Scarf Yarns

Friday, October 09, 2015

Getting ready for Festival

Today is about getting ready for the Fleece Festival. We're making up kits and starting to pack. I was in the store early today, thankfully, because the SweetGeorgia kits arrived. YAY!!!

We have new wooden crates to use in the booth. Today we've been filling them with yarn and kits. 
This is Olympia from Lana Grossa - the colours are awesome. I have a better picture of my cowl. A real model is always better than one of my mannequin friends.
2 balls and 9mm, 80 cm circular needles. We'll give you the pattern with the purchase of the yarn. All you need to know is how to knit and purl. And count to six.
These kits are for Gale - the poncho that we have hanging in the store.

Sarah wore Gale at the Knitters' Fair and after the show picked up the yarn to knit herself one. Here are some comments from her blog (
Gale is knit like two big rectangles with some arm shaping and a loose neck. It really has a sweater feel and doesn’t flow out around the body. It’s closed at the side with a button. The first thing I noticed was that it was warm without being stifling. I also felt that I could still wear a coat with it on. My big beef about ponchos is that when it gets really cold out it’s awkward to wear a coat over top.
Right now we are watching the bottom of the 9th. I want to lock the door and concentrate but Lynn won't let me.

It's much later and the fourth baseball game of the day is on. The first one didn't end well. The Jays are in trouble if they don't start hitting.

After a long day in the store it's time to say goodnight. Saturday of a long weekend can go one of two ways. The store could be totally dead because everyone is out visiting with their family or it can be crazy busy because people have come from out of town to see their family and visit while they're close.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Lilli Pilli

Cathy knit this beautiful shawl and it's been on display in the store. I don't know why I haven't taken pictures to share until today. I think the leaves turning have inspired me.
Pattern: Lilli Pilli (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: 3 skeins of Mrs. Crosby Train Case - Spangled Cotinga, Creme Fraiche and Greystone.

Cathy knit the shawl on a 3.75mm needle. I really hope she forgets that I have it.

We still don't have a dining room/kitchen table in our house. I had a custom table priced but it was way too much money. We keep looking and can't find just the right thing. Until tonight. There is something new coming to Urban Barn and it could be the one. They have a console table in stock and a chair in the store. The table should be there next week. Now we're excited. We will be grown ups and can invite people over once we have a table. There are people (Cathy, Sarah and Jane in particular) that still haven't seen the house. In a few weeks they can come visit.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

The Reverb Shawl

My knitting is growing. Not fast but I'm plugging away. The darn rows are getting longer :)
While I was outside taking pictures, I took out Exploration Station. I'm not sure if I ever showed a finished picture after the ends were sewn in and it was blocked.

The dates have been set for Knitting Camp 2016.

We will be going to Bayview-Wildwood on Thursday, September 22-Sunday September, 25.

Now I need to work on our instructors.

After work, Beth and I went to Costco to pick up some things for Monday nights dinner. They had dog beds so now we have two. They posed nicely for a picture and now Roko is back on the couch and Melo is lying on the tile floor. Silly dogs.

It's knitting time. Survivor is taping. The baseball game is on. The Leafs are playing. An all round busy evening.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Rosa Rosae

We have a new sample for the store. Diana bought a Party of Five kit (sweetgeorgia Tough Love Sock) and surprised me with this. We'll have the shawl in the store for a few weeks until Diana wants/needs it back.

Pattern: Rosa Rosae (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: sweetgeorgia Party of Five kit

The pattern does not call for colour changes. Diana bought the kit at the Knitters' Fair and then thought that this pattern would look great in multi-colours. And she was right. She knit until the first skein ran out and then joined in the next one. She continued until all the yarn was used.

The designer is Mam'zelle Flo. The lady who brought us Auburn Wave - one of my favourite patterns.
Rosa Rosae is a crescent shawlette worked from the neck down in fingering weight yarn. It can be knit in a variety of sizes making it truly adaptable.

The Party of Five kits should be arriving from BC on Thursday.

Monday, October 05, 2015

New Lace Knitting

New Lace Knitting is a striking collection of 19 garment and accessory designs intended to reawaken your love of traditional lace knitting by using classic stitch patterns in fresh ways. Whether you’re creating shawls, cardigans, pullovers, or wraps, these projects show you the incredible versatility of lace: how stitch patterns change in different weights of yarn, how you can use that stitch pattern sparingly or for your whole project, and how little knitterly details make a lace project truly elegant, whether it is for every day or special occasion.
We have a new book in the store and the designs are amazing.

See all the designs on Ravelry... 
The October Dream Club yarn will be arriving next week. Dream in Color is holding it to ship with yarn for the Fleece Festival.
This month we have two patterns for you. Both are fingerless mitts. The knitted version “En Plein Air” designed by Jimmy Martinez, features a strap with a button for decoration and a nice close fit, something Monet would have worn while painting “en plein air” (outdoors) on a chilly day! The crocheted version, “Water Lillies” designed by Susan Sellers, features a unique chain foundation and decorative textural stitches that evoke Monet’s famous painting of the same name
The yarn is Everlasting DK, 100% superwash merino wool. 250m (275 yards) on a 100gram skein. If you aren't into fingerless gloves, the yarn would work great for the Squish Me Cap (pattern purchased on Ravelry).
Beth loves the Squish Me Cap and has knit in many times. This one is in Zara Print Melange from Filatura Di Crosa. I have a feeling that she will want a skein of the Dream Club yarn to make another one.

The rain isn't stopping in Myrtle Beach. We talked to Lisa this morning and they ate Kraft Dinner and potatoes for breakfast. There isn't a lot of food left in the house. Another homeowner in the complex stopped in to check on them this morning and told them that the road by our house is the worst. If they walk to my parents, they can take my parents car out to the store. Lisa was quite excited. I'm not sure if it was food or the fact that the wine is running out. Thank goodness we have lots of games in our house so they've been amused for the past few days.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

That's a lot of rain

They've been talking on the news about the rain in South Carolina. There has been a lot of it. At the golf course where our house is they've had 21" (no that isn't a typo) of rain.

Friends are staying in our house in Myrtle Beach. This is the first email that came in this morning. The road is a bit flooded. The water is half way up the mail box.
This is the second picture. A lady got stranded on the road beside our house. They got her out and brought her in to dry her off before her husband could get as far as he could to pick her up.
This is the third email. The front of our house. Half of our front lawn is under water. The water on the road is so deep that Jim was swimming in it. They emailed a video of him doing the front crawl down the road. Then they heard that there was a yellow house in trouble. My parent's house is yellow. Jim went a mile through the water to make sure it was okay. Thankfully it was. They just had new floors installed.
Beth and I are hosting a family get together next Monday. We figured everyone will have eaten enough turkey so we are having lasagna. Today was very productive. Three large trays and four small ones. The freezer is full and we'll have dinner food for a while.

There was a bit of knitting today but not a lot. I was busy flipping between football games.
The Reverb Shawl in a Party of Five kit from sweetgeorgia. I'm using the Rusted colourway.

The new season of Homeland starts tonight. Of course we had to order the Superchannel to watch it. I'd like to think that I'll be able to knit during it but I'm kidding myself. You have to pay a lot of attention.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Limited Edition

Mrs. Crosby has been busy.
I am simply over the moon to announce the first in what I intend to be an ongoing series of such discoveries: a limited edition of a fascinating yarn, available nowhere else and never to be repeated.
May I present, please: Ombra della Sera. Evening Shadow. This intriguing, luxurious chain-ply was milled in Prato, Italy from 90% cashmere and 10% nylon for a dashing combination of softness and durability. On needles US 6-7 (4-5mm) it knits at a gauge of approximately 4.5-5 stitches to the inch. The put-up is 50 grams (approximately 110 yards) per hank
This is a very, very limited edition yarn. It should be in the store at the end of next week.
These are three special edition colours that will only be available in this yarn.

We also have on order
-Wild Huckleberry
-Hollywood Cerise
-Roasted Chestnut
-Red King Radish

Like I said. It is very limited - not all colours were available. There will be a special pattern available but I can't talk about it yet. As soon as I can, I will share pictures.

I finished knitting an infinity scarf today. I should have taken another picture so it wasn't doubled around my friend's neck but it was raining when I took this and she was complaining.

My goal is to block it tomorrow.
I used two balls of Olympia from Lana Grossa. The pattern is easy and quick to make on 9mm needles.
Make colorful projects quickly with Lana Grossa Olympia. This super bulky yarn is a machine washable blend of wool and acrylic, in a single ply. The marled colors are fantastic and is great for accessories, hats, scarves and cowls.
There are 100m on a ball and it retails for $16.95. Great for Christmas projects.
Today was crazy in the store. Cold and rainy outside means that knitting season is starting. Thanks to all who came in today - I'm sure you're having a great evening starting on a new project. Now it's time for me to get back to a project that needs to be finished for the Fleece Festival. Yikes. Why do I put myself under time constraints like this??