Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Color Addiction!

After making my yarn challenge project and looking at the yarn left from the full skeins I had used. I decided to take a chance and finally make Veera's Color Affection. Some have termed it Color Addiction or Color Affliction as you can't make just one? 

I started the week the Challenge entries were in the window and finished it about 15 days later.  I must admit I was pretty faithful to this project.  A couple of nights I spent too much time on this and the next day my hands hurt so much that knitting was no possible.  Fortunately for me the pain disappears with a little rest and Traumeel cream.  



While working with the colours and checking other projects for inspiration I decided that it needed something to break up the neutral tones.  I remembered a small ball of turquoise Alpaca Sox from a previous project.  One 'thin blue line' was all it needed. 



Not wanting to be stuck with a lot of leftover yarn I knit the brown edge until I thought I would have enough for the bind off.  It was close!  Just enough for another little project I have planned.





It's squishy and wooly and huge! It just barely fit on the 8 feet of blocking boards!

The nice thing about this pattern so many have made this and there were lots of good hints in many of the Ravelry projects.

My modifications: instead of doing the 'make one left and right' I did just a knit front and back increase. (Those others just confuse me) and I put a yarn over between the first two stitches at the beginning of every row, dropping that loop when I got back to it at the end of the row.  It gives enough ease so that the edge doesn't curl?
 
The Farmer and I are going to have a little holiday over the Easter Weekend.  The shop will be closed on Saturday April 4th. 
 
See you Soon!





Saturday, March 21, 2015

And the winners!

Soper Creek Yarn Challenge 2015
 
These 3 entries won Gift Certificates to the shop.  Winners were determined by votes placed by customers, ballots were tallied by Mary and these are the ones that received the most votes.
 
After looking at the tally sheet, every project received many votes, these three however clearly won.  2nd and 3rd place were practically tied. First place won by many votes!

2nd place Nancy's Shawl:


3rd place Susan's felted cowl:


1st place: Kristy's crochet sheep. They are adorable!



Thanks again to Estelle Yarns for their support of this project and to all that participated. As one of the entrants said 'everyone really made the competition tough'!

It's great to watch everyone improve their skills with every project.  Creating beautiful projects requires patience and practice.  I am pleased to be involved with the process!

So what did I make? 
 The main project was this infinity scarf designed by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee the pattern is Oatmeal Stout.  I followed the pattern completely and loved how this turned out!


A smaller project to remind me of this event was this cute little sheep:



I may make a few more to make a flock.

We do look forward to next year's event, it will take me that long to find the right yarn and colours to make it a challenge!
 
See You Soon!





Thursday, March 19, 2015

Yarn Challenge 2015 part 2

More Yarn Challenge entries:

Rachel's rug hooked picture!


Frances made these cozy socks


Sarah made this lovely shrug!


Suzanne's felted hat!


Next up the winners!



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Yarn Challenge 2015 part 1

Choosing just the right yarn for our annual Yarn Challenge is always a challenge on its own.  Sometimes the right yarn arrives into the shop and I know right away that it will work perfectly.

My rules for choosing a yarn are pretty simple:

1.It has to be something new to the shop.
2. It has to be something that any yarn craft can use.
3. It has to have colours that will challenge and inspire the participants.

This year I struggled as it is the Year of the Sheep (or Ram or Goat) so a wool fiber was an obvious choice.  There were a couple of contenders, but affordability was also a factor.  A call to Estelle Yarns to see if they could help us out was placed and they agreed to supply a small discount.  The packages were made and each contestant were able to purchase a kit at a very reasonable price. 15 kits were created and sold, 13 came back as finished projects.

Here is the first batch of finished objects.  The numbers on the tags are the entry numbers not how they finished in the ballot count.

Jennifer's two layer cowl, (sorry Jen I missed the bottom half!)


Susan S's Cowl/Hat/Hood and Fingerless Mitts:


Inca's Crochet Baby Sweater:


Arlene's Hat:

 
Shawna's Kangaroo Vest:
 
 
Amanda's Wolf/Fox Hat:

The entries did not supply the pattern source, some are designs they created!

More pictures tomorrow. 


Sunday, March 15, 2015

If wasn't one thing it was another!

2014 was rough! Followers of this blog already know that.

2015 promises to be better?

This winter was tough, cold, snowy and personally challenging.  

I celebrated a birthday the other day a reminder of how old I really am.  Not that old but old enough to know my limits.  I think this discussion with myself began after  I gave 'The Farmer' a pedometer.  The first day he used it it logged 14,000 steps.  That was just an ordinary day, no special activities just what he does on an average day. The funny thing is he was a bit relieved at finding out this number as he was sure he was 'coming down' with something as he is always exhausted.  Days for him start at 6:30 am and he finishes about 7:00 pm with one last trip to the barn at 9 ish?  He does that for 20 days and then he gets a day off as the others pick up the extra work when he is off.  They all have this same schedule.

We have been trying to get away for a few days, even just overnight but when the weather has been this cold we can't be too far away.

So where is this all going?  I discovered that Easter Weekend is one of his scheduled Sunday's off! The shop is closed on Friday for Good Friday. If I close on the Saturday it will give us a 4 days to do something together!

So that's what we are doing! The shop is closed Saturday April 4th!

Wednesday April 1st is our regular Kntt'n Night and Thursday Night is Girls night out in Bowmanville.  Both evenings we will be open until 8 pm.  (The Ladies night goes much longer but I have found that not many come to see us past 8 pm.)  I am beginning to see the benefit in looking after myself, being exhausted all the time makes for a weary shop owner.

Adding 3 hours to those 2 nights is the same number of hours lost by closing on the Saturday!

I love Soper Creek Yarn and I would like to continue to be open for many years to come!  This is our 7th year and although there are no big projects this year we hope to offer a better selection of materials and learning oppotunities!

We have just finished up the Yarn Challenge and this week I will post the pictures of all the entries!

As you can see my obsession with this project continues! (Liberty Wool, mitered square blanket!)

See you Soon!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Playing with colours part 2

In case you were wondering I am completely obsessed with this project!


The colours are working out just perfectly! The flowers I received the other day are providing some inspiration!



I might even write up the pattern so you can become obsessed too!

The yarn is Liberty Wool from Classic Elite Yarns!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Playing with colours

Helen and I had a discussion about Liberty Wool.

It drives Helen crazy!

These are her reasons:

1.The tiny balls are in a form we call 'donuts'. They are difficult to display, the tiniest shift in the display means that the whole bin collapses and they are on the floor.

2. Every 'donut' is a different colour, even in the same colour number. Each colour way has it's own pallette of colours, many of the colour ways contain the same colours?

3. We have a lot of colours.

4. It's a little more expensive than many of the yarns in the shop.

 
 
I love it.  It is a super wash, light worsted and incredibly soft.
We re-cycled a sock yarn display to help Helen keep the display tidy.

Every once in a while there are a couple of odd balls floating around, I decided to collect them and create a project. 

I looked at a couple of the mitered square blankets on Ravelry, but wasn't inspired by the construction or design.  

Then I tried the 10 stitch blanket, it's unique construction would be a nice challenge but after a few hours knitting it wasn't working for me.



Back to the mitered square idea. I created a slightly larger square, using the decreases described in the mitered square blanket I have made before.   I am joining the squares as I go by picking up stitches and casting on as needed to created rows or fill in spaces. 

 A square can be completed in a couple of hours, each square will be completely different.

I am promising myself that I will not become too obsessed about how the colours and squares match as I add them! (I know I will!)




It's a bit like painting with yarn!

It may take a while to finish, but there is never a deadline with something like this!

See you soon!