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Monday, September 25, 2017

Archer

There are new colours on the way from Freia Fibers.
CHAMELEON is a cooler combination of gorgeous earthy greens starting with rich turquoise running through to bright leaf green. With over 202 different species of this lizard, we're sure you'll find over 202 projects to knit with it. 
MIST brings to mind misty mornings spent knitting while the seasons transition and goes from soft turquoise to silver. This lovely, muted ombré is sure to become a favorite.
QUARTZ is the second most abundant mineral on the planet, often found in jewelry and carvings. We thought, "Why not yarn?" This delicate colorway goes from silver to rose and has a wonderfully romantic palette.
VITAMIN C (right) is a vibrant green to dusky orange, perfect for your summer and autumn knits. There's certainly more than one way to get your daily dose of Vitamin C when you have this bright, popping citrus spectrum on your needles! 
All four colours are coming in Shawl Ball.
This is our first single-ply fingering yarn, and our first yarn in a luscious, lovely 100% merino. It has an against-the-skin softness for neckwear and perfectly complements our single-ply worsted and sport offerings.  
Then there’s the feel-good manufacturing: this is a true cruelty-free merino, grown and spun in the United States to our particular specifications. 
Though exceptional stitch-definition has long been a hallmark of our single-ply yarns, the loftiness of this Merino Fingering is particularly versatile, lending itself to be stitched up in a variety of gauges without losing definition or drape. 
Our unique dye process also results in a very slight felting which creates a wonderfully pill-resistant fabric. Voracious Freia fans will be perhaps most excited by the upgraded yardage. These 100 gram “Shawl Balls” measure 430 yards, perfect for single-skein projects. 
There is an amazing new pattern that uses Freia Shawl Ball.
Holli Yeoh designed this shawl called Archer (pattern purchased on Ravelry)
This scarf is knit with Chameleon and Vitamin C - one ball each.

 This version is knit with Ice Queen and Mist - two balls each.


The box will also have Merino Lace in Chameleon, Mist and Quartz.
We're thrilled to announce that we've overhauled our lace yarn. Now 100% cruelty free merino, this USA spun yarn is even finer in quality and includes an additional 50+ yards in every ball at no extra cost to the customer. 
This 2-ply yarn plumps up beautifully after blocking, featuring superior stitch definition and a sumptuous drape. Each 75 gram ball measures 650 meters (712 yards), perfect for lacy shawls and scarves.
One ball of lace weight and 4.5mm needles is perfect for the Bias "Before & After' Scarf from Churchmouse Yarns (we have patterns in the store or you can purchase on Ravelry).

Peggy sent me some pictures from Camp.


It was hard going to work today.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Home Again

We're home from Camp and had an amazing time. Our instructors, Fiona Ellis and Beth Casey did a great job with their classes. It's such a joy to have instructors that are prepared for class and who will do anything to help their students. We ask our instructors to mingle during meals and at the evening events. Fiona and Beth go above and beyond which helps me when I'm running around making sure that things are going smoothly. The Campers are great. Beth kept commenting on the fact that they pay to come to Camp and will jump in to help whenever I asked them to. They always help with clean up after classes (and dying class can take a while to clean up), move tables after class to set up the room for an evening event, get Fiona's suitcase to class (she takes a lot of samples and the suitcase is really heavy) and whatever else needs to be done like running to the front desk to get coffee cups for the class room.

Normally my sister Beth is at Camp for the weekend to help me but she had to come home on Friday afternoon for a family wedding. She was the MC. This morning she drove back up to Camp with my dad to help pack up. It was the first time my dad had been to Bayview-Wildwood. He loved it up there. Beth Casey (the Beth thing can get confusing) showed him how to dye yarn. He met the Campers that we have been talking about for years. There were men fishing on the lake which made him very jealous. I have a feeling he's going to want to come to Camp next year.

It was very hard being home tonight and trying to come up with what to eat for dinner. We were spoiled at Camp. Three meals a day plus lots of snacks. This was our mid morning snack yesterday.

Now it's time to put my feet up and knit. I think I did one and a half rows while I was away.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Last Night



Beth taught Splattershot yarn dying today. The skeins the students dyed are amazing.
We had fun in my Find Your Fade class.
During the weekend, the ladies had challenges to perform. If their challenge was completed, they earned extra ballots for door prizes. Sarah looks very cute in her bunny ears. She had to wear them during dinner.
Elizabeth Ann and Connie's task was to have their hair tied in 10 different places and come to breakfast.

Other tasks included
-wear your pyjamas to breakfast
-wear your clothes inside out to breakfast
-dance your way to lunch and through the buffet line
-have a meal with Fiona and casually eat some of her dinner and desert
-get the signature of 10 Bayview Wildwood employees
-go for a hike and bring back 5 different leaves
Tonight was our Student Fashion Show. Val, Kathryn and Elaine wore their Memories Sweater. It is a pattern that Sally Melville showed at Camp last year. The pattern can be purchased on Ravelry and is knit in fingering weight yarn. From Sally
When leaving for a trip, I needed something to knit that would take a longtime but not a lot of space. So I made a swatch, gathered leftover sock yarns, made a pile of 8yd butterflies, and proceeded. It did take a long time, but since every square was different, it was constantly and totally engaging. And little did I know it would become my favourite sweater--so much so that I immediately started another! 
I call it my Memories Sweater, because I can recall where I purchased each of the sock yarns used. So, besides being fashionable and comfortable and oft-admired (by knitters from three continents!), this garment has the preciousness of a quilt. It is truly irreplaceable and much treasured. I expect yours will be too! 
PS All of these squares are joined as you work, plus I tell you when to work in tails. There is very little sewing (or tails) in this garment. I also offer lots of photos to help you through this. It is not difficult, and it is great fun!
It's off to bed. Tomorrow morning I'm teaching Tips and Tricks.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Colour Duet

The Colour Duet class today was great. Beth and Fiona talked to the whole class this morning and then they divided into two groups.
The first group dyed with Beth while the others worked with Fiona.
Then this afternoon the groups changed instructors.

Our Fashion Show this evening went well. I don't have any pictures but Peggy took some and she will be sending to me after Camp.

Now it's bed time. I'm teaching Find Your Fade twice tomorrow so I need some sleep.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Camp Day One

The weather was amazing!

We had many laughs at 'Game Night'. Price is Right. Knitting Beat the Clock. Knitting Bingo. Pictionary.





Fiona's team lost again. And we didn't even fix it this year.
The yarn shop is set up.




Some of the amazing door prizes from our suppliers.

Now it's time for sleep. Breakfast is at 8am and then our Colour Duet class.
Camp is all about yarn and having fun! So this year we’ve worked with our instructors to come up with something extra special.  
What’s better than learning from one instructor?...how about learning from TWO?  
Beginning on Friday morning after breakfast and continuing after lunch, this amazing class will harmonize instruction from both Fiona and Beth.  
It will open with Fiona & Beth talking about choosing your colours, then you will go on to dye 5 mini skeins of Shepherd Sock from Lorna’s Laces. 
While one group is laying it down with Beth, Fiona will lead a jamming session looking at working with your mini skeins to use in a small project such as mittens, hat, socks or a cowl; maybe some Fair Isle? some embellishments? some cables? and of course transitions. 
In the dying session, maestro Beth will be guiding you to dye your mini skeins into colours that will work for your project.  
The finale of the class will be a review of what has been learned with an encore from both instructors. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Holes on purpose

Look what Cathy just finished.
Pattern: Esjan (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Woolstok - 3 colours, 2 skeins each
This top down shawl starts with easy garter stitch. Two contrasting colors are added with a giant holey lace pattern. The holes increase in size while also adding stitches to the overall semi-circular shape. The fabric is knit loosely with a worsted weight yarn resulting in a deceivingly fast large shawl.
The shawl was a quick knit. Cathy took the yarn last week and viola. It's finished and blocked. She said that we can hang it in the store for a while. Does a while mean all winter so that I can wear it??
I carried my friend to the back of the parking lot for more pictures. The shawl fell of her shoulder which worked out well - you can see how big it is.


The yarn for Melanie Berg's True Colors arrived this afternoon. The colours scream fall.

We've been asked about the price of the yarn - $130. This does not include the pattern - you can purchase it on Ravelry. I already have my copy.

Everything for Camp is ready. Now it's time for an hour of relaxing and knitting.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Asymmetrical

Fletchling is a new pattern from Freia Fibers.
Mirrored and Offset Purl Ridges on a Knit Background, Sporadically Broken by a Fletch Patterning for a Stylish Asymmetrical Shawl
The pattern is purchased on Ravelry and is knit in Freia Shawl Ball.

The shawl takes two balls and you are choosing two different colours.
From the designer: 
This pattern is part of a series of ridged pattern shawls. The word Fletchling is a play on words – a combination of fledgling (baby bird) and fletching (to add feathers to an arrow). Since the “Fletchling” stripes are small on this design – as compared to the patterning on “Vane” another design in this series – I decided that the diminutive invented word was a good fit.
Jean sent an email today with a picture of her finished Find Your Fade. It's beautiful. She loved the colours when we picked them but wasn't as happy when it was finished.
I just wanted to share that I borrowed back the shawl from my daughter and wore it this past week.....and I loved it! 
I feel so much better about it than I did. Yesterday my neighbour came over and I got her to model so I had a picture with better colour....outside is so much better. 
I'm packed and ready for Camp. There are a few things left to print tomorrow including the Fashion Show brochure. There is a parcel on the way from Prism Yarns and I think it might be garments. It was shipped from Ft. Lauderdale the day before Irma. I'm surprised that it is already in Toronto. The bad thing about being ready is I walk through the store and keep adding things for our mini yarn shop. I must stop.

Tonight I need to start thinking about the clothes that I am going to take. The weather forecast for the weekend is amazing.