Saturday, March 22, 2014

A tale of two..

Regan is a lovely knitter; sometimes if I ask nicely she will make a sample for the shop.  One day we were looking through patterns and yarn and it was decided that she would make a sample using a relatively new yarn.  The label told us that the skein of Botany Lace contained 410 meters, we chose the pattern Henslow on Ravelry. (you can purchase the pattern through the shop) The pattern told us we needed 420 meters, close enough?

A few weeks later Regan returned , looking a bit worried, she told us we had a problem.  I expected some huge disaster, the yarn was flawed or the pattern was wrong or the needles broke.  Well, that pattern was right, it really needed 10 more yards, all that she need to finish was that last repeat of the applied border.  Regan even volunteered to rip,back all her work and start again, we considered a change in pattern to fudge the last bit of edging, but really the only solution is to use another skein.  

That meant we would have another 400 meters of leftover fingering weight yarn.  Surfing through Ravelry we found Clapo - ktus!  (its a free one!) 


 Two very different shawls from the same yarn, I really can't decide which I like better!

When I put them on it feels like summer!

See you Soon!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Yarn Challenge Winners 2014

A few minutes to spare, as promised Yarn Challenge Winners:

 First Place went to Jennifer's Maple Leaf Knit Shawl .  She used a bigger needle and being Jennifer may have tweeked the pattern a little.
 Second Place went to Sue's Maple Leaf Mittens..  Again this knitter may have added her own touches to the pattern.
and finally Third place went to Barb's Dog Sweater, which is based on a pattern but really she made it for her own Dog!

More projects will be posted in future blog entries...

See You Soon!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Yarn challenge 2014

Yarn Challenge 2014 was a great event.  We would like to thank the nice folk at Briggs & Little for their participation .
They were nice enough to send the Red and White yarn in a really cool burlap sack!

Sixteen projects were completed and they were all lovely.  Some choose an 'Olympic theme' others choose to Celebrate Canada and some just worked with the two colours.

Briggs & Little Regal has been around for a long time and yet many of the participants had never used this sturdy Canadian yarn.  Personally I own 2 sweaters made from this and they are the warmest ones I own.  I found that this last shipment of yarn is a bit softer than anything I have worked on previously.

When time permits I will post some pictures of the entries, including the winners!

Thanks to those who helped choose the winning entries by voting during the past week.  the Winners of the draw for the three Namaste wallets will be contacted this week.

If you can't wait to see the pictures, click on the Facebook tab and you can't see them there.  you don't have to join Facebook to see what we are doing!

Enjoy the warmish weather today, it might get over freezing today!

See you soon.