Scarf Yarns

Friday, July 03, 2015

Drive By Exchange

Beth has been busy knitting while dog sitting. There are new colours of Classic Elite Liberty Wool so she made another Inspira Cowl. She knows the pattern off the top of her head so no concentration needed.

Pattern: Inspira Cowl (free on Ravelry)
Version: Steampunk
Needles: 5mm
Stitches: 120 with no decreasing
Yarn: Classic Elite Liberty Wool
2 balls 78107 Lavender Mist
1 ball 78113 Pink Shadow

After work we did a drive by exchange. I stopped out front of my parents and honked. She ran out with her cowl and I threw her 3 more balls to start another one.

Here's a little sneak peek into Rowan Magazine #58
Frosty by Sarah Hatton knit in Felted Tweed
Worked seamlessly, this cabled jacket begins with its yoke collar knitted sideways then stitches are picked up to continue the yoke and shaping to the sleeves. The body has a slight a-line to add a bit of swing to the bottom hem below the hipline. 
Nippy by Amy Herzog
This oversized turtleneck pullover features set-in sleeves which drop at the shoulders, slight waist-shaping, and ribbing in the cuffs, hem, and neck. Knitted in Rowan Cocoon using 6mm and 7mm needles, the cabled sweater works up quickly to become a classic wardrobe piece.
My knitting might be a bit further along if I wasn't addicted to AlphaBetty.
I keep telling myself that it is good for my brain. Coming up with six and seven letter words isn't easy. What am I talking about? Sometimes it's hard to make a four or five letter word.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

The Boom is getting bigger

I hope everyone had a great Canada Day yesterday. Beth and I golfed but there wasn't good planning on my part. It hit me yesterday morning that I needed to find my golf clothes. There were a few boxes to go through to find them and then they needed to be washed. Golf was good - it could have been better. Our team came last but we had fun. When I got home I was a bit sore. HA! I could barely walk. It was the first round since the long weekend in May.

It was 7:30 this morning when a dump truck dropped dirt on our neighbours front yard. It looks like they are going to start grading and then sodding the yards. Unfortunately ours isn't in the plan quite yet - they are still working on the house on the other side of us and the builder is probably waiting until it is done. There was no sense staying in bed so I got on my way to work.
What do you do when you are at work by 8:30? My plants needed some water so now they are nicely refreshed. Some of the hostas are about to bloom.

New yarn arrived this morning. I love these bears - they are way too cute. I had to order in the fur yarn to make them.

Lynn brought in her knitting this morning for some show and tell. She is knitting Windward (one of my favourite patterns - you can purchase it on Ravelry) with 2 skeins of Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Silk Single.

Magmatic Boom is growing. The pattern is very well written. If you can knit, purl, increase, decrease and yarn over then you can make this.

My body is still a bit sore (which means I can't unpack or clean) so I'm going to move to my chair and knit for the evening.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


There is a new shawl pattern from Classic Elite called Wavelength - you can purchase it on Ravelry...

This crescent shawl has a center wedge of lace flanked by garter stitch wings and is finished with a lower lace border.
I have shown the version knit in Bella Lino. You can also make a slightly smaller version in fingering weight yarn.

I just got a really fuzzy phone call from my parents. They are in Glacier Bay today. Beth and I loved that day on the ship. We were up early to see us enter the bay. I mean early - about 5am which isn't that early because the sun comes up at 4am. I think we took hundreds of pictures that day. Seeing the glaciers calve was amazing.

Look what Canada Post brought me. A little treat from SweetGeorgia yarns.
Of course the first skein is rolled into a ball and the pattern is printed. I'm going to start Magmatic Boom tonight.
15 rows are complete. I love the yarn. The pattern is very well written. I'm not sure why but right now I find it easier to read the written words than follow a chart. Most of my life I swore by charts but I think that wearing glasses has changed me. Now it's time to get back to it. A holiday tomorrow means that I can sleep in.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Spud & Chloe Baby

We have new patterns from Spud & Chloe for the little ones in your life.

The Honeybear Hoodie knit in Outer and Sweetie Socks knit in Stripey Fine.

The Bundle Me Blanket in Outer. The pattern also includes the instructions for the Sweetie Socks in Stripey Fine.

The Roundabout Romper in Fine and Sweetie Socks in Stripey Fine.

Rowan Magazine #58 is just a month away. Fingers crossed the ocean currents are in our favour and the ship carrying the fall Rowan gets to the US quicker than expected.

My parents are in Juneau today (speaking of ocean currents). Unfortunately it is pouring rain and foggy. My dad's dog sledding adventure was cancelled and he isn't happy. I think they are going to wait for the rain to slow down and then walk around town.

Now I need to work on the website. I could be without the Internet in the store for the next few days. My Internet provider and I have had a bit of a falling out and I will be shopping for a new provider tomorrow.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Greyhound Shawl

That was some storm last night. The rain would not stop. We know that our sump pump works. It went off many times during the evening. I guess they won't be doing our front yard this week :) What a mess.
Today was the first day that the fireplace has been on. There was a touch of a chill in the house but I didn't want to put the heat on.

I'm by myself this week. Beth and the dogs are at mom and dad's with their dog because my parents are on their annual Alaskan cruise. My mom got an email in the fall that there was another quilt cruise and my dad had has his credit card out so fast your head would spin.

We're tracking the ship online. Very cool.  Tomorrow is Juneau. I'm not sure what mom is doing but dad is helicoptering up to a glacier and going dog sledding. Beth and I did this and it is so cool!

My shawl is progressing.
A day of rain is always good for knitting. Now it's time to hit publish. Big Brother is about to start. I can't decide yet who I like. It is going to be an interesting season.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Learn-To-Knit Companion

We just received a new collection of patterns from Churchmouse Yarns. These are perfect for the new knitter but they are also great for those of us who have knit for a long time and have some bad habits.
The Learn-To-Knit Companion is a 16-page booklet that uses more than 120 instructional photos that will turn you into an accomplished knitter. Just follow the steps! With The Companion by your side, you can even begin one of the First Projects patterns in the Churchmouse Classroom collection.

PHOTO TUTORIALS IN THIS PATTERN: • Choosing and preparing your yarn. • Two ways to cast on • The knit stitch and purl stitch for both  'pickers' and 'throwers' • Changing from knit to purl within the same row • Getting a dropped stitch back on the needle • Binding off • Blocking • Weaving in tails

Garter Stitch Scarf and Sideways Handwarmers
This Churchmouse Classroom First Projects pattern is about as simple as it gets—just knit, knit, knit. When you turn garter stitch on its side, the little ridges create a ribbed effect that is nice and stretchy, making the handwarmers easy to fit, with just a wee bit of seaming around the thumbs. Handsome on men and women alike, these easy pieces make great gifts. From you, the knitter!

PHOTO TUTORIALS IN THIS PATTERN: • The anatomy of garter stitch. • Mattress-stitch seaming in garter stitch, end-to-end.

Stockinette Stitch Cowl and Handwarmers
This Churchmouse Classroom First Projects pattern will teach you how to knit soft and elegant stockinette stitch. You'll work stockinette back and forth (knit a row, purl a row) for the handwarmers. For the cowl, you'll be delighted when you knit in the round: the knit side is always facing you, so you just knit, knit, knit. Once you’ve tried it both ways, it’ll make sense—you’ll see!

PHOTO TUTORIALS IN THIS PATTERN: • Joining in the round. • Make-one increases. • Slipped bind-off for thumb opening. • Mattress-stitch seaming in stockinette stitch, side-to-side.

Stitch-Sampler Handwarmers and Ribbed Scarf
This Churchmouse Classroom First Projects pattern will teach you three essential stitch patterns. For the scarf, you’ll simply alternate two knits and two purls to create handsome vertical ribs. In the handwarmers you'll knit a ridged garter-stitch cuff, a smooth stockinette-stitch hand, and a bit of springy K2/P2 ribbing at the finger edge to echo the scarf. It's easy! The pattern shows you how.

PHOTO TUTORIALS IN THIS PATTERN: • Changing balls in ribbing. • Mattress-stitch seaming in garter stitch and stockinette stitch.

Ribbed Beanie and Handwarmers
This Churchmouse Classroom First Projects pattern will teach you to work in the round using two different methods. For the beanie, you’ll begin with a short circular needle. As you begin to decrease for the crown, you will need to change to double-point needles—great practice for the stylish handwarmers! Ribbing is very stretchy, so sizing your beanie is quite forgiving.

PHOTO TUTORIALS IN THIS PATTERN: • Decreasing a stitch. • Joining in the round. • ‘Buttonhole’ thumb opening.
The patterns are for beginners and include great tutorials but they are also stylish. You don't have to be a beginner to knit them.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Magmatic Boom

This fall we are going to be doing a lot in the store with mini skeins of sock yarn. They are coming from a few different companies in different fibers and colours.
These are pictures from SweetGeorgia's booth at TNNA. The kits will be here in time for the Knitters Fair in September.
This shawl lends beautifully to mini skeins and I asked Felicia at SweetGeorgia the name of the pattern. It is called Magmatic Boom by Laura Nelkin. You can purchase it on Ravelry...
This pattern was designed to use either a skein of gradient yarn or a self-made magic ball and make the most of it by using almost the entire skein.
Here are some pictures from the designer.

A magic ball of yarn? Take left over bits of sock yarn and make your own skein of gradient yarn. Think about having a 'Magic Ball' party. Invite your knitting friends, bring your left over sock (fingering weight) yarn and share.

This will also work great with
-Freia Fingering. The yarn does all the colour changing for you

-tosh unicorn tails. These are in stock so you can start right away. I checked on Ravelry and there is a great Boom knit with five colours of unicorn tails - take a look. The knitter even gave the order that she used the colours.
-Mountain Colors Crazyfoot Perspective Kits (in stock now)
These kits have 5 mini skeins of Crazyfoot sock yarn that are 90yards each. You have a total of 450 yards.

-FiberStory Gradient Kits (coming in September)

I think there might be more than one Magmatic Boom in our booth in Kitchener in September.

More information on the Knitters' Fair will be coming closer to the date but get Saturday, September 12 marked on your calendar.