Scarf Yarns

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Stuff the Bus

There was a flyer on my front door yesterday and I want to share with those who live in Ancaster, Hamilton and Stoney Creek. The Neighbour to Neighbour food bank (located on the Hamilton mountain) needs food.
Join Nick Davies and his crew at Sobey’s in the Meadowlands for our third  “Stuff the Bus” event of the season. 
Look for the big yellow bus in the parking lot and our flyers in your neighbourhood. This is one of our crucial drives because demand at the food bank doesn’t take a vacation but sometimes our donors do. We need your help to keep the shelves full this summer. 
Our greatest need this time of the year is;  rice, canned fish & meats, fruit, whole grain crackers, and healthy school snacks.  Donations of grocery store gift cards are also needed.
If you are able to help out, please drop by Sobey's on Saturday. If you want more information about Neighbour to Neighbour, here is the link to their website...

Today has been a relaxing day. Well kind of. I've been knitting all day trying to get Ley Lines #2 finished. I don't think I can get it cast off today but I'm going to try. I need to finish today if I hope to take it with me to TNNA on Wednesday. It will need to block tomorrow and Tuesday.

Speaking of blocking, here is Follow Your Arrow lying out to dry. It will have great points when I take out the pins.
Our furniture arrived late yesterday afternoon.
We ordered two 'knitting chairs' but we were told last week that they were out of stock and wouldn't be available until July. Somehow they found one. Thank goodness. It would be a long summer sitting on the floor because I don't think Beth and the dogs will let me on their couch. The second chair will go on the other side of the fireplace. We were debating about a coffee table and decided last night to get a console table for behind the couch instead. I have the curtains for the room so tomorrow's job is to find curtain rods.

Now back to my knitting.

Saturday, May 23, 2015


Lynda knit Arcoiris from Dream in Color for a store sample. I don't have the scarf yet but I borrowed her picture from Ravelry to share. The colours are so bright and cheerful.

We have kits in the store and they are $49.95 - yarn and pattern. The yarn is Jilly Lace.
Jilly Lace was designed to be the perfect shawl yarn. With a soft and lustrous single-ply construction that has fantastic stitch definition for both lace and stockinette, you won’t want to stop knitting with it!
I can't wait to see it in a week or so. Lynda is making a pair of socks in the new tosh twist light and will ship the two projects together.

I showed some of our new knitting bags last week. Here is the X-Large bag. It fits a lot of yarn
Inside the bag are 8 - 100 gram skeins of worsted weight yarn. 3 - 100 skeins of fingering weight yarn. Knit samples that I need to take back to TNNA. A shawl to block. Mail. And there is still room inside. This will easily fit a whole sweaters worth of yarn. Or enough yarn for an afghan.

My 'to pack' list for TNNA is coming together
-knitting is in the suitcase
-Beth is at the grocery store buying the necessities for the drive and hotel room - water, ginger ale, cookies, chips, candy - all the essentials
-Needles size 6, 7, 8; scissors, 6 or more split ring markers or pins, tape measure and calculator - class supplies
-Beth is picking up the dry cleaning

I'm just about ready to go.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Ley Lines #1

It's done. Blocked. Ends sewn in.
Pattern: Ley Lines (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: 3 skeins of Malabrigo Sock
It is amazing how our focus shifts in the most random ways and, like happened with this design, it often takes us to a very creative place when we let it wander around. The ribbing in this shawl will let your imagination and attention wander around too while you work its very simple instructions, and will leave you amazed at the direction your knitting took when you bind off the last remaining stitch.
I love it. The pattern is very well written and easy to follow. You need to know cast on, cast off, knit, purl and a simple increase.
Now I have a problem packing for TNNA. There are too many shawls to choose from. What do I take?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Free Patterns

Lynn came to work this morning wearing her latest knit project. This simple kerchief is easy and quick to knit. She commented that she has been wearing it a lot and might need to make one in another colour.
Pattern: Among the Wildflowers (pattern free from Classic Elite)
Yarn: One ball of Classic Elite Bella Lino

Knitters are making one in a weekend. What a great accessory.

We're celebrating The Chelsea Flower Show by making this floral Santorini pattern free for Row@n members for two weeks. Designer Marie Wallin has been inspired by the beauty of roses to create this eye-catching sweater using the wonderfully tweed effect Purelife Revive (silk, cotton and viscose) and the popular Wool Cotton (merino wool and cotton), this knitting pattern is suitable for the more experienced knitter.
Hurry to Rowan's website to download the pattern before it goes away...

The house had it's final cleaning today and looks really good. Our furniture from Urban Barn is coming on Saturday and this will be my new knitting chair.

This table will be holding my tea.
I've started 'to do' lists for Beth. Clean out our kitchen cupboards - there are things that need to go in the garbage and don't need to make the move. Start to clean out the garage. Go to Home Depot. She is going to be busy while I'm away at TNNA.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Dirty Hippie

An email came from Freia Fibers this morning about new colours being introduced at TNNA. I have already ordered them. I know that I don't need to see them in person - they look good in the picture and will be even better live. 

There is another reason for ordering early. It takes time for dyers to dye their yarn. The first order in is the first one done. I hope I beat the rush :)

These colours will be coming in Bulky and Fingering weight. 
Dirty Hippie is a fun color in saturated jewel tones. The color is slightly deeper and more muted than other "rainbow" colorways becoming a somewhat unexpected and much more sophisticated blend. This Ombré yarn transitions from cerulean to garnet, red into an overly saturated dark orange and finally to a quiet and deep mustard.
Dirty Hippie is really calling my name. I'm thinking of using the fingering weight to make an Auburn Wave. What a way to wake up an outfit.
Ember is an elegant combination of ultra-bright colors with more muted hues. The passionate red and deep coral balance out the darkening shades of masculine taupe and pewter creating a very wearable palette. This colorway would look just as good for a simple accessory as it would used in a larger more complex sweater or coat.
Lucas is both the creation and namesake of one of our guest designers, Sara Lucas. Inspired by the verdant nature of her hometown of Corvallis in Oregon, Sara selected shades of greens and deep brown-blacks with some lighter accents to create this gorgeous unisex colorway. Our aim is to create colorways that withstand the whims of fashion and folly and this color is no different, these classic colors are truly timeless.

Nautilus is a beautiful delicate palette in shades of porcelain pink and tans grounded by a dark and engulfing navy . This colorway is universally flattering and both sophisticated and sweet - we see it being used in so many different patterns.
Kim Hargreaves new book, Echoes, is arriving in the US tomorrow. We should have it in about 10 days.
Let watery hues transport you to a place of calm, delightful relaxation. Influenced by a blend of diverese elements the collection plays with stripes, from subtle ticking to crisp cabled bands, while soft flounces and sheer knitted fabrics fit perfectly with a soft summer breeze letting you drift away to a state of bliss.

Very Kim. Very pretty.

Ley Lines #1 has been blocked. Pictures tomorrow. I've started the cast off of Ley Lines #2. There should be lots of knitting tonight. The finale of Survivor. Normally by this point you have a good idea about who is going to be in the final two. Not this season. It will be interesting to see who switches sides tonight.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


I received an email today from Knitter's Pride. Good news. We will have new sets of needles this fall.

Our new Marblz sets will be available in the following options: DPN, Normal Interchangeable & Special Interchangeable. 
Made from special grade of acrylic material and offered in a riot of colors. Light and easy on hands, suitable for both new & more experienced knitters that like a smooth surface.

Special Interchangeable are shorter tips so that you can make 40cm (16") circular needles.

The doors in our kitchen came back today. They had to be repainted and I'm happy with how they look now. I was there at 9am and thankfully the installer was there by 9:30. Not too much knitting time but not a lot of waiting time.
Austin came today and weeded the flower bed. It is looking so much better now. I wasn't happy with the amount of yellow we had last week.

Now it's rest time. My body isn't very happy with me tonight. I haven't golfed since January and now I have a few sore muscles.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Unicorn Parallelograms

I talked about madelinetosh Unicorn Tails the other day and here is another great pattern. Stephen West is having a KAL. This time it isn't a mystery.

Choose 20 colors of fingering weight yarn like Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails and knit this easy biased scarf. The garter stitch fabric makes this project ideal for on-the-go knitting.
The pattern is available individually or you can get the whole e-book with 10 new scarf patterns released throughout the May/June KAL. This PDF will be released May 15 at the beginning of the KAL.
See the scarf on Ravelry... 

I love the colour combination that Stephen put together but there is one major problem. Stephen didn't use any purple in his. Do I change the colours?

Our Unicorn Tails have left Texas and are on the way to us. I keep checking online to see where the boxes are. According to they have been processed in Chicago and are on the way to Canada. Hurry Mr. Postman!! We need yarn.