New in store: LOQI Bags & Pouches

A new line of carry-alls arrived in store today! Loqi collaborates with designers from around the world to create original, eco-friendly, and affordable alternatives to disposable bags. Below are just a few of the designs we currently have in stock.

Loqi Bags

 

loqi_bagsStrong , eco-friendly, reusable, chemical-free, long-lasting, water-resistant, washable. And extremely good looking.  A great on-the-go bag for all your shopping (and knitting / crafting) needs! Weighs just 1.9 oz but can carry up to 44 lbs.

Loqi ZIP Pockets

loqi_pouchesCellphone, wallet, and keys.  Stitch markers, cable needle, extra yarn. Each new adventure calls for its own set of tools. Loqi Zip Pockets come in families of 3.

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- Melissa

New store samples: Weepaca Baby Blankets

Granny Smith

weepaca_granny5Granny Smith by Donna Higgins is a beautiful granny-square baby blanket finished off with a lovely picot edging. The yarn is smooth and soft and the colours are perfect for babies and young kids. An ideal choice for crochet projects, Weepaca resists pilling and snagging and has a wonderful drape. The blanket blocked well without pinning. Suitable for beginners!

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

Watercolors

watercolours6 Another cheerful blanket for baby! Watercolors by Susan Barstein knits up quickly and the textured stripes make for a fun and entertaining journey – each section pulls you along as you remain eager to see the effect of the next colour and stitch pattern. We recommend sewing in the ends as you go to avoid having an overwhelming task at the end :-) Cozy and sweet.

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

weepaca_granny8- Melissa

Jane Austen Knits 2014

Now in store!

Click here to preview.

JA1400“Jane Austen Knits 2014, a 144-page special publication from the editors of Spin-Off magazine, explores the fashion and traditions of Jane Austen’s time and novels through 27 inspired knitting patterns. Prepare for a ball or warm up on a cold evening with the beautiful over-the-knee stockings by Lisa Jacobs. Or knit the Strawberry-Picking Shrug, perfect for Emma to wear picking strawberries in the summer sun, yet cozy and proper enough to meet her father’s satisfaction. You’ll love Susanna IC’s delicate lace shawl, featuring a pattern reminiscent of a beautiful bouquet of flowers. This delicate shawl could have been worn by Emma on her wedding day.”

 

My Mind Is Made Up

Hello everyone and thank you for participating in my little poll (which is now closed, I might add)! I do appreciate your versatile comments on the two choices.

I have been following the votes and looking for the result all week long, and from the beginning it seemed clear the “The Vermonter” was and is a front runner. There you have it, that is the hat I am knitting. Which does not mean I won’t knit the Earflap hat at all, that one might follow since I have shown my daughter the choice of hat patterns and she asked for both (greedy little 6 year old that she is, as well as: understandably so, it was also suggested by quite a few readers).

Today it feels really weird to knit a bulky winter hat, since yesterday and today the temperature was more like late Summer than Fall. Very warm and humid, people were out and about in shorts and sandals here in Montreal. The thing is, I know that we are going to need it, if not soon then soon enough. With Canadian Thanksgiving gone it is custom (or rather: recommended) to switch to Winter tires now (our car is having them installed as I write this) and this seems even weirder to me today. It is the reverse experience of knitting a linen sweater in March in Montreal, I guess.

IMG_9735Still Life with yarn.

Since the hat of the original pattern would be too large for a kid, I have adapted the numbers. Fewer stitches cast on and fewer rounds will be knit. Come back for a look at a complete hat soon!

Happy Knitting, as ever!

- Mona

 

 

New free pattern from Espace Tricot: Scrumptious Stripes Socks

pic_for_patternOur super fun sock pattern knit with Stripe Me Up from Scrumptious Purl is now available for download! A simple cuff-down design, Scrumptious Stripes Socks provides a perfect canvas for showing off the precision of this carefully dyed yarn. Bold and bright in unexpected colour combinations, these will make you smile every time you look at your feet. Pattern available in English and French.

- Melissa

Chevron Baby Blanket: Video Tutorial

zigzag5_medium2Our Chevron Baby Blanket has enjoyed a fair share of attention over the last year (it’s been ‘favourited’ more than 8000 times on Ravelry!) and, although it is a very simple design, the pattern uses one or two stitches that have confused some beginner knitters.  We’re happy to let you know that a video tutorial explaining all aspects of the blanket from long-tail cast-on to casting off and blocking is now available on YouTube.  iKNITS contacted us some time ago to obtain permission to feature this in her pattern tutorial collection and we wholeheartedly gave it. We couldn’t be more pleased with the results. We hope many of you will find this helpful!

Have a look:

Or watch it directly on YouTube here.

- Melissa

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