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February 2017 – Demonstration of no-roll edges

It was a bitterly cold evening, so it was lovely to see a good turn-out, and to catch up after the Christmas break. There was a lively discussion about current works-in-progress and the items brought along for show-and-tell. There was a small charity table, and the usual tea and biscuits. Liz provided a demonstration of a couple of techniques on the knitting machine to produce interesting no-roll edges.

News and Upcoming events

Unravel at The Maltings in Farnham. Running from  Friday 17th to Sunday 19th February.

Make It 2017 at FIVE in Farnborough. Running from Friday 24th to Saturday 25th February. There will be lots of stalls and demonstrations, including the Guild of Machine Knitters stand with demonstrations and advice available all day.

Machine Knitting Live Show at Bournemouth on Saturday 4th March at from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm at Bournemouth School for Girls, Castle Gate Close, Castle Lane West, Bournemouth BH8 9UJ. There will be lots of Machine Knitting designers and suppliers, including the Guild of Machine Knitters stand with demonstrations and advice available all day. This may be the last time Machine Knitting Monthly magazine hosts the show, due to decreasing attendance over the years. You are encouraged to attend, if you would like the event to keep going in the future.

The Guild of Machine Knitters newsletter had changed to a new format, and an external company is being used to mail out the newsletters. For technical reasons, the renewal reminder will no longer be bright yellow, so keep an eye out and please don’t throw away the inserts without reading them first!

The annual Innocent Big Knit knitted hats need to be submitted by July, due to the huge numbers they now receive. Please bring any hats you make along to the club, and Julie has volunteered to collect the hats together and submit them all in one go to save on postage. Liz printed some patterns for machine knitters and hand knitters. Patterns are available from:

Show and Tell

Julie has crocheted two blankets for the Sixty Million Trebles project. The pattern is Mystical Lanterns by Janie Crow.

A jumper knit on a Passap using 2 strands of 2/30 using a double-bed tuck stitch. It felt very stretchy, and there were discussions about the tension.

A purple DK hand-knit jumper was very soft and chunky, with a double-over feature neckline. The pattern looks like vertical wavy lines on the front, and basket weave on the reverse.

Sandra knit a green-based multi-colour V-neck jumper in Denys Brunton Designer Yarns Magicolour. The yarn is no longer produced, and Sandra discussed the creative solutions she used to finish the neckline when the main yarn ran out.

There were 2 yellow baby cardigans, and a pink adult cardigan in sable crepe. This was followed by a plethora of  beautiful crochets blankets that have been made to give to residential care home in Fleet.

Liz hand-knit a white sideways-knit wingspan scarf.

Demonstration Machine Knitted Decorative No-Roll Edge by Diana Sullivan  No Roll Edge by Roberta Rose Kelley

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Food Drive

It’s Food Drive time again. We are accepting non-perishable food items and cash donations for the Ancaster Community Food Drive.


Help us celebrate 25 years of raising funds and food for our local community We have 1,441,000 pounds of food in the 24 years we have been recording totals.

Initiated by the vision of the Ancaster Ministerial Association and with support of all citizens, businesses, schools and community agencies.

All donations to be delivered to Hamilton’s major food agencies.

Ancaster Community Services
Good Shepherd Centre
Greater Hamilton Food Share   
Mission Services
Neighbour to Neighbour   
The Salvation Army
St. Matthew’s House
Wesley Urban Ministries 

Please continue to support and plan to participate in our 25th Ancaster Community Food Drive:

The need is great and together we can make this a successful effort.


We’ve started to make up our prize basket.

 A new kit from Wendy – called Fur.

We are given samples throughout the year and I have a stash of them. I’ve gone through my box and added to the prize basket.

Namaste Buddy Case in pale pink.

A Namaste Skinny Mini in Eggplant.

This skein came from Madelinetosh with no label on it. I can’t sell it but I can give it away. It is tosh sock in the colour moonstone.

This is just the start of the prize basket. I have another huge box to go through at home. There are also donations coming from my suppliers – I’ll post pictures as we receive more.

How can you win the basket? 

Bring non-perishable food items into the store by Friday March 3.

For every non-perishable food item you will get one ballot.

For a $10 donation you will get 10 ballots.
For a $25 donation you will get 30 ballots.

Live out of town? Call us and we can put a cash donation on your credit card. I can also send a paypal request. If you win, we’ll mail the basket to you.

The most needed food items are

  • hot cereals of any kind
  • canned meats and fish
  • peanut butter
  • meat soups
  • canned or powder milk
  • baby food and formula (needs to have at least 8 weeks until expiry left on it)
  • canned fruits and vegetables
  • canned pasta
  • dry pasta
  • pasta sauce
  • toiletries

In an effort to maximize the purchasing power of every dollar donated, the Organizing Committee has reached out to Hamilton Food Share who, through their connections with producers and suppliers and leveraged bulk purchasing power, can convert every dollar donated to the equivalent of 2.5 lbs of non-perishable food products.

If you can help it’s greatly appreciated!
Source: Looms

A Phase!

The  shawl is off the blocking board! 
It has lots of pretty short rows of stockinette and eyelet rows! 
I can’t wait to wear it!
KnitPicks Stroll yarn in Koi Pond yarn-one skein of fingering weight yarn-the whole skein
on number 6 needles. 
After blocking the shawl, Elena and I went and picked up my Mom to go and visit our local antique stores.
I picked up this plate, paperweight and kaleidoscope. 
 The plate is to replace the one Lena shattered so I will use it for my painting palette.
This is the second one to add to the collection I want to begin.
I already love glass and it is amazing to see how intricate they are! 
The kaleidoscope is very similar to the one I already enjoy-now there will be two for the grandkids to enjoy with me!
Slow days are nice, too!

Source: FF


Magazine 61 offers 30 transeasonal designs in our classic summer yarns including Softyak DK and Cotton Glace. Peace is a collection of classic, elegant women’s designs including cable and lace knits. Beachcomber is our family collection which features several designs offering sizes for children through to men.

It’s been a long wait. We haven’t had a shipment of Rowan yarns or magazines since September but that has changed. UPS delivered to us this afternoon. Felted Tweed has been restocked. Rowan Magazine #60 and the new Rowan Magazine #61 are here.

Softyak DK is used for quite a few garments in the magazine. We’ll have new colours in 2 weeks.

Rowan Softyak DK is a blend of yak, cotton, and nylon that has the best of all worlds: the softness of cashmere combined with durability and washability. The darker yak fibre creates a beautiful melange with the dyed cotton.

I worked on Camp today. The brochure should be ready next week. Fiona Ellis and Beth Casey will be joining us this year. They are going to be teaching a class together on Friday that I really, really want to take. You will be dying yarn with Beth and Fiona will help you use your yarn in a fun pattern.

It’s almost time to head home. Then I get to work on Clue #2 of the MKAL. I didn’t get much knitting done last night. Tonight is going to be different.

Source: Looms

Taking a Tour

On the way to St Augustine this morning, I finished the Crescent Phases shawl by Quince and Co.
I made a few mistakes in the short row schwoops but did my own thing until I ran out of yarn.
Blocking will happen tomorrow morning!
 Today we played tourists and went on the Trolley Tour through Old Towne St. Augustine!
We had perfect weather and the company was the best! 
 I took very few pictures but thoroughly enjoyed the view everywhere we went!  
Lunch was a feast at the Cruisers Grill where we were able to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine and brilliant blue sky!
The street with all the Live Oaks was a delight to my eyes!
 After the tour which we enjoyed all day, we visited the ocean for a quick therapy session!
This is the fishing pier at the visitor center.
 The moon was out which made an interesting picture for us!
And on the way home, we had the pleasure of a beautiful sunset for most of the ride!
The day couldn’t have been more perfect!

Source: FF

Spring Colours

One Evolution Kit from Wendy will make this great shawl. I’m showing the pictures again because new kits are on the way in beautiful spring/summer colours. They should be here early next week.

Scarf/shawl kit in a box. Super soft, hand knotted colour changing yarn (the colour change is produced by dyeing each colour separately and then hand tying set lengths of yarn together), packaged to work straight from the box.

50% cotton/50% acrylic



Beth’s hat is finished and all the ends are sewn in.
Knit in all 21 introductory Woolstok colors, this striped slouch hat is light enough to be worn in any season. As fun to knit as it is to wear.
The 21 Color Slouch is sure to be a hit for yourself or as a gift. 
Clue #2 for the Ambah MKAL came late this afternoon. I was very sad because my knitting was at home and I couldn’t get started. My chores for the evening are done so I can sit down with a cup of tea and get working.

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Shorty Sock II

I introduced Elena to KNIT TIME with Mom and Linda today, even though she is not a knitter!
While there, I finished the pair of shorty socks with the reinforced heel bottoms which will give the extra cushioning on the bottom of the heel for these shorty socks for my daughter where she always wears a hole.
You can see the slight difference where I used the slip stitch patterning usually found on the back of the heel to solve the problem! 
I only used the patterning on the center 14 stitches and did short rows to lengthen the area because it was also shorter than the stitches on either side.  
As soon as I had it down, I ripped out the first sock and got to work!
Today during knitting time I bound off and now have the third pair of socks for 2017.
I then moved on to some shawl knitting!   I hope to have this off the needles and on to the blocking board soon!

Source: FF


I’m a little late to the party. This was started on Ravelry at the beginning of February. If you are on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter you might see some of your friends participating and using #yarnlovechallenge in their posts.

1. Introduction
Most of you know about my store but if you don’t here it is briefly. I learned to knit when I was 4. When I was 8 I decided that I was going to have a yarn store. We opened when I was 19 and are now in our 30th year. I still love getting up everyday and going to work.

3. Currently Making

5. Community
One of the highlights of our year is Knitting Camp. Some of our Campers have been with us for years. They live far and wide and we only meet up once a year. We love to have new Campers join us as well. The more the merrier – lots of people spending the weekend together bonding over knitting.

7. Stripes

Outline is blocked and now the ends need to be sewn in. I had many things to choose from for stripes – I like to knit with colour.

8. Where I craft

My table in the store with three projects and notes.

A newsletter went out yesterday morning and I’ve been receiving feedback that people didn’t get it. If your email address ends in or, can you let me know if you received it or not? 

You can download it here…

Here is the link to January’s newsletter – a lot of people missed this one too…

Now it’s time to get back to my knitting. We’re going to watch a new show on the W Network called Imposters. 
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Special Guest!

 On the way to the airport this morning, I reached the cast off point for my second improved sock so I ripped back on the first one to repeat the better ideas!
(I quit tonight after my long day and just couldn’t finish that second one….)
 After collecting Elena, we headed north on the scenic route of A1A to South Beach Grill for lunch.

 And after lunch, we headed to the beach;  it’s just what this central NY woman needed to blow the cobwebs of travel away!  (this is Elena, my best friend in NY;  we shared 18 years of life there- growing families and encouraging each other in the Lord and kept a long distance friendship while I have lived here for the last 10 years!  She always promised she would come and visit me when her kids were out of the house and her youngest two are now both in college!)

 We walked the intercoastal and on around under the Matanzas Bridge to the ocean.
The tide was out so we had lots of tidal pools and shells to inspect while catching up on each other’s day to day life!
When we got home, we had a nice rain which ended with a double rainbow!
Since we have been way too dry lately, it was indeed a double blessing!

Source: FF

Linen Stitch

With the threat of freezing rain this morning, I was in the store very early. There was time to sit down to finish and send out a newsletter.

I also had time to do some knitting.

The picture doesn’t show it but I’ve made it to the spot where the colours are changing. The fun part. The grey background is fading into mauve. The peach stripes will start getting lighter in the next few rows.

Classic Elite has a new pattern – a Linen Stitch Scarf in Liberty Wool. You can download the pattern for free on Ravelry…

Linen stitch gives a woven look to this simple scarf with unfinished edges. By using two different striping colorways of Liberty Wool, each scarf will be unique, depending where in the stripe sequence you begin and how the printed colorways interact. Every few rows reveals a new surprising color combination! 

The scarf in the picture took 6 balls (3 balls each of 2 different colours).

Today’s Tip:
When you are doing Linen Stitch the pattern says to slip one with yarn in back (or yarn in front). This does not mean right side or wrong side. It means towards you (front) or away from you (back).

We started watching 24 Legacy last night. We’re two hours in and it’s enjoyable. I can knit and watch so it meets the criteria of a good show :)
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