We’re kicking off some new blog posts with some introductions to staff new and old so you can get to know us a little better. Were starting with one of our newest staff members, Crystal, who’s calm disposition brings quiet to even the busiest day or most confusing pattern question. She’s a master at putting yarn away beautifully. Crystal started knitting about 4 years ago. She’s generally pretty crafty and wanted to try something new and get out of the house. Her favourite project she’s completed so far is an Om Shawl out of Cascade Longwood and her favourite yarn is Wollmeise Lace which she recently used for a gorgeous Yoga Shawl. She’s currently working on a cardigan for her son.
Blog Posts by Odessa Reichel
By now you all know how much I looooove mixing Shibui Silk Cloud into just about any and everything I’m knitting. It is so super soft and adds just a hint of fluff to any pattern. Our fall yarns are filling the shelves and I’ve been so excited about knitting with them. First on my list is the Rowan Valley Tweed which is a sport weight wool in gorgeous tweedy colours. Add a little Shibui Silk Cloud for some extra softness and you’ve got a winning combination. As much as we may not want to admit it, cooler weather (I dare not say that W word) is on it’s way and it’s time to start knitting all the warm cuddly things. I have always loved the Featherlite Hat pattern by Odessa and thought this combo would be a great… Read more »
We just got in an exciting new yarn – Magic Kette from Borgo dePazzi! While this yarn looks like a big bulky tape yarn it’s not. It’s actually a sock yarn! Dyed up in a tube you simply start unravelling to get knitting. That’s right, unravel. Pretty magical! Check the back for the start of the hank and just keep pulling. Perfect for shawls, scarves and of course socks!! With 420m/459y per hank there is plenty of yarn to go around. It comes in all sorts of colours and knits up into fun stripes as you go. Made of a superwash wool and nylon base it’s easy to care for and easy to wear. Come by to get magical with Magic Kette!
Hi! Odessa here talking about what she’s up to these days. Our gorgeous fall yarns are starting to come in and all I can think about is new sweaters. So of course I have two on the go now. The first is Riddari from Lopi. I’ve knit a few Lopi sweaters and wanted something with the same iconic yoke patterning but with a more relaxed fabric. I went all around the store looking at worsted and aran weight yarns from Malabrigo Rios to Cascade 220 Superwash Merino to Manos Alegria Grande but finally settled on Blue Sky Woolstok. It has lovely subtly heathered colours in a plump and lofty yarn. Perfect! I’ve knit with this yarn before and love the fabric it knits up into. I picked some of my favourite brights for the yoke and paired them with… Read more »
The first time I felt fabric knit with Rohrspatz & Wollmeise yarns, I knew I was onto something special. I couldn’t believe the stretch, spring and loft of these yarns. I wanted to know more. Like, what was the secret to the stretch? Apparently, it’s all in the twist! Company co-founder Claudia Holl-Wellmann wanted to create a more robust yarn, and spent a great deal of time determining the optimal twist for each yarn weight. Now I admit, I’m a little loopy about these yarns. I’ve purchased three hanks of Lacegarn, which is a lace weight superwash merino, and a hank of Twin, which is 80 per cent wool and 20 per cent nylon in a fingering weight. I love the fact that one hank of Lacegarn is 300 grams, or 1738 yards (!!!), enough to complete a whole project,… Read more »
I don have very much knit, but I do have two new projects cast on recently. The first project is the So Faded sweater, by Andrea Mowry. I’m using Manos del Uruguay Alegria in a couple of colours, along with some Hedgehog Fibres sock yarn and an old Fleece Artist silk/wool from old stash. I also cast on a plain top-down so with with Regia Pairfect on a set of Chiaogoo’s 9 inch needles. There really isn’t much done, but the idea is for this to be my new purse project. I have just finished another sweater, the Chuck sweater by Andi Satterlund in Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok. I still have to weave on some ends, but it has been so hot lately that i don’t want to sit down with it for any length of time, but I’m… Read more »
One of the things I’ve talked about with students is that when looking at patterns, make sure that you’re looking at the project itself, and not just being swayed by the styling of th photo shoot. It’s really easy to be swayed by the “lifestyle” that the photo projects, as much as by the actual project. That said… Rowan Magazines get me every. Single. Time. Good thing that the projects themselves are fantastic. I do like that Rowan will often include some behind the scenes pictures detailing the photo shoot (it only further encourages me to find rocky beaches so I can wear hand knit sweaters and stare wistfully out over the water.) I have the yarn for two sweaters from Rowan Magazine 60: the first is the Barley Sweater, by Lisa Richardson. The photo for this one is fairly… Read more »
One of the many projects I have on the needles is Churchmouse’s “Mohair Bias Loop.” What attracted me to this piece is the loop can be worn three different ways—around the neck as a long, endless scarf, twisted double as a cowl, or as a wrap to hug the shoulders. I love versatility! Since I can never do anything in moderation, I’ve got two versions of this pattern on the go using two different yarns—for two completely different effects. The bias loop knit in Fleece Artist’s Halo Bundle is a fingering weight yarn held with a single strand of mohair. Mona knit the project with these yarns to display in the shop (see pictures below). And as soon as I tried it on, I knew I had to knit one for me. Fleece Artist’s Halo Bundle is a joy to… Read more »
This spring, I’ve ventured into unknown territory—making toys. I haven’t made many in the past, but this year dolls, monsters, bears, monkeys and bunnies have been calling to me. I started my toy adventure by participating in Melanie’s Doll-Making class. I didn’t know what to expect … and I wasn’t disappointed. The whole process was exhilarating because it was so creative when compared with the other projects I was working on. I pondered, for hours, the perfect yarns for the body, hair, clothing and accessories. For example, should she have curly or straight hair, a smooth or textured yarn for her skin, what would she wear? I happily planned my doll, changing elements in her design as I liked. This week, I’ll be making her hair and I’ll knit her a wee cardigan. During this toy-making process,… Read more »
The project that has really consumed me lately has been the Find Your Gade shawl by Andrea Mowry. Originally I just wanted to make it using only yarn from my stash, and I was able to pull together enough Fleece Artist sock yarns, but then decided to get rid of my first colour so I did end up buying some Cottage Sock in a reddish brown. Other than the lace sections, it’s a nice mindless knit, so I’ve been getting a lot done while watching the NHL playoffs. Right now I’m also pushing to get it done so I can start my next shawl, Joji Locatelli’s mystery knit along, when it comes out. I have been working on two other projects: first the Honey Thrum socks, a kit from Fleece Artist. I love trying yarn made from different sheep breeds… Read more »