Scarf Yarns

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The party is getting bigger

The front is finished and the back is almost done.

There will be buttons on the side of the sweater. You don't make button holes - the buttons are sewn to both flaps to hold them together.

We received more sock yarn today. This is self-striping in great colours.
100 gram balls
75% superwash wool
25% polyamide
A touch of Aloe for softness

$18 a ball
Featured Speaker for 2015: AMY SINGER! Her talk will be “Digital Camera Secrets for Knitters” and it takes place at 1 PM in the Speaker’s Area.
Amy is the founder and editor of the wonderful online magazine Knitty.com, and is a knitting teacher, designer, and all-around lovely person. Read more about her on her website, amysinger.ca.

Whether your camera is in your phone, a cute little point-and-shoot or something with a few more features, taking better digital pictures is not rocket science. There are simple, concrete things you can do to make the photos you take better right now.

In this informative lecture, Amy will demystify the mechanics of photography. She’ll tell you which are the most important settings to adjust on your point-and-shoot camera, and how to be the boss of your smartphone camera, too! She’ll cover easy after-processing with iOS and Android apps (for smartphone pictures) and affordable alternatives to Photoshop for computer-based processing. And because good photography is not just about the equipment you use, she’ll talk about how to take a good picture of your knitwear! We’ll talk about models, locations, backgrounds, styling and more!

You won’t want to miss this helpful lecture! Bring a notebook and pen!
I really wish that I could hear Amy's talk. Maybe another time. It's Party Time. My goal is to have it finished by tomorrow evening. Then I get to start a new project over the weekend :)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sock yarn and more sock yarn

Twizzlefoot - a new sock yarn from Mountain Colors arrived today.
53% Superwash Merino, 17% Domestic Wool, 17% Silk, 13% Nylon - hand dyed in Montana

410m / 450 yards on a skein

$37.75 a skein
I took this picture of the Twizzlefoot knit up when I was at TNNA in June. The ply of the yarn gives a great tweed effect. Something a bit different.

Pattern: Celo (free on Ravelry)
One skein of Twizzlefoot

Later in the day, Mr. Canpar brought in a box of Malabrigo Mechita. Oh my goodness. I want it all.
Diana
Mandragora
Ninfas
Unicornio
Pegaso

These swatches do no justice to the yarn. It is beautiful.

It's almost home time and we managed to get the Mechita on the shelf.

What can you knit with either yarn?
Ley Lines (pattern purchased on Ravlery) would look amazing. The pattern is easy to follow and fun to knit.

It's TV knitting time. Between the Jays and the four shows we have taped, Beth is going to be busy with the converter while I work on Holi Party.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Party is Growing


My progress on Holi Party. I need to roll another ball and should finish the front tonight during America's Got Talent.

I finally remembered point protectors when I got to work this morning. This will make life easier.


For some people it is very important that both socks match. Exactly. Here is the newest sock yarn for you.
REGIA PAIRFECT – A new dimension in sock knitting! This innovation by Regia makes it incredibly easy to knit two identical socks from one skein. Thanks to "Easy Start" it is easy to find the beginning of each sock and to start knitting.

It’s very easy: The yellow starter thread marks the beginning of each sock. Simply cut off the yellow starter thread and begin knitting the first sock. After the first sock is completed, unwind the yarn to the next yellow starter thread and cut it off. Then simply knit the second sock.


It's almost Knitter's Fair time. Here are some of my tips if this is your first time heading to the show.

- trust me, there is lots of yarn. If you don't like lines or crowds, wait until noon to come. There will still be lots for you to see. If booths sell out of something, most are more than willing to ship it to you after the show
- bring lunch with you. Then you don't have to stand in line.
- wear something that you have knit. It's always fun to see completed projects.
- if you see something you like, mark down the booth you saw it in. I can't tell you how many times we get frantic people at the end of the day because they forgot where they saw something
- go through your Ravelry library and make notes of yarn that you are interested in. If there is a certain pattern, print that pattern and bring it with you. Also bring information on the yarn. What it's made of. Tension. Yardage. That will make it easier for me and other booths to help you substitute. When you come in the store I can do it on the computer but we have limited Internet access at the show.
- please have patience.
- the Fair isn't just for knitters. It is put on by a knitting guild - hence the name. Crocheters please come to the show. There is lots of fabulous yarns that you and your hooks will have fun working with.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Dreaming

More colours are coming from Dream in Color. The shipment is leaving Arizona at the end of the week and we should have it by the middle of next week. All these colours will be available in two different yarns - both with the blend of 70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere and 10% nylon. Both yarns come in 100gram skeins.

Classy with Cashmere
An exquisite blend of luxury fibers and a refined twist unite to make Classy with Cashmere an exceptional yarn indeed. 20% cashmere lends the yarn an irresistible softness, while 10% nylon and 70% superwash merino make Classy with Cashmere a superb choice for well-loved baby garments and special occasion accessories alike.
Jilly with Cashmere
Jilly with Cashmere is a single-ply fingering weight yarn from Dream in Color. The blend of merino wool and cashmere makes this yarn remarkably soft and the nylon adds additional strength. Dream in Color's dyeing technique results in a very artistic and unique look in each skein, with intense color variation and a shadow effect. 
Anything Goes
Cabaret
Carousel
Dream Girls
Flower Drum Song
Hello Dolly
A Little Night Music
Kiss Me Kate
My Fair Lady
Secret Garden
Singing in the Rain
South Pacific

The September Dream Club will be in the box as well. Watch for details next week.

My knitting is back on track. Except for the fact that you need to put stitches on waste yarn. I hate doing that because it isn't fun getting them back on the needle. I leave them on a separate circular. All fine and good except that I have too many stitches and they keep falling off the ends. POINT PROTECTORS??? I don't have any. And I was at the store today to water the plants and forgot them. I'll take some pictures tomorrow when I can show the sweater on a mannequin. ASAP from tosh is a dream to knit with.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Holi Party


Last night I started to knit Holi Party (pattern purchased on Ravelry) in madelinetosh ASAP. You cast on with 8mm needles and work the neck band. Now you switch to 10mm needles and start the short row shaping. This is to make more rows in the back than in the front. If you aren't sure what I'm talking about, take a t-shirt out of your closet. Look at how the back neck is quite a bit higher than the front. If you don't do short rows on the sweater then the front neck will be up at your chin. All was going well. The pattern is very well written. Joji keeps giving you stitch counts so that you can make sure you are heading in the right direction. She forgot one important thing in the pattern - I told you to do it but did you make sure that you changed to the 10mm needles after the 4 rows of the neck band? The Jays were scoring many runs in one inning and I totally forgot to change needles. The short rows were done when I realized that my needles didn't feel big enough. All I could do was laugh. Today I'm taking it back to the neck band and having another go at it.

Melo was very happy this morning watching the golf on TV. His favourite part of watching TV is the commercials. He jumps up and runs closer.
The second chair for our living room arrived this week. Finally. We decided that the back of the couch looked very bare so we ordered a console table. I think the room is done now. Maybe. :)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Big needles = Quick knit

The vest is finished. All ends sewn in. Ready to head to Camp.

Pattern: Lanesboro Vest (patterns in the store or you can purchase on Ravelry)
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky
Needles: 12mm

Late this afternoon I received an email that shawl pins are on their way from the US.
The Shawl Pins are designed and handmade by Bonnie Bishoff and her husband J.M. Syron. They feature colorful inlays of polymer clay in white bronze and lead free pewter settings. Some of the polymer based pins encase metal armatures in their structures. The hooks are made in the USA, of nickel silver, exclusively for her designs.


Now it's time to sign off and get ready for the Jays game. And figure out what I'm going to knit on - start something new or work on an existing project??

Friday, August 21, 2015

It's Here

The new colours of madelinetosh are in the store.
This is just small amount of what came in today. Above is vintage and merino. Below is ASAP.

I started looking on Ravelry for things to knit in ASAP. I'm very attached to my large needles right now. Joji recently published a very cool sweater pattern in ASAP.

Holi Party takes 4-8 skeins and we received the colour Holi Festival in the shipment.

The Silk/Merino is amazing. Super soft with a beautiful sheen.

I did not take anything home with me. It was really hard. The colours are amazing. I'm going to finish my Blue Sky Bulky Vest and then I'll decide what is next. That could change tomorrow though when I get back to work. Holi Party is calling my name. Another sweater that would look great in the Camp Fashion Show.

I can't tell you anything about what is coming (yet) but we are participating in the 2015/2016 Dream Club from Dream in Color. The first pattern will be released on September 1. More details pretty soon because September is almost here.