of her socks and then the Jawoll Superwash to give the socks some pop in the toes and heels.
Jawoll - the sock wool classic, tried, tested and approved for many years - includes heel re-inforcement yarn to strengthen heels and toes to lengthen the life of your socks!

We have two brand new colours of Erika Knight's Studio Linen.
The Sundowner Cardigan is a great pattern for Studio Linen.

My gardens are loving our weather. Not too hot. A bit of rain.

Now a few hours of knitting. I need to finish Clue #2 of my Perfect Blend MKAL.

Monday, July 22, 2019


We will have Rowan Magazine #66 in less than a month. There are two sections to the book, the first being Bookbound.

Bookbound is one of the latest design stories to feature in Rowan’s Magazine 66. For this story, Rowan took to the streets of Cambridge to showcase the latest designs using Rowan’s premium yarns.  
The county town of Cambridgeshire, home of the world-renowned University of Cambridge was the iconic setting to our story, Bookbound. On this photo shoot, we explored the landmarks of Cambridge, including the King’s College Chapel, the river Cam and the Corpus Clock to name a few. You may recognize some locations yourself!  
This collection includes some of your favourite Rowan yarns; Felted Tweed, Alpaca Soft DK and Kidsilk Haze. Featuring 24 classic yet modern, timeless knits, with garments and accessories for both men and women. 

I mentioned yesterday that Namaste was discontinuing a few bags. Today's better news is that there is a shipment on the way with new colours of existing bags.

The Backpack is coming in brown.
Our Maker's Backpack was mindfully designed for those who are on the constantly on the run. With plenty of room for your laptop or tablet, your latest reading book or planner, and several knitting projects, the Backpack is ideal for those who want to have all their tools at their fingertips. Crafted from vegan leather and including knitting specific features like our Lotus Yarn Feeder (turns your handbag into a yarn bowl), a key leash (doubles as a tape-measure), and a decorative tassel (equipped with an emergency stitch marker), the Namaste Maker's Backpack is designed to help you find Crafting Nirvana wherever you are.
I carry my backpack every day and love it. Right now it's blue (like the one pictured below) and in the winter I carry teal. Alex carries the petal backpack.

It is perfect for traveling. You can fit a lot into it. I have my iPad, wallet, glasses, medications, knitting, phone, headphones, passports... It fits perfectly under the seat in front of you on an airplane.

The Train Case is now available in black.
The Maker's Train Case, which fits conveniently under most airplane seats, was designed with the wanderlust maker in mind. When the case is closed, you can still knit or crochet - just feed your yarn through the metal opening on the side of the case. When the case is open, you can easily read your pattern as it's held in place with magnets against the lid. 

I was up early this morning and started working on the website. I kept flipping to see the report for the newsletter that just went out. How many people have opened it? What links are they clicking? It's a bit of an obsession. I'm not sure why but I take it very personally if someone unsubscribes.

It's still early (9am) and now it's time to get dressed and start my errands. Stop #1 is Home Depot to buy light bulbs for the store. Dry cleaners. Drug Store. The Needle Emporium. If time permits I'm going to visit Terra. There is a plant in the island that didn't make it and maybe there is something to put in. That's sort of an excuse to visit the pretty flowers.
Imagine having planters this big.
We just got back from dinner at The Works. We met up with a friend of ours from high school that we haven't seen in about 20 years. What a great time. Now I need to knit. Clue #2 of Perfect Blend isn't finished yet and Clue #3 came out today.

Sunday, July 21, 2019


We have a brand new colour of Mrs. Crosby Satchel. I will packing some up on Tuesday to send to Wannietta and she is going to make Navelli for the store.
Navelli is a relaxed lightweight summer sweater, knit in the round from the bottom up and featuring colorwork at the body hem and folded sleeves with a tiny peek of contrast color for visual and structural interest. The front and back are separated at the armholes and worked flat with short row shaping at the shoulders. 
Four skeins will make the sweater for a lot of sizes - up to a 51" finished bust.
Waltz x 2
Charles x 1
Traipse x 1

I am working on getting Satchel colours on the website but there wasn't enough time to photograph them all on Saturday. Lynn and I will get more pictures on Tuesday.
I have been talking with Laura at Namaste and there are some exciting new products coming this fall. Unfortunately that means a few bags are being discontinued. The Knitter's Tote and Knitter's Foldover Bag are being retired. Don't miss out on your chance to have one of these bags.

This afternoon I could hear music outside. Kid's nursery rhyme music. Then I found out why. The ice cream truck was in our neighbourhood. Everyone went running. Young and old.

Watch your inbox - an email newsletter is going out in the morning.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

The Knitting Pilgrim

I had a whole blog post written in my head and then Kirk Dunn stopped in. After talking with Kirk and then downloading these amazing pictures from his website I decided that I'll save my other pictures for tomorrow. Nothing I have can compare to these.

I first met Kirk 15 years ago as he was starting his journey to knit these amazing stained glass windows. They are huge. They are amazing. Can you imagine trying to block them? I think that Alex might be crying right now thinking about that.
Kirk stopped in today to talk about his show The Knitting Pilgrim.


An international textile exhibition, one-hour theatrical play and talkback tour about knitting together the Abrahamic faiths. 
Kirk Dunn has been knitting Stitched Glass, his textile installation of 3 hand-knit tapestries, each 5 ft by 8 ft in size, exploring the commonalities and differences of the Abrahamic faiths, for 15 years. Starting in May of 2019, Ergo Arts Theatre will tour the textile exhibition alongside a one-hour theatrical play called The Knitting Pilgrim, performed by Kirk, animating the exhibition. The evening of exhibition and play can also feature a panel discussion about the issues of interfaith understanding, compassion and empathy.  


The Knitting Pilgrim is a one-act interdisciplinary performance using theatre, image projection and the remarkable Stitched Glass tapestries which explore the commonalities and conflicts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The play, performed by Kirk Dunn, recounts his fifteen-year artistic and spiritual journey of hand-knitting the ambitious project, and his hope to contribute to the vital conversation about xenophobia, interfaith strife and fear of the other.

You can see The Knitting Pilgrim in Hamilton during the Hamilton Fringe Festival. Then he will be visiting other Ontario locations.

Kirk’s commitment to seeing this remarkable 15-year project through is outstanding. He has taken an accessible medium like knitting and not only placed it in the Museum, but used it to communicate ideas that can help repair our social fabric. And then to combine it with a piece of theatre - that is to truly create a unique offering. 
— Nataley Nagy, Executive Director, Kelowna Art Gallery

In the knitting world where grey and beige plain sweaters seem to rule, how extraordinary to find this energetic man knitting such detailed and intricate color. I applaud his moxie!”
— Kaffe Fassett, Textile Artist

The Knitting Pilgrim is astounding and the opportunity to engage with it and Kirk’s amazing story-telling talent is a much needed balm for our age, for any age.”
— Peter Smith, Project & Creative Director, Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity

Friday, July 19, 2019

Visitors in the garden

 Ambah O'Brien has a new pattern. This is the Zea Wrap.
Enjoy knitting Zea Wrap, a mosaic and slip stitch knitting extravaganza. It is designed to be knit with ten mini skeins and a contrasting colour. You are only limited by your imagination; use a fade set, create a rainbow, gather up all those cherished leftovers or knit yourself a sophisticated two colour version. Test your colour ideas with the handy colour-in schematic. Each stitch will be a fun adventure as you watch the pattern emerge, resulting in a stunning wrap you’ll wear with pride.Pattern includes both charted and written instructions for the mosaic sections.
Fingering weight 
MC: 800 yd/732 m 
CC: Either 800 yd/732 m or a ten-colour mini set, each skein consisting of 80 yd/74 m.
Colours in gradient sets will be referred to as CC1 through CC10.

Here is Clue #2 of Perfect Blend. I'm on colour four and from here I will do colour three, two and one. Then this clue is finished. I should have this finished in time for the next clue on Monday.

I've talked about the deer that like to hang out in my garden. I haven't seen any signs of them lately but there was another friend yesterday. On two different occasions I saw a baby skunk.
You can see a little black tail in the middle of the picture behind the parking curb. I didn't want to get too close. According to my dad (and everyone knows that their dad is right) a skunk makes a great pet. Yes, he did say that you need to have the skunk fixed so that it doesn't spray. Now Beth wants to find it and make it a pet for their office. Imagine someone walking through the front door and being greeted by a skunk.