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Thursday, July 27, 2017

New Samples

Diana finished this pretty shawl earlier in the week. I'm really liking the yellow.

Pattern: Good Vibes (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Adelaide - 2 colours, one skein each. We used Lemongrass and Sour Patch Kids

A box came from Lynda this morning with 2 projects. I need to do some rearranging of garments!
Now that I'm looking at this picture, the outfit is a bit grey. I should have put a pretty scarf on my friend. Imagine some purple or teal at the neck. If I knew how to do it I would have photoshopped in a scarf but that is way beyond my capabilities.
Pattern: Janesville Jacket (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Woolstok
We used 6 skeins of 1304 Grey Harbor and 3 skeins of 1300 Cast Iron.

Woolstok is a great yarn.
Rich in character with excellent stitch definition and easy to work with, this yarn is available in lots of colors. You’ll quickly cozy up to it, no doubt.
I have a huge scarf in it (that Diana knit) and I'm working on one myself. I need to pull it out and finish for the fall - since I'm in finishing mode this week.

Pattern: Clementine (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Dyed in the Wool - 2 colours, one skein each. We used Melancholia and Robin's Egg.

I love this!! The yarn is very soft and cozy around your neck.

I have to work two more rows in orange and then there are 24 rows of purple to finish clue 4. I know why I put it away for a while - I need to take out six rows on the other half. Then I can finish clue 3 and 4.

I mentioned that I'm in finishing mode this week. That could (who am I joking - will) change next week. There are 3 boxes on the way from Hedgehog. There are 7 boxes that weigh 333 lbs coming from madelinetosh. There is a box of Rockshelter Sock coming. Of course I'm going to start something new :)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Pattern Sale

Andrea Mowry (Dreareneeknits) posted this on Instagram.


Who is Andrea Mowry? You've seen quite a few of her patterns knit up on the blog.
I am a work-at-home mama and knitwear designer who has a hard time ever putting down the needles. I love all this amazing craft has to offer- from needles, fibers and patterns to the amazing community that holds it so dear. I am always looking to meet others who share a love for knitting and crafting so please feel free to drop by and join my group DreaReneeKnits or message me! 
I would love to see your finished projects here and on Instagram! You can share them in my Dreareneeknits Ravelry Group! 
And hashtag them #dreareneeknits !!

Pattern: So Faded
Yarn: kit from Prism Yarns - we received more kits of this colour yesterday.
Pattern: Find Your Fade
Yarn: Rockshelter Sock above and Hedgehog Sock below.

Pattern: Free Your Fade
Yarn: Adelaide from Primrose Yarn Co.

Andrea's patterns are well written and easy to follow.

See all her patterns...

A shipment arrived yesterday afternoon from Prism Yarns. There were 6 Merino Mia Gradient kits in the box. This is a new colourway - Teal. There are three more new colourways that I'll try and get pictures of tomorrow. This kit will also work for So Faded. The total yardage is 1390m (1520 yards). There is enough in the kit to make the cropped version with elbow length sleeves in all sizes. You can make the full length sweater with full length sleeves up to a finished bust size of 42".

Big Brother has taped and it's time to knit. I've been working on Starting Point. Now that I'm back at it, it is growing quickly. I'm working through clue 4 on the first half. I'll get pictures tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Noro

This post was written for last night. Then I received Isabelle's pictures. Her shawl is so beautiful that I had to show them.
We should receive a shipment tomorrow received a shipment today that has two colours of Noro Silk Garden Sock. 2 balls will make the Crazy Magic Boomerang (pattern purchased on Ravelry). Our sample was knit with colour 411 on a 4.5mm needle.
Fun stitch in a boomerang shape - easy to knit and easy to wear. You can work from written instructions or a chart - whichever you prefer. 
The original ripple stitch has been adapted to make this an intuitive knit.
It is so much fun to knit with Noro yarns. Before you know it the colour has changed. The bad thing - it is way past your bed time :)
40% Wool/25% Silk/25% Nylon/10% Kid Mohair 
300m (325 yards) in a 100gram ball
fingering/sport weight
And a brand new colour. 457. There is something about yellows and golds that are grabbing my attention lately.

This is Cathy's Log Cabin Afghan. I have a bunch of squares knit for my second one but not enough. I decided that we are going to bring in a selection of colours of Noro Kureyon so that I can finish my blanket and for those who also want to make this fabulous project.

The pattern calls for 20 squares. Cathy did 25 and I think I'll be making mine larger too.

We have some colours in the store and these four colours will be in the shipment on Tuesday were in today's shipment. The new colours are on the website and I'm counting existing stock to get it added.

378
389
392
408

Every time I order Lykke needles I will be adding a few more colours.




Our July newsletter went out this morning yesterday. If you didn't receive it, here is the link.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Thank you Isabelle

I sent some yarn to Quebec (Sainte-Julie to be exact) last month. Isabelle just sent pictures of her finished shawl. I'm in love. I bought the pattern from Ambah when it came out and have been contemplating making it. Now I know that I need to make it. Isabelle's colour choice is stunning. If I didn't have work to do tonight I might be going to the store.

Pattern: Bambara Wrap (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: 4 skeins of Adelaide from Primrose Yarn Co
-Aphrodite
-Flashdance
-Hermione
-Nasty Unicorn
Bambara is a generously-sized wrap, knit on the bias with simple shaping and alternating sections of lace and garter. The colours and patterns weave together like the layers of a melody, calling to mind the iconic sound of The Cure’s A Forest. It’s the perfect opportunity to play with colour – use a 3-skein gradient with a coordinating contrast colour, mix speckles and solids in 4 different colours for a fun, bold look, or keep it subtle with neutral solids.
Here is Ambah's version. Beautiful as well.

Someone was very tired when she got home from doggy daycare.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

New Cowl

I cast off this afternoon. I can't wait to see it after it's blocked.

The pattern says
Repeat these 16 rounds 5 times more (6 repeats total). You may have enough yarn for 7 repeats, but not everyone is a yarn chicken daredevil. Knitter, know thyself.
I did not play yarn chicken. And it was a good thing. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have made it.

Pattern: Issa Cowl (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Dyed in the Wool - one skein each of two colours
I pulled out Starting Point - it's time to finish up some projects. We need lots of new display garments for the Knitters' Fair. I try to have different samples than what we showed at the Frolic.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Party

The end is near. I have 14 rows to go before the ribbing. This is a great project to work on in the car or at the soccer field. I would definitely consider making it again.

Yesterday I mentioned cleaning up the mini skein kits on the website. It got me thinking about an order I placed at TNNA so I sent off an email. We should be receiving boxes from SweetGeorgia the middle of August. There will be four new Party of Five kits.
Rustle
Voyage
 Whirlwind
Whisper
I've knit Hitchhiker (pattern purchased on Ravelry) twice with Party of Five kits. The pattern is easy. All you need to know is cast on, cast off, knit and increase. You knit one colour to the end of the skein and then join in the next skein. I joined in the middle of the row - I didn't want to waste one cm of yarn.

Taffy Toes (free pattern on Ravelry) is knit with a Party of Five kit. The yarn is 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon. Perfect for socks.
Marron (pattern purchased on Ravelry) is another great shawl that is knit with a Party of Five kit.

There will also be 23 colours of Tough Love Sock (100gram skeins - 388m/425yards) in the shipment including


It's the 8th inning of the Jays game and they need my full attention. Plus my knitting is calling me so it's time to say good night.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Thank you Mrs. Crosby

Ms. UPS brought in two big boxes from Mrs. Crosby late this afternoon.
A few weeks ago I showed Drachenfels (pattern purchased on Ravelry) knit in Mrs. Crosby Hat Box. New colours came today that will look amazing together in the shawl.
Roasted Chestnut, Ella and Frank
Frank, Ella and Creme Fraiche
Roasted Chestnut, Ella and Creme Fraiche
This is Reticule (lace weight) in Ella. The colour is awesome.

These aren't on the website yet. Hopefully tomorrow. The new colours have been added to the website.

Early this afternoon I did some work on the website.
I started with String Quintets from Lorna's Laces. Previously these were listed individually. Now they are tidy in one spot.

Now I need to do SweetGeorgia and Frabjous. Those are going to take longer.

Dad needs to get a new truck. She's too big for the back seat :)