Sunday, August 26, 2018

Real Quick

It’s just about the end of August?

How did that happen.

So much happened during the summer and it will take al long time to tell you about everything.


There was Summerfest! The weather was perfect!


We had a Yarn Snob Sale, we don’t sell Yarn Snobs, but we create them?  




We went on road trips, I could knit!


Spending time with the Farmer includes visits to either barns or places with tractors, preferably the green kind!


Handmaiden produced another collection, this time featuring a bucket list of destinations. 


There were a couple of Knit alongs, this one is Jacinta knit with Koigu KPPM!


The Grandpuppy came to visit a few times, sometimes The Boy came too!


There was that one day we went to the beach!


Bluesberry Yarn Yard Sale gave some the opportunity to get rid of some stash and others were able to acquire some nice odds and bits.  Knitted Knockers of Canada will received just over $150 to go towards there expenses!


There was so much more and we will catch up!

Thanks for dropping by, see you soon! 


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.