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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bambara Wrap

From Ambah's newsletter that came this morning
I am delighted to share my newest pattern, Bambara Wrap with you
Named for the Australian Aboriginal word for forest, Bambara wrap was inspired by a walk in my local bush. The greens of the landscape were translated perfectly into yarn by Primrose Yarn Co, who dyed the amazing colours based on my forest walk inspiration. Bambara is a generously-sized wrap, knit on the bias with simple shaping and alternating sections of lace and garter. The colours and patterns weave together like the layers of a melody, calling to mind the iconic sound of The Cure’s A Forest. It’s the perfect opportunity to play with colour – use a 3-skein gradient with a coordinating contrast colour, mix speckles and solids in 4 different colours for a fun, bold look, or keep it subtle with neutral solids. 
As usual I have a special introductory offer for my new pattern; enjoy 20% off through midnight May 2, no code needed just add to your cart. 
See Bambara on Ravelry here.




I had fun last night making up Find Your Fade kits.

Some yarn came home with me. I couldn't help myself. Will I start this one on Sunday or will I start Bambara? I haven't started to think about colours - I'll go through the boxes while we're unpacking tomorrow afternoon :)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Unpacking and repacking

Steel
Mr. UPS is bringing our order of Rockshelter Sock this afternoon. I can't wait to see the colours. My plan is to make a few different colourways of Find Your Fade kits for the Frolic.


Sterling
Storm
Pisgah National Forest
Treachery
Cold Rolled Steel

Yarn Love is here and the colours are awesome. It's going to the Frolic and we will have another shipment coming in June. You can see all the colours on the website. If you are coming into the store it will be here on Thursday and then it will be packed for the show. You can order online through Friday evening.




It's just a few days until the Frolic. Here are a few tips for those coming to the show.

- trust me, there is lots of yarn. If you don't like lines or crowds, wait until noon to come. There will still be lots for you to see. If booths sell out of something, most are more than willing to ship it to you after the show
- bring lunch with you. Then you don't have to stand in line.
- The Science Centre is very close to the Frolic. You can send your family for an outing and it will let you shop for a while.
- wear something that you have knit. It's always fun to see completed projects.
- if you see something you like, mark down the booth you saw it in. I can't tell you how many times we get frantic people at the end of the day because they forgot where they saw something
- go through your Ravelry library and make notes of yarn that you are interested in. If there is a certain pattern, print that pattern and bring it with you. Also bring information on the yarn. What it's made of. Tension. Yardage. That will make it easier for me and other booths to help you substitute. When you come in the store I can do it on the computer but we have limited Internet access at the show.
- please have patience.
- the Frolic isn't just for knitters. It is put on by a knitting guild - hence the name. Crocheters please come to the show. There is lots of fabulous yarns that you and your hooks will have fun working with.

Want to plan your route?

Beth brought me a tea and had a friend with her.
She loves to go for a ride in the truck. She doesn't fit in a car :)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Assana

Cathy brought in her latest shawl for me to take to the Frolic. It is beautiful - I love the speckles.

Pattern: Assana (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Hedgehog sock
Fun to knit and a timeless addition to your wardrobe, Assana provides a beautiful base for your favourite colour trio. Play two colours against each other in the stripes section: a gradient, speckled yarn, semi-solid hand dyes - anything goes here; then complement with a bold or subtle choice of colour for the zig-zag lace section. 
Worked side ways, on the bias, Assana includes both written and charted instructions for the lace section.

While I was packing for the Frolic, I found a basket with more Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Glitter Sock.
Our remaining stock of Glitter Sock is 25% off.

Mr. Fed Ex brought us a big box from England with more Evolution kits for the Frolic. We also received the newest Erika Knight patterns for Studio Linen. The yarn and patterns are coming to the Frolic. If we sell them all then more copies will be here in a few weeks. If you need to start right away, you can purchase the patterns on Ravelry.
Bluebird
Tuareg.

Now it's time to get back to work. I forgot that I need more brochures printed for the show. I also have signs to print for the booth.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Kites

Brian Smith has a new shawl pattern out called Colourwheel Kite. The pattern can be purchased on Ravelry.
Colourwheel kite uses 3 balls of Sirdar’s Colourwheel yarn. We start by knitting a kite shape using decreases and increases for the main body. We then pick up stitches along one edge to work the right wing. Finishing with an i-cord along the length of the wingspan (optional) Choose your colours, cast on and let your kite fly.  
Stitches and techniques used:  
Garter stitch  
Slip slip knit  
Knit into front and back  
Knit two together  
Knit three together  
Slip one purlwise 
I-cord  
Picking up stitches



You need 2 balls of Colourama (colour 201)

and 1 ball of Perfectly Pretty (colour 200)

The yarn is $24.95 a ball and we have 6 colours in stock.

I am not a Leaf fan (my dad is but Beth and I have been Sabres fans since we were little kids). It was sad last night to see the Leafs lose. They played so well and I think that they will be an exciting team for years to come. I meant to blog but I couldn't tear myself away from the game.

There's a lot of activity at my house this morning. I'm working on my tax return. Beth is home right now doing her tax return as well as my parent's. The builder of our house is here doing the two year warranty items. The furnace guy has been here too. I'm hiding in my sewing room/office.

Great news!! Our next Hedgehog order is going to be dyed at the end of the week. I'd say that it should be here by the middle of May.

It's been a long day in front of the computer and now it's time to knit. The Good Fight and Billions are waiting for me.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Scarfy Thing

The Toronto Knitters Frolic is next Saturday and everyone who goes to the show is going to see skeins of yarn that they need to have but don't know what they are going to use them for. Remember this pattern when you get home. It's a great way to play with different colours. The pattern calls for fingering weight yarn but you can easily make it in any thickness.

This is not a knitting pattern, more a recipe for a creative endeavour. A collection of tips. It’s not difficult to knit, but it does require a bit of skill.

Pattern: Scarfy Thing (free from Hedgehog Fibres)
Yarn: Fingering weight

Take a look at the projects on Ravelry. There are some awesome shawls.
Beata, the designer, says:  
'The piece is a truly improvised effort and even if I could write a row by row pattern, it would be perhaps more of a hindrance to the creative process. Arm yourself with 2 full skeins in similar colours and and a bunch of Sock Minis or sock yarn scraps in contrasting colours and off you go. Pick up stitches, change direction, cast on some stitches, knit a smaller then a bigger section. It's fun and freeing. If in doubt, improvise and add another colour. Then add one more colour! Yay!' 
Yarn: two full skeins of Hedgehog Fibres Sock Yarn (pictured in Zephyr and Bramble + 11 Sock Minis).
Skills necessary: basic knitting skills and ability to improvise. SSK, K2tog, weaving in ends, picking up stitches. 
It's time for a trip out in the mustang. Dairy Queen is calling me :)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Linen

Mr. UPS brought us a box today from Classic Elite with more colours of Fortuna.

Here is a cute new pattern, Sonki (you can purchase it on Ravelry), that is knit in Fortuna.
Stripes travel in all directions in this capsleeved cardigan with square neckline. The tone-on-tone shades of Fortuna and varying width stripes add nuance and depth to this summery cardigan.

Summery shades with a tone-on-tone dye effect.
58% linen
26% viscose
16% cotton

20-22 stitches = 4"

We have great colours in stock.


Nollie (pattern purchased on Ravelry) is a great summer shawl. You can always use one when dining out and the restaurant is freezing. Why do they always make it so cold?

Just three balls of tone-on-tone Fortuna are needed to make this striped and ridged triangle wrap. Begin with the leaf edging and decrease at the center and sides as you work up the center to the top.

Francine (pattern purchased on Ravelry)
A simple top worked in four rectangles of bias garter stitch.

You can also use Fortuna instead of Bella Lino. Talulah (pattern purchased on Ravelry) would look great in a tone on tone colour.
Why knit with Linen?
Not only can linen handle a lot of abuse but it actually gets nicer the more it’s worn and washed. Agitation will give you a softer piece. You don’t need to worry about felting or pilling.
It's almost time to head home and watch the Leafs. They have been very exciting so far.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Found It

The shipment hasn't arrived yet but I know where it is. It has been flagged by Canada Customs because it is over a certain dollar amount. I've emailed all the information to my broker and I hope she can get it released tomorrow. Then we should see the yarn early next week. I can't say I'm happy with the delay but at least I know where it is in the system.

Alex dropped by for a minute to show me her current project. She's knitting like crazy to have it finished for the Frolic.

Pattern: Dotted Rays (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Hedgehog Skinny Singles
This top-down shawl is a colorful variation of the original Dotted Rays design. Choose 5 or 6 colors and create your own gradient by striping the colors together using the Speckled Fade color technique. Westknits shortcut rows with yarn over holes form the long curved shape. Select between the multiple border options and knit a large or super large sized shawl.
Alex is going to do the garter stitch border like Stephen did here.
I want to make the shawl and will be doing the chevron edge like this version.

Now I'm back to steaming clothes. My mannequin friends are ready for their spring/summer clothes. They need to look stunning :)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Way Back


I've gone back to 2012 for today's blog post. My shipments are still caught in Canada Customs so I don't have any new yarn to show. I haven't progressed in my knitting so I picked a project that I loved making.

Pattern: All the Shades of Truth (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: 5 colours of Tosh Merino Light

I used onyx, charcoal, whiskers, rain water and night bloom.
I pulled it out of my closet for a close up picture.
A colorblocked stole inspired by the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. There is no intarsia - just picking up stitches from slipped stitch edges. A coloring page is included :) 
The day after I finished the sample shown, I read this passage in Game of Thrones: “Black and white and grey, all the shades of truth” and knew what the name needed to be. You’ll have to excuse the mash-up of Frank Lloyd Wright and George R. R. Martin. 
Laura Aylor, the designer, used great colours (or non colours) for her shawl.

Sara brought her All the Shades in progress for me to see (this is from 2014). It looks great in bright colours too.

Now it's time for Survivor. And the Leafs. And the Jays. Maybe some knitting too.