New store sample: Cullum by Isabell Kraemer

This isn’t actually a “new” store sample – it’s been in the shop for at least a month now – but it’s finally making its way on to the blog today!

Cullum, by Isabell Kraemer, is a beautiful pattern knit with Quince & Co’s soft and supple Sparrow linen yarn.  It’s the second project we’ve knit up from Quince’s gorgeous Linen Noir collection released in the Spring (the first was Deschain) and we love how this one turned out as well. Worked seamlessly from the top-down, the pattern incorporates short rows at the neck for shaping and just enough lacy detail to add interest to this otherwise simple, breezy top. An easy-knitting pleasure from beginning to end.

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

SHOP Sparrow yarn in our webstore.

 – Melissa

Re-stocked: Meadow and Acadia from The Fibre Company!

MEADOW

Meadow, from the Fibre Company, is a delightful blend of four luxurious fibers which are spun together and kettle dyed. The merino, baby llama, silk, and linen fibers all take dyes to varying degrees resulting in a unique blend that is beautifully heathered with gorgeous colour depth.  The individual qualities of drape, softness, sheen, and crisp stitch definition brought by the different fibers makes this a “must-try” yarn for shawls, scarves, and lightweight garments! Each 100g skein is 549 m making just one enough for most accessory projects.

PROJECT INSPIRATION

TWINLEAF by Grace Anna Farrow

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Twinleaf is a stunning wrap by Grace Anna Farrow that Lisa made even larger (see mods on Ravelry) for maximum comfort and versatility! Minimalist in design, this design uses short row contrast colour stripes and an asymmetrical shape to create a modern and functional piece with dramatic effect.

Click here to see additional photos and project details (including modifications) on our Ravelry project page.

(You may have noticed Lisa was wearing this wrap in some of our TNNA pictures!)

SHOP Meadow in our webstore!


ACADIA

Acadia from The Fibre Company is an absolutely beautiful, completely original, and custom designed 2-ply yarn with a rustic look and soft hand. A subtle tweed effect created by the silk noil is combined with a heathered base and then overdyed in the duotones The Fibre Company is known for, creating incredible depth of color.

60% merino, 20% baby alpaca, 20% silk
50g / 132 m / 145 y
21 -23 sts per 10 cm / 4″
3.75 – 4 mm (US 5-6)

PROJECT INSPIRATION

LIZZIE by Julie Weisenberger

I recently knit Julie Weisenberger’s (Cocoknits) Lizzie cardigan in Acadia and love the light, comfortable, super-soft feel of the knitted fabric. A dream to knit and wear…

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

Isadora Lopapeysa by Kate Gagnon Osborn

We did the Lopapeysa Isadora as a store sample to show how beautiful Acadia feels knit up and to demonstrate its suitability for colour work projects. This sweet, unisex sweater knit seamlessly from the bottom up is practical and stylish for all the little ones!

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

SHOP Acadia in our webstore!


–  Melissa

Finished objects: One for me and one for the store – Lizzie and BlueSand Cardigan

After years of knitting store samples almost exclusively, Lisa and I have been knitting a few things for ourselves lately so, while BlueSand is a brand-spanking new cardigan now living in the shop, Lizzie has happily taken up residence in my own closet.  Complete details for both projects have now been added to our Ravelry project page. 🙂


Lizzie by Julie Weisenberg / Cocoknits

As many of you will know, Julie Weisenberger’s (Cocoknits) beautiful new book – Sweater Workshop – landed in store a couple of months ago and we were immediately smitten by the beautiful tailored, seamless, top-down sweater designs found within its pages.  Employing the Cocoknits Method, a system of tracking knitting progress in an easy to follow chart, each pattern features styling techniques that enhance the overall fit and customizability of the garment.

I decided to cast on the Lizzie pattern first and chose The Fibre Company’s luscious Acadia (a merino, alpaca, and silk blend) to allow this to function as a transitional spring to summer garment. Although I’ve knit several Cocoknits patterns before, there were several new-to-me techniques employed in shaping the neck, yoke, and shoulders involved here that were so interesting – like putting together a puzzle. I loved the learning process and am absolutely thrilled with the look those techniques gave the top of this sweater. More than that, the fit and the way this cardigan sits perfectly only my shoulders without slipping or shifting has made me a convert to this style of sweater construction!

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

SHOP Acadia yarn in our webstore.


BlueSand Cardigan by La Maison Rililie

The BlueSand Cardigan by La Maison Rililie has long been a pattern we thought would make a great store sample and, early this spring, we finally settled on the yarn and palette we wanted to use. Our Sasha knit this up for us in a flash and we couldn’t be happier with the result! Knit with ARTFIL Mericana DK, a 100% superwash 4-ply merino, the fabric of this sweater is soft and smooth but strong, springy, and pill-resistant.  ARTFIL yarns are “spray-painted” in an eco-friendly manner and the process of building up the dye in layers allows for the creation of  deep saturated colourways that are so beautiful knit up.  The pattern itself is easy to follow and there are so many unique details included in the process – texture, stripes, i-cord, etc. – that the knitting of this sweater never gets boring.

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

SHOP Artfil Mericana in our webstore.

–  Melissa

The Ilene Bag Knit-Along – June 15 & 22!

The Ilene Bag by Hannah Mason is a sweet, lightweight, market bag that works up with just one skein of our new Petit Lin + yarn (100% linen). We knit our version using ‘The Village’ colourway but are dying to see it in a super bright hue like Piknik Électronik or a soft neutral like CôtedesNeiges. We may just need a whole wardrobe of these!

Note: Be sure that you’re on gauge so you don’t run short on the strap!

We will be running our Ilene Bag Knit-Along as both an in-store and virtual event (through Ravelry) beginning June 15th. If you are able to join us in the shop, we will meet for two consecutive Thursdays – June 15th and 22nd – from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. No need to register (this is a free activity).

Click HERE to announce your intention to participate in our Ravelry group. We invite you to join us there (even if you are knitting with us in-store) to chat and share photos of works in progress.

If you complete your Ilene Bag by July 1st and upload your photo to the finished object thread for this knit-along in our Ravelry group, you will have a chance to win a Leather Cord and Needle Stitch Holder Kit from Cocoknits! The winner will be chosen via random number generator from the finished object thread (one entry per person only please).

We hope you’ll join us!

The Ilene Bag is a free pattern and can be downloaded from Ravelry HERE.

SHOP Petit Lin + in our webstore!

New store sample: Hauser Bag by Donna Yacino

Hauser by Donna Yacino is  an easy and fun summer tote project!  We used Juniper Moon Farm Zooey for our version and the slight thick and thin nature of this yarn adds great texture to the final fabric. The screw-in leather Forager handles from JUL Designs really make the bag and are so practical – simply take them off when you want to wash the bag or move them to another project as needed!

Hauser would also be beautiful made with Hemp for Knitting allHemp6LUX which has a beautiful sheen to it!

Click here to see additional project details on our Ravelry page!

SHOP Zooey.
SHOP allhemp6LUX.

 

Laine Magazine, Issue 2 – Spring / Summer 2017!

Laine is a high-quality Nordic knit and lifestyle magazine for knit folks. We cherish natural fibres, slow living, local craftsmanship, and beautiful, simple things in life. Our intention is to inspire you to gather and share, to be part of a community of like-minded knitters, makers and thinkers from near and far. Knitting is more than just knit, knit, purl. It is a feeling.

Laine Spring/Summer 2017 features:

  • 124 pages uncoated, high-quality paper
  • 11 knitting patterns, beautifully photographed and illustrated
  • Instructions on how to make a camera strap by weaving
  • A long-format interview with Andrea Mowry
  • A Q&A with Felicia Lo
  • A story about Tukuwool
  • A story about Biches & Bûches
  • Seasonal recipes
  • A travel guide to Helsinki featuring the best spots to stay, eat and shop

PURCHASE Laine Magazine, Issue 2 in our webstore!

Below are just a few of the swoon-worthy projects included in this issue.

Browse all 11 patterns on Ravelry HERE.


Birds of a Feather by Andrea Mowry

Knit with Hedgehog Fibres Kidsilk Lace and Skinny Singles.


Morning Fog by Jonna Hietala

Knit with Shibu Knits Silk Cloud.


Birkin by Caitlin Hunter

Knit with Brooklyn Tweed Loft.

Unda by Lesley Anne Robinson

Knit with Manos del Uruguay Fino

– Melissa

 

Pattern sneak peek / Upcoming Class!

Espace Tricot has a new linen laceweight shawl pattern in the works! We’re just adding the final touches and having it translated before we share it with the world. Jocelyn Malric, the designer, will be teaching a class focused on this beauty beginning June 6th.  See her course description below.

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Call us at 514-486-5648 to register if you’re interested in joining in!


PETIT LIN SHAWL (Bilingual Class)
Jocelyne Malric
$96
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30, June 6, 13, 20

I designed this light and airy shawl especially for Espace Tricot and their new exclusive line of lace weight linen yarn. The design of the shawl is a fun introduction to lace knitting and features a creative construction and binding off of two similar triangles. It can be done in one or two colors. The sizing is easily adjustable to accommodate yardages from 1200 yds to 2000 yds. Required materials: pattern (free), solid color lace weight linen yarn (2 skeins of 600 yds each), 3mm (24” or 32”) circular needles. Pre-requisites: cast on, knit, purl. You should be an advanced beginner or intermediate knitter to be comfortable in this class.

Podcast – Episode #9!

Episode #9 of our podcast is up! We’re happy to be joined by our amazing store manager, Francoise, for a while at the beginning of this one. We then talk a little bit about a few new products, review our FOs and WIPS, and wrap up with an overview of more summer samples -garments and accessories knit with linen, cotton, and hemp this time. Grab your project and beverage of choice and come knit / crochet with us a while 🙂

 

Weaving Workshop: A perfect Mother’s Day gift!

Sunday is Mother’s Day and the wonderful Natasha Castonguay will be giving a weaving workshop for beginners at the store. If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for the creative mama in your life, there are still 3 spots left! Call 514-486-5648 to register.

Please note, this class will be conducted mainly in French but weaving is so visual it will be easy enough to follow-along even if you don’t speak it.

🙂

– Melissa

May Classes

Still a few spots left in these upcoming classes happening this month.
Call 514-486-5648 to reserve your spot! 🙂


ATELIER DE TISSAGE (Classe français)
Natacha Castonguay
$115
Dimanche 14 Mai de 9h00 à 13h00

Venez apprendre à réaliser vos propres petits tissages sur cadre et repartez avec tout le nécessaire pour en réaliser d’autres à la maison. Durant le cours d’une durée de quatre heures, vous apprendrez les techniques de base du tissage sur cadre (tissage à plat, ligne droite, ligne diagonale, franges, tresse et finition simple).

Tout le matériel requis est fourni pour la réalisation de 2 tissages:

  • cadre à tisser de 8″ x 10 ” / 20cm x 25.5cm
  • 2 goujons
  • 2 aiguilles
  • environ 100g de fibres diverses (coton, laine, mèche de merinos, soie, jersey, fibres vintage, alpaga, acrylique)
  • fil résistant (nylon robuste ou coton mercerie pour monter la trame de votre tissage)
    bâtonnet et fourchette de bois

* Comme le cours est d’une durée de quatre heures, il est conseillé d’amener avec vous collation & boisson.


CULLUM (Bilingual Class)
Sasha Hyre
$96
Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30, May 15, 22, 29

Learn to knit this light and breezy linen top for the spring/summer season. This tee is worked in the round. You will learn short row shaping and a simple elegant lace pattern as special techniques. Prerequisites: advanced intermediate. Required materials: Pattern (paid pattern available on Ravelry), Sport weight yarn in the quantity required to knit the size desired (840 yds – 1500yds), 16” and 32” circular needles in 3.5mm or the needle size required to achieve gauge, stitch markers and holders.


HAUSER – CROCHET BAG (English class)
Allie Vatcher
$96
Sundays, 10 am – 12 pm, May 21, 28, June 4


SUMMER COMMITMENT BAG (Bilingual Class)
Catherine Harvey
$96
Tuesdays, 6pm – 8pm, May 23, 30, June 6

This bag is big sister to our “Summer Fling” bag pattern. Knit with Kilim, a bulky jute yarn perfect for summer accessories, the Summer Commitment bag will accompany you for a day at the beach or at the park! Various techniques make this project a great learning experience: picking up stitches, knitting in the round and grafting with Kitchener Stitch. Required materials: pattern (free, to be published by Espace Tricot), Filatura di Crosa, Kilim (5 skeins, 2 of one colour for the bottom and 3 of another colour for the top), 5.5 and 6 mm 24-inch circular needles, stitch markers, tapestry needle, stitch holder or waste yarn, tape measure. Pre-requisites: cast-on, knit, purl, bind-off.

Off the Needles: Trimont Snood

My version of Sylvia Hager’s Trimont Snood is off my needles and I couldn’t be happier. While I loved the look of this pattern in the original Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok (and may very well do another version for winter in that yarn), I had my heart set on using Julie Asselin’s Leizu DK in the Jardin des Tuileries colourway. After calculating a few modifications to accommodate the lighter weight yarn (see our Ravelry project page for details), I cast this very simple project onto my 6 mm needles and was finished in flash. The result is an airy and comfortable shoulder warmer that I will keep with me all spring and summer, ready to pull out in overly air-conditioned spaces and on cool evenings!

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

PURCHASE Leizu DK in our webstore. 🙂

–  Melissa

For the love of linen: Summer store sample round-up!

Lisa and I have been talking a lot about summer knitting over the last weeks and are looking forward to showing you more of what we have in store in an upcoming podcast.  In the meantime, I thought I’d give you a quick reference here for a few of our favourites knit up with linen or linen-blend yarns (there are many more samples in store!).  Underneath the pictures you’ll see a numbered list with links to each of the project pages on Ravelry where you can find links to the patterns and details about the yarns used, etc. While we don’t still carry all of the yarns indicated, we can certainly recommend many perfect substitutes.

There are so many beautiful things to knit for warmer weather – just switch up your fibers and continue enjoying your favourite hobby through the spring and summer!

Note:  All of the samples shown are available for viewing in-store.

🙂

–  Melissa

  1. On the Beach by Isabell Kraemer
  2. L.1 by Antonia Shankland
  3. Slope by Shellie Anderson
  4. Westbourne by Isabell Kraemer
  5. Slice of Linen by Susan Barstein
  6. Ship to Shore by Katie Rempe
  7. Tier by Shellie Anderson
  8. Davis by Pam Allen
  9. Wrapped in Lino by Espace Tricot
  10. Vested Interest by Jamie Thomas
  11. Gemini by Jane Richmond
  12. Taiyo Linier Top by Sian Price-White
  13. Hamlin Peak by Pam Allen
  14. Aise by Espace Tricot
  15. Gretel by Julie Weisenberger
  16. Summer Fling by Espace Tricot
  17. Sweet Pleat by Hanna Fettig

 

Shibui Reed is here!

Supple and soft, Reed is a smooth linen chainette that flows easily across the needles for graceful garments and beautiful summer accessories.  Reed is a reworked version of the original Shibui Linen – it is identical in all respects except much softer to the touch!

100% Linen
246 yds / 225 m, 1.76 oz / 50 g
26 sts = 4″ on 5 US / 3.75 mm

SHOP Shibui Reed in our webstore!
A few of the colours are currently backordered but we should be fully stocked my mid-April.

Project inspiration below (Note: the last four are actually our store samples if you’d like to see them in person)!

Click photos to see project details on Ravelry!


Octave by Erin Duffy


Athens by Shellie Anderson


L1 by Antonia Shankland


On the Beach by Isabell Kraemer

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Linier Top by Sian Price-White
(We held the linen with Silk Cloud for our version of this easy-wear top)

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Spring Lace Infinity Scarf by Linda Thach

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–  Melissa

April Classes!

Here are some classes we have coming up this month that still have available spaces!
Call 514-486-5648 to reserve your spot 🙂


WORKSHOP: SEAMING (Bilingual Class)
Giovanna Clementi
$48
Wednesday, April 12 from 6 pm – 9 pm

Learn how to sew perfect seams in stockinette, garter and in ribbing. Students may bring completed projects waiting to be sewn up as well as samples. Required materials: 2 small samples (2” by 3”) of each of the stitches mentioned; tapestry needle; extra yarn (same as samples).


BLUE SAND CARDIGAN (Bilingual Class)
Sasha Hyre
$96
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30, April 19, 26, May 3

Learn to knit the gorgeous BlueSand Cardigan by La Maison Rililie – it will surely become your go-to sweater. You might love it so much you’ll want to knit it twice with the option to choose between two different yoke constructions. This sweater is knit top-down and features some short row shaping.  Prerequisites: Intermediate. Required materials: pattern, DK weight yarn in 3 colours in the quantity required to knit the size desired, main colour (852-1347 yds), contrast colour #1 (175-277yds), contrast colour #2 (259-409 yds), 3.5mm, 4mm and 4.5mm 32” circular needles or needle sizes required to achieve gauge, stitch markers and holders, and a 2mm crochet hook.


TRICOT 101 (Bilingual Class)
Allie Vatcher
$96
Sundays, 10 am – 12 pm, April 23, 30, and May 7

Join us for this 3-week learn to knit class and we will have you knitting and purling in no time! Tricot 101 will introduce you to the basic techniques of knitting (knit, purl, cast on, bind off) and explain the fundamentals of knitting theory and terminology. By the end of the course you will have all you need to begin your first project! Prerequisites: none


PEBBLE BEACH (Bilingual Class)
Francoise Richard-Devereaux
$96
Tuesdays, 6 pm – 8pm,  April 25, May 2, 9

Come knit Helen Stewart’s beautiful Pebble Beach shawl with us! Depending on the yarn used, this can be a nice airy summer shawl or a warmer one for the winter. You will be introduced to basic lace knitting, which is written out row by row. Prerequisites: CO, knit, purl, BO. Required materials: pattern, lace or fingering weight yarn (437 to 800 yards depending on the size shawl you would like to knit), 4mm circular needles, darning needle.


–  Melissa

Free Pattern Friday: Stratus Wrap by Alexandra Tavel

(Photo: Two of Wands)

The Stratus Wrap by Andrea Tavel just popped up on Ravelry and, can I just say, this has my name written all. over. it.  Gorgeous neutrals, tassels, stripes – it’s all fantastic!  Alexandra indicates that the design is inspired by “low-hanging, multi-layered stratus clouds that blanket the earth in grey fog”. Cozy and warm, this is a shawl / blanket combo if ever there was one. Stratus is an easy pattern requiring basic skills and is bound to knit up quickly as it calls for worsted / aran weight yarn on 8 mm (US 11) needles.  Now to decide on the yarn…

(Photo: Two of Wands)

–  Melissa

Join us for a Scarfy Thing Knit-Along – begins April 13th!

Lisa says that the Scarfy Thing by Beata Jezek is one of the most fun projects she’s knit in a while and the speed with which she completed it attests to this fact!  Beata provides just enough detail in this free pattern “recipe” to provide good direction but builds enough flexibility into the process to encourage knitters to make it creatively their own. Lisa chose a single colour as the base yarn and five contrasting colours for pops of colour throughout. She finished it off with a speckle for the i-cord edge. All yarns were Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles but any fingering weight yarn will do. So pretty!

We will be running our Scarfy Thing Knit-Along as both an in-store and virtual event (through Ravelry) beginning April 13th. If you are able to join us in the shop, we will meet for three consecutive Thursdays – April 13th, 20th, and 27th – from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. No need to register (this is a free activity), simply come in on those dates ready to cast on and knit the Scarfy Thing with friends 🙂 .

Click HERE to announce your intention to participate in our Ravelry group. We invite you to join us there (even if you are knitting with us in-store) to chat and share photos of works in progress!

If you complete your Scarfy Thing by May 15th and upload your photo to the finished object thread for this knit-along in our Ravelry group, you will have a chance to win A LOQI Backpack from the Metallic Collection, a Needle Keeper, and a Digital Row Counter. The winner will be chosen via random number generator from the finished object thread (one entry per person only please).

We hope you’ll join us!

The Scarfy Thing pattern can be downloaded for free from Ravelry HERE.

SHOP Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles and Sock in our webstore!

New store sample: Scarfy Thing

The Scarfy Thing is quite possibly one of the most fun projects you’ll knit this year! This recipe by Beata Jezek gives enough detail to get you started and keep you on track yet offers enough flexibility to add your own stamp.  Lisa used Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles and chose a single colour as the base yarn and five contrasting colourways for pops of colour throughout. She finished the whole thing with a deeper speckled neutral for the i-cord edge.  The scarf can be made as long or as wide as you wish, simply study the structure before you begin to understand which sections will define your width and length.  And, note, this is a great stash-busting project. No need to purchase 7 new skeins (unless you want to!) – fingering weight minis and leftovers can be easily integrated as you like.

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

SHOP Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles in our webstore!

–  Melissa

New store sample: Find your Fade Shawl

My “Find your Fade” shawl is finally finished! I fell hard for this pattern by Andrea Mowry but just couldn’t “find my fade” with speckled yarns so opted for a colour-block approach with more solid tonals in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light. They say big is beautiful and this is certainly a shawl with very generous proportions. While some may find this a challenge, we think it adds great versatility, making it wearable in so many different ways.  As usual, Andrea’s pattern is well-written and, once you’re through the first section, it’s easily memorized.  Just remember, things change slightly when you switch to colour number 4 (ask me how I know to warn you about this) 🙂

Although I knit this for myself, I think it will head back to Montreal with Lisa after this weekend (she’s coming for another visit – yay!) for a month or two in the store.

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

SHOP Tosh Merino Light in our webstore.

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Kirkendall and Jong

It’s been ages since I’ve highlighted a free pattern on Friday, something I did almost without fail for several years after starting the blog, but two fabulously minimalist patterns caught my eye on Ravelry this morning and, voila, “Free pattern Friday” is back.  And today, two for the price of one!  😉


Kirkendall Shawl Wrap by by Tara-Lynn Morrison

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(Photo: gooddaynights)

The Kirkendall Shawl Wrap by Tara-Lynn Morrison is a very simple triangle accessory that is completely customizable with respect to yarn weight and needle size. Simply cast on with something you like and, using nice big needles relative to your yarn weight, follow the 1-row repeat until the wrap is as large as you like. Be sure to cast off as per the pattern instructions for a nice stretchy edge. Experiment with stripes and colour blocking! It couldn’t be easier.  We are loving that tassel addition.


Jong by Julie Tootill

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(Photo: Julie Tootill)

As designer Julie Tootil states, Jong is “a one size fits all pattern….minimal detail, maximum style.”  Basic garter stitch and bulky yarn combine to create a casual, goes-with-everything cardigan / jacket, complete with faux seams and an i-cord edge. Easily adaptable to your preferred length, the top-down construction lets you try it on as you go for a perfect fit. Another quick and super-chic project.

–  Melissa

Join us for a High Pines Cowl Knit-Along – begins March 9th!

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(Photo: Jared Flood / Brooklyn Tweed)

If we haven’t blabbed about it enough already, let us take this opportunity to share with you once again that we were thrilled to add Brooklyn Tweed yarns to our inventory at the beginning of January  🙂 .  We have been thoroughly enjoying getting to know Shelter, Loft, and Arbor and are working on knitting up new samples for the store in each quality.

One of the first projects we’ve settled on is Jared Flood’s beautiful High Pines Cowl. Knit with Arbor, the rib and knit-purl textures of this shaped cowl (wider at the shoulders and slightly narrower around the neck) create a tailored and intricate-looking cowl with motifs that echo the shapes of alpine evergreens. Irresistible!

We’ve opted to knit our version up in the Potion colourway (a deep red) but, as you can imagine, it wasn’t an easy decision. This pattern is a stunner no matter the shade!

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(Photo: Jared Flood / Brooklyn Tweed)

We will be running our High Pines Knit-Along as both an in-store and virtual event (through Ravelry) beginning March 9th. If you are able to join us in the shop, we will meet for three consecutive Thursdays – March 9th, 16th, and 23rd – from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. No need to register (this is a free activity), simply come in on those dates ready to cast on and knit the High Pines Cowl among friends 🙂 .

Click HERE to announce your intention to participate in our Ravelry group (Note: If you do so before March 2nd, you could win 3 skeins of Arbor). We invite you to join us there (even if you are knitting with us in-store) to chat and share photos of works in progress.

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(Photo: Jared Flood / Brooklyn Tweed)

If you complete your High Pines Cowl by March 30th and upload your photo to the finished object thread for this knit-along in our Ravelry group, you will have a chance to win a highly sought after Hedgehog Fibres Invisible Project Bag! The winner will be chosen via random number generator from the finished object thread (one entry per person only please).

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(Photos: Hedgehog Fibres)

We hope you’ll join us!

The High Pines Cowl can be purchased and downloaded from Ravelry HERE.

SHOP Arbor in our webstore!

–  Melissa

New in store: Sweater Workshop by Cocoknits, latest Pom Pom Quarterly

Cocoknits Sweater Workshop by Julie Weisenberger

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Julie Weisenberger’s (Cocoknits) beautiful new book – Sweater Workshop – has just landed in store and we are swooning!  Gorgeous, tailored, top-down sweater designs in a variety of flattering silhouettes. More projects just landed in our queues!

From the Cocoknits website:

With over 30 years of knitting, designing, and teaching experience – Julie Weisenberger has compiled nine new sweater designs into her first book: Cocoknits Sweater Workshop. These new patterns employ the same simple, seamless, top-down styling techniques we’ve come to expect from Cocoknits.

More than just a collection, this book explains the Cocoknits Method – a system of tracking knitting progress in your own easy to follow customized chart. Unlike most traditional patterns that create flat shapes, the tailored style of construction in these patterns creates truly three dimensional garments that impart a great fit upon completion.

The innovative color-coded charting technique shows exactly where to work shaping elements without having to continually read and interpret pattern abbreviations, and at the same time allows the knitter complete control over customization to achieve a fantastic fit. All designs are worked from the neckline down, so once the neck and yoke area are established, the knitter can just cruise through generating the sweater and not worry about counting or losing track of their place in the pattern. Another advantage of knitting top-down is the ability to try on your garment as you work, to ensure the fit is right.

In addition to all new patterns, Julie has dedicated a section of the book to an in-depth guide to choosing the right patterns for your figure type with considerations for colorwork, textured stitches, and hemlines all working in concert to create the right silhouette for you.

PURCHASE Sweater Workshop in our webstore!

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Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 20 – Spring 2017

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After the winter hibernation it’s always uplifting to see signs that the next season is on its way. So for this issue we’ve looked to those little things that signal the arrival of spring; longer days, buzzing insects with their delicate wings, and our favourite blooms that will soon start bursting through. Embrace the return of the sunshine with this issue’s collection of patterns, inspired by Mother Nature herself. You will find petals and wings aplenty in the form of nine gorgeous patterns, including cardigans, sweaters, a hat, a shawl, and a classy tote. Whatever spring throws at you, we’ve got you covered!

Featuring designs by

ANNA MALTZ // JENNIFER WEISSMAN // COURTNEY CEDARHOLM // GRACE GOUIN // MIRIAM JARRS // ELINE ALCOCER // NATALIE SELLES // RACHEL BROCKMAN // CAMILLE ROSSELLE

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Family Slippers!

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I got it in my head recently that we all needed slippers.  A pair for Tristan had been on my list since before Christmas but all good intentions fell by the wayside in January as we enjoyed a mild winter here in New Jersey and more exciting projects jumped ahead in the queue.  One little snowfall last week, though, and it became imperative (at least in my mind) that we all have cozy new house “shoes”.  I wound up some Quince & Co. Osprey in Honey and cast on Simone A.’s brilliantly simple (and free) pattern appropriately titled “Simple House Slippers” and finished Tristan’s pair in no time.  I’m now halfway through my pair in the Audouin colourway and will wrap up this family project with a much larger pair for Johannes in Sabine. If I had been thinking, I would have knit his pair first and gifted them to him for Valentine’s Day but, well, nope.

Osprey is a cushy, comfy, 3-ply Aran-weight yarn spun from fluffy wool fleece. I’m knitting the yarn at quite a dense gauge on 4.5 mm(US 6) needles for a sturdy fabric that’s both comfortable and hard-wearing.  One skein is enough for a range of average foot sizes – Tristan wears a size 9 men’s and there was enough left for at least another size up. My husband wears a size 12, though, and his will need to be wider as well as longer so part of a second skein may be required. Watch this space for an update!

  Melissa

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