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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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Celebrating 50 years of Manos del Uruguay!

This year we celebrate 50 years! #manosdeluruguay #manos50 #fairtrade A post shared by Manos del Uruguay Yarns (@manosdeluruguayyarns) on Mar 19, 2018 at 7:44am PDT This year, Manos del Uruguay is celebrating 50 years of their cooperative and we’re celebrating! We’ve carried their yarns here at Wolseley Wool for years and are always so excited when a new box of their gorgeous yarns come in the store to ooh and ahh over! Not only do they make beautiful yarns, but there is a great story behind the yarn. We’re kicking off our Manos celebration on Friday May 11th with a big party! From 7-9 PM Friday evening we will be having a great time, with wine and food from the area provided by Txoko, games, prizes, knitting and more! All Manos yarns will be 15% off and for every skein… Read more »

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Sweater Weather is coming, are you ready?

Hi! Odessa here talking about what she’s up to these days. Our gorgeous fall yarns are starting to come in and all I can think about is new sweaters. So of course I have two on the go now.   The first is Riddari from Lopi. I’ve knit a few Lopi sweaters and wanted something with the same iconic yoke patterning but with a more relaxed fabric. I went all around the store looking at worsted and aran weight yarns from Malabrigo Rios to Cascade 220 Superwash Merino to Manos Alegria Grande but finally settled on Blue Sky Woolstok. It has lovely subtly heathered colours in a plump and lofty yarn. Perfect! I’ve knit with this yarn before and love the fabric it knits up into. I picked some of my favourite brights for the yoke and paired them with… Read more »

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Fav Yarn Friday – Corie loves wool

I love non-superwash wooly yarns. A woman I used to knit with used to explain her love of Lopi by saying “I like that it’s scratchy, that’s how you know it’s working.” For me it’s not so much that it iss scratchy, but with non-treated yarns you do often feel the tooth of the yarn, and that’s what lets me know that it has the kind of bloom that I love in projects.   Right now the yarn that I’m in love with it Blue Sky Fiber’s Woolstok. Made from 100% Fine Highland wool, it is a lofty wooly light worsted weight yarn. Woolstok comes in 50g skeins, with 123 yards. It comes in 21 colours (all colours are included in the 21 Colours hat kits that have been so popular here in the shop), and the bloom of the… Read more »

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WIP Wednesday – Carey is getting squishy with Fiora!

Inspiration:  bathroom walls painted ‘Illusive Lilac’ and Stephen West’s ‘Garter Squish’ blanket pattern. I NEED ME A NEW BATHMAT and I have 3 skeins of an acrylic/cotton blend in my stash in silver, blue and ‘lilac’.  Paired together with another dk weight yarn – Berroco Fiora in the ‘Tybee’ colorway this should knit up quickly into something squishy for my toes to sink into.  And so it has.  I was a little hesitant to pair the Fiora which has some alpaca in it with a cotton/acrylic blend but it feels great.  Holding the two dk weight yarns together on a 6mm needle gave me a nice squishy gauge of 16sts.  I’ve wanted to knit this blanket for a long time but knitting up a bathmat is so much quicker AND I learned a new technique – an I-cord edge (easy)… Read more »

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Fav Yarn Friday – Odessa is loving our new linen blends

  We just got in some new yarns from Classic Elite and I had the pleasure of knitting up the Bella Lino Drop Stitch Wrap for our yarn tasting the other night. The pattern calls for two different colours of Classic Elite Bella Lino, but I decided to pair one colour of Bella Lino with new Classic Elite Fortuna which is the same fibre content, weight and yardage but in a more solid colour. These linen blends are just gorgeous – they have nice hand and get softer and softer the more you touch them. They also have a subtle glow and comes in a great range of shades that are both classic and on trend.   I loved knitting the Bella Lino Drop Stitch Wrap – it’s knit using the two yarns or colours held double on a larger needle… Read more »

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Work In Progress Wednesday – Odessa’s getting ready for spring!

  When I saw the new Rico Creative Melange Lace I just had to knit with it! The colours and subtle variations are so beautiful that I could not resist! Not only does the yarn slowly shift between colours but there are little sprinkles of harmonious colours throughout that make this cotton yarn truly unique.   I couldn’t pick a colour to knit with, I loved them all, so I decided to pick my favourites and find a shawl pattern to knit them up into. I decided on the Everyday Shawl because I loved the shape, the simple knitting (perfect for watching TV) and yardage wise was the perfect amount for getting the most out of three balls of the Melange Lace. So far I am just loving how it’s knitting up and the cotton feels fantastic – I can… Read more »

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WIP Wednesday – Corie is working on all the shawls!

For someone who doesn’t wear a lot of shawls, I sure do have more shawl WIPs than other kinds of projects.     Currently, I’m working on the Hyggelig shawl by Claudia Eisenkolb (available on Ravelry.) I’m knitting it in one of my favourite yarns, Eco Andean DK. I’m using the Gray Brown and Medium Gray colours, and my plan is to use the Andean DK Heathers in a purple or red for the mesh lace pattern at the end.     The shawl that is on the back burner is my Viajante, by Martina Behm. I started this at the beginning of our knitalong, and I have to admit that I haven’t touched it since. I love the yarn and the finished project, I just haven’t had much time to work on it.     I have had time… Read more »

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Fav Yarn Friday – Odessa’s Getting Cozy With Berroco Noble

  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!

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