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Saturday, February 18, 2017


Can you believe the weather? I went to work today without a coat. It's amazing.

So I'm working away on my Ambah MKAL and started to wonder why I haven't received the next clue. No one seems too worried that it didn't come out yesterday. Then I looked at her page on Ravelry. It isn't coming out until the 24th. She gave us an extra week of knitting time. Thanks Ambah - now I can be ready.

I decided to show mine so far. If you're working on the shawl then you have the pattern and know what this section is going to look like. If you aren't working on the shawl then maybe my pictures will help you decide to join.
I have 18 rows to go and then I'll be ready for the next clue.

Next week is going to be crazy. There are many shipments coming.
-Frabjous Fibers
-Classic Elite
-a company that is new to us - I will reveal this in the next few days - we'll be the only store in Canada carrying this yarn

We have new colours of Studio Linen from Erika Knight.
We have collaborated with London based Shibori designer Rob Jones who has created bespoke backdrops and bags for us, and inspired our new colours.

Rob says “Shibori is a slow craft, often with many hours of stitching, binding, clamping and pole-dyeing followed by more hours at the indigo vat or mordanting, dyeing and over-dyeing fabric”. Rob’s creations demonstrate his love of fabric and the time spent to produce something original and lovingly handmade, with care and thought put into it.

Like knitting and crochet, Shibori represents slow crafting, tradition and modernity combined and Rob shares with us “a desire to bring something beautiful and different into the world.”
Linen is an ancient, sustainable, natural fibre spun from the flax plant. Flax itself is naturally resistant to pests and therefore practically no pesticides nor herbicides are necessary to grow these eco-friendly stem fibre plants. Flax plants produce large amounts of usable fibre per acre and do not require irrigation.

Linen is durable, soft, lustrous and flexible and will naturally soften with wear and washing.

Studio linen is made from 100% linen.

Cool to the touch, and with a delicate drape Studio Linen is the perfect yarn for summer. With a refined palette of eight essential colours that will work with everything you wear and a clear stitch definition, Studio Linen crafts beautiful garments both in knit and crochet.
408 Kanoko
409 Pyjama
410 Pigment
411 Kumo

Wannietta knit this amazing cardigan and raved about how nice it was to work with the Linen. There will be new patterns coming in a few weeks.

We have many great colours in stock.

The Leafs are on and I'm getting back to my knitting. Maybe I can get a few more rows knit tonight.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Rainbows in the Gorge

The pattern is finished. It is called Rainbows in the Gorge and the designer is Sarah Keller. It won't be available to purchase on Ravelry until next weekend. But I've worked out a deal to get advance copies. If you purchase the yarn we can sell you the pattern.

The cardigan is pictured in a So Fond of Rainbows kit. We are out of this colourway but it will be back in stock on Tuesday or Wednesday. 

We have one of the Enchanted Woodland kit in stock right now. This is the colourway that Lynda is knitting. More of these will be in the shipment as well.
Order the yarn and pattern and we will hold for you to pick up or ship to you later this week when the kits arrive. There will be free shipping on the kit.

You need 20 Cheshire Cat mini skeins for the cardigan. From Sarah
Arrange your 20 rainbow colors in the order of your choosing; sweater is worked from cuff to cuff, from C1 at cuff to C16 at center back, then in reverse from C16 back to C1 at opposite cuff. C17-20 are used in the shawl collar. Cut each yarn after changing color.
I have thought of something different if you aren't fond of these colours. Use 2 mini skein kits (2 of each colour).

You can fade light grey to dark grey and then dark brown to light brown. This gives you 10 colours. Then you will start again at light grey and work to dark grey and then use the dark brown. That is your 16 colours. Your shawl collar will be 4 shades of brown. This is just one suggestion - I can come up with many more ways to combine these kits.

Or you can do something a bit more daring. Take 4 different kits and combine them. Here are 2 different options I came up with this afternoon. I didn't open the kits for fear of getting them back in the wrong package. Imagine throwing the skeins on the table and rearranging them. I think both of these combinations would make a great cardigan.

Lynn tried the Linen Stitch Scarf on this morning and never took it off. It looks grey with her Remy Poncho.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Colour Me Happy

We have a new Linen Stitch Scarf in the store. Lynda knit this for us and it looks amazing.
You need the pattern from Churchmouse Yarns (available on Ravelry or in the store) and then we did a few modifications.
-cast on 550 stitches
-work one row of each colour - that way you don't need to cut the yarn

Yarn: Malabrigo Mechita - one skein each of Sheri, English Rose and Musas

We had some left over yarn. You can make the scarf longer or wider if you choose. You can also use the leftovers to make a fringe.

Lynda is working away on the cardigan using the So Fond of Rainbows set. I can't wait to see it finished.
Ms. UPS brought in an awesome box from Mrs. Crosby today. The new colours are so much better in person!
I mixed some Mrs. Crosby Train Case and Lorna's Laces Solemate to make up Find Your Fade combinations.

There hasn't been much knitting this week. I'm going to sit and work on my Ambah MKAL tonight. No paperwork. No phone calls. No Ravelry. Only knitting. I'm almost finished Clue 2 and Clue 3 should be coming out tonight.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Mrs. Crosby has been busy. Her new colours are amazing!! We will have them in the store late tomorrow afternoon.
I've heard rumour that the colours are named after men from her past. I will try and pin her down on this the next time she is in town.

We received a shipment today from Loopy Mango. We needed 35mm needles and to top up our Big Loop. In the box was a hat kit for the Food Drive Prize Basket. The kit includes one ball of yarn, the pattern and the needles all packed in a cute box. I was given a sample ball at TNNA that is the same colour and same lot. I'm adding it too - now a pompom can be added to the hat.
I tried finding a picture of the kit on line and came across this Nantucket Throw picture. Now I want this colour. The next order :)

Imagine a weekend away with someone cooking your meals and making your bed. Oh yeah, you also get to knit all weekend!!

Today I worked on the Camp brochure and it should be ready this weekend. The workshop on Friday is going to be amazing. I want to take it.

Take a look at the Camp blog...

I'm at the point on Ambah's MKAL that I need a longer cord on my needle. No problem. I have interchangeable Addi tips and cords at home. Not a problem until you start looking. I have one 3.75mm tip. How is that possible? I'll continue tonight and get new tips tomorrow. It was a lot easier when I lived above the store :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I had to cast on

Here's a great new pattern by Tabetha Hendrick for SweetGeorgia yarns.
Pattern: Cumberland (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: A Party of Five kit from SweetGeorgia Yarns
With lace that is decadently simple and a construction that flows, this crescent-shaped shawl is the epitome of delight and comfort. Knitters of every level will savor stitches that ease through the beautiful colour gradients.
A favourite cowl in the store is the Coors Cowl. Today's Web-Letter from Classic Elite featured the cowl knit in new colours. This is a free pattern that you can download on Ravelry.
The Coors Cowl by Annissa George (owner of Stitch House Dorchester, an LYS in Boston), has been a favorite CEY project since we first published it in our Web-Letter in early 2013 Issue 273. One hank each of five colors makes this generously sized squishy cowl worked in simple seed stitch.

The original version was worked in undyed Chalet. We now have colorful Chateau and tweedy Palace to mix and match with Chalet for endless color combinations. Our new version is knit in: Palace 5509 Teal, Palace 5504 Lichen, Chalet 7438 Chestnut, Palace 5567 Mermaid and Palace 5578 Sienna. Pictured below are a few more possible combinations.
Orchid Field: Chalet 7477 Charcoal, Chateau 1497 Moss, Chateau 1419 Dusty Rose, Palace 5554 Orchid and Chalet 7443 Adobe
Sunrise: Chateau 1431 Periwinkle, Palace 5554 Orchid, Palace 5557 Powder Blue, Chateau 1419 Dusty Rose and Chateau1447 Stormy Sky

Here's a sneak peek at the new colours coming from Hedgehog at the end of February/beginning of March.

The Invisible Project Bag will also be in the shipment.
The perfect project bag to show off your colourful skeins! Lightweight yet sturdy. Roomy enough for a larger project, it'll hold multiple balls of yarn easily. We think this is the best, most versatile project bag and it's a favourite of all of our staff. This bag is designed to stand up on it's own. Material: Transparent PVC. Easily cleaned with mild detergent. Not machine washable. Height: 37cm, Width: 28cm, Gusset: 10cm. Pointed gold coloured studs. Comes with a detachable laser etched perspex Hedgehog Fibres tag.
I can't wait to see them in person.

A newsletter went out this afternoon. If you didn't receive it (we're still trying to figure this out) then you can see it here. 

I couldn't help myself. I cast on another Find Your Fade this afternoon. This time I'm using LITLG. The yarn is very nice to knit with. I really needed to try the yarn to make sure it was of the highest quality if I'm going to sell it :)  LOL! I can justify anything.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Log Cabin Afghan

I've started a heading at the top of the page that says Ancaster Community Food Drive. We'll be updating the contents of the gift basket on that page as more yarn, books and accessories arrive.

The Needle Emporium is donating a prize for the second name drawn. A kit to make the Log Cabin Afghan.

Mr. FedEx visited this afternoon with the new Evolution kits.

Diana has been busy knitting. She finished this pretty scarf for us over the weekend.

Pattern: Medialuna Shawl (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: one ball of Freia Shawl Ball

Making this into a shawl is very easy - you need two balls. They can be the same colour (working in the opposite direction to get stripes) or you can use two different colours. One ball for the background and one ball for the stripes.

I have a bit of accounting to do and then back to my Ambah MKAL. I've finished the first section of Clue 2.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Finished Projects

I like to see finished garments. If I have time when you visit I'll get a picture and blog.

Sara and Rita visited yesterday and were both wearing beautiful shawls.

Sara is wearing Winter Cove knit in tosh ASAP - the colour is Rocky Mountain High.

Rita is wearing Salacious by Lisa Mutch in two skeins of fingering weight.

Both Sara and Rita were raving about Lisa's patterns. They are well written and easy to wear.

Sarah has a new hat. Cathy knit her the 21 Color Slouch. It looks great. And it doesn't matter what colour coat you have - the hat will match it.

Soma is a beautiful cardigan from Rowan Magazine #61 knit in Summerlite DK.
This stylish, easy to wear cardigan was designed by Marie Wallin in Summerlite DK, 100% cotton. The great drape of the yarn is showcased in this design, which boasts a wide lace trim around the neckline. This lace detail would make it suitable for the more experienced knitter
There are so many beautiful sweaters and cardigans in this issue. It's hard to choose which I want to make first.

But right now I need to get to work on my Ambah MKAL. There hasn't been much knitting the last few days so I'm sitting tonight for a bit. We have the next episode of Homeland - good because I want to see what is happening but bad because you get caught up in the show and forget to knit.