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I showed our Elder Tree Shawl knit in Rowan Revive a few weeks ago. We have a deal for you.

The yarn for the shawl (5 balls) is on sale for $45.

We have most of the Revive colours available.

Purelife revive is our wonderful tweed effect, fully recycled summer yarn. It has a beautiful rusticity.

36% recycled cotton
36% recycled silk
28% recycled viscose

We have a new yarn called Gaia. This is a bulky yarn.
75% wool
25% acrylic

There are 85m on a ball and it sells for $14.95. 4 balls will make a great GAP-tastic. It is a fun, easy knit that will make great Christmas gifts.

I showed Harrap Tweed Chunky yesterday and today we have a sample. The sweater took 6 balls.

Hurry. Who doesn’t want to win a new washer and dryer? Here are the rules…

I’m going to have Beth go through her drawer of hand knit socks. I want these!
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New Yarns

It’s one of my last Mondays off so I put it to good use and visited Trish. The grey is gone and my hair has been cut. What a happy day.

Karen (above) and Kathy (below) shared pictures of their finished Annisa Wraps. They both look amazing. The pattern is by Ambah O’Brien and can be purchased on Ravelry.

They wanted to make sure their pictures were in before August 31 so that they can be eligible for the draw. Take a look on Ravelry at all the great KAL pictures of projects made with patterns from Ambah.

We received two more new yarns late last week.

Meet Milo from Manos del Uruguay.

65% merino wool, 35% linen
Approx. 380 yards /350 meters
per 3.5oz / 100 grs skein
Gauge:20-22 sts per 4″/10cms
Needles:US4-3.5mm/US6-4mm

New for Fall 2016! Milo blends merino wool with fine linen for a yarn that is simultaneously rustic and elegant.  The linen retains its natural color through the dye process, giving a heathered effect.  It also lightens the yarn and gives the knitted fabric excellent drape.

We received five space dyed and five semi solid colours.

The Mitad Cowl is a free pattern and takes one skein of Milo.

Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky is from the same stable as our beautiful Harrap Tweed DK yarn. It has the same heritage of being inspired by Thomas and Henry Harrap who founded the original company, which in 1934 became Sirdar. Harrap Tweed Chunky comes in a palette of 8 shades that have been inspired by the beautiful surroundings of the Sirdar Head Office in Wakefield, Yorkshire. Harrap Tweed Chunky is the perfect family yarn and our design team have designed 8 leaflets with designs for women, men, children and the home. These are timeless designs that you will want to knit and make time and time again.

40% nylon, 30% wool, 24% acrylic, 6% viscose
100gram ball
168m/184 yards
14 stitches = 4″ on 6.5mm needles
machine washable

There is a pattern book with 18 designs for children and adults including

The first coat of sealer went on the steps today. These really show the teal colour (and the fact that the front door is the wrong colour).

One more coat of sealer tomorrow and then they pour the driveway on Wednesday.
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Introducing Pumpkin Spice!

Fall is coming!  Schnapps is sure of it!  Football starts soon and this morning there was finally a slight cool breeze instead of just heat and humidity.  It’s time to get moving on all sorts of projects:  hats, blankets, bottle beanies, items for Code Purple, ladybug hats!  We should all be very busy for quite some time.
Schnapps latest hat, Pumpkin Spice (thanks Lani for the name!) is made with Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn…….just a small amount of one color and about half a skein of a second color.  It can be worked in any color combination you like and could easily work in just one color too.  It’s a great way to use up those odds and ends that you have left after a project.  Instructions are included for all yarn weights too so you can use what you have in your stash.

and it’s reversible!

If you’re not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and “Like” our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach Schnapps or me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too!

If you are have not purchased any patterns or any fundraiser items recently, please consider making a donation using the link on right side of this page to help us pay for postage and supply costs.   We are getting ready to ship out LOTS of hats to cancer centers for the Fall.  You can see where our hats go by visiting our website:  www.delawareheadhuggers.org
 
Schnapps is exhausted after knitting this hat!
 
 
Pumpkin Spice

You will need 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles.
Abbreviations:
ptbl:  purl through the back loop
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color A, cast on 48 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:  Using Color A
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Row 2:   purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until your work measures 1.5 to  2 inches in length, or longer if you prefer.

Work Body of Hat Still Using Color B:
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Row 2:   *ptbl, k2*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece is about 7 to 7.5 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1:    knit all stitches
Row 2:   *ptbl, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 3:   *k2tog*; repeat around

Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and share.

 If using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 60.

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 84.

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 102 stitches. 

The pattern is worked over 3 stitches.

Feel free to use just 1 color.

Experiment and enjoy!


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Eccentric Chevron Wrap

Here is my Olympic knitting so far. If I wanted to ‘cheat’ I could cast off right now and say that I finished during the Olympics. I can’t do that though. I still have yarn and I don’t waste yarn. I have to accept defeat and say that I didn’t finish. It’s the first time ever and I’m sad.

This afternoon I had equipment failure. My needle broke where the tip and cord join. I had too many stitches on the needle – I should have been working with a longer cord. It doesn’t help that I jam my knitting into the bag and I’m not gentle with it. I got all the stitches picked up and went on a search for a 4mm needle. I found a 150cm cord (what I should have been using from the start) and 4mm tips. I was on my way. For 2 and a half rows before I realized that the stitches felt loose. I didn’t start on a 4mm needle. It was a 3.75mm. I had to do another search and found the right tips and I’m back on my way. The shawl is in garter stitch and no one will see the few rows that were on the wrong needle.

We have another new sample in the store.

Pattern: Endless Wrap (you can purchase the pattern on Ravelry or in the store)
Yarn: 9 skeins of Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers

Wrap yourself in yards of cozy Woolstok. Fun to knit, fun to wear, the Endless Wrap is a long swath of lofty, textural knitted fabric. Panels of knit/purl and yarn over patterns make this a good next step project for a beginner knitter.

I took my friend outside three different times to get pictures and every time the shawl looks a bit too orange.

The true colour is 1311 Rusted Roof.

It’s almost time for the Closing Ceremonies and I’m heading back to my knitting. I hope to have the shawl finished this week so that I can get back to a few other projects. I have a long list of things to complete before the Knitters’ Fair.

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Saturday Socializing

Ok, so this sock yarn blocks thing is very, ummmm, well compelling.
You know, a just one more kind of knitting! 
Yesterday, Millie and I finished out our Florida Shop Hop adventure.
We had a great tour of five different shops throughout the Jacksonville area.
It was a wonderful shopping trip!
When I got home I did a bit of sewing-I have wanted to replace my ironing pad because it is softer than I like for pressing my quilt blocks.
Bill cut some cement board for me and then I covered it with cotton batting and then some canvas.
I serged the edges with a decorative thread. 
There is a piece of freezer paper ironed onto the new board so that when I work with fusible web, it won’t stick on the ironing surface.  It works great to press with the harder surface! 
Today, we had a boat ride with Matthew and family!
Ethan loved ‘driving’ the boat!
(He wasn’t so thrilled about the life jacket!) 
Will just wanted to go very, very fast!
He liked seeing all the birds, trees and going under a bridge!
We had a nice time making our own breeze because the temps today topped 100* and it was steamy humid!
We cooled off when we got home with an ice cream and then a dip in the pool!
It was a wonderful day!

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Rowan Magazine #60

Lynn finished her Olympic knitting. And she blocked. And she sewed in the ends. She gets a gold.

Pattern: Ishbel (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: one skein of tosh sock

Ishbel is a simple shawl pattern that can be worked in two sizes and two different yarn weights. The smaller, fingering weight version makes a cosy but pretty scarf while the larger, lace weight version can be worn as a scarf or draped elegantly around the shoulders. The solid stockinette centre lends simplicity to the design and adds extra warmth when knitted in thicker yarn. Ishbel is edged with a beautiful vine pattern and finished with elegant scalloped points.

There is a new sweater in the store too.

Pattern: Zenith (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok

This easy and distinctive pullover will become a weekend favorite. Tiered geometric forms course around the shoulders, balancing the loose shape of the lower body and sleeves, and a mock turtleneck adds pleasing proportion above the motif as well as protection from the autumn chill. Our model is wearing Zenith with an oversized fit (with just over ten inches of ease), but you might opt for a standard fit with four or five inches of ease if you prefer.

Knit seamlessly upward from a tubular hem and cuffs, this pullover is plain sailing up to the circular yoke. Purl stitches and cables combine to form a gracefully graduated honeycomb about the shoulders, with yoke decreases integrated into the charted motif. The neck is shaped with short rows for a comfortable fit.

The pattern calls for a tubular cast on and cast off but don’t let this hold you back. You can do a regular cast on and cast off.

Rowan Magazine #60 is in the store. 

The patterns are awesome.

Rowans 60th Magazine features Rowan’s most exceptional yarns and designers including Lisa Richardson, Martin Storey and Kaffe Fassett. Tempest Collection includes 26 exquisite designs for men and women, taking inspiration from rugged seascapes and embracing cosy, wearable pieces we long for during the winter months. Lisa Richardson has designed the second story; Felted Tweed. Using the eye-catching colour palette of Felted Tweed and Felted Tweed Aran this collection features beautiful colour-work and unique shaping for the 17 designs.

The front stairs are almost finished. What a difference. The facing on the steps and the edging of the driveway are a teal colour. When everything is finished we will need to paint our front door to match.

The driveway should be poured on Wednesday.

Now it’s back to my Olympic knitting. I don’t think my shawl will be finished but I’m going to try my best.
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Post Correction!

This is the yarn I used to make the socks I posted earlier!
Not a sock blank!  
(To my credit, I used the same dyes for this skein that I had used for the sock blank so I , well, went blank!) 
Now the right socks have been linked to their right and proper source.
I used KnitPicks Hawthorne Bare in fingering weight.
Aiming for truth in posting!

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Start planning for fall

I love August in the store. New yarns and books are arriving all month.

Mr. UPS delivered a box yesterday from Rowan that included a new book from Marie Wallin.

Springtime is a collection of 8 beautiful designs by Marie Wallin. The collection features Marie’s signature style colourwork pieces along side elegant cabled garments. The collection features Felted Tweed and Kidsilk Haze and would be suitable for the more experienced knitter.

We are well stocked in Felted Tweed. It is one of my favourite Rowan yarns with amazing colours.

There will be 5 new shades of Felted Tweed coming for Fall and I think that they are in a shipment arriving later this afternoon.

193 Cumin

194 Delft

195 Boulder

 196 Barn Red

197 Alabaster

Classic Elite’s latest Web-Letter has a free pattern for this cabled hat knit in Arietta.

Yak and merino blend for squishable luxury in worsted weight Arietta. Outstanding stitch definition and a palette of soft mid-tones make Arietta a cable knitter’s dream.

We now have the layout for the Knitters’ Fair. The Needle Emporium will be in booths 12, 13 and 14.

My shawl is growing. I love the colours. The push is on – I don’t know if I will get it finished. I’m trying but there are a lot of stitches and I still have a lot of yarn.
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Sock from a my Blank

                            

I finished the sock blank yarn I dyed last month!
It was so interesting to be surprised to see what the colors did;  this could get very addictive! 
 Who would guess that this sock blank would give you the above sock! 
The legs varied a bit from one sock to the other;  they sort of spiralled which was a surprise but I just went with it to see what would happen.  Nice to be an adventurer with yarn! 
AND I have entered the sock yarn blanket craze.  The idea is to use all the leftover yarn to make these squares attaching one to the next until you have a blanket size!
(Thanks  to Dee for finally pushing me over the edge!)
I have enough partial balls that are too pretty to toss (though I did do that with a ton last year!)
which I could use for this blanket!

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Thought to Product

I have seen these cross shoulder ‘pockets’ for your cell phone and minimum wallet essentials for shopping, etc.  I just can’t bear to carry a purse any more so this is one of my ideas that I took off the drawing board and gave it a try.
It has the taller pocket for my wallet, a pocket without a zipper between the zippered ones.
The cell phone goes in the bottom pocket.  It is comfortable and convenient. 
The fabrics are from fat quarters I collected on the Shop Hop Millie and I went to a few weeks ago.
I can’t wait to make another because I now have another idea to make this much easier and sleeker! 
When I have ten minutes, I whip off a pair of these blocks.
It is a great quick way to have almost instant gratification when  I put in a load of laundry, then another when I move it to the dryer and another when it’s time to pull it out for folding!
This is one of the perks of having the washer/dryer in my Studio! 
Bill spotted this guy in my Porterweed Bush (Knotweed Bush is another common name).
He called me to come on out and see something and it would be worth the effort to get up to see it! 
I had to admit;  it was an unusual sight!
An indigo snake hanging out waiting to catch a lizard for lunch.
If you approach on when on the ground, they take off very quickly.
This guy just gave me the glare but didn’t move so I was able to take a picture of him!
Yes, it was worth getting up to see this!

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