Scarf Yarns

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Thunder Cowl

Ravelry is a very bad place to go :) While looking at patterns today I found the Thunder Cowl.
Two skeins of Malabrigo Mecha came home with me. It's been a long week so I deserve another project.
The Color Play Mohair Wrap is growing. Not quick enough but I should get to the next colour soon.

We didn't watch The Amazing Race last night so that is on the agenda for tonight. Plus two episodes of How to Get Away With Murder. I'm still deciding if I like the show. It's one of those shows where you know you don't really enjoy it but you keep watching because it has to get better. Plus I want to know who committed the murder. There is also a baseball game. Go Royals!!

Margaret sent me a picture last week (sorry Margaret for not posting this sooner) of her finished Auburn Wave. This was for our September KAL. I've created another 'Auburn Wave Monster' - we can't stop making the same shawl
The first time round I used leftover yarn so this time I decided to do another Auburn wave with yarn specifically selected for this project. I choose Zen's serenity glitter sock in the colour "party girl".  I am very happy with the choice. I finished it just in time. The ends are sewn in but it needs blocking (and apparently my turtleneck could use a pressing now that it has been brought out from summer storage).
Are you going to take part in our next KAL?
Exploration Station is Stephen West's new Mystery KAL starting on October 31. We're going to do this as a store KAL too. Some of you don't like doing Mystery KALs and that's okay. Pick any Stephen West pattern and knit along with us.

A little tip from Stephen for picking colours.

Make sure color A looks very different from all 3 contrasting colors. You can take a photo of all 4 colors and give them a black & white filter. If you see color A contrasting against the other 3 colors in a black & white photo, then you will definitely have high contrast. 
Here are my colours.

Want to see the colours that other people are using? Go to the Westknits KAL group on Ravelry. This is the Yarn Thread link... There are a lot of posts so here is a trick to get just the yarn pictures. At the top of the page click on Images. Right now there are about 640. This might help you to decide what you like and what you don't like :)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Flowers

The aquarium is finished so Beth has moved onto flowers. She is going to do a piece to hang on the wall. Lots of colour. Cathy's suggestion was a zoo. Great suggestion but we weren't sure how to display the animals. Another small problem - Beth likes lots of colour. Zoo animals are mostly earth tones.
Not the best picture. Pot lights aren't your friend when you want to take a picture. It was a long day in the store (a great day but I'm tired) so I'm going with this for now. You get the idea. She'll get more finished over the weekend and I'll get a better picture outside in natural light.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Dream in Color

Mr. UPS delivered a box from Dream in Color this afternoon. There were 4 special skeins in the box. The October Dream Club colour is back in stock.

One skein will make this cowl.


The mini skeins of Classy are back in stock too. 
I'm going to have fun making kits tomorrow.

Cathy was in the store today so that I could do paperwork at home. Actually, I was supposed to be resting but that didn't happen. I have to leave Cathy chores (she doesn't sit very well) so I asked her to straighten the Taiyo Sock Yarn. Then I remembered that we have a great scarf knit in the Noro yarn.
A cotton and wool blend fingering weight yarn that comes with generous 457 yards of yarn in each 100 gram skein. Ideal for modular knitting, socks and lace projects.
Pattern: Drop City (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: 2 balls of Taiyo Sock
The yarn is also updated on the website... All the colours and amounts that we have in stock. There are lots of great colours to choose from.

There is another major job happening at home right now.
At TNNA (the trade show that I go to twice a year to purchase yarn and accessories for the store) in May the Yarn Group did a scavenger hunt on the show floor called The Quest. We're going to be doing The Quest again in January. Beth and I are in charge. We are also setting up the Yarn Group Lounge. What to do in the Lounge? Food? Speakers? Furniture? Posters? Garments? There are many decisions to be made.

No one can say that life is boring at my house.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Finally my knitting

Here are some pictures of my current knitting. It's been a while since I've shared my work. When you work on many things at once, it doesn't seem like anything is growing.
Another Color Play Mohair Wrap in Kidsilk Haze Stripe from Rowan. These are brand new colours that should be arriving in November.
Another Auburn Wave. This one is in tosh merino light.

No friend today to help me model. They have gone on a trip to Toronto for the weekend. Trendsetter Yarns is coming from California to have a booth at the Creative Festival. Barry has borrowed some of my friends as well as my grid. If you are at the show, stop by the booth and say HI to everyone.

Survivor tonight. Who is going home? The teams are switching up. This should be interesting. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Scarf. Swatching. Sinuses.

A double strand of soft and squishy Chateau combined with a lofty fishermen's rib stitch, make for an exceptionally cozy scarf. And, while exact gauge is not crucial to the success of this project, try not to be tighter than the specified gauge—a looser stitch will create a cushier scarf.

The Fishermen's Rib Scarf from Classic Elite Yarns. The pattern is free in today's Web-Letter. Download the pattern... 

Swatching is important. Actually pretty much mandatory if you're knitting a sweater, cardigan or vest. I know that you don't want to but it is necessary to make sure that your garment comes out the proper size. The number one reason why a garment doesn't fit is because the knitter didn't do a swatch.

Here is a little tip from Knitter's Pride.
Read more on their blog...

I had nightmares about going to the dentist today. Root canal? Pull the tooth? There were many things running through my head. So many that I had Beth drive me in case I wasn't able to drive home. There was absolutely nothing wrong with my tooth. My dentist poked and prodded. Tried cold. Hot. Sensory pulses. X-rays. Nothing. He thinks that I have a really good sinus infection. Now I need to get into see my doctor. Ugh!

The World Series starts tonight. Go Royals!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Marblz

I was only in the store briefly this morning to unload the van. Then home for more purging. It is getting down to the last few things. Keep them, donate them or throw them out?

Cathy called and told me that the Marblz interchangeable sets arrived.
They will be added to the website in the next few days. I'd like to say tomorrow but I'm off to the dentist. A tooth is bothering me and I want/need to have it checked out. It's not an all day appointment but my dentist is a 45 minute drive. Then a 30-45 minute appointment and 45 minutes to get home. That takes a chunk out of the day.

An email came in late this afternoon from Dream in Color. The Classy mini skeins are being shipped this week.

I think there will be another surprise in the box but I don't want to say anything until it's in my hands.

There are new free patterns on Rowan's website.
Knit this ladies cap sleeved tunic, available as a free pattern to download. Designed by Sarah Hatton using the stunning yarn All Seasons Chunky (cotton and acrylic), this easy to wear sweater has a chunky roll neck collar and split detail at the welt.
Download the pattern... 
Knit this unique, cable-detail snood with feature pompom ties. Designed by Lisa Richardson this versatile project is photographed in Rowan Drift, but can easily be knitted in Big Wool or Big Wool Colour.
Download the pattern... 

Now it's laundry time and then I need to tidy the kitchen. Then I can sit and knit a few rows before bed. There is a football game on and The Blacklist will be taping at 10.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Day After

We made it home safely last night but I was too tired to sit and write. Instead I knit for a bit and then fell asleep.

Thanks to all the volunteers at the Fleece Festival for another amazing day. Thanks to Lynn and Wannietta who helped me in the booth and Beth who was the sherpa getting everything to the show and home again.

We started the day in Color Play Mohair Wraps knit in Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe.





Cheryl came by the booth wearing Roan from Rowan magazine #56. It is fabulous. Now I need to get mine out and finish it!!

The plans for the rest of the day? Football and knitting. Maybe a nap. Tomorrow is going to be busy unloading the van.