Free pattern Friday: Early Autumn

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In follow-up to my earlier post about having added DROPS Brushed Alpaca Silk to our ever-growing inventory, here’s a great project idea! Early Autumn by Cello Knits is a soft, lightweight cowl which is knitted in the round and then finished with Kitchener stitch for a seamless, double layered, effect. Lisa is casting one on over the weekend so stay tuned for our take on this fabulous winter accessory!

This pattern is only free until December 1st, 2014 so be sure to mosey on over to Ravelry to get your copy soon.

- Melissa

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New in store: Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk

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A new yarn just added to our shelves from Garnstudio. Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk is incredibly light and lofty and yet perfect for warm and cozy garment and accessory projects.

From the Garnstudio website: “A luxurious yarn in an exclusive mix of soft, brushed alpaca and subtle shiny silk! Super soft DROPS Alpaca Silk has a sophisticated shade card ranging from soft beige and gray hues, to gorgeous reds and purples. The yarn’s feather light and surprisingly warm features make it suitable for both small and large garments, and it can be knitted relatively fast on larger needles.

Content: 77% Alpaca, 23% Silk
Recommended needle size: US 8 / 5 mm
Gauge: 4″ x 4″ / 10 x 10 cm = 17 sts x 24 rows

- Melissa

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Re-stocked: Needle Sets from Knitter’s Pride

Time to add a few things to your holiday wish lists!

Dreamz: Symfonie Wood Interchangeable DELUXE Set

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  • Thoughtfully packaged set includes needles in the 9 most useful sizes plus cords in a variety of lengths.
  • Radiant color assortment for easy identification
  • Needles are lightweight, strong & durable
  • Perfect points, flawlessly tapered – ideal for all yarns and every project
  • Polished wood surface works effortlessly with every type of yarn without slowing down knitting rhythm
  • Easy to connect cord with a smooth join that enables stitches to glide easily – no snag!
  • Resilient, flexible cords lay flat, with no kink or twist – easy to store
  • Comes in a convenient to store and carry case, made of clear vinyl case. The case has a zipper top and 7 pockets on each side for needle storage.
    Plenty of extra room for tools or small projects!
  • One extra clear vinyl cord case also provided

Dreamz: Symfonie Wood SPECIAL Interchangeable Set (16″)

 

dreamz_specialSpecial Tips are designed to produce circulars in 16” (40cm) length. Each tip measures 4” (10cm) and is to be used with cords provided in the set.

  • Includes needles in the 7 most useful sizes plus cords to make circulars in 40cm length (Cords+Tips)
  • Range of radiant colors for easy identification and organization
  • Perfect points, flawlessly tapered – ideal for all yarns and every project
  • Lightweight, strong & durable needles
  • Easy to connect cord with a smooth join that enables easy stitch to glide and no snagging
  • Resilient, flexible cords lay flat, with no kink or twist – easy to store

Dreamz: Symfonie Wood Interchangeable CHUNKY Set

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  • Set of 3 needle pairs & accessories
    US 13 (9.0mm) – Fuchsia Fan
    US 15 (10.0mm) – Aquamarine
    US 17 (12.0mm) – Burgundy Rose
  • Clear Vinyl Case
  • 2 Cords (to make 24″ & 32″)
  • 4 End caps
  • 2 Cord keys

Nova: Metal INTERCHANGEABLE DELUXE Set

kp_deluxeThe Nova Interchangeable Needle DELUXE Set includes needles and cables in the most popular sizes [US 4 (3.5mm), US 5 (3.75mm), US 6 (4.0mm), US 7 (4.5mm), US 8 (5.0mm), US 9 (5.5mm), US 10 (6.0mm), US 10.5 (6.5mm), US 11 (8.0mm)].  Engineered from hollow brass pipes and plated with high quality nickel, their polished surface is a knitter’s delight. Sharp and gradually tapered points are ideal for all knitting projects and their light weight ensures comfort in the hand and hours of stress free, satisfying knitting! The easy to connect cord has a smooth join that enables superior stitch glide with no snagging [set includes 4 Cords to make 24", 40", & 2 of 32"]. Resilient and flexible cords lay flat with no kink or twist.  Practical, clear vinyl needle case with zipper top and 7 pockets on each side for needle storage. Case includes extra room for tools or small projects.

Nova: INTERCHANGEABLE Metal CHUNKY Set

kp_chunkyThe Nova Interchangeable CHUNKY Needle Set includes 3 popular sized large interchangeable needles [US 13 (9.0mm), US 15 (10.0mm), US 17 (12.0mm)] ideal for managing today’s popular thick yarns; needles in the Chunky Set feature the same advantages as all Nova metal needles (see Deluxe Set).  Comes with 2 Cords (to make 24″ & 32″).

Nova: Metal SPECIAL INTERCHANGEABLE Set (16″)

kp_specialThe Nova Interchangeable SPECIAL Needle Set includes tips designed to produce circulars in 16” (40cm) length. Each tip measures 4” (10cm) and is to be used with cords provided in the set. This thoughtfully packed set comes with needles in the 7 most useful sizes [US 4 (3.5mm), US 5 (3.75mm), US 6 (4.0mm), US 7 (4.5mm), US 8 (5.0mm), US 9 (5.5mm), US 10 (6.0mm)]. Needles in the Special Set feature the same advantages as all Nova metal needles (see Deluxe Set).

- Melissa

Here Goes The Queen…

Today I am talking about something I know a lot about. It is something I have to deal with every day, sometimes more and sometimes less. Also, it is a big deal before the upcoming Holiday season. Well, no. I am not talking about knitting – I am talking about Procrastination. Ever met the lady? (Funny, the word procrastination seems feminine to me, it could be a guy also, if you disagree.) I am the Queen of Procrastination. Yes, with a capital P because her greedy little hands have me in such a tight grip that it deserves a big P.

I am a planner. I can make plans until I have smoke coming out of my ears. Every year I plan to start earlier, make a list, figure out what to knit for whom – and every year around December 15 I get hit in the face with the fact that I am nowhere near where I wanted to be and have to cut short my holiday knitting. It has worked out so far, but the stress is getting to me and it really should not.

December 2014It is big P’s fault. It doesn’t even take a lot to give in and succumb to her lures. She is always lurking in the background and reaching out – and she gets to me more often than I like to admit. The reasons? I am easily distracted. On my way down from the second floor to the basement to do the laundry I can find a lot of things that make me veer off and find myself 15 minutes later in the kitchen/living room doing something that has absolutely nothing to do with laundry. (Why,  yes, I do not like doing laundry. In case you wondered.) I am also not fond of ‘having to do’ things. And, as everyone knows, having a family and a house and a job – there are always ‘having to do things’ to do. So I put them off. I don’t really know how I manage that, because I wake up every morning and make a ‘plan’ for the day, I know what to do when – and yet I find myself often not doing the things I ‘have to do’. I also think I do work really well under pressure. (Probably because I don’t have a choice by then!)

I hope you can relate, because if not, this whole blog post will just seem to be a confession that I might be a sloppy housewife. I might be, but not with intent. It just so happens. And it just so happens that even when I have a list for Holiday knitting I still manage to procrastinate until I have no choice and ‘have to’ knit. Ironic, isn’t it?

This year, this year I swore it would be different. So when I talked to a customer in the store last week about how satisfied I am that I have ‘already’ started with  my Holiday knitting I was very surprised to find that she thought it was already late. Maybe my viewpoint is skewed, but having one gift done, working on another – I can’t believe it isn’t even December yet!

How about you? Do you procrastinate? Ever?

Write me a comment with the best (or rather: worst!) procrastination of your life and I am going to crown a new Queen next week because, you know, this year I will be all done with knitting by the 24th of December – and then probably decide that I can definitely squeeze in another pair of mittens until the next day since there’s for sure another person who deserves a pair of hand knit mittens for Christmas…no, that is not procrastination, that is just knitter’s mania.

There will be a reward for outing yourself and your big P, a little surprise and thank you for indulging me!

Happy Knitting, as ever!

- Mona

Save the date: Stephen & Steven Tour coming to Espace Tricot!

SandStourGet ready for the event of the New Year – the Stephen and Steven Tour 2015!

Stephen West of Westknits and Steven Berg of StevenBe will be at Espace Tricot on February 14th and 15th. They’ll be teaching classes and sharing their trunk shows over the course of two fun, inspiring, and wildly creative days.

There will be lots more news to come as plans develop but we’ve just opened registration for classes and wanted to get the word out to you as quickly as possible. The classes listed below are 3-hour workshops and are offered at a cost of $95 + taxes.  Please note that spaces are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  We expect both classes to sell out quickly so if your heart sings at the prospect, don’t delay!

The class fee is required to reserve your spot – feel free to call in and reserve by credit card – 514 486-5648.

New Perspectives on Knitting with S-Squared

Saturday, February 14th, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

$95 + tax

Broaden your knitting horizons and change your life with Stephen West and StevenBe. This Dynamic Duo class is designed to be an amazing opportunity to have fun while learning Stephen & Steven’s favorite techniques and best tips and tricks. It will set you free from patterns as written and help you feel comfortable making your own modifications and design decisions. Experience the magic of mixology, taking a variety of yarns from different brands, weights, and fiber contents to create a magical and unique accessory or garment. Start with a base pattern from Stephen or Steven and learn different methods of creating angles and edges, adding new colors, and combining fibers in unique ways to customize the pattern and truly make it yours.

You will need for class:

  1. A Stephen or Steven base pattern: Lumpy Space, Earth & Sky, Colonnade, Enchanted Mesa, Eyelet Ponchini, Tasseled Slouch & Cowl, Really Rylie, or Cropped Cardi (your choice of base pattern supplied in class).
  2. Minimum 3 yarns to work with, best to be a variety of weights or fiber contents. Several fine strands can be combined in this project. Yarns should be chosen prior to class so we can begin immediately. More yarns can be added during class.
  3. A variety of needle sizes will be needed so bring a good selection, even a crochet hook or two.

How it works:

  1. Each student will begin his or her project in a corner, side, center, or top.
  2. You will work on your project with guidance from Stephen and Steven for the first 20 minutes, including a presentation of their “Double Whammy: Best of Stephen & Steven’s Tips & Tricks.” You are encouraged to take good notes so you can complete your project after class.
  3. This should be a fun challenge to guide you in thinking outside the box and working creatively. This workshop will leave you comfortable with deviating from the written pattern and making your own design decisions
  4. You will be given direction and assignments to enable you to complete your project outside of class.

Westknits Top Down Shawl Workshop

Sunday, February 15th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

$95 + tax

Stephen West uses his popular shawl designs to talk about shape, construction, and drape. Students will knit a small triangular swatch while topics such as cast ons, increases, bind offs, and blocking are discussed. You will also learn some of Stephen’s favourite tips and tricks!

Materials

Scrap yarn and needles of choice for a swatch (Aran/worsted weight recommended)

Homework

Familiarize yourself with Make One Left (M1L) and Make One Right (M1R) increases if you have never encountered them before.

- Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Rebekah’s Boot Cuffs

r_cuffs1 Simple and effective, Rebekah’s Boot Cuffs by Patricia Jeanne are just the thing for quick knitted gifts this holiday season! Designed to keep the gap between boots and legs warm without the added bulk of socks, these cuffs are decidedly practical yet stylish.  Pattern is written for S and M but is easily customizable with multiples of 3 stitches.  Knit with Aran weight yarn, we think these would be lovely in Cascade Eco Cloud, Quince & Co. Osprey, or Kashmir Alpakka from Sandnesgarn (84% alpaca, 16% cashmere).

- Melissa

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