Scarf Yarns

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Dirty Hippie, Ember, Lucas, Nautilus

New colours of Sirdar Baby Crofter DK arrived yesterday.


Sirdar Snuggly Baby Crofter Dk is a gorgeously soft yarn with an incredible Fair Isle colour effect that appears as you knit. Inspired by the gentlest colours of the Scotland Highlands, Snuggly Baby Crofter Dk is the same wonderfully soft blend of 55% nylon and 45% acrylic as Snuggly Dk, and is machine washable and easy care. This yarn will also knit to all Sirdar double knitting baby patterns.
There is a new book for the Baby Crofter which includes this pattern. Oh my goodness. It is too cute. We ordered in the Snowflake DK in white because I have a feeling a few people are going to want to make this.

I'm at home today - it's accounting day. Really, the worst day of the month.

I'm sitting at the kitchen island and keep getting up to do chores. The dishwasher. The garbage and recycling. I'm tempted to wash the kitchen floor but that might be pushing things :)

We needed to get some parcels out so I'm now in the store. A huge box arrived from Friea Handpaint Yarns. We have new colours in Bulky and Fingering.
Dirty Hippie
is a fun color in saturated jewel tones. The color is slightly deeper and more muted than other "rainbow" colorways becoming a somewhat unexpected and much more sophisticated blend. This Ombré yarn transitions from cerulean to garnet, red into an overly saturated dark orange and finally to a quiet and deep mustard.
2 balls of Bulky Dirty Hippie came home with me and Beth took them right away. She found a pattern on Ravelry and is casting on. Pictures tomorrow.
Ember
is an elegant combination of ultra-bright colors with more muted hues. The passionate red and deep coral balance out the darkening shades of masculine taupe and pewter creating a very wearable palette. This colorway would look just as good for a simple accessory as it would used in a larger more complex sweater or coat.
Lucas
is both the creation and namesake of one of our guest designers, Sara Lucas. Inspired by the verdant nature of her hometown of Corvallis in Oregon, Sara selected shades of greens and deep brown-blacks with some lighter accents to create this gorgeous unisex colorway. Our aim is to create colorways that withstand the whims of fashion and folly and this color is no different, these classic colors are truly timeless.
Nautilus
is a beautiful delicate palette in shades of porcelain pink and tans grounded by a dark and engulfing navy . This colorway is universally flattering and both sophisticated and sweet - we see it being used in so many different patterns.
I'm thinking that we might use Nautilus Fingering for another Magmatic Boom.

Now I need to get back to my accounting. Send good thoughts my way :)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

More New Yarn

Mr. Canpar brought in four huge boxes of yarn this afternoon. Lots of new from Sirdar.
Baby Bamboo has four new colours.
Specially developed to be incredibly soft, gentle and smooth for Baby, this yarn is a new blend with natural bamboo and wool fibres. It will keep its quality through gentle machine washing.
There are new pattern books for babies/kids.

Sirdar Harrap Tweed is a yarn with a genuine heritage, the Sirdar company being originally founded by the Harrap brothers in 1880. It comes in a range of rich tweedy colours that have been inspired by the Yorkshire surroundings of the Sirdar head office in Wakefield. It has a beautifully soft blend of 40% Nylon, 30% Wool, 24% Acrylic and 6% Viscose. It is machine washable and incredibly versatile, making beautiful knits for women, men, children and the home – it is the perfect family yarn. Harrap Tweed is a classic double knitting yarn and will knit to all Sirdar double knitting patterns.
There is a pattern book for Harrap Tweed with designs for men, women and children. And the yarn is only $6.95 a ball.

Sylvan Chunky is a beautifully soft thick and thin yarn, with a 90% Acrylic, 10% Wool blend. It has a soft and silky slubby texture and comes in a range of fashionable, smokey, ombre colours. Sylvan Chunky is machine washable and is a standard chunky yarn, knitting to all Sirdar chunky patterns. It is the perfect yarn for creating fashionable winter knits for men and women.

The book for this yarn hasn't arrived yet but I can tell you that the designs look great. At $6.95 a ball it will work great for scarves and cowls for Christmas gifts.

Mom and dad are almost due for a new vehicle so Beth and I went car shopping last night.
It was hard to walk by the Corvette - my parents would look great in it. Actually, who cares. I'd look great in it. :)

We picked out a nice vehicle and the dealership let us take it to show them. I liked driving the crossover that we chose - so much that I will be getting one next year when my lease is up. The sports car has been fun until it snows.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Lazy Sunday

I had every intention of writing yesterday and then it didn't happen. I was glued to the TV. The Canadian Open was very compelling. Was a Canadian going to win? David Hearn was so close. Then there was the Nascar race and the Jays game. After dinner we had Big Brother and Beach Flip.

I'm really excited about Rowan's Hemp Tweed - coming in August

A blend of 75% wool and 25% hemp, resulting in a modern tweed effect, soft to the touch yarn which is a joy to knit. Wool and hemp create 'breathable' knitted fabrics which are cool to wear in warm weather and warm in colder temperatures. Hemp fibre is resistant to stretching so does not distort with use and naturally softens with wear - hemp does not wear out it wears in! 

A collection of 14 designs by Lisa Richardson for men and women using Rowan’s New Yarn ‘Hemp Tweed’.





Here are a few pictures that were supposed to be in yesterday's post.

The wind wasn't cooperating but we have 2 flags in front of the store again. One bracket was broken so Beth and I went to the flea market in Myrtle Beach to get another.
Our neighbours planted sunflowers at the beginning of summer and they are huge. I want some in our yard.
The boys were comfortable last night. They love the tile floor. It isn't soft but it is really cold to lie on.

I'm writing early because Beth and I might golf later today. We need to meet with our builder over something pretty major and then we hope to hit the course. Beth is golfing in her Club Championship this weekend and needs a bit of practice. She golfed yesterday and didn't have her A game. I think she might tell you that she didn't have her B or C game either.



Saturday, July 25, 2015

Alpaca Merino DK

Rowan has gone all out this fall with their new yarns.

Alpaca Merino DK
Baby Alpaca, Super Fine Alpaca, Extra Fine Merino Wool and Nylon, blended together creating a super soft extra lightweight yarn with the meterage of a 4ply weight. The chainette construction gives the finished fabric a beautiful soft weightless feel, to knit and wear.

A collection of wearable designs in our new super soft and super lightweight Alpaca Merino DK. The yarn is a standard DK weight but the handle is anything but standard. The collection features simple colourwork and textures as well as cable  designs,  from  quick  knit  scarves  and  hats  through  to  longer  length sweaters to cosy up in.
It's just over a week until the yarn and book will be arriving in the store.








Friday, July 24, 2015

New Sample

I'm at home right now waiting for a few of the carpenters who work for my dad. They are coming to do important work around the house. Toilet paper holders. Towel bars. We didn't have the builder put these in because they were so cheap and not good looking. They are also hanging our curtain rods and the blinds in my bathroom.

I took my mom to the hair dresser this morning and stopped at the store on the way home. Mr. Canada Post had dropped off a box from Lynda


Pattern: Gyre (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: 2 skeins of Mrs. Crosby Satchel in the colour Wild Huckleberry







The mirror finally made it onto the wall. The job tomorrow is to open up the boxes of our art and start getting it hung. Now I have errands and then some knitting. It's been calling me from my table and I haven't been able to touch it all day.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Stuff

I cast on the Stuff cowl last night and am a bit obsessed. I want to keep going to see what the next fiber is going to be. I'm using Wild Stuff and the colour is new - Winterfell. There are many different hand dyed yarns knotted together. When you get to a knot you keep knitting. GASP! My motto is 'no knots in knitting' except when you're knitting with Stuff. Some tails will fall to the right side, some will fall to the wrong side. I leave them where they are. You can sew them in if you want but they are tied really tight and you don't have to worry about them coming apart.
When I say mindless knitting, this is it. 8mm needles. K4, P4. Around and around. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

New yarn for fall

The early post today was an announcement so it really doesn't count. Here is the real blog post.

Mr. Canada Post brought in a huge box from Mountain Colors. We have many, many kits for the Perspectives Cowl that I am knitting.
Yarn: Mountain Colors Twizzle
Pattern: Perspectives Cowl - purchased on Ravelry -  it is not in the package of yarn
This lovely textured cowl features a slip stitch pattern and utilizes the gradient mini skeins in the Mountain Colors perspectives kit to create stripes and subtle color changes for a fun to knit cowl! The pattern is quite easy but enough to keep you interested and changes every few rounds.


The box also had Perspective kits in Crazyfoot - a fingering weight yarn. We've knit the kit up into Circular Perspectives - pattern purchased on Ravelry.
Circular Perspectives infinity scarf / cowl showcases the new Mountain Colors Perspectives yarn kit that includes 5 gradient colors of Crazyfoot yarn. To get maximum enjoyment from Mountain Colors Perspectives yarn, I’ve designed this pattern to use up almost every bit of all 5 mini-skein colors.

The stitch pattern is a simple, pleasingly reversible, lace to knit in the round. You can wear your creation as a single casually looped long scarf, or double-looped as a snugly cowl.
The Crazyfoot kits will work great for Magmatic Boom.

Yesterday I mentioned the box that came from Prism. There was a pattern in the box that I am very excited about. Actually, the yarn is in my bag but there wasn't time to cast on last night.
An easy to knit cowl in Stuff. If you aren't familiar with Stuff, it's really cool yarn.
Wild Stuff is composed of 30-40 different hand dyed, gauge coordinated yarns. They are tied together end to end by hand, so that as you knit the texture and colors are always changing. Wild Stuff has a lot of eyelash, metallic, and other highly textured yarns. Wild Stuff has some wool, kid mohair and other animal fibers in it. Like all Stuffs, a larger needle can be used for a more open fabric in ponchos, wraps and scarves. We have successfully worked on as large as a #11 needle.
Cool Stuff™ is composed of 30-40 different hand dyed, gauge coordinated yarns. They are tied together end to end by hand, so that as you knit the texture and colors are always changing. Cool Stuff™ has moderate eyelash, metallic, and other highly textured yarns. Cool Stuff™ has no wool, mohair or other animal fibers in it. Like all Stuffs™ , a larger needle can be used for a more open fabric in ponchos, wraps and scarves. We have successfully worked on as large as a #11 needle.
Layers Stuff is similar in composition to Wild Stuff, but has no eyelash. You will find plenty of texture and glitz, plus a generous 300 yards in a full skein or 150 yds in a half skein. Our family of Stuff remains the standard toward which other hand tied yarns strive. The colors are glorious; combining our carefully chosen palettes allows you to create with Stuff in a way you never could before.
You need a full skein of Stuff and 8mm needles for the cowl. I'll show pictures when I get some knit.