Scarf Yarns

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope all our friends in the US are having a great Thanksgiving Day. There is no turkey in my near future but I will be enjoying football today :) And knitting. Clue #3 is almost done. Just two more rows and then onto #4.

An order just came in from Lantern Moon. Great Christmas gift ideas. Cat lovers - there is a new tape measure.
 Crocheted stitch markers.

So cute. What a great stocking stuffer.

We also received yarn from Classic Elite - more colours of Fresco. I love Classic Elite Yarns but their colour palettes are huge. There is no way that we can order in 10 skeins of every colour. I would love to but there is a small space issue in the store. They came up with mixed packs of Fresco and we received 2 skeins each in many colours.

Fresco is a smooth and even 3-ply sport weight yarn. The plies are twisted together tightly enough to make a firm, springy yarn, but not so tightly that the yarn loses its lofty, soft hand. The fiber blend—wool (for warmth and strength), alpaca (for loft and sheen), and a bit of angora (to provide a soft halo)—makes a yarn that’s warm, soft, and slightly fuzzy.
Fresco is 60% wool, 30% baby alpaca and 10% angora.

There are many Classic Elite Web-Letters with patterns for Fresco. I love these mittens. You need 2 skeins - 1 of each colour.

Download the pattern...

This cowl is knit in 2 skeins of Fresco. 

2 skeins will also make this great slouch hat.

When I blogged last week about receiving an order from Namaste I forgot to add in that we now have the Harlow bag in Slate Gray.
We're home and the football game is on. I must say that I am enjoying the score of the game. I managed to finish Clue #3 just before leaving the store. One more game to go tonight so I should get a few rows done on Clue #4

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Cathy started rearranging the madelinetosh dk while I was away and Lynn finished it up this morning. It's neat and tidy now.

The colours were calling me so I made up some Linen Stitch Scarf kits.
The pattern is the Linen Stitch Scarf from Churchmouse Yarns. This is an addendum knit in DK weight yarn on 7mm needles. The scarf above is knit in tosh dk and the scarf below is knit in merino dk.

If you are looking for a quicker knit, why not try the Honey Cowl?
Pattern: Honey Cowl (free on Ravelry)
Yarn: 1 skein for a tight cowl - 2 skeins for the infinity scarf pictured

I totally forgot something in my blog post last night. The designer of Airius is Linda Sellick. You can find all her patterns on Ravelry...

After work Beth drove out to see how our house looks. The roof trusses are on. Yes, that is snow. Sometimes her pictures are a bit fuzzy but this time it wasn't her fault.

It's official. The lock box. Our real estate agent had an open house today for real estate agents in the area. 25 came out to see the house. We were shocked by that number. Not that we had any clue what a good turnout is but that seems like a lot.

It's time to pull out Exploration Station and knit. The deadline for the store KAL is approaching.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Light as air ……….. “Airius”  
This very easy crescent shaped shawl is worked in one piece, from the top down. 
The Garter Stitch shawl body consists of a single row repeat stitch pattern.  
The easy lace border is joined to the shawl body as it is worked.  
The border is written in both word and charted forms.  
Two strands of luxury yarn are held together and knitted as one throughout.  
This design can be worked by either using 2 balls of the same colour or have fun as I did and use 2 completely different colours and make your own unique colour way, it will be truly unique and beautiful!!
Pattern: Airius (available for purchase on Ravelry)
Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe.

The six brand new colours of Kidsilk Haze Stripe should be arriving next week.
This shawl is colours 202 and 361.

This shawl is colour 360 and 200.

Here is the story of Airius

Just over a year ago, I won a prize that you were offering to name your new colour way for the "Color Play Mohair Wrap" - I named it "Royal Botanical Gardens".  Rather than have you ship my prize to me (a kit to make a Color Play Mohair Wrap), I choose to drive to your store and pick out which kit I would like.  I choose the Royal Botanical Gardens colour way and needless to say, I returned home with more than my prize yarn pack!!

Every Fall, my husband and I return to our boat in Virginia and then cruise to warmer waters on our SV Oneday during the winter months.  Last year, I couldn't resist taking along my prize pack of yarn to add to my ever growing on board stash (just in case I may run out of yarn!!).  One day in February, I crawled into one of the boat back room yarn storage bins and pulled out the 4 balls of Rowan Kid Silk Haze Stripe.  Instead of knitting the Color Play Mohair Wrap and since I'm never able to do what I'm supposed to do, I decided to put the yarn and myself through our paces and ended up designing and knitting the prototype for Airius.  I absolutely loved the way that 2 different shades of this yarn just magically worked together and produced such a wonderful colour effect yarn.  When completed, I sent the finished shawl off to Patty McGuire in Virginia Beach for a professional photo shoot.  The resulting photos were absolutely amazing but there was still more work to do on Airius.  So, with spread sheet in hand and because I wanted to create a pattern that used just 2 balls of this wonderful yarn without an annoying amount of leftovers, I tweaked Airius until she satisfied what I had in mind for her.  Blocking on a sailing vessel presents a major problem, so I waited until we returned to Ontario at the end of April this year to complete this final touch.  I then packed up Airius and sent it South to in Virginia Beach VA for a professional photo shoot.  
Beth and I watched Homeland from Sunday night. Oh my goodness. How are we going to wait until Sunday to find out what happens? I am really enjoying this season. Just wish it was on every night :)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Home Again

We had a great time on our mini vacation. We left later than planned on Saturday because we were worried about freezing rain. It never came and the drive was uneventful. We dropped our bags at the hotel and headed to the mall - Somerset Collection.
The first stop was Restoration Hardware. We were hoping to find lights for our house. They didn't have what we wanted but we had fun shopping the store. I made Beth try this cool hat on. The plan was to buy her one but she didn't want to carry it around. We never made it back. Next year.

We spend some time in Pottery Barn. I collect pitchers like this for Myrtle Beach but it might stay here in the new house. The picture is deceiving - it is 15" high. And heavy - I had to carry it to the car. We also bought large baskets. I saw them in Myrtle in the summer but we had no way to get them home. They took up a bit of room in the bed of the truck.
Sunday was Outlet Mall Day. Great Lakes Crossing is huge!! 185 stores. It took some time to see it all.

American Thanksgiving is Thursday. All the stores are gearing up. Look at the hours for the mall. Open on Thursday at 6pm until 10pm on Friday. Yes, open for 28 straight hours.
And a bit of knitting content. This was a display that we saw in Macy's today. Balls and cones of yarn.

Here is Exploration Station so far. There wasn't a lot of time for knitting while we were away.
Hopefully it will be finished this week. It's been a fun, interesting knit without being so hard that you get frustrated.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Happy Sunday

Knit this unisex jacket the member's exclusive free pattern for November 2014. Designed by Martin Storey using Original Denim, a unique yarn that behaves like denim fabric (cotton), this jacket has an all over rib pattern, contrasting moss stitch collar and pocket detail.
Download the free pattern from Rowan's website...

Rowan Denim will be in the store in a couple of weeks.
Denim is a cotton yarn which behaves like denim fabric.  It shrinks on its first wash and the colour continues to slightly fade over time.  Denim is available in 2 traditional denim shades.
I have many, many denim sweaters and LOVE them. When you knit with Denim you knit the sweater and sleeves longer (the pattern gives you the proper knitting length) and then you wash the pieces before sewing them together. They will shrink to the proper length. Whenever your sweater needs to be washed you throw it in the washer and dryer. You don't look after a denim sweater. That is the beauty of it.

The yarn will fade with every washing but it won't come off on you when you wear it. If you don't want it to fade anymore then start washing it inside out.

Looking for other Denim patterns? There are many on the Rowan website - some are free and others are in books...

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bigga Buddy

Mr. Canada Post brought in a box from Namaste this morning. The Bigga Buddy is finally here.
The Bigga' Buddy case is an oversized version of our Better Buddy case; it features hidden magnetized interior walls to keep your metal items in place, a removable interior divider, and is made of vegan animal-friendly faux leather. Perfect for quilters, crocheters, knitters, and general Namasterians alike! Contrast stitching, solid construction, and snap button closure; when size matters- you need a Bigga' Buddy! 
The Poppins bag in Raspberry is back in stock too.

Tomorrow morning I'm going on a road trip. Beth, Bev, Bev's daughter in law and I are heading to Troy, Michigan (just outside of Detroit) for a few days of shopping. I hope to blog while I'm away but in case I don't have time (there are a lot of malls to visit) then I will be back Monday night.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lots of Boxes

We unpacked many, many boxes today.

A shipment came in from Knitter's Pride. The individual, interchangeable Marblz tips are in stock.

We have a new sock yarn. Regia Stripemania 6ply. This is a thicker sock yarn that will also work great for hats and scarves.
75% wool
25% polyamide

375m on a 150gram ball

22 stitches=4" on 4mm needles

Download the free pattern for the socks - 1 ball on 3mm-4mm needles - depending on how tight you want the knitting to be.

For more free patterns with Stripemania....

Of course I took a look on Ravelry. Here is a pattern for an awesome pair of fingerless gloves...

Fluormania Color is back in stock. Want to knit bright socks that your kids can't lose??

One ball will make a pair on 2.5mm-2.75mm needles.

Lynda needs a project. She lives up north where they are getting a lot more snow than we are getting in Ancaster. She needs knitting to keep her busy. I've had my eye on a cowl for a while but there hasn't been time so Lynda gets this too.
Pattern: Pine Bough Cowl (free on Ravelry)
Yarn: Rowan Tweed

I hope she knits fast. I can't wait to see it finished. No pressure Lynda :)

My knitting is progressing. Clue #2 is finished and I'm going to start #3 tonight. Grey's Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder. Who actually committed the murder? I'm not sure where the show will/can go for season 2.

Our house is finally ready to be put on the market. Our agent is listing it on Monday. Walls have been painted. It's surprising how much slobber Roko and Melo can get on the walls. It has been cleaned from top to bottom. Really, really cleaned. Today the tile floors in the kitchen and laundry room were professionally cleaned. For some reason the builder used white grout. It doesn't matter what you do, short of scrubbing with a tooth brush, the grout won't come back to white. It's almost there but it took a special machine. The new house has dark grout everywhere. We won't make that mistake again.

Now it's time to put the fireplace on, make a cup of peppermint tea and knit! Stay warm.