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Monday, January 15, 2018

Driving Miss Lucy

It was another late night last night. I cast on the 232 stitches and then couldn't stop. The first section is made up of short rows to grow the semi circle. The rows are taking a long time but as I get going they will become shorter and shorter.

We should see a new Opal sock yarn next week. Happy colours for a dreary winter day.

Don't forget that Opal only produces a series of colours once. When they are sold out we can not reorder them.
There is also a new series called Elegant. Four colours are coming from this collection - the denims and the greys. Not everyone wants bold socks.

Lucy is very comfortable in the front seat of the truck. Dad and Beth are going to visit a job site in Bowmanville tomorrow and taking Lucy along for the ride. I wonder if it will be Beth or Lucy who rides in the back.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Cast Off and Cast On

I cast off Find Your Fade this afternoon during the first football game. What a game. When it was over we grabbed dinner and headed over to see dad. It was way too cold to try and do outside pictures. I threw it on the rail in the loft.

Beth was lying on the love seat until Lucy decided she needed to be on it too. We need to get dad bigger couches.

I wound my first skein of Skinny Singles (the colour is Raku) for Kimba. Now to try and get 232 stitches cast on before bed.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Sunset Highway

Elizabeth came in today with her finished Sunset Highway (pattern purchased on Ravelry). I've looked at the pattern and thought it looked nice but you really appreciate the sweater when you see it in real life. Thank you Elizabeth for sharing.
There is nothing quite so romantic as a road trip along the coast, with sunsets blazing in all their glory as you drive with the windows down and ocean breeze in your hair. That ocean breeze can get chilly though, so having a lightweight sweater tossed in the backseat is always a safe bet. Find your favorite speckled sock yarns to knit this unique slouchy sweater with a colorwork yoke and sleeves. Choose similar colors to fade from top to bottom, or get crazy with bright contrasting tones! you can never go wrong with a good speckle from your favorite indie dyer. this oversized sweater will quickly become your comfiest go-to summer layering piece that will transition beautifully into the fall.
It is stunning.
There is a slight bit of shaping in the back so that the back hangs longer than the front. This is done with short rows. I looked at some projects on Ravelry and a few people left this out and made the sweater all the same length.

I've decided on my Vegas Knitting.

I'm going to make Ambah O'Brien's Kimba (we have printed copies in the store or you can purchase on Ravelry) using Hedgehog Skinny Singles.

Raku - I will use this for the first colour (coral in the sample)
Cereal (the lightest colour in the sample that separates the other colours)
Wildcard  (rust in the sample)
Eel (black in the sample)
I'm getting this in just under the wire. Beth and I went to dad's to watch football with him when I finished work. We were going to leave after the first game but a group of his friends came over and we all played cards. I did get some knitting in before they arrived. I have 18 rows to go on Find Your Fade. I'm going to do a few rows tonight and should finish tomorrow.

Friday, January 12, 2018


Mr. Canada Post dropped by this morning with two huge boxes. The Hedgehog has arrived. I didn't think we would see the boxes until next week so it was a happy morning.

The four Potlucks are amazing!

The website has been updated.
Skinny Singles
Twist Sock

I made it to the last colour. I can't wait to finish. Hopefully by the end of the weekend.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Everyone loves a free pattern

This is called the Byberry Scarf and the pattern is free on Ravelry. The scarf is knit with a full skein of Fino from Manos del Uruguay along with a Fino Mini Skein Kit.

We were busy unpacking boxes today. Do you need a pom pom? We have lots!!

These cute project bags arrived today.
Store your yarn in these handy project bags to keep them neat, tidy and tangle free. (Pack of 2 - one purple and one red) 
Features: zipper closure, grommet for yarn pull through, holds 150-200 grams of yarn, loop handle
The box arrived from Meadowcroft Dyeworks and the new colours of Rockshelter Sock are fabulous. Alex made up a Find Your Fade kit in these beautiful colours.

Einstein on the Beach
Chris Craft
Black Opal
Aqua Velva

Then I started to play
Raku Glaze
Old Lace
Hippy Chick
Spring Violets
Claude Monet
Speers Bridge
Jazz Singer
Gelert & Llewelyn
Pit Fired Vessel
Steel Phantom
Pinstriped PJs
Gelert & Llewelyn (dyed on a different day and a totally different colour)
North of Wales

It was time to head home so I stopped playing. I have a feeling there will be more combinations tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Speckle & Pop!

Last night I brought out Find Your Fade. 20 rows and then I'm onto the last colour. I really want this finished for TNNA.

Alex finished her latest Stephen West shawl. It is fabulous.

Pattern: Speckle & Pop! (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Long Dog Bounce Sock for the main colours with mini skeins and left over fingering weight for the contrast.

The fingering weight version uses three main colors combined with five color pops for a speckletacular shawl. Fade the main colors from light to dark in the first short row section while adding contrasting eyelet stripes. Slipped stitches mix the main colors together along the edge of the shawl followed by giant yarn over holes. Choose between two-color brioche or garter stitch for the final chevron border. Decorate the edging with a contrast color I-cord bind off.
Alex is wearing her Piece of Silver Sweater. It fits her so well - so well that she's making it again.

The National Parks Collection from Fleece Artist has sold very well. We are almost out of Festival Sock but I received good news yesterday. Another shipment is on the way and we should see it by the end of the week. We will have three skeins of each National Park.

We have customers in every day looking for yarn to knit a baby blanket. These cute kits will be here in February.

These kits are going to go fast. The price is $27.50. (That isn't a mistake - I couldn't believe the price either.) Reserve yours today to make sure that you get the kit you want.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Kinda Magic

We have a new sock yarn coming in February. It looks very cool. Why am I showing this so early? It is for experienced sock knitters. You might want to get a pair of socks on the needles now so you're ready when the yarn arrives.

REGIA is pleased to announce a brand-new release, one that will make the perfect gift to discover in a stocking this year... A collection of unique leopard print self-patterning socks! - it's magic!

Why it is for experienced sock knitters only:

• Tension is super important in this pattern. - A small difference in tension could throw off the design!

• No one person knits exactly the same way, so for the KINDA MAGIC SOCK YARN knitters might need a few chances to get the tension spot on. - So experiment until you’ve got it.

• Once the knitter has figured out the correct tension, she can show off her socks knitting know-how by concentrating on becoming the ultimate knitting master.
  • • As a knitter new to socks knitting, you might want to get used to socks knitting techniques with one of our REGIA effects, where tension is not so important to receive the desired design.

How to knit the KINDA MAGIC SOCKS:

• This design only works with a cast on of 60 stitches.

• The 80g ball is for socks in sizes 36 to 41.

• This sock is worked from the cuff down, working as a tube, then one will add the heel in at the end.

• The heel and toe are worked in the same way, making things a little easier.
• To help the knitter further, the beginning of the yarn is marked with EASY START on the ball band.

• And to help getting the correct tension, a small stripe section in stocking stitch is added. It is important that the stripe should be exactly 1 round of knitting, if it is longer than 1 round, the knitter should go up a needle size. If it is shorter than 1 round, you should go down a needle size.

• Once in the main section, the knitter will see the leopard print spots appear as she works. If the leopard print design is leaning to the left, she is knitting too tightly, if they are leaning to the right she is knitting too loosely.

I didn't make it to church Sunday morning but Beth did and came home talking about a restaurant in Hamilton called 541. 

Dad and Beth went for lunch today. The food is not expensive and they both enjoyed their meal. When paying you can donate money which is put towards buttons. These buttons can be used by those who don't have money to pay for a meal. Here is a great article from The Globe and Mail which explains the restaurant and the buttons.

Beth said that the restaurant is very nice. It's an old bank building. You can also donate hats and scarves. They are hanging for those in need to take.

Here is the link to their website. If you live in the Hamilton area, please check it out.