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Friday, March 24, 2017

Around the Corner

Brian Smith has a new shawl pattern out. Brian's patterns are well written and easy to knit.
This asymmetric shawl starts at a corner and increases and decreases create the width and the angle of the stocking stitch pattern. Then working on just one side the pattern moves, “Around the corner”.
You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry...

If you can knit and purl then you'll be able to make this shawl.
Stitches used  
Stocking stitch, with a garter ridge every ten rows  
Kfb:Knit into front and back of next stitch  
SSK:Slip two stitches separately knitwise, then put left hand needle through front of loops and knit together  
P2tog:Purl next two stitches together  
K2tog:Knit next two stitches together
The yarn is Debbie Bliss Rialto Luxury Sock. You need two balls - one each of two different colours.

The sample is knit with Wilderness and Beniccasim

There are new colours of Rialto Luxury Sock. 
A beautiful wool blend which comes in rainbow shades with a touch of tweed.
I took them outside (it's beautiful out today) to get pictures of the whole ball. 
15 Abundance

16 Newport
17 Highlight

18 Splendour and 19 Petaport

20 Woodstock

Find Your Fade had a quick bath this morning and it will be blocked tonight. Pineapple Soak was the scent of choice today. The laundry room smells great.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

New Patterns

Mr. Canada Post brought us the new patterns from Churchmouse Yarns today. Their designers did a great job. And the photography is beautiful.

Pinking Shears Scarf
A fun little zig-zag detail at the edges gives this basic garter stitch scarf a fresh finish. The shallow triangle is worked ‘both ends against the middle’—two identical pieces are knit separately and then grafted together at the center for perfectly mirrored halves. It can be knit to any size, so make a lavish wrap or tiny kerchief. Perfect all year ‘round! 

Polka Dot Scarf
There’s something so cheerful about polka dots! They add a little fun to anything you wear. Here we’ve created ‘dots’ with a widely spaced eyelet stitch pattern that’s easy to knit and easy to remember. A slip stitch edging gives a slightly firmer edge to your scarf—no curling! Because the fabric is so light and floaty, a lavish scale seems just right. It’s a lot of knitting but the rows fly happily by. 

Thinking Cap
Inspired by a ready-to-wear Italian cashmere cap, we engineered our hand-knit version to be sleek and utterly seamless. The super-fine fabric is doubled at the cuff with a tiny joining welt for extra warmth. And that cool welt could be popped with a fun, contrast color. Okay, the needles are tiny and the details a little fussy, but it’s worth it—we think!
Quintessential Cardigan
A timeless little hip-length cardi always manages to look modern. Ours has classic details: a pretty jewel neckline, knit-along button bands, full- or bracelet-length sleeves. In eight sizes and with two sleeve lengths, you can make this cardigan just right for you.

Sleeveless Slipover
This style is so versatile, we all wanted different lengths. So here you have it—cropped, hip, tunic, and dress lengths. Or any length you’d like! It’s quite simple to customize your Slipover—for your personal style or body type, as a long layer with side vents or as a short topper over a tee, to be dressed up or down.
Churchmouse knit the hip length version in Alpaca Silk from Blue Sky Fibers. We don't have that but we have it's cousin, Metalico.
In Metalico, it’s a little more polished, a little more poised, with a wonderful softness, fabulous drape, and a delicious luster.  
Blue Sky Fibers Metalico, (146 yds/133m each): 
Cropped length: 4 (5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7) skeins. 
Hip length: 5 (6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8) skeins.  
Tunic length: 7 (7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11) skeins.  
Dress length: 10 (10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 14, 15) skeins.  
Sample shown: Hip length, 37"/94cm finished bust 

Here’s the dress version in Erika Knight Studio Linenlong, lean, elegant, casual. Side vents provide freedom of movement and a little dash. And in Studio Linen it’s durable, luxurious and flexible. Cool to the touch and with a delicate drape, this eco-friendly fiber softens with every wash and wear.
Erika Knight Studio Linen: 
Cropped length: 5 (5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins.  
Hip length: 6 (6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9) skeins.  
Tunic length: 7 (8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11, 12) skeins.  
Dress length: 11 (12, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17) skeins.  
Sample shown: Dress length, 43"/101cm finished bust, in Color 405, Remnant. 

My tunic is growing. I've knit about 20 rows. There should have been more knit last night but I had to pay attention to the TV. Imposters is great. And the tribal council on Survivor last night was a must watch. I'm going to finish a newsletter and then back to my knitting.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Meet Flurry. A new yarn for children's garments.
Flurry Chunky is a wonderfully soft and cozy yarn with a gorgeous fleecy texture. It comes in a range of turbo-dyed colour effect shades, these include soft, powdery colours, as well as stronger, more vibrant ones too. Flurry is the perfect yarn for creating the snuggest of knits for all the family and we have a gorgeous collection of designs with patterns for women, children and babies. Flurry Chunky is machine washable on a wool cycle.
The patterns go from newborn to 7 years. This sweater takes 2-5 balls and the yarn retails for $8.95 a ball. That's a great price for a very cute sweater.
Did I mention that the yarn is knit on 4.5mm and 5.5mm needles. That is a quick kid's sweater.

We have these three colours in stock right now. 

We should see this new yarn from Sirdar at the beginning of April.
Sirdar Colourwheel is a gloriously vibrant colour effect double knitting yarn. This incredible yarn comes in a range of 6 wonderfully colourful shades. Colourwheel is a cake yarn so the true effect of each of the shades can be seen from the ball! What’s more, as well as there been a collection of patterns with one ball accessory designs there is also a free pattern for a wrap on the ball band! Colourwheel comes in a gorgeous acrylic wool blend and is a standard double knitting yarn so will knit to all Sirdar double knitting patterns.

80% acrylic
20% wool

520m/568 yards
22 stitches = 4" on 4mm needles

$25 a ball.

We have knit and crochet patterns coming with the yarn.

Beth and I were handymen last night and changed all the pot lights in our kitchen plus a few in the great room. They have been out for a while and we asked our cousin (an electrician) to come change them. We got tired of waiting so we did it ourselves. No one fell of the ladder. Nothing was broken. The kitchen is almost too bright now :)

Tonight is all about the knitting. The problem with my current project is that it doesn't make for good blog pictures. A shawl in many colours looks pretty and every time a new colour is joined I can take another photo. One colour for 10 skeins doesn't need to be photographed too many times between cast on and cast off. You might say I'm justifying a new shawl :)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sneak Peek

Churchmouse Yarns sent out a newsletter this morning with a sneak peek at their new patterns.

The printed patterns have been shipped and I hope we'll have them by the end of the week but I'm guessing early next week. They will also be available for sale on Ravelry on Thursday.

I'm making the Sleeveless Slipover in the tunic length - that is why I was swatching the blue linen. Wannietta is making us a sample - hip length. Lynn is making herself the cropped length. We are all using Studio Linen from Erika Knight.
85% is recycled rayon-linen fibre, sorted from selected wastage and regenerated using the eco-friendly hydrolysis method. Blended with 15% premium natural linen, these fibres are twisted and dyed by a specialist Italian spinner in Biella to produce a unique yarn with a dry hand feel and subtle sheen. 
Cool to the touch, and with a delicate drape Studio Linen is the perfect yarn for summer. With a refined palette of eight essential colours that will work with everything you wear and a clear stitch definition, Studio Linen crafts beautiful garments both in knit and crochet. 
Made in Italy
Another shipment of Studio Linen is on the way to us. The yarn is really, really nice to knit with. I was afraid that it would be stiff but it isn't. I went down a needle size (3.5mm instead of the 3.75mm that the pattern called for) because I knit a bit loose and I wanted a nice crisp tension. I like how it is looking so far - 11 rows in.
This Thursday, March 23rd, we'll launch five new Churchmouse patterns (as will many other yarn shops all across North America). 
Our in-house designers have been working on these latest creations for many months. 
The images on the patterns were shot on the Bainbridge Island waterfront by talented photographer Jared Flood. 

The patterns from Churchmouse are very well written and I highly recommend them.

Monday, March 20, 2017


There are new colours in one of my favourite yarns.

From Classic Elite Yarns
We are thrilled to introduce Liberty Wool Shadow. The same great worsted weight, machine washable wool you love with a hand dyed look. Subtly dyed, these tone-on-tone shades will work well together with the Liberty Wool Prints and Solids.
We have two colours now and will be receiving two new colours a month for the next five months. Each month we will have two new patterns that are free with the purchase of Liberty Wool.
Worked in pieces from the bottom up, this raglan pullover as a figure flattering A-line shape. Shown with stripes in a printed colorway of Liberty Wool, a contrasting Liberty Wool solid or Liberty Wool Shadow shade would work as well.
An aran pullover sized for kids through big teenagers – up to medium sized adults. Knit a size larger than your child’s current size to allow for growth and maximum wear. All cable patterns have a 16 row repeat for ease of knitting.
I took pictures of the balls so that you could see the true colours. They are both great.

My hotel room is booked. June seems like a long time from now but it will be here before we know it. Heading to the trade show in the US is always fun and I want to make sure I'm in the hotel with all the 'cool kids'. :)

I started to cast on (I do the Cable Cast On) with the Studio Linen last night. It was a slow process. Today I switched to Addi Rockets (slightly pointier than original Addis) and the cast on was a breeze. We have The Good Fight taped from last night and I should get through a few rows tonight. Churchmouse shipped the new patterns today. I can't wait to show pictures on Thursday.