Scarf Yarns

Monday, February 08, 2016

More prizes

This Offhand Designs Scottie Bag has been added to the amazing prizes for The Food Drive. The first ticket drawn will win the gift basket of yarns and patterns. The bag will be the second ticket drawn. We also have 3 - $50 gift certificates to the store.
Offhand Designs makes some of the most amazing bags!  The fabric and the hand-crafted sewing of each bag harkens back to the elegance of yester-years.  The Scottie bag is perfect to store your on the go projects and even as an overnight bag.
One ticket for each food item. You can also donate cash. 10 tickets for $10. 25 tickets for $20. Donations are being accepted until Thursday February 18.

Please help out. The Hamilton Area Food Banks are in need of food.

Mr. Canada Post stopped by this morning with a big box of yarn from Classic Elite. There are three new colours of Santorini - all perfect for spring.
Santorini's colorways sing along the matte and shiny textures inherent in the yarn, adding vibrant color to warm-weather garments, wraps and scarves. 
Two balls will make the Sanibel Cowl. You are knitting on a 5mm needle. It's quick to make. What a great gift!

Pattern: Esmeralda Shawl (free from Classic Elite)
This pattern was designed in Sanibel (Santorini's solid coloured cousin). I think it would look awesome with the striping effect of Santorini.

I'm very happy with the outcome of last night's game. I have been a huge Peyton Manning fan since his college days. There was a bit of knitting during the game but I was very nervous and had to watch. Hopefully I'll get more squares knit on my throw tonight. Billions is waiting for us.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Mighty Miters

I'm on a roll - the first three squares diamonds are finished. I don't want to lose my mojo so I'm going to keep this short so I can get back to my needles. There is something about knitting with Liberty Wool. You need to keep going to see how the colours are going to play out.

Friday, February 05, 2016


Balls of Classic Elite Liberty followed me home last night to start the Mighty Miters.
Worked entirely in print colorways, this patchwork blanket is seamless. Mitered diamonds are worked from stitches picked up along the edges of adjacent diamonds.

The finished throw will measure 50" x 50". The pattern calls for 24 balls but you can keep adding squares if you want it to be bigger. At this time the pattern isn't available for purchase - it is free with the purchase of Liberty Wool.

It was close to 1am when the first square was finished. Beth and I started talking about how to place the colours. The pattern asks for 12 colours - 2 balls each. I'm going to do 25 colours - 1 ball each. My afghan is also going to be 9 squares bigger - taking it from a square to a rectangle.

I am going to use the 12 colours from last spring (above and all are in stock) with the 12 new colours for this spring (below). We will receive 2 new colours a month for the next 6 months. The first 4 colours should be arriving sometime next week.

The knitting is very simple. Cast on. Knit. Slip a stitch. Knit 2 together. Pick up stitches. Perfect to knit on while watching the football game on Sunday afternoon.

I was hoping to get my next square cast on today but Lynn and I counted yarn instead. We've been playing with Lorna's Laces for most of the day. The Shepherd Sock and Solemate are very neat right now. Did you know that Lorna's Laces puts dye lots on their hand dyed yarns? One of the very few companies who do this.

Thursday, February 04, 2016


I'm finished and I love it. Just in time for the colder weather that is supposed to be coming.

Pattern: GAP-tastic (free on Ravelry)
Yarn: 3 skeins of madelinetosh home in the new colour undergrowth
Needles: 9mm, 80cm circular
The GAP-tastic cowl is an easy knit you’ll want to make again and again! This fun cowl is a great beginner project for new knitters who want to practice knitting and purling, and it’s a fantastic mindless knit for experienced knitters. Either way, the GAP-tastic is a classic accessory that you’ll wear all of the time. It makes a great gift, too.

Mr. Canada Post brought in a box from Mountain Colors this morning. It was full of Twizzlefoot.

There are colours that we haven't carried before and the colours that we used in our shawl.

Pattern: Kaersta Shawl (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Twizzlefoot - 2 skeins of Summerdale, 1 skein of Poppy Trail

There was enough yarn left over from the shawl that Lynn is making a pair of socks. The first sock is blue with an orange cuff, heel and toes and the other sock is opposite. We didn't think there was enough to do two blue socks. Reversing the colours makes a cool pair of socks and helps with second sock syndrome. It feels like you are starting a new pair. :)

Now to pick out some yarn to take home. One project done means that I get to start something new tonight.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

So We Call it Camp, But It’s Not Really Like Camp

This morning has been spent working on Knitting Camp. The brochure is almost finished. Sally and I are working out which workshop to offer on Sunday morning and then we're ready to take registrations.
Knitting Camp is nothing like the camp you attended as a kid. At Knitting Camp you get to choose your day’s activities. Go to class, sleep in, take a hike - totally up to you. Super comfy accommodations with someone else making your bed. And the food is incredible and seemingly endless. The one way it is like camp though, is that you will make great new friends who you will look forward to seeing year after year. Come as a group, a couple (non-knitting partners love camp too!) or on your own. Don’t worry you’ll all be included in the fun.
Don't forget that there is a Camp blog... 

Classic Elite is having a sale in their Ravelry pattern store. Hurry!!
Only 24 Hours Left of the BOGO Free Sale!
All CEY patterns on Ravelry are buy one, get one free until 3:00pm EST tomorrow. No code necessary, just put any two CEY patterns into your shopping cart.
In case you haven't used the cart on Ravelry before - you will see this on the right hand side of your screen on the pattern page. Click add to cart and then find another Classic Elite patten and add it to your cart. (I just tried it and it works).

Here is the link to the Classic Elite page on Ravelry...

I've picked out a few that I really like.
This is Wavelength

The Color Block Bias Wrap


Stand By Me



Glenda and Glendy

Simple Sweater with Pockets


Magic Carpet Pullover

I need to stop. It could be 3pm tomorrow afternoon before the post is done if I keep adding in all the pictures of the garments that I like.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

National Sweater Day

Since 2010, over a million Canadians have participated in National Sweater Day at their schools, workplaces and homes. Be sure to follow our blog for tips and stories as fellow knit-clad Canadians celebrate across the country. National Sweater Day is a fun way to learn about the importance of saving energy and to inspire you to use less heat all winter. Heating accounts for 80% of residential energy use in Canada and is a significant source of emissions. If all Canadians lowered their thermostats by just 2 degrees Celsius this winter, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 4 megatons – that’s equivalent to shutting down a 600 mega watt coal-fired power station or taking nearly 700,000 cars off the road!
More on National Sweater Day....

The gift basket for the Food Drive is growing. And it isn't finished.
One ticket for each food item donated.
Or you can donate cash. 10 tickets for $10. 25 tickets for $20.
The first name drawn will win the gift basket. The next 3 names drawn will win a $50 gift certificate to the store.

My GAP-tastic cowl is 2/3 finished. My plan was to take it outside for pictures today but when I finally remembered that plan it was getting dark out. Tomorrow. Who knows, maybe I can knit the last ball tonight.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Fiona Ellis

It was a good morning today - I spent time talking on the phone with Fiona Ellis. We were discussing her classes for Camp.

Friday morning she will be teaching Jump Start your Creativity. For this class there will be a one hour discussion and then the class will break out into mini groups. Fiona will also book one on one appointments throughout the day. Late in the afternoon everyone will meet up again for a round up. Can you imagine getting to sit with Fiona, by yourself, for 30 minutes and get to ask her questions about designing or anything else you want to ask?

Saturday morning will be Creating Cables. The morning will start with a cable refresher and then students will design their own cables. Fiona will then show you how to add these cables into a non-shaped design like a throw or pillow. I'll be sitting in on this one. I'm dreaming of a thick throw (maybe Rowan Big Wool double strand) on huge needles.

Saturday afternoon we will be designing mittens. If you take the Saturday morning class, Fiona will show you how to incorporate your cables into your mittens.

Sunday morning is all about I-Cord. This is a fun class that doesn't require a lot of thinking. Student's brains can be a bit overloaded by Sunday morning.

Donations have started coming in for the Food Drive. Thank you to those who have donated so far. The gift basket is growing. I'll start showing pictures at the end of the week.
A customer came in on Saturday wearing GAP-tastic (a free pattern on Ravelry) knit in madelinetosh home. It looked awesome and balls followed me home. I'm using the new colour Undergrowth.
The GAP-tastic cowl is an easy knit you’ll want to make again and again! This fun cowl is a great beginner project for new knitters who want to practice knitting and purling, and it’s a fantastic mindless knit for experienced knitters. Either way, the GAP-tastic is a classic accessory that you’ll wear all of the time. It makes a great gift, too.
The dogs are loving this weather. It's hard to believe that it's February and not April.