Free pattern Friday: SoftCables

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(All photos: LaMaisonRililie)

I know it seems way too soon to be talking about arm-warmers but, if you’re really smart, you’ll cast these on now so they’re all ready when the weather turns cold.  SoftCables by La Maison Rililie are nice and long which makes them wearable like unattached sleeves but they also work well down low on the hands as fingerless gloves. Knit in the round, these are simple tubes combining stockinette and ribbing with a single, crisp-looking cable up the center.  The designer recommends 100% merino yarn and we can’t think of anything cozier than a set of these knit up with the exquisitely soft Wookfolk Far. I am not exaggerating even a tiny bit when I say that Far is as soft as cashmere (softer maybe?). Treat yourself or someone you love!  I’m already thinking holiday gifts, are you…?

–  Melissa

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New store sample: Traverso Due

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I blogged the beginning of my Traverso Due at the end of June and am happy to report that it is finally off the needles! This lovely pattern by Regina Moessmer wasn’t actually a long knit but it had plenty of competition for my attention.  A few long car trips and a little focus and it was actually finished fairly quickly in the end.  It’s an easy  pattern that makes for a perfect “rest” project between more challenging ones. The combination of Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe (California Sunrise) and Madelinetosh Prairie (Espadrilles) produces a light and airy fabric that is incredibly soft with just the right amount of weight and the alternating stockinette and reverse stockinette creates a “no wrong side” scarf that can be wrapped a million ways.

We are currently out of the Espadrilles colourway in Prairie but Julie Asselin’s Coraline in Merletto or Shibui’s Poppy in Cima would also pair well with the California Sunrise Kidsilk Haze Stripe to similar effect.

Re-stocked: Digital Row Counters

A new shipment of these awesome digital row counters arrived in store today – in all the colours of the rainbow :-)

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These are the perfect accessory for hands free counting while you knit or crochet. No more stopping to make a mark on a piece of paper or cranking a manual row counter. The electronic counter has a 5-digit LCD screen display that can count from 0 up to 99999 rows with 2 soft touch rubberized silver buttons to control it. Made from ABS plastic, the same material as Legos. Uses a standard AG10 1.5v button cell battery, so when it wears out, simply unscrew the back of the counter to replace it.

Click here to order online.

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–   Melissa

New Koigu colours in stock!

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We have 17 new colours in from Koigu this week – both KPPPM (multi-colored) and KPM (semi-solids) bringing us to well over 100 colourways on our Koigu wall…

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The images above will have to suffice until we get professional pictures back from our photographer but the new colourways have all been added to our online store – just look by colour number.

Below are a few of our Koigu store samples for a little inspiration…we love this yarn!
Click images for project details.

Koigu Carlisle (based on Carlisle by Craig Rosenfeld)

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FIONA’S TOP (Fiona’s Top by Saane Bjerregaard)

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We ‘Heart’ Koigu Baby Blanket by Espace Tricot

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Melody’s Shawl (Based on Melody’s Shawl by Melody Moore)

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–  Melissa

Fall course schedule now available!

We apologize for the haphazard and infrequent blogging over the last few weeks – we’ve been managing summer holidays, inventory time, and daily arrivals of new yarns for Fall. We’re back on track now though and ready to resume regular posting!

We’ve also been busy putting together our Fall class schedule. Click here to view our latest offerings – some tried-and-true, and many new and interesting.  Registration is required to reserve your spot.  Please feel free to call us at 514-486-5648 to register via credit card.

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– Melissa

New in store: Regia Pairfect Sock Yarn

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Regia Pairfect is one of those innovations that makes you wonder why someone didn’t think of it sooner. Regia has added a yellow starter thread to mark the beginning of each sock in a skein. Simply cut off the yellow starter thread at the beginning of the ball and begin knitting the first sock. After the first sock is completed, unwind the yarn to the next yellow starter thread and cut it off before beginning the second sock. The result will be two perfectly matched socks! Currently available in 8 colours. Not yet available in our online store but telephone orders welcome – 514 486-5648 :-).

75% Virgin Wool, 25% Polyamide
100 g / 3.50 oz
420 m / 459 yds
30 sts per 4″/10cm
2 – 3 mm (US1-3)

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Colour 7112

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Colour 7113

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– Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Crazy Magic

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(Photo: Susan Ashcroft)

Crazy Magic by Susan Aschroft is designed to show off fingering weight long-striping yarns to beautiful effect. Here shown in Zauberball Crazy from Schoppel Wolle, this would be equally lovely knit with regular ZauberballZauberball 100, Lang Mille Colori Baby, or Freia Refined Merino/Silk. A very simple project to work – only knit, purl, kfb and decreases are used.

Directions are provided for two sizes (single and double loop) as well as for DK and aran/worsted weight yarn in case a larger/heavier cowl is desired.

Happy knitting! :-)

–  Melissa

‘Knitting in the Field’ – Come join the party!

Julie Asselin is hosting a knitting party and you’re all invited! She has teamed up with Fromagerie la Station de Compton to put together an afternoon of knitting, enjoying the outdoors and eating delicious cheese and local food.

When: August 8th from 1-5 pm (this Saturday!)

Where: Fromagerie la Station de Compton
440 Hatley Road (Route 208)
Compton (Québec) J0B 1L0

Bring a chair and umbrella along with your knitting and friends and come join the fun!

There will be a mini marketplace and Lisa and I will be participating with a great selection of yarns from Koigu, Woolfolk, Quince & Co., and Scrumptious Purl!

Click here for additional event information on Julie Asselin’s blog.

We hope to see you there!

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Barbâtre

(Photo: Sandra Braida)

We love the casual style of this easy summer sweater by Sandra Braida and can see it knit in everything from linen to merino. From the designer: Barbâtre is a mid-season sweater, slightly oversized with a deep V-neck, perfect for layering! Stockinette stitch and vegetal yarn provide a very nice drape. This sweater is mainly knitted in the round, bottom-up and seamlessly, only the top front and back are knitted back and forth.

We think this would be great knit with any of the following yarns:

Classic Elite Yarns Firefly (on sale!)
Shibui Twig
Quince & Co. Sparrow
Euroflax Sport
Madelinetosh Pashmina

Pattern available in English and French!

(Photo: Sandra Braida)

– Melissa

New in store: Anzula Squishy!!!

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(Photo: Anzula)

What better way to kick off the very beginning of the new Fall season than with the aptly named Squishy yarn from Anzula. This truly is the squishiest yarn we’ve ever felt and the knitting anticipation is doing us in – what to cast on first with our lovely new addition?  Soft and springy, Squishy is a  luxurious fingering weight blend of superwash merino, cashmere, and nylon.  Hand-dyed in a range of richly saturated tonal colourways, Squishy is perfect for socks, shawls, accessories, and light weight garments.  And it’s machine washable!

Squishy is currently available both in-store and online, however, it will take a bit of time to get pictures back from our photographer so there are only colour names and no photos on our website at this time. While this is unorthodox to be sure, some of you may have been coveting Anzula yarns for some time already know which colourway(s) you’d like to purchase. We wanted to make this in-demand yarn available to all, even while we wait for photos, so those unable to make it into the store have a chance to shop before it’s all gone…

Purchase Anzula Squishy online here.

Project inspiration from Ravelry below…

Waterlily by Meghan Fernandes

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(Photo: lavenderlime)

Duane Park Triangle by Kirsten Kapur

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(Photo: throughtheloops)

Taygete by Rosemary (Romi) Hill

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(Photo: AudKnits)

Biarritz by Alma Bali

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(Photo: Baliknit)

Gansey Wristers by Kalliopi Aronis   FREE PATTERN!

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(Photo: Kalliopi Aronis)

Rockefeller by Stephen West

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(Photo: fancytiger)

Little Cable Knee Highs by Purl Soho   FREE PATTERN!

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(Photo: Purl Soho)

– Melissa  

Free pattern Friday: Simple House Slippers

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(Photos: Simone A.)

These Simple House Slippers by Simone Alexandra are as easy to wear as they are to knit. The pattern is knit flat at the back (garter stitch) and then in the round for the rest of the foot (stockinette).  The toe has a very rounded shape like the top of mittens making these look and feel more like real slippers than house socks.  Cozy and classic.  Start now and knit a bunch of these in time for holiday gift-giving (yes, I really said that – it’s never too soon to get started)!

Suitable for beginners as well as more advanced knitters looking for an in-between project.

One size fits most.

– Melissa

New in store: Zauberball 100!

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Zauberball 100 from Schoppel Wolle landed in store this week and joins Zauberball and Zauberball Crazy on our shelves. Like regular Zauberball, which is used primarily for socks, Zauberball 100 contains no nylon making it ideal for heirloom quality shawls and accessories. A unique single-ply yarn dyed in instantly recognizable Schoppel colorways, the long, exciting colour repeats of Zauberball 100 bring beauty and dimension while the 100% merino wool brings a hardy softness that will allow you enjoy your projects for years to come.

Available in store and online! All 17 colourways in stock.

Here are a few projects found through Ravelry for inspiration…

Nuvem by Martina Behm

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(Project photo: Melidott)

Bubblemania by Diana Rozenshteyn

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(Project photo: liloumahoe)

Daybreak by Stephen West

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(Project photo: knittengirl)

 “La belle Alliance” by Mamie-Thé

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(Project photo: flobrode)

Stripetastic by Susan Ashcroft

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(Project photo: maliha)

– Melissa

Sweater 101 – Sweaters With Set In Sleeves

Well, hello there. I know I have been AWOL for quite a while, but here I am now. Back to business.

I have told you about the Raglan sweater and the Drop Shoulder one – now here is another: The sweater with Set in Sleeves.

In my opinion this is the kind that you can make fit best. The sleeves, as the name says, are fitted to your body, due to what is called the armscye they are not too big and not too small – when the sweater is well done. The armscye is the edge of the knitting to which the sleeve is sewn. When the scye is the right size, the sleeve will fit like a glove and you do not have to worry about bunching of too much fabric or stretching of too little.

Sweaters like these are usually knit in pieces and then seamed. That gives them stability, other than a Raglan knit from the top down that can stretch in every which way.

A lot of people like knitting sweaters in pieces, the work is manageable, you plug along one piece at a time. Fewer people enjoy seaming the sweater – which is not really hard but needs some practice and preparation. There are a lot of things you can do during knitting to make it easier, the most important one is to have a selvedge stitch (I prefer them in Stockinette Stitch) on each edge. Makes seaming a cinch. Seaming row by row makes for a nice join, and just looks the best, if you ask me.

If you do not like seaming, do not despair. There are patterns with Set in Sleeves that you can knit from the top down, which get joined in the round after the armhole shaping and that make you knit the so-to-speak Set in Sleeves with short rows. I have done it, it is not exactly like the sweater knit in pieces and then seamed, but it is close.

This is my bit for today – I hope it was helpful.

Happy Knitting, as ever!

– Mona

Project ideas for current sale yarns!

As you’ve hopefully heard, our sale to make room for new inventory began today. Below you’ll find some project inspiration for some of the lovely yarns we’re letting go.  Just click on the images for additional project  information on Ravelry.

Please note: The sale also applies to yarns purchased through our online store.

Happy shopping / knitting!

Berroco Karma

LADDER SLEEVE PULLOVER

(Project photo: joro)

SEQUIM

(Project photo: Berroco Inc.)

Berroco Espresso

SIBILLA

(Project photo: brendaka)

SILK ‘ N SCRIBBLES

(Project photo: Espace Tricot)

Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk

(Project photo: Amy Miller)

RECTANGLE SHAWL

(Project photo: jgourmet)

NEW YORK CARDIGAN

(Project photo: finajosse)

SHAELYN

(Project photo: KGS)

ETCHED RIO WRAP

(Photo: jancanagan)

Cascade Ultra Pima

GROOVY (DK VERSION)

(Photo: JumperCables)

MINIMALIST CARDIGAN

(Photo: UandIKnit)

BABY KINA

(Photo: JennO)

BAKTUS SCARF

(Photo: UandIKnit)

PICOT-EDGE WASHCLOTH

(Photo: sunbonnetgirl)

CLASSICE ELITE YARNS FIREFLY

PORPHURA

(Photo: NapaGal)

ASKEW

(Photo: woolymountain)

FIREFLY TUNIC

(Photo: Espace Tricot)

ANNIS

(Photo: Espace Tricot)

Drops Bomull-Lin

MEDANO BEACH BAG

(Photo: Stryktyni)

DROPS 146-1 NATHALIE

(Photo: DROPS Design)

DROPS 87-2 PULLOVER

(Photo: Espace Tricot)

ISAGER TVINNI

FIONA’S TOP

(Photo: SanneB)

POP SPOTS

(Photo: jujuspots)

BRETON

(Photo: grimfrosties)

HEMP FOR KNITTING ALLHEMP6LUX

LITTLE ARROWHEAD SHAWL

(Photo: sfb)

SIMPLE HEMP TOTE

(Photo: grimfrosties)

COOL HEMP PONCHETTE

(Photo: Espace Tricot)

VERDANT

(Photo: Espace Tricot)

SCHOPPEL WOLLE REGGAE OMBRE

INSPIRA COWL

(Photo: Espace Tricot)

ROWAN PURE LINEN

(Photo: Mere)

TESSA

(Photo: Espace Tricot)

HAMLIN PEAK

(Photo: Espace Tricot)

ROWAN CREATIVE LINEN

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(Photo: Espace Tricot)

PRETTY PALETTE

(Photo: Suvi Simola)

Free pattern Friday: Emilia

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Chal/Poncho Emilia by Emilia Menéndez is a simple and lovely linen poncho-style wrap that makes an ideal take-everywhere summer accessory. Rowan Pure Linen creates a light and airy fabric with just enough heft for a little sun protection or for warmth in cool spaces (offices, movie theatres, patios, etc.).  Knit as a stockinette rectangle with a knit-as-you-go lace edging along one side.  At the end, the rectangle is folded in half and seamed partially along the plain edge, leaving enough space for your head.  At a loose 15 stitch gauge, this is a nice quick project!

Original pattern is in Spanish but an English translation has been posted to Ravelry by Gloriam.

Pattern calls for just 3 skeins of Rowan Pure Linen. Can’t make it into the store? Shop online here.

– Melissa

Nuvem by Martina Behm

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(Photos: enugu on Ravelry)

Every once in a while a pattern, or someone’s version of a pattern, on Ravelry stops me in my tracks. While Martina Behm’s Nuvem has caught my eye before, enugu’s versions have taken me from idle admiration to wanting to take immediate knitting action!  Both the stunner above, knit with 100% merino laceweight yarn, and the very chic fluffy version below knit with Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk are equally beautiful and demonstrate how the choice of yarn can produce dramatically different results. Big and versatile, Nuvem is shaped like  a very long hexagon making it wearable as both a wrap and as a long scarf.

Here’s Martina’s description of the pattern: „Nuvem“ is Portuguese and means „Cloud“. I picked this name because this shawl is light as a feather, super-warm and cozy, and its ruffled edge makes it look like a little cloud if you wrap it around your neck and shoulders several times. This one will warm you on chilly winter evenings on the sofa and will protect you on cold winter days outside under or over your favorite coat. In a colorful, hand-dyed laceweight yarn, it looks beautiful without using any complicated stitches. In fact, once you are done casting on, there are only knit stitches (no purling required!) and simple increases. If you have a beautiful, big skein of multicolored lace yarn and you are in the mood for a long, relaxing haul of almost mindless knitting, this is the project for you! Also, a good “first big project“ for beginning knitters.

Now which version to knit first? The laceweight or the fluffy? If these photos have had the same effect on you then you might be interested to know that the cozy Brushed Alpaca Silk version only takes 7 balls and at $5.95 a ball, this wrap is a steal at under $45. The laceweight version will of course depend on the brand and yarn blend you choose…you can view some options on our online store here :-)  Currently under consideration for my personal dream version are everything from SweetGeorgia CashSilk Lace and Jade Sapphire Cashmere Silk to Julie Asselin Merletto, Shibui Cima and Fibre Company Meadow….

Click here to view other beautiful versions of this wrap on Ravelry!

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(Photos: enugu on Ravelry)

– Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Over the Sea to Skye

(Photos: Kalurah Hudson)

A gorgeous free summer shawl pattern for a brilliant start to your weekend.  Over the Sea to Skye by Kalurah Hudson is perhaps best described by the designer herself…

“The asymmetric lines and shifting patterns of this lightweight shawl will carry you away on an ocean breeze. Reminiscent of the sweeping landscape of beachy Dunes and the rippling of the waves as they rush onto the sand. This oversized shawl is the perfect accessory for a chilly summer night but light enough for a warm, balmy day as you journey over the Sea. It’s beauty is in its sheer simplicity. Easy to memorize increases and clean transitions between garter, lace mesh and eyelet lace. The shawl’s asymmetric shape lends a generous width for wrapping. And the sweet little picots and eyelet edging add just enough romantic whimsy.”

A perfect pattern for Butterfly Super 10 Cotton – a 100% cotton DK weight yarn with beautiful sheen.

EDIT (July 22, 2015): Please note that this pattern is no longer free. The designer is now selling it for $4.00 USD.

– Melissa