Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Lines and Lines

Our good friend Kate Atherley has a new shawl pattern. It is called the Lines and Lines shawl and you can purchase the pattern on Ravelry.

Kate knit the shawl in a fingering weight yarn.

A big, comfy and cozy triangle shawl. A clever-but-not-at-all complicated stitch pattern provides a fantastic geometric effect, with two directions of stripes. 

The sides edges are worked in stockinette rather than garter stitch, for a more-elegant-than-the-usual look. It starts with a tab in stockinette stitch rather than garter. 

Suitable for knitters with a little bit of lace knitting experience. 

It can be easily adjusted for different gauges and quantities of yarn, the pattern instructions are specifically written for this. It would look great in laceweight or something much thicker.

The store looks like a tornado went through it. There are boxes everywhere. It’s time to make room so that yarn in the boxes can be moved to the shelves. We are going to be offering more yarn and kits on clearance over the next month. 

This beautiful wrap is knit with two balls of Trensetter Merengue. Kits have been marked down.

A 100% natural fiber with all the fun you expect from a Trendsetter Yarn. Soy and cotton come together and are then dyed with an elongated dye structure that goes from natural to a dark color. Along the way, dye splashes and color streaks create added color detail.  

Here is colour 2 in a ball and a swatch of it knit up.
The yarn is super soft and has amazing drape.

Lynn found a stash of Uneek Worsted so we made up more kits for Nightshift. They are available online.

I have talked about signing up for our weekly/biweekly email newsletter about specials in the store. There could be more in the email than what I talk about on the blog. I just tried to figure out a quick way for you to get on the list. I’m stumped. The easiest way is for you create an account on the website and then send me an email and I can subscribe you to the newsletter. I want to figure this out but 8:30pm isn’t the time to be messing around.

This newsletter just went out so if you didn’t receive it then you aren’t subscribed. 

Now I need to sit and knit for a bit. The Masked Singer is on and that will numb my brain enough for me to go to sleep. 😘

Tuesday, May 04, 2021


Laura Aylor has a new pattern called Scooby. What a great looking top. You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry.

This breezy top is knit from the top down with the raglan bodice knit in the round and the stockinette skirt knit sideways and attached as you go. Optional decorative buttons top the back vent where it is sewed together. Choose the size closest to your high bust measurement.

Laura knit her top in a yarn from Primrose that is exactly the same as Spincycle Dyed in the Wool. Laura suggests tosh merino light as an alternative. I’m going to suggest Juniper Moon Pollock for a summery top. Another suggestion is Mrs. Crosby Hat Box - there are lots of great colours still available.

Photos © Laura Aylor

We are very low on Soak so I did an order this morning. Along with the Soak we have more Minnie Basins coming. My guess is we will see them on Monday or Tuesday.

What is it: This bright little helper likes to focus on the small stuff: masks, bras and swimsuits fit just right in her compact shape. Hand wash in style with this small but mighty Soak system. 

    • fade resistant, frost resistant, UV resistant
    • child-safe, food safe
    • unique beveled edges for easy pouring

Minnie Basin 

Dimensions: 12” (30cm) wide x 4” (10cm) tall

Capacity: 5 Liters / 1.3 US Gallons

Full Size Soak

12oz / 375 mL, 75+ washes

How it works: Just Soak (scrub for masks!) and squeeze.

    • Wash face masks in hot water and scrub for 20 seconds, squeeze and dry.

Between washes use your basin to store your face masks and other small items.

I keep mine under the kitchen sink and use it to wash our masks. Lynn uses hers to wash her socks.

It was a good day today. I have my car back and the tire is happy. The best news is that Beth and I were vaccinated. Happy dance!!! So far so good. I feel fine. I was feeling good enough to sit down and rip back the eight rows on my Nightshift. I’m going to knit a few rows tonight and get the shawl back on track.

Monday, May 03, 2021

Positive Vibrations

Positive Vibrations is an interesting shawl designed by Marin Melchior. You might recognize the name - Marin designed Butterfly.

Photos © Marin Melchior

The shawls are knit in fingering weight yarn. There are Several versions. Two that use almost every inch of your two skeins and are a little shorter/smaller. And 2 that use 3 skeins, about 80% of two of them and 100% of your third. There are many other options and choices; including using stash yarns, or “scraps/ends”. The end section of the piece is designed to allow you to end where you need to, or, with more yarn, to make the shawl larger.

You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry.

I put together kits this morning and they are available online. At a great price. Don’t miss out. I’m going to put them in a newsletter later this week.
Positive Vibrations also utilises Marin Melchior's short row construction, but this time you get to use 2 different self-striping, hand-dyed colourways from the Uneek Fingering range, along with 1 skein of Harvest Fingering, hand-dyed with roots, fruits & nuts.

These are the colours that were used for the shawl pictured.

If you don’t want to use a self-striping yarn you can choose 3 colours of fingering weight.
Marin did this shawl with 3 colours of tosh sock.

When I started my car this morning I had a big warning light on saying that one tire was low on air. It should be 39 PSI and it was 13. I stopped at a gas station and filled it to 39 and went to work. When I ran to Tims at lunch it was down to 34. I called my dealership and brought the car in. They called after having time to look at it and there was a drill bit stuck in my tire. It’s fixed now and I get it back in the morning. Beth will drive me to Caledonia to get it in the morning but we have to leave at 8am. Yikes. There won’t be any knitting tonight.

Sunday, May 02, 2021


Today was a lazy day filled with a lot of knitting. My Nightshift is growing. Big problem. My last colour isn’t showing up. The background is still from the purple skein and the contrast is teal. I should have taken from the other end of the teal ball. I need to unknit (rip out sounds very harsh) the last 8 rows. It’s too late to do it now - it’s a tomorrow problem.

A much smaller problem - I wasn’t sure what to blog about today. I went to the Rowan website and started looking at patterns. Fabulous garments and pretty pictures - a great match. You can purchase the individual patterns to these on Rowan’s website.

This is Maple by Marie Wallin knit in Rowan Felted Tweed.

Knit this ladies intarsia and fairisle cardigan, a design from the Rowan archive that is now available to purchase online. A design by Marie Wallin using our wonderfully tweedy yarn Felted Tweed DK (wool, alpaca and viscose) this simply shaped, round neck cardigan has a stripe sequence on the sleeves, ribbing and bands.
Knit this women’s ribbed style bat wing sweater from the Simple Shapes Kidsilk Haze Collection, a design by Marie Wallin using the gorgeous yarn Kidsilk Haze (mohair and silk). The all over delicate cable style pattern gives a rib appearance, with a relaxed fit, round neck and slit detail in the centre front hem.

This is called Feverfew. 

A open lace stitch is used to create this sweater's unique breezy fabric. With exaggerated side panels, puffed sleeves and vents at the hips this striking sweater is designed by Lisa Richardson. Featuring a boat neck, this garment is worked in the deliciously cool Creative Linen, and is the perfect Summer cover-up.

Purchase the pattern for Chard.

This stylish cardigan features an all over cable pattern and shawl collar. It was designed by Martin Storey and knitted in our popular Softyak DK yarn, a lovely blend of 76% cotton, 15% yak and 9% nylon.

Knit this women's lace panel relaxed fit top from the Simple Shapes Kidsilk Haze Collection, a design by Marie Wallin using the stunning yarn Kidsilk Haze (mohair and silk). The top half of the garment is in stocking stitch with the bottom half worked in a beautiful lace pattern, with wide round neck and short sleeves.

Rowan has redesigned their website and it isn’t complete. Not all the patterns shown on their website are available for purchase yet. I made sure that you can purchase and download the patterns that I have shown.

It’s bed time. If I don’t go soon I’m going to unknit and then it will be a late evening.

Saturday, May 01, 2021


The new colours of Noro Tsubame arrived yesterday. I think the colour in the bottom right (#18) would make an amazing ZickZack. I mentioned it a few days ago - here is a link to the project on Ravelry

I’m thinking that the two colours on the left (12 and 13) or the two colours on the right (5 and 18) would make a great Impressionist Shawl (pattern purchased on Ravelry).

Photos © Stephen West
This circular blanket was inspired by the Slipstravaganza shawl from the Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2020. Choose four colors of DK weight yarn and begin the blanket in the center as you increase toward the border. Slip stitch honeycombs expand into bubble stitches, which are both surprisingly simple to knit. Stop after the bubbles for a small blanket, or continue with more slipped stitches and chevrons for a large statement piece You only have to work with one color at a time throughout the entire project. The large size is perfect for a big bedspread and the small size makes a lovely decorative throw.

I don’t need to tell you that this is a Stephen West design. The pattern just came out and you can purchase it on Stephen’s website. 

Learn how to cast on this blanket and how to knit the bubble stitch with my free YouTube tutorial here!

The pattern is written for 3 CC’s, but the Small Size sample features more colors for a scrappy color pop effect. There are notes throughout the pattern to help you estimate how much yarn you need for each section.
My Nightshift is growing. I’m happy that I went back to the 5mm needle. The texture of the fabric is much better.
I’m late tonight because I wanted to finish the third colour. I would like to keep knitting but I must go to bed. Otherwise it will be just a few more rows and then a few more rows and before I know it it’s Sunday.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Before and After

Susan finished her Painting Waves and it is beautiful. She used HH Skinny Singles. One colour for the stocking stitch section and charcoal for the garter stitch ridges. I really like how it looks.

This picture is great. The shawl looks like it has waves in it.

A couple of weeks ago Churchmouse Yarns featured their Bias Before & After Scarf knit in Mille Colori Baby. The colour they used just came back into stock.

We love to revisit our Bias ‘Before & After’ Scarf—and rediscovering how it got its name! Knitting fingering-weight yarn at a more open gauge will make you wonder if it’s really going to turn out as pictured. But rest assured. With some good basic blocking the rather unattractive fabric will transform into a smooth field of stockinette. Plus, knitting on the bias eliminates rolled edges!

Lang Mille Colori Baby Superwash has a self-striping nature that brings even more adventure to your Bias ‘Before & After’ Scarf. True to its name (mille colori means ‘a thousand colors’ in Italian), long washes of vibrant color twist together in this yarn’s single-ply strand. Spun from springy, 100% Australian merino wool, Mille Colori Baby Superwash is as resilient as it is soft!

You can purchase the pattern on Churchmouse’s website. 

Here is a picture of the original scarf knit in lace weight yarn. Mrs. Crosby Reticule would make a beautiful scarf. One skein is all you would need and we found more colours that were hiding on us.

My knitting didn’t go so well last night. I ripped it out and am starting again on the 5mm needles. I found the 5.5mm way too loose and I didn’t like the fabric. Also some of the slipped stitches were really big and it looked sloppy. It’s better to start again after 20 rows as opposed to knitting 10” and deciding that I don’t like it.

I’m really early today. Tonight I need to finalize my tax return and pack it up to send in. Then back to my Nightshift.