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Fav Yarn Friday – Sigrid talks about a new local yarn

  This past month I have been away travelling and enjoying time with my family, soaking up the sun and views in the Canadian Rockies. But as much fun as I was having, I was still sad to miss our first trunk show with Blossom and Fern yarn co., a very talented local dyer that we are now carrying at Wolseley Wool!   The first place I went when I returned to the store this past Monday was to the tower display showcasing a variety of Blossom and Fern yarns, and I was not disappointed! So many beautiful colours and such lovely saturated shades, I am stuggling to decide where to begin. However, when this happens I return to my old standby’s which are always a fingering weight shawl in two or three colours. Now, to decide between the amazingly… Read more »

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Fav Yarn Friday – Corie is getting Tweedy!

One of my favourite things in a yarn (other than a good, woolly squish) is tweed. I love my pullover in the Rowan Felted Tweed, I can imagine I’m wandering around an old library in my tweed sweater (just needing suede patches on the elbows ) Other than the Felted Tweed and Rowan Valley Tweed, we haven’t really had that many tweed yarns in our store. Until Universal Deluxe Tweed Superwash. It’s so great! A worsted weight super wash, I’ve used it for a couple of gift knits. First is the TinCanKnits Stovetop Hat, an aran inspired cabled cat topped with a glorious pompom. The cables worked up nicely in this yarn, and in the porcelain colour, it’s good to know that it can be washed. The second gift is Churchmouse Knits’ Very Gifted Cowl, one of my favourite gift patterns…. Read more »

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Fav Yarn Friday – Manos Milo with Dorian

I’ve never been a big fan of plant fibres, usually I prefer working with wool, alpaca, and cashmere for my own knitting. It’s a weird texture thing I have but it generally means that I don’t knit things to wear in the warmer 6 months of the year. However with Manos celebrating their 50th anniversary recently a new yarn caught my eye. Manos Milo is a beautiful blend of merino wool and linen and while I’m not leaving my love of animal fluff, I’m stretching. I wanted to knit something lighter, summerier and kept finding myself sitting by the shelf perusing the many soft shades in the Milo palette. I finally broke when the big bundles came in the door for a restock and I knew I had to do something with this stuff. While the wool gives it some… Read more »

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Fav Yarn Friday – Corie’s warm weather knits

I don’t want to start a blog post by complaining, but it’s so hot. So hot that I want to put away my Lopi and other worsted weights, and look for finer yarns. Laceweight! Nice, fluffy lace weights for shawls and my beloved sweaters. I’ve already written about wanting to start a Scandinavian Spring sweater using the Handmaiden Aura bundles, and I’m also looking at some other shawls and smaller accessory projects. We have a couple of different mohair lace weight yarns: from top to bottom, Rowan Kidsilk Haze, Handmaiden Angel Hair, Lang Lace, Hedgehog Kidsilk Lace and Shibui Silk Cloud. Mohair is great knit together with another yarn (like these Featherlite hats in Shibui Silk Cloud and Pebble, and Rowan Kidsilk Haze with Valley Tweed) or on its own (Birds of a Feather Shawl with Hedgehog Kidsilk Lace striped… 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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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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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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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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Fav Yarn Friday Kari’s Rohrspatz & Wollmeise Yarns: Something to Twist and Shout About

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 »

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Fav Yarn Friday – Corie gets tweedy

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 »

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