Scarf Yarns

Monday, October 24, 2016

Wrap Jacket

Sally Melville wore this amazing jacket/wrap at Camp. It's her newest design and the pattern just went live on Ravelry. 

Campers tried it on and it looked great on everyone.
I called this a wrap jacket, not because it overlaps or ties in front … but because it is a cross between a wrap (a rectangular shawl) and a jacket—and functions beautifully as both!

It is a one-size-fits-all piece that is both easy to knit and to wear. For two weeks after I made it, I wore it every day—over a dress, a shirt, a sweater, even my pajamas! I am now thinking I need to knit a second version, in an alternate colour, but am finding the chartreuse surprisingly versatile!

What makes it easy to knit is that it has absolutely no shaping and only 2 tiny, near-invisible seams.

What makes it easy to wear is that it is spacious enough to slip over most anything!

There are notes in the pattern for how to add circumference or how to choose an appropriate substitute yarn. And there is a photo for the two tiny seams you will execute!
Purchase the pattern on Ravelry...
You can use any Aran weight yarn
-Cascade 220 Superwash Aran
-tosh merino
-tosh vintage
-tosh chunky
-Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran Tonals
-Rowan Hemp Tweed

The closure is made by JUL. It screws in, so can be used for any number of projects.
I stopped at Home Depot this afternoon to pick up paint swatches. We're painting the shed. My original plan was pale grey with a dark grey/purple trim. But then we decided that might be boring so now I'm looking at colour. How wild is yet to be decided.

Sunday, October 23, 2016


Cathy brought in her latest FO - a very pretty scarf.
Pattern: Snowflake Party (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: One skein of Yarn and Soul
Tiny snowflakes are my favorite things in nature: They are fascinating geometric little creatures, delicate and short- lived. When I take a walk in winter and the wind blows some of them on the sleeve of my coat, I look at them with my kids, and they make all of us smile. The shape of the water molecules forming them is such that snowflakes will always have six arms and a hexagonal outline, which makes them hard to incorporate into knitting. So when I found a little six-armed lace snowflake motif, I thought they would look lovely having a ball on a cute shawlette. It is knit on the bias and is mostly garter stitch, so it is a relaxing knit with a little snow-flakey twist.
One 400m skein of fingering weight yarn will work for the scarf - I have a feeling that we all have one of those in our stash. If you want a new skein, our next shipment from Hedgehog Fibres should be arriving this week. It is in customs right now.

This colour is Medusa. I can't wait to see it dyed on the Skinny Singles.

The colour I really need is Pistachio. I ordered extra of this colour just to make sure there are skeins for me.
Today was spent working on Building Blocks. I'm on the last section of the first clue. I hope to finish this section tonight and start on the second clue tomorrow.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Between Oceans

Laura Aylor's new pattern is called Between Oceans. You can purchase it on Ravelry...
Inspired by the chunky crocheted lace and generous fringe of a shawl shown in the film The Light Between Oceans, this is the perfect companion for a walk along a chilly shore. Between Oceans is simple and quick to knit, and the pattern includes instructions for figuring the cast-on and estimating yardage for any size/weight/gauge. (You will need a scale to get a yardage estimate if you are not knitting the same size and gauge as the sample and have a limited quantity of yarn.) The sample used 740 yards of chunky yarn and measures 88” across excluding fringe.

Laura knit the shawl in ASAP from madelinetosh. 4 skeins and 9mm needles. I'm looking at the colours to see which one I want to use.
Two colours that are speaking to me...
Cactus Flower
Court and Spark

OK. Let's be honest. I would be happy to knit with any colour of ASAP.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Knitting fills...

She's done it again. Ambah O'Brien has a new pattern and it is beautiful.
 The pattern for the Tarni Shawl can be purchased on Ravelry
Take 3 delicious skeins of yarn and whip up Tarni, a shallow triangular shawl, with a fun bobble design to show off your favourite statement colour. Work the main body of the shawl in stripes, with a semi solid contrasting against a speckled skein, or use a gradient to contrast instead. Or keep it simple with one colour for the body and add another dimension with the bobble short rows.
So many ways to put your creative stamp on this design, with an easy to wear result that will have you reaching for it often.
The shawl is knit with 3 different colours of fingering weight yarn.
Main Colour - 420 yards
Contrasting Colour 1 - 420 yards
Contrasting Colour 2 - 400 yards

Malabrigo posted this on Twitter this morning. It's perfect!!

She's growing. Mom says that she's been good with everyone in the house. And she loves Myrtle Beach. They have a huge back yard for her to run around in.

Thursday, October 20, 2016


Cathy just finished a great pair of mittens from Tin Can Knits. I love them and think that I need to make a pair.
You can purchase the pattern for the Antler Mittens on Ravelry... 

The yarn is tosh chunky. One skein will make up to an adult medium. A pair of adult large mittens will take two skeins.
These mittens are squishy and warm to keep out the cold! A bold antler cable travels from generous cuffs to fingertips. They are perfect for a winter’s night stroll or a rousing snowball fight.
When you are finished the mittens, there is a matching hat (pattern free on Ravelry)
The last few evenings I've been working on Outline. It's mindless knitting that was perfect for baseball. I've quickly counted rows and I'm almost to the halfway point. I want/need to hurry because the next shipment from Hedgehog is at Heathrow and we should have it next week. 

It's raining today and it feels like fall. Tress have lost their leaves and the temperature is dropping. It's time to start getting my sweaters out. Can you believe that Halloween is just over a week away??

Last Halloween we had a group of young men come to the door collecting non-perishable food items. If you live in Hamilton/Ancaster/Dundas, please be prepared to help. The food banks are in need.

If you live outside of this area, please consider collecting some items and dropping them off at your local food bank.

We Scare Hunger
On October 31st, Catholic secondary students will take a bite out of hunger when they go trick or treating for non-perishable food items in support of local food banks. We Scare Hunger is an initiative of Free the Children that inspires students to become active citizens and make a difference in their communities. In Hamilton, nearly 90,000 people live in poverty. Of those, one-quarter are children. Food banks provide support to families who have exhausted their resources and need help to make it through the week.

Student volunteers have already canvassed Hamilton homes with flyers heralding their Halloween night visit. On October 31st, the students will return in Halloween costumes to collect much-needed food supplies and donations for the following food banks:

Bishop Ryan: Neighbour to Neighbour
Bishop Tonnos: Neighbour to Neighbour, Ancaster Community Services
Cardinal Newman: St. Patrick breakfast program, Neighbour to Neighbour
Cathedral: Cathedral Annex
St. Jean de Br├ębeuf: SJB Outreach Programs
St. Mary: Salvation Army (Dundas), Flamborough Food Bank, Wilma’s Place
St. Thomas More: Neighbour to Neighbour

Together, we can take a bite out of hunger.

This Halloween, please give generously.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Lucy and her friends

Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran Tonals have arrived.
An addition to the ever popular Cashmerino range in subtle, dusky shades
55% Wool
33% Acrylic
12% Cashmere
 90m on a 50gram ball
The yarn is available in the store and on the website.
The yarn is aran weight (18 stitches = 4" on 5mm needles) so there are many, many pattern options. There is a new pattern from Churchmouse that would be perfect.

Saddle Shoulder Men's Pullover
This timeless sweater combines the relaxed ease of a modified drop shoulder with a slightly shaped shoulder line and gently sloped sleeve cap—the saddle tab squares it all up. The classic crew neck has a relaxed fit so it looks handsome over a collared shirt or a tee. And she’ll love its slouchy weekend comfort, too.

Lucy is loving Myrtle Beach. There is a full house right now. She has nine people to cuddle with.
She tried to cuddle with Uncle Bob yesterday afternoon. She kept trying but he wasn't in a Lucy mood. He thought he was being smart and said 'Lucy, do you want to go for a walk?' He thought she would go away and sit at the front door. Nope. Lucy went and got her leash and brought it back to him. Everyone laughed really hard and dad took Lucy for her walk.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


There is a great scarf pattern on Ravelry from Rowan (and it's free). The pattern is calling for a yarn that I haven't met yet but you can knit the scarf with Kidsilk Haze.
This luxurious scarf, designed by Sarah Hatton, is great for adding a touch of elegance to an evening outfit during the cooler months.
Download the pattern...

It's never too early to start your Christmas shopping list. We have new accessories coming from Cocoknits. They should arrive at the end of the month.

Colored Ring Stitch Markers - Small
These are the mini version of our popular ring stitch markers. They are brightly colored and easily seen when marking rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Stitch markers accommodate up to US 7 / 4.5mm needle.
Made of nylon coated steel, these markers attach to your Knitter's Keep or any magnet so that you can easily store and retrieve them. Included are 10 each of 6 colors.

Here is the size comparison between the new small markers and the original markers.

Claw Clips
These little toothed-clips grip your knitting during or before seaming. They are a discreet clear-matte so the emphasis stays on your yarn or project, not on the clip.

Large Stitch Stoppers
Colorful EVA foam plugs that slide all the way onto needles (not just on the tip) to secure your stitches. They also slip onto interchangeable needle cords to keep your stitches from sliding off while you try on your top-down garment or use your needles elsewhere.
Large Stitch Stoppers work for needles from US 9-15 / 5.5-10mm.

Small Stitch Stoppers
Colorful EVA foam plugs that slide all the way onto needles (not just on the tip) to secure your stitches. They also slip onto interchangeable needle cords to keep your stitches from sliding off while you try on your top-down garment or use your needles elsewhere.

Small Stitch Stoppers work for cords and needles up to size US 8 / 5mm.
Don't forget that we carry many other Cocoknits notions... 

The baseball game last night was very disappointing. Not a lot of knitting was accomplished. I hope they find their bats this afternoon.