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Fav Yarn Friday – Mona’s mixing it up with a fav pattern and yarn

  If you know me, you know that I am a clumsy person.  I bump into coffee tables, have been know to slam into a wall when walking around a corner and generally carry more things in my arms than I am able which always ends up in a Monty Python-type comedy sketch.  I am also strong, capable and get a lot of things done in a day and so my clumsiness adds a bit of extra challenges but it doesn’t stop me from going where I need to go, getting things done and sometimes creating something really wonderful.  I think this is partly why I admire those that are so graceful, that seem to walk as though they are floating or ride a bike without banging into poles (yes that has happened too).  We have all read knitting patterns… Read more »

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WIP Wednesday – Odessa’s mosaic shawl

  Right now I’m working on one of my most favourite projects yet. The Columbina shawl by Ambah O’Brein in Manos Marina.     I came across this pattern while looking for something else and I was smitten. The mosaic colourwork is beautiful and the shawl is an easy to wear shape. Immediately I started hunting around the store for the perfect yarn and settled on Marina. It’s a lace weight single with a ton of yards per skein in some beautiful hand dyed colourways. I went with Suede and Nostalgia, a pairing with a delicate and subtle contrast. The pattern calls for a fingering weight yarn and I chose a lace weight so I went down a needle size to get a tidy yet lightweight fabric. I’m also knitting the large size to make up for my smaller gauge…. Read more »

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Fav Yarn Friday – Mona’s knitting up a baby blanket

    So this September I’m going to be an oma, well I guess technically not an oma, but my niece Katy and her husband Matt are having a baby and she’s like my daughter, so I feel like I’m going to be an oma.  As you can tell from my long rambling run-on sentences I’m pretty excited about this.  I’m someone who generally gets pretty excited about most things in life, but this is really something truly special.  So my first response was, what am I going to knit.  It has to be perfect and soft and squishy.  And then we got Classic Elite Yarns Sprout in the shop.  This super soft chunky cotton was exactly what I was looking for.  At 14 sts to 4 inches it’s the perfect weight and the unique construction of the yarn adds… Read more »

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WIP Wednesday – What’s on Corie’s Needles

  I have a lot of projects that are on the needles, but tucked away in project bags waiting for a moment when I have more time to devote to them (ha!) but I have two projects that I’m actively working on, and one where I’m in the planning stages.   The first project is my Glaswegian Cardigan (pattern by Amy Christoffers), done in Plotulopi, that we did in a class. The main knitting on this project is done, it just needs to be steeked and stitches picked up and knit for the button bands. The pattern as written is knit flat, but I altered it to be knit in the round, to make knitting the colourwork easier. If I were to knit this again, I would make sure that there was more of a contrast between my main colour… Read more »

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Fav Yarn Friday – Eco Wool with Sigrid

  Choosing a favorite yarn amongst all the lovely options we carry is just too hard, so this blog post I will be talking about my favorite yarn in the worsted to bulky range, and next time I post I plan on talking about my favorite options in the lighter weights.   Since I first knit with it a couple of years ago, Ecological Wool by Cascade has been a fast favorite for me. It knits up quickly in a flexible range of 14-16 stitches per 4”(10cm), and becomes more and more cozy and comfortable as it is worn, truly making it a wonderful wool for heirloom sweaters. It reminds me of the Icelandic sweaters that my family have passed down for generations, but with a much softer feel to the fabric making it more wearable for a larger audience,… Read more »

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WIP Wednesday – Odessa’s working on a summer sweater

  Currently I am working on a cute summer sweater that will be perfect for over dresses! I’m knitting the Deschain by Leila Raabe. Its a shorter lightweight sweater with a boxy shape and a simple yet elegant shale lace pattern up the centre that helps give it shaping.   I’m using Rowan Mako Cotton, a seasonal limited edition yarn from Rowan. It’s so soft and knits up to a really plush fabric!   I’m really liking knitting this pattern. It’s really easy to follow and doesn’t have too much going on so I can work on it anywhere. I am knitting it with a bit less ease than called for so it’s not as boxy, but otherwise I am knitting it as written. The Mako Cotton is knitting up really well at the gauge called for. I was also… Read more »

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Fav Yarn Friday – Fino with Crystal

Favorite yarn?!?  No such thing.  Asking me what my favorite yarn is, is like asking me which of my children I like best.  There are times I prefer one over the other but at the end of the day I love them just the same.     I tend to steer toward the natural and earthy tones and usually its fingering or lace weight.  Recently, I completed the Everyday shawl in Manos Fino and I loved working with it. It was very light and soft to work with yet warm and cozy to wear.  Next up on the roster will be some wollmeise fingering and some hedgehog sock yarn, no pattern has been decided though:(   SaveSave SaveSave

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WIP Wednesday – Clare’s Sweater Plans

  I am currently swatching the Zweig sweater by Caitlin Hunter. I am loving the drape and feel of the Ancient Arts Silk Merino, and I am looking forward to pairing it with the subtly speckled Hedgehog Sock for the delicate lace panel. I’m only one swatch away from casting on!   Also on the needles is my Birds of a Feather by Andrea Mowry. Sadly, I played yarn chicken and I lost. Looks like its time to shop for some kidsilk lace! SaveSave SaveSave

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Fav Yarn Friday – Ploutulopi is on Corie’s needles

  Based on my experience with Lopi (10 sweaters, many other mittens, slippers and shawls) I really shouldn’t be surprised by how much I love Plotulopi, but I am. Knit on its own, it’s a lighter Icelandic yarn and it has the beautiful colourwork properties of the Lett and Alafoss Lopi (the halo) that will also make it good for outerwear (snow and water will bead on top before getting absorbed into the fabric.)     It is a very different yarn from most other yarns that we have in store, most similar to the Briggs and Little Country Roving in that it’s an unspun yarn, but unlike the Country Roving it’s a single ply. This can make it a little tricky to work with- I reccomend either knitting it from the outside of the plate, or pulling out a… Read more »

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WIP Wednesday – Mona’s Fading Point

  I love to fade colours.  I think I may be a little obsessed with it.  I knit the Find Your Fade, Free Your Fade, So Faded and What the Fade patterns by Andrea Mowry and then I looked around for more fading ideas.  In between those projects I attempted the Starting Point Shawl by Joji Locatelli.  I loved it but I kept getting distracted by yet another fade and I just couldn’t quite get it finished.  Just before the retreat I finished my What the Fade and I was ready to start back on my Starting Point.  Then another fade came along and it’s been put back in the basket for another little break.     The Fading Point by Joji Locatelli is exactly what I was looking for.  It has the creative construction of the Starting Point, but… Read more »

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