It’s finished. The throw is super soft and really, really, really warm.
Rowan is sharing photos from Magazine 61 (coming in February) on their Facebook page.
It looks like it’s going to be another great magazine.
Someone is very comfortable on the bed. Mom sent a text last night asking where she was going to sleep (mom, not Lucy). I told her to pick another bedroom because it doesn’t look like Lucy is going to move.
Now it goes from, “ehh” to “yeah!”
Lorna’s Laces. Franklin Habit. Knitting. Don’t miss out.
Let’s all close our eyes for a minute and fast forward past the holiday wonder and madness and imagine that we finished all of our projects with plenty of time left over to enjoy an extra glass of eggnog. Yeah, I know it’s magical thinking, but this is my story and that’s how I want it to go.
That post holiday lull is probably my favorite time of the year when it comes to projects. No pressure, just fun. It can be anything I want it to be. I have time to join in a KAL if I want and maybe have a little fun with my yarn peeps.
We were talking the other day about how we might want a KAL to look and decided that Franklin Habit would make a wonderful master of ceremonies. As luck would have it, he was available! Rumor on the street tells me that Ms. Dolores Van Hoofen will be joining in as well! Did I hear a squee?!
The next question was what do we want to work on? We all agreed that a blanket would be ideal. We liked the idea of working on something cozy. Plus, Tin Can Knits had just released their new book, Colour Madness and the Marley Blanket had struck all of us as SO DARN CUTE.
We are going to be doing the Cloudgate kits – these will make the bulky version. The colours available are
Lorna’s Laces did not do the red/yellow version that is pictured in the finished throw but they can make you a kit in it’s likeness if that is the colourway you want.
There are 4 sizes on the blanket pattern. The pattern is not included in the kit – you need to purchase it on Ravelry.
The finished blanket measures approximately 27 (36, 48, 58)” wide by 36 (49, 70, 83)” long, but will vary based upon finished gauge and blocking.
Small – takes 1 kit
Medium – takes 2 kits
Large – takes 3 kits
XLarge – takes 4 kits
Each kit is $125. If you order your kit (kits) before December 10th we will give you 10% off. That makes the kits $112.50.
We will have the kits in stock before the end of December to make sure you can participate. There will be lots of time to mail if you live out of town.
I’m leaning between Cam and Rosamond but I think Cam is going to work.
We received a shipment of Cascade yarns today and there were skeins of Mondo in Walnut Heather. We’ve kitted the yarn up for a throw.
Don’t tell anyone but I’m sneaking out early. We’re heading to Toronto for the One of a Kind show. Yay!!
We’ve been asked for super, super bulky yarn and now we have one. A shipment arrived yesterday afternoon with charcoal grey Mondo. I took out some 25mm needles and cast on. This is one and a half skeins. I’m going to use 4 and make a great throw. It will be about 32″ wide (not stretched) and 48″ long.
Mondo is just what it’s name implies, SUPER bulky and SUPER soft! It’s a soft blend of superfine alpaca and wool. This new yarn is best for quick and bold statement pieces and has a gauge suitable for arm knitting.
50% Superfine Alpaca / 50% Wool
Weight: 400 g / 14.12 oz
Approx: 58 yds / 53 m
Knitting Needle Size: Size US 50 / 25.0 mm
Knitting Gauge: 3 – 4 sts = 4″ (10 cm)
We’ve already put together kits with 4 balls of yarn and the needles.
We have daily requests for baby blanket patterns. This is Starry Stripes (purchased on Ravelry) knit in Liberty Wool from Classic Elite.
A colorful blanket every baby and mother will love in machine washable Liberty Wool. The subtle slip stitch chevron showcases the stripes in Liberty Wool Print to their best advantage.
Liberty is one of my favourite yarns. Lots of colours without changing balls. It feels good to knit with and wear.
My plan was to finish the throw while watching Survivor. I got into the show and forgot to knit. The third skein has been started. I’d like to say it will be finished tomorrow but we are heading to One of a Kind after work. The throw will be in the store so you can see it in progress. It is so warm! And the yarn is very soft. It’s the perfect colour for my house so I have a feeling I’ll be making another one. One for the store and one for the couch.
This morning we received a shipment of Zauberball Starke 6.
The same unique color combinations as Zauberball® Crazy in a DK weight to give sweaters, shawls, and scarves a truly creative flair.
Beth’s original scarf was knit with the thinner Crazy. Then she found Starke 6 – the same great colours but she could use a bigger needle. This scarf is one ball each of colours 2266 and 2136.
She liked the scarf so much that she’s started a second one.
For this scarf she used one ball each of 2136 and 2095
There are 3 pages of patterns on Ravelry for shawls, scarves, socks, sweaters, vests and cardigans using Starke 6.
A box arrived from Lynda as well. The shawl is beautiful!
Pattern: Chevrione (pattern purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: One Cheshire Cat mini skein kit from Frabjous Fibers
It’s a crazy windy day today and getting pictures wasn’t easy. The picture of the shawl on the mannequin is very close to the true colours of the kit – we used Mimsy. The picture below is to show how big the shawl is.
Chevrione is knit starting from the small end of the triangle to the end, where it is bound off using a picot bind off! It can be worked with lots of beads, a few beads, or no beads at all. Chevrione was specifically designed to use gradients, as the wave pattern shows beautifully with the gradient. This pattern includes both full written and charted instructions, and can easily be modified for size by working extra repeats of Chart B, or omitting repeats of Chart B.
Something fun came late this afternoon. I’ve been playing with it and there will be pictures tomorrow.
|Kisses to everyone!|
swyib: slip stitches with yarn held in back of work
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 & 2 until your work measures about 1.5 to 2 inches in length, ending with a Row 1.
Work Body of Hat:
Switch to Color B
Row 1: *s3wyib, k1*; repeat around
Row 2: *k1, s1wyib, 21*; repeat around
Rows 3 & 4: knit all stitches
Switch to Color C and work Rows 1-4 again
Switch to Color A and work Rows 1-4 again
Continue changing colors and working Rows 1-4 until your work measures about 6.5 to 7 inches in length, ending with a Row 4. End on a repeat using Color A for continuity or any color for a different look.
Decrease Crown: use dpn’s when needed. Use last color used for body of hat.
Row 1: knit all stitches
Row 2: *k6, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 3: *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4: *k4, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 5: *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6: *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7: *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6: *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 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 88.
If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 104 stitches.
Use 2 strands of 4- or 5-weight yarn or 3 strands of 3-weight yarn held together as one strand and work pattern as written if you want to use other yarn weights and have the hat look like the model
The pattern is worked over 4 stitches, but the crown decrease is worked over 8.
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