Scarf Yarns

Monday, January 26, 2015


My morning drive. It was snowing like crazy in Ancaster. There was at least 2cm of snow on the ground when I got to the store. Wilson Street is a parking lot because the highway is a parking lot.

That picture was taken at 9:30. It's now 10:40 and the snow has stopped and the sun is out. Come on weather. Make up your mind. Snow or not but don't keep changing all day.

I haven't been paying too much attention to what is happening outside - it's 11:40 and snowing again. What a crazy day. At least I (and hopefully you) don't live on the east coast of the US. They are getting ready for one heck of a storm. Think of the knitting we could accomplish if we were snowed in for a few days.

To get you thinking about spring, here are the pretty new colours that Lorna's Laces is bringing out in a few weeks.

I'm home from work. I ducked out an hour early. The snow is still coming down in Ancaster and the roads are not very nice. Glad I made it home while it was still light out. It's knitting time. I started a new series yesterday on Netflix - Bones. Not too much thinking. Great knitting TV. I'm almost finished another project. Hopefully tonight.

If you are out on the roads, please be safe.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Zen Yarn Garden

I've been knitting with yarn from Zen Yarn Garden and I'm excited about new colours that I saw at TNNA. Here are some of the great colours coming soon in Serenity Glitter Sock
Serenity Glitter Sock: 80% Superwash Merino/10% Cashmere/10% Sparkling Nylon 
3-Ply Fingering Weight | Approx. 400 yards (100 g)

The yarns from Zen Yarn Garden are made in Canada and dyed in Canada.
 Coast Guard
 Lake Mist

Two skeins of Serenity Glitter Sock will make the Plank Stole. One skein will make a scarf version. When I went to Ravelry to get a link to the pattern I found a link to a video on 5 different ways to wear the Plank Stole.


Of course I did some searching on Ravelry. Roxanne (from Zen Yarn Garden) knit a great shawl. She said that I could use her pictures as long as I gave credit to Gail Zucker - she took the awesome photos.
Pattern: Point of View (purchased on Ravelry)

Worked sideways, this asymmetrical-triangle shawl is shaped with short rows. It features seed stitch sections in a contrasting color. 
You’ll need about 400 yds for the main color and about 260 for the contrasting color. 
Finished Measurements: 61” wide (across top edge), 22” deep

Quick, finish up a few of the projects that you have hidden under the couch so you can start something new when the yarn arrives. :)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

For every project you finish...

Cathy dropped by this morning wearing her Techincolor Cowl. She says that it is one of her favourite cowls to wear.

She didn't want her picture taken so I promised to cut off her head. I'm bad at taking pictures but not that bad - it was planned :)

We picked out colours for her to knit another one. I can't wait to see it finished.

Rebecca and her husband were in with cans for the food drive. 48 cans of soup and 10 juice boxes. She is very serious about winning! Thank you for the awesome donation.

Thank you to Dalia and Michael for the huge basket of cans. It was the end of the day and I didn't get a picture but everyone is taking this seriously. Thanks!!

What have I been working on? I'm finishing up an Auburn Wave that has been almost finished for a while.
Yarn: Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Silk Single - 2 skeins in Botanical. The cool thing about Zen Yarn Gardens is that their yarns are made and dyed in Canada.

Remember, for every project that you finish you get to start two new ones. Yes, you can quote me on that :)

Friday, January 23, 2015

National Sweater Day

From the WWF website...
Since 2010, over a million Canadians have participated in National Sweater Day. 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 inspired 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 – equivalent to shutting down a 600 mega watt coal-fired power station.
This morning Beth and I went through the new house.

 The tile in my shower is finished.
The floor is down. They just finished it and were trying to wash it when we came in. Hence the footprints in the next picture.

 Going up the stairs.

What happens when you forget to bring knitting to work?
I cast on another CustomFit cardigan. Bella Lino from Classic Elite held double. This is the same cardigan that I wore at TNNA and I love it.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Mini Skeins

We received a happy box from Dream in Color today. More Classy Mini Skeins to knit the Technicolor Cowl.
With its 100% superwash merino base and just the right amount of twist, Classy is the quintessential worsted-weight yarn. The fiber content, combined with our unique dyeing process, gives Classy its deep and lushly-shaded tones, while the plied texture lends crisp stitch definition to everything from lace to cables.

Lynn and I spent some time making up kits. I know that you aren't supposed to be proud of yourself but I must say that I put together some great colour combinations. Totally different than kits that we made in the past. It was hard to walk out of the store without one of the kits. Maybe my weekend knitting :)

The basket of food for the Food Drive is starting to fill.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


The Sirdar booth at TNNA was great. Lots and lots of models.
I love their baby mannequins!

The new yarns for spring arrived yesterday and are out on the shelf.
Beachcomber is a new yarn.
100% cotton
DK weight
140m on a 50 gram ball
Lots of patterns
$6.95 a ball
Beachcomber DK is a beautiful 100% cotton yarn, it has an incredible softness and slub texture. This lovely yarn comes in a range of colours that evoke everything for a perfect summer’s day, there are breath-taking space-dyed colours and bold, saturated shades. The Beachcomber DK design collection has designs for women and girls that will create a casual, carefree summer style, there are 8 leaflets and the ‘One Day in Summer’ book 484. Designs include summer tops which use a variety of stitches and knitting techniques to create beautiful patterns and detailing. Then for when that sea air turns slightly more brisk, there are pretty cardigan designs. As you knit with Beachcomber DK let yourself drift away to a secluded beach, where you can smell the fresh sea air.

A new baby yarn called Bubbly.
100% nylon
120m in a 50gram ball
$6.95 a ball
We are thrilled to be re launching Snuggly Bubbly, a much loved baby pom pom yarn! This gorgeous yarn is being re launched with all of Snuggly’s famous softness and in 8 of the loveliest powdery baby shades, including pinks, blues, lilac, lemon, cream and white. We have also designed an adorable new collection of baby knits, with blankets, a sleep sack, cardies with matching Snuggly DK trims and the tiniest of bootees for the smallest of babies. Snuggly Bubbly literally bubbles off your needles, meaning you can have all of these gorgeous garments in no time!
There is a new book for Cotton DK.
Sirdar Cotton DK is our stunning mercerised double knit cotton, it has a subtle sheen and creates the most incredible stitch definition. We have added 4 fresh new colours to the range, Dusted Lilac, Cool Aqua, Grey Dawn and Cobalt Blue. These modern shades are perfect summer knits and we have 4 new leaflets with crochet designs for women and girls, there are long sleeve cover ups and pretty tops embellished with crochet flowers – perfect for the poolside. 

Snuggly Baby Crofter DK is the original and best Fair Isle colour effect yarn for babies and children, and we have four new Baby Crofter shades to add to the already incredible range. These new shades are pretty, fashionable shades for girls, we have Molly, a trendy teal and yellow mix, Gracie, which has soft blues and heathers, Annabelle, a fruity pumpkin and pink and Brooke, a zingy purple and lime green! We also have an adorable new design collection for babies and girls from birth to 7 years, the designs include a cute bolero, a tie-front ballerina cardie, classic cardie designs, plus blankets and tiny bootees. These new designs show off the gorgeous Fair Isle effect Snuggly Baby Crofter is famous for beautifully and are available as leaflets and in the new ’Crofter Girls’ book.
Yesterday I showed the front of Fiona Ellis' new cardigan. On Twitter last night, people were asking about the back. Fiona tweeted this picture. Isn't it awesome?