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Fav Yarn Friday – Manos Milo with Dorian

I’ve never been a big fan of plant fibres, usually I prefer working with wool, alpaca, and cashmere for my own knitting. It’s a weird texture thing I have but it generally means that I don’t knit things to wear in the warmer 6 months of the year. However with Manos celebrating their 50th anniversary recently a new yarn caught my eye. Manos Milo is a beautiful blend of merino wool and linen and while I’m not leaving my love of animal fluff, I’m stretching. I wanted to knit something lighter, summerier and kept finding myself sitting by the shelf perusing the many soft shades in the Milo palette. I finally broke when the big bundles came in the door for a restock and I knew I had to do something with this stuff. While the wool gives it some… Read more »

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WIP Wednesday – What’s in Odessa’s Project Bag

  Right now I am working on two things I am excited about, one old and one new. The old one is a sweater that Mona and I had planned to work on together last summer but never quite got around to. The Fog and Whisper Cardigan by Veera Valimaki is a great, wear with everything, easy knit cardigan. It’s knit from the top down in fingering weight yarn with a shawl collar added after the shawl is done. We had been SO inspired during a Shibui Mix Party when we were playing with all of the different Shibui Yarns in different combinations. We were smitten with the combination of Shibui Pebble and Shibui Lunar. Both are lighter than fingering weight and combined knit up to gauge well. The Pebble gives the fabric a nice squishy texture with a combination… Read more »

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Fav Yarn Friday – Corie’s warm weather knits

I don’t want to start a blog post by complaining, but it’s so hot. So hot that I want to put away my Lopi and other worsted weights, and look for finer yarns. Laceweight! Nice, fluffy lace weights for shawls and my beloved sweaters. I’ve already written about wanting to start a Scandinavian Spring sweater using the Handmaiden Aura bundles, and I’m also looking at some other shawls and smaller accessory projects. We have a couple of different mohair lace weight yarns: from top to bottom, Rowan Kidsilk Haze, Handmaiden Angel Hair, Lang Lace, Hedgehog Kidsilk Lace and Shibui Silk Cloud. Mohair is great knit together with another yarn (like these Featherlite hats in Shibui Silk Cloud and Pebble, and Rowan Kidsilk Haze with Valley Tweed) or on its own (Birds of a Feather Shawl with Hedgehog Kidsilk Lace striped… Read more »

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WIP Wednesday – Sigrid is having fun with minis!

  For the past couple of weeks I have been working on a Born Trippy by Beata Jezek of Hedgehog Fibres. I had been saving a gradient collection from Indigo Dragonfly I had purchased from Wolseley Wool last summer for the perfect knit just for me, and I decided early this month after a few month of knitting gifts for others it was time for a treat for myself. I have paired the gradient mini’s with a skein of fingering weight Alegria from Manos and it is knitting up into a lovely chevron scarf that will be perfect for chillier evenings in later summer and a wonderful accent to a light jacket come fall.     This scarf works perfectly with Hedgehog fibres, Cog yarns, and Manos Fino mini skeins. It calls for 4 mini fingering skeins and 1-100g fingering… Read more »

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Fav Yarn Friday – Mona’s mixing it up with a fav pattern and yarn

  If you know me, you know that I am a clumsy person.  I bump into coffee tables, have been know to slam into a wall when walking around a corner and generally carry more things in my arms than I am able which always ends up in a Monty Python-type comedy sketch.  I am also strong, capable and get a lot of things done in a day and so my clumsiness adds a bit of extra challenges but it doesn’t stop me from going where I need to go, getting things done and sometimes creating something really wonderful.  I think this is partly why I admire those that are so graceful, that seem to walk as though they are floating or ride a bike without banging into poles (yes that has happened too).  We have all read knitting patterns… Read more »

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WIP Wednesday – Odessa’s mosaic shawl

  Right now I’m working on one of my most favourite projects yet. The Columbina shawl by Ambah O’Brein in Manos Marina.     I came across this pattern while looking for something else and I was smitten. The mosaic colourwork is beautiful and the shawl is an easy to wear shape. Immediately I started hunting around the store for the perfect yarn and settled on Marina. It’s a lace weight single with a ton of yards per skein in some beautiful hand dyed colourways. I went with Suede and Nostalgia, a pairing with a delicate and subtle contrast. The pattern calls for a fingering weight yarn and I chose a lace weight so I went down a needle size to get a tidy yet lightweight fabric. I’m also knitting the large size to make up for my smaller gauge…. Read more »

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Fav Yarn Friday – Mona’s knitting up a baby blanket

    So this September I’m going to be an oma, well I guess technically not an oma, but my niece Katy and her husband Matt are having a baby and she’s like my daughter, so I feel like I’m going to be an oma.  As you can tell from my long rambling run-on sentences I’m pretty excited about this.  I’m someone who generally gets pretty excited about most things in life, but this is really something truly special.  So my first response was, what am I going to knit.  It has to be perfect and soft and squishy.  And then we got Classic Elite Yarns Sprout in the shop.  This super soft chunky cotton was exactly what I was looking for.  At 14 sts to 4 inches it’s the perfect weight and the unique construction of the yarn adds… Read more »

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WIP Wednesday – What’s on Corie’s Needles

  I have a lot of projects that are on the needles, but tucked away in project bags waiting for a moment when I have more time to devote to them (ha!) but I have two projects that I’m actively working on, and one where I’m in the planning stages.   The first project is my Glaswegian Cardigan (pattern by Amy Christoffers), done in Plotulopi, that we did in a class. The main knitting on this project is done, it just needs to be steeked and stitches picked up and knit for the button bands. The pattern as written is knit flat, but I altered it to be knit in the round, to make knitting the colourwork easier. If I were to knit this again, I would make sure that there was more of a contrast between my main colour… Read more »

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Fav Yarn Friday – Eco Wool with Sigrid

  Choosing a favorite yarn amongst all the lovely options we carry is just too hard, so this blog post I will be talking about my favorite yarn in the worsted to bulky range, and next time I post I plan on talking about my favorite options in the lighter weights.   Since I first knit with it a couple of years ago, Ecological Wool by Cascade has been a fast favorite for me. It knits up quickly in a flexible range of 14-16 stitches per 4”(10cm), and becomes more and more cozy and comfortable as it is worn, truly making it a wonderful wool for heirloom sweaters. It reminds me of the Icelandic sweaters that my family have passed down for generations, but with a much softer feel to the fabric making it more wearable for a larger audience,… Read more »

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WIP Wednesday – Odessa’s working on a summer sweater

  Currently I am working on a cute summer sweater that will be perfect for over dresses! I’m knitting the Deschain by Leila Raabe. Its a shorter lightweight sweater with a boxy shape and a simple yet elegant shale lace pattern up the centre that helps give it shaping.   I’m using Rowan Mako Cotton, a seasonal limited edition yarn from Rowan. It’s so soft and knits up to a really plush fabric!   I’m really liking knitting this pattern. It’s really easy to follow and doesn’t have too much going on so I can work on it anywhere. I am knitting it with a bit less ease than called for so it’s not as boxy, but otherwise I am knitting it as written. The Mako Cotton is knitting up really well at the gauge called for. I was also… Read more »

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