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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Camp

A limited supply of Addi FlexiFlips arrived today. We have 2.25mm. More sizes will be coming but I don't know when. We have ordered them in sizes 2mm-5mm.
Cast-on to an effortless new method of knitting socks, cuffs, hats, and many of other projects which are worked in the round, with the addi® FlexiFlips. Made specifically for North America, these specially designed 21cm circulars (3.5" tips with 1" cord) rest comfortably in the hand, and act as flexible double pointed needles. Easy to use, stitches are simply distributed over two needles, and then knit with the third - resulting in only two needle changes per row. 
Featuring the same dual-tip design as the popular addi® FlipStix, the FlexiFlips feature both an addi® Rocket tip and an addi Turbo® tip. You will always have the right needle, when you need it. Overly versatile, FlexiFlips also make great cable needles.
We also have a limited supply of FlipStix.
Fabricated from high-grade aluminum, these colorful ultra-lightweight wonders feature dual tips (each needle features both a Turbo tip and a Lace tip for added flexibility of use)
These needles are 6" in length. We have 2.25mm and 2.75mm. 2.5mm will be coming soon.

Today was the day to get Camp started.

Date: Thursday September 20 - Sunday September 23, 2018
Location: Bayview-Wildwood Resort
Pricing: We have 3 options.

Option 1
Price includes
3 nights accommodations
Meals Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch
4 workshops
Friday night fashion show
Thursday evening game night
Single $1450
Double (per person) $1150
Non Knitting Guest $700

Option 2
Price includes
2 nights accommodations
Meals Friday lunch through Sunday lunch
4 workshops
Friday night fashion show
Single $1300
Double (per person) $1000
Non Knitting Guest $650

Option 3
Price includes
2 nights accommodations
Meals Friday dinner through Sunday lunch
3 workshops
Friday night fashion show
Single $1200
Double (per person) $900
Non Knitting Guest $600

I am excited about our instructors. Beth Casey and Fiona Ellis are coming back.

The workshops haven't been finalized but I can tell you that you won't be disappointed.
Weekend Away
Imagine a weekend away with someone cooking your meals and making your bed. Oh yeah, you also get to knit all weekend!!

Knitting Experience
Whether you bring a friend or two, or come alone, you'll enjoy the company of new friends with common interests and spend a few days where free gifts, surprises and interesting seminars by fantastic instructors await you.

Mini Yarn Shop
We take a small part of The Needle Emporium and set up a yarn shop at Camp. Yarns, kits, books, needles, knitting bags and accessories.

Fashion Show
On Friday evening we will be presenting a Fashion Show where you will see (and be able to feel) fabulous garments and accessories. After the Fashion Show there is time for you to try on garments.

Bayview Wildwood Resort, has been welcoming guests to the lakeside village of Port Stanton for over 110 years for wonderful Ontario resort vacations. Whether it is a family vacation, Weekend getaways, Conference, Meeting, Wedding, Family reunion, or Romantic Getaways, Bayview Wildwood offers a variety of modern facilities and services to suit your needs. At our all seasons Ontario resort you'll feel right at home with the wide range of accommodations we offer including rooms, suites, waterfront cottages and historic houses.

Dining
Breakfast and lunch are offered buffet style, with a daily change of food fare. Dinners are full service and offer up to four choices of entrees, two to three appetizers and a selection of tempting desserts all made fresh from our on-site bakery.
Registration
We're limiting registrations to keep workshops small and personal. Registrations will be accepted on a "First Come, First Accepted" basis.
All prices include HST (13%)
If you cancel before July 31, 2018 the refundable amount is $350. After that date there are no refunds.

We're having dinner with friends tonight so I'm writing early. Now that this is finished I'm going to knit a few rows. By the time I close the store I should be into the last lace portion.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Knitting Baskets

I have walked by the Atenti booth at TNNA for years. For some reason I went and had a look when I was at the show in Vegas. Their Hope Baskets are great. I've placed an order and we should see them by the end of March.
hanani hope basket The Atenti Hanani Hope Basket- A roomy stand-alone project bag. Top rolls down for easy access. Wide opening and two handles. Fully lined in water our light tan water repellent taffeta. Inside are three pockets. 12" tall x 8" wide x 8" deep
Hope Basket in Turquoise Poppies. You can take your knitting on the road with the Hope Basket.
 Groovy Spa Hope Basket
Tea Rose Hope Basket


The Atenti Purple Poppies Caddy – Colorful poppies bloom on this velvety plush fabric. This stand-alone, carry around organizer is perfect to store and keep handy all your tools and notions. It’s fully lined and has four outside and four inside pockets with an ample center well and anultra suede handle.
Amalfi Caddy
Atenti was created by two women who grew up in the heart of the vibrant, fashionable city of Buenos Aires. They shared the same cultural background and passion for materials, textures, trims and colors, which continue to evoke and inspire them. 
Family owned Atenti is based in Los Angeles and manufactures its bags and accessories in the U.S.A. The Atenti line features innovative fabrics and embellishments from all over the world; from textile mills in the United States. Italy Spain and Argentina to laces and buttons from France and Great Britain. Atenti bags are known for exciting blends of color, texture and pattern.
I hope you had a good Family Day. I was up early (before 6) to watch the Olympics. At 9 I went back to bed and woke up at 2. I guess I needed some sleep. Beth and I made dad dinner and lost money to him at cards. I'm quickly tidying the house because the cleaning lady is coming tomorrow. Then I'll be able to knit. 18 stripes and then the lace.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Will I make it?

Lilli Pilli is growing. Faster than I thought it would. Getting up at 6am to watch the Olympics has given me a lot of time to knit.
The orange locking stitch marker marks 50 stripes. This section will be 100 stripes - I have 36 to go. Then 50 rows of lace and I'm finished. I'm on schedule to finish before the end of the Olympics. On schedule should be underlined in that sentence. Will I make it?

Beth and I spent time with dad today. We decided to clean out his cupboards for the Food Drive. Thanks dad. We found lots. You will need to go grocery shopping soon :)


Here is dad getting Lucy ready for a walk. First the harness. It's like wrestling a calf.


Someone was very tired this evening. Her body is on the couch and her front legs are on the floor. She is one weird dog.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Starting Point

Susan came in today to show off her Starting Point (pattern purchased on Ravelry). It is beautiful!! I was afraid of the red when we were choosing colours. The pop of colour is fabulous.
This amazing wrap is worked from both ends towards the centre with a super fun chevron construction, and joined as you work (no seaming or kitchener required!).

My Starting Point is sitting beside my knitting chair. Once I am finished Lilli Pilli and Kimba I'm going to get it out and finish it. The shawl is stunning.
This is a shawl that she knit after making Starting Point. No, there isn't a pattern. Yet. Susan is going to write it up and put it on Ravelry. Her Ravelry name is Knitschief. You can message her and she'll let you know when it's ready.
There hasn't been much knitting for me the past few days. Work is getting in the way :) Along with grocery shopping and laundry and cleaning and ..... Now it's time to sit and get at it.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Cold Roses

We received a newsletter from Amanda at Lorna's Laces this week about a beautiful new pattern and yarn colour.
A few months ago we were thinking over who would be amazingly fun to work with for Color Commentary and Carina Spencer popped into our heads. She has this stunning tattoo based on Jared Flood's Rock Island Shawl. Rock Island was the design Jared created to accompany his Color Commentary shade Brooklyn Tweed's Grand Street Ink. Fortunately she didn't run screaming when I sent her an email which basically said 'I like your tattoo want to make something pretty with me?'. I have to tell you she really knocked it out of the park with this one!We like to give total freedom on Color Commentary shades. Ideally the designer will make the exact thing they have always wanted or are currently obsessed with. We sat down (virtually unfortunately) and discussed the perfect shades of creamy peachy dried roses.
We settled on February as the perfect release date. Both of our birthdays are in February. We dyed up a few samples shades and Carina's Afterglow was born.
I rushed a bit of Shepherd Sport off to Carina and next thing I know sneak preview images were in our inbox. I was completely blown away. Cold Roses (pattern purchased on Ravelry) is the perfect name. I love her play of a feminine lacey yoke with a tailored and structured body. Sized for a 41 1/4 - 68" bust and using 6/10 skeins of Shepherd Sport this will be a fantastic knit for most anyone.
We have the Shepherd Sport in Afterglow on order and hope to see it by the end of next week.

Lynn tried on our new sweater this morning.


She mentioned a couple of changes that she would make
-the sleeves need to be shorter
-maybe make the neck a bit shorter so that it sits up - it is so tall that it falls down

Mr. Canada Post brought in a small package from madelinetosh this morning. These are for the Food Drive baskets.
Ursa Major Shawl Set for one basket - 3 skeins of tosh merino light
There are two skeins of a special tosh merino light (one each for two baskets) - it has a bit of sparkle.
My suppliers have been awesome and there is more to come.

We had family dinner out and now it's time to knit. I really want to do some work but my coach just called and mentioned my deadline.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Brickless

Diana was in last night with a sample for the store. I love the colours. They really show off the fair isle pattern.
Pattern: Oraefi (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Cascade 220
Body and sleeves are worked in the round from lower edge to underarms, then joined to work the yoke in the round. Round begins on left side of body. On yoke, round begins on left side of body back where body joins sleeve. The garment is shaped at the waist and the body is made longer on the back side than the front side before the yoke is knitted.
This was Diana's message to tell me that the sweater was finished.
The sweater you asked me to knit is finished. You were right - no seams to sew! The sweater turned out well. I played chicken with the main colour and ended up with less than a meter left. In the words of my husband… it looks retro but in a good way!
I needed to find her a new project. I knew that the yarn was going to be Girandola - the newest yarn from Louisa Harding for spring. Then it hit me. Brickless. The pattern is purchased on Ravelry.
Berlin in Winter is colder than most other big German cities – when travelling there, a big, cozy shawlette like this will come in handy! The beautiful colors are reminiscent of bright city lights in dark winter nights. The shape of the shawlette is an asymmetrical, long triangle, formed by rows that are getting longer and longer as you go. They are worked in different simple, but very effective patterns that make them look a little like a skyline of tall houses. These skyscrapers are not built with bricks, but concrete and steel – hence the name, „Brickless“. And also: No more bricks in the wall that used to divide Berlin.
 We've knit the shawl a few times for the store. This is Mrs. Crosby Steamer Trunk.

Mrs. Crosby Carpet Bag.
We used 4mm needles for both samples. Steamer Trunk has a bit more body and Carpet Bag drapes. I'm going to ask Diana to use 4mm with the Girandola. This is a great scarf because you can keep knitting if you have more yarn or end whenever you run out of yarn.
Lynn used Carpet Bag for her Brickless.

Lilli Pilli is at the halfway point. I was up way too late last night and way too early this morning but I'm back on track. I'm very tired this evening and want to head to bed. My coach (aka my father) tells me that I need to stay up for a bit and knit. What a slave driver.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

More Unpacking

The new colours of Erika Knight Studio Linen arrived late yesterday afternoon. Yummy!!

We love the Sleeveless Slipover from Churchmouse Yarns - we have two samples knit up in the store using Studio Linen.
“8 sizes and 4 lengths!” 
This style is so versatile, we all wanted different lengths. So here you have it—cropped, hip, tunic, and dress lengths. Or any length you’d like! It’s quite simple to customize your Slipover—for your personal style or body type, as a long layer with side vents, or as a short topper over a tee, to be dressed up or down. 
We designed eight different sizes and four different lengths in a variety of summery fibers.


Rowan's new Cotton Cashmere is beautiful.
A rich blend of 85% cotton and 15% Cashmere available in sixteen soft tonal shades. Cotton Cashmere, will produce a well-defined fabric giving clear definition of pattern and a beautiful finish.
My post is on hold until Mr. UPS arrives this afternoon with the new yarn from Knit One, Crochet Too. I've already written most of tomorrow's post as well. New yarn has been added to the website and my fingers are tired of typing. What to do?? I'm going to knit a few rows.

It's here. Meet Cozette.
Cozette is a wonderfully soft yarn, blending silk and cotton in beautiful colors. The finished fabric has a slight homespun texture with beautiful drape. Perfect for lace work and crochet.
The Birches Shawlette is a popular pattern.
Cozette will work with any pattern calling for fingering weight yarn.
I am kind of upset that I have to wait a few weeks until I get to knit with the Ty-Dy Cotton. The colours are awesome!
The Liz Cardigan is a free pattern on Ravelry that takes 4 or 5 balls of Ty-Dy Cotton.
Knit in one piece, starting from the back and knit until you will separate for the 2 front panels. After, you will seem up side and hit the road! 
If you are more of a sweater person, you follow the pattern for the back and up the front to the end of the neck shaping. Then you will join the two sides and continue down the front.

Alex brought in Stripe Study today. Oh my goodness, it is beautiful. We think this could be the last wedge. Alex won't know until she has it finished but I don't want her to be playing yarn chicken.

I talked with Tina at Freia Fibers last night and a shipment is on the way - we should see the colour of my shawl next week.

Now back to my knitting. I might make it to the end of the lace tonight and back to the stripes. I'll take pictures tomorrow.