Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Koigu

There is a pretty Fruitwood cabinet in the shop filled with Koigu KPPM.  I love this cupboard! I love using Koigu, I can’t really explain why? Is it the colours? Is it the beautiful base? Is it because it’s made by talented women, who raised sheep and are located in the middle of no where? If you love what you do and are prepared to work hard you can be successful where ever you are located.

I always love an excuse to use Koigu.

A new batch of the mini skeinettes arrived in April.  

The colours ispired this. 

Colourscape Cowl



April 21st was LYS day, Local Yarn Shop Day. We celebrated by having special clearance sale, draws for prizes and Koigu created a special colour just for the event.  The colour sold out very quickly, I didn’t get a chance to grab one for myself.




There is always a Koigu project in my WIP’s. 

Well that was in April, we will catch up with July and August next time!





Where does the time go!

Today we are closed for Holidays? I am doing things today to catch up. Yesterday I added all the shop samples I made from the past year into Ravelry, there were 19!

Let’s talk about a few:  

One of the most popular Yarns in the shop is Sweetgeorgia.  The Tough Love Sock is great for socks but even nicer for garments. The colours have life to them.  The semi solids blend well and the batches are pretty consistent. 

Last December I finished ‘Fine Tune’ by Joji Locatelli 
Fine Tune

The background colour is Birch. The stripes were made with the Party of Five Kit called Snapdragon.

There were a couple of issues, I zigged when I should have zagged in one section, which meant it needed to be frogged back. Then I ran out of the Birch background, even though I used the one included in the kit.  To get the required stitches I knit an extra row in the bright pink stripe just before the last triangle, there was enough. It would only require knitting the cowl a few stitches less and there would be enough.  Sometime I will have time to do the math.  






The other Party of Five kit Sample is Reverb Shawl.  It’s a free pattern created by Felicia Lo.  It’s also made with the Rusted Party of Five.  (We have a lot for some reason)






This project travelled with me quite a bit. The pattern makes suggests for the number of rows for each garter stitch section, my numbers varied a little as everyone knits slightly differently and each skein may not be exactly the same length.  Be prepared to adjust.  Be careful that you don’t make the first section too big, it will distort the pattern, leaving  you with a very  narrow last colour.  This sample is good to show you how the depth of each section gets narrower as the stitches increase.  Sometimes adding another ball of yarn to a large triangle isn’t worth the trouble or money. 

It’s a start, the day is muggy and I am glad to be somewhere cool.  




Friday, March 23, 2018

Yarn Challenge 2018

Blog difficulties continue:  We are voting on our Yarn challenge entries. Voting continues until Tomorrow?  Oops!




It’s back!  It took some time to decide the Yarn and colour scheme for this year’s challenge!

Packages will be ready on Saturday, there will be only 15 produced as that seems to be the best number for voting and display.

Contact the shop if you would like to participate.








Wednesday, February 21, 2018

January?

Where did it go? Now its nearing the end of February:

This is a post I wrote a while back:

The cold weather has kept everyone thinking about keeping warm. It also makes us long for Spring and warmer temperatures.

Spring and summer yarn have been a small part of this shop. We find that our warm weather season is very short. We go from extreme cold to very warm sometimes in a matter of hours.  

This new yarn from Berroco was a nice find. The palette is true Berroco, they know colour.  Great for summer garments, but also as a staple garment for those who would like to use a cotton blend.  It’s a DK weight so there are many options for patterns, 



They promised a sample garment, we hope it come soon!


There is snow in the forecast today, so get our those warm mittens, scarves and hats!

The A-B-C sale continues, today my goal is to mark down Bags! 

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Lost Again!

I am not sure if it’s part of my Dutch heritage or that I just don’t like wasting anything.  I don’t consider myself ‘cheap’ but I do like to make the best use of my money.  

For that reason I play Yarn Chicken a lot. The frugal person in me likes to use every inch of the ball of yarn. 

When making this newest shop sample I pushed the limits and estimated the number of repeats needed to use the skein efficiently. I lost. Not wanting to pull all the knitting back to redo the work I decided to just leave it to remind me and you that I make mistakes all the time.




The pattern is No Brainer One Skeiner , I used one skein, but 2 would make a great sized scarf/wrap.



The pattern was easy to follow and a great Knit, the Yarn was lovely to work with too!

See you Soon

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A*B*C Sale

The shop is in its 10th year! We have accumulated a lot of yarn, there is new yarn arriving every week and we are doing inventory. As we go down the list there is yarn that needs to be discounted so we have decided to choose a letter and head down the list.

Last week we began with the letter A, all the remaining Alpaca Sox left the shop as did the Alpaca Dk. A few A’s remain and there have been some B’s added.
Balder, a Superwash Chunky wool is now just $4.00 for 100 grams,




Boston Mix a chunky hat yarn is also 5.00

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Bravo Big, a super Chunky yarn is just $5.00 for the 200 Gram skein.




and the remaining few skeins of

Baby Alpaca Sport is just $5.00 as well.

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Keep checking back as there are some great yarn deals coming up next!

Monday, January 15, 2018

2018?



Well, I can explain?

As ‘The Farmer’ would say:

‘You are addicted to your IPad.’

Well it is the best way to communicate with you.  For some reason the app disappeared and blogging  could only be done through the computer? 

So we are back, 

There is so much to tell you and I promise to try and keep you up to date.

This is kind of a test, as you can see I have been spinning a bit? It’s been a huge learning curve, but that’s a good thing as learning new skills keeps your brain sharp!  

Let’s see if I can work my way around this new app, another new thing!

See you soon