Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Docknits Yarn Shop

Today was a rainy day at the cottage so it was a perfect day for some shopping.

Mom had heard there was a new yarn shop in Port Elgin so we decided to check it out.

Docknits was a wonderful shop filled with great yarns and a bag of sock yarns found it's way home with me. There was a fun yarn bombed street lamp and the real eye catcher was the bikini on the chair outside the store.

This was a great shop and definitely worth the drive. I will be back!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Quick Stop

It is cottage time again and you know what that means. A stop in Listowel at the Spinrite Factory Outlet.

I had a car load of non knitters with we me so it was a quick shopping trip for me today but I managed to find a bag full of Classic Wool and some sock yarn in the seconds bin - 12 balls for $16!!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Joys of Packing Yarn!

I have been helping a friend pack up her stash to get ready for a move.  In among all the yarn we came across a bag of alpaca fleece from Ziraldo Alpacas.  Have you ever tried to vacuum seal fleece?  I hadn't and I just had to share these pictures with you!



Isn't that amazing! Totally flat and takes up almost no space at all.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Monday Night Yarn Giveaway!

Last night was our weekly Monday Night Knitting Night at Terrace Lodge in Aylmer.  We always have a lot of fun but this was extra fun because we had LOTS and LOTS of yarn to giveaway!  One of our Knitters is moving and downsizing her stash so we brought it to share with the rest of the group!

We had 6 tables filled with everything from worsted weight yarns and novelty yarns to crochet cotton.  It was great to see everyone picking up arm loads of yarn or filling a garbage bag to take home for future projects.

Rebecca explained that her Mother knits dishcloths holding 2 or 3 strands of crochet cotton together and the result is wonderful.

This had everyone rushing to pick up a few balls excited to give it a try.

 Seeing all of this yarn had everyone talking about what they could knit with it and who they would knit it for.  Some Knitters were thinking of charity knitting for their church or for Keeping Kids Warm, some were thinking Christmas gifts for their families and some were thinking about knitting for soon to be grandbabies.

One of the best things about our knitting group is the diversity. Knitters range in age from 11 to 90 and all ages in between.  Meeting at a retirement home allows the Knitters who live there to join us. I am sure that they don't get out to a yarn shop as often as they would like so we brought the yarn to them.  As we were leaving for the night a nurse commented that the ladies were thrilled with all of their new yarns.  As a Knitter it makes me really happy to know that the excitement of getting new yarn and all the possibilities of what that yarn could be doesn't fade after many years of knitting and it makes me extra happy to know that we brightened their day with yarn :)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Next Steps Eight Fair Isle Knitting Project 5

Another hat is finished from the Patons pattern book Next Steps Eight Fair Isle Knitting!

Yarn - Patons Classic Wool in Aran and Plum Heather
Needles - 3.5mm and 4mm
Size - Ladies

This Houndstooth Hat was an interesting knit.  I have knit a lot of fair isle patterns but this is the first one that was knit flat and not in the round.  This meant that the chart was read right to left for the knit rows and left to right for the purl rows. This also meant that the patterning continued on the purl rows. 

I tried a little experiment on this hat.  The bottom half of the hat was knit holding both of the yarns in my right hand over my index finger.  The top half was knit with one colour in each hand; which meant purling with both hands.  It was great practice for my left hand purling and I am much faster at it now!

Inside of the hat
 Of course when knitting a hat flat, it has to be seamed.  I was really happy how the 2 edges lined up.

The finished hat before seaming

A barely noticeable seam
I did have a little trouble with the decrease chart for the top of the hat.  I am not sure if the problem was with me or the chart.  I have emailed Patons and they are having the Design Team contact me.  It's great knowing that there is such good pattern support behind their patterns. 

After all the feedback on the last hat, I made this pompom larger that the pattern suggested.  You were all right.  I like the larger pompom much better.

Depending on the colours you knit this hat with I think it works great for both men and women (or girls and boys!).  What do you think?

Thanks to my Niece and Nephew for their amazing modeling skills :)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Payment in Yarn :)

I've been helping a knitting friend pack to get ready to move.

When I got home I found these in my bag.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Surprise Knitting is Finished!

In 6 days I managed to knit this colourful shawl as a gift for my Aunt.

She had told me that she had seen a lady at church wearing a beautiful shawl and she was going to see about getting the pattern for it.

The pattern wasn't available but she did get a picture and the measurements and passed them on to me.

When I found out that the whole family was getting together this past weekend it seemed like the perfect time to surprise her with this shawl. 

I pulled out 4 different yarns from my stash and went yarn shopping and came home with 3 more different yarns that I thought would go together nicely.  After a quick gauge swatch and one false start that ended up being pulled out I was on my way knitting with 2 or 3 strands at a time and switching yarns randomly.  The original shawl had a large square collar that we decided to omit.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I hope you enjoy wearing it!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Surprise Knitting!

I've started a new project that is going to be a surprise for someone that I know.

This project is a mix and match of colourful, glittery yarns; just what she likes


and this is how it is knitting up so far.