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WIP Wednesday – Kari’s Bias Toward Mohair

One of the many projects I have on the needles is Churchmouse’s “Mohair Bias Loop.” What attracted me to this piece is the loop can be worn three different ways—around the neck as a long, endless scarf, twisted double as a cowl, or as a wrap to hug the shoulders. I love versatility! Since I can never do anything in moderation, I’ve got two versions of this pattern on the go using two different yarns—for two completely different effects. The bias loop knit in Fleece Artist’s Halo Bundle is a fingering weight yarn held with a single strand of mohair. Mona knit the project with these yarns to display in the shop (see pictures below). And as soon as I tried it on, I knew I had to knit one for me. Fleece Artist’s Halo Bundle is a joy to… Read more »

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WIP Wednesday – Kari Gets All Dolled Up

This spring, I’ve ventured into unknown territory—making toys. I haven’t made many in the past, but this year dolls, monsters, bears, monkeys and bunnies have been calling to me.   I started my toy adventure by participating in Melanie’s Doll-Making class. I didn’t know what to expect … and I wasn’t disappointed. The whole process was exhilarating because it was so creative when compared with the other projects I was working on.   I pondered, for hours, the perfect yarns for the body, hair, clothing and accessories. For example, should she have curly or straight hair, a smooth or textured yarn for her skin, what would she wear? I happily planned my doll, changing elements in her design as I liked.   This week, I’ll be making her hair and I’ll knit her a wee cardigan. During this toy-making process,… Read more »

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WIP Wednesday – Corie’s needles are on FIRE!

The project that has really consumed me lately has been the Find Your Gade shawl by Andrea Mowry. Originally I just wanted to make it using only yarn from my stash, and I was able to pull together enough Fleece Artist sock yarns, but then decided to get rid of my first colour so I did end up buying some Cottage Sock in a reddish brown. Other than the lace sections, it’s a nice mindless knit, so I’ve been getting a lot done while watching the NHL playoffs. Right now I’m also pushing to get it done so I can start my next shawl, Joji Locatelli’s mystery knit along, when it comes out. I have been working on two other projects: first the Honey Thrum socks, a kit from Fleece Artist. I love trying yarn made from different sheep breeds… Read more »

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Fav Yarn Friday – Odessa’s is making some shawl plans…

As soon as I saw that Joji was doing a Mystery Wrap I just had to get on that! Her patterns are all so beautiful with nice details and most importantly, super wearable. When I saw it described as a large rectangle I was double in! The MKAL doesn’t start until May 12th, but that doesn’t mean I can’t start dreaming of yarn ideas. I had way way too much fun with it and ended up coming up with a ton of ideas – we have some packaged up at the store if you want to check them out. I wasn’t sure quite what I was going to do, but in the end I had some special skeins of yarn at home that I wanted to use so I brought them to work and paired them with some Manos Alegria… Read more »

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WIP Wednesday – Mona’s got a new shawl on the needles

I have recently started teaching at the shop again.  It wasn’t out of necessity, (we have an amazing team of teachers) it was out of a pure love for sharing my passion with others and the excitement that is felt when a group of people are all working on the same project.  We may all be at different skill levels but we have a common goal  – to learn from each other (and hopefully a little from me as well) and create something special.  For me the process of teaching a class is about finding a pattern that I love or one that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, making sure there are enough challenges involved to keep everyone on their toes and then dig right in to starting the sample.  I always like to have the… Read more »

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Fav Yarn Friday – Corie’s into patterned socks

Years of knitting different kinds of socks with different yarns have taught me a few things about my own preferences : I prefer to knit top-down socks, I wear plain socks more than lacy or cabled socks, and I get really bored with solid colours. Mainly, I’ve learned that I really prefer socks that are identical, rather than fraternal twins. I really love the Arne and Carlos line of socks from Regia. In my sweater knitting, I love the finished look of fair isle colourwork, but I know from experience that I won’t wear bulkier colourwork socks. This yarn work up in a pattern that repeats throughout the sock, and the pattern changes slightly based on the knitters gauge and the number of stitches used. I knew from doing other printed socks like these that the pattern ends up getting… Read more »

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WIP Wednesday – Kari’s Brewing Up a Fabulous Super Bulky Sweater

There is enormous interest in super bulky sweaters this spring. Corie’s “Super Bulky Grandpa” cardigan by Joji Locatelli, knit with Cascade’s Lana Grande, caused more than a few knitters to cast on this gorgeous project. In fact, I know a few of you who are having second helpings of this sweater. I’ve also caught the super bulky bug. I’m currently knitting the exquisite Brew cardigan by Martin Storey from Rowan’s “Knitting & Crochet Magazine Number 60” which we have in the store right now! Lana Grande is the perfect yarn for this project. It’s a great choice for creating the crisp, clean stitches needed for the contrasting seed stitch, garter stitch and stockinette fabrics. In addition, the yarn is hearty, and I know it will stand up to constant wear. This is necessary because Brew is going to be my newest… Read more »

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Fav Yarn Friday – Odessa’s thinking about summer

We just got in some new colours of Rowan Softyak DK this week while I was working and I was taken by them immediately! There are some new neutral heathery shades that are just beautiful. I knew immediately that I had to find the perfect project for this soft light yarn. And that it had to be a summer top. The yak and cotton blend of this simple yet elegant yarn is so soft and smooth. It has a chainette construction which is great for helping a garment keep its shape so it’s perfect for summer layers. But where to start looking? I spent a bunch of time looking at patterns until I found the perfect one – the Churchmouse Simple Tee. This top comes in a range of sizes with a forgiving yet flattering loose fit with both short… Read more »

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WIP Wednesday – Carey is sharing her love of shawls

It’s shawl month and I don’t need any more of an excuse to put yet another shawl on my needles.  Shawls are probably my most favorite thing to knit.  It doesn’t have to fit!  There are all the different shapes; triangles, rectangles, circles, crescents and I’ve even tried a rhombus (which still has me baffled as to how to wear it).  Then there’s all the different stitch patterns, colors and of course the yarns. This time I got rooked in with a partial skein that Mona gifted me – colors I wouldn’t normally choose, not really enough to do a project on its own and a fiber content that I’d never worked with.  The challenge was on.  What could I pair it with?  I would have to purchase another skein (Mona knows what she’s doing).  What pattern would work with… Read more »

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Fav Yarn Friday – Odessa’s getting Fuzzy!

Right now I have two favourite yarns that combine to make one fantastic bundle – the new Halo Bundles from Fleece Artist! Combining one ridiculously soft merino single with one fluffy mohair blend in Merino Slim and Angel that come together in one colour coordinated package! These two yarns are perfect to knit together. I’m using Smoke to knit the Churchmouse Mohair Bias Loop. The fabric these two yarns combine into is luxuriously soft and cozy. I can’t wait to have a finished cowl. It’s going to take me extra long because I can’t stop squishing it!

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