Scarf Yarns

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Day After

We made it home safely last night but I was too tired to sit and write. Instead I knit for a bit and then fell asleep.

Thanks to all the volunteers at the Fleece Festival for another amazing day. Thanks to Lynn and Wannietta who helped me in the booth and Beth who was the sherpa getting everything to the show and home again.

We started the day in Color Play Mohair Wraps knit in Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe.





Cheryl came by the booth wearing Roan from Rowan magazine #56. It is fabulous. Now I need to get mine out and finish it!!

The plans for the rest of the day? Football and knitting. Maybe a nap. Tomorrow is going to be busy unloading the van.

Friday, October 17, 2014

One More Sleep

We're almost ready for tomorrow. Beth, Lynn and I drove to Woodstock this afternoon to set up the booth. Here are a few pictures.












I stopped at the store on the way home to pick up the few things that I needed
-more mannequins (we have a lot of samples on display)
-more baskets (we took a lot of kits)
-yarn to make kits (I think we might need a few more Inspira Cowl kits)

I've had dinner and it's time to make kits. Then The Amazing Race and bed. 5:30 is going to come sooner than I want it to.

We hope to see you at the Fleece Festival tomorrow.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thanks Lynda

Mr. Canada Post brought in a parcel from Lynda this morning with a finished project. Thank goodness someone is getting knitting finished.
Pattern: Fractal Cowl from Blue Sky Alpacas
A field of reverse stockinette stitch creates the perfect canvas for this unique cabled cowl. Inspired by the cutting-edge architecture of Australia, this chic scarf alternative is worked in the round (each one unique) to create sharp, geometric patterns and clear linear designs.
Yarn: 1 skein of Blue Sky Alpacas Extra
A luxe mix of baby alpaca and fine Merino wool, Extra comes in generously sized hanks and a rich color palette, making it ideal for one and two skein projects. Light and lofty with a springy twist, it’s a versatile Aran weight that lends itself beautifully to a variety of knitting tensions and needle sizes.
The cowl will be on display in the store next week. It's packed and heading to the Fleece Festival. I think we're ready. I guess I'll know tomorrow afternoon when we unpack and set up the booth. There might be some scrambling tomorrow night to make up more kits. I thought we were really prepared 2 weeks ago but now it feels like we aren't. It's too late to worry about it so I'm going to do the next best thing. Watch some TV and knit. :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thanks Cathy

Thank you Cathy for another finished project.

Pattern: Blue Bird (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: 2 skeins of Dream in Color Everlasting Sock

She didn't offer it to me. Didn't she read yesterday's post?
We're just about packed for Woodstock. The store is a disaster zone. It will be a mess tomorrow and then Cathy will straighten everything out after I leave on Friday.

My Liberty Inspira Cowl is blocking and I need to get knitting on the cowl in Freia Fingering. I don't think that it will be done in time. It might be on display as 'in progress'.

I've decided on our next KAL and it will start on October 31. You have a choice for this one. I'm going to do the Stephen West Mystery KAL - Exploration Station and invite you to join me on a Stephen West adventure. I know that some people don't like a mystery KAL. You like to know what you are knitting before you start. If this is you, then I invite you to choose a different Stephen West pattern to work on. There are 79 patterns to choose from - mitts, shawls, hats and sweaters.

Don't be afraid of Stephen's KAL. There will be lots of instruction and links to videos for techniques that you might not know.
My pile of merino light. The skein that looks gold is actually called grove and it is a green shade. It was dark outside so I had to take pictures in the dining room. I will finalize my colours on Monday.

It's Survivor/knitting time.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Orchid Thief

Cathy has been knitting like crazy. She needs to stop knitting for Sarah and start knitting for me!! Her talents can be put to a much better use :)
Here is Sarah's Orchid Thief that I just finished. I used one skein of tosh merino light in cove. It was fun to knit. The pattern kept me interested. Obviously! I finished this in about 6 days.
The pattern can be purchased on Ravelry...

My phone just honked with a surprise. Sarah is home from work and here are pictures of her wearing the shawl.
Three petals bloom from the centre top edge, their points organically growing into the three spines of yarn over increases. This unusual increase pattern creates the perfect shape for staying in place around your shoulders. The petals along the edge are grouped into threes, echoing the centre and forming deep scallops.


It suits her so well that I guess I'll have to let her keep it.

Here is my little project. I started an Inspira Cowl in Freia Fingering.
I cast on 156 stitches with 4mm needles - the Steampunk version again. There isn't any shaping in my cowl. Small problem. The colour repeats in Freia are long. I cut out some purple (can you believe that I just wrote that?) If I hadn't I still would be on purple rows and would barely be into the blue when it's time to cast off. After the blue comes lime so I might be cutting out some blue as well to get the lime in at the end. The yarn is really nice to knit with and the cowl has a totally different look than the Liberty cowls.

Our friend Phil is in town from England so we're heading out to the Keg for dinner. It could be a late evening (Phil always has amazing stories of his travels to share) so I need to finish my post before heading home.

The Feature of the Day for tomorrow (Wednesday, October 15) is madelinetosh home. This is a new yarn for fall. 10% off. In stock yarn only. You can come in the store to purchase or call us. I'm in the store tomorrow from 10-5:30
home is a 100% superwash merino wool, bulky weight with a generous 110 yards per skein. each incredibly soft squishy skein is hand dyed in small dye lots.


There are some great patterns on Ravelry for accessories...

Comforts of Home Cowl
Purl Ridge Hat
Luxe Cowl
Simple Ribbed Cowl
Pembroke Wrap
Sentiment

Here are the colours that we have in stock...

We're home from dinner. I didn't get the post done before we went. A small problem with some parcels that I was shipping out. I had to stay after closing so that they could be picked up. I didn't want to wait until tomorrow. There are knitters out there who need their yarn.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Thanksgiving Monday

I was up early this morning to head to the Ball's Falls craft show. The show opens at 9 and if you aren't there right away then the traffic to get can be awful. I've sat for over an hour to get to the parking lot.

Small problem. It was pouring rain. A lot of the vendors are outside in tents so they didn't open up in the rain. I only got to see about half of the vendors. Didn't make me happy after a 45 minute drive.

Another small problem. Marie-Joel had a booth there. She makes the ceramic quilts that hang on the wall of my dining room. Here are pictures from her booth. A few things came home with me. 2 mugs. A paint can - to sit on the kitchen counter and hold our cooking utensils. They look like concrete but are actually very light. Being the daughter of a contractor, I like concrete things :) I wanted the salad bowl too. That will probably come home from One of a Kind.




This came home too. Sorry for the poor picture. It started raining again and I was rushing. It was from an older collection so she offered it to me at a price that I couldn't refuse. It won't hang with the other pictures in the new house but I had to have it.

Beth is golfing today and my job is to get my bedroom closet in order. Before starting I logged into Facebook. Look what I found.

There is a new Stephen West KAL starting on October 31.
It’s the fourth consecutive year of the Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL so we are using four colors for the most colorful mystery shawl to date. You can expect a fun explorative knitting adventure full of surprises!
Check Ravelry for more details... 

I cleaned for a bit and then while waiting for the washing machine to finish, the dogs and I had a nap. Then back to laundry and cleaning. I'm almost done. Look what I found in my closet.
3 skeins of tosh merino light. I need 4 for the KAL. I wonder what I'm going to add.

Thoughts on doing the Westknits KAL as our next store KAL? 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope that everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving today. We had a great meal at Aunt Rene's.

My Inspira Cowl is finished.
Last night was a late evening. We were watching the baseball games, college football and the Nascar race. When we got bored of those we decided to start watching something on Netflix. We picked The Good Wife. If it's been on TV for five years then it must be fairly good. The first episode was very good so we decided to watch another one. It was 1:30 when we finished the fourth episode. Definitely time for bed. I would recommend the show. Great for knitting because you don't need to pay too much attention.

My next project is started. I'm going to wait with pictures until tomorrow. I want it to grow some more first. Right now I'm undecided. Sometimes I like it, sometimes I don't. I think with more knit it will grow on me.

It's time for baseball and another football game. That means more knitting!