Free pattern Friday: Yummy Mummy Wristwarmers

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(Project photo: suzycanknit)

Linda K’s Yummy Mummy Wristwarmers by Alexandra Brinck were “designed to warm the wrists of a particularly stylish mum as she takes her new baby for walks on crisp spring days” but we think these have broader appeal :-) We’re knitting up a store sample using the newly arrived Tynd by Woolfolk and they promise to be very special. The ones pictured here by suzycanknit are knit with Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light and the original pattern uses Alpaca Silk by Blue Sky Alpacas. We have all of these yarns in stock so if you decide to knit these little gems you will have plenty of options.

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(Project photo: suzycanknit)

- Melissa

New in store: Luxe Thrum Mitten Kits from Hand Maiden

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A delivery of new thrum mitten kits arrived in store today. Not just any thrum mitten kits – these are Hand Maiden Luxe Thrums with Casbah Silk (75% merino, 15% silk, and 10% cashmere) from Hand Maiden Fine Yarns in Nova Scotia. Hand-dyed to perfection in beautiful colourways, kits include a mitten pattern and complete instructions on how to thrum on the label. Covet them for yourself or pick up a kit as a gift for a knitter friend!

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(Project photo: Stitches-N-Bones)

- Melissa

Vermonter Mods

After posting the picture of the ‘little’ Vermonter last week I received some requests for the modifications I made. Well, here they are: (Everything I have done differently is written here, otherwise I worked as pattern says!)

CO 39 sts. (Rest as pattern says.)

Brim: As pattern says.

Crown:

Rounds 1-3: knit

Round 4: purl

Rounds 5-7: knit

Round 8: purl

Rounds 9-11: knit

Round 12: p2tog, purl 18, p2tog, p to last 2 sts, p2tog = 35 sts

Decreases: Please read carefully, decreases are not evenly spaced and happen also on a purl round!

Rounds 1 and 2: knit

Round 3: *k2tog, k5; rep from * to end of rnd

Round 4: purl

Rounds 5 and 7: knit

Round 6: *k2tog, k4; rep from * to end of rnd

Round 8: *p2tog, p3; rep from * to end of rnd

Round 9: knit

Round 10: *k2tog, k2; rep from * to end of rnd

Round 11: *k2tog, k1: rep from * to end of rnd

Round 12: *k2tog; rep to end of rnd – 6 sts.

Rest as pattern says!

And here is a picture of the size difference:

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As you can see, a tad smaller – just right for a kid!

Tomorrow starts the Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL – I for one am excited! Let’s for the moment forget about the fact that I don’t really do well in KALs, the mystery factor makes me totally want to participate. Also, the secret of the colour combos is out! Have you guessed some right? I bet there were a few surprises…

Happy Knitting, as ever!

- Mona

 

 

Stephen West Mystery KAL Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations to Lise Ouellette and Kathleen Roger who each won 4 skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in our Stephen West 2014 Mystery Shawl Knit-Along: Exploration Station giveaway! Kathleen won in the general draw and Lise was among the four people with the highest scores entered into a second draw.

Remember – the knit-along begins tomorrow. For more information, click here.
You can join the Stepehen West KAL Ravelry group to follow news & updates and to share photos of yarn and progress on your shawl.

Join us for company and support at our Thursday Knit Nights (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm) through the month of November as we work the shawl clues.

And to solve at least one mystery for today, below are the correct answers to our giveaway matching game :-)

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- Melissa

Free pattern Friday + New Store Sample: Wombat

wombat5Cozy, chunky, and dramatic, the Wombat by Elke Becker is a fun textured shawl / scarf that will add function and flare to your cold-weather wardrobe. We paired Quince & Co’s Osprey, for structure and warmth, with Shibui’s Silk Cloud, for softness and halo and the result is a match made in heaven! I’m going to have trouble leaving this one in the store…

Although this is a simple and quick knit, the instructions are a little confusing. Reading previous knitter’s comments, I knit the Wombat in a simplified manner.

Click here to visit our Ravelry project page for full instructions, additional photos and other project details.

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- Melissa

Join us for the Westknits Mystery Shawl Knit-Along!

Have you heard? Stephen West’s 2014 Mystery Shawl Knit-Along: Exploration Station begins October 31st! Lisa and I, along with our lovely and talented teachers and consultants, have decided to join in the fun and hope that you will too!  This is the fourth consecutive year of the Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL so Stephen has designed a shawl using four colors of fingering weight yarn (he recommends Tosh Merino Light or Hedgehog Fibres Sock).

To add to the fun, we’re hosting a give-away! Below you’ll find 9 photos of the Espace Tricot team followed by 9 photos of our various colour choices for the KAL. There are two ways to win 4 skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light. Send us an e-mail with all 9 names and the number of the photo you think represents each person’s yarn choices and we will automatically enter your name into a draw.  We will also give away a set of 4 skeins to the person who gets the most answers correct! If more than one person tie for most correct answers we will hold an additional mini-draw with just those names. The deadline for submissions is next Wednesday, October 29th at midnight. Winners will be announced on Thursday, October 30th.
SW KAL Team Final SW KAL Colours_names2Follow this link to find out more about the Stephen West 2014 Mystery Shawl Knit-Along: Exploration Station

You can join the Stepehen West KAL Ravelry group here to follow news & updates and to share photos of yarn and progress on your shawl.

And if you like, join us for company and support at our Thursday Knit Nights (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm) through the month of November as we work away on our shawls.

SUBMIT FOR A CHANCE TO WIN!

Use the form below to send us you best guesses and have your name entered into our draw. Winners will have their choice from nearly 90 in-stock colourways of Tosh Merino Light!

To complete the form, simply enter all 9 of our names as they appear on the photos above and the number of the colour combination you think belongs with each person.

For example (and these may or may not be correct :-)

Mona = 9
Lisa = 3
Etc.

Have fun et bonne chance!

GIVE-AWAY NOW CLOSED.

-Melissa & Lisa

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