Trying To Keep Warm January 29, 2015 – Posted in: Uncategorised

It is cold here in Montreal. D’uh, you think, it is the end of January – of course it is cold. So all you can do is trying to keep warm. With hats, scarves and mittens. Like the Basic Mittens I wrote a pattern for last winter. How to knit a basic mitten part 1 How to knit a basic mitten part 2 They are great mittens. I do like them a lot – once…

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D’you know….? January 22, 2015 – Posted in: Uncategorised

That is the question I have to deal with at least 10 times a day – it seems more acute since my daughter started knitting. Yep, she did. About two weeks ago. Ever since then I get asked questions that are not really questions like “D’you know that I really love Samantha’s yarn?” “D’you know that I really love knitting?” “D’you know that I looooove the yarn you gave me?” Those are just samples of…

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I Need To Talk About Yarn August 7, 2014 – Posted in: Thursday This and That, Uncategorised

If you think ‘well, that is nothing new’ you’d be right. However, yours truly has been selected to be a member of the Shibui Spark program and we are suffiently encouraged (free yarn, need I say more?) to talk about the yarns we are knitting with. And you know how much I love to talk about yarn! Incidentally we have received a delivery ofShibui Staccato at the store last week, finally put up on the…

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Are You Up To Scale? June 26, 2014 – Posted in: Thursday This and That, Uncategorised

There is one tool a serious knitter (ha, definition is up to you) needs, at least in my opinion. Next to needles, scissors, tapestry needles, stitch markers, stitch holders, needle stoppers…I do think you should have a digital scale. Questions like “Do I have enough”? “How much yardage is left?” “Is this about half a skein?” can easily be answered by, which you might have guessed by now, weighing the respective yarn in offense. After…

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Free pattern Friday: Svea November 8, 2013 – Posted in: Free Pattern Fridays, Project Ideas, Uncategorised

(Photos: mend&repair) Svea by Mend&Repair is a gorgeously simple Scandinavian style hat and scarf worked in 4×4 ribbing. The designer recommends a soft yarn that will allow the hat to shape organically – slouchy and slightly pointed. We can see this knit in a variety of yarns from Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight (100% alpaca), Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk (50% silk / 50% alpaca), Manos del Uruguay’s Silk Blend (70% merino / 30% silk)…

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Sorry to have missed… August 10, 2013 – Posted in: Free Pattern Fridays, Uncategorised

posting yesterday on Free Pattern Friday! I’m on holiday in Germany until August 22nd so blogging may be a bit slower until then. That said, I have a few exciting announcements coming your way today (new products are rolling in almost daily now) – so stay tuned! – Melissa

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New store sample: L.1 (from Shibui Knits) August 5, 2013 – Posted in: Project Ideas, Store Samples, Uncategorised

When I first blogged about my L.1 scarf by Antonia Shankland a couple of weeks ago, it was moving along swimmingly. It then hibernated for a little while as I knit a few small gifts and another store sample but I got back to it in earnest late last week and cast off yesterday. I loved knitting this – the Shibui Linen was an interesting texture to work with and turned out to be a…

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