Scarf Yarns

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


We greeted Mr. Canada Post this morning with a cheer. He brought our box from Hedgehog Fibres. What a great way to start the day.

Skinny Singles still in the bag. We have 55 colours in stock.

It's been hard trying to do work. I just want to play with the yarn.

While we were putting the yarn away, Alex came in with her latest project. She is knitting Warm-Hearted (pattern free on in Skinny Singles.

Outline is growing - it's the perfect World Series project because I have the pattern memorized.

Twist sock was in the box as well.
80% Blue Faced Leicester wool and 20% nylon, superwash. Hard-wearing fingering weight yarn with a high twist in the ply. Great stitch definition, best suited for sock knitting. That tight twist will keep precious hand knit socks in shape wash after wash after wash. Soft, yet durable and machine washable. Best of both worlds!
Lynn is working on Embossed Leaves (pattern purchased on Ravelry) with one skein of Twist Sock in Glacier.

It's time to put together some colour combinations for Shock Waves.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Big Wool

Rowan Big Wool just went on sale for 25% off. Now is the time to stock up. 
Big wool is a very popular yarn with designers and knitters alike. Made from soft 100% wool, Big Wool is easy to knit and produces designs with amazing cabling and stitch structure effects.
Here are some pattern suggestions. The Traveller Scarf is a free download on Ravelry.

Download Eveline...

One of my all time favourite scarves. You can purchase the pattern for the Tangle Scarf on Ravelry...

I'd take the Celtic Cable Scarf as well. Another Martin Storey design that you can purchase on Ravelry.

We have a great selection of colours right now.

Check out the other Rowan yarns that are on sale.

Game 1 of the World Series is on and I've been knitting on Building Blocks. I finally finished the first clue and am about to start Clue 2.

If the tracking online is correct, the shipment from Hedgehog Fibres should be coming in the morning. The minute it arrives Lynn will start unpacking and I will update the website. I can't wait to see what's in the box.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Wrap Jacket

Sally Melville wore this amazing jacket/wrap at Camp. It's her newest design and the pattern just went live on Ravelry. 

Campers tried it on and it looked great on everyone.
I called this a wrap jacket, not because it overlaps or ties in front … but because it is a cross between a wrap (a rectangular shawl) and a jacket—and functions beautifully as both!

It is a one-size-fits-all piece that is both easy to knit and to wear. For two weeks after I made it, I wore it every day—over a dress, a shirt, a sweater, even my pajamas! I am now thinking I need to knit a second version, in an alternate colour, but am finding the chartreuse surprisingly versatile!

What makes it easy to knit is that it has absolutely no shaping and only 2 tiny, near-invisible seams.

What makes it easy to wear is that it is spacious enough to slip over most anything!

There are notes in the pattern for how to add circumference or how to choose an appropriate substitute yarn. And there is a photo for the two tiny seams you will execute!
Purchase the pattern on Ravelry...
You can use any Aran weight yarn
-Cascade 220 Superwash Aran
-tosh merino
-tosh vintage
-tosh chunky
-Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran Tonals
-Rowan Hemp Tweed

The closure is made by JUL. It screws in, so can be used for any number of projects.
I stopped at Home Depot this afternoon to pick up paint swatches. We're painting the shed. My original plan was pale grey with a dark grey/purple trim. But then we decided that might be boring so now I'm looking at colour. How wild is yet to be decided.

Sunday, October 23, 2016


Cathy brought in her latest FO - a very pretty scarf.
Pattern: Snowflake Party (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: One skein of Yarn and Soul
Tiny snowflakes are my favorite things in nature: They are fascinating geometric little creatures, delicate and short- lived. When I take a walk in winter and the wind blows some of them on the sleeve of my coat, I look at them with my kids, and they make all of us smile. The shape of the water molecules forming them is such that snowflakes will always have six arms and a hexagonal outline, which makes them hard to incorporate into knitting. So when I found a little six-armed lace snowflake motif, I thought they would look lovely having a ball on a cute shawlette. It is knit on the bias and is mostly garter stitch, so it is a relaxing knit with a little snow-flakey twist.
One 400m skein of fingering weight yarn will work for the scarf - I have a feeling that we all have one of those in our stash. If you want a new skein, our next shipment from Hedgehog Fibres should be arriving this week. It is in customs right now.

This colour is Medusa. I can't wait to see it dyed on the Skinny Singles.

The colour I really need is Pistachio. I ordered extra of this colour just to make sure there are skeins for me.
Today was spent working on Building Blocks. I'm on the last section of the first clue. I hope to finish this section tonight and start on the second clue tomorrow.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Between Oceans

Laura Aylor's new pattern is called Between Oceans. You can purchase it on Ravelry...
Inspired by the chunky crocheted lace and generous fringe of a shawl shown in the film The Light Between Oceans, this is the perfect companion for a walk along a chilly shore. Between Oceans is simple and quick to knit, and the pattern includes instructions for figuring the cast-on and estimating yardage for any size/weight/gauge. (You will need a scale to get a yardage estimate if you are not knitting the same size and gauge as the sample and have a limited quantity of yarn.) The sample used 740 yards of chunky yarn and measures 88” across excluding fringe.

Laura knit the shawl in ASAP from madelinetosh. 4 skeins and 9mm needles. I'm looking at the colours to see which one I want to use.
Two colours that are speaking to me...
Cactus Flower
Court and Spark

OK. Let's be honest. I would be happy to knit with any colour of ASAP.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Knitting fills...

She's done it again. Ambah O'Brien has a new pattern and it is beautiful.
 The pattern for the Tarni Shawl can be purchased on Ravelry
Take 3 delicious skeins of yarn and whip up Tarni, a shallow triangular shawl, with a fun bobble design to show off your favourite statement colour. Work the main body of the shawl in stripes, with a semi solid contrasting against a speckled skein, or use a gradient to contrast instead. Or keep it simple with one colour for the body and add another dimension with the bobble short rows.
So many ways to put your creative stamp on this design, with an easy to wear result that will have you reaching for it often.
The shawl is knit with 3 different colours of fingering weight yarn.
Main Colour - 420 yards
Contrasting Colour 1 - 420 yards
Contrasting Colour 2 - 400 yards

Malabrigo posted this on Twitter this morning. It's perfect!!

She's growing. Mom says that she's been good with everyone in the house. And she loves Myrtle Beach. They have a huge back yard for her to run around in.

Thursday, October 20, 2016


Cathy just finished a great pair of mittens from Tin Can Knits. I love them and think that I need to make a pair.
You can purchase the pattern for the Antler Mittens on Ravelry... 

The yarn is tosh chunky. One skein will make up to an adult medium. A pair of adult large mittens will take two skeins.
These mittens are squishy and warm to keep out the cold! A bold antler cable travels from generous cuffs to fingertips. They are perfect for a winter’s night stroll or a rousing snowball fight.
When you are finished the mittens, there is a matching hat (pattern free on Ravelry)
The last few evenings I've been working on Outline. It's mindless knitting that was perfect for baseball. I've quickly counted rows and I'm almost to the halfway point. I want/need to hurry because the next shipment from Hedgehog is at Heathrow and we should have it next week. 

It's raining today and it feels like fall. Tress have lost their leaves and the temperature is dropping. It's time to start getting my sweaters out. Can you believe that Halloween is just over a week away??

Last Halloween we had a group of young men come to the door collecting non-perishable food items. If you live in Hamilton/Ancaster/Dundas, please be prepared to help. The food banks are in need.

If you live outside of this area, please consider collecting some items and dropping them off at your local food bank.

We Scare Hunger
On October 31st, Catholic secondary students will take a bite out of hunger when they go trick or treating for non-perishable food items in support of local food banks. We Scare Hunger is an initiative of Free the Children that inspires students to become active citizens and make a difference in their communities. In Hamilton, nearly 90,000 people live in poverty. Of those, one-quarter are children. Food banks provide support to families who have exhausted their resources and need help to make it through the week.

Student volunteers have already canvassed Hamilton homes with flyers heralding their Halloween night visit. On October 31st, the students will return in Halloween costumes to collect much-needed food supplies and donations for the following food banks:

Bishop Ryan: Neighbour to Neighbour
Bishop Tonnos: Neighbour to Neighbour, Ancaster Community Services
Cardinal Newman: St. Patrick breakfast program, Neighbour to Neighbour
Cathedral: Cathedral Annex
St. Jean de Br├ębeuf: SJB Outreach Programs
St. Mary: Salvation Army (Dundas), Flamborough Food Bank, Wilma’s Place
St. Thomas More: Neighbour to Neighbour

Together, we can take a bite out of hunger.

This Halloween, please give generously.