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Blog Posts by Odessa Reichel

When It Comes to Eye-Catching Colour, Manos Marina Delivers

  Have we got a beautiful new lace weight yarn for you! Up your wow factor with the intense palette created for Manos del Uruguay’s newest yarn, Marina. The 14 (yes, 14!) dazzling hand-dyed colours mayattract you, but once you’ve picked one up you won’t put it down — this is one of Manos’ softest and lightest yarns yet. Okay, you’re already thinking it sounds like the perfect yarn for fall shawls (did we mention you get 874 yards per hank), but it gets better: it’s 100 per cent superwash wool for uber-easy care. Man, we love our Manos!   As if the colours and squishy factor wasn’t enough to justify stashing this yarn, Manos is also 100 percent committed to fair trade. Around since 1968, Manos del Uruguay is a non-profit social organization that provides jobs for craftswomen living in Uruguayan rural areas. Accepted… Read more »

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Sock Month Pattern Round Up: Toe Up Socks

Toe- up socks are pretty fun. You can try them on as you go, the heel has no picked up stitches and you finish at the cuff and cast off instead of  grafting the toe. It’s pretty fun and we have a class on Two-at-a-Time Toe-up Socks as well as Toe Up socks coming up in May and June if you want to learn this neat way of knitting socks. Here are a few fun toe up sock patterns to inspire you! You can click on the links to find the patterns on Ravelry. 1. Spice Man by Yarnissima 2. Scylla by Fiona Bennett 3. Delicious Knee Socks by Laura Chau 4. Spina Di Pesce by Yarnissima 5. Marigold Socks by Pamela Wynne 6. Climb by Jane Richmond 7. Partying It UP and Getting DOWN socks by Megan Williams 8. Flying North by Maria Montzka

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Sock Month Pattern Round Up: Top Down Socks

The fun thing about socks is that there is just SO much you can do in a sock! From plain to stripes to fancy stitch work it’s endless! If there is something you want to knit, chances are, it’s available in a sock pattern. This is the first in our series of Sock Month pattern round ups, top down socks! Click on the links to be taken to the Ravelry page for the pattern. Don’t have a Ravelry account? Sign up! It’s an invaluable resource for knitting patterns and then check out some socks! 1. Charade by Sandra Park · 2. Pointelle by Cookie A. · 3. Dragonfly Socks byJocelyn Sertich · 4. AfterThought Heel Socks by Laura Linneman · 5. Paraphernalia by Taina Anttila · 6. Jaywalker by Grumperina 7. Rye by tincanknits · 8. Old Joe by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee · 9. Monkey by Cookie A. · 10. Naive Socks  by Spilly Jane · 11. Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder · 12. Lumberjack by tincanknits      

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Great sock yarns!

There are so many choices for sock yarn that it is both fantastic and overwhelming. We have a whole wall of choices here at the store. The most important thing in picking a sock yarn is to pick one you love. Because if you love how it looks and feels you will enjoy knitting with it.   When looking at a sock yarn one of the things most people look for is a bit of nylon. Why nylon? Nylon is added to wool and wool blend sock yarns to add some strength and reinforcement for more durable socks. They blend together great and it adds even more elasticity to your sock yarn, which is important when you are trying to get it over your heel. The other thing is wool. Wool has great memory and when treated can go through… Read more »

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Odessa’s perfect slouchy touque – Free Pattern!

We recently got in a new yarn from SMC Select that made me go ooooh when I first saw it. SMC Select Mariette is a sportweight-ish soft single ply yarn with tiny sequins scattered throughout. Knit up, it looks kind of like those big fluffy perfect snowflakes of the first snowfall. It comes in tiny 25g balls that are just so precious! Each ball has 84 meters and it comes in a nice range of colours with some good neutrals and softer shades that look even better in real life. When I saw this yarn, I knew I had to make myself something with it. I bought a few balls and thought about it. While I was working on my Windowpane Mittens I thought how the stitch reminded me of comfy waffle henleys and would look great as a lightweight… Read more »

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Free pattern – Windowpane Mittens!

We’ve got another free pattern for you from the My Store, My Mountain Contest. This one is the Windowpane Mittens. Using two skeins of My Mountain Boston in a solid colour with one of the FUN new Boston Spot colours the pattern in the mitten is created using only one colour per row, so no fancy colour work, with some slipped stitches to pull colours up. These mittens make a great gift too, knitting up quickly in spectacular colours! Just look at the fun spot colours! And don’t forget to go to the My Mountain Page and vote for us. Window Pane Mittens Materials: 2 balls of a solid colour of Boston (colour A) 1 balls of Boston Spot Color (colour B) 1 set each of US 8/5mm and 10/6mm DPNs 1 yarn needle to weave in ends Scrap yarn… Read more »

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New Free Pattern – Mojo Jojo Cowl using Berroco Mojo!

  We have a new free pattern for you! When the Berroco Mojo came in we had to make something with it, it’s so fun! So Odessa made this simple cowl with faux cables and wide ribbing. It’s an easy knit that shows off this super fun yarn beautifully! Mojo Jojo is squishy and fun and most importantly quick! On US 15 needles this cowl will be done in a jif so it’s a great gift knit too!   You can download Mojo Jojo here! You can also find it on Ravelry here!

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Check out Featherlight – our new free hat pattern!

  A couple of weeks ago, I was hanging out with the Shibui yarn and fell in love with the Mineral colourway. The only problem was that I could not decide which yarn to knit with, Silk Cloud or Pebble. The solution? BOTH!     Shibui has a great collection of patters under the Mix umbrella. It’s a neat concept – their colourways are consistent across the different yarn lines so that you can combine two different yarns of the same or different colourway for neat effects. We are IN LOVE with these patterns at the store. As soon as I finished this hat I picked up more Silk Cloud to knit Gradient. And Mona’s working on Strata. If you haven’t come in to the store to check out these yarns, you really need to. Multigrain is a new one that looks just… Read more »

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Sunburst Hat – Free Knitting Pattern in SMC Lumio Cotton!

  We’ve got a free pattern for you today! Check out Sunburst, a bulky cotton blend hat using SMC Lumio Cotton from the My Mountain collection. This yarn comes in 10 soft shades perfect for summer. A quick knit, Sunburst is a great take along project and the finished hat is great for keeping your head snug on chilly nights. With some garter stitch and a focal cable, this hat has a bit of slouch for a relaxed fit. And just look what happens when the reflective thread in the yarn catches the light! You can download the pattern PDF here or pick one up at the store! Happy knitting!

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Voyageur Hat

Festival is almost over, but you can keep your Voyageur spirit going with this fun hat!! Using less than 1 skein of the new Rowan Pure Wool Worsted this hat knits up quick. And with 50 colours to choose from, there is a colour for everyone! You can download the pattern here or pick up a copy at the shop! This hat would also work great in any of our worsted weight yarns such as Cascade 220, Malabrigo Rios, Sweet Georgia Trinity Worsted and More! Here you can see it in action at a Voyageur pancake breakfast with its fantastic tassel. My son said that it was the best Voyageur hat there because his mom knit it and real Voyageurs probably had their moms knit their toques too!

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