Shepherd Sock or Scarf or Shawl

Here are all the new colours from Lorna’s Laces in Shepherd Sock. Our skeins are 50grams with 196m/215yards. The yarn is 80% superwash wool and 20% nylon and you need two skeins for a pair of socks.

Kate Atherley’s February Lady Sock pattern is free on Ravelry.

Imagine picking 3 or more colours and making the Linen Stitch Scarf (we have patterns in the store or you can purchase on Ravelry)

If you aren’t familiar with Linen Stitch, here is a great tutorial.

From Churchmouse Yarns

Linen stitch has a way of harmonizing even the most disparate colors. Our friend Mimi Hepler first created this scarf to use up all her precious fingering weight leftovers—18 different colorways! So for our scarf we chose three skeins of fingering weight yarn that combined as many different colors as possible. But it’s equally beautiful in subtle shades. In fact, we haven’t seen a bad combination yet! That’s the magic of linen stitch. Heck, it’s even beautiful on the ‘wrong’ side.

If you aren’t interested in socks or a scarf, how about a shawl?

Pattern: Asking for Flowers by Kate Atherley (pattern purchased on Ravelry)
You would need three skeins of Shepherd Sock for a shawl this size.

A sideways shawl with biasing garter stitch makes for a beautiful drape, and a dramatic Shetland lace edging adds interest to the knitting – but not too much! – and to the finished product. Short-row wedges create a nice curved shape.

The colourway, “The Flowers” brings to mind all the joys of a summer garden – wear the shawl in the spring, to hasten the arrival of the season, and in the winter, to remind you of the glories to come.

Suitable for knitters with a little lace experience, but you don’t need to be an expert!

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Glasgow

Ms. UPS just brought in a super fun box from Lorna’s Laces. New colours of Shepherd Sock and Solemate.

Lorna’s Laces has a new dye technique called SplatterShot. The colours are amazing.

The pictures from Lorna’s Laces website look good but wait until you see them in person. Here are the skeins of Solemate Glasgow. I was very tempted to put them in my bag. The colour is phenomenal.

Our sock yarn Solemate is 55% superwash merino, 15% nylon and 30% Outlast

Outlast is a viscose (rayon) fiber that interacts with your body’s microclimate to moderate temperature from being too hot or too cold.

Magine (a pattern purchased on Ravelry from Ambah O’Brien) would look really good in Glasgow. One skein makes a small scarf version and two skeins make the large shawl.

I need to hit Publish because every time I re-read my post I want Glasgow more. I’m trying to control myself :)

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Thunderclap

We received an awesome shipment from Prism Yarns today. These yarns are hand dyed in Florida by Laura Bryant. She puts together the most amazing colour combinations.

Designed to dip gracefully in the back, the Eccentric Chevron Wrap sits comfortably on your shoulders. The graphic interest comes from unbalanced, or eccentric chevrons: one leg is much longer than the other, which skews the fabric off-center. By mirroring the stitches at center back, a dip is formed naturally.

The kit comes with all the Merino Mia yarn you’ll need to make the wrap (6 – 190-yard skeins in assorted variegated colors), and the Eccentric Chevron Wrap pattern. Prism Merino Mia is absolutely stunning. This machine-washable, hand-dyed yarn is 100% merino superwash, with a gauge of 6 to 6.5 stitches to the inch.

When I was at TNNA, I asked Laura to make a special colourway for me. I’m taking one kit from the box and there are two more in Thunderclap. This could be my Olympic knitting. If I can wait that long to start.

This afternoon was spent on the golf course. It was my first round since Vegas in January. Beth has Club Championship this weekend so she wanted to get in some practice. I hit some good shots and some not so good shots. It was fun to be outside so I’m not worrying about the score.

Dinner is finished and now it’s time to put my feet up. I haven’t knit a stitch today and my fingers are itching. It could be that I’m too tired to do anything else :)
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What we’ve knit Wednesday

Cathy has been very busy. Her shawls are awesome!

Pattern: Starry Starry Night (free on Ravelry)
Yarn: One ball of Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe and one ball of Classic Elite Silky Alpaca Lace

It was very hot when we went outside to take pictures so we went as fast as possible. As soon as it cools down we’ll get pictures of my friend wearing the shawls different ways.

Pattern: Close to You (free on Ravelry)
Yarn: 2 skeins of Mrs. Crosby Satchel

Pattern: Lilli Pilli (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: 3 skeins of Mrs. Crosby Train Case

Pattern: 3 Color Cashmere Cowl (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: fingering weight ends from shawls that Cathy has knit

Pattern: ZickZack (free on Ravelry)
Yarn: 2 balls of Debbie Bliss Rialto Luxury Sock

When Cathy chose balls that were both predominantly green I was afraid that the pattern wouldn’t show. I was wrong. The scarf looks great. 

The first sock is finished. Lynn says that if you want a challenge, this is the pattern for you. No TV. No wine. Every needle has a different pattern. But when it’s finished the sock looks amazing. 

Pattern: Mingus by Cookie A. (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: One skein of tosh twist light

The plants are in

Mulch on Friday. The neighbours have been peering over the fence to see what’s been up.

Now it’s time for Big Brother and knitting.
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Introducing Love Under Wraps

Schnapps was looking through our yarn stash and found these 2 colors of Lion Brand Organic Cotton.  He decided to see how they worked together and Love Under Wraps (thanks Lani, for the name!) was created.  We hope you like it.  
This pattern has a ton of potential for various color combinations.  This yarn has a bit of texture to it, which looks lovely (we think) but we think it will also look great in a smoother fiber.  It is deceptively simple…..you’re just slipping a couple of stitches each row to create the effect.  Have fun with it and make some happiness to give to others!

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 Love Under Wraps
You will need 5-weight yarn and size US 10 circular needles.
Abbreviations:

s2: slip 2 stitches purlwise, holding yarn in back
s2wyif: slip 2 stitches purlwise, holding yarn in front
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color A, cast on 66 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 2 to 2.5 inches in length. 

Work Pattern Band of Hat

Color B  
Rows 1 & 2:  *k4, s2*  repeat around

Color A
Row 3:  *k4, s2*; repeat around
Row 4:  *p4, s2wyif*; repeat around

Color B  
Rows 5 & 6:  *k1, s2, k3*  repeat around

Color A
Row 7:  *k1, s2, k3*; repeat around
Row 8:  *p1, s2wyif, p3*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 – 8 , ending on a Row 4 or 8 when your piece is 7 to 7.5 inches in length. 

Work Top of Hat Using Color A: use dpn’s when needed
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Rows 2 and all even rows:   purl all stitches
Row 3:   *k4, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 5:   *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7:   * k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 9:   * k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 11:   *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 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 48. 

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 a multiple of 6 stitches. 

Experiment with many colors and enjoy!

 

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Planting

I try really hard to post every day but last night was spent finishing a newsletter. If you don’t receive our email newsletters, you can sign up in the top right hand corner of the blog. Newsletters go out about once a month – we try not to fill your inbox.

Beth’s cowl is growing. As long as I wind the skeins for her, she is happy to knit.

Mr. Canpar just brought in a box and we’re stocked with Mille Colori Baby again. You need four balls (two of one colour and two of another colour) and 3.5mm needles to make ZickZack (the pattern is free on Ravelry)

Austin is working at our house today. I wanted a garden across the back of the yard and today is the day. The weeds are gone. How come weeds can grow so well with no rain? Then he is putting in grasses and flowers. We’re going English Garden.

The plants are here and he’ll be planting tomorrow. I can’t wait to see it.

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1970s GuernseysEmu 4728

I mentioned that in the collection of pattern leaflets and other publications that we were given a couple of weeks ago there were a lot of Aran patterns. The woman who collected them was evidently interested in Guernseys – she had a surprising number of Guernsey patterns from the 1970s, published by some of the big yarn spinners and all intended for special 5-ply Guernsey yarn.  I was knitting in the 1970s, but wasn’t aware of this fashion for knitting Guernseys at the time.

Emu 4728

There were more than a dozen traditional Guernsey patterns published by Emu – this one is described as “using Scottish Fleet and Mallaig stitches”.  Some of the other Emu patterns, though still specifying 5-ply yarn, have raglan sleeves, polo necks, or stitches that appear to be based on Arans rather than traditional Guernseys.

But from a quick read, all the other patterns in the 5-ply Guernsey yarn are constructed as I think a proper traditional Guernsey should be, with underarm and shoulder gussets and the back and front identical.

Wendy 2018

Each of the spinners also published a pattern for a plain Guernsey in stocking stitch, like this Wendy pattern.

Poppleton 1711

This Poppleton pattern is for a “Vale Guernsey (Parish design)” – it’s a traditional Guernsey from the island of Guernsey.

Marriner 1796

And the Marriner pattern is a “Guernsey style sweater in traditional Patrington and Withernsea stitches”.

I wonder how many of these Guernseys were knitted in the 1970s.  The point of a Guernsey is that it’s very hard wearing, so they might still survive, still being worn.   Do let me know if you have one.

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Weekend Highlights

After church yesterday we had a swim and then an ice cream cone for a treat
I sat down to enjoy it, Ella joined me and then Eli backed up and sat down-he is wanting to be social now and it was wonderful to savor! 
Saturday morning the guys took the kids outside to stack some wood-Cassandra and I took the opportunity, rare as it is, to do a quick sewing project.  We made a sport skirt with a cotton ribbed waistband.  We got it done just as Caleb knocked on our window to come out…. 
To see what he found at the bottom of the wood pile!
After a quick jump back, he and Bill assessed it, deemed it non-venomous and so he tried to catch it!
(Just for a good relocation!)
It was s5’3″ long-a rat snake.  Great for killing rodents but also known as a chicken snake because it will empty nest boxes of eggs!
The kids did touch it finally but they were not glad to see this guy.
We watched it slither away into the woods!
(It was quite aggressive which surprised us.  It coiled, struck and shook its tail to prevent Caleb from catching it….pretty sneaky to mimic a rattler!)fam

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Please Stand Up to Bigotry and Hatred

Recently, I posted a questionnaire to a Facebook High School Reunion group, answering questions about my experience in High School.  One of the questions asked was if I was a a cheerleader, and my reply was, “No, that would be gay.”

One Person Can Make a Difference

I got a lot of likes and comments to my post, but only one person wrote that they found my answer to the cheerleader question offensive.

While it wasn’t meant to be offensive…it was meant to be self-deprecatingly funny…she was right.  My comment was offensive and I apologized and praised her for standing up to bigotry.  I also explained my rationale for the response.

I couldn’t have been more glad that she was courageous enough to challenge my hateful sounding comment.

It reminded me of a story my sister told me about my mom shortly after my family found out I was gay.  My mom wasn’t thrilled with having a gay son when she first found out, but after hearing this story, I knew she had worked her way through it for herself.  My mom and sister were with some neighbors and one of the neighbors told a gay joke.  My sister couldn’t remember the joke, but she said the joke wasn’t hateful and didn’t in any way put gays in a bad light.  My mother turned to the friend/neighbor who told the joke and said, “Excuse me, my son is gay and I find that offensive.”

I couldn’t have been more proud of my mom and her newfound pride in me.

Suffice it to say, most people don’t tell gay jokes in front of me…or racist, sexist, transphobic, or ethnic jokes either.  But I will make sure I don’t let any hateful statements go unchallenged.

Current Crochet/Knitting

I did end up finishing the last of the three Interlocking Crochet Scarves this past weekend, including weaving in the ends.

I do still have to weave in the ends for the other two scarves, but it’s getting easier.

Going back to work on the first two scarves will be a pleasure…I love the colorways even more today.
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