Scarf Yarns

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Spring Colours

Saturday's colours. Makes me think of Easter and Spring.
There isn't much time until the Frolic so I'm sharing some advice and planning tips with you. These are from the Frolic coordinators
Tips to Make the Most of the Frolic
  • Exact change for the entrance fee is appreciated.
  • Bring cash and your credit card. There is no ATM on site. Note that a number of vendors will only accept cash.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. You will be walking, looking at booths, going away, and going back again – maybe several times.
  • There will be a cafĂ© serving coffee and light snacks on site. Take a break and enjoy yourself.
  • If you do not pick up your raffle prize(s) at the Frolic they will not be mailed except for gift certificates. You will be able to pick them up at DKC meetings on May 21 and June 18.
  • If you plan to purchase a number or raffle tickets make things easier and faster for yourself by printing your own labels with your name, telephone number and email address. This will save you time for more shopping.
  • Exact change is appreciated.
  • Limit of 2 prizes per person
Tips from me
- trust me, there is lots of yarn. If you don't like lines or crowds, wait until noon to come. There will still be lots for you to see. If booths sell out of something, most are more than willing to ship it to you after the show
- bring lunch with you. Then you don't have to stand in line.
- The Science Centre is very close to the Frolic. You can send your family for an outing and it will let you shop for a while.
- wear something that you have knit. It's always fun to see completed projects.
- if you see something you like, mark down the booth you saw it in. I can't tell you how many times we get frantic people at the end of the day because they forgot where they saw something
- go through your Ravelry library and make notes of yarn that you are interested in. If there is a certain pattern, print that pattern and bring it with you. Also bring information on the yarn. What it's made of. Tension. Yardage. That will make it easier for me and other booths to help you substitute. When you come in the store I can do it on the computer but we have limited Internet access at the show.
- please have patience.
- the Frolic isn't just for knitters. It is put on by a knitting guild - hence the name. Crocheters please come to the show. There is lots of fabulous yarns that you and your hooks will have fun working with.

Want to plan your route?
Here is the list of vendors...
The floor plan of the Japanese Cultural Centre...

I just love this photo from Offhand Designs. The bags are awesome but the picture is so springy and reminds me of an Easter Egg.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Dogs

What a beautiful day today. Roko was very excited to be outside and playing. It was the first day he has been allowed to play with a ball.

 Melo wanted in on the action too.

Friday's colours.
Last night was very late. Lots of overtime hockey. Guess what? Hockey's on again. I've been sewing in ends today. There are just a few more and then all our samples are ready for the Frolic.

8 more sleeps.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


My Clapotis in pashmina worsted. I'm into the third ball. Not sure if the three will be enough or if I will add in a fourth.

Earlier this week I was ready to set it aside because I felt like it wasn't growing. For some reason it hit me last night that it really is growing, and quickly, and I should keep going and get it done. Maybe in time to take to TNNA?

The yarn is so soft and great to work with.
It's not mine.

Kim started the Color Play Mohair Wrap. Now I really want to start one.

Kim finished her second Color Affection this week as well. She used tosh merino light in paper, antique lace and weathered frame.

She was very, very afraid of short rows and now that's she has done them she loves them.

 Today's colours.
I'm in the store watching hockey while Nadine is teaching. I'm glad that I watched the end of the game last night. There isn't anything better than overtime in a playoff game. Tonight there are 4 games. I'm going to be busy.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New bags

Something made me go to the Offhand Designs website and I'm glad that I did. There are new fabrics. And they're ready. Larisa just got the bags. She's doing her best to get them in the mail today and fingers crossed we will have them for the Frolic. I need these bags! They are awesome! I thought that I had enough bags but who are we kidding. Enough bags isn't in my vocabulary.

 Kazul Aurelia
Kazul Octavia
Arya Aurelia
 Arya Zeno
Arya Octavia

I carry my Arya every day to work. It's been my carry on bag a few times as well. I love the bag.
Today's colours of the super secret yarn.

The yarn arrived today. The box is HUGE. It is 4 feet tall. I wanted to cut it down but Beth wouldn't let me. I'm not sure what she's going to do with it. I have a feeling she might take it to her warehouse and make a fort with it. :)

The yarn is beautiful. I wanted to bring lots home with me but that would be greedy. I left it all. I'll pick mine after the Frolic.

Beth's yelling because Survivor has been taped and she wants to watch. I'm taking my time on purpose. Two things are taping upstairs which means that you can't watch regular TV. I want to watch the hockey game. If I take long enough down here writing then I can watch the end. It's been exciting so far.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


I was going back through posts to see what I've shown and what I haven't and I was really drawn to the black and white pictures. Here are a couple more.
Diana knit Jetstream for us. It took 2 skeins of the single ply fingering weight yarn.
Lorraine finished Color Craving. This was also knit in the single ply fingering weight - 3 skeins.

Now the decision. What colours to show today. I wasn't too sure about Winter Wheat when I saw it (I like brighter colours) but then I used it in a few different samples. It is great! A terrific accent colour. French Chambray - who doesn't like denim?

I purchased a pattern last night and it could be my next project. Ysolda's Follow Your Arrow Shawl. It is a really neat concept. When the pattern first came out it was a Knit A Long.
There are five clues, and every clue will come with two options either of which builds perfectly from whichever you choose previously. The result is 32 possible combinations – a really mysterious adventure. In addition, it has been designed to work equally well in a solid colour or in stripes of two colours and instructions for both options are included.

If you want some inspiration, take a look at finished shawls... If you want it to be a surprise then don't go here :)

I'm wondering if we should do this as a store KAL. Still pondering how this would work.

My car wasn't happy to be out this morning. The last few days have been beautiful and then snow. Warm up soon - please - I want to go golfing. I have a new driver that I want need to hit.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Truck of trunks

It's finally left and on it's way to us. There were many phone calls today and I'm a bit worked up but it's coming. It was supposed to be picked up on Friday but the driver showed up late and the company was closed. Anyway, all is good and I should be seeing it on Wednesday.
I'm going to show a couple of colours a day until the Frolic. You had to know that purple would be on day one. :)
Mom and dad have crossed the border. From what I understand the box of the truck is very full of trunks and suitcases. Beth said it was like a puzzle to make everything fit. They had out tape measures and made it work.
Beth just met them with groceries. There are suitcases and hat boxes inside of trunks. Clothes and other things as well.

My CustomFit cardigan soaking.
It's now lying out in my bathroom to dry. When it has dried out a bit more I will lie it out properly to block.

What am I knitting now? Clapotis in tosh pashmina worsted has come out of hiding. I really, really thought about starting another Color Play Mohair Wrap. The yarn came home with me but I decided to finish up some projects. It's a good thought and will last a few days. Then I will start something new. Why kid myself??

Sunday, April 13, 2014

It's still a secret

I decided that I'm going to share a bit about the new yarn today. It's a brand new company, I still can't share the name, but here are the 5 yarns.

1. A single ply, fingering weight, 100% superwash merino
338m/370 yards on a 100gram skein
Derecho was knit in this yarn.
1 skein each of 3 colours.

2. Merino wool and nylon blend fingering weight sock yarn
390m/425 yards on a 100gram skein

We used one skein to knit the Monkey socks.
3. A double knitting weight yarn
80% merino wool
20% silk
220m/240 yards on a 100gram skein
The Squish Me cap took 1 skein.

4. 100% Superwash Merino Wool
worsted weight
150m/164 yards in 100gram skein
The Elder Tree Shawl took 5 skeins

5. Sport weight
75% merino wool
15% silk
10% cashmere
290m/317 yards on 100 grams skein
Ishbel took 2 skeins.

I like to be prepared and it's a good thing. The yarn was supposed to be picked up on Friday and delivered tomorrow. Something happened and they didn't pick it up. The trucking company said tomorrow and I should have it on Wednesday. Thank goodness we didn't wait until the last minute:)