Sunday, February 28, 2021

Grevillea Shawl

I was able to knit a few rows today and it felt good.

I went back to my Party of Five kits and Ambah O’Brien’s Adventurous Wrap. Garter stitch was an easy thing to knit. I am going to do the first triangle in this kit and the second triangle will be my other kit. As I am getting to the end of my skein I am fading in the next colour. One fade could be ten rows. One fade could be four rows. It just depends on how much yarn I left. If my triangles aren’t big enough (which I suspect is going to happen) I am going to use a third kit to do a few rows on the end of each triangle. That is a problem for the future.

Speaking of Ambah - she has a new pattern called the Grevillea Shawl (pattern purchased on Ravelry).

Gorgeous Grevilleas, a flower native to Australia, come in a wide array of colours. When I was choosing a colour palette for this design, I found myself drawn to light to dark pinky-reds. The airy lace pattern and range of colours remind me of the spiky, loopy flowers of these beautiful bush flowers. The Grevillea Shawl was designed to feature the ten colours of a Koigu Pencil box mini-skein set, teamed with a main colour. Alternately this will knit up beautifully in a single colour: solid, speckle or gradient. An airy, asymmetrical triangle, this shawl will be fun to knit and lovely to wear all year round.
This is a must on my future to knit list. I love Ambah’s shawls and I have some colour combinations in mind. I will try and get pictures tomorrow.
Evolution Sock from Estelle is now available online

With its fun bold stripes and subtle speckle effects, Evolution sock is a great way to make a statement for your feet! It's great for socks, as well as other accessories - shawls, hats, fingerless gloves or even a scarf!

A few more rows of knitting and then it’s bed time. I’m going to spend some time in the store tomorrow. 

Saturday, February 27, 2021


There are two sections to the new Rowan magazine. One is called Cotton Classics and the designs are amazing. 

Martin Storey’s exquisite collection for women blends comfort and wearability with understated luxury.

These designs are all knit in Softyak DK.

Softyak DK transcends the seasons thanks to its blend of cotton, yak and nylon. It has a stunningly soft handle and is static resistant and anti-microbial, which means the fabric stays fresher for longer. The chainette construction makes it surprisingly light for a cotton rich double-knitting yarn.
We have more stock coming with the magazine.

It was a beautiful day in Ancaster. I spent the day resting and doing a bit of paperwork. Another day of rest and I’ll be ready for work on Monday. 

Some of you have mentioned that there is a February 29th this year. Yup. I’m going to blame it on accident head - not really because I don’t have any head injuries but it’s a good excuse. We will draw on Monday March 1.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Lizard Ridge

A bright afghan for a bright sunny day. Mary finished her Lizard Ridge Afghan. It is gorgeous!!! It is a free pattern on Ravelry and is knit with Noro Kureyon. There are 24 squares and Mary used one ball for each square. A few colours were used twice but no two balls of Noro are the same so no two squares will be the same. Mary used one skein of Cascade 220 to join the squares and to make the border.

I spent 20 minutes in the store with Lynn today. I put together three combinations for Jennifer Steingass’ new sweater that I showed a few days ago, Nordic Nights. This is Le Petit Lambswool in Dark Green with Dyed in the Wool Deep Bump.
Photo © Jennifer Steingass
Dark Blue Black with Idle Nights (above) and Dead Reckoning (below).

Here is another magazine coming from Rowan this spring. Union by Martin Storey.

It’s early but my bed is calling. I’m feeling much better but I’m still tired. And I did a bit too much today. Lynn will be in the store tomorrow for pick ups and I hope to be back on Monday.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Felted Tweed Ideas

Here are a few sweaters knit in Rowan Felted Tweed that I really like. If you win the bag of yarn you have a few more pattern options.They are from the publication Rowan Loves...Kidsilk Haze and Felted Tweed. The magazine was published in 2014 but the patterns are timeless. You can purchase the individual patterns or the magazine on Ravelry.

A collection 9 designs featuring a selection of beautiful garments and accessories by Sarah Hatton, which can be knitted in Felted Tweed or the Kidsilk Haze in either of the two garment options given for each design.

The sweater above is called Karla.

I received notification today that we have an order on the way from Malabrigo. We should see it sometime next week. There will be Rasta and Sock in the box.

In Rasta we have coming

  • Natural
  • Azures
  • Plomo
  • Valentina
  • Reflecting Pool
  • Almond Blossom
I wish there was more. Malabrigo is producing yarn as fast as they can.

There are a lot of colours of sock coming. I will start making kits for the KAL when it arrives and put them on the website.

I’m feeling better every day. I have more movement and my body doesn’t hurt as much as it did on Sunday. I might try to knit a row or two tonight.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Win a bag of yarn

Jennifer Steingass has a new pattern called Nordic Nights (pattern purchased on Ravelry). I love the colourwork. Very simple yet effective.

Nordic Nights is a beginner-friendly top down, seamless circular yoke sweater that is knit entirely in the round. Use fingering or sport weight yarn for a light weight and flexible fabric with increased wearability through the seasons. This design was inspired by a moonlit forest on a snowy night.

The sweater is knit in fingering weight yarn so you have many choices. A few people used Biches & Buches Le Petit Lambswool and a few used Rowan Felted Tweed. I would suggest Dyed in the Wool for the colourwork.

Speaking of Rowan Felted Tweed. 

One thing we were able to save from the Edge was a box from UPS with a bag of Felted Tweed in colour 199. I have decided that I am going to give the bag of yarn away. 
There are some rules
  • Open to anyone in Canada and the US
  • Leave a comment on this post with
    • Your first name
    • Last initial
    • Ravelry name if you are comfortable giving it
    • Hometown so we can differentiate between people with the same name
    • The name of a sweater that you would use Felted Tweed for - other than Nordic Nights - that makes it too easy
We are going to draw one name and that person will win the bag of yarn. We will draw on Monday February 29th at 7pm. My dad will choose a number and the corresponding comment number will win.

NOTE: I moderate the comments. Your comment will not show up right away.

We picked up my car today but I didn’t go very far. From Winegard Motors in Caledonia to home which is 16kms.

Boscoe says hi. Yes, that is Lucy he is standing on.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Thank You

I want to say Thank You to everyone who has posted here, sent emails and texts. I’m starting to feel better. Still sore but I’m getting around. I tried to knit a bit this afternoon. My hand was okay but my shoulders are still tender so I’m going to put the needles down for a few days. Lynn did an awesome job in the store today and will continue to do so all week. 

Svetlana Gordon has a new pattern out. Song of Ice and Fire - you can purchase it on Ravelry. Svetlana uses two self striping yarns with a solid for the edging.

A Song of Ice and Fire

This stole matches creative and non-formal boho-style and jeans perfectly. At the same time it’s no stranger to elegancy, and is going to be a magnificent color accent to your favourite dress.

The pattern allows you to change the length and width of the stole as you wish. The rectangular shape allows you to use this stitch pattern for a multitude of objects: scarves, wraps, jackets, poncho, sweaters, decorative pillows and anything else you can think of.

Usually working with short rows requires all the attention. If you skip/add just one row, then the work will go in a completely different direction. But this project will only need your attention at the beginning and the end of each strip. And all the rest of the work you can easily do while enjoying your favorite TV series.

This pattern suits for the knitters that are proficient in the short rows technique.

Photos © Svetlana Gordon

Svetlana’s patterns are a work of art. 
This is another of her patterns called Double Jacquard Autumn Dance. You can find all her patterns on Ravelry.

We have this week’s episode of The Equalizer taped. We’re going to watch and then it’s bedtime.