Scarf Yarns

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Eccentric Chevron Wrap

A big box arrived from Prism Yarns yesterday afternoon. It was full of kits for the Eccentric Chevron Wrap.
Designed to dip gracefully in the back, the Prism Eccentric Chevron Wrap sits comfortably on your shoulders. The graphic interest comes from unbalanced, or eccentric chevrons: one leg is much longer than the other, which skews the fabric off-center. By mirroring the stitches at center back, a dip is formed naturally.
The kit comes with all the Merino Mia yarn you'll need to make the wrap (6 - 190-yard skeins in assorted variegated colors), and the Eccentric Chevron Wrap pattern. Prism Merino Mia is absolutely stunning. This machine-washable, hand-dyed yarn is 100% merino superwash, with a gauge of 6 to 6.5 stitches to the inch.

We have a sample of the shawl knit in the store in the Neutral colourway. The yarn feels amazing.

Laura Bryant is the designer of the shawl as well as the dyer of the yarn. Her colour combinations are amazing. You might look at kit and think that one skein doesn't belong but trust Laura. If she put it in the kit then it works.

The kits have been added to the website. I snuck out of work a bit early yesterday to do some computer work. The Camp brochure is finished so a newsletter is going out to past Campers today. Then I started a store newsletter. Plus the website needed some updating. I thought there might have been a nap but that didn't happen. There wasn't any afternoon knitting either.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Pleasant Pheasant

Diana finished this shawl over the weekend. It is so beautiful. The pattern is called Isn't it Romantic? and is knit with one String Quintet kit from Lorna's Laces.
The pattern is only available with the kit right now. It will be available for purchase on Ravelry at the end of the year.

The February Dream Club has arrived.
From the designer, Laura Neel
When I felt this squishy, cozy yarn, I knew I wanted to make slippers from it! But, I also wanted them to last for a little bit. So, I made them almost entirely out of Eye of Partridge stitch, which is normally used just for the heel flap on top-down socks. The color reminded me of the bright plumage of pheasants, so the Pleasant Pheasant slippers were born!
These are toe-up slippers that are knit in the round until the heel shaping. The heel is worked back-and-forth with a little shaping, then bound off with a fun, three- needle bind off you may not have tried before - the zig-zag bind off.
What is this squishy yarn? Dream in Color Classy with Cashmere

An exquisite blend of luxury fibers and a refined twist unite to make Classy with Cashmere an exceptional yarn indeed. 20% cashmere lends the yarn an irresistible softness, while 10% nylon and 70% superwash merino make Classy with Cashmere a superb choice for well-loved baby garments and special occasion accessories alike.
The yarn and pattern are $45.50.

There was more Classy with Cashmere in the box.
We'll be making up kits for this simple to knit, Classy with Cashmere cowl. If you like the special edition colour but don't want to make slippers, two skeins will make the cowl.

 Kiss Me Kate
 Singing in the Rain
 My Fair Lady
Evening Flame

I'm going to hit Publish and start on tomorrow's post. There is another new sample and more yarn to write about. 

Monday, February 08, 2016

More prizes

This Offhand Designs Scottie Bag has been added to the amazing prizes for The Food Drive. The first ticket drawn will win the gift basket of yarns and patterns. The bag will be the second ticket drawn. We also have 3 - $50 gift certificates to the store.
Offhand Designs makes some of the most amazing bags!  The fabric and the hand-crafted sewing of each bag harkens back to the elegance of yester-years.  The Scottie bag is perfect to store your on the go projects and even as an overnight bag.
One ticket for each food item. You can also donate cash. 10 tickets for $10. 25 tickets for $20. Donations are being accepted until Thursday February 18.

Please help out. The Hamilton Area Food Banks are in need of food.

Mr. Canada Post stopped by this morning with a big box of yarn from Classic Elite. There are three new colours of Santorini - all perfect for spring.
Santorini's colorways sing along the matte and shiny textures inherent in the yarn, adding vibrant color to warm-weather garments, wraps and scarves. 
Two balls will make the Sanibel Cowl. You are knitting on a 5mm needle. It's quick to make. What a great gift!

Pattern: Esmeralda Shawl (free from Classic Elite)
This pattern was designed in Sanibel (Santorini's solid coloured cousin). I think it would look awesome with the striping effect of Santorini.

I'm very happy with the outcome of last night's game. I have been a huge Peyton Manning fan since his college days. There was a bit of knitting during the game but I was very nervous and had to watch. Hopefully I'll get more squares knit on my throw tonight. Billions is waiting for us.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Mighty Miters

I'm on a roll - the first three squares diamonds are finished. I don't want to lose my mojo so I'm going to keep this short so I can get back to my needles. There is something about knitting with Liberty Wool. You need to keep going to see how the colours are going to play out.

Friday, February 05, 2016


Balls of Classic Elite Liberty followed me home last night to start the Mighty Miters.
Worked entirely in print colorways, this patchwork blanket is seamless. Mitered diamonds are worked from stitches picked up along the edges of adjacent diamonds.

The finished throw will measure 50" x 50". The pattern calls for 24 balls but you can keep adding squares if you want it to be bigger. At this time the pattern isn't available for purchase - it is free with the purchase of Liberty Wool.

It was close to 1am when the first square was finished. Beth and I started talking about how to place the colours. The pattern asks for 12 colours - 2 balls each. I'm going to do 25 colours - 1 ball each. My afghan is also going to be 9 squares bigger - taking it from a square to a rectangle.

I am going to use the 12 colours from last spring (above and all are in stock) with the 12 new colours for this spring (below). We will receive 2 new colours a month for the next 6 months. The first 4 colours should be arriving sometime next week.

The knitting is very simple. Cast on. Knit. Slip a stitch. Knit 2 together. Pick up stitches. Perfect to knit on while watching the football game on Sunday afternoon.

I was hoping to get my next square cast on today but Lynn and I counted yarn instead. We've been playing with Lorna's Laces for most of the day. The Shepherd Sock and Solemate are very neat right now. Did you know that Lorna's Laces puts dye lots on their hand dyed yarns? One of the very few companies who do this.

Thursday, February 04, 2016


I'm finished and I love it. Just in time for the colder weather that is supposed to be coming.

Pattern: GAP-tastic (free on Ravelry)
Yarn: 3 skeins of madelinetosh home in the new colour undergrowth
Needles: 9mm, 80cm circular
The GAP-tastic cowl is an easy knit you’ll want to make again and again! This fun cowl is a great beginner project for new knitters who want to practice knitting and purling, and it’s a fantastic mindless knit for experienced knitters. Either way, the GAP-tastic is a classic accessory that you’ll wear all of the time. It makes a great gift, too.

Mr. Canada Post brought in a box from Mountain Colors this morning. It was full of Twizzlefoot.

There are colours that we haven't carried before and the colours that we used in our shawl.

Pattern: Kaersta Shawl (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Twizzlefoot - 2 skeins of Summerdale, 1 skein of Poppy Trail

There was enough yarn left over from the shawl that Lynn is making a pair of socks. The first sock is blue with an orange cuff, heel and toes and the other sock is opposite. We didn't think there was enough to do two blue socks. Reversing the colours makes a cool pair of socks and helps with second sock syndrome. It feels like you are starting a new pair. :)

Now to pick out some yarn to take home. One project done means that I get to start something new tonight.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

So We Call it Camp, But It’s Not Really Like Camp

This morning has been spent working on Knitting Camp. The brochure is almost finished. Sally and I are working out which workshop to offer on Sunday morning and then we're ready to take registrations.
Knitting Camp is nothing like the camp you attended as a kid. At Knitting Camp you get to choose your day’s activities. Go to class, sleep in, take a hike - totally up to you. Super comfy accommodations with someone else making your bed. And the food is incredible and seemingly endless. The one way it is like camp though, is that you will make great new friends who you will look forward to seeing year after year. Come as a group, a couple (non-knitting partners love camp too!) or on your own. Don’t worry you’ll all be included in the fun.
Don't forget that there is a Camp blog... 

Classic Elite is having a sale in their Ravelry pattern store. Hurry!!
Only 24 Hours Left of the BOGO Free Sale!
All CEY patterns on Ravelry are buy one, get one free until 3:00pm EST tomorrow. No code necessary, just put any two CEY patterns into your shopping cart.
In case you haven't used the cart on Ravelry before - you will see this on the right hand side of your screen on the pattern page. Click add to cart and then find another Classic Elite patten and add it to your cart. (I just tried it and it works).

Here is the link to the Classic Elite page on Ravelry...

I've picked out a few that I really like.
This is Wavelength

The Color Block Bias Wrap


Stand By Me



Glenda and Glendy

Simple Sweater with Pockets


Magic Carpet Pullover

I need to stop. It could be 3pm tomorrow afternoon before the post is done if I keep adding in all the pictures of the garments that I like.