Scarf Yarns

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Mighty Miters

I'm on a roll - the first three squares diamonds are finished. I don't want to lose my mojo so I'm going to keep this short so I can get back to my needles. There is something about knitting with Liberty Wool. You need to keep going to see how the colours are going to play out.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Patchwork

Balls of Classic Elite Liberty followed me home last night to start the Mighty Miters.
Worked entirely in print colorways, this patchwork blanket is seamless. Mitered diamonds are worked from stitches picked up along the edges of adjacent diamonds.

The finished throw will measure 50" x 50". The pattern calls for 24 balls but you can keep adding squares if you want it to be bigger. At this time the pattern isn't available for purchase - it is free with the purchase of Liberty Wool.

It was close to 1am when the first square was finished. Beth and I started talking about how to place the colours. The pattern asks for 12 colours - 2 balls each. I'm going to do 25 colours - 1 ball each. My afghan is also going to be 9 squares bigger - taking it from a square to a rectangle.



I am going to use the 12 colours from last spring (above and all are in stock) with the 12 new colours for this spring (below). We will receive 2 new colours a month for the next 6 months. The first 4 colours should be arriving sometime next week.


The knitting is very simple. Cast on. Knit. Slip a stitch. Knit 2 together. Pick up stitches. Perfect to knit on while watching the football game on Sunday afternoon.

I was hoping to get my next square cast on today but Lynn and I counted yarn instead. We've been playing with Lorna's Laces for most of the day. The Shepherd Sock and Solemate are very neat right now. Did you know that Lorna's Laces puts dye lots on their hand dyed yarns? One of the very few companies who do this.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

GAP-tastic

I'm finished and I love it. Just in time for the colder weather that is supposed to be coming.

Pattern: GAP-tastic (free on Ravelry)
Yarn: 3 skeins of madelinetosh home in the new colour undergrowth
Needles: 9mm, 80cm circular
The GAP-tastic cowl is an easy knit you’ll want to make again and again! This fun cowl is a great beginner project for new knitters who want to practice knitting and purling, and it’s a fantastic mindless knit for experienced knitters. Either way, the GAP-tastic is a classic accessory that you’ll wear all of the time. It makes a great gift, too.

Mr. Canada Post brought in a box from Mountain Colors this morning. It was full of Twizzlefoot.


There are colours that we haven't carried before and the colours that we used in our shawl.

Pattern: Kaersta Shawl (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Twizzlefoot - 2 skeins of Summerdale, 1 skein of Poppy Trail

There was enough yarn left over from the shawl that Lynn is making a pair of socks. The first sock is blue with an orange cuff, heel and toes and the other sock is opposite. We didn't think there was enough to do two blue socks. Reversing the colours makes a cool pair of socks and helps with second sock syndrome. It feels like you are starting a new pair. :)

Now to pick out some yarn to take home. One project done means that I get to start something new tonight.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

So We Call it Camp, But It’s Not Really Like Camp

This morning has been spent working on Knitting Camp. The brochure is almost finished. Sally and I are working out which workshop to offer on Sunday morning and then we're ready to take registrations.
Knitting Camp is nothing like the camp you attended as a kid. At Knitting Camp you get to choose your day’s activities. Go to class, sleep in, take a hike - totally up to you. Super comfy accommodations with someone else making your bed. And the food is incredible and seemingly endless. The one way it is like camp though, is that you will make great new friends who you will look forward to seeing year after year. Come as a group, a couple (non-knitting partners love camp too!) or on your own. Don’t worry you’ll all be included in the fun.
Don't forget that there is a Camp blog... 

Classic Elite is having a sale in their Ravelry pattern store. Hurry!!
Only 24 Hours Left of the BOGO Free Sale!
All CEY patterns on Ravelry are buy one, get one free until 3:00pm EST tomorrow. No code necessary, just put any two CEY patterns into your shopping cart.
In case you haven't used the cart on Ravelry before - you will see this on the right hand side of your screen on the pattern page. Click add to cart and then find another Classic Elite patten and add it to your cart. (I just tried it and it works).

Here is the link to the Classic Elite page on Ravelry...

I've picked out a few that I really like.
This is Wavelength

The Color Block Bias Wrap

Molly


Stand By Me

Wheeler

Sankaty

Glenda and Glendy

Simple Sweater with Pockets

Naushon

Magic Carpet Pullover

I need to stop. It could be 3pm tomorrow afternoon before the post is done if I keep adding in all the pictures of the garments that I like.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

National Sweater Day


Since 2010, over a million Canadians have participated in National Sweater Day at their schools, workplaces and homes. Be sure to follow our blog for tips and stories as fellow knit-clad Canadians celebrate across the country. National Sweater Day is a fun way to learn about the importance of saving energy and to inspire you to use less heat all winter. Heating accounts for 80% of residential energy use in Canada and is a significant source of emissions. If all Canadians lowered their thermostats by just 2 degrees Celsius this winter, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 4 megatons – that’s equivalent to shutting down a 600 mega watt coal-fired power station or taking nearly 700,000 cars off the road!
More on National Sweater Day....



The gift basket for the Food Drive is growing. And it isn't finished.
One ticket for each food item donated.
Or you can donate cash. 10 tickets for $10. 25 tickets for $20.
The first name drawn will win the gift basket. The next 3 names drawn will win a $50 gift certificate to the store.

My GAP-tastic cowl is 2/3 finished. My plan was to take it outside for pictures today but when I finally remembered that plan it was getting dark out. Tomorrow. Who knows, maybe I can knit the last ball tonight.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Fiona Ellis

It was a good morning today - I spent time talking on the phone with Fiona Ellis. We were discussing her classes for Camp.

Friday morning she will be teaching Jump Start your Creativity. For this class there will be a one hour discussion and then the class will break out into mini groups. Fiona will also book one on one appointments throughout the day. Late in the afternoon everyone will meet up again for a round up. Can you imagine getting to sit with Fiona, by yourself, for 30 minutes and get to ask her questions about designing or anything else you want to ask?

Saturday morning will be Creating Cables. The morning will start with a cable refresher and then students will design their own cables. Fiona will then show you how to add these cables into a non-shaped design like a throw or pillow. I'll be sitting in on this one. I'm dreaming of a thick throw (maybe Rowan Big Wool double strand) on huge needles.

Saturday afternoon we will be designing mittens. If you take the Saturday morning class, Fiona will show you how to incorporate your cables into your mittens.

Sunday morning is all about I-Cord. This is a fun class that doesn't require a lot of thinking. Student's brains can be a bit overloaded by Sunday morning.

Donations have started coming in for the Food Drive. Thank you to those who have donated so far. The gift basket is growing. I'll start showing pictures at the end of the week.
A customer came in on Saturday wearing GAP-tastic (a free pattern on Ravelry) knit in madelinetosh home. It looked awesome and balls followed me home. I'm using the new colour Undergrowth.
The GAP-tastic cowl is an easy knit you’ll want to make again and again! This fun cowl is a great beginner project for new knitters who want to practice knitting and purling, and it’s a fantastic mindless knit for experienced knitters. Either way, the GAP-tastic is a classic accessory that you’ll wear all of the time. It makes a great gift, too.
The dogs are loving this weather. It's hard to believe that it's February and not April.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Rowan Loves....

We received more new magazines from Rowan yesterday including Rowan Loves....cotton lustre and all seasons cotton.
Here at Rowan we are really proud of our beautiful yarns and in this brochure series we aim to show these yarns some love.
The forth in this series supports Cotton Lustre & All Seasons Cotton.
Featuring 9 designs, which can be knit in either yarn, giving you plenty of options for these transeasonal classics.
Several designs offer design options making the design your own.
We hope this brochure makes you fall in love with these two great yarns too.






Cotton Lustre is an interesting blend of cotton, linen and modal which gives it a wonderful drape with a soft handle. This yarn incorporates the essential summer shades and knits on 6mm needles making it perfect for a quick summer knits. The colour palette incorporates the essential summer shades.
I'm dragging a bit today. My dad arrived home from Honduras last night. Late last night. We arrived at the airport at midnight but by the time they got out of the terminal it was after 1 - unfortunately the airline misplaced someones bag and it is still in Atlanta. We got him home safely and I'm here today but there will definitely be a nap when the store closes.