Scarf Yarns

Friday, September 04, 2015

Shawl Pins

At the last trade show, Bonnie Bishoff debuted new shawl pins in wild colours. Mr. Canada Post just brought in a box full of them.
I loved them and asked her if she could use those colours in bigger shawl pins. She did and they look amazing!

I am the only shop in North America who has the large shawl pins in these colours.

There are new pewter pins as well.

I forgot to bring my knitting with me today. Seriously. This has to stop. I used the time to finish a scarf that Beth knit. There were ends to sew in. Some day she is going to learn how to do it. But probably not. It's easier to have Cathy, Lynn or myself do it for her.

Pattern: Fernanda Circular Scarf (pattern purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: 2 balls of Freia Bulky

We decided to leave it as a scarf and not join into a cowl.

Since there wasn't any knitting today, it's time to do some now.

Thursday, September 03, 2015


Mr. Canada Post brought in a box from Lynda this morning

Pattern: Gale (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Charly Print Melange from Filatura di Crosa
Needles: 5mm and 6.5mm

Our model is the smaller size and took 12 balls. If you choose the larger size you will need 14 balls of Charly. Not a fan of a multi-coloured yarn? Charly also comes in solid colours and tweeds.

I was going to ask Lynn to put the poncho on for pictures but it was a little warm. Feels like 38. Ugh. I'm sorry for everyone who had to work outside today. I'm sorry that I complained about the heat when I was able to work inside.
The yarn from Fiberstory arrived. I've decided that the colours really aren't that nice so the yarn won't be going on the shelf and it's all going home with me :) The colours are more beautiful than I remembered. The yarn will be available in the store this week and the beginning of next week. It will be packed up Thursday to head to Kitchener.

It's double eviction night on Big Brother. Always a good evening. Plus we have The Amazing Race from last night to watch. More knitting for me. I'm working on a cowl in Classy with Cashmere.

The yarn is super soft and the colours are amazing!

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Party of Five

The Party of Five kits from sweetgeorgia yarns are on the way from Vancouver. I think that they could be in the store tomorrow sometime.
These five-colour gradient sets are currently available in Tough Love Sock. Each set contains five 105-yard mini-skeins for a total of 525 yards.

What will a kit make? How about Magmatic Boom (pattern purchased on Ravelry)

This is sweetgeorgia's sample from TNNA. They added beads for a bit of bling. I have finished mine and it just needs to have the ends sewn in. The Tough Love Sock is amazing to knit with. And Felicia's colours choices are great.

In case you missed our newsletter that went out yesterday, some of the sock yarns in the store are on sale.
For the month of September, all in stock, commercially dyed sock yarns are on sale. 

20% off
10 or more balls 25% off
20 or more balls 30% off
Lana Grossa
These are the self-striping or self-patterning sock yarns. 

These yarns are a blend of superwash wool and nylon. 100grams will make a pair of ladies socks.

Not included in the sale - madelinetosh, Mrs. Crosby, Lorna's Laces, Malabrigo, Manos, Fiberstory, Prism, SweetGeorgia, Mountain Colors, Dream in Color, Classic Elite, Freia Fibers and Zen Yarn Garden.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

September Dream Club

The September Dream Club has arrived.

The colour is amazing!

The yarn is Jilly. 100% superwash merino. 400m / 440 yards

The pattern
Something Autumnal,  a shawl by Romi Hill: a beautiful, traditionally German, “Handtuch” shaped shawl with a slight curve to the edges which fits gracefully over the shoulders. 
The cost is $29.75. This is for the yarn and a Ravelry code to download the pattern.

Also in the box from Dream in Color

Classy with Cashmere. There are 12 colours, 2 skeins each.

The cowl is finished. Yes, I even sewed in the ends (all two of them)

Pattern: Jetsetter (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Freia Bulky - one ball - I used the colour Nautilus
Needles: 12mm, 60cm circular

Our football draft went fairly well last night.
Our team is Girls Rule. B isn't too bad. I think we received a D last year so we're moving up.

I'm sitting in my sewing room/office working on a blog post, Camp, updating the website and the Knitter's Fair all at the same time. There are two computers on and my printer is humming. I'm trying to finish up quickly so that I can see the Jays game. There is also a ball of yarn calling my name. Of course I brought home some Classy with Cashmere to try.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Fiberstory Gradient

I've been updating the status on our shipment from Fiberstory and it has crossed the border. I'm being very optimistic thinking it might arrive tomorrow. My best guess is Wednesday.

Many have asked about the pattern for this cowl. Sarah from Fiberstory emailed me and the pattern is called the Crosshatch Cowl (a free pattern) from The Purl Bee.

Sarah made the following modifications to the pattern to work with the gradient kits.
In order to use the gradient kit most effectively, I used the following modifications: 
Cast on 372 sts with darkest color in gradient. (would obviously work starting with the lightest color, as well! 
color 1: Work 5 rounds in pattern 
colors 2-6: Work 6 rounds. 
color 7: Work 5 rounds. 
Bind off in pattern. 
The cast on and bind off rows are counted as the 6th round for the lightest and darkest colors, making each band of color approximately 6 rows wide. 
Sarah used an 8mm needle.

This is going to be a short post. Tonight is our draft for fantasy football. I haven't even looked at it yet. Normally it's like being back in school - studying and making notes. I should take a look at a few websites for a bit of information before we start.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Lazy Sunday

Jetsetter is finished. I'll get pictures on a mannequin on Tuesday when I'm back in the store - lying on the counter doesn't do it justice. I was going to block it (today was blocking day) but I had it on and like how it fits and lies and decided to leave it.
Magmatic Boom is drying. The Sweetgeorgia Party of 5 kits should be leaving Vancouver on Monday or Tuesday so I'd say we should have them the beginning of next week.
It was a lazy day at our house. Melo snuggled in on the couch for a while. Our dogs are all about comfort.

Now it's time to get to my Camp knitting. Beth and I are teaching a class and I need to get my sample finished. Who am I kidding? It's not going to be finished but I need to get more knit than I have now. Big Brother tonight. Who is going to win HOH???

Saturday, August 29, 2015


I cast on a new cowl project last night. I had two rows of the moss stitch finished when I went to bed. The plan was to work on it at work today.
Pattern: Jetsetter (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: 1 ball of Freia Bulky
Needles: 12mm, 60cm circular

It was a very good plan until I forgot it this morning. What was I going to do in the store? I was tempted to wind a skein of yarn and start something else but instead I finished Holi Party.
Finished. All ends sewn in. We just need to add the buttons. Then Beth went to the golf course (passing by the store) so she dropped off the cowl and I'm about half way finished.

The pattern for Holi Party is very well written and easy to follow. There are some wrap and turns but they are not difficult and I think that if you watch a how to video you can master them pretty easily.

Yes, I'm a bit obsessed with bulky yarns right now. That is going to change this week. I'm going to be choosing between Mechita, Jilly with Cashmere and Fiberstory Fave Sock for my next project. Talk about going from one extreme to the other.