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New store sample: Pogona

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Pogona by Stephen West is a great one-skein project perfect for showing off that beautiful yarn you’ve been stashing! A simple pattern that is easy to memorize and quick to finish. Our sample, knit with TFA Red Label Cash Silk Single, is exquisitely soft – a dream to work with and, more importantly, to wear (26 colourways currently in stock)!

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- Melissa

Habu Textiles: Re-stocked!

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We’re excited to let you know that we’ve just received several new shipments from Habu Textiles including Tsumugi Silk, Fine Merino, Silk Stainless Steel, and a brand new-to-us yarn – Wrapped Silk.

Tsumugi Silk

Tsumugi Silk is 100% silk with little specks of colour throughout giving it a slightly tweedy feel. Beacause it is soft and light, this yarn is ideal for summer garments.  It can be double- and triple-stranded to achieve the weight and gauge necessary for your project and it also combines well with other yarns. Content: 100% silk / Yardage: 450 yds. View available colours here. Most colourways in stock.

Fine Merino

Extremely soft and fine merino, this yarn lends itself to many different projects and can be used single-, double-, or triple-stranded. Although there are many available colourways, if you don’t find the exact shade you’re looking for, you can create your own by combining multiple strands of different colours. Can also be felted. Content: 100% merino / Yardage: 747 yds. View available colours here. Most colourways in stock.

Silk Stainless Steel

A stainless steel core wrapped in silk – this yarn is surprisingly soft and supple.  The stainless steel provides the added benefit of built-in “memory” that allows for shapingof your finished project. Crinkle it, curl it, twist it – it will bend to your will and stay that way until you straighten it.   This yarn is easiest when knit using two strands and is often combined with Habu’s Fine Merino. Content: 69% silk, 31% stainless steel / Yardage: 311 yds.  View available colours here. Most colourways in stock.

Wrapped Silk

This silk yarn is created with a traditional cord making method. Silk wrapped in silk. Very strong, and great for bags or jacket fabric. Content: 69% silk, 31% stainless steel / Yardage: 311 yds.  View available colours here. Most colourways in stock.

Project Ideas

Here are just a few ideas to start you thinking about how to work with these unique yarns – all of these samples are available for viewing in store. And be sure to check our free pattern feature this coming Friday for another new Espace Tricot project designed with Wrapped Silk! It’s fabulous – promise!

Clockwise:

Double-Take Tee by Espace Tricot
Hakusa by Kirsten Johnstone
Ombre Tank by Espace Tricot
Kusha Kusha by Setsuko Torii

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- Melissa

New totes from Monsieur Panier…

…just in time for spring!

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All of Monsieur Panier’s beautiful products are fair-trade and ecological – made with 100% plant fibers (+ leather handles) in Madagascar.

- Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Annis

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(Photos: knittimo)

We blogged the Annis pattern by Susanna IC  once already last spring when we knit it up as a store sample but I fell in love with it all over again this morning when I came across knittimo’s version on Ravelry and decided to share it here again.  Although this version is knit with a wool / bamboo blend it gives me the impression of linen and the rustic, casual look provides a pretty juxtaposition to the delicate lace design. This would be stunning knit up with Sparrow from Quince & Co. or Euroflax from Louet. Having made it once already, I can attest to the fact that this really is one of the quickest little shawl projects ever!

From the designer: “The shawlette is knitted in one piece starting at the outside edge of the lace and the narrow curved shape is created by a unique set of short rows. The interesting combination of lace and simple stockinette stitches makes Annis a fun and fast project.”

- Melissa

In The Spirit Of The Easter Bunny

My daughter is convinced the Easter Bunny is real. She does not,  however, believe in Santa Claus. How did that happen? She happily dyed eggs and decorated them, and right now I think that is all that matters.

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I did have a look around ravelry and found some hilarious egg-related projects. Crochet outweighs the knitting today, since I do not have to explain anything, I think I will be ok. I found some easy ones and a few that require some finesse. Enjoy.

Egg and Chicken

Egg in a shell

Bunny Egg Cozy

Fun Felt Egg Cozy

Nake-id Egg Cozy

Funny Egg Cozy Gang

Ester Bunny Egg Warmer

Eggcellent Lifesize Egg

Happy Knitting, as ever!

- Mona

 

Knitscene / Summer 2014…

now in!

Click here to preview.

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SweetGeorgia Yarns – Tough Love Sock…

…now re-stocked. One of our favourite fingering weight yarns for everything from socks to shawls to garments. Fourty-six super-saturated colourways now in stock!

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From the SweetGeorgia Yarns website: “A perfect blend of warmth and strength to make a hardwearing sock yarn that can stand up to your affection and abuse. Tough Love Sock is our best-selling yarn and knits up beautifully into fine-gauge sweaters, small shawls, as well as socks!”

80% superwash merino wool, 20% nylon
425 yards per 115g skein
US 0-1 (2-2.25mm) | 8 sts/1″

Project ideas (clockwise):

Zephyr Cove by Rosemary Hill (Photo: Rosemary Hill)
Audrey by Jane Richmond (Photo: Jane Richmond)
Leapfrog Socks by Debbie O’Neill (Photo: Interweave)
Raindrops by tincanknits (Photo: Tin Can Knits)

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Lots more yarn from SweetGeorgia on the way. Stay tuned for updates!

- Melissa

 

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Free pattern Friday: Summer Fling

Hot off the press – another new pattern from Espace Tricot!

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The perfect little summer bag for strolling around town, light shopping, or meeting friends for a cocktail on a terrace! The bottom is knit flat and then stitches are picked up for knitting the main body in the round. Handles are then knit flat one at a time and are joined using Kitchener stitch. Knit with Sparrow yarn from Quince & Co. this bag is both pretty and casual and the 100% linen content makes it strong and durable. Form and function!

Pattern available in English and French.

- Melissa

Testing 1, 2, 3

Actually, I should call it ‘Swatching 1, 2, 3′ since that is what I am going to do. Knit one yarn with different kind of needles and show what it looks like. An experiment, yet not really because I already know that I do knit differently with different materials like metal, bamboo or wood. Let’s see how it turns out. (It is absolutely possible that this post doesn’t prove anything but the fact that I have waaaay to many needles the same size, if different materials…)

I am going to start with the most slippery needle (addi turbo) and go step by step less slippery. Of course all the sizes will be the same – 5.0 mm (US 8) and I am using 100% Cotton. Reason for this is that knitting with a yarn like cotton makes for the most visible differences knit up with different needles.

1. addi turbo – the most slippery needles of all! They are nickel plated and are slick and have no grip whatsoever, their tips are quite blunt.

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(very loose, 14.5 sts/4″ and 4.5 rows/1″)

2. Hiya Hiya stainless steel – slightly less slippery, yet a favorite of mine for wool. The tips are slightly more tapered than that of the addis.

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(loose, 15.5 sts /4″ and 5 rows/1)”

3. Knitter’s Pride Karbonz – I count those as metal, since the tip you knit with is metal, the rest of the needle is made out of carbon, which has more grip. Their tips are a bit more pointy than the Hiya Hiya.

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(less loose, 16 sts/4″ and 5 rows/1″)

4. Knitter’s Pride Dreamz – made from laminated wood. Less slippery than the carbon needles, slightly more slippery (slightly!) than bamboo. Nice pointy tips. I seem to knit more evenly with less slippery needles, reason might be that I can’t knit as fast!

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(slightly more than 16 sts/4″ and 5 rows/1″)

5. Clover Bamboo – I do not have a Hiya Hiya Bamboo needle in 5.0 mm – the material is absolutely comparable. Hiya Hiya needles have a pointier tip and more flexible cables. Otherwise the knitting experience is the same. Bamboo needles are slightly more grippy than the wooden ones.

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(16.5 sts?4″ and 5 rows/1″)

6. Knitter’s Pride Acrylic needles – I chose to use these next, I do think the grip is slightly less than for the last kind (Denise). The needles have a nice pointy tip and are the same category of grip as the bamboo, they have a lot of grip.

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(17 sts/4″ and 5 rows/1″

7. Denise Interchangeable needles – made from plastic, with quite thick, a bit less flexible cables. Slightly less pointy tip. Lots of grip – in my opinion the least slippery needle I know.

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(17 sts/4″ and 5 rows/1″)

As you might have realized, stitch gauge is prone to change more/sooner than row gauge. This is true for my knitting, yours might react differently!

This little experiment has confirmed for me once again what I already knew: I do prefer knitting cotton on my wood or bamboo needles, depending on looseness of gauge even acrylic! More than ever I am convinced that having the perfect tool is the most important part of my knitting experience. It is just so much more enjoyable when the match of needle and yarn is well, perfect. However, any combination of yours is based on personal preference, not on what I do like best – so when you have doubts about your match of yarn and needle, try something else and you might be pleasantly surprised!

Happy knitting, as ever!

- Mona

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