Scarf Yarns

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

What we've knit Wednesday

Cathy has been very busy. Her shawls are awesome!
Pattern: Starry Starry Night (free on Ravelry)
Yarn: One ball of Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe and one ball of Classic Elite Silky Alpaca Lace

It was very hot when we went outside to take pictures so we went as fast as possible. As soon as it cools down we'll get pictures of my friend wearing the shawls different ways.

Pattern: Close to You (free on Ravelry)
Yarn: 2 skeins of Mrs. Crosby Satchel
Pattern: Lilli Pilli (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: 3 skeins of Mrs. Crosby Train Case

Pattern: 3 Color Cashmere Cowl (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: fingering weight ends from shawls that Cathy has knit

Pattern: ZickZack (free on Ravelry)
Yarn: 2 balls of Debbie Bliss Rialto Luxury Sock

When Cathy chose balls that were both predominantly green I was afraid that the pattern wouldn't show. I was wrong. The scarf looks great. 

The first sock is finished. Lynn says that if you want a challenge, this is the pattern for you. No TV. No wine. Every needle has a different pattern. But when it's finished the sock looks amazing. 
Pattern: Mingus by Cookie A. (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: One skein of tosh twist light

The plants are in

Mulch on Friday. The neighbours have been peering over the fence to see what's been up.

Now it's time for Big Brother and knitting.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


I try really hard to post every day but last night was spent finishing a newsletter. If you don't receive our email newsletters, you can sign up in the top right hand corner of the blog. Newsletters go out about once a month - we try not to fill your inbox.
Beth's cowl is growing. As long as I wind the skeins for her, she is happy to knit.
Mr. Canpar just brought in a box and we're stocked with Mille Colori Baby again. You need four balls (two of one colour and two of another colour) and 3.5mm needles to make ZickZack (the pattern is free on Ravelry)

Austin is working at our house today. I wanted a garden across the back of the yard and today is the day. The weeds are gone. How come weeds can grow so well with no rain? Then he is putting in grasses and flowers. We're going English Garden.

The plants are here and he'll be planting tomorrow. I can't wait to see it.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Lazy Sunday

The City of Hamilton has asked people to water their trees so I was at the store early this morning to water before it was too hot and sunny. I'm home now for a day of TV and knitting. I'm writing on my iPad today because it was on the counter in front of me. I was setting up Bell Fibe on it. Beth and I are thinking about going to Myrtle for a few days during the Olympics. We aren't sure what TV channels we'll get in Myrtle and what events we'll get to see live. This way we can watch Canadian coverage if there is an event we need to see. Especially if we have a chance to win a medal.
Beth started the Caledonia Cowl. It is super, super soft. I was surprised that the cowl is knit flat and then sewn. But when you think about it, it is easier to knit garter stitch flat. If you work the cowl in the round you need to knit a row and then purl a row. I'd rather knit every row and then do a small seam. 
We were putting last night. Hopefully my tips will help her on the course today.
Beth stopped to see Lucy on the way to the course. Mom and dad were taking her for a car ride. The drug store and then Dairy Queen. Dad's comment was that Lucy needs to get used to the car because she'll be in for a long ride soon to Myrtle Beach. Yup, that was just an excuse. My dad wanted ice cream.
It was a lazy day for a lot of people today.
It was very hard to knit today. Between the Jays, the Canadian Open and the Nascar race I was busy flipping channels. I managed a few and I'm going back to it. 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

A new Auburn Wave

There was more fun in the box from Freia Fibers. Shawl ball has arrived.
Meet Neon

The yarn is spun and handpainted in the US.

There are 393m/430 yards on a ball.

I brought a few balls home from TNNA and Diana knit us a shawl. We did the old favourite, Auburn Wave, because I love the pattern. The shawl drapes well and you can knit until you run out of yarn. Two 100gram balls make a great size.

Our sample colour didn't come in this shipment but here are the great colours that we do have.

Here are a few pattern suggestion:
Stephen West's Dotted Rays
Stephen West's Briochevron Wrap. This shawl is really calling my name. And some of these bright colours mixed with a black background would be amazing!
Choose a colorful array of fingering weight yarns and knit this large wrap in two-color brioche. The main color is a black and white marled yarn while bright color pops from Hedgehog Fibres decorate the striped background. Increases and decreases form the graphic chevron lines and the fabric length is customizable.
If you don't want to make a shawl, a really cool scarf would be ZickZack. I've knit the scarf and think it would look awesome in two neon colours. Xenon and Krypton. Wow. Somehow I need to find more hours or more arms or something that lets me knit faster.

Friday, July 22, 2016


We received a fun box from Freia Fibers this morning.
Super Bulky in wild colours.

Did you know that yarns from Friea Fibers are spun and handpainted in the US?
Can you imagine this scarf in one of the new colours?

Pattern: You Look Gradient (purchased on Ravelry)
4 balls of Freia Super Bulky - you are holding two strands together on 25mm needles.

Miss Lucy likes to lay under my mom's feet at dinner time. It is cute now but when she gets bigger it won't be so cute. They are trying to get her to lay beside the table. We'll see how that goes :)

We have a bonus Big Brother tonight. Beth is winding her Worsted Cotton as I'm writing. I can't wait to see how the colours play out.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Outline is growing

My friend and I made a quick trip outside for pictures. I don't want to complain about the weather because I'm lucky enough to work inside.
It's going to be bright :) The pattern is really fun to knit. I walk through the fingering weight room and put together colour combinations. I think I could knit this shawl over and over again many times.

Some of you were disappointed that you didn't get any Hedgehog Fibres from our first order. Another order has been placed and should be here the end of August. Here is my suggestion. I will be blogging as soon as I know that it has been shipped. All colours from the first order will be coming again plus there are new colours. When it arrives I will be adding it to the website as soon as I can. I will blog that it's here. I will post on Ravelry. I will post on Facebook. Go to the website and order online. This will guarantee that you get the colours you want. There will be shipping charged on the order. If you want to pick it up, note on the order that you'll be coming in and when you pick up the yarn we will give you back the shipping charges. Please make sure you note that you are coming in because I try to ship out the same day that an order is placed.

Worsted Cotton from Blue Sky Fibers came home with me tonight. Beth is going to make the Caledonia Cowl for the store. The main colour is 645 Iceburg. The contrasting colours are 648 Plum Dusk, 647 Bluefin and 639 Wasabi.

Yes, we've been watching Big Brother. It is an interesting season. I really want James to win. With the way things are going right now he won't be on anyone's radar for quite a while. It's almost time to start watching and get back to my knitting.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Planning for Fall

I like to plan. That includes my knitting. What am I going to make when I'm finished my current project?

Here are some great designs that will be in Rowan Magazine #60. The magazine should be in the store at the end of August/beginning of September. That gives you enough time to finish your current project and be ready for something new and exciting for fall.

I can't wait. It's hard to believe that we are up to #60. I opened the store in August of 1987 and the first yarn I bought was Rowan. That was the first year for the Rowan Magazine. The Needle Emporium has been listed as a stockist in the back of every issue.