It’s sweater weather and I am so excited! I have a couple of sweaters on the go – I know I really should focus on one but they are all so pretty I just can’t settle on one. The Rockaway by Jared Flood is a Cowichan-inspired hooded cardigan that is going to be so cozy when it’s done. I’m using natural colours of Cascade Ecological Wool to get that chunky gauge in a warm wool. The sweater is knit in the round from the bottom up and then steeked when it’s done so there is none of that colour work purling. The pattern is charted and a fairly easy knit once you get going with bold patterning for a stylish fall sweater coat. I’m pretty excited to get this one done! I really like that it has patterns… Read more »
For as long as I’ve been knitting, I’ve been somewhat cray cray over sock yarn. More than half my stash is sock yarn, earmarked for socks!! I love lots of different brands of sock yarn, and because narrowing it down to one favourite is impossible, I’ve zeroed in on three sock yarns that make my heart sing. Fleece Artist BFL Socks are 80 per cent superwash and 20 per cent nylon. The colours are so exciting and gorgeous—that alone is enough reason to buy. However, it’s the texture and smell of this yarn I crave. For lack of a better word, it is so “sheepy”! This yarn is coarser than others and has a nice little halo, and I fancy I can still smell the lingering odour of the sheep it has come from. Manos… Read more »
I tried to resist, I really did. Ask anyone at the shop and they will tell you the lengths to which I tried to ignore that beautiful yarn. I put it in a kit, hoping someone would buy it. I placed it in the front of the display, hoping someone would buy it. I tried to convince Odessa she would like it. And then one day I came to work and checked to see if it was gone and I couldn’t find it. Panic!!!!! I looked everywhere and couldn’t find it and was filled with the disappointment only the truly yarn-addicted would understand. Odessa came to my rescue and reminded me that I had kitted it up and showed me that in fact it was still in the shop. My glorious Wollmeise Blend in Rhabarber (rhubarb) was still… Read more »
I just finished a sweater using Cascade Longwood and its just such a lovely yarn. I’ve used it a few times and the stitch definition is incomparable! I like to refer to this yarn as plies on plies as its plied strands of super soft merino yarn plied together for great bounce and loft. The Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli I finished this week in this yarn turned out so lovely. The yarn makes a fabric that feels like a luxe version of a favourite comfy sweatshirt. Last year I also knit a Stovetop hat from Tin Can Knits out of this yarn – the construction of this yarn really makes the cables pop!
If you were at the Manitoba Fibre Festival, you may have seen the table mounded with gorgeous, brightly coloured Handmaiden kits. We had Thrummed Mittens, Socks, Vamps Slippers and nestled among all of those was my favourite, the Rumple Angel Scarf/Shawl Kit. The kit either makes two different scarves or one larger shawl and I decided to knit the shawl as a Christmas gift. This luxurious shawl is created by knitting the soft mohair together with the textured silk, in a lacey, but very simple pattern. This is the perfect after work, relaxing knit, which works for me after a busy day at the yarn shop.
Right now I am just loving Berroco Noble. I am knitting a Gaptastic Cowl with it and the fabric it knits up into is so warm and squishy! Big chunky scarves are everywhere lately and Noble would be so great for knitting one up. It’s a 2-ply super soft merino yarn that feels fantastic. It knits up in a flash so it’s great for last minute knits. The colour palette has a nice range of wintery deep colours and muted pastels. I really just want to knit all of my winter things out of it!
I’m on a huge blanket jag right now. I love to knit or crochet blankets for my home, to give away, or just for me as a special indulgent treat—it’s like a big squishy hug from me to me. I’m lovin’ working on Stephen West’s Garter Squish blanket. I’m knitting it up in Cascade’s Longwood, and I challenge anyone to find a squishier yarn for this project! The blanket is made by holding two strands of yarn together, carrying one colour all the way through, while switching out 8 or 9 other colours. This is the most comforting blanket I’ve ever knit! Because less more is more (LOL), I’ve also got a crocheted blanket on the go. I’m in love with Lucy of Attic 24’s patterns. Her blankets are so inspiring because her colour combinations are amazing! For my Summer Garden Granny… Read more »
I have always been a huge fan of all the Manos yarns and in recent years I am so impressed with their new yarns and colours. Alegria, a high twist sock yarn, Fino, a single blend merino/silk blend and Gloria, a high twist worsted yarn, have all quickly become my favourites. I have been eagerly awaiting this season’s new yarn from Manos and I was not disappointed. Manos Milo is a sport weight single yarn blended with merino and linen. It is so soft to the touch, which is a little unexpected from a linen yarn, and so squishy once it’s been knit up into a fabric with a wonderful drape. I knew we were going to focus on Manos at our recent Manitoba Fibre Festival and i wanted to have a new sample knit up. I chose the… Read more »
Right now I am busy working away on some Fleece Artist Vamps! We just got these kits in and brought them to the Manitoba Fibre Festival over the weekend. What are vamps? They are super warm, slippers or boot socks. Traditionally knit in Newfoundland, they are great for keeping your feet cozy! Over the weekend a woman mentioned to me that her daughter loves them to wear in her Toms to wear them a bit longer into the fall and I was all about that! The kits come with a merino yarn and a fuzzy mohair blend from Fleece Artist which you hold along with the merino for extra warmth and coziness! The kit comes with all the yarn and the pattern for the Vamps – all you need is a set of US 6/4mm needles.
One of my favourite yarns is Eco Andean Dk. Nice and woolly, it comes in a range of natural colours (and soon, dyed colours as well.) I’ve used it for two sweaters (Polwarth and Stasis). Polwarth is a fairly plain sweater, with an interesting texture detail at the neck that stands out well in this yarn. Stasis has a colour work pattern on the yoke, wrists and at the hem, and this yarn gives it a very crisp definition. While it isn’t the softest yarn, I did find it to be pretty durable- I wore Stasis to a soapstone carving class and it held up well to a lot of friction. It’s a lighter weight yarn, making it a great choice to layer.