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!