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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Cocoknits Notions

I did an order with Cocoknits today. These are amazing notions that come from the US. We had Knitter's Keeps in the past. There will be new Keeps called Maker's Keeps coming in November. The colours are awesome. A photoshoot was done last week and here is a sneak peek.
This colour has been discontinued but it shows off how great the Keep is.
A silicone slap bracelet fits any size wrist and sports a brushed steel-plated magnet. Nickel-plated accessories attach to the magnet to keep what you need where you need it most.
Maker’s Keep - the magnetic bracelet packaged on its own. Now knitters, sewists, crafters, and makers of all kinds can make use it in any number of ways . 
Like all the Cocoknits Tools, the Knitter’s Keep was born out of Julie’s desire for sleek, high-quality, well-designed knitting tools as well as her own need for keeping track of things while she knitted. Also, find out what other uses Julie has for her Knitter’s Keep - how do you use yours? 
Read more... 

The Stitch Holder kit will be coming in the order as well.
Use the Stitch Holder Kit in lieu of scrap yarn whenever you need to hold live stitches. 
The threaded needles allow you to knit off of your leather cord. 
The Leather Cord and Needle Stitch Holder Kit contains: 
two interior-threaded needles made of nickel plated steel 
three lengths of leather cord 
one long – for holding sts of sweater body (59"/150 cm) 
two short – for holding sts of sleeves (29.5"/75 cm)
There are new stitch stoppers. Neutral or Colorful. The new packaging includes large and small stoppers.
Keep your stitches on your needles with these little foam stoppers. Designed by knitters for knitters, pliable EVA foam allows stoppers to slide all the way down your needle to hold stitches while you are on the move or trying on your top-down knitted garments. Use Stitch Stoppers to turn any double-point or circular needle into a stitch holder!

The Cocoknits Natural Mesh Bag is flat-bottomed, stays upright, and keeps your yarn contained and tidy wherever you take your knitting. 
The bag is made from all natural paper mesh, so it's super lightweight yet extremely sturdy. There are no zippers to snag your knitting, and the snaps are positioned specifically to contain your yarn. 
Place your yarn into the unsnapped bag — the wide opening accommodates one large or 2-3 small balls or cakes. Fasten the side snaps, then run your yarn between the center snaps, or to either side when knitting with multiple strands. 
Dimensions unsnapped: 6" width × 6" height × 6" depth
Cocoknits should be receiving the Maker's Keeps and Stitch Holder kits at the end of October. The Stitch Stoppers and Mesh Bags are available now but shipping is expensive so we want everything to come together. As soon as they arrive in California our order will be on the way to us. You can call or email me to reserve yours.

There is a separate shipment coming from Cocoknits. Cocoknits Sweater Workshop is in it's second printing. The book is being printed in Canada and the printer has offered to ship books directly to us. That saves a lot of money on shipping. This is exciting news. Sometime next week we should have 20 copies of the book in the store. 
With over 30 years of knitting, designing, and teaching experience – Julie Weisenberger presents her first book: Cocoknits Sweater Workshop which includes nine new designs. The book expands on the simple, seamless, top-down styling we’ve come to expect from Cocoknits.
More than just a collection, however, this book explains the Cocoknits Method – a system of tracking knitting progress in your own easy to follow customized worksheet. Unlike most traditional patterns that create flat shapes, the tailored style of construction in these patterns creates truly three dimensional garments that impart a great fit upon completion.
Read more about the book...

Last night I said I was going to wait to work on Find Your Fade. I didn't wait.
We're home from dinner with mom and dad. They are heading to Myrtle Beach tomorrow so we wanted to say good bye. Okay, we needed to see Lucy one more time :) Now it's time to knit.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Mini Skeins

Sarah modelled a few different garments at the Fleece Festival. Her sweater is So Faded (pattern purchased on Ravelry) knit with a Merino Mia Gradient Pack from Prism. I had to make sure it came home with us. Sarah really liked wearing it.

The cowl was knit by Beth and is called the Cara Cowl. It is knit out of Independence from Spincycle Yarns. Right now this is the only colour combination we have. I love it.

The Fino Mini Skein kits were a hit at the Festival. There are seven colourways (number 1 at the top and 7 at the bottom). We only have one kit of 1, 2 and 3 right now. We will have more at the end of November - they are such a bit hit that the supplier is sold out as well.

A pattern suggestion is the 3 Color Cashmere Cowl. I knit this with a String Quintet from Lorna's Laces.
The section at the top is actually the cast on. I used two colours for the first set of stripes, then I threw in a few rows of one of the bottom colours, a third colour for the middle section and then the last two colours for the lace and ending stripes. You can work the colours in whatever order you want.

We have some full skeins of Fino in the store and more are coming later this week if you want to use a mini kit for The Fealdan Shawl (free pattern)
More free patterns include
Rings of Rings Cowl
Charnely Scarf
Incremento Shawl
Fino Shadow Shawl

My Espe is growing. If you are new to lace knitting, this is a great pattern. It's very intuitive once you get going. All you need to know is yarn over, knit two together and ssk.

I found the missing colour for Find Your Fade. Pistachio. It will bridge my blue/turquoise and purple. Now I can get back to this. Probably tomorrow. I'm tired tonight - I was in the store very early this morning to start unpacking. Thankfully Cathy was with me today. She is super efficient at unpacking and the store is back in order.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Great Day

We had a great day at the Woodstock Fleece Festival. The gang was together to work in the booth. Thanks Sarah, Lynn and Wannietta for all your help. Thanks to Cathy for holding down the fort in the store. And my dad and Beth for setting up and tearing down.

Thanks to the Stark Family and all the volunteers who put on an amazing show.

Heather visited the store in April to pick colours for Joji's Starting Point. It is finished and oh my goodness. It is amazing. We picked some bright colours which is totally Heather's personality.

It's been a long day and I'm heading to bed. I would like to knit for a while - being around yarn all day can motivate me to pick up the needles but that will have to wait until tomorrow.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Woodstock Fleece Festival

The booth is set up and we're ready for the Woodstock Fleece Festival. Tomorrow morning we will hang the garments and price signs. The show opens at 9am so we'll be on the road early.

Our Hedgehog order arrived this morning. Lots of Skinny Singles and Sock.

We have every colour of Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers in the booth along with many sample garments.
Another order from Spincycle Yarns arrived this week. We have yummy colours of Dyed in the Wool.
I had fun making kits this week.
Want to knit a pair of socks? One skein of Yarn Love Juliet will make you happy.

My chores are finished, Beth made dinner and it's almost time for bed. If you're at the Fleece Festival tomorrow, please make sure you stop at the booth and say hi.

Thursday, October 12, 2017


I saw these mini skein kits at TNNA in June and knew we needed them. I asked our Canadian distributor and he said that they were only for the US market. I asked him to ask again and now we have them.
FINO MINI-SKEIN SETS from Manos del Uruguay
70% extrafine merino, 30% silk, 20g/98yd mini-skeins, set of 5 
There are seven different kits. I have every colour packed for the Fleece Festival and I left a kit in every colour in the store.
The Ring of Rings Cowl (pattern free on Ravelry) is knit with one skein of Fino and a Fino Mini Skein kit.

Spoiler Alert - I'm going to show a picture of Alex's Speckle and Pop! at the end of the post.

The Incremento Shawl (pattern free on Ravelry) is another pattern that uses a full skein of Fino and a mini skein kit.

I'm off to knit. Baseball and football. Thank goodness Beth is here to flip channels.

Alex's shawl is looking good. She is almost finished the second clue. I still haven't wound mine. Maybe next week after we're unpacked I will get going.