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WIP Wednesday – Odessa’s getting cozy with our winter bulky blanket KAL

I’ve been wanting to knit the Bonfire Blanket by tin can knits since I first saw the pattern. So when we decided to knit it as our winter KAL I pulled out my big needles and got busy! I’m using the yarn called for in the pattern, Cascade Lana Grande in a deep gold tone that I just love! We’re starting the KAL officially in January, but I could not wait to start knitting. The yarn feels really nice in the blanket and I can’t wait until it’s done so I can use it.     The cable repeats are really easy to follow and the pattern is well written. They are similar to the Stovetop hat, which I’ve knit a few times and loved. They look lovely in the super bulky yarn. My favourite part about knitting super bulky… Read more »

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Fav Yarn Friday – Mona is all about Mohair right now

  I don’t like mohair … ok, I said it.  At least that’s what I’ve always thought; however, these past six months, I have found myself falling in love with three mohair-blended yarns from the shop. So, instead of picking one yarn to share with you, I thought I’d share my mohair journey.  It all started with a Shibui mix party at one of our retreats (that was quite a while back).  At a mix party, Shibui supplies you with mini skeins of all its yarns. Shibui then gives you a chart with needle sizes and gauges for mixing two yarns together.  This was my first experience with Shibui Silk Cloud, which is exactly as the name describes, a soft, airy blend of kid mohair and silk.  I have since knit many Shibui patterns with this yarn, and it adds… Read more »

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WIP Wednesday – Kari is Mad for Colour!

Any way you slice it, the newest crescent shawl by Tin Can Knits is fabulous! The colours of “Slice” are eye-popping! Designers Alexa Ludeman and Emily Wessel say the colour combos for this shawl were inspired by trips to the candy shop in their new book, Mad Colour. And these colour mixes are certainly mouth-watering.   photo from tin can knits   I’m a colour junkie, and I was instantly drawn to Mad Colour’s vibrant, intense, colour-saturated patterns. “Slice” practically jumped off the page at me. And if it was colour that drew me in, it’s the lace detail that will keep me working on this project.     Knit in fingering weight yarn, I’ve chosen Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Button Jar Blue, Electric Rainbow and Nassau Blue, which remind me of blue fish gummies and jars of jelly… Read more »

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Fav Yarn Friday – Kari Wants More Malabrigo Rios, Please!

    I absolutely love Malabrigo Rios. Not only are the colours mesmerizing, this is one hard-working yarn. For example, the Vargavinter mittens I crocheted in the fall of 2015, I wore every day last winter. When I pulled them out of storage this November, they looked as good as new: the colours were still vibrant and saturated, and the surface of the fabric had very little pilling. I’d heard Rios was more than just a pretty face, but now I have proof it’s also a workhorse yarn.     I have multiple projects on the go with Rios. I’m currently teaching Chocolate Stout, a super comfy, all-over cabled, shawl-collared, grandpa sweater. I’ve always wanted to do a big project like this in Rios, and I haven’t been disappointed with my investment. Rios is a dream to knit with, and… Read more »

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Fav Yarn Friday – Mona has fun picking yarns for a new shawl

  With the arrival of Wollmeise yarns in the shop, I have been revisiting Martina Behm’s Hitchhiker pattern.  The pattern is basically a bias stole, increasing on one side and decreasing on the other.  The really interesting part is that you do your decreases as a cast off of 5 stitches every 8 rows.  This gives you little spikes on the edge of the shawl.  The other thing I really love about this pattern is the shape. It starts off with 2 stitches and increases until you’re done your yarn or you just can’t knit anymore, giving you lots of length to wrap it around yourself.  Because it’s knit in fingering weight, it’s perfect for indoor wear or tucked into your winter coat.     I knit this pattern a few years ago with an alpaca blended fingering weight yarn and… Read more »

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WIP Wednesday – Kari is all about the quick knits!

  Every late November and early December, I whip up a bunch of super bulky mitts, scarves and cowls as gifts for my loved ones. I want patterns and yarns that knit up fast, look gorgeous, and appeal to everyone. That’s why I’m usually wearing out my 10 and 15 mm needles making seed stitch cowls, garter stitch scarves and the Lightning Fast Mittens by Hill Vintage and Knits using Malabrigo’s Rasta and Berroco’s Macro yarns.   I choose very simple patterns that let the vibrant colours and textures of the single-ply Rasta and Macro do all the work for me. The mittens take about two hours per pair, while the scarf and cowl take approximately three—they look and feel like I’ve spent days, not hours, working on them.     I love Rasta’s vibrant colourways for the Lightning Fast… Read more »

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Fav Yarn Friday – Odessa could knit with Rasta forever and always

    Malabrigo Rasta is my all time favourite yarn. It knits up so quick and comes in gorgeous hand dyed tonal and variegated colour ways. It makes amazing hats and mittens and is perfect for knitting up last minute gifts. We just got in a bunch more, including my favourite colour, Frank Ochre. It’s so hard not to just take it all home. My all time favourite pattern for Rasta is the Lightning Fast Mittens, but I also really like the Hannah hat, Really Warm Hat and the Marian Cowl, all which can be knit with just one ball!  

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WIP Wednesday – Odessa is all about luxury right now

    Right now I’m working on a shawl out of our newest luxury yarns from Lang. Lang Merino Palettes, a merino yarn with tiny sequins, Lang Merino Pearline, a merino yarn with tiny glass beads and Lang Cashmere Lace, a pure cashmere that just feels so soft. I’m working on a shawl that will be a store pattern soon that uses one skein of each of these precious yarns to use all the fancy things at once!  

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WIP Wednesday – Corie’s got another Jets scarf on the go

  I’m currently working on my Winnipeg Jets scarf. I’ve altered it a bit from last year, so here are the details:   I’m using Cascade 220 Sport in navy blue, charcoal and red. I’ve cast on 40 stitches in the round on a US 6 needle. I’m knitting 1 round in blue for every Jets goal, one in grey for every goal by the opposition and red for the end of each game. “But Corie,” I hear you say “what about those three white rounds?”  Those are from the heritage Classic game- I wanted to do something special for that fame when they wore the vintage inspired jerseys. Unfortunately, I didn’t have to worry about finding the appropriate blue for Jets goals. 😒 I was hoping that the changes I had made to this year’s scarf would result in a… Read more »

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Fav Yarn Friday – Mona is getting colourful with Canton

    I love the pattern Gaptastic by Jen Geigley.  It’s a long, bulky infinity scarf knit in moss stitch which makes it super squishy.  Each season I knit so many of them, it’s almost a joke in the shop.  It’s probably more of a joke than I even know, but everyone is always super supportive when I once again am on the the hunt for the perfect ‘Gaptastic’ yarn.  This season we got in Lana Gatto’s Canton, which is a soft, multicoloured bulky yarn in a wool/acrylic blend.  The colours are so fun and the price is really affordable.  I love the very slight twist of shiny mixed with the soft unspun wool.  Using three balls of Canton, I can make a very generous Gaptastic for under $30.  This last one will be a perfect Christmas gift for my… Read more »

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