Scarf Yarns

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Light as air ……….. “Airius”  
This very easy crescent shaped shawl is worked in one piece, from the top down. 
The Garter Stitch shawl body consists of a single row repeat stitch pattern.  
The easy lace border is joined to the shawl body as it is worked.  
The border is written in both word and charted forms.  
Two strands of luxury yarn are held together and knitted as one throughout.  
This design can be worked by either using 2 balls of the same colour or have fun as I did and use 2 completely different colours and make your own unique colour way, it will be truly unique and beautiful!!
Pattern: Airius (available for purchase on Ravelry)
Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe.

The six brand new colours of Kidsilk Haze Stripe should be arriving next week.
This shawl is colours 202 and 361.

This shawl is colour 360 and 200.

Here is the story of Airius

Just over a year ago, I won a prize that you were offering to name your new colour way for the "Color Play Mohair Wrap" - I named it "Royal Botanical Gardens".  Rather than have you ship my prize to me (a kit to make a Color Play Mohair Wrap), I choose to drive to your store and pick out which kit I would like.  I choose the Royal Botanical Gardens colour way and needless to say, I returned home with more than my prize yarn pack!!

Every Fall, my husband and I return to our boat in Virginia and then cruise to warmer waters on our SV Oneday during the winter months.  Last year, I couldn't resist taking along my prize pack of yarn to add to my ever growing on board stash (just in case I may run out of yarn!!).  One day in February, I crawled into one of the boat back room yarn storage bins and pulled out the 4 balls of Rowan Kid Silk Haze Stripe.  Instead of knitting the Color Play Mohair Wrap and since I'm never able to do what I'm supposed to do, I decided to put the yarn and myself through our paces and ended up designing and knitting the prototype for Airius.  I absolutely loved the way that 2 different shades of this yarn just magically worked together and produced such a wonderful colour effect yarn.  When completed, I sent the finished shawl off to Patty McGuire in Virginia Beach for a professional photo shoot.  The resulting photos were absolutely amazing but there was still more work to do on Airius.  So, with spread sheet in hand and because I wanted to create a pattern that used just 2 balls of this wonderful yarn without an annoying amount of leftovers, I tweaked Airius until she satisfied what I had in mind for her.  Blocking on a sailing vessel presents a major problem, so I waited until we returned to Ontario at the end of April this year to complete this final touch.  I then packed up Airius and sent it South to in Virginia Beach VA for a professional photo shoot.  
Beth and I watched Homeland from Sunday night. Oh my goodness. How are we going to wait until Sunday to find out what happens? I am really enjoying this season. Just wish it was on every night :)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Home Again

We had a great time on our mini vacation. We left later than planned on Saturday because we were worried about freezing rain. It never came and the drive was uneventful. We dropped our bags at the hotel and headed to the mall - Somerset Collection.
The first stop was Restoration Hardware. We were hoping to find lights for our house. They didn't have what we wanted but we had fun shopping the store. I made Beth try this cool hat on. The plan was to buy her one but she didn't want to carry it around. We never made it back. Next year.

We spend some time in Pottery Barn. I collect pitchers like this for Myrtle Beach but it might stay here in the new house. The picture is deceiving - it is 15" high. And heavy - I had to carry it to the car. We also bought large baskets. I saw them in Myrtle in the summer but we had no way to get them home. They took up a bit of room in the bed of the truck.
Sunday was Outlet Mall Day. Great Lakes Crossing is huge!! 185 stores. It took some time to see it all.

American Thanksgiving is Thursday. All the stores are gearing up. Look at the hours for the mall. Open on Thursday at 6pm until 10pm on Friday. Yes, open for 28 straight hours.
And a bit of knitting content. This was a display that we saw in Macy's today. Balls and cones of yarn.

Here is Exploration Station so far. There wasn't a lot of time for knitting while we were away.
Hopefully it will be finished this week. It's been a fun, interesting knit without being so hard that you get frustrated.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Happy Sunday

Knit this unisex jacket the member's exclusive free pattern for November 2014. Designed by Martin Storey using Original Denim, a unique yarn that behaves like denim fabric (cotton), this jacket has an all over rib pattern, contrasting moss stitch collar and pocket detail.
Download the free pattern from Rowan's website...

Rowan Denim will be in the store in a couple of weeks.
Denim is a cotton yarn which behaves like denim fabric.  It shrinks on its first wash and the colour continues to slightly fade over time.  Denim is available in 2 traditional denim shades.
I have many, many denim sweaters and LOVE them. When you knit with Denim you knit the sweater and sleeves longer (the pattern gives you the proper knitting length) and then you wash the pieces before sewing them together. They will shrink to the proper length. Whenever your sweater needs to be washed you throw it in the washer and dryer. You don't look after a denim sweater. That is the beauty of it.

The yarn will fade with every washing but it won't come off on you when you wear it. If you don't want it to fade anymore then start washing it inside out.

Looking for other Denim patterns? There are many on the Rowan website - some are free and others are in books...

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bigga Buddy

Mr. Canada Post brought in a box from Namaste this morning. The Bigga Buddy is finally here.
The Bigga' Buddy case is an oversized version of our Better Buddy case; it features hidden magnetized interior walls to keep your metal items in place, a removable interior divider, and is made of vegan animal-friendly faux leather. Perfect for quilters, crocheters, knitters, and general Namasterians alike! Contrast stitching, solid construction, and snap button closure; when size matters- you need a Bigga' Buddy! 
The Poppins bag in Raspberry is back in stock too.

Tomorrow morning I'm going on a road trip. Beth, Bev, Bev's daughter in law and I are heading to Troy, Michigan (just outside of Detroit) for a few days of shopping. I hope to blog while I'm away but in case I don't have time (there are a lot of malls to visit) then I will be back Monday night.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lots of Boxes

We unpacked many, many boxes today.

A shipment came in from Knitter's Pride. The individual, interchangeable Marblz tips are in stock.

We have a new sock yarn. Regia Stripemania 6ply. This is a thicker sock yarn that will also work great for hats and scarves.
75% wool
25% polyamide

375m on a 150gram ball

22 stitches=4" on 4mm needles

Download the free pattern for the socks - 1 ball on 3mm-4mm needles - depending on how tight you want the knitting to be.

For more free patterns with Stripemania....

Of course I took a look on Ravelry. Here is a pattern for an awesome pair of fingerless gloves...

Fluormania Color is back in stock. Want to knit bright socks that your kids can't lose??

One ball will make a pair on 2.5mm-2.75mm needles.

Lynda needs a project. She lives up north where they are getting a lot more snow than we are getting in Ancaster. She needs knitting to keep her busy. I've had my eye on a cowl for a while but there hasn't been time so Lynda gets this too.
Pattern: Pine Bough Cowl (free on Ravelry)
Yarn: Rowan Tweed

I hope she knits fast. I can't wait to see it finished. No pressure Lynda :)

My knitting is progressing. Clue #2 is finished and I'm going to start #3 tonight. Grey's Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder. Who actually committed the murder? I'm not sure where the show will/can go for season 2.

Our house is finally ready to be put on the market. Our agent is listing it on Monday. Walls have been painted. It's surprising how much slobber Roko and Melo can get on the walls. It has been cleaned from top to bottom. Really, really cleaned. Today the tile floors in the kitchen and laundry room were professionally cleaned. For some reason the builder used white grout. It doesn't matter what you do, short of scrubbing with a tooth brush, the grout won't come back to white. It's almost there but it took a special machine. The new house has dark grout everywhere. We won't make that mistake again.

Now it's time to put the fireplace on, make a cup of peppermint tea and knit! Stay warm.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Zen Yarn Garden

Mr. Canada Post brought in a surprise box from Zen Yarn Garden this morning.

Serenity Glitter Sock - colours we were running low on.
Content: 80% Superwash Merino Wool, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon
Yarn Weight: Fingering 
Hank Weight: 3.50 oz (100 g)
Length: 400 yds (365 m)
Gauge: 7.5-8 sts = 1" on US 1-3
Care: Hand or machine wash.

There are five new colours. YUMMY!!
Baltic Ocean
Rustic Wine
Wrought Iron

We have a great sample hanging in the store knit in Serenity Glitter.
Pattern: Plank Stole (purchased on Ravelry)
You need 2 skeins of yarn and 5.5mm needle.

There are new colours in Serenity Chunky as well
70% merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon

This custom spun yarn is single ply and is comprised of the same fibres as our Serenity 20 sock yarn. We added a bit of nylon for structure.
One skein of Serenity Chunky will make Cherry Garcia (a free pattern on Ravelry)

It's yucky outside now. Thank goodness I have the Edge today.
Stay warm and safe tonight. It's the perfect excuse to stay in and knit.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

They're Back

Ponchos that is.
Knit this ladies accessory cable poncho, a design from the Rowan archive that is now available as a free pattern to download. Designed by Marie Wallin using our wonderfully soft roving yarn Drift (wool), this poncho has  deep rib edgings and a chunky rib stand up collar.
The pattern is free on Rowan's website... We don't have Drift in the store (it's been discontinued) but you can knit it out of Rowan Big Wool or Big Wool Colour.

Ponchos are a must have addition to the winter wardrobe this season and we are delighted to bring you a collection of 7 designs from the Rowan archive.This range includes a simple stocking stitch design with garter stitch edgings, a short sleeved cable design and a super cosy cable cover up.
See all the patterns in Rowan's Online Collection... 

Beth finished her cowl last night. I did the sewing for her today. I think it might have taken me more time to graft the stitches than it took her to knit them.

Pattern: Monster Cowl (free on Ravelry)
Yarn: 2 balls of Filatura di Crosa Ciccio

Beth liked doubling the yarn on 25mm needles so she is going to try an experiment tonight. We'll see how it goes.

As you know I like to take pictures outside. There was no way my friend and I were going outside today. It is really, really cold out there. The good thing is that we didn't get the snow like they are getting further north and in the Buffalo area. I hear we are getting snow tomorrow. It's time to switch vehicles with my mom. My car is moving into their garage and I'm taking her Edge.

The fireplace is on and it's time to knit. The kettle is boiling for a cup of tea. There is no better way to spend a winter evening.