New store sample: Drachenschwanz

drachenschwanz7I blogged the fledgling beginning of this scarf /shawl a few weeks ago when our fall order of Mille Colori Baby arrived and finally cast off my version of Drachenschwanz this weekend. It really didn’t take long to knit but a few distractions along the way delayed progress… you know how that goes. These photos were taken just after a good steaming and I think they give an impression of the beautiful drape and texture of the finished piece.  The simple pattern turned out to be just as mesmerizing to knit as expected with the colour changes coming faster and faster as the shawl grew in width. The overall effect is bright and beautiful and will provide a much needed visual pick-me-up through the grey days of winter.

Sixteen Mille Colori Baby colourways currently in stock.

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

- Melissa

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Free pattern Friday: Toast Armwarmers

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Toast armwarmers by Leslie Friend are a great transitional accessory to carry you from early autumn days into winter. They provide that little bit of extra warmth under sweaters and jackets without the heavier coverage of fully-fledged fingerless gloves. They can be pushed up if you need to use your whole hand or pulled down to cover cold fingers.  Pictured here knit with Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino – a cozy single-ply blend of baby suri alpaca and merino.  Just one skein is enough for a pair. In order to maximize your yarn, we suggest using a scale to divide your skein in half as you wind it up and then just knit armwarmers to the end of each ball.

Looking for a set? Toast armwarmers would pair very nicely with Purl Soho’s Lovely Ribbed Neckwarmer which is also designed with BSA Suri Merino.

- Melissa

New books from Wendy Bernard and Cathy Carron

Two fun books just in!HNA7106r+UpDownAllAround_001-021_11_20.inddFrom the publisher’s  website - “In the Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary, designer Wendy Bernard does something no other author has done before— she presents instructions for working 150 popular stitch patterns four different ways: top down, bottom up, back and forth, and in the round. This hefty collection, ranging from lace and cables to colorwork and fancy edgings, is loaded with beautifully photographed swatches of each pattern, plus charted and text instructions. To showcase the stitch patterns in action, Bernard also includes instructions for eight garments as well as her famous formulas for knitting garments without a pattern.”

book2From the publisher’s  website – “Popular knitwear designer Cathy Carron has gone from head (her bestselling Hattitude) to toe, with this unique collection of socks, stockings, legwarmers, slippers, sandal socks, and more. Perfect for advanced beginner to advanced knitters, the more than 40 fashion-forward designs offer a variety of fun styles and challenges. To keep knitters on their toes, a variety of constructions are presented, including tube or spiral shapes, turned heels, afterthought heels, and toe-up. A helpful introduction gives readers a leg up on terminology, sizing, and fiber choices.”

- Melissa

Cascade Magnum re-stocked + free project idea

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A new shipment of Cascade Magnum arrived last week which can only mean winter is coming.  This is one of our favourite yarns for quick accessories – soft and lofty in an array of beautiful colours from heathered neutrals to rich brights. Click here to view available colours on our distributor’s website.

100% Peruvian Highland Wool
250gr / 113 m
1.5-2 sts=1″
10-12 mm needles

In need of something new and cozy, I decided to knit this cowl I pinned to our Inspiration Board on Pinterest from the Elie Tahari Fall 2014 runway show.

cowl3Two skeins of Magnum and a couple of hours later it was finished!  This really is easy as pie and hardly needs a formal pattern. I’ve included the instructions down below but will prepare a file for download soon. cowl2 MAGNUM Cowl

2 skeins Cascade Magnum
1 set of 12 mm / 24″ circular knitting needles

Cast on 62 stitches and join to knit in the round being careful not to twist.

Row 1: Knit all stitches
Row 2: Purl all stitches

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until yarn is nearly finished – end with Row 1. Be sure to leave enough yarn to cast off.  Cast off loosely and steam lightly if desired. Enjoy!

- Melissa

Rowan – all stocked up for Fall

Deliveries are rolling in every day now as the fall knitting season gets underway.  There are lots of new things arriving in addition to all the old favourites so if you haven’t been in to browse in a while, be sure to carve out some time in your schedule! Recent shipments include Cocoon, Felted Tweed DK, and Mohair Haze from Rowan. Mohair Haze is a new yarn from Rowan this year and we’re excited to start knitting with it!

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Wonderfully soft and fluffy, Mohair Haze is both warm and light to wear. The colour palette includes sophisticated soft pastels mixed together with highlights of jewelled brights. This yarn can also be used for all Rowan patterns using Angora Haze however for every 1 ball of Angora Haze you will need approximately 1.5 balls of Mohair Haze.
Wool: 30%, Mohair: 70% / 25g / 102m / 28 sts per 4″

rowan_felted_tweedFelted Tweed DK is a lovely tweedy yarn with a felted look. It’s a beautiful blend of merino wool, alpaca and viscose. The rustic colour palette makes this yarn perfect for fairisles, striping and other colour work.
50% Merino Wool,  25% Alpaca, 25% Viscose / 50g /175 m / 22-24 sts per 4″

rowan_cocoonThis soft roving  yarn is a dream to knit. Made from a blend of merino wool and kid mohair, Rowan Cocoon creates beautiful textured and cable stitches and lovely striping and pattern effects.
80% Merino Wool, 20% Kid Mohair / 100g / 115 m / 14 sts per 4″

- Melissa

Woolpets – 35 different kits now in stock!

woolpets1Learn the art of needle felting and create adorable fuzzy little sculptures. These fun kits are great for both beginners and experienced felters. Step by step color photographs make Woolpets highly satisfying projects. All of the kits contain a generous amount of Corriedale wool, two new felting needles and other necessary accoutrements. All you need is a foam pad and a sense of adventure!

If you’ve never needle-felted before and would like to try your hand at Woolpets in a social environment with the assistance of an instructor, why not join our WOOLPETS WORKSHOP with Samantha tonight at 6pm.

Call 514 486-5648 to reserve your spot.

WORKSHOP: WOOLPETS (Bilingual Class)

Instructor – Samantha Perrault
$45 for one 3-hour session / 45 $ pour une session de 3 heures
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 16  / 18h à 21h le 16 septembre

In this course you will learn the fundamentals of needle felting and three dimensional sculpting with wool. While following step-by-step instructions you may also add your own touches creating a unique piece. Students are asked to come to the first class with required material. Required materials: Woolpet kit Pre-requisites: none

Dans ce cours, vous apprendrez les bases de feutrage à aiguille et les sculptures à  trois avec de la laine . Tout en suivant les instructions étape – par – étape, vous pouvez également ajouter vos propres touches créant une pièce unique. Les étudiants sont invités à venir à la première classe avec le matériel nécessaire . Matériel requis : Kit Woolpet Pré requis : aucun

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Congratulations Steve Rousseau + Free Giveaway!

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We are thrilled this week to congratulate Steve Rousseau on the launch of his new design company Steve Rousseau Designs and his first two patterns – Lorelei Rectangular Shawl and Lorelei Triangular Shawl.  Steve has been a long-time customer at our store and we’ve marveled over the years at his exquisite work – his eye for colour, appreciation of texture, and incredible knitting skills result in projects that regularly elicit oooh’s and ahhhh’s from all present when he shares them at the store.  Steve and his partner have recently taken the next step in their knitting journey with the establishment of their own design business.  To wish them well and to celebrate the launch, we are offering a free pattern with yarn purchase to the first customers in our store to take on these beautiful designs. We have 18 copies of each pattern available to give away.  The printed patterns are of extremely high quality and include charted instructions. Available in English and French. Hurry, these won’t last long!

Note: The rectangular shawl requires 6 skeins of Shibui Pebble while the triangular version requires just 4.

For more information and additional photos of the Rectangular Shawl click here.
For more information and additional photos of the Triangular Shawl click here.

Also featured on Shibui’s Facebook page here!

- Melissa

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