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Kidsilk Haze Stripe from Rowan February 14, 2012 – Posted in: New in Store, Project Ideas

In the late Fall we received a good sized shipment of one of Rowan’s newest yarns – Kidsilk Haze Stripe – but it didn’t last long! On Friday we received new stock in every colour so I thought I’d share some great pattern ideas for thisself striping version of Rowan’s best-selling Kidsilk Haze (70% super kid silk Mohair / 30% silk). The colour combinations have been cleverly put together by the master of colour Kaffe…

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You don’t have to be afraid February 13, 2012 – Posted in: Mondays with Mona

Of finishing, that is. I am teaching a Finishing Class tonight. For three Mondays in a row six eager students want to learn about the techniques that make a knitted project ready to wear. We cover everything from weaving in ends, sewing seams and picking up stitches to placing buttonholes, binding off with a sewn bind-off method and much more. Here are a couple of the things I am going to tell my students tonight:…

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Rowan Magazine #51 February 12, 2012 – Posted in: Magazines

Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine 51 The latest pattern magazine from Rowan has arrived (in both English and French) and it’s full of fresh, fun, and relaxed styles with a summery vibe. Click here to read Rowan’s description of the magazine and to view each of the projects contained in this beautiful edition!

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Free Pattern Friday February 10, 2012 – Posted in: Free Pattern Fridays, Project Ideas

Little Sister’s Dress, Hedgerow Socks A new shipment of SweetGerogia’s CashLuxe Fine arrived yesterday so I thought today I’d post a couple of patterns which are perfectly suited to it. CashLuxe Fine is 70% superwash merino wool, 20% cashmere, and 10% nylon. Felicia describes it as “pure sock knitting luxury”but this soft squishy yarn can be used for any project requiring fingering weight yarn and is ideal for anything that will be worn next to…

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Just arrived: The Ablet Row Counter February 8, 2012 – Posted in: New in Store

The Ablet (ABacus BraceLET) has finally arrived! I know many of you have been excited about these since the Yarn Harlotbloggedabout them in early December.I’ve been testing out a sample bracelet since Christmas and can say that it really is fast, convenient, and easy to use –andit’s pretty enough that I often keep it on between knitting sessions. A variety of colours are now in stock including the bestselling Rainbow, Basic Wood, and Stardust (silver)…

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New Store Samples February 7, 2012 – Posted in: Project Ideas, Store Samples

Noro Striped Scarf by Jared Flood The Noro Striped Scarf by Jared Flood is a perennial favourite on Ravelry with well over 10,000 posted projects. We knit ours with two colours of Kudo. Kudo is a gorgeous blend of cotton (55%), rayon (40%), and silk (5%) making it an especially great option for those with wool sensitivities / allergies (yarn previouslyblogged here). The pattern is a simple 1 x 1 rib but the alternate striping…

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About knitting with Mohair February 6, 2012 – Posted in: Mondays with Mona

If you had asked me a while ago, I would have said that I don’t like knitting with Mohair. I think I might have found the reason I said that, and so if you ask me now I will say ‘no, I don’t mind it at all!’ I am knitting a whole cardigan with Rowan Kid Silk Haze on 3.25 mm needles and at this time I am enjoying it. When I started out, that…

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Free Pattern Friday: 5th Avenue, Caramel February 3, 2012 – Posted in: Free Pattern Fridays, Project Ideas

Better late than never – here are this week’s free pattern Ravelry picks! 5th Avenue Infinity Scarf (Project/Photo Credit: tentenknits– Margaux Hufnagel) The GAP-tastic Cowlhas been a runaway customer favourite this year – knit in a bulky yarn, this infinity style scarf is as big as it is warm. For those who like the idea but are after a more elegant look, we recommend the 5th Avenue Infinity Scarf by Margaux Hufnagel. Knit in a…

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Sneak Peek / Coming Soon – Posted in: New in Store

Knitting Bags from St-Clair Designs The free pattern selections are late today but they’re coming! I have been preoccupied at home with a sick little boy so things have slipped off the designated timeline today… In the meantime, I thought I would post a sneak peak of some new knitting bags we’ve ordered for the store (shipping in approximately 3 weeks). I love the retro-modern aesthetic of both the Patchwork Carpet Bag and the Molly…

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Free Espace Tricot Pattern: Blanket February 1, 2012 – Posted in: Espace Tricot Patterns, Project Ideas, Store Samples

Chevron Colour-Block Blanket As previously bloggedhere, we’ve been loving Cascade’s Eco Cloud yarn this season – a soft 30% alpaca, 70% merino blend with a chainette construction. So much so that we couldn’t resist designing a pattern that would allow as much cozying up with it as possible. Our Chevron Colour-Block Blanket is now finished (thanks Lisa!!) and invitingly arranged on the store sofa. Come on in and have a look. This pattern is available…

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