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!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Catching up!

I am at the car dealership, it's Monday, one of those things I do on my day off?  When I opened up the I pad it had remembered the password and here I am stealing a bit of wifi as I wait. Turns out that I am here for a bit as the oil change has turned into a transmission leak repair.  

Did I mention that it's now past 6:30 pm? Luckily I brought some knitting, problem is I didn't anticipate the 2 1/2 hours wait and will run into the row that requires another colour, which is at home.  Good thing I brought the just in case project!

Yarn Challenge kits were picked up quickly and are due back in about 10 days!  
The "we love yarn sale" continues this week, a few more markdowns are being planned for the next few days.

See you soon!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Time for a challenge?

Its that time: Yarn challenge time.

It began the first February the shop opened and has been a popular event since.  Every year we challenge customers to create a project using a specific yarn in a specific set of colours.

It is truly amazing to see the results. 

This year, being the Year of the Sheep, we choose Eco Andean Dk from Estelle Yarns.  This un-dyed Peruvian Highland wool is lightly spun beautifully soft.  The yardage is amazing as 100 grams contains just over 300 meters!

There is enough in each kit to create a small project. If however you would like to create a larger project participants are able to purchase these colours at a 15% discount!

 These are the Instructions:

7th Annual Yarn Challenge

This package contains approximately 100 grams  Eco Andean DK Wool, (22sts = 10 cm) will felt with a bit of effort.

Official Rules:
1. Enter the Yarn Challenge by purchasing a kit for $6.00
 2. Use all of the colours in your project.
3. Projects may be knit, crochet or any other yarn craft!
4. Do not add any other colours, other than embellishments and notions.
5. You may purchase more yarn in the same colours. (15% off for participants)
6. Return your finished project before March 5th, 2015.

Voting begins March 6th and continues until noon on March 14th . Winners announced on March 16, 2015.  

1st Place:  $30 gift certificate to Soper Creek Yarn
2nd and 3rd:  $15 gift certificate.

The Kits are limited to just 18, today there are 5 available and more will be put together over the next few days.

See you Soon!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Henry's Sweater

There are a couple of new little boys in the family!  
Good excuse to knit something.

Last fall I found some nice Cascade 220 quatro at one of the suppliers and decided that it was perfect for a Gramps sweater.  I have made this top down baby sweater before and found that pattern to be well written and easy to follow.  I did however make my own modifications.  I liked the blue green combination but felt that having the button bands and the ribbing in the solid blue was just too bold. 
After finishing the sweater I felt it needed pockets.   Using Elizabeth Zimmermans version of an after thought pocket I was able to add 2 tiny pockets.  (Warning the following photos may alarm some new knitters.)

The pockets were marked  and figured out which row on each side of the sweater was the correct place for the incision.
   I cut the stitch in the center of the row and carefulluly un-picked the knitting.  

This left me with 2 rows of live stitches.  12 on the bottom and 11 on the top.  (That's the engineering)   The 12 on the bottom would become the outside edge of the pocked.  The stitches were  picked up, knit one row and then cast off firmly.
The 11 stitches on the top became the pocket lining. adding a stitch on each end and worked a few rows to make a tiny blue flap.

Then wove in all the ends and stitched down the pocket lining.
The Farmer thinks I go to a lot of trouble sometimes!  

(there are copies at the shop and you can purchase a PDF version through Ravelry from the store as well)
12 - 18 months size.
Cascade 220 quatro super wash.
150 grams of the green, 40 grams of the blue.

The lighting at home was not a good example of the actual colour.

'Pat' models it very nicely.
This post was written a while back, but it had to wait until 'Henry' was given the gift!
See You Soon.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Knitt'n Nights

January has begun and that means we are back to a more normal schedule, including Knitt'n Nights.

Most yarn shops have a group that meets for social time, sometimes you can get some information about knitting or crochet, but it really is meant for an opportunity to meet with those who share your passion.

When Knitt'n Nights began here we had a few knitters who came, we made Mittens for charity and it was called "Knitt'n Mittens", the 'fee' for the group was to knit a pair of Mittens to raise funds for various charities in the area.  We raised over $200 through the sale of handknit mittens and the rest were donated to a Women's Shelter.

As the group grew and we accumulated more chairs, fitting everyone in meant that the shop was completely 'trashed'.  The new space offered a big space without destroying the space too much.

This year we began asking each person to bring a small donation to raise some funds for the Kiva Project.  Kiva is a lending organisation who funds entrepreneurs who would not normally qualify for a loan from the major banks.

We have raised $200 and with that we were able to support 2 businesses. 

As we raise more funds we will add to our portfolio!

I am a firm believer in helping people become independent, encouraging new businesses that will help not only them but their communities.

We have to make room today as Knitt'n Night is tonight!

The next one is in 2 weeks on January 21st!

See you soon!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Out with the old!

Dear 2014:

I am sorry we did not get along very well.  At times you will have to admit you were very difficult, sending people and situations into my life that were challenging and stressful.

There were happy moments. 

 The Boy had an amazing adventure as a Co-op student. He had an opportunity to work at a job that led him to many parts of the United States and Western Canada.  For me as his Mom I worried, the internet was a wonderful way to keep in touch.  He is back 'home' at school and that makes me a bit less worried, I still worry.

The Girl was able to move into a new area at her employer, it's a maternity leave fill in and she is now working in one of the prettiest jobs in Canada!

The stressful moments involved The Farmer and a new piece of equipment we installed. We spent most of the summer trying to convince the manufacturer that the fault lies within the equipment.  They blamed everything else. (Cows, water, feed, barn all the things that were in place before the new equipment arrived.)  Finally we proved that they were mistaken and now we are waiting to have a new system installed.  Once it's up and running we can never discuss it!  (Legal stuff)

I learned a lot through this ordeal; how to spell 'pseudomonas'; the staff at the University of Guelph Lab services are amazing; we have wonderful  friends and neighbours.

It seemed as if 2014 was filled with complications, everything took 5 more steps than needed to get accomplished.

This year we replaced the furnace and air conditioning, hot water tank, stove, computers, internet services and an emergency purchase of a very large piece of farm equipment. 

So, 2014, it is time you and I parted ways, I know you were leaving anyway but as the saying goes: don't let the front door hit you on the way out!



Monday, December 1, 2014

Now we are six

6 years! Yes Six years ago this journey began.

'The Girl' loved being six.  She oftens wishes she was that age again; old enough to look after yourself, read stories, get ready for bed and school without help, play with friends and no chores!

At Six Soper Creek Yarn is becoming more 'independent'. Days are becoming more routine and we are getting to know what kind of things that customers would like to see in the shop.

The journey to Six has been filled with a few ups and downs, but on the whole I have learned a lot about myself.

As we head into Seven we look forward to offering some new lines, perhaps expanding some learning oppotunities.

some  memories of the shop as it 'grows up':

The first windows:

First Day:
First Yarn Challenge

 Filled to the brim:

Royal Family Fun!

 Just before we move into next door!

The only time 'The Farmer' uses knitting needles:

Shop expansion 2013!

This week Friday is Moonlight Magic, one of my favourite downtown events.

The shop will open until 10 pm on Friday, stop in anytime on Friday for some treats and cider!